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.
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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.
We stayed at the Marina (adults only) for a few days during our honeymoon. The hotel room was OK - very damp (our towels would never dry for example) and the shower design allowed water to run all over the bathroom floor and into the sink area. The shared area of the hotel by the bar is very nice, and the wait staff were fantastic. DJ by the pool was really cool one of the nights. Not our favorite area of Aruba to be in (downtown is OK, but not a whole lot to do there - high rise area has more activity). Loved the private island and Lucy's nearby!
It was really nice that the hotel surprised us with a cake, champagne, and balloons for our honeymoon!
island room, not island view or any view from the adult only section. No beach access unless you get on a boat and take a 15 minute ride to an island. A great island but it is still 15 minutes away. When they gave us a room someone had already been in the bed. They took us back down and issued another room after standing in line again. They changed our room locks the second day and our keys had to be changed out 4 times. Each time we had to stand in a line 7+ people long. Everyone in the line had key issues or entered a room that had not been cleaned yet, or even occupied by someone else. Not sure if this was an isolated glitch this weekend but they had so many unhappy guest. The island was beautiful, and the staff was friendly and tried to help when asked. Breakfast was below expectations. Overall I would not spend my money to give them another chance.
I’ve stayed at many Renaissance Hotels in the US, and the rooms at this resort were not as nice as the other Renaissance Hotels, but we weren’t there to stay in the room, so it was fine. Lobby/bar area was nice. As a Platinum Elite member we were given a free continental breakfast, with the option to upgrade to the buffet for $6. We chose the upgrade and enjoyed our breakfast each morning before heading to the island. The private island is amazing! We stayed at Iguana Beach, grabbing a couple chairs and umbrella in a little strip of beach set apart from the main area. Hotel staff will bring drinks and orders from the restaurant to you at your seat, so no need to ever leave your little section of paradise. The flamingoes were lovely as well! We ventured out to Eagle Beach one day, which was gorgeous, but decided we liked the island better, so headed back there instead of staying at Eagle Beach. We also liked that we had the option to use the pool at the Ocean Suites as well. Only annoying thing during our stay was the lines at the front desk. Check-in took awhile, and then on Saturday they upgraded the room door locks - meaning we had to stand in the line for the front desk at prime check-in time to get our updated keys. It didn’t seem like the front desk was prepared for they key change. But we would stay here again simply for access to the island!
Currently staying at the ocean suites property and it’s been a nightmare since we first arrived! Contacted the hotel in hopes of checking in early but was told not until 4pm...ok no problem show up at 4:10pm stand in long line to be told our room is not clean yet. Front desk staff was nice so no big deal we wait...finally get to our room the view is great but the room for the price is disappointing at best! The layout of the room is terrible the bedroom feels cramped and claustrophobic. The bathroom shower was gross and drain is a nightmare. 80% if the staff you ask questions or explain concerns are completely useless and look at you with blank stares. Today was the second day they completely ran out of clean towels by the pool while towel attendants sit on their phones...yesterday Was told they would have towels in 20 minutes so figured no big deal I’ll swim and grab a towel after...after waiting almost an hour still no towels had to walk to my room soaking wet to find towels for my family...not the service I expected when paying $3k+ to stay here for 5 nights! Spent the first 3 nights of our trip at the Hyatt which was wonderful friendly helpful staff and beautiful grounds... I’d say maybe stay here for 1 night just to get to experience the island which was nice or better yet just buy a day pass and stay somewhere else!