Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino Hotel

, Palm Beach, Aruba
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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino Hotel

, Palm Beach
J E Irausquin Blvd 85 - Palm Beach - Aruba Hotel Website | 586-1234
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from A TripAdvisor Member
We sure enjoyed our visit to Aruba and will probably return within the next year but the Hyatt was not what we expected.

The rooms were small and dark, the beach and pool was crowded. There were guests of the Holiday Inn and the hotel next door hanging around our pool area, taking up chaise lounges and bragging about how they pay discounted rates and use the Hyatts pool.

If you are looking for a relaxing vacation at an above average hotel, Hyatt is not the place.

We met folks that stayed at the Radisson and raved about it, I think we will try the Radisson next time

Legit review

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from a weeks's stay and was very impressed with the Hyatt. It has some flaws but overall it is a beautiful place. The rooms are medium size with 4 star amenities, the gounds are lovely, the casino fun, the beach beautiful... had no problem getting a hut at 9am!!! The spa was excellent, the staff friendly and helpful. The only negative was a meal at the Ruinas, very old red snapper. The hotel is pricey, but a well-run enjoyable place.

trouble in paradise

from A TripAdvisor Member
I agree with the Hartford Connecticut review--stress out each day for beach and pool chairs: too many kids: mediocre entertainment;suite and concierge floor not worth the money; stay away on major holiday weekends

Hyatt is nice

from ScubaSherri
We just returned from a 12 night trip to Aruba. We stayed at the Hyatt for 4 nights and the remainder at the Radisson. I have nothing bad to say about the Hyatt but we preferred the "extra" that the Radisson offered. The staff is friendly and efficient. The Palms restaurant offers a variety of choices for lunch. No complaints!!

loved the hyatt

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hyatt was fantastic. We booked our second trip the day we returned from our first. Great for kids, amazing service very clean. If you want the meal of a lifetime, ask for pampered in paradise for a private meal on the beach with your own waiter. Overall, couldnt have enjoyed it more.

Hyatt Regency number one on the Island

from A TripAdvisor Member
Having stayed before at the Aruba Marriott Resort and the Aruba Renaissance Resort, the Hyatt Resort beats both of the aforementioned. Please see also my Reviews of the Marriott and the Renaissance.Location: Right in the middle of Palm Beach, right on the white sand beach. Walking distance to other major hotels and many restaurants. Across the street you will find a variety of easy dining options for a quick bite (e.g. sbarros, subway).Design and Architecture: Up-to-date Resort blends in nicely with the tropical atmosphere. Offering a classy but casual open air lobby with warm natural colors, overlooking the gardens, pools and the beach. People are enjoying nightly entertainment in large lounge chairs while sipping on their cocktails. Surely, a place to spent an evening. Very relaxing, very airy, very Caribbean. Nice change from all the older hotels on Palm beach (like the Radisson, the Wyndham or the Marriott) which are showing their age.Grounds: Large multi-level pools embedded in extremly well kept tropical gardens with waterfalls, ponds, exotic birds and flowers. Large, winding water slide for the kids. No shortage on loung chairs no need to reserve early. Best feature: Most of the well-cushioned lounge chairs offer their own covers from the sun (nice idea!).Rooms: Rooms are - in comparison with the rest of the hotel - rather standard (however, do not forget we are talking about good Hyatt standards) in size and furnishing. No surpirses there. Very efficient air-conditioning. Only oceanfront rooms and suites are offering large balconies otherwise you have to be satisfied with step-out balconies. However, almost all rooms are offering nice views (nearly all with partial oceanview) complemented with either pool or garden vistas. Best thing: You cannot end-up with a parking-lot view room, because hotel guest parking is on the other side of the street. No room is facing that side. So relax there cant go too much wrong view-wise at this hotel. (Note: With respect to the larger room size and the balcony situation those are the only hardware features why someone would choose the Marriott over the Hyatt)Staff: Very friendly,helpful and alert, always with a smile. People seem to enjoy working there.Restaurants: Nice atmospheric and airy restaurant area. Restaurants include Japengo (Asian), Ruins del Mar (Seafood) and Piccolo (Italian) all gouped around a little, very romantic lake. All are offering top quality (all rank among the best island restaurants) and are extremly popular with out of Resort guests and weddings.Beach: Like all of Palm Beach very nice and clean. Beach attendants are helpful. But get up early to get a front or second row hut (Line up at 7 am). However, if your vacation goals are circling around a front row hut, and you like sleeping in, take it easy, for $25 a limited number of front row huts (or $35 for the cabanas) are out for rent the evening before. (Note: The hut situation is nearly the same at any other hotel).Rate: Booked the room through the web side. Rate offered for the category (Pool view-partial ocean view) was $ 198 per night (including $ 100 in resort credits).

hyatt - a nice hotel; good beach

from semsem
We had a very nice room overlooking the beach. We were 3 in the room and very comfortable with 2 large King size beds.It was in early december and the hotel was full. It is located on the best area of the beach in Aruba in my opinion.Though the beach was often crowded, especially when the cruise ships are in town (I think the cruise passengers use the beach at the Hyatt), we always managed to find a seat with shade.If you are looking for a quiet resort with no crowds, this is not for you.At first it bothered me but I soon got used to this. And we had a very pleasant time.In the evening the pool was nice and quiet. That's when I would swim there.We walked over to the Marriott. It seemed quieter there and the rooms I think are larger. The only negative I thought was that the beach was not as nice. It seemed shallow to me but it's still a nice resort and considerably cheaper than the Hyatt.The Radisson, next to the hyatt was being remodelled at the time but it looked nice.We were at the Hyatt 4 years ago. I recommend this hotel.The nice thing about aruba is that there are no hurricanes here. While in Aruba, tourists on Cayman had to be evacuated. So always check the type of weather you can expect when you go to the Caribbean.In the evening, before going to bed, we used to enjoy going to TCBY Yoghurt who have a yoghurt store right in the hotel.

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from Justrishere
Or tied for first with the Raddison. But what this one has that adds to the Raddison is live entertainment every night. A band plays at one bar area. And there is Karaoke every night at another bar area. You really never have to leave the resort.

The rooms are standard, maybe a bit larger than a typical standard hotel room. But room service is outstanding. Candy on the pillows everynight when the Turn-down Service maid comes in. (I didn't know what Turn-down service was before - it's when the maid comes in and turns down the sheets for you before bed). The 2-3 times we requested room service, food arrived within 15 minutes. There are a lot of workers at this resort, so assistance is very easy to receive.

Although breakfast ran us between $10 - $15 per person, dinners ran us $50 per person, with only one or two drinks. Lunch was pretty inexpensive, at $8 - $10 per entree. These prices were reflected not just at the Hyatt, but at other hotel restaurants too. We ate a different places every night.

Food portions everywhere are extremely large. Sushi is everywhere there. If you've never had it, you'll be pleasantly surprised. The Raddison had a restaurant that was better than any at the Hyatt.

Apparantly, the time of year we went Sept 8 - Sept 14 was the first week of the slow period. From what returning couples said, if you want to relax on your honeymoon, do not go there during the summer months.
At least that's what they said about the Hyatt. The crowd when we were there was just perfect. Not too many, not too few where would've felt a bit strange at such a large resort.

The 3-tiered pool is beautiful. Has a swim-up bar. My husband and I swam everynight under the moonlight with no one else in any tier. Very nice. Nice waterfalls within the pool as well.

We were pleased with our choice of hotel. Any of the hotels on the beach are very nice. However, off the beach, the hotels don't look very kept-up.

Off-shore activites are risky. We had our rental-car broken into 20 minutes after picking it up. We parked near the California Lighthouse and walked to the water to see the waves crashing. When we returned, the car had a broken window. We received another car, but looked at the locals a bit different after that.

The downtown is full of jewelery. Priced standard. No big deals where we visited. A lot of trinket stores there too. Some casinos. We were not real impressed with the local facilities, but it is the Caribbean.
It's better than Jamaica, but not as good as the Bahamas for the normal local shopping.

If I was going back to Aruba, I'd stay at the Hyatt the entire time.
There is enough to do there.

Perfect for honeymooners

from A TripAdvisor Member
My new husband and I just returned from our honeymoon in Aruba where we stayed at the Hyatt. We stayed on the "Regency" level and it was perfect. We were worried about the crowded pool area that I had read about in other reviews, but during the week it was fine. For the first two days, we simply relaxed and sat on the beach. We never had an trouble getting a cabana on the beach either. The Ruines Del Mar restuarant was excellent - but make sure you go to dinner a little early (say 6:30) to enjoy the sunset and to get a table out on the patio. The beautiful black swans swim right over to you and it makes for a great photo op. We had breakfast every morning up on the regency level, which I think in the long run may have saved us some money because we didn't spend additional money every morning in the restaurant. We also enjoyed wine and snacks up there everyday in the afternoon. The pool area is absolutely gorgeous and that was my favorite part of the resort. We walked to the other nearby hotels and they didn't compare. They also have huge Macaws and Toucans on the proprty which I am sure would be a big hit with kids. During the weekend (Friday and Saturday), we did see an dramtic increase of children in the pool area (a few were not so well behaved), so I would advise making your vacation plans during the week and while school is IN session. We are pretty tough customers when it comes to hotels and restuarants and we really enjoyed the Hyatt and all the amenties there.
I hope you enjoy it also. I can't write this review without letting you know about our favorite part of our trip -- the Morning Star Sailing boat. Captain Marcy and Kat were wonderful hosts and truly gave us a great experience on our honeymoon. Before we left, we had made a reservation for a romantic dinner cruise - just the two of us. Kat had called us the day before to ask about what we would like on the menu - we choose lobster and fish along with wine and the fresh Dutch pastries. Marcy picked us up in the dingy and ferried us back to the boat. We sailed down the coast and watched the sun set. Then we anchored at the lighthouse and Captain Marcy actually changed into a tux to serve us a wonderful meal under the stars - it was incredible!
Save up all of your dining budget to do this romantic cruise - you won't regret it! I hope you enjoy Aruba as much as we did!

Had a very nice time

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed Sep28-Oct5. A very nice place to stay. Extremely clean. Very kind staff. No snags or complications whatsoever.

A quick rundown of all the basics:

ROOM: Pool/Ocean View. Step-out balcony only was a bit of a let-down.
Typical hotel room. Nothing extraordinary. It's very clean, always smelled fresh...but nothing out of the ordinary.

HOTEL GROUNDS: Beautiful. Waterfalls, swans, koi fish, turtles, tropical birds, lizards, and an unwanted scorpion. Greenery is abundant here. Flowers everywhere, swaying palms, good variety of tropical plantings. Very enjoyable and relaxing to walk about. Big, oversized chairs and tables fill the open-air lobby and outdoor area. Very comfortable. Watch your step after dark....beautiful night-lighting can be too little on some walkways/steps.

POOL AREA: Very nice. Uncrowded in late September too! We could sleep in late, take our time getting towels, and have multiple choices of "prime" locations by the pools. Poolside waitress were available, but rarely seen! We got our own drinks.

FOOD AT HOTEL: 24 hour room service is nice (although we did not use it). Ruinas Del Mar restaurant - beautiful setting - very limited menu.
Excellent food. Dinner and drinks for two? Figure $100. The Palms restaurant for lunch and buffet breakfast. Good food. Typical "resort" set-up (omelette starion, etc...), a la carte lunch. Good-sized portions. Lunch for two? $30. Add overpriced beers? $50.

GENERAL COMMENTS: Late September seemed to be a great time to be at the Hyatt. It was referred to numerous times as their "slower month". We did not wait in line or fight crowds for ANYTHING. Maybe we were just lucky that week, but it was a very relaxing, enjoyable, hassle-free stay.

Top Local Tips for Palm Beach

Phone and internet Figure out how you are going to get online and make long distance calls before going. It would have made my trip alot easier.

Getting Downtown $2.65 for 2 One-Way to go downtown via Bus Taxi was around $12 depending on time.

Ruis Del Mar Restaurant Don't eat here, it's a waste of money. Something has gone horribly wrong since the last time we were there, just one year ago.


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  • Address: J E Irausquin Blvd 85 - Palm Beach - Aruba
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