It’s something we all worry too much about: Where do we stay on our vacation? Many newcomers to Curacao realize how many hotels, motels, and hostels there are to choose from, and become worried that they will pick the “wrong” one. But there is no single answer that’s best for everyone. Most travelers to Curacao can be happy at many different hotels, and nearly everyone can find something within their budget range.
Just because Curacao is a resort island doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money for your sleeping accommodation if you don’t want to. Remember, this is your vacation. You shouldn’t stress out about picking the perfect place to stay. In this article, I’m going to tell you my favorite places to stay for every price point.
I remember my first trip to Curacao, over winter break when I was a college student in the United States. At the time, I had almost no money, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me from enjoying my first trip to the Caribbean. Many people don’t realize how cheaply they can actually stay in Curacao, if they are willing to do without some of the luxury amenities that are common to the more upscale resorts. Depending on the time of year and which hostel you pick, you can stay in Curacao for as little as $20-40 per night per person. Personally, I’m of the mindset that it doesn’t matter where I sleep, as long as it’s safe and clean. The important thing is how I spend my waking hours when I’m on vacation.
If you share that mindset or if you just don’t have a lot of money to spend, I highly recommend looking into a hostel. There are hostel search engines such as hostels.com where you just need to enter Curacao as your destination, and it will show you what’s available. Hostels are a highly underrated option, that most travelers just completely ignore or don’t even know about.
Generally speaking, the hostels in Curacao clean them every day, so you need not worry too much about getting a dirty room (but be sure to read the reviews to make sure before you book your stay.) If you are worried about the security of your belongings, you should know that most hostels provide a locker that’s big enough for you to store a suitcase. If you are worried about personal safety, know that each room has a key so that only authorized guests can enter. Additionally, many hostels offer all-female or all-male dorm rooms.
Hostels generally offer barracks-style or dorm-style accommodations. It’s definitely not fancy, but you probably didn’t come to Curacao to spend all your time in a hotel anyway. Enjoy some great restaurants, hit the beaches, and have fun.
One word of advice: If you choose to stay in a hostel and you snore, you should really bring some anti snoring devices. If you learn how to stop snoring before you arrive, your roommates will thank you.
If you want a nicer accommodation than a hostel, but don’t want to spend the money for a luxury resort, you should look into some of the villas on the island. As a resort area, Curacao has some great villas that are cheaper than fancy hotels. You can find a good villa for around $50-60 per night per person.
Some of these villas have a brilliant view of the Caribbean Sea, so they’re perfect for people who like to see the beach from their window. Note that many villas have multiple bedrooms, so this is a good option if you’re traveling with your family or a group of friends. If you’re traveling by yourself, villas may not be the most cost-effective choice for you.
A local company such as Seaside Curacao can help you find a villa that’s within your price range and has the amenities that you want.
I’ll be honest: I don’t have a lot of personal experience with luxury accommodations on Curacao, because I’m a cheapskate when it comes to my travel budget and I don’t spend enough time in my hotel to really enjoy it anyway. Nevertheless, Curacao has a lot of great resorts with every amenity you could possibly want.
One of the most popular choices is the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino. The Marriott here is absolutely beautiful. In addition to having its own casino, it has its own beach resort and several different restaurants where you can get a taste of the cuisine that Curacao has to offer. Locals here eat a lot of seafood, and the Marriott’s Portofino Restaurant does it better than just about anyone else. If you’re staying at the Marriott, you absolutely have to hit the bar at least once and try a curacao, the gold-colored liqueur for which the island is famous.
Depending on the season, rooms at the Marriott generally cost about $150-400 per night. That’s out of my price range, but if you can afford to splurge you can have a great time at the Marriott.
I hope this article has helped to point you in the right direction. If you have any questions for me, or if you’d like some more specific recommendations of places to stay in Curacao, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me using the link at the top of the page.