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Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 November 2013

Location is downtown amongst great shopping malls and is adults only. Main attraction for us is the private island accessed via a speedboat from the hotel lobby. You feel like a millionaire as only hotel residents have access. The island has 2 great beaches with pink flamingos, giant iguanas and pelicans diving all around you - wonderful. Hotel boasts a small infinity pool where you can wave goodbye to the cruise ships who are wandering off to another island having missed the best island in the Caribbean with its wonderful friendly people and great beaches. Rooms and bathrooms have recently been refurbished with comfortable beds and walk in shower. Reception area buzzes from funky bar "blue". Hotel hosts one of the great restaurants on the island "L G Smith" (see separate review). . Sister hotel has its own man made beach and large swimming pool suitable for families. Casino is part of the hotel (smoking is permitted) so gives easy access. For us one or two nights is enough as there is the low rise and high rise areas calling........

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room if you are a tired traveller overlooking the atrium and not the front street
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

This resort has two hotels, one for families and one for adults-only. My group stayed at the adults-only hotel.

The rooms are basic, but very comfortable. The bathroom is pretty nice, with a lot of glass and tile. The room was very clean, including the bathroom. There's plenty of lighting, so don't worry about not being able to read or anything.

I think all the rooms, but certainly ours, has a Juliet balcony. Great views out over the pool to the sea. Since there are no kids, the pool was very quiet. The pool is great for relaxing in. With the bar just inside of the pool, and servers taking orders poolside, a delicious drink is never far. The prices are in American and fairly reasonable.

There resort also has a private island that is available via a water taxi. The two lagoons (family and adults-only) are beautiful, with that Caribbean blue water. It was great relaxing and swimming. And not crowded at all! There's also hotel bars on the island, so bring some cash with you!

Major downside is wifi. There is none in the guest rooms. There is a Starbucks in the lobby area, so the two networks (the hotel's network and the Starbucks network) are available in the lobby only. Since both networks are open, they're easy to use, but it's kind of annoying. If there are cruise ships docked at the dock across the street, the wifi is completely useless. The crew from the ship had flooded the lobby (which has a small shopping mall) and Starbucks, so the network wasn't even able to send email.

Some people seem to wonder about this: the adults-only hotel is NOT on the beach. It is across the street from the water, so while you can have a great view of the sea, you aren't on it. The pools is an infinity pool that also gives great views. To go to a "beach," you'd have to take the water taxi to the private island.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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3  Thank Joshua Q
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

My wife and stayed in the first week of November, 2013. We are not ones to sit around a resort all day and we found that this hotel is perfectly located for our needs, midway between adventure and the resort areas with lots of shopping, dining, sightseeing and beaches immediately nearby.

The good-
Lots of shopping. Lots of food options. Beautiful pool. Comfortable rooms. Access to the private island (note-water taxi runs every 15 minutes. Island is open from 7-7, 7 days a week. Sometimes if tide isn't right, you have to cross the street to board instead of use the canal). If you are a smoker, you can smoke just about everywhere except the room. If you aren't a smoker, no big deal. It's open air in the public areas and you are never bothered by smoke.

The neutral-
The bar staff have no pulse. I got the feeling that the WANT it to be hopping...but the bar staff has no personality and most of the people at the bar/lobby/pool just play on their phones. The rooms themselves are pretty basic. Comfortable but basic. Before 9pm, the music in the lobby is pretty loud and echoes in the halls. Thankfully, they turn it down at a reasonable hour.

The bad-
Our newly renovated room had a hole in the wall. The shower setup is TERRIBLE. It's a half glass wall on the front half of the shower and nothing on the back half. Every shower, water sprays everywhere onto the floor. The bathroom door isn't really a door either. It's a sliding glass door that doesn't seal. You have no choice but to listen to the bodily functions of everyone else staying in the room.

Overall - I'd stay there again. It was priced right, located right and the annoyances were minor.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Raev
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Reviewed 14 November 2013 via mobile

We just got back from our honeymoon. We stayed at the Marina Hotel for adults and overall it was awesome!!! We enjoyed the boat rides to the private island & thought the island was great! The location is great with lots of shopping nearby.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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2  Thank Rick R
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

My wife and I just got back from our honeymoon at Renaissance Aruba Resort. We stayed at the Ocean View Suites, it was fantastic! The "seafood" left a bit to be desired at the resort, but we found many other delicious options off property. The views of the Aruban sunrise and sunset are some of the best that I've experienced. The private island with a small flock of hand feed-able flamingos is great! Be prepared to see more crabs and iguanas (than I've seen anywhere), the iguanas walk all over the place, by the hotel pools, along the sidewalks, its GREAT!

Room Tip: Get at least a 2nd floor "Ocean View" for the best views from your balcony.
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

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My husband and I just returned from an 8 day vacation at the Renaissance Ocean Suites. We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend it! The hotel is comprised of 2 distinct buildings (marina hotel and ocean suites). The ocean suites is a waterfront building and all the rooms have large balconies. The marina hotel is across the street from the marina and the rooms have very small balconies.

I have to start by thanking Dito at the front desk for offering us an upgrade to an Ocean Front Suite. Although the upgrade was an extra cost, it was worth every penny! Waking up each day to a beautiful waterfront view was amazing. The one bedroom suite was spacious and had a small refrigerator, microwave, and kitchen sink.

Our favorite part of the resort was the renaissance private island. the boat to the island was a short walk from our room. the 8 minute boat ride to the private island was very enjoyable. The island is divided into a family side (iguana beach) and an adult side (flamingo beach). We spent the majority of the week on the adult side with wonderful drink/food service from Diana. She was very attentive to us and checked on us many times each day. The beach was very relaxing, and the water was absolutely perfect. Th e appeal of this beach is that it isn't particularly crowded and the ocean water has no waves. the water temperature is pretty much perfect and you can swim peacefully without waves or undertow and you can even rent floats, snorkeling equipment or kiyaks for a few bucks. The beach is very rocky in parts, so we were very happy to have brought aqua socks with us. They are a must-have to really enjoy the private island. We really enjoyed watching the pelicans, flamingos and iguanas.

The renaissance is conveniently located with many great restaurants within walking distance. The hotel has a great restaurant (captain's corner) which has a delicious breakfast buffet for $16.95pp that includes pancakes, French toast, an omelet station, pastries, yogurt, etc. they also have a very tgood dinner buffet that changes nightly. The renaissance marketplace is steps from the hotel and contains 5-6 reasonably-priced restaurants with good food. There are a variety of cuisines to choose from in the marketplace including Mexican, Italian, Cuban, Japanese grill, sushi, etc. Also, there is a Dutch Pancake House that is delicious for breakfast. There is also a Starbucks and dunkin donuts for morning coffee, and a subway sub shop. There are other restaurants outside of the marketplace, such as driftwood seafood or el gaucho steakhouse, but they will be higher priced ($40 to $50 a plate) than your marketplace restaurants ($10-$20 a plate). Also, Aquarius over at the marina hotel has all you can eat seafood buffet if you are into that (about $40 pp).

We visited the high rise district of the island and came away even more happy that we stayed at the renaissance. The high rise district was crowded and a bit he hectic, compared to our relaxing area in the marketplace.

The only negative is the lack of wifi in the rooms. The marina hotel is undergoing renovation which appeared to be about done. We heard that the Ocean Suites will be renovated in the coming year. Overall, the renaissance ocean suites are a wonderful place to stay in aruba!

General Tips for Travel to Aruba:
The sun is quite intense, so be sure to bring enough sunscreen. Also, there are a lot of Mosquitos in the evening, so you will need some kind of bug repellent.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
4  Thank missyh113
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

If you enjoy staying in a lovely hotel directly on the beach, this is not the best choice. However, the view of the turquoise waters is gorgeous, the hotel clearly caters to a higher end clientele- a nice feature we enjoyed. They offer a boat that leaves every fifteen minutes to their private island beach that is stunning, has Flamingos and iguanas that are friendly, and sweetly hand- fed from the nutritional pellets one can purchase for 25 cents.
The rooms are spacious, clean, beds comfy, and the service personnel care about making your stay the best possible experience. The fitness center is fantastic and offers any machine you could want.
Drawbacks: Whomever designed the showers were clearly more into form/art and not function. One is unable to close the attached half- wall of the shower! It looks pretty but no matter how close to the wall one places the wonderful, massaging shower head, water sprays out and forces the use of extra towels placed stratigically or the floor becomes soaked. We found it worked best to roll up the designated shower mat at the rim of the shower and then spread out a bath towel just to stop the quarter inch of water on the floor at every shower. Keep in. Mind that we are quite physically fit and of average height so if you are a plus sized wouman or man, the water spraying all over the floor will be worse than we experienced.
Also, WiFi is only available in the atrium/ lobby area so it's funny to see so many texting, emailing and using all other "smart" technology. On the upside, one does meet many folks from all over the world in the WiFi zones and the Starbucks Coffee pavilion. The cruise ships dock right across the street, many uninterested in Aruba adventures/ sightseeing, tend to hang out at the hotel atrium& lobby area. This may bother the snooty but we met interesting people of tremendous cultural diversity, and enjoyed the opportunity.
Culture, sightseeing & shopping: as is the norm for most cruise stops, vendors line the street just beyond the Mariana They mostly sell all the same nicknacks, sort of tacky souvineres and such. DO NOT pay asking price!! Example: my only purchase was a parrot art covered beach towel. Asking price, $20 US. I paid only $5 US. If shopping is your passion, there is no sense wasting money better spent on other shopping at all of the most elite establishments ranging from Harry Winston, Rolex, etc., and most all of the high-end boutiques. I saw nothing that could not be purchased online or outside of Aruba for considerably less so do not let the "duty-free" pitch lure you into a purchase unless these boutiques are not available in your country/ state.
Our passion is cultural/ educative/ adventures. Thus, we spent our time & money on visiting the spectacular,yet small, Archeological Museum. As an Archeologist, I found the museum both interesting, informative and the exhibits creative as well as beautifully presented. I wish they had a gift shop, but it is only an easy five minute walk from the hotel and admission is free. Well worth the visit to learn about the indigenous Arawak people's, their art and technology prior to the Spanish invasion. The Ayo rock formations are well worth the adventure as are the rock art caves. The touted natural pool and now collapsed natural bridge are over-rated but the desert landscapes are gorgeous. Driving yourself with a guide offers the most fun for the adventurous & with the bonus of less people than bus tours... unless physical problems are an issue.
Aruba is a wonderful, friendly island of nice people, food and fun. We would give it a 4 of 5 stars rating as a great vacation destination, and hotel is lovely as well.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Address: L G Smith Boulevard 82 | Aruba, Oranjestad, Aruba
Region: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#1 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range: £158 - £511 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 558
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the newly renovated Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, we Live Life to Discover. Here in the heart of Oranjestad, you will find yourself in the middle of the excitement, and our entire staff is ready to inspire you. You don't have to go far to experience the real Caribbean, it's right outside your door. Our luxury hotel in Aruba offers a perfect location steps from Oranjestad's vibrant modern downtown boutiques, giving you endless opportunities to indulge your inner shopaholic. Get the thrill of a hand of poker in one of our two casinos, enjoy one of our RLifeLIVE events and revel in the Aruban culture in a way you can only experience from the heart of the city. The resort offers two distinct experiences, the hip and lively adult-exclusive Renaissance Marina Hotel and the Renaissance Ocean Suites, a sophisticated one-bedroom suite accommodation. Both provide exclusive access to a special discovery, Renaissance Island, with Aruba's only private beaches and a truly tropical experience. ... more   less 
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