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.
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Due to the enthusiasm and helpfulness of all of the staff with whom we came in to contact, I want to rate the Ritz Village higher, but my negatives have to drop my overall rating. However, Stefan and the crew were awesome and everyone we came into contact with smiled and engaged us. The ice cream on check in was a nice touch too. Thank you for being so welcoming and kind.
The room was a good size, with a kitchenette, and was supplied with pans, crockery etc. needed to prep a basic meal. We were moving off a boat so we cooked an evening meal some nights of our stay, using supplies we’d brought with us. There was a small fridge and a microwave low down under the sink. There was a two ring electric hob and a kettle. Washing up liquid was provided. Weirdly there was no electrical outlet to plug in the kettle unless you unplugged a floor lamp and put the kettle on the floor. I’m not sure why the hotel has not put an electrical outlet where you can stand the kettle near the kitchenette unit. We had a table and chair area outside our door but had smokers beside us didn’t sit outside as much as we’d have liked to.
The bed is another rating dropper- it was uncomfortable, hard and unyielding and the pillows were cheap and only one was provided. On the last day I found one extra inside a drawer in the wardrobe unit. The bed is made with a sheet as the only bed covering. I like the weight of at least an additional blanket and ended up trying to put a towel over me to get off to sleep. Yes, it’s a hot climate and there’s AC, but the provided bedding was disappointing and resulted in tossing and turning.
You get issued one card to the room and use it to get AC and lights working in room. We found the AC perfectly adequate and were comfortable with the room temp at night.
The hot water situation also drops my rating of the property. We understand this is solar heated
(great) but it often was tepid at best for showering and washing dishes. The water is safe to drink and they provide you with a jug of cold water in the fridge on arrival ( excellent). But, I had difficulty chilling water down quickly after this jug, as the water in the kitchen only ran tepid, not cold, so we were chilling tepid jugs of water.
The pool area seemed to be very quiet. Twice, when we used it after an exhausting day of boat cleaning and maintenance, we were the only ones there. There’s a bar with a happy hour but it seems the restaurant is only open for breakfast. Other guests we met said the property had changed hands and used to have more to bring guests together for social time. It’s a pretty big property and my assumption is that most guests are out exploring all day or, if back, are enjoying the AC in their rooms! We enjoyed sitting in the pool enjoying a cold drink and the lack of running, jumping children!
Other reviewers have mentioned the towel situation. If you want another towel you rent one. However, we found staff happy to let us have another bath towel to use at the pool, so that we weren’t using a pool wet towel to dry ourselves after showering.
We had a late flight so used the pool and the shower by the library to get ready and head out. Strangely, the water at this shower was way hotter than our room!
This isn’t a luxury property but it is welcoming and functional. It suited our purposes and we made good use of its facilities.
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.