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Questions? April 2010 Renaissance Aruba

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Questions? April 2010 Renaissance Aruba

We were thinking about staying at this hotel with an AI package. How is the food? Are there buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. How many restaurants. What kind? I read that you take a boat to a private beach....how long is the boat ride. Are the amenities on the private beach such as bar, food etc. Is there any type of beach area in front of the hotel? How far is the walking distance to the shopping in the town?

Any information would be helpful as we are planning to get married while we are there. =)

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1. Re: Questions? April 2010 Renaissance Aruba

We just stayed there for a couple of nights at the end of our timeshare week. The private island is very nice with food and drink available-you can put it on a room charge if you like. Also, there isn't the chair frustration since you have to travel over there by boat-hence people can't put towels down on chairs to reserve them. We loved the boat ride over, but when we wanted to come back not crazy about having to wait for the boat....just me being inpaitent! There is no beach in front of the Hotel-it's on the main road downtown. Everything is right there though-all kinds of shopping and restaurants within walking distance.

In Aruba, I wouldn't strongly recommend AI since the restaurants are so good. We did eat at Aquitaine for breakfast and lunch and it was ok-buffets for both.

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: Questions? April 2010 Renaissance Aruba

The food on the al plan is great, steakhouse wonderful.Breakfast at aquarius is very good.also loved blue resturant by pool for lunch and they have a great happy hour.enjoy your vacation

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3. Re: Questions? April 2010 Renaissance Aruba

We stayed at the Ren. for a couple nights before our trip home at the end of Feb and loved it! The breakfast buffet is the best I have ever had--champagne, omelet station and traditional breakfast fare, along with smoked salmon, cheeses, fruits, many breads, etc. We did not have AI; however, we had vouchers for this meal, which would have cost almost $50 for two people.

Since we did not have AI, we ate and drank at the daily happy hour, which was a great deal, and all items were good quality. I don't have any dinner or buffet experiences to share (other than the breakfast). If the restaurant on the island is included, we had lunch there, and the food was good.

We loved the beach on the private island, and the boat ride there. The beverages served on the island were the same quality and service we received at the hotel. There is also a beach at the Marriott across the street from the Ren. that you can walk to and use--along with pools at both hotels.

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4. Re: Questions? April 2010 Renaissance Aruba

We didn't book all inclusive when we stayed at Renaissance but we ate in most of the restaurants. All were very good. If food is your main concern you will not be disappointed. We enjoyed being in town close to shops, nightlife and the best casino. We have a great stay but did not have a tropical setting like the hotels that are on a beach.

All inclusive info copied from Expedia:

The following amenities are included in the All-Inclusive plan: (They also are available to guests booking the Room-Only (No Meals) plan, but for surcharges.)

All-Inclusive food and beverages

# Unlimited standard beverages, including frozen drinks

# Daily American or buffet breakfast at Aquarius and Captain’s Corner

# Daily à la carte or buffet lunch at Blue, Aquarius, Papagayo Bar & Grill, Rice, Noodles 'n More, and Solé

# Daily à la carte or buffet dinner at Blue, Aquarius, Captain’s Corner, L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House, Solé, and midnight Grill at The Lounge

# One show-menu dinner at L.G. Smith's Steak & Chop House

# Taxes and gratuities for all plan inclusions.

Note: "Dinner" is defined as one appetizer or salad, one main course, and one dessert.

Participating restaurants: Blue, Aquarius, Captain's Corner, L.G. Smith's Steak & Chop House, Papagayo Bar & Grill, The Lounge, Midnight Grill, Rice, Noodles 'n More, and Solé.

(Restaurant participation is subject to change without notice.)

Not included: Room service; in-room minibar; casino beverages; wine by the bottle; Champagne and certain premium beverages; cordials.

Edited: 23 April 2010, 02:10
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