Just a few things about Aruba to start -
The weather, though hot, is beautiful due to the trade winds. It is very tourist friendly, with a majority of visitors from the north east US, then South Americans, then a sprinkling of Europeans, especially Dutch. The restaurant quality and selection is excellent so I would avoid an all inclusive. Compared to the other islands I have been, I found the prices fair, and spent less than I budgeted. The Palm Beach location I found preferable, and we walked every evening. As an openly gay female couple we found Aruba friendly and safe. I have been to several islands, and Aruba is now my favorite and I will return.
About the Radisson - September 27 to October 4, 2012.
After much research on trip advisor, advice from friends and our travel agent, we chose the Radisson primarily because of the location and it was less expensive than the Hyatt. We opted for the Plaza Club, which was an extra charge, and included a nice breakfast, private concierge, (unfortunately our young stand in for The Queen confused our reservations multiple times, frustrating us, so we ended up just making our own reservations), internet in the rooms, cocktails and hors d'oeuves. We also had a room on the 7 th floor of the Aruba tower with a partial ocean view, which ended up being part ocean part loud air conditioners, too loud to sit outside on the balcony unfortunately. I would NOT choose the Plaza Club option again. Money not well spent.
Our room was beautiful, the bed fairly comfortable, and it included a refrigerator. The maid service was good, but the maid stopped by each night for turn down service the same time, and we were always in the room. You'd think she would then think to come another time. She was lovely and helpful nonetheless.
The Radisson is the best beach location. The beach is gorgeous! We spent our time either in the ocean or sometimes in the pool. The Palapa system is just fine. The sun is so strong we had to spend time resting in the room because I am not used to the sun. Even with 70 SPF reapplied I still burned. We mostly lunched at our palapa on simple fair brought to us by our attentive waiter. We had some tasty frozen drinks too.
Every night we walked to a restaurant, (see my restaurant reviews), and most nights we spent time in the casino. I enjoy blackjack, but found the continuous shufflers frustrating. But overall it was a fun way to end the evening. One night we ordered room service for dessert, unfortunately the Radisson's room service food is not good. We ordered one time prior for lunch and the pasta primavera was horrible. But they took it off our bill at the end. We ate at sunset grill our last night and it was pretty good.
Overall, what I liked best about the Radisson, despite a few short comings, was the atmosphere. Everyone, staff and guests, are friendly, happy to be there, and welcoming. We felt comfortable being an openly gay couple as well. The Radisson, when we were there was mostly couples, it's a beautifully romantic resort -- I chose the right travel partner.
I am curious about the Hyatt, and the coming Four Seasons, but I would love to return to Aruba and the Radisson. I would definately recommend the Radisson.
- Also Known As:
- Radisson Aruba Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino And Spa
- Radisson Aruba Hotel
- Radisson Aruba
- Radisson Palm/Eagle Beach
- Palm/Eagle Beach Radisson
- Aruba Radisson
- Radisson Aruba Resort Casino
- Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa Palm - Eagle Beach
- Raddison Aruba
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