Renaissance Aruba Resort

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, Aruba, Caribbean

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Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
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  • Solo76
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    Incredibly nice, Best stay I had ever Had In Aruba


    Nicest Hotel On Aruba, gr8 view, two Casino's, Own shopping malls, Activty's 4 young and old, even has it's own little island. Ofcourse I would recommend this hotel, 5 star and the best service friendly staff, secure, the best time you'll have.

    Unique Quality: Sea side view, incredible, Romantic sun set view, Pool with drinks and snacks on the spot, Casino's, two shopping malls, Cinema, lot's more, you'll have to check it out.

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Lovely Resort in Oranjestad

by Kisu about Renaissance Aruba

Renaissance Aruba is situated in the capital Oranjestad and it belongs to the Marriot chain. Taxi takes you from the airport to the hotel in about 15minutes.

The resort has two lodging options and it's actually so big that it's covers half of the Oranjestad.

Great Hotel

by Jorry about Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort and Casino

Great hotel and nice rooms.
A lovely private island, with grat beaches, you go there by boat. Nice pool at the hotel and suites.
In the middle of the town.

Renaissance Aruba continues...

by Kisu

The boat leaves from both of the hotels in about every 30minutes until evening and the trip takes about 10minutes.

Renaissance Ocean Suites has a swimming pool and a small beach but as it's man-made, the bottom is rather muddy.

Renaissance Aruba continues...

by Kisu

Renaissance Resort&Casino has an own private island, where they take you by boat. The island is really nice with two white sandy beaches, though it might be little crowded. The other beach is meant for families and on the other side- no kids allowed!

On the island there's also a restaurant serving nice meals and drinks during the day and a spa which is also owned by the hotel, like actually everything there.

There are lots of pink flamingoes and iguanas hanging around the island and they love people taking pictures of them.

Staying in the City

by kevin_d about Renaissance Aruba Ocean Suites

This resort is in downtown Oranjestad, along with it's partner Renaissance Marina Tower across the street. It is within walking distance of many many shops and restaurants, and adjacent to the marina and seaport casino. The suites have a kitchen and a separate bedroom, with balcony or patio. Service and facility is top notch. I highly recommend this resort, especially for the first-time visitor. Great place to walk around and take it all in, no need to rent a car!

Marina Tower rooms (across the street) are not suites. The hotel is attached to the mall and shops. The free-form pool is large, with a swim-up bar. The jewel of the resort is the only private beach in Aruba, Renaissance Island. A short 10 minute ride by water taxi, it's the place to be. Iguanas the size of dogs, pink flamingos, calm clear water, bar/restaurant.

If You're Looking For Convenience, The Renaissance is it!

by A TripAdvisor Member

My wife and I just returned from a 4-day vacation at the Renaissance Aruba Resort. We stayed in the Marina Tower, which was walking distance from downtown Oranjestadt. We had a 5th floor Ocean/Marina-view room, which was fine, but we were surprised there wasn't much of a balcony (apparently they're only on the 6th floor as part of the "suite" package). We also didn't realize our ocean view would (occasionally) be blocked by cruise ships. The room itself was very clean (having been recently renovated). We were not too pleased with room service, as we placed an order one evening (fairly early) which never arrived. One of the nicest things about the hotel is The lobby bar ("Blue"). Dino and Merly took care of our drinking and eating needs without any attitude or second thoughts. The "freeform" pool is also great, as the perimeter overlooks the southwestern portion of Oranjestadt, while suttle background music fills the air. The private beach was just that, with the "adult" side (expectedly) quieter than the "family" side (the outdoor restaurant is also located on the family side). There is even a wildlife preserve there, with everything from Iquanas to Flamingos (that are not the least bit shy). As for food, prices are fairly competitive with the rest of the island, but we felt the breakfast buffet in the Hotel was a little pricey at $28.99 per person.
Basically, if you're looking for a place that is peaceful and conveniently located, then the Renaissance Aruba resort is the place for you.

Renaissance is Just Beautiful!

by A TripAdvisor Member

We just returned from a one week stay (February 15 - 21, 2004) at the Aruba Renaissance Hotel which has been completely refurbished. The room s were extremely cleam, all new and very comfortable. We took our two girls ages 9 and 13 with us and they thoroughly enjoyed the property and the proximity of this resort to the town. We stayed in the Beach Tower and I'm happy we did. The Marina Tower has many more amenities such as the fitness center, the beautiful Seaport Mall, the spa, and the casino, however, it is located on a busy street and the pool overlooks the main road (1A), although you do have a nice view of the marina and the cruise ships as well. It depends upon what you are looking for. Staying at the Beach Tower affords you the peaceful beauty of their Caribbean beaches and the pools there are beautifully landscaped. You also have the option of taking the boat to the private island (which is beautiful), however the island backs up to the airport and when the planes take off and land, it can be extremely loud! If you don't mind the intermittent noise, this is a very nice resort to stay at. The nice thing about the downtown location is that the mall (underneath the Marina Tower) is just gorgeous...Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Gucci and Nautica stores, along with many others, make this a nice afternoon stroll as it is all open to the hotel and outside...just beautiful, first class shopping. My girls loved it. As far as cheap dining, you can find Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's, Wendy's, Subway and Sabarro's all within a short walk from the hotel. If you want fine dining, the upscale restaurants such as Chez Mathilde, Madame Janette's, El Gauco's, etc...require reservations well in advance. We were not able to dine at any of these (probably because it was a big vacation week) for the schools. We did eat at The Flying Fishbone which was an awesome eat on the beach with your feet in the sand and a beautiful view...go at 6:30 and watch the sun set as you have a glass of Chilean wine...just gorgeous. We also ate at the Aqua Grill which had an extremely nice upscale atmosphere and excellent service. These restaurants are deceptive...they don't look like much from the outside, but when you get in, the experience is much nicer than you would think. Iquana Joe's is is situated upstairs on the main downtown road (1A) and is always hopping with young people and families having tropical drinks and more fun type of food...great for kids. We had Italian at Le Dolce Vita....beautiful decor inside, good food and fun, attentive waitestaff, but it is in a lousy spot and has no access to the outside which can make or break a restaurant on this island. Other than that, we did some local snorkeling and a horseback ride at the Daimari ranch. Don't do this ride unless you are experienced and/or have no fear of horses...this is a rugged ride up and down some very treacherous landscape in the northeast desert. We have our own horse at home, so fear wasn't an issue, but it is not an easy trek for a beginner. They need an easy trail ride for those who just want to relax and take in the beautiful landscape. Do your homework about the various rides/ranches before you go anywhere! All in all, this was a very nice week and you won't be disappointed if you stay at the Renaissance. If you are looking for total peace and quiet/privacy and are going on a honeymoon...look elsewhere for that....but if you are with your kids or traveling with friends, you might prefer the many amenities that come with staying close to the main town. Bon Bini! Enjoy!

Poor Service and Dirty Rooms

by A TripAdvisor Member

The staff at this hotel was rude especially at the front desk. Our hotel room was musty, dirty, the furniture was worn and dusty, and the bathroom had mold. It took them two days to turn on our room telephone and one morning we could not take our shower because they had no water in the room.

The private beach was a complete waste of time. It was crowded, dirty, they ran out of towels, and the staff was lazy and rude. Good luck trying to get service at the bar.

This hotel was very noisy because it's close to the airport along with the noise from an ongoing construction. The beach is also muddy from all the tractors moving boulders in the beach area. This hotel is not worth the money and the public beaches are far better than the private beach.

Very noisy over New Years celebrations

by TripAdvisor Member givemesunshine

We stayed at this hotel between Christmas and New Year. It is downtown Orangestaad, so it is in a very busy location. For New Year's celebration the locals explode firecrackers non stop for 3 days. It got so loud that it was hard to sleep. This hotel is on a busy street and there is no beach. The pool is small with only a few chairs around it.
From the lobby there is a boat (every 15 or 30 min) to the Renaissance Island, which is their private island. The island is very nice with white sand, laguuns, iguanas, flamingos, a restaurant, gym, a store etc... There was an airport runaway near-by so a few times a day, there was a noisy airplane taking off, but this was not non stop. If you like to be downtown near the stores and restaurants, this hotel will be ideal. I would have rather stayed on the beach in one of the resort hotels like the Hyatt, which were all next to each other on a beautiful white sandy beach.


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Forum Posts

Low Rise vs. High Rise

by dlin10105

Hi All - I need some help. I can't decide between the Renaissance Aruba (high rise) and the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort (low rise). I've researched both hotels on various sites...I can see both have pros and cons. I appreciate any feedback...

Side notes: We are a couple in our late 20s. We value a beach with calm water with snorkeling off the shore. And we want to have plenty of dining choices in a fairly close proximity to the hotel.

thank you!

Re: Low Rise vs. High Rise

by diver-x

Yes, the Renaissance is not in the high rise district but in downtown Oranjestad. We stayed at the Renaissance and it was fine, not great but OK. And yes, the beach is a boat ride away on their private island. But the snorkeling was pretty good on the island, outside of the rocked-in swimming area.

Both the high-rise or low-rise districts have a lot of restaurant options. But if it was me, I'd try to find a good deal in the high rise district. I liked the beach there better. Although, sandy beach = bad snorkeling...

Re: Low Rise vs. High Rise

by dlin10105

Thank you! I have learned the Renaissance is in the downtown area, not high rise area. Sorry. Anyhow...I am beginning to rule out the Renaissance.

I would like to know if anyone can give me any specific reasons why I should not stay at the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort. I have read very bothersome comments about an odor from a waste water facility which is located behind the hotel. Can anyone give me a current status of this situation? Is the odor still present? Is the facility directly behind the hotel?

Also, I would appreciate more specifics about the hotel and area. Are there ample restaurants and shops in the area? Is the area safe to wander? I realize you can walk across the street to the beach but is a vehicle or public transportation necessary to do anything else (dine, sight see, shop, etc)?

Thank you!

Re: Low Rise vs. High Rise

by diver-x

I do recall driving thru the low-rise area (April 2006) and there was a very stinky section on the road which was reminiscent of waste water treatment facility smell. If I remember correctly it was towards the northern end of the low-rise area but I could be wrong. And I don't recall which hotels were nearby, but if Amsterdam Manor is there then I'd find someplace else.

Re: Low Rise vs. High Rise

by xristinaki

although we did not stay in either area we would go to eagle beach everyday (lowrise area) everyday. we did not smell anything....we preffered this beach over the high rise area...much quietter and i personally found the beach to be nicer. for snorkeling i would go to baby beach as well as the natural pool.

Re: Low Rise vs. High Rise

by dlin10105

Thanks everyone! Amsterdam has been booked. Looking forward to the trip!


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Address: L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, Aruba, Caribbean