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“Life at the Marina Towers!! Double martinis!” 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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Port Elgin, Canada
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“Life at the Marina Towers!! Double martinis!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

First time to Aruba for the Martin's, second time for Biletchi's. A different kind of holiday from what we've done in the past. Being downtown feels more hustle and bustle, but never really rushed....you could easily choose to be part of it , or just chill. It didn't take us long to learn the new speed, no worries.

The staff at the Renaissance made us feel so welcome every day. Jasmine by day, Sugery by night at the Blue bar and grill had our number so quickly. We never really had to ask for anything....they either remembered what we liked or made suggestions for us to try something they think we would like. We felt like we were their only guests! They were also willing to answer all the questions we had about the island and culture.

Maria and Alex took good care of us on the island. Again, gracious and welcoming. Alex first struck us as not very engaging, quiet, not very social, but we quickly discovered his quiet wit and mischievous side. He was very forthcoming with his expert advice on drinks....When we would ask for for a melon smoothy, he would simply say, "no"...."raspberry passion", and we would reply, "ok Alex, if you say so!" Man, was he right ...great drink! We stopped ordering and would just look at him, eyebrows raised, as if to say "what shall we have Alex?" He never disappointed us. Marie was always attentive, friendly and chatty with us. You felt like you had a friend.

Marina tower rooms were nice..comfortable. We discovered keeping the temperature at 68 degrees dealt with humidity and helped dry our wet clothes, bathing suits. Upcoming renovations will hopefully address the tubs which were a little hazardous (narrow and slippery) .

Food at the Aquarius (seafood) was really good. The steakhouse was also very good. Actually, the food at the Blue was perfect too. Hmm, no complaints. The Captain's Corner restaurant over at the Suites section was a disappointment in comparison...

Overall, great experience, and we owe it to the good people who took care of us. Thank you!!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My husband myself and another couple went to the Renaissance from feb 26 to march 12 and it was the best trip ever.
We didnt know what we would arrive to because of alot of negative reviews...but were they wrong.We have been traveling for 20 yrs and been at many different places so we are not new at this.
The hotel rooms are dated but they were very clean and very comfortable
The private island was great the food was good the service was awsome.
We thought it would be an incovenience to get into a boat to go to the beach.....it wasnt at all 10 minutes and we were there
The food at the hotel was the best
We also ate out and we went to an italian and greek restaurant called Zuzuroh Great food and great prices .we would highly recomend it.
Make sure to make reservations as it is a small restaurant but busy
We were downtown and went to highrises for 11 dollars
I would highly recommend the (Marina Hotel) it was very clean and the service was the best
It was our first trip to Aruba but it will not be our last
Beautiful Island great people, great shopping, great food, and the best weather
We had a great time and will be back

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

This place is beautiful! The people are friendly, the private island is amazing, the shopping, the food the entertainment, I can't wait to go back!! The property across the street is just as incredible and that property is family friendly.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The Renaissance hotel has the best of both worlds- a downtown location close to shops and restaurants with a shuttle boat that takes you to a private beach. The hotel is adults-only with a small infinity pool off the lobby (the family section is across the street at the marina). Busy hotel, but the staff were friendly and the rooms were clean.

Room Tip: Virtually all rooms have a partial ocean view, so there really isn't a need to upgrade.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Very good stay at this hotel. Room was good, though basic and fairly small. Bar area is terrific with great drinks (ask about happy hour times when drinks are two for one) and relaxing vibe. Starbucks one floor below is convenient. Highlight is access to the hotel's private island, which is a 10-minute board ride away: good though not great food/drinks, great/clean beaches (one for adults, one for families), amazing access to difficult animals (pelicans, lizards, fish, etc).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I chose this resort (Marina hotel) because it is right in the heart of the city while still offering the peace of a beach vacation on the private island. I found out after booking just how close the private island is to the airport. Although it didn't really bother me, there will be planes landing and taking off right across from the island which can be quite loud. The adults only part of the island has several flamingos which are fairly friendly and will eat out of your hands. It took me a day or so to think about it though and realize that the resort must have brought in the flamingos and they have clipped their wings so they can't fly away. Mind your lunch on the island as some of the little lizards are a bit sneaky and might try to steal a bite. I am vegetarian and never went hungry here although of course my choices were somewhat limited. The staff really made the whole experience one to remember. They were incredibly attentive and friendly, the best service I've had anywhere. If you're doing the all inclusive, remember to factor in tips when deciding how much cash to bring with you for your trip. The resort was also very clean, I've never seen anyone clean an escalator before. The bathroom in the room could use an update but was clean and there were no issues. Our Sunquest tour rep. was helpful and readily available. She helped us rent a Jeep and we spent one day touring the island which I highly recommend. For $125 we saw the whole island in a day. There are virtually no signs anywhere which made driving a bit challenging but the island is so small you really can't get very lost. If you will be driving around, get a Jeep not a car, some of the roads are quite rough. We had a wonderfull time and hope for a return trip.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed all inclusive in the Marina Hotel. The staff at both the suites and marina hotels were amazing. A big shout out to the staff at Blu and the staff at Aquarius. You are awesome!!! We had dinners at LG Smith Steakhouse. The "all inclusive menu" had lots of choices. The bathroom in our room did need updating. No real big complaints. There were a lot of teens on their cellphones in the lobby of the suites. However, I think it was still March break. We spent a lot of time poolside at Blu. It took a few days to "enjoy" the planes coming and going when we were on the island but it added to the experience and after the week, the planes turned out to be an amazing site to see too. The overall experience at the Renaissance was pretty amazing. The price was right and I would recommend this hotel to a friend.

Room Tip: We overlooked the City in the Marina Hotel, The second floor has private lounge that we didn't...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, Aruba
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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:
#2 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
#5 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino 4*
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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