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Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

When you stay at Riu Palace Aruba All Inclusive in Noord, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Old Windmill and Butterfly Farm. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Omnibus Tennis and Bubali Bird Sanctuary.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 450 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and a turndown service.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools and a fitness center. Additional features at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.

Food & Drink

This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.

Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the resort’s 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 3 bars/lounges.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Riu Palace Aruba All Inclusive
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 79
Noord, Aruba

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 7442 Reviews
Very good, but .....
Reviewed 1 day ago

The locals call Aruba "one happy island" and this is so true. Although, we only came into contact with only one person who was actually Aruba born. Most come from South American countries.
We would say that this Hotel is not 5 star, more like 4 star. The room we had was good jand adequate for a 14 night stay, although it could have done with a bit if an upgrade and tidy up. However, to compensate we did have a wonderful sea view each morning. Be aware that if you are a TUI UK client then (unless you upgrade) you will get a room with a balcony not large enough to sit on. Throughout the Hotel staff and food are exceptional and we can recommend the Buffet for quality and variation (although we did enjoy the themed restaurants). The staff in the Buffet are exceptional and the following should be commended Marisol, Flor, Elizabeth, Maritza, Orrita (although there are many more that we didn't get the names of). The Coffee Shop is very good and serves fine pastries, it's open until late in the evening. We must confess that we actually went to the Riu next door each evening for our pre food drink (they were stronger) as we thought it to be more comfortable and more welcoming than the Palace Lobby Bar and reception area which was quite chilly / bland and not all that welcoming. We were not unduly aware or affected by any smoke coming from the onsite Casino. We are beach lovers and we were less than impressed to the point of disappointment that we had to spend the whole of our holiday sat around the Pool area (easy to get a bed at anytime) as all the Beach were taken very early. You can get beds on the beach but not under shade. It's a real pain but you are on holiday so just except it and work around or else you will be stressed on an expensive holiday. The beach is public and the Hotel are unable to site any additional Palapas to help the situation. So it appears that there is very little the Hotel can actually do other than remove towels at 4am (that appear later). Although further down the beach at the DIvi clients were actually allocated a Palapas (although we don't know how this actually worked in practice) perhaps the Palace should introduce a ticket system like at a Supermarket deli counter ! On our only visit to the beach we had one of our towels stolen. With the entertainment we have mixed feelings. Some shows are excellent some really poor. The constant across everything is one of confusion and poor timing (no real idea of what was going on). There is a children's a "show" prior to the main event and this seems to just roll on and on and on to the point of boredom. Hence our nightly visit to the Riu Hotel next door for cocktails to avoid getting frustrated.

The Trade Winds are with you all day every day (to the point of being an annoyance) but without these the temperature would be quite extreme. You learn to live with them.

The Airport is in need of an update (and this is underway) although it's perfectly functional, efficient and safe. The Duty Free outlet is not the largest you will find and carries only basic items although Grey Goose Vodka is good value (£33 for 1 Litre whereas UK prices are about £40 for 70cl).

It appears that all roads are being upgraded all at once but unlike the UK there are no closures - you just drive off road to get around the obstruction. There are numerous building projects underway and in 5 years time the island will be quite unrecognisable from what it is today, so it's probably best to enjoy it now. Aruba is currently quaint and has a relaxed feel but this likely to change. The Capital has a good mixture of tourist shops and high end Malls and it's the place to go if you want good quality jewellery that is reasonably priced. The jewellery is far superior to that on a UK High Street.

Overall we enjoyed our holiday but if we returned to Aruba we would probably not come back to this Hotel (it's too big for us, the rooms are in need of an update and the beach and entertainment issues are a disappointment. Although we can recommend Aruba as a destination - the weather is predictable and there is NO SEAWEED !

Fantastic Holiday
Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved Aruba , the staff at this hotel are lovely lovely people which obviously rubs of on everyone staying as everyone from all over the world are always in a fabulous mood. The beach is outstandingly beautiful, pure white clean sand with crystal clear warm water.
The pool is huge and clean and all areas around the pool and beach are kept clean and tidy to very high standards.
The food in all the restaurants is well cooked with more than enough choice for everyone with or without dietary needs.
The bars have beers wines prosecco cocktails but also all branded spirts to choose from.
The staff are constantly checking to make sure your ok and don’t need anything and are very genuine about asking and helping,
People aren’t big on tipping in Aruba I noticed and the staff don’t expect them and still are happy and helpful everyday.
There is a beach bar called Bugalo at the end of the pier just outside the hotel on the beach that has a really good band on 3 nights a week so it’s good to wonder over and get out the hotel for something different. Drinks are reasonable and the staff are lovely.
There are restaurants and bars outside the front of the hotel, even a Hard Rock Cafe .
Nobody hassles you so it’s nice to wonder and have a good look at the menus outside.
We went on a boat trip which we booked from the guys in the hut on the beach, lovely guys , cheaper than the hotel and reps boat trip and it was the same boat .
Boat trip just goes up and down the coast and stops for swimming food and drink.
Good day out.
The main town/capital Oranjestad is only 15 mins away on a bus you can jump on outside the hotel for $3 , would recommend the town is worth a visit and go have a little lunch at the marina.
It’s a small town , just one long main road so impossible to get lost.
There is a very nice shopping mall full of all top name Desighner brands such as Gucci Prada LV Rolex ect
Could go on and on but won’t , the pictures speak volumes , really beautiful place beautiful people and we will be definitely saving up to go back.
Only one thing to be aware of is outside the all inclusive hotel the restaurants and bars are very pricey so do still venture out and experience outside the hotels but be aware to take enough money with you.

Great Hotel & Friendly People
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband & I took our daughter here for her Senior Trip June 16-21. We had a great time, rooms were clean, pools were beautiful & you are right on the beautiful beach. Food was great at the restaurants & both buffets were plentiful. All of the staff were very friendly & helpful. The only thing I didn’t like was the small selection of food offered on the room service menu. We would stay here again.

Not for small kids
Reviewed 5 days ago

Since Riu has a separate adult only hotel, I thought Riu Palace would be a great option for families. And though there are a few “family friendly” features such as a kiddie pool, kids club with toys (usually empty) and kids show (at 8pm?!), there are far more “family unfriendly” features.

First, it is basically impossible to find a cabana at the beach or even a decent poolside spot at any decent “family” hour. People seem to reserve these spots with personal items either late at night or before 6am in the morning. As a result, my small kids had no shade to protect them, while the older crowd made sure they had plenty. This really limited our pool/beach time as we had to go to our room for all naps etc. This seems to be a common complaint, isn’t it time the hotel came up with a system to manage this or ensure separate spaces for families with little kids?

Second, there is a disgusting amount of smoking in all outdoor public areas. I tried on many occasions to find a lounge area by the restaurants or lobby area for my family, only for a smoker to come along and send us running. In this day and age, I would expect a hotel, particularly a family friendly hotel, to at least provide a non-smoking outdoor area.

Third, the nightly entertainment cannot be escaped so forget about bedtime. Every night we heard loud music in our room till 11pm and our kids had trouble sleeping. We finally changed rooms (a complicated procedure that basically kills one morning of your vacation) and while that helped a bit, it certainly wasn’t noise free.

Finally, the nightly entertainment can be inappropriate for kids. Given all the noise, we decided we should at least go to some of the shows. On one night, we started with the 8pm kids show (which was great but basically the same each night) and were told this was to be followed by a circus. A circus is typically kid friendly so we stayed on but it became completely inappropriate and scary quickly. All families with small kids had to quickly leave. My daughter still talks about it. Adult entertainment is great but please let us know so we can keep our kids away.

Loyd from Mississauga Ontario
Reviewed 7 days ago

I visit the riu palace Aruba it was very nice check in was quick my room was very nice and spacious also very clean. The maid was very nice. The alacart Restutants was really good except the steak house the service was very poor they do not speak English and with every orders it was the same side dish . The resort is very nice every one is friendly drinks were good buffet restaurant was ok there was always something for everyone to enjoy. The entertainment was not good at times. In our room there was beers, pop and booze but my wife only drank wine so it was kind of inconvenient for her so we ask for wine and they said no but we can speak to the manager in the morning, when we talk to him he sent one bottle and that was it. The bartenders are good but I find if you want good drinks you have to go to the adult side. On the other hand our buffet is way nicer and the lobby so as the hotel. This was my second visit to Aruba. Would I go back to this hotel sure.