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.
Mar 16, 2014
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.