Just returned from a 5 night 6 day trip to Aruba, wish we would have stayed a little longer. We stayed at the Riu Palace on Palm Beach. Have to say the room was awesome. Originally book the Jr. Suite with the ocean view, but stayed in the Jacuzzi Suite. I would never have paid for this room but had gotten this room due to a mix up with our reservations. We ended up wasting about three hours of our vacation when we first got there waiting for them to resolve the issue. The hotel gave us a ticket so we could eat and drink while they worked on the situation. When they finally got everything figured out they ended up giving us a Jacuzzi Suite. Santana, the person at the front desk that helped us with everything was very nice, and even called after we had gotten into the room to make sure we were happy.
As for the stay the only thing I would complain about was the bed was hard and there was a musty kind of smell in the rooms. The next time I go on vacation I am tempted to bring my own pillow and blanket.
As for the food we did not go to any of the ala carte restaurants. I don’t know about anyone else I just do not like having to make reservations. When I am on vacation I like to just relax and do what I want when I want. So we ate in the Don Nicolas for dinner and at the Nautical for our lunches. We only made it down for breakfast the day we left. The food was good. The selection was great. And the alcohol was top shelf.
Note to those of you out there who would like to do a little snorkeling. I bought some snorkeling gear on Amazon for about $60.00, along with some underwater cameras. So worth the cost if you figure that if you would pay to go on one of those snorkeling tours it would cost almost that much for one time out. There is a spot down the beach just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel in front of the Police Station, that you can do some snorkeling. Especially for the beginner, the water is shallow and there is a lot to see. We found plenty of fish, shells, crabs, lobsters, and this amazing star fish. We spent the last two days down there just exploring and taking pictures. Was the best part of our vacation, wish we would have found this spot earlier.
- 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