I went to Aruba in July, also known as "One Happy Island", at least that is what is written on the license plates. I went with a group of friends, there were about 10 of us, and we all stayed in the Ocean Suites. Because it had a bigger, and we all wanted the swim up bar access. Our age ranged from 26 - 29. We all just wanted to have fun. We went from Saturday to Saturday.
COMPLAINTS (only 2)
I had a few issues with the resort, first although we paid for the all-inclusive; we had to sign for everything. Since the resort had members that weren’t on the all-inclusive plan, they required you to always have your plastic member card with you. It was quite annoying, because when we were in the pool, and we wanted to get a drink, someone had to get all the cards. They charged the meal/drinks per room, and since there was a limit on how much each room can eat/drink it got really confusing for the waitress and annoying for us. Since we were a large group we would eat together in groups, and most of the time, it wouldn’t be by rooms. Therefore, when we went to out to eat, we had to explain to the waitress (who had a limited understanding of English), how it was to be divided. And when it came to dinner, all 10 of us would dine together, and that was a huge mess.
My second complaints are the animals, the birds and the iguanas especially. They really have no fear of humans. The iguanas are so accustomed to being feed by previous guest that they walk around the outside restaurants, like they own the place. The birds are the worst, while I was sitting down at a table, they will hop on, and start picking at your plate. I ate breakfast at the outside restaurant the first day, and I never when back there. I ate all my breakfast and lunch at the Blue restaurant (located in the Marina resort, across the street), and its indoors away from all the animals. However at night, the animal seem to disappear, and I was more comfortable to eat in the outside restaurant.
Besides those 2 items, I was happy with my stay at the resort. I like the freedom of having access to both resort/building. If you’re into gambling, then you will love this resort and it downtown location. It about 4 casinos to play at, in a 4 block radius.
The party scene was not like what we expected. There is no night life from Sunday to Tuesday. But, once Wednesday came it was fun. We went on a party bus, it was different. Had a toast at sunset on the beach, ate at the governor (or maybe it was the mayor) house, then we went bar hopping. It was pretty fun, because there was about 3 bus loads, and we would try to one up each other, on being the loudest and craziest bus. We also went to Senior Frog twice, the first time, it was dead, but the second time (believe it was Wednesday night) it was packed and we had fun. We also took a $10 taxi ride, down to the other resorts, and walked around there.
What also attracted us to this resort was the fact that it had a private beach, and you took one of the resort speed boat over to the island. If you don’t want to travel over to the island, they also had a man made beach at the Ocean suite resort. But, don’t forget your bug spray, because those mosquitoes can be brutally. The flamingos were refreshing; I like them so much more than the iguanas and the birds.
I had a fabulous time. I was a change a pace from my work week. It's not as tropical The staff, were nice and always willing to talk, and share a funny story. I was a little disappointed that we paid so much for the rooms/package. I expected there to be more, but I didn’t let that ruin my vacation. The shopping was ok, they were really willing to bargain, there prices were all fixed. I would avoid the market that is found by the Ocean Suites, they were a bit pricey, but it you walked a block down from the Marina suite/resort, that market had more selections.
I would recommend this resort for anyone, thay loves animals (espicially iguanas), and just want a relaxing time, with a bit of gambling.
- 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 Caribbean, it's right outside your door. Our luxury hotel in Aruba offers a perfect location steps from Oranjestad's vibrant modern downtown boutiques, giving 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 accommodation. Both provide exclusive access to a special discovery, Renaissance Island, with Aruba's only private beaches and a truly tropical experience. ... more less
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