Something good + something bad = 3 star review.
For starters: the Marina Hotel does NOT have beach access. You cannot step outside the hotel and be knee-deep in sparkling blue water within 20 feet.
People are being charitable about saying the bathrooms (and the rooms in general) need updating. Our first bathroom door did not close and the tub stopper was unattached from the drain. For starters. At $300 a night, I'm pretty sure those things should be included.
The front desk tried - really tried - to accommodate a room switch, but weather cancellations and Carnival made getting a different room impossible. When we did switch, our new room was arguably worse - no mattress pad, the shower curtain bar coming off the wall, the door handle coming off.
The good, because there's good: the private island is very nice. No problems getting a boat ride, even during peak hours. The pools at the Ocean Resort have a "lazy river" and a swim-up bar, and there's a (man made) beach head with a breaker, so you can still see fish in the deeper end.
No reliable wifi. Really?
Most of the staff is great. Desk staff, bartenders, many servers. There are truly friendly, hardworking people on the staff. And then there's the poor clueless lady working the adults-only side of the Island. Or the one in the Marina Hotel bar, for whom apparently getting a chicken quesadilla ordered takes 45 minutes.
Wouldn't recommend the Marina Hotel. I didn't see the Ocean Suites, but I can't believe they wouldn't be a significant upgrade over the Marina. If you have to stay Marriott or Renaissance, stay there.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Aruba Resort And Casino
- Renaissance Aruba Hotel Oranjestad
- Renaissance Hotel Aruba
- Renaissance Oranjestad
- Oranjestad Renaissance
- Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Oranjestad