Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino Review

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Baden Powellweg 1, Willemstad 0000, Curacao
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Editor’s Review of Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino

For the little ones in your life who love the idea of playing on an authentic fort with real cannons -- this hotel has it. For the shop-a-holics in your life who love the idea of 60-plus brand-name retail outlets just steps away -- this hotel has it. For the "how-did-they-do-that" curiosity seekers -- this hotel really has it!

Located at the international port of Willemstad, the Renaissance Hotel, a AAA 4-Diamond Resort, has three features unique to Curacao and to most hotels in the Caribbean that really make this property shine above all others. Constructed here beginning in 2005, the property is built into the stone walls of The Rif Fort, the actual stone fort built in the 1870s to protect Curacao from invasion by the Spanish and later by the
... more Venezuelans.

When you first enter the walls of the fort, you are surrounded by an outdoor shopping plaza, owned and operated by the Renaissance. Here you'll find shops of every caliber along with ice cream vendors, bars and restaurants as well as umbrella-covered bistro tables to accommodate your people watching.

The Rif Fort is located on the deep-water port that divides Willemstad into two districts: Otrabanda and Punda, and therefore, some of the world's biggest ships enter here within just a few yards of the fort's walls and your guestroom. You can watch as the pedestrian bridge swings open several times a day to let those freighters and leisure boats through the port.

But, because of abrasive water conditions at this location, the hotel developers were challenged to provide a safe, sandy beach for their guests. To solve the problem, they created an infinity beach on the second level of the property 90-feet higher than the actual water front. It looks and feels like a normal beach with tons of soft sand appropriate for toe wiggling and castle building. Salt water waves gently wash ashore, but the ocean water is actually pumped up from the Caribbean, circulated through the hotel's air conditioning system and then deposited on the beach. The water then slides gently over a wall back into the ocean, creating an infinity beach. How cool is that!

The Renaissance is within an easy walk to all of the colorful fun of downtown Willemstad. The hotel can arrange for tours to the Hato Caves and Ostrich Farm, snorkeling and dive trips, or historic walking tours of the community.

Add that children 12 and under eat for free at this Renaissance property and you have an ideal resort and location for families wishing to experience the international flavors of Curacao.

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Our Editor Loves
  • Infinity beach and watching freighters arrive in port
  • All-inclusive rates and kids under 12 eat free
  • Access to shopping and downtown Willemstad
Family Interests
  • All Inclusive
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 384 Reviews
Not recommended
Reviewed on 01/16/2015
We stayed here for our honeymoon. The location is convenient to the downtown area, but there's not much at all to do there, so it's not a perk. There are very few good restaurants nearby, and the food at the hotel is terrible. ...
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The 237 guestrooms and suites of the Renaissance are located on four floors, all with interior entries; choose from seven room styles. The Ocean Queen and Resort King are most suited for more than three people; adjoining rooms are available as well. All rooms have some variation of a balcony, but note in the online room descriptions that French balconies are smaller with standing room only.

The ocean-view rooms are always a bit more expensive. The rooms that look out over the fort and shopping plaza are equally interesting and a little cheaper. Whichever accommodation you choose, cribs and rollaway beds are available at no charge. Each room includes a small refrigerator and a flat-screen TV. Each guestroom has multiple outlets convenient for charging electronics.

The guestrooms feature a king or two queen beds. Some guestrooms feature a balcony.

The one-bedroom suites feature a separate living and dining area or a sitting area with a sofa.

All of the typical amenities: ironing board, safe, hair dryer, etc. are included. Bathrooms include shower/tub combos and Aveda toiletry products, and two adult bathrobes and slippers are provided. DVD players are available for an extra charge. Although it's not for sale through the hotel, all of the artwork featured in guestrooms is original work by local artists. If you like it, ask the concierge where you can find more of the artist's work for a fun souvenir.


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