I needed to use some points or lose them on JetBlue so we took a 4 day trip to Aruba. The Renaissance Aruba Resort was great because you are right in the middle of downtown Oranjestad. It's a quick taxi ride from the airport and there is no need for a car.
Had we been staying looking we would have considered the highrise hotels further up the beach. We stayed in the adults only hotel (there is a family hotel as well called the Renaissance Suites). The pool at the family hotel is much nicer and quite a bit larger (you have access to both) We had a oceanview room on the top floor (6) which sounds great but it faced the street where there was quite a bit of noise at night, especially during the weekend. The hotel does have a boat that picks you up in the lobby to take you to the beach. The beach is actually very nice. There is an adult side and a family side as well. Bring swim shoes as there are quite a few rocks. The streakhouse in the hotel (L&G Steakhouse, I think) is very good. If you are interested in local cusine, try the Driftwood and the Old Fisherman. You can walk to all and although we were a little worried about walking back to the hotel at night, it was fine.More
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