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Where to Stay

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Where to Stay

Hi everyone,

After a few false starts and many years of planning i have finally booked a dream once in a lifetime trip to Curacao and Aruba in May, 2011 I've sorted out my accomodation in Curacao but i'm having trouble deciding on Aruba.

I'm a single down to earth 29 year old Australian male and at this stage looks like i will be travelling alone, I figure with all the expense i'm going to treat myself to a nice hotel and am trying to decide between the Renaissance, Hyatt or Westin,

Whilst the Renaissance is right in town and has its own private island (Is the island worth it?) i'm seeing a lot of complaints regarding noise, service etc

Question is (And i apologise as im sure people are sick of answering it hahah!), Do people think it's better to stay in downtown Oranjestad for a first timer? Or would you recommend i stay in the Palm/Eagle beach area as im assuming they would have a regular shuttle/bus service going into Oranjestad?

Bonbini for all your help!

Cheers

Cam

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1. Re: Where to Stay

If you are a beach person, I would choose either the Westin or Hyatt - both located on Palm Beach. Alot of beach and water activities available and alot to walk to within the area (restaurants, casinos, bars, etc.)

If you want to go downtown just hop on a local bus (cheap and safe) in front of the hotels and you'll be downtown within about 15 minutes.

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2. Re: Where to Stay

I agree with Amy. There is far more activity in the Palm Beach area and the resorts are on the beach. Downtown is quieter now and the island requires a boat trip. Not handy to run back to your room for something.

$2.30 round trip bus fare for a day trip to town.

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3. Re: Where to Stay

Hi Cam - My vote is for the Hyatt on Palm Beach.

Hi Amy - Are you really posting from Paris??? ;-)

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Hi Shamrock - yep, posting from the terrace in Paris this morning. Been walking all morning and picked up a few items for dinner tonight so thought I'd check in on the TA Aruba Forum folks. :)

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5. Re: Where to Stay

The great thing about Aruba is that there are so many options. I stayed at the Ren several years back, before the tower went adults-only. I enjoyed the island setting (very private and not real crowded) and I brought all my items in a beach bag, so I didn't need to run back to the room. The great thing about downtown was exploring the various restaurant and bar options nearby and I thought it was great for a solo traveller because Aruba, in general, is a couples and families destination. One other resort you might want to consider as a solo, would be the Riu Palace Aruba - since it's all-inclusive and Riu's usually have entertainment on-site. It all comes down to different choices for different people...

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Wow Amy!! Now that must be beautiful.

Back to Aruba-We stayed a couple of nights at the Ren this year before heading home. The private island is very nice, but I'm one of those people who really want to be staying on the beach, so it wouldn't be my first recommendation. I'm with Amy about Palm Beach and would say the Hyatt and Radisson are two of the best in that area. I also liked the suggestion for the Riu for a single traveler. Any one of those three and you can't go wrong.

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7. Re: Where to Stay

You might enjoy being in town for your 1st trip. The boat ride to the private island is quick and fun, this my opinion. That said, Hyatt has beautiful grounds, great restaurants, and a lot of activities around the hotel. Beach is beautiful and just walk in either direction and their are water sports. The a taxi or bus into town and explore. Enjoy your trip......

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I was thinking the same thing as bk, If i was traveling alone i would stay at The Red in town. Lots of couples and families at The Hyatt and Westin. The pool scene at The Ren is great and has somewhat of a south beach vibe. Going to the Island was a pleasant surprise and the adult side of the island was a nice break from the kids at the resorts. We never had any problems with the service or noise. I will be spending the last 2 days of my trip there next week. With that said, if you want to be right on the beach and would like more of a resort friendly vacation then The Hyatt would be my choice. The Casino is nice and the outside bar is beautiful. Considering your age you might even find a couple young ladies who are traveling with their family for the week! Have you considered the possibility of spending a few days at each place?

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Thanks so much for all your helpful suggestions, However an american mate of mine and his partner stayed at the Westin and pretty much sold it to me.

I happened to notice Expedia Australia have a sale on The Westin Aruba at the moment. I managed to grab an Oceanview room for 253 AUD a nite (About $230 US) so i think i did ok price wise by the looks of it!

Obviously i wont have a car but i figure the bus will be a fun experience and hopefully i will meet some nice people on tours etc!

Thanks Again!

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10. Re: Where to Stay

I think you will enjoy your trip and choice of resort/area. We used to spend part of our time at the Ren, just to be in town and to go to the island. After seeing how quiet downtown was this year and how busy Palm Beach has become, you have made a good choice.