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    Holiday Inn or Renaissance

    First time trip to Aruba. Plans include beach...nice dinner (off property )...casino. Repeat for 7 days. May do a few other things...but generally speaking, that's our plan. Here's the question...is the Renaissance worth $600 more? And if so, why? Need to confirm by tomorrow. Oh yeah, going March 16-23. Booking through cheapcarribean.com (used them before...perfect). Thanks, in advance, for any advice. (not interested in AI either.).

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    that is a hard one.............2 very different properties.
    the thing my husband and i love about the renaissance is the private island and the location of being downtown.
    the marina tower (the adult only renaissance) has no beach........just the shuttle boat to the private isand where the beach is glorious and there is snorkeling, and food and beverages and plenty of shade and lounge.

    the holiday inn is on palm beach and is not as upscale as the renaissance marina tower. however it is located ON palm beach and in the heart of all of the palm beach/hi rise attractions. it is a very congested area.

    if it is strictly a financial concern, go with the holiday inn

    if you are looking for a bit more upscale and the private island, choose renaissance marina tower.

    (there is a 2nd renaissance...the ocean suites where there are 1 bedroom suites and children are allowed, there are 2 pools there and there is a small man made beach/lagoon with chairs, lounges, shade etc..)

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    Andrea is right, that is a tough call as the properties are both kind of unique. We stayed at the Renaissance marina on our first trip to Aruba and fell in love. We bought at Surf Club and have been back many times now and we've even spent an extra day at the Holiday Inn. If money is not the object, it comes down to what you really want to do all day. The Ren is nice and an excellent intro to the island, but if you want a more active beach scene, pool, beach and pier bars with happy hours and nice dinners, your options are a little better staying in Palm Beach at the HI. Plus the money you'll save at HI will buy a lot of nice dinners...

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    Great advice...
    Wish I found this site previous. Bid on hotel and got Ren. at a great price but I sort of knew what hotel I going to win. lol

    Cathi

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    I stayed at the holiday inn last year for the first time to aruba and can't what to go back. We had a great time there and are going back in april. You can't beat price {148.00 a night} and with airfare at southwest of 750 for two it comes out to about 2000 for a week. There are so many nice restaurants within walking distance, bugaloo, mooba beach, etc. We never had a problem getting chairs to sit on and the beach is great. We aren't much on sitting on a beach all day but after going to aruba we can't wait to go back and do just that. The late night walks on the beach can't be beat. Have fun

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    Okay...so we booked...thanks everyone for your help. Booked the Renaissance. Marina Tower. Few questions...I'm sure I'll have more...lol...but for now only a few.


    We didn't do AI...can we do that later if we decide we want to. Or can we just do certain days AI. Other places I've been to allows this, just wondered if they did.


    Other question...should we request a specific room? Can we upgrade at check in if we want to and rooms are available?

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    if you are going to drink lots then all inclusive may be the way to go.
    but...........there are so many many many wonderful restaurants it is not a necessity to go AI.

    to the best of my knowledge, if you choose AI at the Ren, it must be for the entire stay.

    i love the Ren rooms on the INSIDE facing the lobby and the ones facing the marina.
    the rooms facing parliament and the back street are not my favorites.

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    Lots of good info.
    We decided not to do AI since we don't drink enough to make it worth it.
    As others informed us since there is so many places to eat... I have to try them. Even if we just order
    apps and try different food every night. Just not cooking or cleaning.

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