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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

Amenities

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

Downtown Oranjestad resort with an award-winning steakhouse, adults-only sections and exclusive access to one of Aruba’s only private islands

The Lowdown

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

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
L G Smith Boulevard 82
Oranjestad, Aruba

Reviews

Hotel recommendation
Wojciech M

An excellent hotel I would recommend to everybody.
I had a nice, quiet and clean room, with a marvellous ocean view.
A very good restaurant on a beautiful hotel beach on a private island with flamingos passing among tourists. In my opinion, one of the best hotels on Aruba. What is very important, whole personnel spoke good English.
High-quality service. Hotel manager was very helpful.
I would like to go back there.

Disappointed with service DO NOT BOOK FOR VACATION!
dickhardini

I checked into the hotel aug 15 at 10am. I was told the room would be ready at 1pm. I am a Marriott gold member. I check back and the room was not ready. They told to come back in 30 minutes. They repeated this procedure til 4:10 pm. They could have easily said the room will be ready at 4pm. I would have returned at 4pm. I had work to do in town.

The next day the room was not cleaned til 7pm in the evening. I saw the room attendant at 1pm. Asked her to clean my room by 3pm. She said no problem sir i showed her my room key that shows my gold status. Room was not cleaned until i called and complained twice about to staff at front desk.

The same evening i come to the room at 11pm. I went to bed. The ac was not working properly at all. It was very stuffy and hot in room. I woke up at 4am. I called the airline changed my ticket and checked out hotel. I flew back to miami at 9:45am. On aug 17.

I was suppose to stay until aug 18. I was looking forward to having a nice weekend in aruba after a work week.

I emailed staff twice about all issues. They apologized and that was it. Nothing was offered to me at all or anything specia as of yet. Waiting for email from them.

I plan on emailing Marriott corporate as well to tell them about my lousy experience.

I stayed at this hotel for 15 years. It has changed ownership in the past 2 years. The past 2 times i stayed i had issues. Such a shame, i really like the location for work.

I don’t recommend this hotel for vacation. So many other nice options in aruba for vacation. If your going for business 1 or 2 nights u gonna deal w the bs fine.

Bon Bini from Aruba. One happy island but not at the Renaissance for my experience this past week. Such a shame.

Recently engaged
Rollie35

Our stay at the Renaissance hotel was incredible. This was actually our 2nd time at this hotel and we can’t wait to come back again. Three employees stood out with their wonderful service, friendliness and attention to detail. Gino who works at the front desk, Margaret (a waitress at the Papagayo restaurant on Flamingo Island and Kevin (a navigator in the lobby) who was instrumental in helping me get every set up so I could propose to my fiancé. Thank you for a wonderful vacation and memories that’ll last a lifetime.