Riu Palace Aruba  

The luxury Riu Palace Aruba is as swish as they come, with five restaurants, a smart pool scene and a miles-long sandy beach on the doorstep.

A white-sand beach unravels beside the Riu Palace Aruba – the boardwalk is just steps away from the hotel’s huge pool.

Little luxuries pop up all over this beachside hotel. Breakfasts are washed down with Cava and the room menu features pads with a Jacuzzi® on the balcony. The whole resort is getting a makeover for summer 2015, too.

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  • 3Buildings
  • 450Rooms
  • 3Lifts
  • Floors: 8 or 10

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Minibar and regularly restocked liquor dispenser.  Snacks at set times.

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2 outdoor pools

Sunbeds and towels are provided.

Steakhouse restaurant

There are two sittings at this à la carte restaurant - reserve a table at the customer service desk. Just to let you know men are requested to wear long trousers and shirts for dinner.

Japanese restaurant

The Sayuri à la carte restaurant offers a variety of Japanese delicacies. Gentlemen please note long trousers are required to dine here. Two sittings are available - please reserve at the customer service desk.

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double room with garden view

Double room with garden view sleeps up to 3 adults, with 2 double beds. This room comes with a TV, free Wi-Fi, a liquor dispenser and a French balcony. The image shows planned appearance.

junior suite with limited sea view

Junior suite with limited sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. With free Wi-Fi.

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Everything you need

I will hit high level main points: overall great location. About a 10 minute safe walk to shopping area. There is a lit up cement path with security guards at night. You would need to take a cab to downtown area. Hotel was gorgeous. Rooms were nicely appointed and spacious. Bathrooms showed some minor signs of aging. Bed was not very comfortable. Pillows were bad. Pool area was gorgeous!!! Although Pool bar smelled liked it needed a good cleaning? I heard they were closing for 3 months April 2015 to do some renovations so perhaps they will address these issues. Big bonus is the shared privileges of the RIU property next door. (adults only). That pool area was smaller and didn't seem like you got much sun time. Beaches and water is stunning. Great choice of food and restaurants between the 2 properties. Rented a jeep thru hotel which was simple. I recommend this property and plan on going back next year. More

Karrie40, Chicago

Great yet Poor

When we got there we were checked in very fast and offered some fruit punch. Then we went up to the room. We were placed in building B room number 865. This room was awful the shower faucet had fallen off so it was next to impossible to turn on. There where only 2 functioning lights which made it very hard to see. The bathroom was open concept so there was no door from to the bathroom it was just there. After we got somewhat settled we went down for lunch at the buffet restaurant called Nautilus in building C. This was not a very nice place to dine. There were birds eating off all the trays of food and walking in the food! After that I immediately did not want to eat there because all the food was contaminated. Later we went to the beach which was very nice! The pool was beautiful and very well maintained. When we got back to our room we decided it was unacceptable to be living in it and I went to the front desk to request a room change and they where very helpful and understanding and they changed our room. The new room still wasn't very glamorous but the lights were functioning and there was a handle on the shower faucet. The buffet in tower A on the bottom floor near the pool was the best buffet there. The food was great and the waiters where very friendly. But eventually it got boring. Later in the week we tried the sit down restaurants because the reservations had to be made 2 days in advanced. We tried every sit down restaurant and they where all disgusting. The menus where overcomplicated and the food was plain old nasty. The best sit down restaurant was the steakhouse. The worst ones where Krystal, and the Japanese restaurant, Milano was not that bad as long as you don't order the veal or the lamb chops those were very underwhelming. I have to say the best meal we had all week was at Papiamento a restaurant outside of the resort. Also coffee at the resort was very watery and it had no flavor. Later in the week I had discovered the bread basket. It was a small coffee shop very close t the Radisson and that's where my family and I had gone for coffee the rest of the week. Also in Aruba the sun is very intense so you will get burned. I recommend the Aloe fro the Aloe Man he makes homemade aloe then comes once a day to the beach to sell aloe. He sells his aloe for $10 each. And he's very easy to find he wears very colorful clothing and is very loud. But his aloe works wonders. Overall the hotel was alright but I definitely do not recommend doing an all inclusive, instead you should book somewhere like the Hilton or the Hiat Regency because Aruba has some great restaurants to offerMore

margret s, Toronto, Canada

Yay Aruba!

Vacationed at the Riu Palace, Aruba with my 2 sisters and 4 cousins. Had a great time. Beach is lovely and the food in the main buffet was plentiful and delicious! Great staff and beautiful surroundings.More

Andrea G, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Nice all inclusive in Aruba

We booked this all inclusive through Jet Blue vacations. The price wasn't bad, and included all meals and top shelf alcoholic beverages. The room was nice and comfortable, the bed was uncomfortable for me, but it was huge. The room included 4 full size bottles of select alcohol, and was almost un-necessary because the drinks at the resort were plentiful. Food was good, I'd say probably better than most all inclusives that we had stayed at. They had a few specialty restaurants that were also included, but they were hit or miss getting into them. The reservations filled up fast, so you had to be kind of lucky. The staff was nice, although housekeeping could have been better, but not horrible. I would definitely recommend this hotel. We'll be back.More

Alan Z, Roebling, New Jersey, United States

One of the best resorts we've been to

We've been to the Riu Palace in Aruba 4 times now and we continue to go back. The resort is clean, beautiful, the food is amazing, the ocean is warm and lovely and the staff are attentive. The resort is pricy, but you get what you pay for. Aruba is safe, the weather is always a temperate 85 degrees and it seldom rains and the shopping is great! We go there because all these things are guaranteed and we can count on them each time we goMore

barb d, Oakville, Canada

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