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Which hotel??? for Aruba adults--Marriott / Hyatt

Which hotel??? for Aruba adults--Marriott / Hyatt

Oct 21st, 2003, 11:52 AM
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Which hotel??? for Aruba adults--Marriott / Hyatt

We are planning on maybe going to Aruba in December but have never been. We are quite confused which hotel to pick. ONe person says Marriott is a dump then another one proclaims it to be the best ever. Looking for a nice clean and comfortable room. I have no desire to spend 7 nights in a cramped dirty hotel. Any help greatly appreciated.
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Oct 21st, 2003, 01:08 PM
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In March of 2002, My husband and I spent the day in Aruba off of a cruise ship. We love to travel and rarely repeat a destination, but by the end of the day we were scouting out a hotel for our return trip. (Which by the way will be in November, yea!!) Anyway, after walking Palm Beach looking at the hotels, we both agreed that the Hyatt and the Radisson stood out from the rest. Of course this is just based on the grounds and location. Both appeared to be better kept than some of the other hotels in the area, and the grounds of both were beautifully landscaped. When we began looking for packages and prices for our up coming trip in November, we found the Hyatt was THE most expensive hotel on Aruba. With the Radisson coming in second place, but a huge price difference between the two. One other thing we found out while doing research for this trip, is a lot of hotels only do public area renovations, so the grounds may look nice but then the rooms are a bit tired. I have read this to be esp. true with the Marriott. We did find out that the Radisson did a $50+ million TOTAL renovation in 2000. I checked out several message boards, including the Rants and Rave's on this site, and only read good things about the Radisson. So that was our choice for November. Hope this is of some help.

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Oct 21st, 2003, 01:20 PM
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One difference between the Hyatt and Marriott is that the Marriott is the last (northernmost) hotel on the Palm Beach "strip" while the Hyatt is between two other large hotels.

Some people consider this an advantage for the Marriott; others would rather be closer to other restaurants, casinos etc.

We stayed at neither but read many, many reviews before our trip to Aruba. The consensus seemed to be that the Hyatt and Radisson were the best, with the Marriott close behind. I wouldn't give much weight to one negative review.

You can find more opinions at aruba-bb.com or visitaruba.com.
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Oct 21st, 2003, 01:38 PM
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The Radisson is the most luxurious hotel on the island, with the Hyatt 2nd (in my opinion, of course). I too have heard mixed reviews of the Marriott -- perhaps it varies by building or room?? Definitely inquire on www.aruba-bb.com.

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Oct 21st, 2003, 02:24 PM
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I second the Radisson!
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Oct 22nd, 2003, 11:07 AM
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We stayed at the Radisson in January 2001 and loved it. We did walk down the beach to explore other hotels. We thought the Hyatt looked great too. We did not go down as far as the Marriott so I can't comment on that hotel. Check for the better price between Radisson and Hyatt - I doubt you would be disappointed with either one.
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Oct 22nd, 2003, 11:15 AM
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We travel to Aruba often and I would have to agree that the Hyatt and Radisson get top billing. I will also pass on the travel agency we use as they specialize in Aruba and have always had good prices and service. Ask for Alan at Travel Unlimited http://www.travelunlimited.com
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