Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino Hotel, Oranjestad
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino Hotel
Excellent at the Renaissancefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Because of the location, in O'stad, we did not require a car. (I cabbed it to the golf course for my 1 round). While the Beach Tower was completing construction, we stayed in the Marina tower. Our room was clean, updated, and fresh smelling. Service began at the moment we arrived, and contiued until the departure time. The most exceptional part of the Renaissance is the private island. It has all the amenities, and serves great lunches. Two beaches and lagoons are there, one is "american, and the other can be considered "european or adult" (topless). If drinking is your thing happy hours were staggered so you could hit all of them at the resort. 3:00 to 4:00 on the island, 4:00 to 5:00 at the Marina tower, and 5:00 to 7:00 at the Beach tower. Since this was our first trip to Aruba, (and third vacation of the year), we vowed to relax, and relax we did. Spent the first three days on the island soaking up sun and drinks, veturred about for a couple days, and wrapped up the stay with a couple days on the island. I would recommmend this for anyone who is a first timer, as you will get a good feel of the aruba city life. Return visits may take you to "hotel row", which is removed some miles from the marina and O'stad city. If we were to return we would stay at the Renaissance. As I am primarily brand loyal by nature, I stay at Marrioot. This trip was booked through American Airlines vacations. Our trip included a 150.00 room credit, and several usable values, 2 for 1 breakfast, 2 for 1 spa and massage, 2 for 1 las vegas style show (two casinos at the resort.) this is not quite up to the Renaissance in Chicago, but it is a quality hotel that is being completely refurbished. The staff is attentive in the Marriott fashion. Bartenders are a bit slow as compared to the city, but hey, you are in Aruba man, be patient. Great place, and would recommend take a look for the price. Local food hangouts are excellent. Go off beaten poath in O'stad and try the cuban restaraunt.
Private Island worth the tripfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Plus, we weren't aware most of the Beach tower rooms are time shares.
The Marina Tower rooms have literally just been redone. Our room looked completely brand new.....with the exception of the bathtub and toilet.
What makes the resort spectacular is the private island. It was pretty neat taking the boat over (2-3 minute ride) to Renaissance's own private island. There's a gym, a spa, restaurant (we received the best service of our entire trip here), and two beautiful white sand beaches with plenty of lounge chairs and hammocks. The drinks at the private island are also much better than those at the actual resort. We visited the "hotel strip" at Palm beach a few times and even though you can walk out of the hotel onto the beach, we preferred the private island hands down. Palm beach is crowded and we heard from many guests staying in one of the hotels there that you had to fight for a lounge chair and if you got up to go get a drink or whatever, someone would steal your chair even if you left your towel and "stuff" laying on it. We never came close to having this problem at the Renaissance. This resort hopefully will improve on the service. I know the Renaissance just recently purchased this resort and are still in the "improvement" process. We would definitely go back to this resort. However it won't be during Christmas week. The rates during this week were around $300/night which is almost double the cost at other times in the year.
Now after saying that, we had one of the best New Year's that either of us have ever experienced. We had a great dinner, believe it or not, at Texas de Brazil....one of our hometown favorites. DO NOT go here unless you are a big meat eater. After a wonderful dinner with exceptional service, we walked across the street to the Hyatt where we waited until midnight in two chairs on the beach. In Aruba on New Year's, fireworks are constantly going off ALL day and night with big finallies so to speak at a quarter 'til midnight and keep goint until about 12:10 a.m.
It was absolutley beautiful. I can't even begin to explain it. We also learned while we were there, you need to make reservations ahead of time if you want to go to some of the popular restaurants....ex. El Gaucho. We weren't on this trip to make reservations and be tied to a schedule, so we were okay just going when we wanted to go. To wrap it up, this was a great resort. It's right downtown and when you go downstairs you're in one of the best walk around single story malls around. Gucci, Cariter, Guess, many high end jewelry stores (remember everything is duty free), among other high end stores right out your front door. The service is where they are lacking. Plus, we weren't aware of the 15% service charge EVERYWHERE. Then on top of that they ask you to give a tip to the waiter. Both of us have waited in the past and feel too guilty not leaving anything, so most of the time we were leaving 30% when we finished our meal. This is a little over the top, but we were unaware how to handle these situations and were too lazy to ask.....we will probably go back to Aruba and when we do we will probably either stay at the Renaissance, the Wyndham or the Ritz-Carrolton(still two years from completion).
Watch out for constructionfrom reena102
The Renassiance was fantasticfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Loved It, Despite the Construction!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Sonesta- more like SoNASTYfrom wolftactical
Under Contructionfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The service was good.
Okeanos Spafrom Dipsylee
A great combination of the town and beachfrom pab99
August 7-11 2003from A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Oranjestad
It DOES rain in Aruba Don't believe the Aruban marketing materials! It DOES rain here sometimes.
Relax! The island is small and it has things for all tastes. Just rent a car, drive everywhere and get a taste of everything. It is worth spending some money on a couple of good restaurants. And don't miss the party on Tuesday! By the way, ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT AT LEAST 3 HOURS AHEAD! The security process is ridicoulous!
Use the Taxi's Don't bother with the DePalm Tour that takes you to and from the airport. All of the hotels are within 15 minutes of the airport. There are always taxi's at the airport. You will be out basking in the sun much faster by taking the taxi than sitting in the tour bus that stops at 5 or 6 hotels.
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- Address: L G Smith Blvd 82 - Oranjestad - Aruba
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