Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
What We Love
- Simply Fish, the island’s top seafood restaurant, sits amid tiki torches in the sand
- Two pools: one with a waterfall and swim-up bar, the other adults only with plush cabanas
- Generous drink specials rotate through the hotel’s five bars throughout the day
- Crystal-clear, supercalm turquoise water is great for swimming
- 24-hour café on-site for late night ice cream cravings
What To Know
- A $3 environmental fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The beach can feel crowded during high season
- You have to wait in long lines to secure access to beach chairs and palapas
- This is a big water sports area — parasailing, banana boats, speed boats — so expect to hear motors over the sound of the ocean
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- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The soaring atrium-style lobby sets the tone, with marble floors, burnished wood and sail-like crimson fabric draped overhead. There’s a modern elegance to the guestrooms with dark wood and chrome dressers, headboards that span nearly the entire wall and monochrome botanical print carpets. The palette, though, a mix of cranberry, moss and mustard, feels a bit out of place in this tropical environment.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are extremely spacious, starting at 400 square feet. Huge walk-in closets, mini-fridges and private balconies with tables and chairs make them great for families. Tech perks include 37-inch flat-screen TVs with plug-and-play consoles for your devices and fast WiFi (for a fee). Large bathrooms include double vanities, soft robes and tub-shower combos with rainfall heads.
The centerpiece of the hotel is its sugar sand beach, packed with palapas and beach chairs, staff ferrying fruity cocktails, and every imaginable water sport. There’s also plenty of action around the two pools — one with a waterfall and swim-up bar, the other a quieter affair for adults only. It sits next to the well-equipped gym and near the kids game room. You’ll also find a casino and three restaurants, including an outpost of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, a sushi bar and Simply Fish, a romantic seafood restaurant on the sand lit by candles and tiki torches.
In the Area
Set in what’s known as the high-rise area of Aruba along Palm Beach, the property is well placed for waterborne exploration. Book an afternoon aboard the Jolly Pirate, a vintage schooner with a rope swing that takes guests snorkeling amid shipwrecks and shallow reefs (open bar included). Afterward grab a local Balashi beer under the thatch roof of the sandy Moomba Beach bar. For breakfast explore the island’s Dutch heritage with hubcap-size pancakes at Linda’s Dutch Pancakes. For dinner book a table under the twinkling lights in the ancient trees at Papiamento, a romantic Aruban restaurant set inside a 126-year-old cunucu house. Dinner at nearby Two Fools and a Bull, also set in a cunucu house, feels more like a dinner party. Guests — no more than 17 per night — gather for champagne in the back yard before sitting down for a tasting menu of creative European fare.
How to Get There
First visit to the island, this resort and this restaurant. We visited La Vista for breakfast twice and dinner once. Each time it was sufficient but we only went back for convenience, not because of a great meal. Breakfast is generally a large buffet with order off the menu option. We chose the buffet primarily for quicker service. All 3 times, with only 1 other table seated, we waited at least 10 minutes before anyone besides the hostess greeted us and/or offered us beverages to get started. The breakfast buffet is pretty extensive with the full array of breakfast offerings except fresh berries. Not one strawberry, blueberry, raspberries or blackberries...surprising to us on an island! We regularly vacation on Grand Cayman and Turks and Caicos...berries are plentiful there! None to be found in 3 visits and we are still at the resort! Dinner was just ok and with other options available at the resort, we chose the others.
The Marriott is pricey but this location in top notch. The rooms are comfortable and super clean. The staff at the front-desk are outstanding. Angelina has a great memory and is able to great and help all guest with great precision. We had an initial issue with the temperature in our room but maintenance was able to take care of this remotely and quickly. The pools and beach are outstanding.
We’ve been to Aruba twice before aboard a cruiseship and loved it. We wanted to have more time on the island, so we booked a 5-day trip. Didn’t know which resort to stay, but Costco suggested Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Checked out TripAdvisor’s reviews and thought it was a good choice.
From the start we were greeted by friendly & helpful valet & hotel staff that offered us a refreshing drink. Our room was ready but had two queens vs a king, which I requested but knew it was just a request. The front desk lady tried to accommodate, but was unable and was super helpful suggesting other rooms.
Our bags came up to our room and the valet was great providing information about the resort, our room and a suggestion for dinner - lobster buffet at La Vista. We unpacked our bags, explored the resort and headed to dinner.
At dinner, which was super amazing, we saw our first Aruban sunset! Amazing!
The resort is clean, staff are very friendly & helpful. Starbucks in the lobby. Drinks in the casino were filled regularly by Frankie who was not only attentive but super friendly. The casino staff were all friendly and I saw a lot of jackpots getting paid out!
We head home tomorrow, but will be looking forward to our next stay at Aruba Mariott Resort & Stellaris Casino!
Attended a friend’s wedding at the Marriott Stellaris. Spent 3 nights and enjoyed the beach, pool, restaurants and snorkeling excursion. Extremely friendly staff. Our favorite was Francis who looked after us each morning for breakfast. Well done Pope! 😉
We stayed for the fourth time we really like this place the only place better would be the Ritz-Carlton next store. It is very clean well kept. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Lots of places to eat. We use the Casino at the Ritz-Carlton, because of very little cigarette smoke and you can lose just as much money. We ate at the LaVista twice good. We also eat in town and the Ritz-Carlton.