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Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino 4.0

Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

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Pros

  • Direct access to calm waters and white sands of picturesque Palm Beach
  • Lively and walkable location in the High-Rise Hotel District
  • Contemporary guest rooms feature large balconies and huge bathrooms 
  • Suites features additional seating areas with sofa beds
  • Gorgeous freeform pool with a swim-up bar and second adult-only pool
  • Several restaurants including Ruth's Chris Steak House, buffet restaurant, and sushi bar
  • Italian gelato shop and a Starbucks in the lobby
  • Modern 24-hour fitness center with cardio equipment and strength-training machines 
  • Luxe Mandara Spa with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms
  • 18,000 square feet casino with slots and table games
  • Expansive meeting and event space
  • Free self-parking
  • Free Wi-Fi for Marriott loyalty members (free to sign up)
  • Cute boutique shop sells souvenirs, upscale toiletries, and gifts 

Cons

  • Daily resort fee 
  • Not all rooms have ocean views
  • Beach chairs fill up early 

Bottom Line

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is an upscale hotel located on calm and picturesque Palm Beach. The 411 guest rooms are some of the most contemporary and nicely maintained in High-Rise Hotel District, one of Aruba’s main dining and entertainment centers. And yet, there are enough features to keep guests on the property for an entire vacation. There's a full-service Starbucks in the lobby, several restaurant options, a large casino, luxe spa, and two outdoor pools -- including a swim-up bar. Guests are definitely in vacation mode, but the ambience is pleasantly low key. For an all-inclusive alternative, the Barcelo Aruba on Eagle Beach has several excellent free restaurants and more of a party vibe. 

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Scene

Calm and contemporary oceanfront chain hotel 

Aruba Marriott Resort's appearance is polished and contemporary throughout. The chic lobby makes a great first impression, with its stylish seating and understated gray palette complemented by pops of teal blue. Attracting a blend of couples, families, and business travelers, the hotel does a solid job of catering to a diverse crowd. The large pool, kids’ club, and wide array of restaurants are a great fit for families. Large meeting spaces and functional guest rooms appeal to business travelers, while couples seeking intimacy can opt for the adult-only pool and bar. The atmosphere is noticeably more restrained than at many of the neighboring resorts, but the scene around the pool and beach can still get quite hopping, particularly around peak hours. The Marriott is refined and mellow by big resort standards, but nonetheless geared towards guests who prioritize entertainment over serenity. 

Location

Directly on picturesque Palm Beach in the High-Rise Disrict 

The Aruba Marriott is located in the island’s buzzing High-Rise district, surrounded by other resorts, including bordering sister properties, the Marriott Aruba Ocean Club and the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. There’s plenty of foot traffic in this area at all hours of the day, and the energy is usually buzzing. The hotel backs onto Palm Beach and there are numerous shops, restaurants, bars, and casinos within a 15-minute walk. Paseo Herencia shopping mall can be reached in 12 minutes on foot -- it has an open-air plaza, upscale shops, and a modern movie theater. Downtown Oranjestad and Queen Beatrix International Airport can be reached in less than 20 minutes by car. 

Rooms

Bright and contemporary with flat-screen TVs and furnished balconies 

Guest rooms at the Aruba Marriott Resort are contemporary and pleasant, with blue accent walls and large windows that let in natural light. All units have furnished balconies, though views vary from direct ocean to garden. Other amenities include coffee- and tea-making facilities, mini-fridges, robes, slippers, and flat-screen TVs. Work desks offer ergonomic chairs and plug-and-play stations that can connect laptops to the TVs. Wi-Fi is available for a fee (though it is free to use in the lobby and guests who sign up for the free Marriott Rewards program get the fee waived). The large bathrooms feature long countertops with dual vanities, walk-in rainfall showers, and Thann bath products. Suites upgrade to larger, wraparound balconies with ocean or garden views, along with extra sitting areas. 

Features

Palm Beach access, two outdoor swimming pools, several restaurants, and a spa 

There are lots of resort features, but the highlight is the scenic stretch of gorgeous Palm Beach, where palapas shade rows of lounge chairs. Guests can pay a fee to reserve a front-row palapa, or the chairs towards the back of the beach are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Other features include a curving, freeform pool with a swim-up bar and a volleyball net. There's also a poolside seating area with dining tables. There are plenty of lounge chairs and beach umbrellas set on the brick deck surrounding the pool. Its lagoon-shaped layout allows the seating areas to be portioned in discrete clusters, which adds an element of privacy and minimizes congestion. Swaying palm trees and a lovely waterfall feature further enhance the pool’s relaxed atmosphere. A nearby adult-only pool is hidden behind a gate for even more quiet and privacy, plus it has H2Oasis Adult Pool Bar. 

The hotel offers a total of eight restaurants and bars, ranging from an outlet of the crowd-pleasing chain Ruth's Chris Steak House to the sophisticated Atardi, which attracts outside guests with its superb raw bar. La Vista, the hotel’s main restaurant, features both buffet and a la carte fare, and has candle chandeliers and blue-tiled buffet tables. The 24-hour Lobby Cafe is connected to Ketsu Sushi Bar, and both offer counter service and seating at a strip of tables overlooking the lobby. Waves Beach Bar & Grill offers light fare, snacks, and beverages under an attractive pavilion. The lobby also holds a full Starbucks, with drinks, food, and pastries. And there's a gelato shop with ingredients from Italy. Room service is available. 

The large, 24-hour fitness center has a range of cardio equipment and free weights. Free fitness classes are also available. The Balinese-style Mandara Spa offers therapeutic and beauty treatments in both indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. Stellaris Casino is one of the largest casinos on the island, it's open 24/7 and includes multiple gaming tables and over 500 slot machines. Two PCs and a printer located down a hallway near the lobby function as the business center. There are several event rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 880 guests. Wedding planning services are available. There are a handful of cute souvenir shops which sell everything from beach gear to wine to snacks to resort wear. 

Free self-parking is available on-site. Wi-Fi is free in the common areas. Guests over 18 can access the Tradewinds Club for an additional fee. The Tradewinds Club also includes free breakfasts, free cocktails during certain hours, and free non-alcoholic beverages, among other perks. 

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Address

L.G. Smith Boulevard 101, Palm - Eagle Beach, Caribbean

Phone

(297) 586-9000

Also Known As

  • Aruba Marriott
  • Marriott Aruba
  • Marriott Aruba Hotel Stellaris
  • Marriott Palm Eagle Beach
  • Marriott Palm/Eagle Beach
  • Palm/Eagle Beach Marriott

Room Types

  • Garden View Room
  • Governor's Suite
  • Grand Oceanfront Room
  • Guest Room
  • Ocean/Pool View Room
  • Partial Ocean View Room
  • Tradewind Governor Suite
  • Tradewinds Deluxe Ocean View Room
  • Tradewinds Grand Oceanfront Room

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