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Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

We spent eight nights at the marina hotel. We finally complained after the third night that the room sounded like a wind tunnel making it impossible to sleep. Staff was very accomodating and moved us to an ocean view room at no charge. Much better. The hotel rooms do need some upgrading..baths are old. Food was spectacular and we were on the all inclusive plan. Wait staff left something to be desired, but I really do think we Northeasters cannot get use to the fact that no one hurries. Nevertheless, they do not multi-task, so don't expect your drinks or lunch to appear in a timely fashion. What made the entire trip a winner was the private island! It was easy to get to...and absolutely breathtaking....serene! All in all, above average!

Room Tip: Ask to be away from atrium overlooking Blue...and definitely request a room where the doors have been replaced!
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Susan E
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

We're in Aruba for our third time in as many years, and this year (due to airline fare differentials), decided to come down a few days before the condo that we always stay in would be ready. We decided to stay at the Renaissnace Aruba - the rates were much better than properties at Palm Beach, and thought it was worth a shot.

We stayed in the Marina hotel in an Ocean View room. The hotel itself was kind of a bummer - very crowded, very noisy (it is attached to a mall), and very little that made it feel like a resort. The pool seemed to be a little bigger than our bathtub, and I noticed people parking themselves around it quite early in the morning so that they could have a space. Music from the pool bar was quite loud at certain hours - not very relaxing. Room service offerings were less than impressive.

While the hotel itself was a solid C at best, the saving grace is the private island that belongs to the hotel, and which is exclusively for hotel guests. They have boats that take folks from the hotel to the island every 15 minutes. This island is fantastic - the opposite of everything at the hotel. Relatively quiet, beautiful beaches. Service is good. The existence of the island makes staying at this hotel manageable - I could totally see returning and just going to the island every day.

Not a bad option for the price.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Mark_in_Mass
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Wow- I've been to the Carribbean a lot, and this place was amazing. Firstly, the hotel is clean, quiet and nice, but don't expect a Ritz Carlton luxury-over-the-top experience. The staff is nice, the best are comfortable and the rooms are spotless, so that's all I need. The best part was the boat that came and picked us up every day to take us to the private island, aka UTOPIA. They have an adults only and general beach on the private island with jettys that block the waves and big fish from getting into the enormous swimming area. Also, with the private island we didn't have to worry that our bags weren't safe when we were in the water or local goods sellers, like other islands. With plenty of beach loungers available, no matter what time of day you come, I could also lay on my tube in the water and fall asleep, without worrying about being swept out to sea because of the jetty. I also loved that there was food near the hotel that was reasonably priced and delicious, LG Smith's Chophouse in particular ($24 for a petit filet on an island is awesome!). I had an amazing, relaxing and restful vacation and I'd go back again in a minute.

Room Tip: Get an ocean view, non ground floor
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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9  Thank kelleygrover
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

We love to stay here! It's less crowded than the high rise area and its easier to get around than the low rise area. There is no need to rent a car when you stay here, there is shopping and many many restaurants withinin walking distance. The pool s are beautiful, the beach on property is nice, and there is also a great private island beach for guest use. The staff is fantastic and friendly - service second to none. I consider this a home away from home.

Room Tip: rooms ending with even numbers overlook the pools
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Debra A
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

We have a timeshare but stay here a couple of nights to extend our stay. We have stayed in both the Ocean Suites and Marina hotel. The grounds of the Ocean Suite is much nicer but you pay more also. Although the Ocean suites have a beautiful pool we end up going to the incredible private island where there are always enough beach chairs and is not crowded. Also there are pink flamingos on the adult only side of the beach that are incredibly tame and will walk right by you. There is some street noise in the Marina hotel so watch out if that bothers you. The advantages of the Marina hotel across the street are access to many restaurants and the Casino (which we don't care about but others do) and a lobby pickup by boat to the private island just like you are in Venice.

Room Tip: Rooms in the front even with a good view could be noisy in Marina hotel.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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