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“Gilligan's Restaurant for Lunch” 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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Ranked #10 of 24 Hotels in Palm - Eagle Beach
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“Gilligan's Restaurant for Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2009

Great place for lunch. While we have never stayed at the Radisson, we always make it a point to stop at least once for lunch at Gilligan's. This time around, they have a lunch special for $8.50. Each day they have a different special. Today (Friday) it was a garden salad with three nice pieces of tenderloin - quite filling and quite good. Also, comes with an iced tea. You can't go wrong on this deal.

Yesterday's special was a turkey club sandwich and Saturday's and Sunday's specials, we are told, will be a hot dog and prime rib sandwich, respectively. Too bad we won't be around on Sunday.

When you arrive there, you can seat yourself otherwise you could wait awhile. Once seated, the service is excellent. However, stay away from the flies.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2009

This was our second stay at the Radisson (2 years ina row). My wife and I love it. Some of the staff remembered us from last year. They made us feel like family. The food was great and the beach is incredible. We love Aruba and we love staying at the Radisson Aruba Resort.

Efrain & Zulma from Ponce, Puerto Rico

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

I recently completed a six day five night stay at the Radisson with my husband and 14 month old. We had the deluxe ocean front room but paid only the taxes because we got the nights for free through a rewards program. First of all, I would never return to Aruba nor would I recommend that anyone go there. It is extremely Americanized, there is no flavor or tangible culture, and everything is quite expensive. The workers (I cant say natives because I encountered very few), although not unfriendly, are not friendly, as I have come to expect in the Caribbean. That said, we had a great time. Based on the the recommendations of others on Trip Advisor, we took packaged and frozen food from a well known market in the U.S. that specializes in that type of food, and an electric skillet and so had fantastic meals in our room. In fact, the meals we had in our room were far better than the over hundred dollar meals we had at Papimento and Driftwood, the two times we ventured out to dine. We got our liquor from duty free in NY and made our own drinks. The two times we got drinks from the hotel, we were quite disappointed. We discovered better drinks by using a Dunkin Donuts frozen fruit drink supplemented with duty free vodka! Dunkin Donuts which is next door, was also great for low cost breakfasts. The beach was beautiful and relaxing and the Radisson's zero-entry pools are great especially with a toddler. We wondered into a number of hotels in the high rise zone and the Radisson has the best beach and lush, tropical outside landscape. The rooms are done in the old colonial style, which is nice. The bathroom was fine, except that the tub was small, old, and narrow and both the bath tub and ceiling needed some updating. The only hotel whose interior and beach surpassed the niceness of the Radisson was the Marriott's. I preferred the clean, modern decor of the Mariott, but the Mariott does not have the Radisson's excellent location. The Radisson is located at the beginning of the strip that has all the little restaurants and so you can make a night of walking along the strip and window shopping. The Radisson's casino is a joke, however, and I thought the Rui Palace's was much more entertaining, although they did not have $5 blackjack tables like the Radisson. The Marriott also did not have as nice a beach and pool area as the Radisson. They had a number of coupons and discounts because of the 50th anniversary celebration, so I got a facial at the spa for $72 instead of $120. The facial was worth $72, but not worth $120. The spa was very nice but not overwhelmingly fantastic. I really liked the fitness center. We had breakfast once at the hotel, and it was just okay, and also had lunch on the beach. The food was just okay. The Radisson is also great for toddlers. As one person reviewed on Trip Advisor, it seemed to be the perfect hotel for little ones, but if I were single I would also like it because there were no kids running around. I used the business center one day and it had free internet. The hotel's store also had a variety of items, from milk to beach clothing.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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haarlem
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2009

The Radisson was the very 1st hotel on Aruba. Called the Aruba Carribean Hotel. As I was born on Aruba, I came to celebrate my 60th birthday there and chose for the Radisson for sentimental reasons. Celebrated my tenth in the very 1st pool on the beach.
I was very satisfied. Stayed in the Aruba Tower. The main building is really nice, the gardens beautiful and the room fine.
And the beach excellent, best part of the high rise( they had 1st choice 50 years ago)
Plenty of space and shade, you can read all in other reviews.
Staff friendly and helpful.
Restaurant on the beach, reasonable food and not very expensive for a hotel.
Only negative point is that you can hear your neighbours in the adjacent room quite well.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2009

Just back from 8 days Radisson Aruba. It is a great hotel. Staff is friendly, rooms are fine and the food was excellent. The Palapa at the beach are great, I'll be back soon.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LI NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2009

Arrived at hotel by 1 after empty flight on Jet blue from JFK.
Check in by Martin who greeted us warmly welcomed us back again and upgraded
our room to a partial ocean.
We were shown to our room by bellman and were on the beach by 1:30.
Several palapa's available each day with no reserving.
Hotel was 30% occupancy all the time we were there no waiting and good service through out our entire stay.
We felt as if we had the beach to ourselves at certain times of each day .
Rooms as we knew had not been redone and hope they will be able to work on redoing lobby and halls,rooms this yr.
No problem with maid service at all room always restocked and cleaned early in the day everyday.
Breakfast at the Laguna each day was pleasant food at buffet always fresh.
Lunch at Gilligan's was again always good and served on the beach in a timely manner.
We ate at some of our favorites Chalet Swiss,Sola Mare and then Smokey Joes good ribs and Tomato Charlie and Casa Tua . Went to Driftwood in town service poor this time and no catch of the day available. Maybe and off night for them.
The new mall across from Playa Linda and all the new restaurants are really ruining the
feel if the island. We were sad to see so much new building making it more of a commercial feel.
The staff at hotel were being made to take extra days off and the town very quiet when we went in one day.
We enjoyed Miro Solo lounge at the hotel and sax player but the volume was to loud to enjoy and relax over drinks.
June is there slow month but the economy has caused drop off in guests.
We will return next yr and hope that the economy had picked up by then .
We will return in Oct next yr our normal travel time to Aruba
We hope that our friends Ariana,Tico,Alhambra,Winnie , Ramon,John Pierre will all be there on our next visit.
We went to relax and did just that !

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntsville, AL
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2009

This was our 3rd visit in 4 years to this resort. We spent 4 nights during the first week of June. We originally chose this resort because of the size of the beach and the number of huts available. This continues to be one of the biggest pluses to this resort over others. However, our return trips have been due to the cleanliness of the resort and the attitude/service of the staff.

Our first trip we stayed in the main tower with an ocean view room. However, we have since stayed in the curacao tower. I've read where others experienced a bad odor in the curacao building, but we have not had that problem. The rooms are still clean and fairly nice. It is obvious they are ready to be renovated. From what we were told by the staff, there is a plan to begin renovations as soon as the economy rebounds.

The food at the resort is fine for breakfast and lunch. However, the quality of the food on the island is too good to stay on the resort grounds for dinner. Our first trip we at ate The Sunset Grille. The food there was fine, but we felt it was too expensive given the alternatives on the island. We wouldn't go back without eating at The Flying Fishbone or Madame Janette's. The pancake's at Salt and Pepper are great.

The Larimar Spa is very good, we always enjoy a massage from there.

One thing that is always consistent at the Radisson is the service. The wait staff is awesome. The bar staff at Gilligan's Bar is super. The overall service is why we will continue to stay at this resort.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#5 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#6 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#8 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#9 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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