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... bridge that has to open for boats and ships to pass through. In the background you can see the Queen Juliana bridge, the highest in the Caribbean. We did not get to go across it, but did cross the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge. Before we crossed it, there was an area of street vendors, and some street musicians. Behind them, taxi ...
... home to a hotel/casino and some waterfront restaurants. We saw a number of restaurants that might be good for dinner tonight, which we planned to do since we were not leaving until 8:00 p.m. We took the ferry back across the canal to return to the ship (after I bought a ball cap from one of the few open market vendors open today).
After spending some time relaxing on the ship, we headed out for a fairly early dinner. We chose a place on ...
It turns out, the said governor owned the only paint factory on the island!
Next stop was a really nice little beach, reached by some wonky steps. It was a mix of pebbles and fine icing sugar sand. Only they weren't pebbles, ...
Rough water overnight . 45 min late arrival At dock , but unloading by numbers . Off about 1030 Walked around town- brightly painted town . Netherlands colony - very clean and modern Fantastic Bridge . Pontoon BR across hbr. Had 6 beer for cost of 4 . Nice day . Back on board about 7 pm . Happy hour then dining at ...
... buy one. It was my third time going through it so I don't show it the respect it deserves. Perhaps I will just buy one anyway to look at when my cruising days are over.
This will probably be my last blog but I will pick up any comments.
Happy Birthday, Zoe (and the Queen) and I look forward to seeing you all soon.
love Audrey, Mum, Grandma
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Historical Traveler Reviews Floris Suite Hotel Willemstad
We stayed at the Floris Suites in June 2004 and had a very nice stay. It's a beautiful European-style hotel in a convenient and secure location. The staff was friendly and helpful. We experienced a few glitches in the service (as one would at any hotel over 7 nights) but once brought to management's attention, they were fixed. The Junior Suites were basic but clean and well appointed. We loved Hooks Hut (the hotel's beach bar/restaurant across the street) as well as Sjalotte, the hotel restaurant. The hotel is across the street from the Hilton and Marriott resorts, so it is easy to enjoy their casinos and restaurants if you want a change of scenery. The beach is a great place to spend the day and we did not find it to be any more crowded than the other resort/hotel beaches we visited. You will want to explore Curacao's other beaches anyway. We enjoyed unwinding at the end of the day by the lovely pool, which was never crowded.
Don't waste your money
First let me say that the staff for the most part is hard working and does it's best to please. Have you ever stayed at a 4 star hotel that does not change the sheets everyday?; welcome to the Floris. There is no beach, you have to walk across the street to a postage size piece of sand they call a beach, populated by screaming children. One day we were going to sit at the hotel pool, but the few lounge chairs were already taken. At the front desk, they never have change, I guess management does not trust thier employees with a few dollars. The food is average, but that is true all over the Island. If you must go to Curacao I would suggest the Marriott accross the street from the Floris. I believe the good reviews of this hotel must be written by the owners or their friends.
My boyfriend and I visited Curacao from May 19-24 2004. We had previously visited and stayed at the Avila Beach but decided to try the Floris Suite Hotel this time around. We were not disappointed. The pictures of the hotel on its website are exactly the way it really is. The rooms are amazing, including a microwave, stove, and dishes. There is also a minibar and freezer in the room as well. Each room has its own balcony/patio with a table for two. The staff at the hotel was so helpful with directions, maps, and recommendations. I can't understand how they could be unfriendly as some have mentioned. The hotel offers a beautiful pool with several chairs and umbrellas. There is no beach on the property, however, it is a short walk away. One review mentioned bringing your own towels because the hotels werent in good shape. I brought my own towels only to find out that the hotels towels were in perfectly normal condition. Very large and soft as a matter of fact. So don't worry about bringing your own towels. The hotels breakfast bar is only $10 per person and it was very good. Didn't get a chance to eat dinner at the restaurant though. The bar was also very nice and served a large variety of drinks. My only complaint about the Floris Suite Hotel is a very small one. The water in the shower didn't seem to want to stay hot for more than 30 seconds. It tended to be luke warm most of the time. Might not bother some, but not for me. Overall, I was extremely impressed with the Floris Suite Hotel and would recommend it to anyone visiting Curacao!
I recently returned from a wonderful stay at the Floris Suite Hotel in Curacao. The Floris Suite is an incredible jewel. It is a design oriented hotel which offers the leisure of the Caribbean, combined with European sensibility. The atmosphere is one of quiet, casual elegance. The grounds of the hotel are very lush and beautiful. While the hotel is not directly beach front, there is a private beach a short walk away. The swimming pool is tranquil, peaceful and very private. The guest rooms are bright, comfortable, spacious and well appointed. Our meals in the hotel at the restaurant "Sjalotte" were always delicious and presented with style. Best of all, the staff is extremely competent, hospitable and aiming to please. I have stayed at the Floris Suite three times and have never been disappointed. In fact, the hotel keeps improving with each visit. I can't wait to return!
My wife and I vacationed at the Floris Suite Hotel in April, 2004. We were terribly disappointed. For example, the staff were unfriendly and unaccomodating. Sit poolside and you will not see any staff members.
Never to forget
After having stayed for a few days on a business trip I convinced my wife that Floris Suite was the place to be on Curacao. We rented the Royal Garden Suite with our 2 children and had a wonderful stay.
Beautiful garden, amazing pool and the best restaurant of the island.
The Hooks Hut Beach Club was our homebase, where we had wonderful lunches and they even had diner tables on the beach with our feet a few meters from the sea. The friendly staff of Floris informed us about the most beautiful beaches and best attractions in Curacao. We are very grateful to them for making our visit to Curacao one never to forget.
Best Hotel I've ever seen
It was our first time on the Antillen ,ofcourse I saw the website and couldn't believe what I saw ,what a beautiful place to stay for 9 days .We've booked the hotel and it was the best hotel we had ever seen .Champagne and Fruit was there ,perfect lokation of the room ,breakfast was perfect ,every day fresh eggs with bacon and juice ;-)) Fitnessroom , Internet , perfectly clean room everyday ,and a dutch newspaper ..I've read the bad experience of one couple ,are they sure that they have been to floris suite ??? we loved the styl ,we love the people working for the hotel and we love the island ..friends of us are also going and i'm positive that the going to love it just like we did
Peace and harmony
We didn't know where to go.. never been on the Caribbean so we looked for an hotel and found Floris Suite; designed by Jan des Bouvrie (Dutch Designer). So we booked a week and there we were.. in a paradise.. The hotel was really nice but absolutely not overdone decorated; it was classy and style full, the staff was friendly and their tempo was almost the same as the normal European tempo. The rooms were clean and had a very nice view on the quit garden with big palm trees and in the middle the swimming pool. Absolutely something to do again!!
The Floris is a fine attractive place to stay in Curacao. It truly is European in attitude and furnishings. The staff was wonderful and helpful. The tiny kitchenette was a boon. The resturant and bar beyond expectation.The European flight crews stayed here. It was clean, comfortable, calming efficient and beautiful. It was more like house sitting a flight attendant's groovie condo than staying in a hotel or one of those eyesore megalith resorts.It is not on the beach but the hotel does have an arrangement with Hook's Beach Club (about a 5 minute walk across the street around the edge of hilton's parking lot and a construction zone).The beach was frequently over run by squealling school kids about 5-10 years old. Amusing but not romantic. And yes, the Dutch women go topless and no, it is not sleazy. We rarely used it or the pool at the Floris (it is great though)They have a better fitness center than most hotels in the states (over crowded with 3 treadmills, dumbell rack and a full sized cybex weight station!) Also have fast internet acess in the top floor business center. Check your email and laugh at co-workers stateside!We went for the scuba diving and the Floris is ideal for shore diving Americans like us. Rent a car through the Floris, rent Tanks at Dolphin Diver's at Hook's beach and drive north to Great reef's (Portimarie, Playa Kalki, Kas Abou, Lagun and Kliene Knip.) Roland at dolhin divers was a treasure, great advice and directions in clear concise english (I can't get that in the USA most times!)Stop on the way north at Rima's Soft Center for beer, sodas and chips.The Daniel land House is a good post dive resturant. The Gouverur de Reauville is great too.Crossing into Willemstad at night is a bit daunting and good streetmaps in English of that city don't seem to exist. Parodoxically every decent dive site is marked just dandy.