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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Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
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.
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.
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 and a hydro-massage tub in bathroom.
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rui palace's rarely disappoint.
Great pool, nice boardwalk to enjoy walls.... good service, decent food on several locations and the usual pool activities all make the ever reliable all inclusive a sure bet in that certain price range. I was there with family opening some stores locally...and there is a surprising lack of options for hotels... tired old Westin (which Rui bought now) I don't recommend, the Hyatt, and the Ritz, both far more pricey than the Rui. You can't go wrong here. More
tristano68, Toronto, Canada
Riu Palace Aruba is Average All Inclusive
I've visited several Caribbean countries and stayed in many resorts. The Riu Palace Aruba does not stand above any of the other AI resorts I have been to. We travelled with Sunwing and stayed one week with a corporate conference group. Upon arrival, the architecture of the building and the granite appointed lobby are very impressive and elegant. The domes and finials give credit to the name 'Palace', and the building puts one in mind of a fairy tail wedding cake. Our group was greeted with a refreshing drink and a special check in area, ensuring check in was a smooth and painless process. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, as they proved to be throughout the length of our stay. We were given room 510 in the main building and we proceeded to find our own way to our room. This included cramming all four of ourselves and our luggage in a very tiny and hot elevator. This is a mid size resort and when at capacity, is very crowded. Yet the main building, containing the lobby and all of the restaurants and the casino, as well as accommodations, has only two tiny elevators that operate very slowly. This ensures a constant line up of people waiting to come and go and there are no interior stairs accessible to guests, which I would have prefered to use, rather than wait several times a day and be jostled about in a tiny, hot, box. Upon opening the door to our room we were greeted with a strong odor of dampness. As seasoned Caribbean travelers, we know that some dampness and odor is to be expected and there is no harm in it. This was a bit extreme though. We opened the balcony doors to air the room out and immediately the room was covered in a film of condensation, which made the tile floors VERY slippery. The public areas of the resort did not have this dampness, and were quite cool and comfortable. The fabrics in the rooms were almost wet feeling. The A/C did little to dry out the room and the dampness plus the chill of the A/C was uncomfortable. We had to have extra blankets for the beds. The beds never felt clean and dry, they always felt sweaty and damp. The mattresses were extremely firm. My husband liked this, I did not. Other than the damp, the rooms were very clean. There was no mold or mildew and they were cleaned daily. They are outdated in their decor and are looking tired and worn with the tables and chairs dented and scratched. The mini fridge was restocked with pop and beer daily. The maid left lovely towel art for us, decorated with flowers. This extra touch was very much appreciated. We had a junior suite, with two beds and a sunken sitting area. There is also a small balcony. Room service was prompt and friendly, though the menu is very limited. My children loved the pool as it is chemically cleaned at night, and the chlorine is then removed. The water was easy on their eyes and skin. The children's club, RiuLand was a bit dull, although my youngest enjoyed the board games and lego. The animation team is lively and tries to get people involved in various activities throughout the day. Typical resort style things like water aerobics, bingo, stretching, and even a beer drinking contest. The beach was fantastic. Beautiful sand and warm, clear water. While there are plenty of huts and chairs, you still have to be up with the sun to reserve a spot. Aruba is known for its sun, sand, and wind. The wind is evident every day, especially on the beach. Wind sports are a favorite, with many participating in parasailing and wind surfing. I fished off of the rock pier by the Divi resort a few times with limited success. I caught grunt and a few other fish I'm not sure of. Deep sea fishing charters are available, but like all places in the Caribbean, prohibitively expensive. Food was excellent. Even if the buffet got a little repetitive by the end of the week, everything they served was fresh and high quality. There were no warmed over left overs here. Everything on offer was the best they had. The 24 hour snack bar had packaged sandwiches and fresh hot dogs, as well as pop corn and nachos. We didn't reserve any of the a la cartes as from previous experience they are never worth the hassle of trying to get a reservation. And the Riu Palace does not make it easy to book a dinner reservation, so I don't feel we missed out on anything. While the Palace offers free WiFi, the signal is unreliable and cuts out frequently. For those who have to work while on vacation, it is a major inconvenience All in all, we had a lovely time in Aruba. The hotel is undergoing some renovation and it is really needed as the Palace is feeling it's age. Constant use has rendered the place tired and a little shabby. The property and the management has great potential and with some consideration paid to a few concerns, the Palace should remain a lovely resort in years to come.More
luvinmytummy, Port Dover, Canada
Total dump!!!!! Time share side
Their was mold everywhere , the room has not been updated in years .Showers and sinks dont drain, air conditioners leak all over the floors , stoves are all broken and like 1 burner out of four work.No dish soap provided to clean dishes , mades came in to clean didnt wipe down anything still crap stuck to floor and trash can.Rented 2 rooms both the same , front desk doesnt want to hear it cause its on the time share side.My buddies room smelt worse then a bums ball sack ,would not wish this place on my worst enemy. Stayed in Aruba like 12 times by far the worst place I have stayedMore
jamie g, Lunenburg, Massachusetts
The way you can judge a hotel is how they take care of problems. Riu Aruba doesn't take care of problem. Major constructions sounded like the we're coming through the walls. Water was turned off 4 times in a 5 day stay. Was told construction would end at 5pm still going strong at 11 pm. This is not a 5 star resort. Customer Service doesn't exist in this resort. Would return to Aruba but not the Riu Place. Totally disgusted.More
My husband and I stayed at the Riu Palace on our honeymoon in January of 2015. Prior to our arrival I had emailed the hotel requesting a specific room (upon recommendation) and indicating that it was our honeymoon. Unfortunately at the time of check-in the room was not available, which is understandable but the woman checking us clearly had my email in hand and didn't acknowledge the fact it was our honeymoon. A friend also contacted the hotel to purchase a bottle of wine to be sent to our room and the service was extremely poor. She was initially offered car service to the hotel and then told she could be connected to a florist to send flowers. Clearly there was a language barrier and they were not helpful to her at all. Our room was outdated, the television was old and the picture did not have any clarity, the bathtub was stained, the comforter was torn and the mattress was comparable to sleeping on the ground. We did have a great view of the beautiful grounds, pool and ocean. Alternatively, the food was fantastic.More
TMarie217, Boston, Massachusetts
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