Hotel Review: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

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I had a last-minute opportunity last week attend a quick sales meeting in Aruba, so I packed my bags, booked a room at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino and hopped on a Southwest Airlines non-stop flight from BWI to AUA.

Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoRenaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

The Renaissance is right in the heart of Oranjestead (Dutch – literally Orange town), the largest city and capitol of Aruba. The hotel is actually two properties situated across the street from each other – the Renaissance Marina Hotel is a an adults-only for guests over 18, complete with adult-only and a pool and 24 hour casino, while The Renaissance Ocean Suites offers family-friendly accommodations and kid’s activities.

I had an entry-level room in the Renaissance Marina Hotel with a limited city view. The room felt modern and fresh, and relied heavily on a blue and white color scheme reflective of the ocean, and silver as an ultra cool accent color. Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoRenaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoIt was an awesome contrast to the colors of the city of Oranjestad, which has many brightly colored buildings.Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoCheck in was welcoming and efficient.Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoThe hotel itself was on the city-side, despite being name a marina hotel.  The marina was actually across the four lane street. The pool was off of the lobby, and partially overlooked the marina.Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino The best feature of the atrium, was also the best feature of the property itself – the Renaissance has a private island with a guest-only boat service to take you there.Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoThe boat picks you up in the lobby and takes you on an approximately 10 minute ride over to the island – which happens to be located across the water from Aruba’s airport – AUA.Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoThe island is split into two sections – Iguana beach which featured a tiki-bar, plenty of beach furniture, hammocks, raft and snorkel rental. The other side of the beach is Flamingo cove were and a cove where flamingos roamed freely.Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoBe sure to bring a US quarter to buy flamingo chow.  The birds will eat out of the palm of your hand.Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoAfter visiting the private island, we checked out the Renaissance Ocean Suites.Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoRenaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoThere were a couple of pool areas, again with plentiful patio furnishing, and it was also along the lines of a tropical paradise. Easily the best feature of the Ocean Suites building was a swim lagoon which was fed with waters of the Caribbean.Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoNext to the property was also a little garden area with statues, and lizards ran everywhere.Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoRenaissance Aruba Resort & Casino The was also a little inlet where I took some of my favorite photos.Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoRenaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoBottom Line:
Aruba bills itself as One Happy Island, and from my limited stay there, I would have to agree. The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino was perfect for my short stay.  It combined the features of a city hotel on one side of the street, with a more tropical paradise found on the other side of the street.  It is a Marriott Category 8 hotel so 40,000 points a night for a standard award, and 35,000 points a night on a Points Saver award.  Marriott also has a ‘book 4 nights on points and get the 5th night free.’  In the meantime, my room was $212 a night. The hotel also has an ‘all-inclusive’ package for paid stays.  Has anyone stayed at this hotel?  Which property did you stay at, and which property did you like better?

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  1. Thank you for the post. I am going there in July and so really appreciate it. Can I ask how you got to the hotel from the airport and how much that costs? Any restaurants in the resort or around that your recommend? Thank you.

  2. We stayed there a couple of years ago and used the “all inclusive” package that in our point of view was worth it, especially in order to have a real worry-less experience. If you are looking to just relax and enjoy the beach go for the all inclusive. Aruba is wonderful, and this hotel was great!

  3. Thank you for the post. I was wondering 212$ is price for all inclusive ? Because I am looking now for mariott stellaris and casino for october its 199 per night, thought it was a good deal but seems like i should wait. How many months before have you booked the hotel?
    Thanks in advance

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