Citing the Queen of Holland and Monaco’s royal family among past guests, this is one of Aruba’s most exclusive hotel complexes. It comes with an All Inclusive option, too.
This 40-acre resort provides a choice of two hotels. There’s the adults-only Renaissance Marina Hotel, and the family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites, which sit on opposite sides of the marina, about a five-minute walk apart.
With a private island, chandelier-lit casino and designer shops, this place has all the trimmings for a luxury getaway. All the rooms have state-of-the-art features, like rain showers and LCD TVs.
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Bed and Breakfast
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in a choice of 7 restaurants Unlimited locally produced drinks. Frozen drinks in the Renaissance operated outlets. Snacks at set times.
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2 outdoor pools in the Renaissance Ocean Suites
You've got two pools to take your pick from. One is a curvy number just steps from the sand, while the other soaks up views of the marina.
With a sauna and treatments such as massages, facials and body scrubs. Or you could book an open-air couples massage at the spa cove on Renaissance Island.
L.G. Smith's Steak and Chop House
With a menu of fresh certified Angus beef, as well as an extensive wine list. You also have a prime spot here with views over the marina.
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Suite with Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
These suites are decorated with a bright and stylish theme. There’s a double bedroom and 1 sofa bed in the lounge. And there’s a balcony or terrace overlooking the sea. Air-conditioning is also available from May to October.
Main Building Double Room
These airy double rooms are designed with a calming décor. You’ll find a king-size bed. Plus air-conditioning is available from May to October. Just so you know, this room is available for guests over the age of 18.
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It's all About the Island
We came to this hotel after seeing the Flamingo Beach numerous times on social media and being flamingo lovers. Taking into account that it costs almost $100 a day per person to visit the island if you are not staying at the hotel, it seemed a sensible option to stay at the hotel, where you can visit the island as many times as you wish, including transportation via speedboat. It is a magical hotel because of the private island and the journey to the island. It does not disappoint. A channel has been built from the sea into the hotel, which crosses under the road. Get used to people standing above you as you travel out of the hotel, taking pictures of the boat, and by default you and your fellow passengers. The island is split into two sides. Flamingo beach, which is meant to be adults only (but there were some people with children who ignored this and went into the water for flamingo pictures of their children, which I found concerning) and Iguana Beach for families. At busy times you will be lucky to secure a picture of the birds without people searching for their perfect selfie. I recommend staying late, or going early if you want to take pictures of the flamingos being - well - birds. The beach is lovely, but a wee bit rocky underfoot in the water. There is a small bar, where you can order drinks and snacks. The private cabanas with waiter service that can be hired by the day are on this beach. The family side of the island has a larger restaurant and bar, with good waiter service and a less rocky beach. There were not many families present when we stayed. The beach is larger and has a varied population of iguanas. The water on both beaches is clear and sheltered, with brightly coloured fish clearly visible. There are also two sides to the actual hotel, the Ocean Suites, where rooms are larger, suitable for families and have a roomy balcony. At the Renaissance Marina, rooms are spacious, with walk in showers, a seating area, delightfully comfortable beds, with French windows, but nowhere to sit out and suited to couples. Maid service is good, but is later, rather than earlier, in the day. We took the all inclusive package, which allows access to all restaurants, with very few restrictions. As Aruba is not cheap, this was definitely the better option. All waiter service on the beaches was included. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Special mentions to Blue Bar staff, Glen, Edwardo and Joanne. All worked cheerfully under periods of high pressure. One particular evening, there was a wedding at the hotel and Joanne was working under such pressure I'm amazed she coped. But she did - with humour and grace. Although this hotel isn't perfect, it is a lovely place to stay, it oozes class and although it certainly isn't the cheapest hotel in Aruba, I am so glad we chose the Renaissance. More
One of my favorite hotels....but I have to say something :(
We love the Renaissance. But I had a crazy experience this time that was not good. On our last night, got into the shower and the entire glass shower door shattered all over the bathroom, all over me.....it could have been much worse and thank goodness my partner was in the room and called downstairs, my feet were all bloody and I was not going to step anywhere! The staff took care of me, cleaned me up and found us another bathroom so that we could shower before dinner. But this was scary. I am all cut up. Yes, it could happen anywhere but I was freaked out. Just an FYI I guess- be gentle with those shower doors! More
Christine B, 35805
Booked a trip on Marriot.com that include a $50/day resort credit. Apparently there was a mistake made by the Marriot Booking Agent. The manager at Renaissance, Esmeralda Hendriks, honored the $50 daily credit for my sister (we booked at same time and have documentation from the original booking agent) but would not honor my $50/day credit. After spending hours on the phone with Marriot..I give up. I will never book with them again, the worst customer service I have experienced.More
Great Private Beach!
My wife and I vacationed in Aruba in summer of July 2016 and stayed at the Renaissance Aruba for 5 nights. Our experience was incredible. Although the hotel is a short drive from the area where the major resorts and popular beaches are at, it does offer it's own private beach that is available to hotel guest. The private beach is beautiful and is accessed via a free taxi boat that runs all day from the hotel. You can't walk to the private beach, the only way to it is via the taxi boat that the hotel offers. The private beach has an adult's only side (it's where the flamingos are at) and a family side where families can go with their children. As for the hotel, it's divided into two zones, where one area is for adults only and one that is family-friendly. We stayed on the adults side which has a really nice pool over-looking the boats and ocean. The pool is rather small, but enough to enjoy! The family-friendly side has the more resort style pools. The rooms were nice and clean, the staff was super-friendly and helpful. I would HIGHLY encourage anyone that visits Aruba to visit the other beaches on the island. To do that, you can take a taxi cab or van bus for a few bucks and go to the area where the major resorts are at. That area is a lot more touristy since it's a strip a few miles long of massive resorts sitting on BEAUTIFUL beaches...Eagle Beach is GORGEOUS!!! The Renaissance in a part of town all on it's own, nonetheless, a beautiful hotel. I would recommend it and stay here again.More
Steve P, 31310
PERFECT GETAWAY SPOT
The place feels a bit dated but the service and cleanliness made us feel comfortable enough to enjoy our stay. This place is located in the town center. We had access to a local supermarket a few blocks away where we purchased a few things to munch on during our adventures and a few other things to keep in the fridge (water-milk-soda pop- cheese, etc) We definitely bought enough to curb midnight munchies. I don't recommend the all inclusive deal unless you want to dine within the resort. We prefer to venture out and taste the local cuisine. If you are going to each up a big drinking bill you might want to do the all inclusive (if the package includes drinks) We also purchased basic needs at the market-- wipes, sunscreen, razors, room bathroom deodorizer,etc. There is also a small store downstairs but not the best selections (they did have shampoo, soap, razors, sunscreen, band aids, etc) In addition to this there is a mall directly underneath the hotel! If you need a cute last minute outfit Zara is immediately behind the hotel! Starbucks is also on the first floor. FYI you must take the escalator up to check in. We gave the hotel 4 Stars because the room was clean and the staff was always in a great mood. The absolute worst part of this hotel were the bathrooms. Not only are they small... they are designed poorly too. The shower leaks out in buckets. We had to use tons of towels to absorb the water. It was an inconvenience and disaster. I took my best dress into the bathroom without knowing the floors would flood-- on my way out of the shower, I attempted to grab the dress and get out of the flood--- but ended up slipping, then dropping the dress. I tried to blow dry the wet portion of the dress but it didn't help. (Thank goodness Zara was around the bend and I purchased something equally elegant) We spoke to other guests who had similar issues in their bathrooms. The door to the bathroom was glass and gapped enough for odors to leak into the room. Things we loved and why we gave it for stars We were located in the center of the town and had easy access to shops/restaurants/cabs/bus station/service. It is directly in front of the port- you will notice ship days are a lot busier and probably have more options to shop and eat. When ships are not at port, lots of places shut down. There is a golf cart located at the bottom of the escalator that brings you to and from a small restaurant area by the ocean suites. (there's a yummy Dutch pancake house there) You could use the pool at the ocean suites and stroll the beach area. They also have different themed buffet every night. we ate there one night. We didn't return because the flies are vicious pests and don't let you eat in peace before the sun sets. We ate most of our dinners at local restaurants and the hotel's indoor restaurants.We also ordered room service a few times. Juanita the manager of the asian restaurant was a complete doll! She made sure we were well taken care of and checked in on us several times! The private beach was a treasure. the restaurant on the island was pretty good and the service was great. We spoke to locals who gave us tips on how to get around. The hotel makes it easy to find a tour! We booked 2 adventures at the hotel. One was UTV and the other was a jeep tour. Both were full of adventure and sights to see. I don't recommend them if you have back, neck or any injuries. If you suffer from motion sickness you might want to consider taking something in advance. Be sure you have room keys to board the boat to the island. you won't be allowed to get on the boat without them. Use the escalator up to the second floor to check in. The fridge is located inside the dresser shaped like a drawer. There's a small booth and table to sit and eat your breakfast, lunch or snacks. Don't miss the flamingos and huge iguanas on the private beaches. The adult beach has a Dj, the family beach doesn't but the restaurant is located there. You can pick up beach towels on the island.More
M V, 34515
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