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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 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
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Denver, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Aruba”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Hotel is average to very good. Room are on the small size but nice. Casino is ok. Beach is excellent especially for snorkeling. The boat ride to the private beach was fun the first few days but was somewhat of a pain after a few days. Water was crystal clear and we saw many fish. Love the iguanas also. Location in the downtown area was good but shops close early. 6 pm, I believe. Good Happy Hour...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We stayed here Sept 19-24th and it was amazing! We stayed at the Renaissance Aruba Marina Hotel (adults only). We had a renovated room which wasn't huge but perfect. We had a refrigerator, safe, and breakfast nook. The hotel soaps are all Aveda products which was a plus! At our hotel was the spa, steak house, casino, and adult "Miami" style pool. Though we ventured over to the Ocean Suites hotel pool for the swim up bar and mini beach. Both spots are relaxing, though they have different vibes ( kids/ families at the Ocean Suites).

I loved the private beach! Taking a short ride on the boat to the island added to the ambiance other entire trip. It felt like a true private getaway. We mainly stayed on the family beach side which had the bar and food area. Though the adult Flamingo beach was lovely too, there were Too many iguanas running around for me over there. The only downside to the private beach were the mosquitoes. I would bring off or bug spray next time, though it wasn't bad enough for me to not go back.

At the Marino hotel The bar has happy hour everyday from 4:30-6 two for one drinks and a DJ!
The staff was friendly and nice! The food was good. We did the breakfast buffet at the hotel and lunches out in town or at the pool. Overall good! We also had a steaks at LG Smith and they were seasoned to perfection!

Tip: if you are not doing all- inclusive but will be doing breakfast at the hotel buffet, ask about the buffet vouchers ( they have a deal which saves $5 per day).

Overall, we will 100% we going back! We had a blast!

Room Tip: Ask for a renovated room, also try to get one that faces inward so you can get the wifi from Starbuc...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Tatiana K
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Tobaccoville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We spend a lot of time at the pool and the pool bar. We found that everybody remembered us from our last trip, so we were greeted with hugs and welcomes! We never had to ask for service, it was just there! Jackie, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Edgar and Nelson at the bar were amazing, and willing to help us in any way they could. They were very proud of their Aruba, and their Rennaisance Hotel! When one of the folks was sick, Nelson brought in iguana soup, as his grandmother swears it has healing powers! Everybody was happy to make our trip better if they could.

I would be remiss if I did not mention Ariana Gonzalez. We used to be regular Aruba Marriott visitors, and she talked us into trying the Rennaisance. We are very glad she did. She checks in and makes sure everyone is ok, and to see if there is anything at all she can do to make the visit a happy one. She is truly a great ambassador for your happy hotel! Thank you for another great Rennaisance experience!

Kathy Windham

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank kgwindham
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Loved Aruba. Hotel was nice but needs updating. We discovered there are two hotels across from each other - one adult only "Marina" the other family hotel "Ocean Suites". The adult only is the one just being updated, has the Casino and is quite lovely. The Suites are nice and hopefully will be updated soon. Nice pool and beach area, private island a plus and lots of convenient little shops (Starbucks, Variety store, ice cream, donut shop, high end stores in the Marina, +). Loved a little restaurant, Casa Tua just outside of the Ocean Suites Hotel...reasonable prices, amazing food, happy hour 5-7 and a live band....great place to watch the lovely sunsets. Hotel has lots of palm trees and amazing scenery for pictures. Nice walk into the downtown area to do a little shopping. Met some fellow tourists who frequent Aruba and they introduced us to Diamante Jewelers- they have everything from Pandora beads, lovely gifts to bring home and of course diamonds to envy. Nevin was amazing, will definitely go back to do some serious shopping in the future. Met lots of lovely people in Aruba, will look into Eagle and Palm Beach for future. Rennaisance was a good start, convenient and overall a good choice for our stay. Will look into all inclusive packages for the next stay. Can't wait to visit Aruba in the future.

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms are a must. If you want the updated hotel, Marina, the higher floors are fully ren...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank LoveLonndon
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Curitiba, Brazil
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Renaissance is located right down town in a privileged site, just across from the marina. This is an upscale, luxury hotel with beautiful décor, ambiance and flair, which is undergo-ing a full renovation of all its rooms. On the ground floor, a shopping mall, with upscale stores of famous brands, are a guarantee of a conveniently close nice, and expensive, shopping tour.

Upon arriving, we were friendly and warmly welcomed by front desk people, whom checked us in very quickly. In minutes we were pleasantly and comfortably installed in our side-view, fully renovated, brand new room. Shortly after starting to unpack, the door bell rang and I was surprised with a bottle of Freixenet Brüt, two small, rich chocolate cakes and a card from the hotel staff in greeting me for my birthday, which was the purpose of our visit to the hotel. That was really a great way to start our pleasant stay!

Room was large, yet not immense, and very, very comfortable. Elegantly decorated, it counted on a corner sofa, a round office/meal table and chair, 42” LCD TV, mini bar, freezing air conditioner, coffee machine and assorted tea bags, reading light and two different nice room lightning systems and safety box. The lovely king bed and the extra feather pillows secured a high-quality sleeping during our stay. Bathroom was mostly white and bright, with great shower, a large mirror, shaving mirror and hair drier. Upscale AVEDA brand toiletry items replenished every day, lots of large towels and an incredibly comforta-ble robe complemented the pleasure of the shower. Yet nice, the bathroom lacked rails and hooks for the towels. Room and bath room were immaculately cared and clean.

Internal fast and comfy panoramic lifts brought us soon down to the lobby area. Embracing the front desk, the nice Blue lobby bar, a large lounge and the access to the external pool, the lobby was very large, illuminated and spacious, definitely a pleasant place to stay. Happy hour from 4PM to 6PM at Blue guaranteed discounted beer, drinks and snacks provided with an attentive, friendly and prompt service. At night, the bar was back-lighted in blue while candles were scattered all over the pool area, lobby and along the stairway that connects it to the parking area, at the ground floor level, creating a magic, enchanting atmosphere. Sitting outside by the pool at night sipping a drink or a beer or even smoking a “Cuban puro” is a relaxing, pleasant program.

The hotel’s jewel of the crown is the Flamingo Island, exclusive for guests. Shuttle motor boats depart every 15 minutes from the hotel’s private deck, at the main entrance level, which is connected by means of a small, charming channel that goes under the main ave-nue, to the marina area and the open sea. The ride from the hotel to the island takes a few minutes, only.

The Flamingo Island is gorgeous, breath-taking area offering a family beach and an adult-only beach, where the beautiful, peaceful and friendly flamingos are. Both beaches are oval-shaped and offer calm, tepid, crystal-clear shallow water. Local fauna share the water with guests. Plenty of palm trees, beach chairs and palapas, and counting on a nice bar and restaurant and a massage center, the island is a piece of paradise on Earth, a fantastic place to enjoy for hours. Snorkeling and water sports equipments are available for rental for a fir price.

Place a chair on the walk-way on the opposite side to the family beach to enjoy the breeze from the open sea and the great view of the planes of all sizes landing at and taking off from the nearby airport, which just across from the island. Take a nap, read a book, en-gage in a conversation or simply close your eyes and relax…

Room Tip: Side rooms, cheaper than sea-front rooms, also offer a great view of the marina and casino area.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Courtright
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Everything about this resort was amazing! Food and service was outstanding! 2nd floor pool was the best! My husband loved LG Smiths steakhouse lol steak everyday for a week!!!! We will b back! Jeep safari is a great tour to go on.

Room Tip: My only change would be to not have an atrium room, sun doesn't shine in and wake u!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Glendale, California
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319 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We stayed 5 days after 4 days at the Marriott, because the airline we were taking to Curacao suddenly went out of business. We stayed at the Ocean Suites, large room with a fabulous view. The service from the staff is excellent, the rooms comfortable, the pool area is great and the mall outside has lots of dining options. The evening buffet dinner by the pool with different themes is a bargain and very good. My only complaint is there is no wifi available in the rooms, just free wifi in the lobby or wired internet in the room for $15 per day!!! Consequently, all day long the lobby was crowded with people checking their emails. The Marriott had awesome wifi all throughout the property, even by the pool and beach. I personally need to be connected to my office even on vacation, so this system was not convenient for me since my phone and iPad don't work with the wired system and sitting in the lobby is not efficient. Other than this one element, I definitely can recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Address: L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, Aruba
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) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 558
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the newly renovated Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, we Live Life to Discover. Here in the heart of Oranjestad, you will find yourself in the middle of the excitement, and our entire staff is ready to inspire you. You don't have to go far to experience the real Aruba, it's right outside your door. Our location is Oranjestad's vibrant modern downtown gives you endless opportunities to indulge your inner shopaholic, get the thrill of a hand of poker in one of our two casinos, enjoy one of our RLifeLIVE events and revel in the Aruban culture in a way you can only experience from the heart of the city. The resort offers two distinct experiences, the hip and lively adult-exclusive Renaissance Marina Hotel and the Renaissance Ocean Suites, a sophisticated one-bedroom suite product. Both with exclusive access to a special discovery hiding just of shores. Renaissance Island, Aruba's only private beaches, a truly tropical experience. ... more   less 
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