The Bottom Line
- Immaculate beach
- Abundance of food choices
- Swim-up bar in pool
- Possibly most comfortable hotel beds in the Caribbean
- Thin walls; you can hear your neighbor’s TV. A $40 million renovation this year should address this
- Aforementioned renovation, it’s never fun to be at a hotel undergoing reconstruction
- Stray cats wander onto outdoor dining patio begging for food
- $14.95 per day Internet access fee
- Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard, #101, Palm Beach, Aruba
- Phone: 297-586-9000; 800-223-6388
- Dining: Six restaurants (four full serve, one beachside for lunch, one lobby bar serving snacks)
- Spa: Mandara Spa at adjacent timeshare, the Marriott Ocean Club
- Other Amenities: Pool, beach, bountiful nearby water sports, fitness center, outdoor Jacuzzi, children’s programs
- Rooms: 413 (includes 35 suites) on eight floors
Guide Review - Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Wear and tear aside, the Marriott is a beautiful property ideally located at the western point of Aruba, with no development between it and the picturesque California Lighthouse (awesome restaurant at the lighthouse, sunset dining to die for). The rooms are billed as the island’s largest and while I don't know if that is true, they are extraordinarily spacious, with very roomy walk-in closets.
All rooms have a terrific view of either the ocean or the resort's fabulous tropical courtyard with its rock-grotto waterfall in the lagoon-style pool. Each room has a 100-square foot balcony, with the corner Governor’s Suites on the upper floors boasting wrap-around lanais and simply stunning vistas.
The beach is superb, well cared for and hosting ample lounge chairs and thatched huts, the latter most coveted on typically hot, sunny days (so reserve the day before). The pool area is equal parts shady and open, giving sun worshippers and sun blockers ample opportunity to enjoy the day.