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    Senior Member Arubalisa's Avatar
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    Old Aruba Hotels

    So...Joycee mentioned the Sheraton, and I said to myself, "ah, an oldie, but a goodie, which one was it?" So did some googling and came up with below, imagine paying $105 per night for what is now the Radisson? :

    A BEACHCOMBER'S BAEDEKER [guidebook]
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    By CLAIRE WALTER
    Published: November 22, 1981
    Aruba ARUBA TOURIST BUREAU (212-246-3030) This island in the Netherlands Antilles is a dry, sandy strip of golden beaches just off the coast of Venezuela. The undeveloped land speaks more of desert than lush tropics, and the developed land for tourists is mainly two strips of modern resorts and the duty-free shopping capital at Oranjestad. Those who seek the tranquil Caribbean will not find it here. Those who wish for familiar hotels with many resort amenities, night life, shopping and gambling will like the scale and variety available. Lodging At Palm Beach: Aruba-Concorde, 400 ocean-view rooms, 24-hour-a-day action and casino ($115 EP for two). Aruba Sheraton Hotel & Casino, large, modern resort with full services, including shopping arcade ($120 EP for two). Americana Aruba Hotel & Casino, high-rise living and high night life ($105 EP for two). Aruba Caribbean Hotel & Casino, the first of the luxury Palm Beach hotels and smaller than the rest ($105 EP for two). Holiday Inn Aruba and Kings International Casino, plenty of action, including children's program ($100 EP for two). At Druif Beach: Aruba Beach Club, low Spanish-style buildings with many resort facilities ($120 EP for two or three). Elsewhere: Talk of the Town Resort Hotel and Manchebo Beach Resort Hotel, near Oranjestad, welcoming atmosphere and close to town in two congenial lodges under same ownership ($80-$95 for two). Restaurants Talk of the Town, international fare. Bali Floating Restaurant, Indonesian rijstaffel on a houseboat in Oranjestad harbor. Le Petit Bistro, French dinners. De Olde Molen, formal Continental restaurant in a restored mill. Gatsby's, local food and harbor view. French Steak House, informal bistro in the Manchebo. Brisas del Mar, informal place for seafood. Cattle Baron, steaks. Red Parrot at the Divi Divi, notable Sunday buffet. Buccaneer, seafood in aquariumlike setting. Papiamento Inn, in Oranjestad, good food in one of the few remaining Aruban mansions. Getting there American Airlines from New York ($448 midweek; $514 weekends).

    Interesting pricing on those airfares....

    Better yet, check out the photo http://www.kantoorbest.nl/anita/oldaruba/116.htm
    "The beginning of the new time!
    In 1957 the entrepreneurs were looking for a suitable place in the Mondi (woods) for Aruba's first large hotel. Second from left is Ernsto Petronia. This was the chosen place where later the Aruba Caribbean Hotel opened it's doors."

    There are so many other fascinating old photos at this website The old Aruba

    So, according to the above I still don't know the answer to my original question, which hotel is now the Sheraton? Could it be that the Sheraton and Aruba Caribbean Hotel were combined to create what is now the Radisson?

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    Question Anyone?

    which hotel is now the Sheraton?
    Anyone?

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    aruba grand
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    Baby #2 on the way so no trip until Nov 2010

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    The Sheraton is now the Westin.

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    Senior Member Arubalisa's Avatar
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    Okay, next question...
    what is now the Westin, was the Concorde when it opened?
    So it was the Concorde, then Sheraton, then Wyndham?

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    thought it was a hilton at some point
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    The first time I went to Aruba was when I was just married in 1977. The Aruba Caribbean is now the Radisson and from what I remember the Sheraton is now the Rui. The Concord is now the Westin. Aruba was much different then, but I loved it then and I love it now!

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    Westin was a Hilton in 1994. Stayed there and it was quite nice.

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    If you want to go way back, to the 1950's. Go to Lago-Colony.com and see a brochure from that era that advertises the hotel Marchena for something like $12 and $15 per night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Anyone?
    The Sheraton is now Riu Grand.

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