The Mill Resort & Suites

Aruba, Caribbean

The hotel

Like a row of sugar cubes topped with terracotta pyramids and garlanded with palm trees, Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Palm Beach (operating as The Mill Resort and Suites until November '18) appears quietly understated – but its spirit is something quite different. Cool off by one of the swimming pools, with exotic cocktails from Bang Gozza Bar and the most recent addition — Mango's swim-up bar. Making stays both fun and relaxing, they’ve added in treats from a new spa and fitness centre (part of a recent revamp which also saw a modern makeover of guest rooms) to late breakfasts at the weekend, served until noon so you can lie in. (Although, who wants a lie-in when the sands of Palm Beach are just a complimentary shuttle ride away?)

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Children's Pool
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Just a ten minute stroll or free shuttle ride from Aruba’s Palm Beach, this hotel has its own zone on the popular sandy shore, with a Beach Attendant providing lounge chairs and palapa shades. It’s close to Bubali Bird Sanctuary, and within easy driving distance of other beaches and the capital, Oranjestad. Transfer time from airport: 25 minutes

Hotel information

193 rooms and suites. All with WiFi. Vista ROH Studio Rooms with Kitchen are 383 sq ft, and have a full kitchen, 4 person dining table set, and pool or resort ground views. Each has 1 king-size or 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 persons (minimum 1 adult required). 1 queen-size sleeper sofa available on request.

Breakfast option: daily breakfast in The Mill Restaurant; available at a supplement.

Vista ROH Royal Room, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Vista ROH Junior Room, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Double Room, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

King Room, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Vista ROH Studio Room, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children.

Junior Suites are larger, with 1 king-size bed and queen-size sleeper sofa, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Island Vista Double Queen, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Island Vista King Room, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Pool Vista Double Queen, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Pool Vista King Room, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Island Vista Junior Suite, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Pool Vista Junior Suite, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

2 Room Suites are a combination of a Double Room and a Junior Suite, sleeping maximum 8 persons (minimum of 1 adult required).

Island Vista 2 Room Suites are as above, but with views of the surroundings and island, sleeping maximum 8 persons (minimum of 1 adult required).

Pool Vista 2 Room Suite are as above, but with views of the pool area, sleeping maximum 8 adults and 2 children.

The Mill Restaurant (international menu, open for breakfast, lunch, and themed dinners). 2 bars including Bang Gozza bar (cocktails) and a swim-up bar (Mango's). Beachside food and beverage service*.

2 freeform swimming pools (saltwater). Children’s pool. Hotel beach section (on nearby Palm Beach, with Beach Attendant, lounge chairs, and palapa shades). Spa*. 24-hour fitness centre. Tennis courts (Tennis Pro available, night use*). Kids’ activity programme.

Concierge service. Complimentary WiFi. Shuttle service to and from Palm Beach. Thrifty car rental desk* (with discounts). Laundry facilities* (coin operated).

* Denotes local charge

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Mill went from Bankruptcy to Marriott Point Usage Property

Jul 24, 2020 phillytobostonguy Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

As Marriott has classified all their other properties as "Class 5 Resorts" with hefty point usage charges, they purchased the bankrupt, long abandoned, non-beach hotel located at the end of a very busy street known as the "The Mill" as an outlet for Marriott Honored Guest Members to cash in their points. While they have spent some money to clean… Read more
As Marriott has classified all their other properties as "Class 5 Resorts" with hefty point usage charges, they purchased the bankrupt, long abandoned, non-beach hotel located at the end of a very busy street known as the "The Mill" as an outlet for Marriott Honored Guest Members to cash in their points. While they have spent some money to clean the old joint up to look especially good in photos for Tourists that have never been to Aruba to judge, please be aware that The Mill is not in the same league as most other island resorts and located at the far end of hotel row. You'll need your walking shoes to get to the beach or a decent meal. Even in the Marriott / Regency Hotel world of hotels in Aruba, not to speak of all the other hotel chains, you'd be smart to pick another place to stay. If money is that tight for vacation, consider the Holiday Inn on Aruba's Palm Beach (it is the opposite end of the High-Rise Strip as The Mill), has a great beach, reasonable room prices with all-inclusive option (sorry but I can't recommend it) and right in the middle of the action. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Dissapoited

Mar 18, 2020 928desireee Toledo, Ohio

Not enough help at front desk. Frequently a line. Rooms are not cleaned well. Balcony had sand all over,obviously not swept. Upstairs hallways not cleaned. Ice machine not easy access. Difficult to keep machine open when filling ice bucket. Food was very expensive!!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Do Not Stay here

Mar 15, 2020 EsthJess

This resort was bought and turned into a Marriott. The new owner is screwing over all the time share owners who have been coming here for years with their families. He increased the maintenance fee by 50%, started charging more fees, assessed each owner a special assessment of $1000 per unit per week owned, and owners lost their originally… Read more
This resort was bought and turned into a Marriott. The new owner is screwing over all the time share owners who have been coming here for years with their families. He increased the maintenance fee by 50%, started charging more fees, assessed each owner a special assessment of $1000 per unit per week owned, and owners lost their originally purchased rooms to name a few things. Most of the staff here are nice but the food and beverages are overpriced! Read less
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Mar 1, 2020 jojorance Leeds, United Kingdom

My husband and I spent a week at The Mill back in October for our 5th wedding anniversary. The room was lovely and decorated beautifully for our anniversary. We had a view of the pool which is all lit up on an evening. All of the staff were lovely and even lent us some champagne glasses so we could go to the beach with a bottle of wine one… Read more
My husband and I spent a week at The Mill back in October for our 5th wedding anniversary. The room was lovely and decorated beautifully for our anniversary. We had a view of the pool which is all lit up on an evening. All of the staff were lovely and even lent us some champagne glasses so we could go to the beach with a bottle of wine one evening. We hired a car whilst we were there and could park it easily in the hotel car park. We took the shuttle bus to the beach on the first day but when we realised how close it was, decided to walk it on the other days. The hotel have an employee here who is happy to help. The hotel is close to restaurants, bars, shops etc but in a peaceful area. We visited a restaurant round the corner (mimosas) which does beautiful breakfasts and is affordable - we highly recommend. The pool, jacuzzi and pool bar are amazing, I wish we'd had more time there. Overall, our stay here was brilliant and we can't wait to go back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very good location even though not on the beach.

Feb 29, 2020 C476OLcharlieb

The Marriott Courtyard (Mill) resort in Aruba will eventually be a really good option to stay at in Aruba, but there are a few things that still need to be worked out. The property looks very updated and they have done a really good job on making it seem like a quality resort. Rooms, beds, showers and space are all very nice. With the recent… Read more
The Marriott Courtyard (Mill) resort in Aruba will eventually be a really good option to stay at in Aruba, but there are a few things that still need to be worked out. The property looks very updated and they have done a really good job on making it seem like a quality resort. Rooms, beds, showers and space are all very nice. With the recent takeover by Marriott, I expect there are still changes to come. On day one the room was not ready and when we did get in the floor had not been mopped and was really dirty, but this was resolved on day two and there were no other issues. The food at the pool is at most a 5 out of 10 and they were out of most local beef choices all week. All this being said, they do have several staff members that make it a great experience. Alba, Albert and Nicole are awesome. Great recommendations and conversations with all. We typically stay at the Marriott Stellaris and I am not sure that it is fair to compare the 2 properties, but that being said for not being on the beach, the location is really good and we would probably consider it again for the price and experience. The only other negative is the pool chair situation. There are only 39, yes I counted, lounge chairs at the pool and they are all "claimed" by 7:00 AM. They really need to find a way to make the pool deck space accommodate more people. I look forward to seeing what Marriott can do with this property. There is a lot of potential. Read less