Renaissance/Aruba

Dec 25th, 2003, 08:10 PM
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Renaissance/Aruba

I was hoping to find out some info about the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Aruba-how would you rate it in terms of it's cleanliness, rooms-size-modern etc-is it in a safe area etc-all comments would be appreciated! Many thanks
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Dec 26th, 2003, 09:40 AM
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We've been to Aruba 3 times but never stayed at the Marriott Renaissance. I can tell you these things: it's located downtown, close to shopping; in order to spend time on it's beach, you have to take a shuttle boat to their private island. Like any other resort, I've read good and not so good reviews on the resort. I will tell you, however, if you have a choice of the Marriott Renaissance downtown or either the Marriott Hotel or the Marriott Ocean Club, both of which are located on the far end of Palm Beach, I would choose the Resort or the Ocean Club in a heartbeat over the Renaissance just due to the personal preference of having the beach right there at our hotel. We stayed at the Marriott Ocean Club two years ago and loved it. Have fun with your research!
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Dec 26th, 2003, 10:38 AM
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mosby - I agree with MuyLinda. I would consider the Marriott or Hyatt on Palm Beach. I've also heard good thinks about the Radisson. Two years ago, we stayed at the Rennaisance. The rooms were clean and fairly large, but in need of updates. Service was good. I did like the fact that the Renaissance was attached to a mall that had a food mart, coffee shop, etc. This was nice in the morning. I also liked the private island. The hotel had a very good upscale restaurant, but I can't remember the name...sorry. Next time I'm in Aruba, I will stay on Palm Beach. Enjoy your trip!
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Dec 26th, 2003, 02:32 PM
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Went to Aruba many years ago and remember the hyatt as being beautiful. (it was new at the time) The rooms were spacious and beautiful.
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Dec 28th, 2003, 08:35 PM
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I agree, I have been to Aruba twice, and I would not stay at the Renaissance. Coincidentally, I work for Marriott, so I wanted to check out this hotel, but because it is located in the heart of downtown, it can be noisy, and there is no convenient beach. I have stayed at the Marriott Resort and Stelaris Casino on Palm Beach twice. This is definitely a better option. Very nice rooms, lovely pool area, and tons of beautiful beach with no noise or car fumes. As for safety, I would not worry about that in Aruba. It is a very friendly, beautiful island. I would recommend renting a car and really exploring this island. It is my favorite in the caribbean, and there is tons to do, and the best restaurants I have encountered in the caribbean. Have fun!
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Jan 8th, 2004, 09:03 PM
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I'm sorry but I think I will have to disagree with this forum. I went last feburary winter break for us northeasterns. We passed the Blizzard of '03 after we took off from washington DC. IT was great to watch the blizzard from a bar at the Rennissance beach in 80 degree weather. it wasn't nice to go back to the 25" of snow. The Rennissance is downtown wit hall the noise of the city's culture. I think the best attribute to this hotel being downtown, is that all the shopping and great restaurants are in the downtown area. It was nice to walk to and back from some of the best restaurants on the island as most people would have to get a taxi ($15-25) from the other side of the island where all the big hotels are. We also went to the spa in the hotel which was top of line. If your looking for peace and tranquilty, plus to walk out of the hotel onto a beach. This is not your place. I have to say it really isn't a drag to wit for the 7min boat ride out to their private island. Some people whom I have read reviews were annoyed by the airport being close by to the hotel. The airport is 3miles ($5 taxi ride) to the hotel and really isn't a nusiance. the constant 20mph tradewinds dround out the jets coming and leaving. to end this all we are planning to go back in July.
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Feb 3rd, 2004, 01:00 PM
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My husband and I stayed ath the Ren Beach Tower last fall. We enjoyed being within walking distance to shopping, restaurants and other stores. The hotel grounds are very nice, pool area, etc. Have a nice lagoon type beach area.

The Marina Tower is more in town, typical holiday inn type rooms and a small pool. Stay at the beach tower. I hear they are renoving the rooms, which is needed. Not up to par for a Marriott Ren property.

I prefer a pool to the beach, so this was fine with me.
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