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Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

I stayed in a standard room at the Marina and it was great! The rooms had pretty modern decor and were comfortable and cozy. The BED - so comfortable, it was pretty difficult to get up in the mornings, especially with the blackout curtains. The bathrooms were nice with new-ish appliances, the showerhead was great, only that there was not a real door that shut, so oftentimes the water splashed out all over the rest of the bathroom.

When we arrived, I was a little taken aback that the Marina was not beachfront - I could've sworn that I only looked at beachfront reports, but clearly that was a HUGE oversight on my part, since all of the reviews say that the Marina is NOT beachfront. I was pretty pissed at myself upon realizing this - however, the Marina more than made up for it, because the resort has it's own private island! That's right, the Renaissance has it's own island, only for Renaissance hotel guests, with a speedboat service from the Marina to the island.

Less than a 10-minute speedboat ride away, you are on the Renaissance private island that has a restaurant bar & grill, fitness center, and a station where you can book water activities (which we saw no one doing). While the island was nice, there wasn't anything super luxurious about it except for the fact that there are less people, but it is a fantastic spot for a lazy day. In fact, it is super close to the airport, so you can hear all of the airplanes whooshing by. Not great if you are at all sensitive to noises.

If speedboat rides and loud airplane noises are not your thing, it is only a 10-minute walk from the Marina to the other part of the resort, the Suites, where there is beachfront access there, several pools, and a swim-up bar. Within the Marina, there is a bar with food, a small pool, and the whole building is nestled in what seems to be a large mall with luxury shops. Barely saw people actually shopping, but a lot of people are wandering around and gravitated towards the Starbucks inside that you cannot miss and was an essential part of my daily routine in Aruba. We were also walking distance to a few restaurants, but

The Renaissance is also super close to the airport - it seems that taking a cab to any hotel is really the only option, it was maybe a 7 minute cab ride and cost US$18. All in all, the Marina was a nice choice. Certainly not a cheap option, but most other hotels in Aruba were not that much less, and this was a great haven for a 4-night stay!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank vonatron
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

My husband and I spent a week at the Renaissance Marina in late January. We knew the hotel was downtown and not on the beach, so initially, I was a little hesitant to book here. I had read many, many hotel reviews and was most interested in the private island which was the main reason we did book the Renaissance. It did not disappoint. It did not matter what time of day, chairs and shade were always available. Restaurant and bathrooms were clean, food was good and drinks were cold. The boat drivers were very friendly.
We booked the All-inclusive plan for a mere $136 per person for the week. We enjoyed the Aquarius breakfast buffet (where you could have your eggs or omelette cooked to please you.) We ate at the Island restaurant for lunch 3 or 4 times, the Oceansuites for lunch and one dinner, L. G. Smith Steakhouse and the Aquarius seafood buffet. The seafood buffet was a big hit with my husband. He was very pleased with the lobster and shrimp dishes. Also dined on roast duck and smoked salmon (different evenings) which he enjoyed very much. These are foods we don't have at home so he was happy.
We received receipts for our meal and drink purchases which totalled over $1200 for the week so the AI was a fantastic deal and because it was so low, we did not feel like we had to eat at the Renaissance for all meals.
We used the shuttle to Oceansuites a couple times, mostly we just walked there and back. The drivers were all good but one (sorry I did not get his name) was a really friendly fellow who kept us entertained just delivering us back to the hotel. He helps Aruba live up to its motto- one happy island. This applied to most employees at the resort, a bus driver, tour driver (not ours but he helped out with our car-trunk problem) and the man who gave us directions back to the Donkey Sanctuary.
We rented a car (at the Lobby) to drive around the island. Wanted a jeep but, that would have cost approximately $200. so we settled for a mid size which with all insurance and 2 drivers cost $84. I printed maps before we left home and so off we went. We had a wonderful day exploring the island. Yes, we were on an adventure (if you are on an adventure you are not lost, no matter where you are.) We asked directions a couple of times and people were very friendly. Loved Baby Beach and Big Mama's Grill.
We drove through the high and low rise sections, and in and about the residential areas, and along the coastal area and enjoyed it all.
Tourist wise- we enjoyed visiting the Donkey Sanctuary, Baby Beach and the Casibari Rocks in particular.
The main reason we chose to go to Aruba was the weather and it totally lived up to our expectations. Beautiful sunny hot days with a great breeze, and evenings warm enough to leave my sweater in the suitcase.
The hotel and shops gave the feeling of being in Oahu or Atlantis, Nassau while directly across the street, the vendors and shops had the look of Cuba or the Dominican.
The Renaissance Marina was a great choice, the staff were very friendly, the hotel was very clean, and the private island the icing on the cake.
If we were to return to Aruba we would probably visit another area but, this is not a reflection on the Renaissance, just looking for a different experience. If we saw a deal, we would not hesitate to return to the Renaissance.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank mamabug85
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Marina and loved it! Although not located directly on a beach, the ocean / marina is just across the street. We decided one day to walk from the Renaissance to the Marriott Stellaris, located in the more popular high rise hotel area. Took us about 2.5 hours, but it was well worth the trip. Palm and Eagle beach is nice, but it doesn't compare to the peacefulness of the Renaissance Private Island and resort! We also ventured out to the restaurant area in the high rise hotel area, and could not wait to return to the city!! If it wasn't for the unbelievable weather, we would have thought we were on International Blvd in Orlando as it was mobbed with wall to wall people and not an ounce of uniqueness.
If you are looking for a relaxing vacation without 1 billion other people, this is the location and spot for you. When we return to Aruba, we will without a doubt stay at the Marina.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Cooltrainer
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

My sister and I stayed on the marina side of the resort. At first we had the ocean suites but, they don't have 2 beds there. We asked to stay at the marina and they were happy to put us there. They said it would be a downgrade but, it certainly wasn't. It was fantastic :). The food is soooooo good. The private island was amazing! Kind of boring on the flamingo side. We liked the iguana side. More people and felt cozier. So many pelicans everywhere. Loved the swim up bar area. It's right beside there lagoon beach. Fantastic. Will be going back again to Aruba some day and when I do...I'll be staying here :)

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
4  Thank dkboyd
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

My husband and I originally arrived and checked in to the family tower. Not the greatest. The rooms were dated and frankly gross. Our bathroom was moldy and falling apart, our bedroom pillows were yellowing from age and wear however the room was immense. The staff is fantastic and the hotel overall is beautiful. After one night on the family side, we decided to switch tower to the adult side. The staff was so accomodating, friendly and the transition was done seamlessly.
The adult side of the hotel is posh and luxurious. The rooms are renovated, modern, well appointed and clean. The boat to the private island docks inside the hotel for added convenience. The pool is warm and beautiful, the staff is great, the food is amazing and there is so much convenience with the shops and the casinos. The service can be a little slow at time but who's in a rush when you're on vacation anyway!
The private island is fantastic. The beaches around this resort are a little swampy because of the rock barrier but still gorgeous. If you want the nicest beach around, take a trip to Eagle beach, it is breathtaking and less than a half hour walk away if you're up for a stroll.
We would definately stay here again, on the adults side of course.
Remember to ask for a breakfast package at check in for the buffet. It's a little cheaper than paying directly at the restaurant.

Room Tip: Even if you don't pay for the ocean view and end up on the side of the hotel, your view will be beautiful. We ended up with an "ocean view" anyway without the added price.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Nathalie G
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