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
We stayed here for one night with our in-laws and two children. We normally stay on Eagle beach but wanted to see what it was like at the high rise area of Aruba. So we had one night extra at the end of our trip due to our flight details.
Front desk staff were nice, accommodating and efficient. Were able to get us rooms near our in-laws. Took our bags when we arrived in the early morning so we could enjoy the resort.
We have kids so naturally we went to check out the pool and lazy river, great spot but very windy over by the slide and open area. Slide was down and power was out to the resort that morning but everything else ran smoothly.
Got to our room and everything was great, very nice, clean and just as described (we just had the regular room, no suite as we were there just for the one night.
Ate at the restaurant by the pool for dinner, food was good, atmosphere was good as well, some people got up to dance - still very windy.
Lazy river was fun did a few rounds, at times it can be crowded, as expected.
The down side of this whole resort is the ocean - again we are use to being on eagle beach where there is tons of space, a bit of a wave to the water and no crowds at all - this beach felt dirty, everyone on top of each other and several pieces of glass in the sand. People could only stand in the water and had very little space to move around due to the crowds - water was very calm so gave a dirty look to it. It was also next to a water sports facility so lots of gas from the boats just floating in the water (they do have this section roped off) - not our cup of tea.
All in all if you are big resort people who like to stay by the pool, this resort will be great for you, if you are ocean side people and like a little less crowds this is not the place for you.
Booked two rooms for 7 nights in June 2018 (off season). Couldn't be happier with the overall experience. Doting staff and service. The rooms and views are amazing as is the location on the beach, central to everything. Biggest shout outs to the front desk, bellhops, maids and pool staff who remember your name. The onsite Gelato bar and Starbucks was amazing morning and night. I have two minor issues. We felt the local all day cafe onsite -La Vista- was priced well out of the range of the average traveler, such as $24 for bacon and eggs. As a regular traveler to Hawaii I get that island food can be expensive, but the prices just seemed out of whack compared to competitors for casual food. A 10 minute stroll up the beach got you the same breakfast for $7. And judging by the emptiness of the place all the time we think others agree. Perhaps they are hoping the captive audience doesn't want to walk, as my elderly parents sometimes didn't, so you are forced into paying exorbitant prices for basic goods. *PUN* It left a bad taste in our mouth. Our one other gripe was the casino security staff. Besides not being very friendly, they were occasionally aggressive and rude concerning carding individuals. They weren't consistent in their actions and failed to remember faces. One elder security officer even told my niece (19 years old) he thought her CA drivers license was fake. She told him he didn't have a problem with it the day before. Not sure what that was all about. On another evening, they carded my other niece (23 years old) a second time after an hour of playing even though she already showed hers to enter the casino. Needless to say, we stopped gambling there by the 4th day, which is kind of disappointing considering they have the largest casino in Aruba.
We have visited Aruba for 16 years and this was our first stay at hotel. We traveled with family and the resort is a perfect setting for a family trip! Choices are many for food and fun. You will not go wrong with whatever you choose in beach activity, pool setting, coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Ruth’s Chris is outstanding, Starbucks’ service was spectacular, the casino has a lot of wonderful dealers, LaVista had a great breakfast and Waves at the main pool was fun. The staff was amazing. If you go be sure to see Franklin at the swim up bar. If you choose to be served then you must seek out Jasmine. We spent each day by the pool having her take care of us. She is amazing, has a sparkling demeanor and a fantastic memory. I will definitely return.
Spent 4 days here and loved it. I had read a ton of reviews and my personal experience was the staff was kind hit or miss. The guys at the adults only pool bar are amazing! So much fun. The front desk was a mixed bag. One time I went down to ask for them to make a dinner reservation only to be told. Sorry. Restaurant is closed but another guy (I wished I had gotten his name) he was awesome and made sure he called when they did open and left a message on our room. We had an issue with the toilet which ran literally ALL night long. I had already called and went to the front desk the next morning to let them how frustrating it was cause I heard it all night long and the guy said. Oh. Sorry. Hope it gets fixed. I didn’t see the above & beyond service that I read so many reviews on. Regardless. It’s an absolutely beautiful property. LOVED the adult only pool, gym was great and the beach is amazing. Lots of places to walk to.
There were 11 of us this year for our annual family vacation to Aruba. We love this island and we always stay at the Marriott. We were spread out between the 3 properties: Marriott Resort, Ocean, And Surf Club. It was just perfect, as usual. We took advantage of the lazy river, the gyms, and the kids loved making necklaces with the Activities team.
Rooms in the Marriott were upgraded since last year, which was great. Special thanks to Verna, who always takes care of helping us with our accommodations. To Verna, Melinda for her warm welcome back, thank you!
Benedict was most helpful with our palapa and Isabelo took care of us every day at the beach. That beach/recreation staff is top notch. John & Hennel always check in with us as well. Fantastic team!
The service at this resort is like no other. They strive to make your stay great and are genuinely friendly, warm people.
Thank you, Marriott for another great family vacation! See you next year!