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* (new). 24-hour fitness centre. Tennis courts (Tennis Pro available, night use*). Kids’ Activity Program.

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 reviews of this place do not do it justice!

May 9, 2019 TT S London, United Kingdom

So I reluctantly stayed at The Mill due to the reviews but I am so glad I went with my gut. We booked a newly renovated room which that was a bit of a hassle I must admit but once we got past this hurdle the hotel was fine. The staff are great - Nelson at the swim up bar is just so sweet and friendly and just the best. Our room was a newly… Read more
So I reluctantly stayed at The Mill due to the reviews but I am so glad I went with my gut. We booked a newly renovated room which that was a bit of a hassle I must admit but once we got past this hurdle the hotel was fine. The staff are great - Nelson at the swim up bar is just so sweet and friendly and just the best. Our room was a newly renovated room and was clean and modern. Housekeeping was daily. I met her once and she too was lovely. The hotel isn't on the beach yes, but its honestly like a 7 min walk if that. It's a bit of a stretch to say its a long walk, its not a long walk at all. Maybe if you are used to car life it is a long walk or in comparison to hotels on the beach it isn't but its not far. The pool is great and the hotel isn't crazy busy so it was nice and relaxing. Stay here there is not a better value hotel for the price and facilities. Yes its not the Hilton but its nice I have no complaints. I secretly don't want it to become too popular because its such a nice and relaxing hotel but I also want them to flourish so book here you won't be disappointed. A tip call them if you can you will get the best rate. Read less
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May 7, 2019 Michele G

We just spent 2 weeks at this location. Their rooms are newly renovated. We enjoyed a huge king bed with a large screen TV! The pool and jacuzzi area were very nice. We rented a car so did not use the shuttle but did use their beach. It’s at the end of Palm Beach where there are lots of restaurants and shops! Still some renovations to be… Read more
We just spent 2 weeks at this location. Their rooms are newly renovated. We enjoyed a huge king bed with a large screen TV! The pool and jacuzzi area were very nice. We rented a car so did not use the shuttle but did use their beach. It’s at the end of Palm Beach where there are lots of restaurants and shops! Still some renovations to be completed so a little noise but not too bad. There’s an all night club out front so make sure your room is away from this area. We met some kids that went and danced but we did not. The price was great and we had a refrigerator and microwave! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very nice property

May 7, 2019 MannyM832 Las Vegas, Nevada

This is a nice rebuild property, I’ll came back again, it’s not on the beach but they have an small vehículo doing trips to the beach, it’s close and walking distance, but better to take their shuttle services.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Disappointing

Apr 26, 2019 CrazySnailTraveller Snailbeach, United Kingdom

This hotel is going to become a Mariott Courtyard sometime next year. But the standards how they are now, very low, i also don’t really understand how they got 4 stars. At first when you enter the room it seems cool and clean, but when you look more careful, the floors are dirty and with hairs, all the corners look like nobody ever cleaned the… Read more
This hotel is going to become a Mariott Courtyard sometime next year. But the standards how they are now, very low, i also don’t really understand how they got 4 stars. At first when you enter the room it seems cool and clean, but when you look more careful, the floors are dirty and with hairs, all the corners look like nobody ever cleaned the there and so on.. I stayed in a renovated room, but down at the shower it was already black and the toilet seat was completely moving.. One pillow case was yellow.. There were a lot of mosquitoes, we asked if they can do something, they said no, there is no spray or anything.. The personal at the front desk really need a lot of training. The sunbeds are very old, you have the impression you’re going to fall down.. You can hear everything through the doors, and top of the top was the night club in front of the hotel - no chance of sleeping between 2 and 5 AM.. With the renovation they are far from being finished, but it didn’t bother us much.. The good parts: the personal at the restaurant - very nice and attentive; they have a good breakfast; the hairdryer was very good; the mattress was comfortable. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Overall - a big disappointment

Apr 12, 2019 U082926e Northport, New York

I needed a place to stay for a few days while taking some meetings at the airport. Upon checking in, it is clear to see the ongoing construction which the staff said was going on for a year. They took a $100 hold on my credit card for incidentals, but I was NEVER allowed to put anything on the room charge. Not lunch, not dinner, not drinks- so… Read more
I needed a place to stay for a few days while taking some meetings at the airport. Upon checking in, it is clear to see the ongoing construction which the staff said was going on for a year. They took a $100 hold on my credit card for incidentals, but I was NEVER allowed to put anything on the room charge. Not lunch, not dinner, not drinks- so why did they take the hold in the first place? I asked for a room with a pool view because the pool is beautiful. See photo of my pool view from the terrace complete with handmade wooden ladder. The design of the shower means that the water flows from the shower into the toilet area and then finally out the bathroom door. What a mess. The food was very average and the service was slow. My suggestion is to do your homework and find another place- at least until the never ending construction is completed. Read less