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“Sunny Daze” 4 of 5 stars
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Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 81, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba   |  
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“Sunny Daze”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We just arrived back from the Radisson yesterday and we have to say it was a great trip. The grounds are kept clean along with our room. Everyone in the organization was friendly and helpful. The beach is great and Happy Hour was wet! The Radisson seemed to have ample entertainment. Usually some singing at Happy Hour, at the wine and martini bar at night, and in the casino. Yes, our room was facing the Riu parking lot but it did not bother us since we do not hibernate in our room. Also, the rooms are quiet and you do not usually hear your neighbor. Again people this is not a five star hotel room. It is a hotel with a five star beach!

We did sample some of the food from Gilligan's and it was good quality food for a beach eatery. The location was wonderful with restaurants and shops across the street. Last year we stayed down the beach and we preferred this hotel location to meet our needs. One other note is to attend the Managers Party. The Radisson had a nice party and gave away some very nice prizes. Really above and beyond what we expected.

Please bring bug spray or buy some when you arrive because currently the mosquitoes are biting on a regular basis. My wife has nine bites to prove the point and we usually sprayed. The only things we did not like about the Radisson were that in the casino the dealers change about every 10 minutes or less. Playing some table games it just seemed you never got a feel for the dealer. The other item was our final bill. We had $150 in drinks credits to use. When we got the bill it only had about $92 in credits. Luckily we kept receipts since other reviews mentioned this problem. There was no problem getting it corrected but when we went to the front desk the one worker said " Oh you kept your receipts"? It was just a obstacle that was not necessary since we were down at the desk getting it corrected at 12:30 a.m. the night before flying home. The way the charges are listed on the bill are deceiving and need to be addressed to make it easier for their night accountant and for the customer.

Again, great resort and if you stop to think about all the scheduling for the entire Radisson team of employees it is amazing how smooth things run. We tip our hats to the people behind the scenes and in the spotlight!!

We will have restaurant reviews for Passions, Madame Janette,s and others.

Room Tip: Who cares? You are going to enjoy the beach and the ocean not the room!
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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apv567, Director of Sales at Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful review of the Radisson's beach, restaurants, location and employees. We are sorry there was a problem with the posting of your beverage credits. We will certainly take the time to review the process of posting credits. We hope to see you again at the Radisson.
Arianne Valentino, Director Sales & Marketing
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

I'm currently staying at the Radisson and have been underwhelmed thus far with our experience. The initial women who checked us in at hotel reception was rude and condescending and was not the most welcoming way to begin our stay. Rooms and grounds are okay, but overpriced for the overall quality. Partial ocean view= view of parking lot and construction, and if you strain your neck enough, you get a slight glimpse of water. The beach is lovely, but if you wait in line to secure an ocean front palapa, be prepared to have a view of the loud, obnoxious cruise ship passengers that are set up in front of you. They also use the hotel pool/facilities and aren't stopped at all by Radisson employees. From speaking with others in the island, this issue seems unique to the Radisson. Aruba is a wonderful and gorgeous destination, and we absolutely plan to return, but will stay elsewhere. All in all, there are better options on the island and I wouldn't recommend the Radisson.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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apv567, Director of Sales at Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
We are sorry to hear that you are not happy with your stay. Since you are still on property, Raymond Habibe, Director of Operations would like to address your concerns. Please call or stop by the front desk and ask for Raymond at your convenience.
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Arianne Valentino, Director of Sales & Marketing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Our first trip to Aruba celebrating our 10 year anniversary! Radisson is by far the best hotel in the Palm beach area. We walked from one end to the other and they had the prettiest grounds, best beach area and water and location! We only ate at Giligans and it was reasonable priced. The drinks at the bar were good and they have a waiter coming around on the beach. You have to rent your palapya at 4PM for the next day. I don't think people know that as they dont tell you at check in. But we still got one on our first day. We always got one close to the RIU by the pier. We are people watchers and that is where alot of the watersporst take place and you can hear music from the pier and the boats. Our room was spacious and clean! The beds were very comfortable!!! You can walk right across the road for several restaurants and a couple bars and shopping! When I go back to Aruba, I will stay at the Radisson! Book it, you wont be dissapointed!!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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apv567, Director of Sales at Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay. We agree that the Radisson has lovely grounds and a great beach. We will also update our information on our Palapa policy so this information is conveyed upon check in. We have two options regarding the beach Palapa. The beach activities team will be happy to reserve a Palapa free of charge at 4:00 each day for the following day on a first come first basis. However, if a guest would prefer to secure a specific Palapa that option is available for a fee. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Radisson.
Arianne Valentino, Director of Sales & Marketing
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Been to Aruba before, first time in the high rise area. Radisson is ok, rooms are very noisy with screaming kids and loud televisions. Beware of "Ocean View" room rates. Our room actually overlooked the roof of the casino area and was being redone. Pretty pricey for "ocean view". Great beach area and pools. Need better food/drink prices. Almost made all inclusive rates more attractive. Great location for restaurants and shopping. Place is mostly visited by New Englanders and New Yorkers. Almost has the West Coast of Florida feel to it.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Carlson Hotels C, Online Support Specialist at Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you for posting your review. We apologize for the issues with the view and the noise. We have shared your experience with the hotel staff so they are aware as well. We appreciate your feedback.
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

My husband and I just got back from our trip to Aruba where we stayed at the Radisson. We LOVED it. We stayed in the Bonaire tower, which was great... Pretty much in the middle of the resort. The grounds are very nice and I loved seeing the beautiful parrots they have. Ok so I want to cover everything with this hotel. Restaurants: The only restaurant we ate at at the Radisson was Gilligans. It was good. American food for fair prices. Pretty much everything is about $12. Drinks: Happy Hour is everyday from 4-6 (buy 1 get 1 free), your typical frozen drink is $8 and they are sooooo good! Pool: The 2 pools are really nice with a lot of chairs and lounges. The only negative, there is no swim up bar. Beach: the location of the Radisson in regards to the beach is PERFECT! The beach area is bigger than most of the high rise hotels with a ton of chairs. There is a little pier area with a Dunkin Donuts and a restaurant/bar, the food there wasn't that good... i would avoid eating there and just eat at Gilligans. The only negative with the beach is the way you have to reserve the little huts. You have to get in a huge line at 4pm the day before and make your reservation. My husband or I couldn't be bothered to wait in a line like that, so we just waited to see what was free the day of. Location: again, perfect!!! Right across the street from the strip with amazing restaurants and nightlife. its also close to every american fast food place and its a very close drive to the downtown area. Rooms: very clean and very comfortable. When we first checked in we had 2 double beds. I was really upset over this. Why would I want 2 beds? I called the front desk immediately, but since they were completely booked they couldn't move us to a king bed until the next day. Which in the end was fine, we quickly got over it. Like I said in the beginning, i will absolutely stay here again. Here's one more tip. If you don't want to spend $3 on a bottle of water and $8 on a beer... Bring a small foldable cooler, take a 10 minute walk to the corner store and buy your own drinks, throw them in the cooler, fill it up with ice from the hotel and you are good for the day.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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apv567, Director of Sales at Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Thank you for your recent review of Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa We truly appreciate guest feedback and I want to thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We will share your comments with the Radisson team and all our the employees. We look forward to your next visit.

Arianne Valentino, Director Sales & Marketing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This was our second time at the Radisson and it's still a good choice for a high rise in Aruba. The place is clean and all of the hotel staff are first class. The casino staff could sure use an upgrade though. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt but every mistake I saw (and there were many) was in favor of the casino. The breakfast and lunch option was a great choice. Especially since lunch could be ordered as lat as 6:oo PM eliminating a few high price trips to restaurants. The beach was always spotless even after the storm that became Sandy.

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The hotel was claen and comfotrable and in a very good location, close to shoping and restaurant and Sebor Frogs right across the road. The pools and beach were not very crowded. The staff was very helpful upon check-in bell hop explained all amenties and locations while transporting my bags to my room. Car revtal on site and concierge desk could book many island expriences. Recieved fruit and cheese platter for free 25 minutes after check-in. Would stay again on trip to Aruba.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 81, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Casino Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#4 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#5 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#5 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#6 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 354
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