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.
How to Get There
Rochelle and Jose were two of our servers at the continental breakfast and they were wonderful. They both had smiles on their faces each morning and were extremely friendly. It was a great way to start the morning. Delicious breakfast and happy servers.
We have stayed at the Marriott a number of times over the past years. Here is my most recent review for our stay during March/April. It’s long overdue and I apologize for the tardiness.
As this was our first time travelling with an infant, I was in contact with the hotel in advance to arrange for a few items to be made available in our room, and to ask some questions. Juan-Carlos did an excellent job of answering my questions and ensuring items such as a crib were present. I couldn’t have been more thankful for the service that he provided and I look forward to working with him again in the future prior to additional stays.
The check in process was quick and we were on our way after just a few minutes. We had a lovely bellman assist with our bags and we were settled within our room within 10 minutes of arrival at the hotel. I will note that our crib and another item were not present in the room when we got there, but this was quickly addressed.
The crib itself was solid, though a bit dated. It’s worth noting that the bars are high and the mattress (firm) close to the floor, and as such, my husband had to put our infant into it as my arms weren’t long enough.
Our room was immaculate and spacious. We enjoyed having the additional seating area as we had lots of stuff for our baby.
The bathroom is large with plenty of room for us to move around. I do like the renovations that occurred in the bathroom as the no step entry to the shower was great. It would be nice to have a touch more storage space in the shower but it’s not a deal breaker.
A huge shout out to Brenda in housekeeping for maintaining our room. I felt bad because it seemed like each time she was cleaning our room, baby wanted to have a bottle and we would need to run upstairs. She worked around us and was so accommodating.
The beach is amazing as always and a highlight of the trip. We had no issues getting a palapa each day and I like not having to stand in line for a reservation.
Ok, so the below points aren’t really all that bad (except one)...and they didn’t ruin our trip in any way.
The service at Starbucks was really slow, especially in the evening when they only had 1 or 2 people working. I typically waited in line for 10 min just to pay for a piece of cake.
On our last evening, our fridge stopped working and all of the baby formula that I had prepped for a long flight home had to be discarded. It sucked but I had spares in the event something like this happened.
I had previously asked during my stay about freezing some ice packs for our return flight home, to keep baby’s medicine and formula cold. I was told it was no problem.
Unfortunately when I went to drop the ice packs off, I was told that it would cost me $27 per day to have them frozen, using a freezer in La Vista. $27 to freeze two ice packs slightly larger than the palm of my hand. I was told it was no different than them holding food purchased off the resort (but it is different.)
I had no choice to pay, however I did speak about my concern with a nice lady at the front desk at check out and she resolved this.
Again, a great stay and we can’t wait to go back.
I stayed at Marriott Aruba resort for a week and had a great time . The food is excellent and the service is even better . I ate at the Sunset by La Vista for breakfast and Augustin my server was the best . Learned a lot about the island and also a list of things to do. He was very nice and accommodating. Thank you Augustin !
Stayed at the Tradewinds for part of our annual stay in Aruba. Rosalinda, Jackie, and Margaret are always so warm and welcoming and truly care that you have a wonderful experience. Food is great quality and variety to suit every tastebud. Room location, views, bedding make the stay top notch. A few suggestions: expand the check in area. It’s too cramped and there is no privacy when you check in/ out. The welcome gift for Platinum elite is disappointing. We selected the fruit and pretzels. We received two snack packs of pretzels and one apple- really??? Instead of the Thann products , provide Aruba Aloe amenities. Thann has a very masculine, woodsy scent and doesn’t match the location.
Staying at the Marriott Stellaris has been a family tradition for years now. We love everything about this hotel. So grateful to have met Samantha who is a barista at Starbucks. Samantha has a big heart, warm personality, and is the sweetest. She even bought me a mug before I left and that made my trip feel even more special. Making a connection with Samantha made the vacation feel more like home. We’ve always considered Aruba to be a second home but making those connections makes it feel more real.
The pool was great! Naomi always took such great care of us!! Had our towels on our chairs, and was just an asset to the team. Naomi is such a kind, caring soul. Loved seeing her again. The beach was also great! Jeremy and Jhon always helped the family and had us all set up. Loved seeing them again, they both have such funny personalities and are also good assets to the team.
We love Aruba, we love the Marriott Stellaris. When it’s time to go nobody wants to go. It’s always very relaxing. See you next year!! :)