Welcome to Scuba Lodge, a charming boutique hotel nestled in the historic heart of Willemstad's Pietermaai District. Our story begins in the 1800s, when our iconic buildings were constructed. Today, we proudly uphold the rich heritage of this vibrant neighborhood.
Originally established in the late 17th century by Mayor Pieter de Meij, Pietermaai flourished outside the crowded walls of Punda. With the removal of city fortifications in the 1850s, the district blossomed into a hub of residential estates, theaters, and restaurants. Entrepreneurs, artists, and musicians flocked to Pietermaai, shaping its lively atmosphere.
However, times changed with the rise of the automobile and cheaper land prices elsewhere. in 1915, Royal Dutch Shell established an oil refinery on Curaçao and started building houses for its employees in different parts of the island. Pietermaai faced a decline, becoming a neglected neighborhood plagued by homelessness, crime, and drug use.
But a vision for revival emerged. Driven by dedicated entrepreneurs, Pietermaai underwent a remarkable transformation over the last decade. Abandoned buildings were meticulously renovated, breathing new life into the area. Today, Pietermaai stands as a dazzling architectural gem, blending the charm of its historic past with a fresh, modern allure. The vibrant spirit of yesteryears has been reignited!
At Scuba Lodge, we've meticulously restored our five buildings, preserving their original architecture and seamlessly blending them into their surroundings. With each step, we honor the past while embracing the present. If only these walls could talk...