We will be staying at the Radisson this coming week during our first trip to Aruba. We booked a gardenview room to save money, but now I'm second guessing that and thinking of requesting (or buying) an upgrade. I'm afraid gardenview = parking lot view and it will be noisy. Has anyone stayed there in the past? Are gardenview rooms still quiet? Also, what tower should we request, if we can? Thanks!
Ask for an upgrade when you arrive but if they won't give you one without paying, do yourself a favor and pay the price. There is nothing like standing on your balcony looking out over the Caribbean. Its worth the price.
The only rooms I can think of which overlook the parking lot would be the upper floors of the Curacao Building, furthest from the ocean, mainly on the south side. Actually the Riu's parking and building. They would also have a view of the ocean. Either way you would still have a partial oceanview.
click on thumbnails to enlarge This partial oceanview on the north side of the Aruba tower overlooked a parking lot, IF you looked DOWN. BUT if you looked up, you saw
Another partial oceanview on the same side (north) of the Aruba tower our view with a newer camera If you looked down you saw some "stuff", but look out and...
Ask your travel agent, but if I am not mistaken, I think more common gardenviews are the lower rooms of the Bonaire Tower and Curacao Tower. I can think of worse things to look at if you would rather have the $$$$ in your pocket.
Thanks you so much for the response. This makes me feel better. It's our first trip to Aruba (and our first trip alone without our families) so I'm just kind of freaking out about the details. Thank you for all the great info! This forum has been so helpful!
Don't freak out about the details. You really can't go wrong in the sense that there are views and opportunities to enjoy yourself at most every turn. In fact, the hardest thing to do is simply relax and don't try to do it all. Settle in. Enjoy.