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Need hotel info for all 3 Marriotts in Aruba - very confused as to which is nicest?

Need hotel info for all 3 Marriotts in Aruba - very confused as to which is nicest?

Nov 16th, 2003, 05:11 AM
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Need hotel info for all 3 Marriotts in Aruba - very confused as to which is nicest?

My husband I will be going down to Aruba this February. We tentatively have reservations booked at Marriott Renaissance as well as the Marriott Stellaris Casino Hotel...we need to decide which we'll stay at.
I often read comments here just indicating "The Marriott" - which one is most commonly referred to as that?!

I hear the Marriott Ocean Club is very nice too. Renaissance I'm told is right in the middle of the strip - does that get really crowded and noisy?

We're both looking to relax and spend many hours at a fabulous pool!

Can someone give me a brief description of the pros/cons of each?

Thank you in advance!
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Nov 16th, 2003, 06:31 AM
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Hi Ashleigh - We've stayed at the Marriott Ocean Club and loved it. The Ocean Club and the Marriott Stellaris are located next door to one another at the far end of Palm Beach. Since they are next door to one another, you get the priviledge of using the restaurants, pools and beach areas at both resorts. The Renaissance is located in downtown Oranjstaad and you have to take a boat to their private island to enjoy the beach. Our personal preference is the Ocean Club/Stellaris resort area. If you have any other questions, I'll be happy to help.
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Nov 17th, 2003, 05:16 AM
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If a fabulous pool is a requirement you may be happier with either one of the Marriotts on Palm Beach.
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Nov 17th, 2003, 07:17 AM
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Go w/ the Ocean Club where you will have a condo instead of a room. Marriott Ocean CluMOC) is a timeshare ppty. Marriott was building a 2nd t/s ppty nearby called The Surf Club. Anybody know if it has been completed? If so, you shd also consider that. The pool @ MOC is a lot less crowded than the pool @ The Hotel. When we were there @ Christmas the hotel pool was uncomfortably crowded. The rooms @ the hotel were crying out for refurbishment. We were really disappointed with that hotel ppty & have decided to stay @ MOC or Radisson next trip. Hope this helps! Oh! And, to answer your specific question...when people talk about "The Marriott" they are generally referring to the casino hotel. Why don't you do a Fodors Search on the Hotel ppty? I suspect you will find that opinion is divided w/ some people loving it & some, like us, finding it over-rated. Let us know what you decide & what you think!
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Nov 18th, 2003, 08:49 PM
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Ashleigh -

I can only comment on the Renaissance. I stayed there last January for 10 nights. The gardens and grounds are gorgeous - - at the Beach Tower section of the hotel. Note, there are two sections. The Beach Tower, which are minny condos, and the Marina towers, which are hotel rooms. If your reservations are in the Marina Tower and you are not going to Aruba for the nightlife, then I would suggest the other Marriotts.

However, while staying at the Renaissance Beach Tower, I met people that have been going there for 30, 20, and 10 years. It is very convenient to a lot of things; the beach at the property is great, despite the man-made lagoon being in front of the Carribean Sea, separated only by a beautiful walk-way brige, upon which have been tons of weddings.

The cool thing about the Renaissance Beach Tower is the abundance of regulars. Granted, the beach is not as great or white as it is at the other Marriotts, but the people are awesome. The view from a room that faces the sea is special; so is the view of a huge cruise line ship leaving port.

Also, I never found the beach to be crowded. And because regulars stay there, I found the people to be incredibly friendly.

Hope this helps.

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