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“The private island makes it worthwhile but don't make this hotel your entire trip to Aruba” 4 of 5 stars
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Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, Aruba   |  
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“The private island makes it worthwhile but don't make this hotel your entire trip to Aruba”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We just returned from a trip to Aruba in November 2012. We stayed at the Marriott Stellaris for most of our trip but switched to the Renaissance so we could see the private island and see downtown.

We stayed at the Ocean Suites side. We did not have kids with us but I would still recommend staying at the Ocean suites hotel vs the Marina hotel. We visited the Marina hotel and so glad we did not stay there. The lobby is very nice but I am not impressed with lobbies and I read the reviews on the rooms there. The rooms there are very small with only a French balcony and the pool at the Marina side is well … a joke to be honest.

The Ocean Suites were great. Granted, it was certainly a step down from the Marriott Stellaris and rooms at the Ocean Suites definitely need updating but we the rooms are large. The balcony was great. We were upgraded to a Ocean View suite and the view was fantastic! Keep in mind that all rooms above the second floor are reserved for the timeshare owners ( or renters) so we were on the second floor but no complaints at all. I do have to say that I find the bedroom location bazar because there are no windows. The only windows are in the living room area but still, how much time do you spend in the room anyway.

I will say the room service was slow. We ordered breakfast one morning and It took almost an hour to get it and by the time it arrived everything was cold. Better to just go to the restaurant or one the of many restaurants that are nearby.

The pools at the Ocean Suites are great! Plenty of room and chairs. There are numerous pools including a pool with a swim up bar. The whole pool area is very impressive. The lagoon is much smaller than I expected but with the private island only a boat ride a way, I wouldn’t spend any time at the lagoon.

The private island was great. We had a great time there. Granted, it is still not the ocean resort feel but there is plenty of room and you can float in the water just like a normal ocean beach. The water still had some waves like you would on a regular beach. The wildlife is amazing to see. The pink flamingos on the beach and yes.. .lots and lots of iguanas. They don’t bother you at all and it was neat to see them in the beach area. Some people fed them so they would come right up the chair. I petted one. They really don’t bother you but definitely provided entertainment.
The island has a bar/restaurant , bathrooms, towels, floaties for rent and plenty of chairs. Never a problem getting a chair. We hung out on the adult side for most of our stay on the island. The other side was a little too crowded for us. We did eat in the restaurant which is on the family side of the island. The food was good. Not great but good. Not as good as the Marriott Stellaris.
The drinks are expensive on the island. More than at the Marriott Stellaris but not unexpected. Other people have commented that the island is to close to the airport but it never bothered us at all. In fact, you really only hear the planes in the late afternoon on the weekends for a period of about an hour.

As many people have said, the private island is what makes the Renaissance. If it wasn’t for the island, I would not stay there.

The Renaissance mall / plaza right across from the Ocean Suites hotel is great. It has a Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and a few different restaurants and bars which we enjoyed. A few places had some live music which we really enjoyed. The mall attached to the Marina hotel was closed by 6 or so and there really is not much there anyway.

A little walk down the road to the downtown area and you will find some other choices for bars and restaurants. We stopped a few different bars to get the “local” feel and enjoyed each one of them. Always felt safe. No problem at all.

Bottom line, we enjoyed the Renaissance Ocean Suite because we wanted to see the private island. There is no question that I would not make my whole stay in Aruba at this hotel. You would really miss the Aruba experience if you didn’t stay on an actual beach somewhere. The Marriott Stellaris on the beach was fantastic. The stay at the Renaissance was also great but only for a couple of days. I would not hesitate to come back to this hotel but only if I stayed at the Ocean Suites hotel and not the Marina hotel and only for a couple of days to experience the island. The rest of my stay would have to be on the beach at the Marriott Stellaris or similar hotel.

Room Tip: Ocean Suites hotel with a Ocean View
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Second time at resort--excellent once again.....all inclusive is the only way to go if available for your package...Ate all dinners at LG Steak House as we enjoy being served and menu has large variety --- staff are also excellent, always wanting to help you out. Stayed at the Adults only Marina tower.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The hotel was really nice. We stayed on the Suites side, but were able to walk across the street for the Marina amenities daily (work out facility and certain shops). Both sides had a lot to offer and I am glad we stayed. Happy hour from 4:30-6 is a lot of fun.. don't miss it, whethere you are on the suites side at the pool or over at the marina side at Blue.

The Island is FANTASTIC! So beautiful!

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I was told that the Renaissance Aruba Suites was the "family" side of the Renaissance Aruba Resort, but we wanted a suite, and were very happy there! We did notice a few children, but not a lot of screaming/crying/running, etc. that would make you sorry you picked that place, you know? This resort has a private Island, to make up for the small man-made beach at the Suites itself, you get on a boat, the trip takes about 15 minutes, there are watersports, a Spa, and Bar & Grille on the Island. The Suite side of the resort, which is across the street from the Hotel itself only has 1 restaurant, the Captain's Corner, which is typical Hotel dining, good food & service, just not spectacular. However the position of this hotel on the "Main Drag" in Oranjestad, means you are footsteps away from over a dozen restaurants, 2 casinos, a movie theater and a whole lot of shopping! The staff is friendly, the rooms are clean, the Wi-Fi worked well & we loved being able to walk out of our sliding glass door onto our first floor patio, which leads to the pool with a Swim-up bar, of course! Our suite included a bedroom & bathroom, a small kitchen area, with 2 mini-fridges, a 3 burner cook-top, a microwave & coffee pot, and basic utensils & pots as well as plates & service for 4, the living room had a table for 4 & a fold-out couch, which we did not need to try. In the lobby, you will find a "Navigator" their version of a concierge, as well as a "Depalm Tour" advisor & Hertz Rent-A-Car on site. I'm really not sure what else we could have asked for, it was a Great Vacation!

Room Tip: Choose the Ocean Suites, not the regular Hotel if you can afford the difference, it's worth it...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Visited Aruba and stayed at the Renaissance in early August and had a wonderful time. The staff was very friendly and attentive when asked which is quite normal in the Caribbean so no complaint there. The restaurants on site are adequate if you don't want to travel out in town, but definitely not worth the price you will pay. There is a service charge on any and everything you order so be aware as these charges can add up quickly if not watched closely. The private beaches are awesome and so is the boat ride to the private island. Nothing like having a drink while watching dancing flamingos. All in all its a great place to stay in a great location.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Whitby, Canada
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

November 2012, Our first impression of the room was quite horrifying. As soon as we opened the door we sensed an unclean smell. The room was very tiny and the view through the window was the glass elevator in the court yard. The bath tub was stained.had a rusted out drain and looked very dirty. We then were offered to move to the Ocean suites Resort for an additional $60.00
plus taxes per day. It was the best decision under the circumstances we could make. The spacious suite was very clean, had a balcony and ocean view. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. The food in the restaurants was tasty but the steak house had a limited menu for the "all inclusive" option. Never the less, we enjoyed the food and the service immensely.

Room Tip: Book into the Ocean Suites Resort instead of Marina Tower
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

November 2012. Nice Hotel. Friendly Staff. But the staff will not volunteer anything. You have to ask. This is s non-smoking resort (yeah right). Smoking is allowed in: the pools (yes people with cigars in the pool), the pool bars, the private beaches, the restaurant at the beach, the swim up bars and casino. No smoking only in the halls and the rooms. So this is a partially non-smoking resort. Be aware of the all inclusive menu swap. The steakhouse has a special menu for the all inclusive which is much more limited than the full menu. Watch out for the 15% "Service Charge" added to everything you order. I asked if this was a gratuity. The staff is very evasive and says tips are at your discretion. The general feeling is that this 15% is a tip but the staff will not tell you this and hope you will tip additionally. The private beach on the private island is great. Very relaxing and very safe. Adult side and family side. Both are equally enjoyable.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 559
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The wonder of Renaissance Aruba isn’t just white sandy beaches, or crystal blue waters. The chance to discover something wonderful is all over the island, and we can show you the way. Our location in Oranjestad’s vibrant downtown gives you endless opportunities to indulge your inner shopaholic, get the thrill of a hand of poker in our two casinos, or take in Aruban culture from the beating heart of Aruba’s capital city. For an escape within an escape take a water taxi to Renaissance Island, Aruba’s only private beaches. Its pristine, secluded shores offer peace and solitude simply not found anywhere else in the world.We offer two hotels each with their own unique experience, but still allow you to enjoy the amenities of both. The Renaissance Marina Hotel was especially designed to be an intimate couples escape, and features a water launch to Renaissance Island from inside the hotel itself. Renaissance Ocean Suites is perfect for families so the littlest ones can discover the wonders of paradise for themselves. No matter where you go with Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino we will be your guide to finding everything this happy island has to offer. ... more   less 
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