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    Opinions on room category at The Radisson

    Hello all ~ I am new to this forum, but have been looking through it and have found very helpful information on here! The last time I was in Aruba was 22 years ago when I got engaged, and we stayed at The Americana (I believe that is what it was called)
    Anyways, fast forward ~ Our 20th anniversary is coming up in September and we would love to go back to Aruba (loved it there) ~ after researching on here we decided the Radisson would be a great place to stay and found (through this forum as well) a package deal that includes 7 nights, roundtrip AF direct from JFK, breakfast and lunch daily, beverage credit, transfers, oh, and spa credit and casino credit I believe ~ for around 1499.00 per person
    That is for the "guestroom" which I was told is a lower room, and not a specific view, but close to beach, pool (Bonaire tower)
    If I wanted partial oceanview in the central, main aruba tower ~ they could accomodate, but price would go up about 300.00 per person
    Long story short (sorry, already long! ~ but wanted to give background) ~
    Are the "guestrooms" nice, or would people pay the extra to be in that main tower on a higher floor?? We purposely chose to not do all inclusive because we remember how great the food was there, and after researching on here, found that still to be true ~ and thought this package was ideal because it does include breakfast and lunch daily, but could try a variety for dinners. With that being said, I am hoping that the regular guestroom would be fine and that people are happy with that ~ so that we can put that money towards some nice meals.
    Opinions/thoughts on this would be much appreciated!! Thanks in advance

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    i have no comments about the rooms at the radisson as i have not stayed there.

    possibly arubalisa or kath2me will comment as they both stay at the rad.


    welcome to the aruba.com community forum


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    Quote Originally Posted by kristy1 View Post
    Hello all ~ I am new to this forum, but have been looking through it and have found very helpful information on here! The last time I was in Aruba was 22 years ago when I got engaged, and we stayed at The Americana (I believe that is what it was called)
    Anyways, fast forward ~ Our 20th anniversary is coming up in September and we would love to go back to Aruba (loved it there) ~ after researching on here we decided the Radisson would be a great place to stay and found (through this forum as well) a package deal that includes 7 nights, roundtrip AF direct from JFK, breakfast and lunch daily, beverage credit, transfers, oh, and spa credit and casino credit I believe ~ for around 1499.00 per person
    That is for the "guestroom" which I was told is a lower room, and not a specific view, but close to beach, pool (Bonaire tower)
    If I wanted partial oceanview in the central, main aruba tower ~ they could accomodate, but price would go up about 300.00 per person
    Long story short (sorry, already long! ~ but wanted to give background) ~
    Are the "guestrooms" nice, or would people pay the extra to be in that main tower on a higher floor?? We purposely chose to not do all inclusive because we remember how great the food was there, and after researching on here, found that still to be true ~ and thought this package was ideal because it does include breakfast and lunch daily, but could try a variety for dinners. With that being said, I am hoping that the regular guestroom would be fine and that people are happy with that ~ so that we can put that money towards some nice meals.
    Opinions/thoughts on this would be much appreciated!! Thanks in advance

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    We always stay at the Radisson. You will really enjoy it. The breakfast buffet at Laguna is really good. We also took the lunch this time and I found out from Raqual in reservations is that you can have lunch at Gilligans from 12 til 6. So you can actually use your lunch credit for dinner if you don't want to go out for a fancy dinner at night. We stay at the beach late and we have decided that we can just walk steps from our palapa and have dinner in swimsuits. What a life. Also, from my understanding a regular guest room is either on the ground floor or second floor. Last year we renewed our wedding vows on the beach at the Radisson and had only booked at regular guest room. To our surprise when we checked in they put us in a suite, it was just beautiful. The staff at the Radisson is just great and go out of their way to help you if you are having any kind of problem. Enjoy you trip, I can't wait to go back on July 12.

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    After 5 stays at the Radisson, we have now stayed in all three towers of the resorts in either a gardenview, partial oceanview or Bonaire Suite, and do not mind any of the towers or accommodation. They are all unique in their own way and offer slight differences.

    There are some thumbnails of photos below, please click on the photo to enlarge. For some reason the forum software from the gallery makes them teeny weenie here

    The Short and Sweet Story... or the full story here

    If you require a big bathroom, definitely request the Aruba or Curacao towers.

    If you wish to be centrally located and bath size is not as important, definitely request the Bonaire tower.

    If you require extra space, consider one of the suites with even more luxuriously appointed baths as well as living room and in the case of the Curacao tower two balconies or Aruba tower suite with an exquisite view.

    From what I understand the Plaza Club is also an upscale add on for those interested especially in snacks and complimentary beverages as well as upgraded room amenities and personalized concierge services. If you have booked your package through Players Choice/MCM Tours with breakfast buffet and lunch included, "the club" maybe overkill and necessary.


    I have a layout of the resort at Radisson Aruba Resort Property Map

    Our most recent partial oceanview room view in the Curacao Tower


    A nice size bathroom


    Beautiful room


    If you read our trip reports at

    Our Radisson Trip Report September 2000
    Our Radisson Trip Report March 2001
    Our Radisson Trip June 2001
    Our Radisson Trip June 2011

    They may give you some "feel" for how we felt about the accommodations on our previous stays and the Radisson itself. No matter which accommodation you choose I am sure you will love the Radisson.


    Bonaire tower bath


    If a picture tells a thousand words, then all you need to know is:

    Aruba Tower Suite 1419
    Aruba Tower Room 1409
    Aruba Tower Room 1717
    Aruba Tower Penthouse

    Bonaire Tower Room
    Bonaire Tower Room View
    Bonaire Suite

    Curacao Tower Room
    Curacao Suite
    Last edited by Arubalisa; 08-15-2013 at 04:54 PM.

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    i knew lisa would info

    everything you need to know about the radisson, and if she does not have the answer, she usually can find out.

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    Thanks all tso much for the responses ~ and Arubalisa...Wow!! what a detailed,so useful wealth of information you gave me ~ I am SO glad I found this and posted the question ~ you gave me way more than I would have imagined, and really helped me with all the detailed info regarding size,location, etc etc ~ those pictures were so helpful as well ~ and I haven't even read through your trip reports yet !! but will do tha next ~ just wanted to say thanks! I just can't believe how much detail you put into your response, and it is very much appreciated!! By you doing that, you helped me have a good "visual" of it, and to tell you the truth I thought I would really want the main Aruba tower (before reading this) but after looking at your pictures and what you said ~ I think I am leaning toward the Bonaire Tower ~ just for the location and being able to get to pool/beach quicker. We really don't need a huge room because it will just be the 2 of us. I will just have to decide if we will go with a regulare guestroom, or try for partial oceanview. I haven't officially booked, but am going through the agency you recommended ~ and we are waiting until next month when Jetblue releases the schedule for September ~ but they gave me a "ballpark" quote ~ I really like the idea of the breakfast and lunch included, and then go out for dinner each night somewhere different. We know the food there is real good (one reaon we don't want to do an all inclusive)
    Well, thanks again!! I am about to read all your trip reports! (and looking forward to that!)
    To tell you the truth, I haven't even checked any other locations ~ just the Radisson.
    Feel free to give any more suggestions/opinions ~ Much appreciated!!!
    Kristy

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    PS....To my above post/reply ~ just want to add ~ don't get me wrong ~ the Aruba tower I would love, but would want the oceanview ~ and that brings the price up quite a bit ~ trying to think of that too!

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    kristy, you are welcome.

    When it comes time to book the Radisson I would tell Player's Choice that you would really like to be in the Bonaire tower and see if in that case, it really matters which category you book.

    The package with the breakfast buffet and ala carte lunch at Gilligans or served to you on the beach cannot be beat!

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    Bgmouse - thanks so much for your reply - that is good to know about the lunch credit!! Makes me want to be there now! Hope you have a great trip in July! I will have to wait for September to go there
    Arubalisa - thanks again for all your help. I think I will take your advice on that (regarding Bonaire tower and category) when it comes time to book. (which I plan on doing sooner than later!!

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    Kristy1--We just booked the radisson for our tenth visit in a row. We have stayed in the Aruba Tower three times, the Bonaire Tower once and the balance in the Curacao Tower, partial Ocean View. I have a preference to the Curacao Tower but just check if you do that, it's an inside room or you could be looking at the RIU. This being our 40th anniversary (9-9-72) this year I'm going the extra and booked the Aruba Tower. We'll be there from the 4th till the 13th in September. Maybe our paths will cross.

    I love the Radisson, they make you feel like you were just away on vacation and just returned home. Cannot say enough about the staff and management (especially as my wife says "the omlet lady"). Player's Choice is also an agent I have had absolutely no problems with, Ursula and Guy are top notch. Arubalisa is spot on with her info.

    I'll be looking into doing a vow renewal and dinner on the beach also.
    So---Happy Anniversary a few months ahead of time.

    MAZOO

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