Travel Blogs from Willemstad
Last minute business trip brought me to Curacao; my other home. It has been many years since I last visited this island, but my memories were fresh. Vera decided to join me at the very last minute - shocking, but very very nice. She desparately needed a getaway and some relaxation time. So while I worked she laid at the beach and soaked in the sun …
We had high hopes for our stay in Curacao, since we've booked a room at the Hilton. Although we should have been warned, because we could afford the rate (and breakfast was included).
First impressions of the island were ok. It wasn't as clean cut as Aruba and you got a feeling, that there are other people on this island than just tourists …
... played dominoes. Their game was quiet fascinating, as it looked like there was a good bit of trash talking going on. Lisa enjoyed watching them, as it reminded us of the Mexican train games we have played with her dad. Across the bridge, we walked around town. There were lots of colorful stores, and even art in some of the ...
... called The Grill King. We got seated right next to the ocean, at the open, palapa-covered, dining platform. A number of our shipmates were also here (all Germans). Jay had french onion soup and a chicken caesar salad. I had a shrimp cocktail and a filet mignon. Jay said his french onion soup was one of the best he'd ever had. My shrimp cocktail was a bit different: warm shrimp, served over lettuce with a spicy dressing. It was good, but quite ...
... dead coral, smoothed by the waves. It actually looked more like smoothed bones.
I was disappointed with the amount of rubbish lying around, maybe deposited by tourists, but as for the dead rusting cars in ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
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The service was terrible and you had to fight off birds at the breakfast buffet. Although we had breakfast included in the room rate (booked pre-holiday at hotels.com), we had to sign a bill every morning and in the end they even wanted to charge us for the breakfasts. The rooms are acceptable, barely, the beach is nothing to write home about.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
TravelPod Member ReviewsHilton Curacao Willemstad
Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Curacao Willemstad
When we arrived the people were ready for us. In no time we were checked in and settled, ready to enjoy the facilities on an excellent location and superb climate. We had a relaxing ten day stay and were spoiled by the friendly staff. The restaurants were good and specifically appreciated the outside setting thereof. The beaches were pretty and clean. We enjoyed the watersport facilities as well as hard work facilities. From the hotel the little town of Willemstad is e 10 minute drive by Taxi and it is certainly worthwile to visit the local museums. When driving a rental car there are plenty of other beaches and area's that are worthwile a visit.
Arrived at Hilton Curacao, the true feeling of Paradise! Was offered a refreshing welcome drink...nice touch! Hotel has great plans for renovation which will definately put the hilton in top place of best hotels on Curacao! The location is amaizing and the landscaping is truely scenic. If you need a relaxing vacation this is just the place.
We stayed at the Curacao Hilton in August 2003. The hotel is not new, but very well-maintained. The hotel grounds were lovely. They included access to two small beaches from which one could snorkel or dive, extensive landscaping, remnants of Fort Piscadera and two pools. The parrots, to which other reviews have referred negatively, were a pleasantly musical and colourful addition. Our room was clean and spacious. From our balcony facing the west, we had a spectacular view of the sun setting over the bay, the hotel grounds and the hills in the distance. We highly recommend a room facing the sea. There are a well-equipped fitness center and a spa on the premises. We did not eat at the restaurants or visit the casino. However, we did have cocktails at the open-air bar while enjoying the live music offered nightly. The hotel staff were friendly, courteous and professional. We would definitely stay here again.
Good Hotel for Divers
Stayed here is late May 2003. We enjoyed our stay very much. The diver opreation is excellent. Two boat trips a day and usually 4to 6 divers per dive. We especially enjoyed the outdoor restaurant for dinner. We ate dinner outside of the hotel several times based on staff recommendations and enjoyed those restaurants as well.
Nice Hotel, work in progress
Stayed at the Hilton for one week mid July 2003. Had just changed from the Sheraton to the Hilton 3 months prior. One of the older hotels on the island and the interior (excluding lobby and lower level) was showing its age. They were in the middle of doing some improvements and updates since this place was built back in the 60's. The pool and beach area are great! Perfect location and the beach is private. Service was amazing at times and then at other times it was disappointing. The Hilton name is always a safe bet though. The Marriott is a little newer and has a great beach as well and they are literally yards apart from each other. I may try the Marriott next time.
Great place, will return this year
Stayed here in Nov. of 2002, great beach, ocean view room facing the sunset a must. Food and house wines were both excellent. Casino was the most friendly on the Island.
Stayed at the Sheraton over Christmas Week with three kids under 13. Had a fabulous time and recommend it to anyone with kids. Resort is friendly, safe and a totally relaxing experience. Etertainment several nights during the week was excellent. Our only complaint is the time it takes to get your food from when you order...eeons.. and the landscaping needs to be upgraded. We're told that Hilton is putting half a million into landscaping which will be nice....not that its bad...it just needs water and work and cutting and trimming....Hilton also putting all new baths, in after March 30th I don't know why. Ours were spotless.
We were there late March of 2002. The hotel is older (was a Hilton) but well maintained. Location, Location, Location...that's the strong point of this hotel. It's sheltered because it sits off the main shoreline in the mouth of a bay. The benifit to this this is less wind on the water and that equals better snorkeling/dive visibility. March is considered the windy season, but there was still 100' + visibility most of the time we were there. The downside to this hotel, and the reason I'm giving a 3 rating and not a 4, was the food. It seemed like the food was prepared ok, but the quality of the food was poor (horse burger? I couldn't tell...) If you want a better meal go to the Marriott next door....or try Hooks Hut (look for the pirate flag). The food at the Sheraton was pricey too (not a good combo.....$$$$ + bad food= go elsewhere). All in all we liked the hotel, the grounds and the staff. Also, if you or your kids like to collect sea-glass you'll never find a better place......anywhere.
I've been at Curacao Sheraton several times because business so I have not enjoyed all its features every time but I know it well. If you can get a rate below $110 it is a good value. Beach is small but very charming. Pools are great, special the big one which border visually melts with the sea, making a sunset view while drinking a Piña Colada an unforgettable experience. I've heard a complaint about the birds sound in the morning (only one person one time) so better ask for a 4 floor and up (I use to be in the second floor and I never heard those birds while being in the room).