Our room at the Renaissance was great. Awesome layout. Everything so close. The picture of the Renaisance doesn't do it justice. The Unesco World Heritage Site is indeed a treasure. And rent a car and drive to the National Parks on the western side. Not your typical caribbean island. We really enjoyed Curacao.
Awesome hotel with good service. Pool was great and their homemade beach. Pool hours were short and usually be closed by 7. you can't swim in the beach because it's too rocky. Otherwise great deal. Planning another trip to Curacao.
I traveled to Curacao with 3 best girlfriends for my 40th birthday and we stayed at the Renaissance Curacao Resort and Casino. The resort was beautiful and clean. The location was fantastic with restaurants and shopping within walking distance. The area was a wonderful mix of old and new, with historical landmarks surrounding quaint shopping and dining areas. I would definitely recommend staying at the Renaissance Resort. We had a blast and had a hard time leaving!! The reasons I didn't rate the resort with 5 stars: 1) No wireless internet access in the rooms (we would have to go to the business area or pool area for this) 2) Service at the front desk was hit or miss with a few of the employees not being the most helpful or kind BUT most of the staff was incredibly gracious and appreciated our business. 3) Better healthy food options by the pool: smoothies (protein based NOT sugar/syrup) and vegetarian options (not just cheese pizza).
This hotel was by far the best choice for us because it offered lots of fun things to do in the center of town and there were plenty of great restaurnats nearby on the waterfront. I would go to the Governor House for dinner or lunch and La Perla for the whole red snapper.. Steaks and Ribs had a great Argentina steak. The funnest bar with swimming was the Saint Tropez which was a couple miles from the hotel ands right by the Avila Hotel. The nearest beach was the Sea Aquarium beach but they charge for admission.The nicest public beach was the Knip in Westpunt area. Great trip and wonderful islanders too. Don't miss seeing the flamingos at the 2 preserves on the island which are free and there are 50 or so of them to photograph in their natural habitat.
Went there on a whim as the result of a great discount offered by Cheap Caribbean. Didn't know squat about Curacao other than it was supposed to hav some good snorkeling. What a refreshing island from the other Caribbean islands we have visited. Due to its Dutch heritage it is much more heavily European influenced than other islands. We stayed at the Renaissance right in Willamsted and really enjoyed walking the city with many sidewalk cafes, shops and historical sites to seel. At night there are many restaurants within easy walking distance several right on the ocean with marvelous views. Prices were very reasonable for both food and merchandise. Took a snorkeling trip and it was some of the best snorkeling we have done anywhere in the Caribbean. Will likely repeat and would highly recommend this island.
My wife and I just returned from a great week at Renaissance Resort and Casino in Curacao. The weather was spectacular and it was exactly what we needed...to get away from the stress of our businesses. Detailed review below... Location - You really couldn't ask for a better location. It is close enough to walk to downtown, and far enough away to avoid any noise or congestion from travelers. Adjacent to Riff fort gives nice dining options as well as a place to enjoy a cocktail. Service - This is really the only thing we felt could have been improved. This may be a bit unfair because i am basing it on the whole island experience and not just the hotel, however...Only a select few went out of their way to make you feel welcome. Hardly getting a hello from staff or even a smile. We rented a car for 2 days from the Budget in the hotel in order to do some exploring and neither the car rental or the hotel could offer a map without paying additional. Expect to wait for food no matter where you go on the island and do not expect to be offered a dessert menu or even another drink. Again, it was NOT EVERYONE we came across, but about 50%. I believe it is because gratuity is included most places you go. Pool - By far the best part of this hotel. Infinity beach & pool were so relaxing and gorgeous and as long as you don't mind a cruise ship off to the side blocking a very small part of your view, you will love it! The food at infinity bar was pretty good as well. we went and the hotel was only 60% full, so no issues getting lounge chairs, however we heard that at peak seasons you have to get up early to grab a location. Caino - By far the nicest on the island, however the staff outside of the girls who sign you up for the casino "rewards card" seemed miserable. The black jack dealers barely smiled and you almost felt bad for them, thinking they absolutely hated doing this for a living. They claim you will get rewards for playing black jack and after 6 hours of playing on day 1, I received ZERO points. Took until the final day after nicely asking several managers and over 20 hours of play, we received a free breakfast. Ocean View - beware of the "Ocean View." Our room 406 was ocean view but most of the view was blocked by a palm tree. Could see some ocean around tree, but the other view was blocked by cruise ship. Overall - This was an incredible vacation on a gorgeous island with perfect weather (even in the windy season). I would definitely recommend this hotel. We did go to a few other hotels and as gorgeous as the Marriott was the location of the Renaissance was priceless.
Admitedly, we did not have good weather which is rare for this island. I'm sure this altered our perception of everything through out our stay. The hotel is beautiful. Everything is brand new and very modern. There are not many food options in the hotel itself, so I would not encourage travelers to do all inclusive unless it includes restaurants in Rif Fort. The gym is mediocre. the machines are all brand new, but are not good quality. We did have ants in our room, which was left unaddressed for 2 days and we were finally moved to another comparable room(not an upgrade.) Generally the rooms are clean and comfortable. The beds are fantastic! The pool area is small since it is a man made beach, but for me it is sufficient. The water is very dark at this location which is a bit disappointing. The shopping is interesting for a day, but really nothing that sustains your for more than a few hours. Mostly stores that you could find at a decent local mall. the shopping in Punda and the floating market are over-rated in my opinion. Mostly junky stores and all the food/produce stands are exactly the same for blocks. We chose not to do all inclusive due to the proximity of many restaurants. Unfortunately, all business that are affiliated with Renaissance(all in rif fort) levy a 15% service charge and 3% tax. We were told this is NOT a tip. So all meals and purchases, already at "island prices," become essentially 30% more! By the end of a rainy week, where we were eating and drinking more than if it had been sunny, we were feeling the strain! I have never paid so much for meals at any other island. The restaurants in Punda and off this property are far more reasonable and still very tasty! Especially, the Grill King. Also, the Hotel Kuralanda, only a few blocks from the fort, had many dining options which looked fabulous, but on the pricey side. Unsure if the extra tax applies there. Inside Rif Fort, the indian place is great and the coffee shop offers a variety of great caffienated drinks at more reasonable prices than in Expresso cafe in the hotel.
My boyfriend and I went on this package and had a fantastic time. Its a great value, nice clean hotel and in the middle of lots of great sightseeing, restaurants, shopping, bars, casinos...etc. I wouod highly reccomend this trip for anyone.
I absolutely loved my holiday on the island of Curacao. The people are VERY friendly and helpful. I especially enjoyed visiting the Hato Caves and the Slave museum. I had lovely room facing the atrium with a king bed. I upgraded to a room with a balconey which I really enjoyed. The beds had feather padding topper which I had removed because it made the bed too soft. Everything about the resort is 5 star. The travel/tour service representative, Maureen, was soooo helpful and friendly. She got her uncle to take me a on tour to the caves for a discounted price.... he was so nice and such a gentleman. My only advice is plan to arrive on Monday evening. Most businesses are closed on Sunday and Monday so there isn't much to do....
This is a very nice new clean resort on the edge of Willemsted. It is within easy walking distance of most of Willamsted and many neat reataurants nearby. The hotel is interesting with its infinity beach and pool right on the ocean. The saltwater beach is a great way to provide an ocean beach where there is none and has to be experienced to be appreciated...many palapas providing adequate shade and a beach bar with good service. The real beauty of Curacao for us was the snorkeling which revealed a lot of beautiful coral and a lot of colorful fish. It is really necessary to rent a car for at least a day or more, can be done right at the hotel, to get to many of the snorkeling beaches. The activities desk at the hotel is very helpful in suggesting where to go. We were there five days and four nights which seemed about right and we definitely would go back.