Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
What We Love
- The resort maintains Aruba’s only private island, a 40-acre atoll accessible to all guests via water taxi
- The hotel’s Crystal Casino (open 24 hours) is the island’s largest
- Guests at both hotels score access to the private island, which offers a family-friendly beach and an 18-and-over section
- L.G. Smith’s Steak and Chop House is a Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant
- Sunning on family-friendly Iguana Beach, getting cozy in a beachside hammock or spying on the resident flamingo families that populate the atoll
- Guestrooms have French balconies with city or ocean views; Ocean Suites have full balconies
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The resort consists of two hotels, the adults-only Renaissance Marina and the more family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites
- The entire resort recently underwent a renovation led by NYC-based Dash Design
- Lush bathrooms maintain the relaxed feel with rainfall showers, white quartz countertops
- Children 17 and under are not permitted in the Resort Room, Island King Room, Ocean King Room and Executive Suite
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Take advantage of all that paradise has to offer without sacrificing any modern comforts at this downtown Oranjestad resort. Two buildings comprise the property — the adults-only Renaissance Marina and the family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites — but, crucially, both grant access to the property’s 40-acre private atoll, the only one of its kind on Aruba. Set off to the islet via water taxi (they depart every 20 minutes) and spend the day sunning on family-friendly Iguana Beach, getting cozy in a beachside hammock or spying on the resident flamingo families that populate the atoll. Treat yourself further at the on-site L.G. Smith’s Steak and Chop House, a Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant that overlooks Oranjestad’s downtown marina. The menu focuses on steak and all the trimmings — filets and ribeyes paired with mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and truffle cream corn — but diners with lighter tastes can fill up on lemon-roasted jumbo shrimp or a veggie Wellington. Indulge that food coma in one of the airy guestrooms, which have a city-meets-beach vibe: buttery taupe banquettes set off by bright turquoise pillows, sleek hardwood furnishings and French balconies with city or ocean views. The lush bathrooms maintain the relaxed feel with rainfall showers, white quartz countertops and backlit mirrors.
In the Area
When you’re not ensconced in a hammock on the resort’s private island, set off to explore Oranjestad’s rich history. The port city is the island’s capital, and it boasts a number of buildings dating back to Aruba’s early years under Dutch rule. Fort Zoutman (Aruba’s oldest remaining structure) was constructed in 1778 to thwart pirates; since then it has called itself a courtroom, a police station and a jail. Today it’s the historical museum — and the backdrop for the Tuesday afternoon Bonbini (“welcome”) festival, a showcase of the island’s traditional dance, music and cuisine. Before tourism, aloe drove Aruba’s economy, and visitors can still stock up on the soothing lotion at Aruba Aloe Store, a 125-year-old shop that sells locally made bath gels, sunscreens and calming after-sun lotions. For more carry-on-friendly souvenirs, hit Artistic Fine Jewelry, a 40-year-old boutique with a diverse collection of linens, crystal and accessories, including bracelets, rings and earrings featuring Aruba Pink gemstones.
How to Get There
We have been staying at the Renaissance Ocean Suites for over twelve years and have found the services provided have been outstanding. In particular, the staff responsible for ensuring rooms are cleaned daily is fantastic. Over the years Christina Perez has provided us with exceptional and friendly service. Christina and her colleagues on the 5th floor are always focused on serving each person and room without hesitation making for a very enjoyable vacation.
We had an amazing experience during our cabana stay on Iguana Island. Gregory Tromp was the best Butler and was on top of his game if we needed anything.
Fresco’s was our favorite restaurant during our stay. Daniela Martin and Vladimir were on point with waiting on our needs. Both were kind and fun to be around before and after our meals were finished.
Great Job Everyone! We loved meeting you guys!
Christy and Ricky Ney
Amazing food and service melushka was so helpful and attentive. The private island is beautiful and the flamingoes are adorable. Only issue is a few people smoke on the family section of the island even though there are signs
We decided to stay at the Renaissance Aruba Ocean Suites based on the reviews about the private island beach/lagoon and the proximity to the airport. We agree with other reviewers that the hotel is a little “tired” and needs some general maintenance and cleaning. Our Ocean view suite was primarily a pool view, and don’t expect to be upgraded based on your Marriott Elite status (I’m Titanium which offered no advantage or recognition other than a 10% discount at the hotel bars and restaurants for all Bonvoy Elites). But you can expect friendly employees and a beautiful private island accessible by a hotel boat. There are 2 man-made lagoons and beaches complete with pink flamingos, a fitness center and an outdoor restaurant. One of the lagoons is ‘adult only’, but we preferred the family friendly lagoon and Iguana beach for its larger, more extensive seating area and better shade options. It is also much closer to the restaurant and fitness center, although there is a small outdoor bar on the adult-only beach. In summary, the Renaissance Ocean Suites isn’t the greatest Marriott you will stay at, but Renaissance Island and friendly restaurant servers improved my hotel rating from a solid 3 star to a 4.
We stayed at the renaissance hotel. I don’t believe that Expedia was veey forthright when describing the differences in the two properties. Clearly the marina is a much older property- however the bar area looks to be recently done. Our room was small. The carpet was stained, faded and worn out in multiple areas. Our room overlooked a parking lot (which we did not know at the time of the reservation). There were no chairs or any area to sit at even if we would have liked to. We let that go because we didn’t plan to spend a lot of time in our room anyway but we were disappointed.
We definitely liked the pool, bar and beach area at the ocean suites but were unaware this was an option or what the difference was. I agree with a previous post about “reserving chairs with towels”. That was ridiculous. We often moved items that were left unattended.
The private island was nice. I don’t think it is as glamorous as it was portrayed online.
Once we saw it- we were like “ok, check that off the list”.
The area was quite busy during the day with the activity from the cruise ships but we found there to be virtually no night life around the area which was disappointing (we are in our 40’s) to us.
The hotel was “adequate” for needs but next time we will definitely be staying up near the palm beach area.