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    Ritz Carlton's Impact on Marriott Stellaris

    Thinking of staying @ Marriott Stellaris end of June. When there last year, felt the Ritz opening would further crowd the beach. I would appreciate hearing of Marriott experiences from anyone having stayed on property while the Ritz was open. Is there overflow of guests in water and on beach? Any impact to experience??

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    Their beach areas are two totally encompasses areas. They do not overflow.into each other one bit.
    ritz is stark and their 2 pools seemed empty to me. Stellar is does get crowded around the pool area BUT I would enjoy Stellaris much better than Ritz just my opinion

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    No real interaction, no impact. To me, The Ritz is a stand alone.
    Please contact via e-mail at arubarennowner@gmail.com



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    The Ritz's beach is pretty huge, and with two swimming pools, there is plenty of space for guests to spread out without having to go over to the Marriott.

    As others said there is a distinct "break" between the Marriott and Ritz Carlton brought about by the Vela Windsurf building.


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    Vela Windsurfing



    These pictures of the Ritz's beach are only a small portion of the area




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    I agree with Cindio I will preferred Stellaris .....The Riz is nice difference categorie of people
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    As mentioned, the Ritz is merely a complement to the other Marriott properties. While they are owned by the same company, they are targeted for specific guest experiences. No doubt, the Ritz is more high end. I have visited the past 3 days for a variety of experiences and all have been very positive. The Stellaris is the Stellaris and there is plenty of beach area to not feel negatively impacted.

    On the other hand, the lobby is outstanding. Because it is new there is not the crowded feel you get at other properties.....but that can be a good thing, if that fits your plan. The lounge area by the bar is outstanding as well as there has been live music (more jazzy) with a musician and soloist. As far as the Ritz Casino.....it too is outstanding and very nicely appointed. It does not have music such as the Stellaris, but you can do you thing without feeling you are out of place. The dress code is typical, so even though the Ritz caters to high-end, many are walking around like us.....with shorts, shirts, tank, etc. and sandals. One last thing, I'm not a smoker and don't hold any indifference to those that do.......but there is much less smoke than the Stellaris. It is very pleasant and so far no complaints. Tomorrow we will be having a sunset dinner at the property and we will post our reviews for those who might be interested.

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    thanks for posting the photo.
    are you staying there?

    we were at the ritz casino on may 9,in the evening.
    there were only a handful of players.
    my husband and i noticed the lack of smoke smell and attributed it to the place being new, few players and great ventilation.

    we found the lobby of the ritz to be boring looking, business like, stark.
    the few vases with bird of paradise plants was really the only stand out.
    then again, if the music was missing from the marriott hotel lobby, the center area would be pretty boring too.


    marriott should break their "boringness" when it comes to their properties...actually , imo, they should decorate according to the region they are in.
    it could be done very elegantly, bright, airy, welcoming.

    but, my last name is not marriott , and aruba is not my home , so i really have no say. i will shut up now.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunscreen View Post
    As mentioned, the Ritz is merely a complement to the other Marriott properties. While they are owned by the same company, they are targeted for specific guest experiences. No doubt, the Ritz is more high end. I have visited the past 3 days for a variety of experiences and all have been very positive. The Stellaris is the Stellaris and there is plenty of beach area to not feel negatively impacted.

    On the other hand, the lobby is outstanding. Because it is new there is not the crowded feel you get at other properties.....but that can be a good thing, if that fits your plan. The lounge area by the bar is outstanding as well as there has been live music (more jazzy) with a musician and soloist. As far as the Ritz Casino.....it too is outstanding and very nicely appointed. It does not have music such as the Stellaris, but you can do you thing without feeling you are out of place. The dress code is typical, so even though the Ritz caters to high-end, many are walking around like us.....with shorts, shirts, tank, etc. and sandals. One last thing, I'm not a smoker and don't hold any indifference to those that do.......but there is much less smoke than the Stellaris. It is very pleasant and so far no complaints. Tomorrow we will be having a sunset dinner at the property and we will post our reviews for those who might be interested.

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    We are not staying there as we own at the Marriott Surf Club. However, we may be staying there as we have an extra day and Marriott has a promotion for owners.

    Again, as for the lobby for us, it was fine and as mentioned from our perspective "outstanding," with the basic notion everyone will have to form their own opinion based on their experience. We are very familiar with Marriott properties and I will stress the Ritz caters to a specific market, which is not necessarily arrogant, etc.

    Finally, I spoke to an official at the Aruba Tourism office and asked for an opinion on the property. They too were impressed with the quality but have tempered that staff pay attention to be more welcoming. Also, there were comments about the rooms. Again, based on one's perspective, being "trendy" has a different meaning. However, even though the Ritz is not for everyone, those looking for a unique experience may very well enjoy it. It is just like the restaurants.......which some are very pricey and get rave reviews, but some my opt to save the money because their experience or budget may render different expectations. For now, even with its shortcomings we will be going back.

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    The casino was crowded when we were there Christmas week and there were no issues with cigarette smoke then either.

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