Hotel 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 had a makeover for summer 2015.

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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
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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junior suite with sea view and balcony or terrace

These classic-style junior suites come with a balcony that overlooks the ocean. They have a US queen-size bed with an extra bed. Plus, you'll also find free Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning included.

suite with limited sea view and balcony or terrace

These classic-style suites come with a balcony or terrace that offers partial views of the ocean. They have a king-size bed with an extra bed, and a lounge area. Plus, you'll also find free Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning included.

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One Happy Island - Goodish Hotel

This was our first visit to Aruba and our first stay at a Riu Hotel. Aruba is fantastic, however the hotel did not live up to all our expectations, but before you panic, these were only minor/trivial issues that may only be specific to us. When you drive up to the hotel it does look like a palace, however when we entered the reception/lobby area we were a little disappointed at the décor. It did not go along with the motto of Aruba 'One Happy Island'. The décor is lots of dark colours, blacks, greys, deep reds and pinks, a minor disappointment. Getting checked in was very smooth and without any problems with all aspects of the hotel explained clearly. The room (330) whilst very roomy, the furniture was very dark wood which I felt made the room smaller. Our tour operator (Thomson) informed us that the hotel is in the process of refurbishing the rooms but we didn't meet anyone who was staying in a refurbished room. We did have an issue with a damp/musty feeling in the room when we arrived but this was dealt with quickly and never re-occurred, we were told it was a problem with the air conditioning. Other aspects of the room were great, the shower room was great size, the bed was huge and very comfortable (maybe a bit hard for some), great view of the pool and beach from balcony. Housing keeping and min-bar refill service were great, the staff were always very polite and always knocked before attempting to enter the room. There was a great choice of different foods at all sittings, breakfast, lunch and dinner all of which was of excellent quality. The gourmet restaurants offered a more refined dining experience but we felt the food quality was not that much better than the main buffet. The staff and service in all restaurants was exceptional and repeatedly went out of their way to make sure you were ok. All the bars were good, with the pool bar being the liveliest. The staff again were fantastic and always very helpful. The quality of the alcohol was good with branded spirits available, the only beer available was the local brew which was not an issue. The only downside in this area were the plastic beakers the drinks were served in at the pool bar and beach side snack bar. I understand for safety reasons drinks have to be served in plastic containers but the containers used were more suited to child's birthday party or a primary school dining hall. The pool and beach were fantastic and again the area surrounding the pool bar being the liveliest. Unlike some places we have visited and again this maybe down to the time of year, but the water in both the pool and the ocean actually cooled you down it wasn't like getting into a lukewarm bath. There are plenty of sun-loungers and parasols surrounding the pool area and on the beach. And here is the only real disappointing aspect of our stay, you had to up very early, 6:00 am could be too late, if you wanted to get a good position at either the pool or beach. What was also disappointing was that while some of the loungers were reserved with towels a lot of the time there were vacant for much of the day, selfish people. On the plus side there were plenty of trees on the beach fringe area that provided enough shade should you miss out on a parasol. Plenty of room on the beach if you weren't in a hurry. The daytime entertainment staff were great and worked very hard at providing good poolside entertainment that appeared to be enjoyed by all. However, the one real disappointing aspect of our stay was the evening entertainment, it was abysmal and let the hotel down. Now this may not be everyone's cup of tea but if you are rated as a 5 star hotel then you cannot put on in our opinion 2 star entertainment. The evening entertainment was on numerous occasions saved by the in house entertainment staff. Out and about - there are lots and shop, bars, and restaurants within a few minutes walk from the hotel and we always felt safe whilst outside the hotel. The bar on pier just by the hotel is highly recommended should you want a change from the all inclusive atmosphere. We booked two trips through our tour operator (same price), the half day catamaran snorkeling and baby beach jeep safari. Both were great value with the jeep safari giving an insight into the island's history and culture. We will definitely return to ArubaMore

John V, 186337

Paradise

We have just returned from 2 weeks in Aruba, what a beautiful place. Paradise island. Snorkelling was fantastic. Jeep tour was great fun, also went parasailing which was exciting. Must return. The food was amazing. Anything you wanted plus more. was there. More

GillianE20,

Casino needs work

We visited this casino four years ago and again last week. It looks like they haven't done anything to maintain it in between. The carpet was torn in some places and had gray duct tape on it. At least 25% of the slot machines were broken. By all appearances they aren't doing well financially, so we were surprised that we actually won. My husband and our friend both won on the slots, and I saw three straight flushes dealt on three card poker in the span of an hour.More

DeboWabo, 29601

Highly recommended

My wife and I stayed for 2 weeks in a sea view room with a small balcony. Thw bed was 2 queen beds beside each other and very comfy. Sleeping with A/C on is a little chilly so the addition of one on the blankets from the wardrobe makes it just right. We had a fully stocked fridge with beer, water and soft drinks. There are also optics with Bacardi, vodka, whiskey and brandy. We asked for one to be swapped out for gin but this could not be done, no reason was given for this the room cleaning is of a high standard and fresh towels are always available. Overall the room was excellent. The food is of a very high standard and there are 4 speciality restaurants which provide an Italian, Japanese, steakhouse and fusion cuisine all of which were lovely, booking these was a little time consuming due to having to queue to speak to one member of staff, this process could have been quicker if there were a dedicated booking process. There are two other buffet style restaurants which have lovely food. Personally I found the staff in the beachside day restaurant a little indifferent, on a number of occasions we were not offered drinks and resorted to helping ourself stud I put down to s lack of leadership from headstaff who in other restaurants were actively supervising staff to ensure guests recieived an excellent service. Overall very good. The bars are well staffed and off both local and branded drinks, they are engaging and fun which really adds to great experience especially in the pool bar. The tips are shared between all the staff working in each area and divided up on a Sunday, I was happy to tip all holiday due the hog level of service . Hopefully you are not getting too bored of this post I just want you make sure you know as much as possible. The RIU entertainment team are all amazing, fun loving, energetic and talented. The evening shows are very good especially the circus and cinema spectacular shows. We travelled around the island by hiring a jeep from the hotel lobby which cost a little over 100 dollars for 24 hrs, we travelled around the whole island and took on all the attractions on one exhausting but exciting day. Of all the beaches the one you will have outside the hotel for me had the best water and some good snorkelling so make sure you bring a snorkel. The sun here is intense I would recommend that if fair bring a sun top such as the surfing ones as it is very easy to burn which in the sea etc. Ok now to the only downside that affects a lot of hotels around the world and something I don't blame RIU for, there are thatched palm umbrellas on the beach if you want one the latest you need to get down the beach is 7am to bag s front row brolley some folk were reserving these at 5 am , most often disappear for half a day and roll up much later having deprived others of the chance of using that shade for the morning. The beach is public so RIU have no autonomy over it so its first come first served, you can get sun beds all day but shade is at premium . The same goes for the pool area which simply does not have enough beds to meet demand on some days. This is something that needs to be addressed by hotel management , if you run the hotel at capacity( and its adjoined neighbour Antilles ) you need to ensure you have enough sun beds. Overall the island of Aruba was amazing and despite the sunbed issue I would highly recommend the RIU to anyoneMore

Paul H,

Amazing resort, amazing reviews

The resort was amazing, it seemed to be newly remodeled and well maintained. The staff was friendly and attentive and the view from our room was to die for. A couple things that got annoying. Chairs near the pool filled up fast. People would throw a towel on them claiming them and then not use it once the entire day. Though the hotel states that reserving chairs isn't allowed, it wasn't enforced. It was not an adults only resort which I didn't mind in and of itself except people would drop their kids at the pool and then not pay attention to them (not the resorts fault) they were throwing balls around hitting people and jumping in the swim up bar area. Again it's not the resorts fault people were not paying attention to their kids but they should have more rules about kids allowed in the bar area. I had more than 1 drink go to waste because a child jumping in the water splashed a bunch of chlorine water into it. We had a great experience but will try the adults only resort next door when we go back (owned by the same company).More

1Katie5108, 42139

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Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
Rated: 4.0 /5 based on 4934 customer reviews
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