Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
I recently spent a week at Marriott's Ocean Club in Aruba and had the most relaxing week. This was my second time at this hotel and it was just as nice as I had remembered it. The staff was all super friendly, the rooms were very clean, and the view was unbeatable. With crystal clear water and soft sand just feet away from your room, you'll never want to leave! The cabanas on the beach are a perfect place to spend the day, and provide a sense of personal space while on the beach. We also enjoyed happy hour at the hotel's outside bar, and loved using the swim up bar. Aruba is one of my favorite vacation destinations, and Marriott Ocean Club is THE place to stay.
We just returned from a week at the Ocean Club. We had a wonderful time. It’s was our 4th trip to the island. The Ocean Club is a great for families, singles and seniors who are looking for a very laid back environment. My husband and I (in our late 40’s) enjoyed the property however, we felt as if the entertainment was lacking. The pool area is really quiet with the exception of during Bingo between 2 – 3pm daily. There were other activities between 3 – 5pm. We prefer a livelier atmosphere with music during the day. Also, renting palapas was another con to this property. First come, first served is a better option IMO. Of course, advance reservations for a fee is appropriate. For these reasons, we could not rate this property a 5, and in the future would consider the Surf Club and/or the Stellaris if we selected a Marriott property. We stayed in a 1 bedroom ocean view that included EVERYTHING that you would need for the week. The staff was very friendly and go out of their way to be polite, ensuring that the needs of all guests were met. The located is perfect. Restaurants, shopping and activities are in walking distance. Free WiFi is a huge plus!
Would have given it 3-stars because the property is older but it was all about the beachfront location. Villas are pretty decent and guests tend to be older compared to the newer Surf Club next door but that's a good thing if you want peace and quiet like we did! Our kids are older so they didn't mind but families with younger children may be better off next door which keeps the Ocean Club ideal for the rest of us!
This is a timeshare resort that i understand does rent out daily and weekly, but that cost is high. This our 3 rd time in Aruba and 2nd time at this resort. We do have a time share elsewhere that we exchange here. This resort is well maintained with terrific staff and amenities. The location on Eagle beach in the High rise area is perfect. There are plenty of activities in the surrounding areas that are walk able. The local bus, near the resort is a plus as the taxis can be expensive. It will take in to Oranjestad for about $3.75 per person. There are restaurants a plenty nearby and within walking distance. Although not all inclusive it is worth the stay.
Marriott Ocean Club Had a beautiful Ocean front one bedroom villa. Thevillas are fully equipped with everything you would need to live there for a week. The property continued to be well taken care of. The personnel that work there are all pleasant and eager to please you. Never a wait to get a palapa though now Marriott charges you for The palapa depending how close you are to the water. Can be $10-35 a day. Lovely beach area and not crowded. Great for rafts or tubes. Wish they had folding beach chairs that you could take to some of the beautiful surrounding public beaches. Never ate there but the food in the little sandwich shop looked decent and was reasonable. Very nice that you are allowed to use the full service Marriott's pool deck. It's very attractive. Cannot use the lazy river at the surf club. The yoga classes were a perfect way to begin the day! Looked like the water aerobics were fun too!
Still here until Saturday as we speak if any have questions :) Traded for a two bedroom here through interval. It was us and another couple and the unit is basically a one bedroom unit with full kitchen and the second bedroom is a lock off unit, so it's perfect for two couples or families, very private from each other. Checkin: We were able to set it up with our credit cards when we checked in so they could charge stuff to their room on theirs and vice versa which is convenient. No line at 1p on a Saturday. Could not get a higher than first floor room but it was facing the pool and super convenient to getting to the beach and pool which made up for it (5186/87). I did go back the next day to check and the nice girl at the front desk gave me three options but we ended up staying i. Our first place because we really lived the convenience of it. Wasn't worth packing up to us. Room: we've stayed in the Maui and Kauai Marriott and it's very similar, well maintained but not super modern. We love breakfast and drinks in the room so always appreciate the kitchen which had everything we needed. Bathroom nice double sink, haven't tried the tub yet. Pool: as mentioned way nicer and not as crowded as surf. Clean, love the second level jacuzzi. Palapas: this stressed me out initially reading the reviews because throwing elbows with a bunch of psychos doesn't appeal to me on vacay but I'll do it if I have to haha. I initially booked the day before which ups the price to $30/day but it's convenient and I booked front row. This morning I went at 6:45 on the way to gym so waited with around 10 others and i got an nice second row and only $10 for going early for first come first served. Everything is very civilized though for anyone worried about it. But be forewarned that the beach is public so anyone can come and drag their chairs right in front of your $30 palapa so definitely less annoying if you only paid $10. The sands eatery is very meh, you'd be better off to bring your own chips and salsa to the beach for sure. I'll update if anything changes between now and Saturday but so far would return again here for sure!
This was my third trip to Aruba and my first time staying at the Aruba Ocean Club. I have stayed at the Aruba Surf Club before. As a Marriott Vacation Club owner I would chose the Ocean over the Surf. The Surf Club is huge, you have to put chair tags on chairs just to claim them and there are too many wild children running around. The Ocean Club is much quieter and perfect for friends or couples. The Surf Club is good for people with kids especially since they have the lazy river. With the exception of the lazy river the Ocean Club can use the Surf Club facilities and vice versa.
We were in awe from the moment we arrived at the resort. From the lobby, to the pools then onto the beach. It truly transforms you into another world. The food at Champions and at the pool is fantastic. You can also walk right across the street and have miles of restaraunts, stores, vendors. We had a 1 bedroom unit which was more than enough room for 2. We have stayed at the resort the past 2 years (without our 3 kids) and we enjoyed how quiet it was. My parents are staying at the resort right now (their second year in a row). We converted them to the Marriott from another resort and now they won't stay anywhere else.
I can't tell you what a wonderful time we are having. We arrived on Sunday, room was ready by 4:15 pm. We have a beautiful one bed room villa with a gorgeous vietay we are w. We met with the general manager tonight. The one bed room villa is gorgeous. Fantastic location on the 4th floor. I don't know where bad reviews are coming from. Furniture has NO scratches , king size bed is so comfortable. No complaints at all. We were able to get a front row papitilla at beach daily. No lines!. No getting up at 7 am for reservation. I also found a purse that I turned in immediately to a manager. Pay it forward, return and you will be blessed. It had, visa card, room key and passport inside. Don't listen to negative people. This place is the best.
My daughter, granddaughter and her college roommate had a Fantastic time at Marriott's Ocean Club. We were lucky enough to get an ocean front villa on the first floor. It was so convenient for going to the beach and the restaurants. The people at the Ocean Club were outstanding. They wanted to make sure you had a wonderful experience in Aruba. We dined on the beach the first night at Atardi. The food and service excellent. We always felt welcomed wherever we ventured on the island. Highly recommend Marriott's Ocean Club in ARuba!
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club places you within a 10-minute stroll of Palm Beach Plaza and Fisherman's Huts. This 4-star condo resort has 218 guestrooms and offers a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. On the beach, it's also near Arashi Beach and Alto Vista Chapel.
You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning for a fee.
The 218 air-conditioned condos feature kitchens. TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Sofa beds, coffee makers, and ceiling fans are also standard.
Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club features a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach condominium resort include a spa tub, a steam room, and free WiFi in public areas.
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85% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1173 reviews