Marriott family I am looking to take a trip this summer to the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. I noticed that they have a Tradewinds Club... after reading about this I have two questions. 1) If you're a Gold or Platinum member, will you get access to the club automatically or is there still a fee?2) And if access to the club cost money, is it worth it?
We just got back from the Aruba Marriott & Stellaris Casino. We stayed there on points and thought about paying the extra $125 per day for the club but glad we didn't. We had the breakfast buffet almost everday which is $21 per person. With staying on the beach most of the day and going out to dinner I'm not sure how much we would have used the lounge.
I'm not sure if you pay for your stay and not use points like I did, if you would be upgraded for free but if you have to pay, my suggestion is not to.
We had a great time, the weather was perfect and would without doubt go back.
I can 1000% confirm this is not correct. As a resort, you do not have access to this CLUB without paying. This is NOT a concierge lounge. Several Marriott Resorts have a higher level of Club than the Conceirge lounge. Aruba, Desert Springs, Cancun are some that come to mind. They are not included in the Gold/Plat benefits. Access to this lounge is only granted either by reserving or via an up charge.
We have stayed at this property almost annually.
(Just realized I was replying to something 4 years old. May have been some confusion when the Club first opened. My post is correct though. )
I was at the Marriott Stellaris in Aruba in December of 2008 - and did upgrade to the Tradewinds. I found the upgrade well worth it... you do have to pay $125 per night on top of the points.... but you should be able to use additional points to cover the costs-by reaching out directly to the tradewinds club .. it is new and the Marriott Reservation desk was not able to handle it, but working with the club I was able to do it. The hospitality of the staff was impeccable. It is a very limited group in the club so you receive personal attention which I liked and the staff made recommendations and reservations for dinner each evening.. the club includes breakfast each morning, lunch each afternoon and a light dinner and cocktails every evening.. bottled beer is available all day and premium beverages are available each evening 6-9.. In addition the club has its own palapa huts on the beach which are seperated from the rest of the hotel huts which are very crowded - and offer free rafts... these are available on a first come first serve basis but we never had a problem.. as a note if you plan on going to the beach get the hut before breakfast.
We met many guests in the club that week - and they were all Marriott Rewards Guests, and they all used points for their stay - and all thought they would not upgrade you to this level without points or $$ - some of the folks we had met had stayed at many places and thought this was the "best deal" with the high cost of food and drinks on Aruba... I would definately do it again.
Just got back from Aruba and stayed in the Tradewinds club. I was leery about paying the $125 per night upgrade fee, but felt it was well worth it once I had done it
Aside from feeling like Marriott should let you use points to upgrade to that level and that as a platinum level traveler they should let you use the lounge even if you are not staying there. I know others on the chat have indicated they you could upgrade with points vs the money, if you called and made special arrangements. I was out of points so that was moot and I did not try. They would not let you use the lounge if you were simply a platinum member and staying on another floor or at least that is what they indicated to me.
My wife and I went for her 40th birthday and paid for the Tradewinds club. Our whole point was to relax and if that is what you were after this is the way to go. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner drinks & appetizers every day in the lounge. All the water, beer, pop you wanted anytime, the pop and water you could take out the beer you had to drink in the lounge. All that on top of the other amenities – Most of important was the part of the beach just for tradewinds folks (Less crowded), and the very nice rooms. You still had to get up and reserve a Palapa in the morning, but well worth it.
From a math stand point somebody indicated they did breakfast for $21 a day – I don’t think you could actually eat for 2 on site for $21 but lets stick with that. Add 40 for lunch (We had lunch in one of the restaurants and it cost more like $50 (2 beers - $10, a cheesesteak sandwich $14, a coke $5 and a hamburger- $14, plus tip and tax). It was warm and we drank 5 bottles of water a day at $3.5 each 35 so now we are at $96. We have not added in Appetizers, drinks, Desserts, Beer/ Pop during the day plus the other amenities. If you really wanted to go on the cheap you could spend less but the bottom line is you would not have to try very hard to get above the $125 per day.
We had a great time and a great trip, we did nothing but hang out at the resort but we had been to Aruba before and knew this was a short trip. So that is my 2 cents worth!
Hi! Just thought I would let you know about our recent Tradewinds experience. We were not very sure if we should do it or not, but did have a great time while in Aruba. Basically, I will tell you about the experience, and you can make your own judgement.
1-you do have to pay an extra fee, even if you are using points and even if you are a platinum member. We are Platinum members and did use points for this stay. Our additional fee was $125 (this fee is for 2 people only) for Tradewinds, $50 for oceanview room, and $70 for each child in room. In our case, we have 2 children, but were able to negotiate a fee for one child only since one of our children was younger. So, our total was $245.00 per night on top of the points we used. (125 +50+70=245)
2-You do not have access to the Tradewinds club just because you are a Platinum member, no matter what any of the phone reservationists say. One of the customer service people said we could use it without paying upgrade, another one said we didn't have to pay an upgrade, but they are just not totally informed. If you have ANY questions, call Tradewinds directly and they will be happy to assist you with anything. The people you will be talking to are actually sitting in the Tradewinds club, at the service desk on the 8th floor of the hotel when you call. They can answer any questions. Even though the Marriott Customer Support and Marriott Reservationist thought they were helping me, I found the only "true" information was the information you get directly from the Tradewinds desk.
3-The tradewinds was a great experience, and basically, we probably "broke even" on the additional fees we had to pay. For example, we ate breakfast there (which is always good by the way, eggs, pancakes, bagels, fruits, bacon, sausage, yogurt, etc, etc) which in the restaurant for 4 people would have been between $65-$80 a day. Then lunch, (which was okay--mostly wraps, some salad on days, and always chips/slasa), desserts) which would have been at least $80 a day. Then dinner, which was wings one night, coconut shrimp on another night, beef skewers, etc. This was really not a "dinner", it was more of an appetizer type thing, but we did eat there several nights after long days in the sun. That would have cost the family of 4 around $100 for just the appetizers and drinks, & desserts. So, that totals approximately $260 a day--then you throw in the free Wi-fi connection in your Tradewinds' rooms, and concierge lounge and you are definitely doing better financially. Finally, for us, the real benefit was the drinks, water, and sodas. The water and soda is anywhere from $2.50 and up in the hotel, and our kids went through a ton a day. That probably saved us $50 a day. Regularly drinks are charged by the can, or they also charge for EACH refill. Bottled water can be $3-4 a bottle.
3-The beach is nice but is not really set up in the "Tradewinds" manner that is represented in the advertisements yet. There is not a designated room/hut on the beach for Tradewinds' people yet, and there are only 10 palapas for the entire Tradewinds floor members on the beach to share. Also, the "private" beach is only about 30-50 feet across and is really just part of the recreation business's area to get on boats and parasailing sign ups. BUT, this does not take away from the enjoyment of the vacation, this is just something that the Marriott is still working on, and has not finished yet. The beach is not overcrowded anyway, and Tradewinds also provides a free float to each room, each day. It's great to float around in the water.
The rooms are great. They are basically a King size or 2 queens in each room with an additional chair and desk, dresser, flat screen, etc. The balconies are nice, we had one that overlooked the pool and ocean. The only larger rooms are the suites, which are normally another additional $150 a night (on top of points and other $ upgrades that you have already paid). The bathrooms are large, and have walk in closets within them for more clothes storage.
Just so you know, the pictures you see on the Marriott webpage are exactly as they seem for the tradewinds concierge club.The room with tables (in the pictures) is about 25 x 20, and that is where you eat. The area with computers is right next to the eating room (just a small desk with a few computers). The room with couches is about 15 x 15, and is connected to the eating area with more flat screen TVs. There are a total of 3 flatscreens in the concierge level to watch.
The Tradewinds club level is only accessible by a special key on the elevator, and you need the same key for the actual club entrance. You don't even have to walk up to the hotel registration, which saves a ton of time when the lobby is crowded. The Tradewinds club has it's own registration, and is very quick. The staff is very friendly and extremely helpful.
There were days that we went to eat and there really wasn't anything that some of our "picky" eaters would eat. The staff was more than accomodating by quickly making something in the kitchen that would be suitable. This was greatly appreciated!
So, that is my book on the Tradewinds. I hope this helps some of you that had questions.
More Aruba Links:
Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1332
Marriott's Aruba Surf Club http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1331
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1285
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1330
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