The Ritz Studios
What We Love
- Spacious studios in colorful Curaçao, minutes from Caribbean beaches - includes breakfastEating breakfast poolside before jumping in for a wake-up dip
- Strolling into town to experience the local culture
- Visiting beautiful Mambo Beach, where the white sands and turquoise waters will take your breath away
From its early days as an ice-cream factory to its current incarnation as a studios-only abode, The Ritz Studios has long been a place to enjoy colorful Curaçao and soak up some warm Caribbean sun. The property has been thoughtfully renovated into loft-style accommodations, but hints of its industrial past and traditional style – think charming pastel palettes and colonial sculptures – remain.
Situated in the capital’s quiet historic district, with its own mini market, street, car and scooter rental, Internet café, and launderette, the complex feels like its own tiny village (albeit one with a picture-perfect, palm-fringed pool). Should you wish to explore a real town, Punda and Otrobanda are just a five-minute stroll away, offering shops, restaurants, and beaches, where you can get a taste of the local flavor.
The spacious loft-style studios are filled with sleek, modern furnishings. The fully equipped Superior Queen rooms include a kitchenette and bathroom.
The complex includes an on-site restaurant serving breakfast daily from 7:30 to 10:30am. The poolbar is also open, serving refreshing drinks.
The complex is located in a quiet part of Willemstad’s lovely historic district, within short walking distance of charming towns, local restaurants, nightclubs and shopping spots. Mambo Beach is a five-minute car ride away.
How to Get There
Very clean, convenient kitchen in the room, supplied with dishes, kettle, sugar, coffee, tea and condensed milk, microwave, stove top fridge and sink, mostly friendly and helpful staff, good location
Hard beds, pool towels for rent, needed to ask for more than a sheet for the bed, expensive and limited restaurant menu, only bar drinks allowed pool side, rental car business no longer on site
We have just got back after 9 days in Curacao staying at the Ritz village, Willemstad. The first comment I would make is the accommodation is very basic indeed, but adequate. The property is converted industrial site (an ice cream factory apparently) and has been made into two accommodation elements, a travellers hostel and hotel rooms, unfortunately, the hotel rooms have been designed and furnished in the same vein and style as the hostel accommodation making them rather basic. The rooms are furnished with Ikea style design furniture, simple and utilitarian. The floor in our room had a grey painted rough concrete floor. The bathroom was simple and small but functional. A plus though was that there was a small kitchenette on the back wall with a two rings hot plate, small refrigerator, microwave oven and a sink unit. Also, they provide basic utensils and crockery for two. This proved very useful for preparing simple meals. The large front window was floor to ceiling looking out onto the passageway, but the problem was if you opened the curtains back anybody passing could see the full sight of the room and its occupants meaning that we had to keep the curtains drawn all the time for privacy which meant the room was always dark during the day. At night, however, when the bright outside passage lights were on all night they would shine through the curtains making the room light inside, not really ideal for sleeping. The low to the floor bed was remarkably comfortable though which was important to us as hotel beds can vary so much. There was also a two seater sofa and single armchair and small coffee table making a nice convenient sitting area which was also a big plus point we felt. So, in fact, it was more of a studio than just a hotel room.
However, BE WARNED the biggest complaint we had was that there was NO HOT WATER at all in either in the bathroom or the kitchen sink meaning cold showers every day and having to wash the dishes in cold water. We spoke to the staff about this and were told it was the company policy not to heat the water above tepid, which is exactly what it ever was just tepid, apparently, this was based on the assumption the Carribean weather is always hot and sunny so the need to shower in hot water was not required. As paying guests, we believe it should have been our choice as to whether we wanted to take a hot or cold shower. We were paying $80+ dollars a night for a no hot water option which I believe is not acceptable in a modern hotel today. So this is the only reason we can not recommend this accommodation and we would not stay there again. There are several other small independent hotels in the same price range in Willemstad to choose from so if having a hot shower is something you require we would say, stay somewhere else.
The other communal facilities were OK a small swimming pool and jacuzzi with sunbeds, there was also in our view a rather expensive bar and cafeteria, an overpriced mini market with a poor choice of stock. There was good free parking on site with 24hour security. The hotel was a ten-minute walk into downtown Willemstad. There was though excellent free wi-fi, in fact, one of the fastest and most reliable of any hotel I have ever stayed in so a big tick for that!
I MUST also add that all the staff from the front desk to housekeeping were very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble if they could help they would and this overall this did make our stay very relaxed and welcoming, so full marks and praise to them!... it is just a shame about the lack of hot water!
The hostel is situated near Punda, which is great. Also with a car you are near the big roads to get everywhere. I stayed in the hostel in a room upstairs underneath the roof and could hear the mice/rats partying on the roof the whole night. Luckely you have an airco to cover the noise.
During my stay the hostel faced some problems with the electricity which made the fridges useless and my food in it could be thrown away. There was no alternative offered even though I asked for it multiple times. The so called kitchen is actually a small area with 2 fridges and a microwave, no space to cook your own food, just reheat stuff.
At the pool it is not allowed to bring your own food or drinks, keeping in mind a cocktail at the pool will cost you 13 US DOLLARS! (Which is about 23ANG).
Even though there are some serious working points, it is a nice place to stay with friendly staff.
Last minute booking due to sudden change in travel plans. We just needed a hotel to overnight Curacao before continueing our trip. This place : No luxury, but very charming. Large and clean rooms, very friendly staff. Located just a 10 minutes walk from downtown Wilhemsstad. Reception staff give you a lot of information if needed. Pitty we just stayed 1 night, would have loved to stay longer.
Stayed with 7 family members over Christmas & New Years. Location was convenient, as we were walking distance to Punda & Otra Bonda. Beaches were a short car ride away. The rooms were very basic, clean but had an odd odor, and without warm shower water. The on-site store, restaurant, rental car agency were often closed at odd times and items were unavailable or below quality expectations. While accommodations were reasonable, I would spend a little extra next time, for a more comfortable stay.