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Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

  • L.G. Smith Blvd. 82 Map It
  • Oranjestad
  • Trusted Brand
  • Fodor's Choice

Pros

  • In the heart of the downtown shopping district
  • Lobby and shopping areas are always lively
  • Pool area offers an unmatched view of the port
  • Free access to private island with beaches and tame flamingos

Cons

  • Rooms overlooking the atrium can be a bit claustrophobic
  • Beach is off-site
  • Hard to find a quiet spot
  • No hotel grounds
  • No balconies in downtown section

Updated 03/04/2014

Fodor's Review

This landmark property right on the port offers guests the best of both worlds—a short walk to the best shopping on the island and access to a beautiful private beach via a short boat ride from the hotel lobby. The hotel is made up of two distinct parts: the Renaissance Marina Hotel and the Renaissance Ocean Suites. Standard rooms are in the marina section, which is on Oranjestad's main drag and overlooks the harbor. The Ocean Suite rooms are larger and have separate

living areas and kitchenettes. The main hotel pool actually juts out 25 feet above L.G. Smith Boulevard (swimmers can look down on the street). Rooms here are spacious and were renovated in 2013 with sleek accents; some overlook the six-floor atrium filled with restaurants and stores. A 40-acre island just offshore has the only private beaches on Aruba, and is reserved for hotel guests. Most restaurants in the attached Renaissance Seaport Village Mall allow diners to sign for their meals.

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Hotel Information

Address:

L.G. Smith Blvd. 82, Oranjestad, Aruba

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Phone:

297-583–6000; 800-421–8188

Hotel Details:

  • 287 rooms, 269 suites
  • No meals

Updated 03/04/2014

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Mar 16, 2014

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First, do not rely on the photos on the resort's website! The beach- its a stretch to call it a beach - is nothing more than a lagoon, not attractive or inviting and very few guests visit it. After only one night in the Ocean Suites we smartly upgraded -ugh- to the Marina Hotel across the street and it was the best decision we could have made. The Ocean Suites are dated and as I said the 'beach' is NOT a beach and the pool area is just OK. The Marina

Hotel is far more attractive, updated and the pool is far superior to the 'beach' and pool at the Ocean Suites. The private Renaissance Island beach is OK though hard near the airport and the service on the Island is fair and the food below par. All in all, we salvaged the trip by switching hotels but there are far more attractive islands then Aruba and the Island and this resort is not one we would visit again.

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