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Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, Aruba   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Brattleboro, Vermont
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Private Luxury Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Renaissance Aruba was amazing. We were there last February and it was so beautiful. We chose the ALL INCLUSIVE meal plan... Each morning we woke up, got dressed for the beach and went to breakfast... The staff at breakfast sent us on our way with to go coffee and chilled bottled water. There is a ferry boat that comes to the lowest level of the hotel and picks you up for a ten minute ride to a beautiful Island. No beach crowds, no "seat saving". One part of the Island is Adult Only. There is a full restaurant on the Island as well as showers, bathroom, a shop and scuba shop.
After a day on this luxurious beach , we caught the launch back to the hotel...
In the lobby of the hotel there is a beautiful bar and infinity pool!! Most restaurants are located in the lobby level
As well. Internet is free there so many people congregate in the lobby.
The air conditioners WORKED which is great because I have asthma and mold sets it off! Bathrooms were spotless. Rooms were recent renovated....
At night .. My fiancé and I chose to dress up for dinner ( not necessary but added a festive feel for us) and out to dinner we went!
Each restaurant was different.. seafood all you can eat at one, Classic steak house at another .. Very nice.
Service at this hotel was excellent. Staff are friendly, competent and very efficient .
We checked out some of the other areas around Aruba and the very "best" hotels have tiny crowded beaches !!!
If you are a beach lover and love to see flamingoes , natural salt water fish, pelicans and of course Iguanas in a pristeen setting along with the most amazing beach ever this is the resort for you... We are going back this year.. I think we have found our new home away from home...
Weather is fantastic.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This hotel is in the town of Oranjestad.and includes a casino. For fun and relaxation the hotel has it's own island, the boat to the island comes into the hotel lobby. The island has plenty of lounge chairs and hammocks and has two beaches, one where tops are optional. There is a beach bar on the island that also serves lunch.
The hotel has a pool that faces the port where the cruise ships dock. The hotel also has a pool bar and a resturant. There are other resturants and shopping within walking distance of the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We spend a week in the Renaissance hotel in Oktober 2013.

Best parts of the trip.
- Convenient location on walking distance from Oranjestad.
- The private island!!!
- Good breakfast and nice restaurants (go for the fish buffet in Aqarium!)

Negative
- We had a room in the Ocean Suites. The room was ok, but not great. Dirty sofa, bathroom was not very clean....Next time we will book the Marina part of the hotel.

When we return to Aruba we will book the same hotel again.

Denis

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Ballwin, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stayed at the recently renovated Marina Tower for several nights prior to leaving for a beach location. We were concerned about the construction noise but did not really hear the faint sound of a drill on the day we departed.

The location is ideal for getting the local flavor of Oranjestad. There are many shops, small malls and restaurants within easy walking distance. Our room looked over the pool and had a partial view of the marina. We could see three cruise ships in port the day we left for another property, While the Marina Tower is not beach front, guests are able to take the boat to the Renaissance Private Island at no charge,

The updated rooms are very nice. Our only complaint was that there was no desk with easy access to power and the internet cable jack. This would be inconvenient for a business traveler.

We did not experience any major problems with service. Service at the bar by the pool was on the slow side, but we found that to be more of the norm at many places during the visit.

I'm sure that we would go back as long as it is a 2-3 night visit before moving to one of the beach properties. I would not advise this for a longer stay.

Room Tip: Avoid the rooms facing the atrium if possible.
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  • Stayed October 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Long Beach, California
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Enough has been said about the location of the hotel and the rehab/construction going on so I won't get into too much of that again. For some, they might enjoy the large amount of shopping available and the "city" feel and if you haven't had many resort vacations you'll probably be just fine and that is why I gave this hotel an average rating. If you are a person with high Marriot hotel status and have high expectations and want more seclusion, keep reading and or re-book immediately. Everybody we made contact with at the hotel was very nice but there are systematic problems. The Marina hotel has very limited access to upgraded rooms in general, especially with limited rooms due to the rehab. We were checked into one "rehabbed" room that had no bathroom door, then another room which somebody else was already well situated in. The third room was simply unacceptable for a Platinum member (Small, missing furniture, poor views, bad design). It was at this point that we decided to move hotels. This hotel change saved our vacation. There are some bigger suites if you are lucky enough to get one but in general these rooms are tiny and the rehab design does not make any sense. You're going to the bathroom not far from where you are sleeping and the glass door that is supposed to be your bathroom door, let's just say offers no privacy. The shower is half glass covered, so no matter how hard you try, water can’t help but escape into the rest of the bathroom. Balcony’s are standing room only. There is wired internet in the room but the cord does not reach to the "sitting area" in the room so you kind of have to sit on the floor. I really do wonder if the genius that designs these rooms has ever stayed in one with another person, I’m guessing not. Whether you want to admit this to yourself or not, you will be spending a third of your day in the room one way or another so I do believe you need to be happy with what you get. I would suggest hotels in the Palm Beach area for that real vacation feel.

Room Tip: Higher floors will help with the construction noise going on below. Be aware of the service charge...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Nice downtown hotel with access to their own private island from the lobby.
They understand how people want to travel. There is a 'family part' and a 'adult only' (Marina) part.
So there were no yelling kids and nasty parents. Heaven!
The boat ride to the island goes every 15 mins and also the island is split up in 2 parts.
The rooms are large and very comfortable.

On the downside:
They were rebuilding and we were given rooms right under the rebuild-area. But that's what you get when you book through Expedia (that doesn't make you a popular guest). And in the bar they did not really know how to make any kind of good cocktail or tell the difference between a chardonnay and a sauvignon blanc.

But next time we go to Aruba we'll definately book here again.

Room Tip: Avoid the gloomy rooms that look towards the inside Atrium.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Hinsdale, IL
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Just returned from a week at the resort with two friends for a girls trip. To start the check in line was from the counter to the door. Desk staff was friendly, but nobody was able to get into their rooms until 4pm. The room which faced the pool area had a bedroom with king bed, a bath with a tub/shower, living room area with pull out sofa and eating area and a kitchen area with two small refrigerators, cook top, sink and basic appliances. The room was clean, but run down with peeling paint and worn furniture. This is by no means an upscale property. Everything is very basic. Lingering too long in the lobby requires mosquito repellent. Pool area is nice with a bar that usually filled with quests having fun. We frequently went over to the marina side to use the fitness area (which had a great variety of equipment, but mats need to be replaced-badly) and also to get cabs which were always available there, but rarely at the suites. The marina side was very nice and had a upscale "Miami" feel to it. Service at both hotels was very good. The island was nice for a change up, but not something that I wanted to do more than once. It is literally right next to to the airport so frequent plane noise overhead was the norm. We were told by other guests that the food was bad so we picked up sandwiches from Starbucks to bring over. We were on the adult side of the island and the shoreline was coral covered and made it hard to get into the water comfortably. It was nice and quiet as far as crowds, but not my cup of tea. Being in town as opposed to the Eagle Beach area meant a lot of cab rides for us as we were seeking nightlife of some kind. Overall good service, but not a great property. Adequate.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 On the Beach 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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