Myself, my wife and 2 female friends visited this hotel for 2 weeks.
Checkin - everything run smoothly and we was greeted with a drink on arrival. We was allocated rooms within Block C and having read reviews stating this was the worst block as the rooms were dated I requested whether we could move to Block A or B and I was told no these we're rooms for people who paid more money, which I was rather offended by as we paid £7000 for this holiday which by my standards isn't a cheap holiday. We was later told by another holiday maker (who guessed we was in block C) that they put all of the English in Block C as the Americans visit more and are more than likely to kick up more of a fuss if their not happy. Anyway, once we arrived at our room we was pleasantly surprised. Although they are very dated they are very spacious and clean. My wife and I stayed in room 455 which was a corner room which had an amazing view of the beach.
The service and the food was top notch. Can not fault in any shape or form. Freddy, the bar tender from the indoor bini bar is simply a breath of fresh air.
My best restaurant had to be the Japanese, really had a touch of class to it. My worst restaurant had to be the Italian it had no ambience whatsoever!
Alcoholic drinks - you will be spoilt for choice. A vast amount of premium drinks and the red and rose wine is good. The rose wine is blossom hill - which great for me as its a wine that I am familiar with. The minibar is stocked each day.
The entertainment is extremely poor and the young entertainment lad is slightly irritating. You will get tired of hearing him say 'oooo my god' and 'wowwwww'!
There are lots of places to walk out to and they are literally on your door step. You have TGIs, Hardrock and many more. Just bare in mind that everywhere adds a 15% service charge to your bill.
The bar on the beach is definitely worth a visit - great place to go and watch the sun go down and reasonably priced too. They put a singer on early evening and it has a great buzz about it. Avoid buy drinks at the raddison hotel if you choose to go watch the carnival there. Two drinks cost of 20 dollars.
Everywhere excepts dollars, so would recommend this currency.
We ventured to Eagle beach which is absolutely stunning and definitely worth a visit, but be prepared to be parched as there was no where around to buy a drink from. It literally is a ghost town in the morning. It seemed a little more busier when we was walking back to the hotel early afternoon, but nothing too exciting.
I would definitely recommend this hotel and would say it is positioned in the best location.
Thank you team Riu for making out holiday truly enjoyable. My only recommendation would be that you invest some money in your entertainment.
- 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