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Otrobanda, the colorful cultural center in Willemstad, Curaçao

The name means “the other side. Otrobanda is known as one of the most artistic neighborhoods in Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao. Located just across the bridge from Punda, where you can find the main shopping areas and tourist attractions. This neighborhood offers a unique glimpse into Curaçao’s vibrant street art scene.

Although many tourists head to the Punda district to take pictures of the colorful houses and buildings, there are plenty of quieter side streets where artists have painted vivid scenes depicting life on Curaçao, including colorful fish jumping out of the water, women riding horses, and even the island’s traditional windmills.
This beautiful neighborhood in Willemstad is home to many historic buildings, such as the former Dutch Governor’s Palace, the old city hall, the St. Nicolas Church, the old schoolhouse, the old hospital and several others. There are also several museums and galleries here.

The colorful steps are one of the most photographed spots in the city. They are located at the top of Van Lennep Street, where you have a great view of the arched bridge called the Queen Juliana Bridge. Another popular place to visit are the murals that line the passage between Quinta Street and Cornelis Dirkswegh.

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    The historic district of Willemstad

    Otrobanda was once a rough neighborhood. But since the 1990s, artists and volunteers have transformed the place into a vibrant art center. Today, dozens of murals, sculptures and art installations can be seen in Otrobanda.

    In 1988, the government declared the area a historical monument, and in 1997 it entered the UNESCO World Heritage List. The neighborhood is also home to several galleries and museums dedicated to local history. One of the most popular attractions is the Kura Hulanda Museum and the Curaçao Museum. There are also many restaurants and bars where you can enjoy live music and dance performances.

    In 1634, the Dutch founded the port city of Willemstad on the Caribbean island. In 1795, it became part of the Dutch West Indies. A century later, in 1934, the United States took possession of the islands during World War II. During the postwar period, the U.S. government handed over Willemstad to the Netherlands, which regained control of the archipelago in 1986.

    Willemstad is located in the southernmost part of the main island of Curaçao, which lies off the coast of Venezuela. The city has a population of about 45,000. Most houses are built around small squares and streets, creating a typically Dutch pattern of housing construction. The city’s old quarter is surrounded by a wall dating back to the early 18th century. This area contains many examples of late Baroque and neoclassical buildings; some date from the 19th century.

    There are also numerous churches, including the Basilica Santa Ana, the oldest church building in Willemstad. Other notable buildings include the former Governor’s Palace, the City Hall, the House of Culture, the Art Museum, the National Library, the Maritime Museum, the Old Jail, the New Jail and the Botanical Gardens. Otrobanda is also home to the first nursing home. This building is located in the Kura Hulanda Village, where the beautiful boutique hotel “Kura Botanica” is also located.

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    Your Otrobanda ‘to do list’

    Otrobanda is one of those places where it seems like everyone knows each other. You are surrounded by friendly faces, and even if you don’t know anyone, you feel comfortable enough to strike up a conversation. And while there’s plenty to do in Otrobanda, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t spend some time getting to know the city.

    There are many ways to explore Otrobanda. Whether you’re looking for something new to try out, want to learn about the local culture or just want to see what makes this city so special, we’ve got you covered.
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    Curaçao Museum

    The Curaçao Museum is located in the capital city of Willemstad, Curaçao. This museum offers visitors the chance to learn more about Curaçao’s history, including the island’s natural environment, culture and social life. There are several galleries where you can see the evolution of the island over the centuries. One of these galleries displays the island’s flora and fauna, while another shows the traditional costumes and dances of Curaçao.

    Visitors can enjoy a variety of cultural activities at the museum, including dance performances, plays, music concerts, art exhibitions and even photography workshops. In addition, the museum hosts a number of special events throughout the year. For example, a Christmas market is held every December and the annual Carnival Festival takes place in February.

    Rif Fort & Renaissance Mall

    The Renaissance Shopping Mall is located in Otrobanda, next to one of Curaçao’s eight forts. This fort is called Rif Fort and is located at the entrance to the St. Lawrence River. Anna Bay. In 1824, it was decided that Curaçao’s defenses needed to be improved because they were outdated. Commissioned by Lieutenant General Krayenhoff, construction began in 1828. Besides the military purpose of construction, it also provided jobs on the island.

    The fort had 56 guns. Today, the reef fortress is home to a shopping center with many stores, restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas and entertainment venues.
    There are many stores where you can buy souvenirs such as clothes, accessories, jewelry, watches, bags, shoes, perfumes, cosmetics, electronics, toys, books, etc. You can even find some exclusive brands here. There is no doubt that this place will meet your needs.

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    If you want to eat out, there are many options to choose from. You can enjoy a drink while strolling through the mall. There are several places where you can get coffee, tea, juice, beer, wine, cocktails, water, soft drinks, etc. There are also various kinds of cafes, bars, pubs, lounges, etc., where you can listen to live music and enjoy each other’s company.
    For those who enjoy gambling, there are casinos in the mall. They offer slot machines, roulette, blackjack, poker, craps, baccarat, dice, etc. You can try your luck and win big prizes.

    Queen Emma Bridge

    Queen Emma Bridge is the bridge located in st. anna bay, connecting the 2 districts of Punda and Otrobanda. The bridge opens regularly to allow ships to enter the harbor.
    The bridge was built in 1988 and has since been renovated several times. The arches of light were installed on the occasion of the visit of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernard in 1955.
    Every time the bridge opens, there are two ferries to take you across. Do not forget to see this beautiful bridge in the afternoon, so you will be amazed by the beautiful and colorful houses. Also, don’t forget to see it at night with all those magical lights.

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    Otrobanda Architecture tour

    Another fun activity in the city center is an architecture walk, as Otrobanda is known for its beautiful architecture. A tour lasts +- 2 hours and you will learn all about the architecture, culture and people of this city.

    Kura Hulanda Museum

    The Kura Hulanda Museum is located in the Kura Hulanda village, as is our Hotel Kura Botanica, with all its historic buildings. The location of the museum is the exact site of a former slave yard. The museum tells the history of Curaçao, the Caribbean, the Americas and Africa. The museum shows how African culture still influences the island’s culture.

    Otrobanda is a great place to enjoy and explore the island’s culture. There are many fun activities you can participate in. And don’t forget the local culture! You will find many interesting places to explore and learn about.

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    Ingrid LanduytIngrid Landuyt
    18:20 08 Jan 24
    Dushi place to be!! ❤️❤️❤️
    lize huppeslize huppes
    01:00 04 Jan 24
    Had a very nice stay. Everything is clean and the place of the hotel is safe. Staff is very friendly & hospitable. Highly recommended!!
    Ximena Peña ortizXimena Peña ortiz
    10:39 22 Dec 23
    Very good hotel.. nice romanticthe staff is great. VeryAlways friendly and attentive. Good location. The cleaning people are very nice and everything is very clean.I would definitely return again.. thank you kura botanica and curaçao for a very good vacation.. in my heart ❤️
    Andrego StarmansAndrego Starmans
    15:33 04 Dec 23
    Jeroen SmeuldersJeroen Smeulders
    21:57 02 Dec 23
    Beautiful, nice and service-oriented boutique hotel in the heart of Willemstad.To be clear: If you book via Corendon: certainly not a 5* hotel (a good 4 is better). Missing some critical things. But they make up for it with great service!A quick summary of plus and minus pointsPlus:-Location. The heart of Willemstad. In the middle of restored Otrabanda. 15 minutes walk from Nieuwstraat. Nevertheless, very quiet.-Service: employees are super friendly and helpful.-Rooms. Rooms are clean and beds great. Nice shower. Are cleaned every day. And I mean really cleaned.-Nice poolside bar where there is a lot of chatting in the evening.-Adult only. Really nice.Minus:-No beach access. This is not something that you can blame the hotel for, but it is stated differently on the Corendon site. If you want to go to a beach, you will have to arrange that yourself. Otherwise they would have gotten 5 stars for location.-Swimming pool is quite small for 46 rooms. There are approximately 13 beds, so on busy check-out days: do the math.-Breakfast. They have outsourced breakfast to a restaurant nearby (Bario). Not a buffet but a la carte. During our stay we suffered from long waiting times. Kura management then took steps and things improved.-No gym.Extras:-If you stay here, it is wise to arrange a car for at least a few days.-Be informed by the hotel management about where to eat/be etc etc.
    Edward ErasmusEdward Erasmus
    14:10 06 Nov 23
    I had a wonderful stay at Kura Botanica in Curacao. This boutique hotel exceeded my expectations in every way. The rooms were not only nice but also impeccably clean, which is always a priority for me when traveling. The location is fantastic, being so close to Brionplein and Punda, making it convenient to explore the vibrant surroundings.The ambiance at Kura Botanica is truly special. It radiates charm and offers a tranquil atmosphere that made my stay even more enjoyable. The staff was welcoming and attentive, adding to the overall positive experience.I would highly recommend Kura Botanica to anyone looking for a cozy and well-maintained boutique hotel in Curacao. It's a gem that ensures a delightful stay in this beautiful destination.
    Whitney RedfieldWhitney Redfield
    16:59 22 Oct 23
    Amazing boutique adult only hotel. One suggestion ... full length mirrors. Excellent service. Kind staff. Free cappuccinos if you ask nicely. Very close to all of Willemstad. Many amazing restaurants near by. The retail shops had such great selections of clothing and souvenirs. Highly recommend!!
    Dennis YuDennis Yu
    04:37 06 Oct 23
    Great place for our networking event, Kolektivo Conference. Minister of Economic Development for Curacao showed up, too.Wish that the jacuzzi was warm.
    Bas SmitBas Smit
    17:10 26 Sep 23
    It is a beautiful hotel with a perfect manager..
    Jonathan MarquesJonathan Marques
    23:23 17 Sep 23
    Hotel with a beautiful garden, in the middle of a historic village. The service from the staff has always been friendly and multilingual. The room we stayed in was new and the bed was excellent!However, some problems were observed. They didn't replace the amenities for our last night, nor did they even collect a towel that was on the floor.The shower is also not separated from the rest of the bathroom, there is no curtain or shower stall which makes the bathroom wet. There was also a lack of support for soap and shampoo, which are on the floor.The parking lot is far away and you need to either walk with your bags or take your car close to the entrance and then return to the parking lot.But the worst thing for me was the breakfast. it is served in another hotel and there is no variety, it doesn't change between days, it is very simple and contained. You can just have a coffee and a juice and not repeat it. On the first day we were treated very poorly, even harshly, which made us not want to go back the next day.
    Andre AmmerlaanAndre Ammerlaan
    18:31 03 Sep 23
    It was wonderful, super beautiful location.The beds sleep wonderfully, we have completely relaxed.It is a piece of oasis in the middle of the city.So many beautiful things to see and do within walking distance.The staff was super friendly😀
    Marcelo FalkMarcelo Falk
    23:25 18 Aug 23
    Peter StephensonPeter Stephenson
    21:44 14 Aug 23
    Loving the hotel. Great location.
    Bart de JongBart de Jong
    22:03 21 Jul 23
    Great place to stay. Renovated only recently and rooms are excellent. Staff is very helpful and polite. Pool is a bit small but perfect to relax at the end of day. Or whenever you start your day later.Breakfast is in collaboration with a place 1min away and is taken good care off. Choices and taste are overall just good.They did tell Kura B is planning to build their own kitchen in the near future. But the 1min (literally) walk shouldn't trouble you.
    Travis AnthonyTravis Anthony
    17:43 02 Jul 23
    We are locals and wanted a relaxing escape from our usual routine. This place was extremely relaxing, with a beautiful pool surrounded by large trees to provide a great mix of shade and sun. The hotel is very well located with many great restaurants within a few minutes walk. The rooms are very well designed for an authentic Curacao experience. We would highly recommend a stay to both couples as to individuals visiting Curacao.
    naiomi sapphirenaiomi sapphire
    08:17 16 Jun 23
    I think this is best hotel in Curaçao!It is sweet and charming, the rooms are very clean and well kept. It is comprised of several buildings within the property. Vivid colours both inside and outside of the rooms. Lots of lush foliage and very serene, literally perfect for retreating from busyness and embracing relaxation.It’s tucked in Kura Hulanda village so there’s plenty to do and eat without walking more than 10 minutes but I recommend exploring nearby neighbourhoods like Otrabanda (where the hotel is), Punda and Pietermaai which are all walking distanceWhat’s most memorable is the keen hospitality of the KB team. I felt welcomed throughout the duration of my stay, not just upon arrival. They happily answered every question I had and was consistently kind and helpful.Janette, Teresa, Disney, Darrel, Rosalita, and the young lady w the cute headscarf that complimented my crocs - you guys are amazing!My only regret is leaving such a good review bc now I risk KB not being available when I return!
    Yannick Van Der MeirenYannick Van Der Meiren
    16:36 06 Jan 23
    What a great holiday we had here!Very new boutique hotel where nothing is too much to ask.A super service with people who do everything they can to make your holiday the best!Rooms are very nice, modern and spacious!Location is perfect to stay away from the hustle and bustle, but still be close to the center.The district is in full bloom and is very pleasant to be in. A drink, a snack in a quiet setting where most tourists have not yet found their way. A gem!Breakfast at Maira's kitchen was great!Thank you to all staff! You make the experience and trip even more beautiful.GreetingsKaren and Yannick
    Komplayt KinderopvangKomplayt Kinderopvang
    16:24 31 Dec 22
    We had a wonderful stay at Kura Botanica! It just opened, everything is new, thought about and the service is nothing short of amazing!It is beautifully situated in the middle of Willemstad, close to the Pontjesbrug, in a neighborhood that exudes and exudes innovation. The people are fantastic, the breakfast at Maira delicious. We would like to come back soon!Amelia and Martin
    ma noma no
    21:48 02 Dec 22
    The staff was verry nice and gave good advice. and the hotel was verry nice and clean. Francien HenriettaRocio Disney Derrel and Jeanette, thanks for the all the service. See your all next year....... B13.....
    Lars de BrabanderLars de Brabander
    20:20 26 Oct 22
    This fully renewed boutique hotel is truly a beauty. Completely renovated, it lies in historic Willemstad on one minute walking distance of the Anna Bay and very close to some of the nicest beaches in Curacao
    Thays VidalThays Vidal
    23:08 11 Sep 22
    After the renovation, this luxury hotel is gonna be a huge success 🙌Friendly staff and nice location.
    Ingrid LanduytIngrid Landuyt
    18:20 08 Jan 24
    Dushi place to be!! ❤️❤️❤️
    lize huppeslize huppes
    01:00 04 Jan 24
    Had a very nice stay. Everything is clean and the place of the hotel is safe. Staff is very friendly & hospitable. Highly recommended!!
    Ximena Peña ortizXimena Peña ortiz
    10:39 22 Dec 23
    Very good hotel.. nice romanticthe staff is great. VeryAlways friendly and attentive. Good location. The cleaning people are very nice and everything is very clean.I would definitely return again.. thank you kura botanica and curaçao for a very good vacation.. in my heart ❤️
    Andrego StarmansAndrego Starmans
    15:33 04 Dec 23
    Jeroen SmeuldersJeroen Smeulders
    21:57 02 Dec 23
    Beautiful, nice and service-oriented boutique hotel in the heart of Willemstad.To be clear: If you book via Corendon: certainly not a 5* hotel (a good 4 is better). Missing some critical things. But they make up for it with great service!A quick summary of plus and minus pointsPlus:-Location. The heart of Willemstad. In the middle of restored Otrabanda. 15 minutes walk from Nieuwstraat. Nevertheless, very quiet.-Service: employees are super friendly and helpful.-Rooms. Rooms are clean and beds great. Nice shower. Are cleaned every day. And I mean really cleaned.-Nice poolside bar where there is a lot of chatting in the evening.-Adult only. Really nice.Minus:-No beach access. This is not something that you can blame the hotel for, but it is stated differently on the Corendon site. If you want to go to a beach, you will have to arrange that yourself. Otherwise they would have gotten 5 stars for location.-Swimming pool is quite small for 46 rooms. There are approximately 13 beds, so on busy check-out days: do the math.-Breakfast. They have outsourced breakfast to a restaurant nearby (Bario). Not a buffet but a la carte. During our stay we suffered from long waiting times. Kura management then took steps and things improved.-No gym.Extras:-If you stay here, it is wise to arrange a car for at least a few days.-Be informed by the hotel management about where to eat/be etc etc.
    Edward ErasmusEdward Erasmus
    14:10 06 Nov 23
    I had a wonderful stay at Kura Botanica in Curacao. This boutique hotel exceeded my expectations in every way. The rooms were not only nice but also impeccably clean, which is always a priority for me when traveling. The location is fantastic, being so close to Brionplein and Punda, making it convenient to explore the vibrant surroundings.The ambiance at Kura Botanica is truly special. It radiates charm and offers a tranquil atmosphere that made my stay even more enjoyable. The staff was welcoming and attentive, adding to the overall positive experience.I would highly recommend Kura Botanica to anyone looking for a cozy and well-maintained boutique hotel in Curacao. It's a gem that ensures a delightful stay in this beautiful destination.
    Whitney RedfieldWhitney Redfield
    16:59 22 Oct 23
    Amazing boutique adult only hotel. One suggestion ... full length mirrors. Excellent service. Kind staff. Free cappuccinos if you ask nicely. Very close to all of Willemstad. Many amazing restaurants near by. The retail shops had such great selections of clothing and souvenirs. Highly recommend!!
    Dennis YuDennis Yu
    04:37 06 Oct 23
    Great place for our networking event, Kolektivo Conference. Minister of Economic Development for Curacao showed up, too.Wish that the jacuzzi was warm.
    Bas SmitBas Smit
    17:10 26 Sep 23
    It is a beautiful hotel with a perfect manager..
    Jonathan MarquesJonathan Marques
    23:23 17 Sep 23
    Hotel with a beautiful garden, in the middle of a historic village. The service from the staff has always been friendly and multilingual. The room we stayed in was new and the bed was excellent!However, some problems were observed. They didn't replace the amenities for our last night, nor did they even collect a towel that was on the floor.The shower is also not separated from the rest of the bathroom, there is no curtain or shower stall which makes the bathroom wet. There was also a lack of support for soap and shampoo, which are on the floor.The parking lot is far away and you need to either walk with your bags or take your car close to the entrance and then return to the parking lot.But the worst thing for me was the breakfast. it is served in another hotel and there is no variety, it doesn't change between days, it is very simple and contained. You can just have a coffee and a juice and not repeat it. On the first day we were treated very poorly, even harshly, which made us not want to go back the next day.
    Andre AmmerlaanAndre Ammerlaan
    18:31 03 Sep 23
    It was wonderful, super beautiful location.The beds sleep wonderfully, we have completely relaxed.It is a piece of oasis in the middle of the city.So many beautiful things to see and do within walking distance.The staff was super friendly😀
    Marcelo FalkMarcelo Falk
    23:25 18 Aug 23
    Peter StephensonPeter Stephenson
    21:44 14 Aug 23
    Loving the hotel. Great location.
    Bart de JongBart de Jong
    22:03 21 Jul 23
    Great place to stay. Renovated only recently and rooms are excellent. Staff is very helpful and polite. Pool is a bit small but perfect to relax at the end of day. Or whenever you start your day later.Breakfast is in collaboration with a place 1min away and is taken good care off. Choices and taste are overall just good.They did tell Kura B is planning to build their own kitchen in the near future. But the 1min (literally) walk shouldn't trouble you.
    Travis AnthonyTravis Anthony
    17:43 02 Jul 23
    We are locals and wanted a relaxing escape from our usual routine. This place was extremely relaxing, with a beautiful pool surrounded by large trees to provide a great mix of shade and sun. The hotel is very well located with many great restaurants within a few minutes walk. The rooms are very well designed for an authentic Curacao experience. We would highly recommend a stay to both couples as to individuals visiting Curacao.
    naiomi sapphirenaiomi sapphire
    08:17 16 Jun 23
    I think this is best hotel in Curaçao!It is sweet and charming, the rooms are very clean and well kept. It is comprised of several buildings within the property. Vivid colours both inside and outside of the rooms. Lots of lush foliage and very serene, literally perfect for retreating from busyness and embracing relaxation.It’s tucked in Kura Hulanda village so there’s plenty to do and eat without walking more than 10 minutes but I recommend exploring nearby neighbourhoods like Otrabanda (where the hotel is), Punda and Pietermaai which are all walking distanceWhat’s most memorable is the keen hospitality of the KB team. I felt welcomed throughout the duration of my stay, not just upon arrival. They happily answered every question I had and was consistently kind and helpful.Janette, Teresa, Disney, Darrel, Rosalita, and the young lady w the cute headscarf that complimented my crocs - you guys are amazing!My only regret is leaving such a good review bc now I risk KB not being available when I return!
    Yannick Van Der MeirenYannick Van Der Meiren
    16:36 06 Jan 23
    What a great holiday we had here!Very new boutique hotel where nothing is too much to ask.A super service with people who do everything they can to make your holiday the best!Rooms are very nice, modern and spacious!Location is perfect to stay away from the hustle and bustle, but still be close to the center.The district is in full bloom and is very pleasant to be in. A drink, a snack in a quiet setting where most tourists have not yet found their way. A gem!Breakfast at Maira's kitchen was great!Thank you to all staff! You make the experience and trip even more beautiful.GreetingsKaren and Yannick
    Komplayt KinderopvangKomplayt Kinderopvang
    16:24 31 Dec 22
    We had a wonderful stay at Kura Botanica! It just opened, everything is new, thought about and the service is nothing short of amazing!It is beautifully situated in the middle of Willemstad, close to the Pontjesbrug, in a neighborhood that exudes and exudes innovation. The people are fantastic, the breakfast at Maira delicious. We would like to come back soon!Amelia and Martin
    ma noma no
    21:48 02 Dec 22
    The staff was verry nice and gave good advice. and the hotel was verry nice and clean. Francien HenriettaRocio Disney Derrel and Jeanette, thanks for the all the service. See your all next year....... B13.....
    Lars de BrabanderLars de Brabander
    20:20 26 Oct 22
    This fully renewed boutique hotel is truly a beauty. Completely renovated, it lies in historic Willemstad on one minute walking distance of the Anna Bay and very close to some of the nicest beaches in Curacao
    Thays VidalThays Vidal
    23:08 11 Sep 22
    After the renovation, this luxury hotel is gonna be a huge success 🙌Friendly staff and nice location.
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