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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- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
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We were celebrating our 5 year anniversary in Aruba. We got married on the beach at the Marriott and it was incredible. Upgraded our room to the Tradewinds level/lounge and let me tell you what... it was incredible. The staff, the food and the beach! I can't leave without mentioning Hermina... she is like family to us now. I can't imagine this experience or island without her!! Give that woman a raise!!!! We will be back soon.
so we booked with jet blue we were suppose to get a limited light house view! so we upgraded not even knowing what our limited view looked like. . . so we went to a room located on the 4th floor above the main lobby. .. . . boy was that a mistake the room smelt musty and didn't seem clean at all . . . my fiancé had fell asleep it was a long day and we had to wait hours to be checked in . . . i went down and asked for the room to be cleaned . . while i was waiting for the room to be cleaned as my fiancé took a nap ( he can sleep threw anything) i was sitting watching tv smelling the musty room. . anytime a kid or adult made a loud noise from the pool 5 floors down or the lobby it echoed into our room . . .. so i went back to the desk as for a down grade at this point i didn't care what view we had . . .wew ended up looking at the ritz hotel .. . ewe didn't plan on being in the room much anyway . . . . but this room was also musty and the carpet was stained and the air condition worked when it felt like it and the room cleaning service even with a tip left the room dirty they left sand on the counter in the bathroom for 3 days meaning they never wiped the counter . . . the carpet was just nasty and i could tell our sheet were never cleaned just put back in place VERY DISAPPOINTED . . .. will definitely not return to this location in aruba . .. . oh also the WIFi didn't work . . . which was fine i was on vacation but also i need to update my family and friends so that sucked
We went here a couple of weeks ago for our 20th wedding anniversary. I accumulated points over the last couple of years and I have Gold status. I choose to upgrade to a "premium" ocean room at over $200 additional dollars per-night plus 200,000 points. The first room I got was pretty much a view of the adult pool h20. I was moved to a true ocean front room the following day but it was on the 7th floor, and had queen beds. The room had a moldy smell that was driving my wife crazy. we had asked for remediation but nothing was done. The refrigerator in the room was broken as well. My main issue was moving my wife and me to a room with two queen beds. There were a lot of kids on this floor and that sucked because I had paid extra to be away from this. I have contacted the resort directly but during our stay we basically do not feel we were accommodated very well.
The resort is nice but a bit dated. The service at the float and papaya area was not good with one person who took over 25 minutes to get our room number correct and to get chairs and one float. This was at a very non- busy time too.
Not sure if I would go back to this place.
Today is my first day back. I really like the location of this hotel. Plenty of choices to choose from to eat on property. They have 2 pools and oceanfront. The two employees that stood out to me was my room attendant I had on Sunday and Monday 5/19 and 5/20 (room 225) she was so sweet and had such a pleasant smile. Also Ms. Beverly at front desk. She was so pleasant and it made me feel like I had a family member at the hotel. I will most definitely choose this hotel again on my next visit!
Greetings from Aruba. We are Titanium Mariott members & this is our first time in Aruba. It’s also our honeymoon. We spent the first 2 days at the Rennesanse which I will review separately then came to this resort. Our great debate before coming was Tradewinds or not. We ultimately picked Tradewinds for 2 reasons and unfortunately neither of those reasons delivered which is why I’m giving the resort 4 instead of 5 stars.
The good: The room was very spacious, nice beds and very clean. The resort itself is breathtakingly beautiful and clean. Amazing water views from big balcony’s and directly on the beach. It’s also an easy walk to Palm beaches hot spots and shopping. The main pool is big and there’s plenty of covered seating. We never found it to be loud and happy hour was great! We walked into the adult pool area and it was nice but honestly too quiet for us. We never returned. The staff at all non-tradewinds areas were very kind, upbeat, and eager to help. When we complained about Tradewinds staff - they apologized for them & continued to help us. Very professional!! The food option so at the resort are pricy but comparable to a lot of what is here in Aruba. We had an awesome & unforgettable dinner at Ruth Chris b/c of a kind waiter.
Good parts of Tradewinds: 8th floor being clean and kid free. The lounge on the first floor was convenient. We are not beer/wine drinkers but it was nice to not have to pay for soft drinks, waters and juice. We also found breakfast to be great and the daily lunch was always delicious. Dinner was Very similar to lunch with only 2 main course options and salad. Since we paid so much for TW we did use this 2 out of the 5 nights to help lower our overall food cost. The other evenings there simply wasn’t anything we could eat as neither of us eat fish. Tradewinds Beach benefits were cold waters being passed and a float which came in handy at the pool and ocean.
The bad part of Tradewinds: The papaya situation is awful. You’d think by paying so much extra they’d help you secure one. Instead we got in line daily at 3:30pm and were always so far back and behind a sports hut - we had a better view from our room. By the 2nd day I realized I could still get a float and just move over to the normal papaya area and get one online or by asking the towel staff. The view even from the back rows on the regular side was miles better than the Tradewinds side. Staff over by Tradewinds side & in the lounge were not friendly, kind or helpful. Instead they very much catered to the regulars. A shame since we have such high status with Marriott as well. Also, as mentioned before the adult pool was dull and the dinners were not that great.
I also will mention we did tell all staff it was our honeymoon and my bday and the only time this was recognized or appreciated in any way was at Ruth Chris. Wild since the “other” Marriott made this a huge deal for us!
Summary: I’d probably have given the resort 5 stars if I didn’t go in expecting better treatment b/c of the extra money of Tradewinds, our status and our honeymoon. If we ever make it back to Aruba - we will be using this resort but skipping Tradewinds and instead brining our own float, grabbing waters and soft drinks from a market and budgeting better for breakfast & lunch. Why pay more when your treated better on the other side?