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Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
“Aruba Honeymoon”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

This hotel can be a little deceiving from the outside as it's in the middle of downtown and an older building. It's actually very nice inside - has a cool infinity pool, great lounge area and luxury shopping in the bottom of the hotel. It's also attached the a casino and has a fairly good restaurants - Aquarius being a little pricey for a buffet. You'll easily spend $40+ for the breakfast buffet. A lot of great restaurants, shopping, and another casino right across the street. Very convenient to airport and high-rise hotel area.
The private island is really fun and the boat ride over gives you a great view of the marina and the ocean. There are flamingos and iguanas everywhere but they won't bother you while you're sun tanning! Restaurant at the island is just ok.
Overall, the hotel was very nice and the rooms look to have been redone. My only complaint would be the tiny ocean view rooms. Also, the bathrooms are rather small with no closing door - only a sliding glass panel so hopefully you're comfortable with whoever is staying in the room with you. The shower doesn't have a door so be prepared to get water all over the floor. Bed is comfortable and the A/C gets nice and cold. All of the TV channels are in English - got to watch a lot of movies at night.
I would recommend the hotel to any fellow visitors but next time we might try staying in the high-rise hotel area.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Society Hill SC
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

The Renaissance Hotel in Aruba is absolutely beautiful, the rooms are great with a sitting area, balcony. kitchen, large bath, a restful bedroom with luxury bedding. The pool is wonderfully landscaped with a man-made lagoon for you to swim in. It has a small shopping are next door with anything you might need. The Dutch Crepe House has fabulous crepes to tickle anyone's pallet. They is a paved walkway along the beach and you can easiely walk to the downtown are with it Dutch Architecture, and a bazzar with local suvioners. Being a Flight Attendant for 30 years, hotels mean a great deal to me. I highly recommend the Renaissance Hotel Resort.....Skyvixen

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Centennial, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2014

FAB-U-LOUS!! There are two Renaissance Hotels in downtown Oranjestad, one for families and one for adults only. I stayed at the one for adults only that is located at the Marina. Now THIS is paradise. The prior week I stayed at The Marriott Ocean Club which is always nice, but the Renaissance was much more fun. As you exit the escalator one level up from the taxi drop-off and walk across to the reception desk, you will pass the bar/club adjacent to the open atrium. The bar is stylish, sophisticated, and is a great place for a cocktail, people watching, and just hanging out. The music plays late into the night, so if you are a light sleeper, get a room that isn't adjacent to the open atrium. In the evening as you return from the casino down the hall, stop by the bar for a night cap and enjoy it by the swimming pool, just above the bar. It's the perfect way to end the night.
From the glass elevators inside the hotel there is a view of the canal that comes into the hotel to pick up passengers by boat to ride to their private island. This is the best part of the hotel! It's a scenic and enjoyable 10 minute ride to the island, and then, PARADISE! There are several different areas to relax, swim, eat, shop, or sunbathe. The hammocks are comfortable and inviting in the adults only area; surrounded by pelicans and pink flamingos while the waves crash against the nearby rocks, it's easy to lose yourself in a fiction novel or take a relaxing snooze. I could have spent the night there. You can even get a massage sea-side. I didn't have my massage on the beach, but enjoyed a wonderful massage and pedicure at the spa inside the hotel.
Something I have never done before is order room service for dinner, breakfast the following morning, and lunch! I did this at the Renaissance and I have NEVER received a room service order(s) so FAST. I honestly don't think I waited even 15 minutes for any meal. Every meal was delicious and the service was terrific. Overall, this hotel is spectacular. I didn't mention the rooms, but they are spacious, beautifully decorated, and mine was quiet. Enjoy your stay!!!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Marina del Rey, California
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Amazing place for a destination wedding. Coordinating via email and phone can be frustrating, especially being 3 time zones away and dealing with "island time," however if we had to do it over 100 times, we would take this option 100 times more. The wedding package included use of the private island, ceremony on the secluded beach with flamingos and reception on the other beach a few steps away. Be warned - There are mosquitoes for about 45 mins when the sun goes down. Nobody gave us a heads up on this, but when we arrived on Renaissance island for our reception, there were cases of bug spray waiting.... This passed quickly though. This wont phases guests from the northeastern US who should escape unscathed, however the latino and SW US guests were feasted on. Sorry guys! Ive been going to Aruba for years and never seen anything like it, but apparently its a daily thing on Renaissance island.

I don't really care for downtown, as it is scorching hot during the day, no breeze and there aren't any beaches. They do have the private island mentioned above which is only for hotel guests during the day. You have to sit and wait for a boat to take you there if one isn't on standy-by. To me that's more work than i want to do in order to get to the beach when I'm staying on an island covered in beaches, however that is pretty much the closest option for the hotel. If you are willing to do that, go to Eagle, Arashi and Baby Beach for a day each and you will be glad you did. The casino is nice. The rooms were just ok and it was a bit noisy. It sounded like there was a fairly large group in the room next door, and we could hear every vulgar word when they woke up at 7am the next morning with the booze voices still on.

I was also lucky enough hit 4 kings in let it ride and my wife promptly earmarked half the winnings for a couples massage. Not going to lie - We get massages everywhere but you wont see many like this. Book the morning session. They take you out to the island, before anyone is there, bring you to the beach where the wedding ceremonies take place and walk you down the jetty where there is a private cabana/hut on the water, with showers, hammocks, lounge chairs and massage tables. There are 3 walls and the front is open facing the amazingly clear waters. You can poke your head around and see that there will be people on the beach but they cant see you and its too far away for you to hear them. After the massages came fruits and champagne. They left and told us to relax and stay as long as we wanted. Just hang the flag outside if you would like additional services. I dont know how long we ended up staying for but I'm pretty sure we both fell asleep feeling the ocean breeze. Probably the best massage session I've ever had, and I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to massages.

Overall, massage and wedding services are a 10 out of 5. Hotel room was a high 2 or low 3 (or at least ours was).

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Well I admit it, I was wrong. I read all the reviews about the Renaissance Aruba and the reports of constant presence of children in the "adult exclusive" only areas. I wanted this to not be true. Perhaps chalk it up as isolated incidents but it's just not true. There were children EVERYWHERE! Including the private island where there is one side for families and one side that clearly states "adults only". And trust me, if you say something to the staff about this, they become hostile and refuse to address it. They just repeat over and over ..."dey are allowed to take pictures". If that was all they were doing...maybe I could overlook it, but it just isn't. Several families went over to the family side of the island, collected their beach items and returned to the adult side. The hotel just simply refuses to enforce these rules. You will not get what you pay for if you are looking for "adult only " vacation. Again, I say, I was hoping these other reviews were wrong..damn....

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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ArubaHospitality, Director of Operations at Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Dear Guest -

Indeed, the adult side of our exclusive Renaissance island has flamingos which the kids love to take pictures & at times it becomes little difficult to request them not to.

We will ensure to reiterate our Adults only policy for that side of our Renaissance island.

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Parimal Trivedi
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

My husband and I loved the Renaissance hotel. We stayed at the Marina which is for adults only and had the best time ever. The private island beach was exactly what honeymooners want; soft sand, beautiful view and a friendly waitstaff serving up daiquiris. Best vacation ever!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Howard Beach, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino was incredible. I would HIGHLY recommend this hotel. It is beautiful and in the middle of Aruba. Its private island is incredible and the 10 minute boat ride there is beautiful. The staff is kind, friendly, and willing to help you with any questions you have. Our remote needed new batteries, they were at our room in less then 10 minutes and then we received a follow up call to make sure everything was taken care of. The food at this hotel is 5 Star for sure! We enjoyed our dinner at L & G's steakhouse and at Aquarius buffet. The location is great and makes it easy for you to explore the beautiful island of Aruba.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
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
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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