We just returned from a five night stay at the Riu. There were 4 couples in our group and all of us had pretty much the same opinion. It was not the best all-inclusive but it wasn't the worst either. Before we left I checked the reviews had had some trepidations with some of the comment that were made but we trust our travel agent and she was pretty accurate in her descriptions. This was our first time in Aruba and most of us found the island itself a great destination. Two of our group found the constant wind to be very annoying but without it I think the heat would be pretty unbearable. Beaches were great, you can walk for miles and there is a walkway that takes you past all the other resorts right on the beach. We took a tour of the island which was offered by the cab driver who took picked us up at the airport. Was great...like a private tour. Also the Butterfly exhibit which is within walking distance is a nice experience.
As for the resort itself, it's pretty average. We did not experience any of the horrible conditions other travelers reported. Our rooms were clean everyday. Yes, the beds were hard but huge..and we actually slept pretty well on them. The one thing that did bother me a little was the constant musty smell but I don't know what the resort could do about it. Most places in the Caribbean seem to have that issue. The pool could use some upkeep but it's clean...no big complaints there. Food was actually a bit better than average for an all inclusive. We tried all of the speciality restaurants...yes you do have to make reservations at 9:00 in the lobby...and we all had our favorites. Mine was the Italian. As for entertainment it's the usual...nothing to write home about. Excerpt for the guy who led the aqua Zumba classes at the pool. Worth the trip ladies. :-)
One more little complaint I had was their Internet service. It's a very weird setup where I had to take my iPad to the front desk and they punched in codes until they found one that worked. Also most times it's extremely slow so be prepared for that.
So all in all we enjoyed ourselves, had no big issues and would probably stay there again.
- 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, Amex, 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