Visited Aruba and stayed at the Riu Palace from January 11-17 2013. We had a great time, the service was excellent, the food was great and we would definitely go back. The location is perfect, you can walk to all the nearby bars, restaurants and shops. Although the place is all inclusive we went out to dinner a few nights and the restaurants in Aruba are great. We loved El Guacho, (not in walking distance) expensive, but worth it.
As for the hotel...we were in building B and we had no issues at all. I recommend this building if you want to be close to the casino, restaurants, entertainment and bars. The beds were not great, but we slept fine.
We didn't have any issues getting beach chairs around 9am each day but I can see why people get annoyed and leave negative comments. People would save beach chairs and stay at the pool all day. Pool chairs were tougher to get, people getting up at 5am to reserve them is a little ridiculous but it did not bother us.
I work in the hospitality industry and before leaving for Aruba, I read a good amount of reviews and was a little nervous, but I soon realized that this place was not as bad as the reviews make it out to be. I am glad we chose this place. My girlfriend and I had a very memorable and relaxing vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- > * Opened: summer 2007> * Situated in Palm Beach on the island of Aruba> * Two 10-story buildings, one 8-story building> * Located on the beach> * Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach> * 4 km / 2.48 Miles from Oranjestad> * 700 m / 2296.7 Ft. From various shops> * 10 km / 6.21 Miles from the airport> * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Aruba Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Riu Aruba
- Riu Palace Aruba Resort
- Hotel Riu Palace Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach