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    Thank you again to everyone for your input! This is the best forum out there- always so helpful!
    We are also really excited to try some of the restaurants downtown since we typically stay in the high rise area to eat. Off to review recommendations over in Culinary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roak4ever View Post
    Thank you again to everyone for your input! This is the best forum out there- always so helpful!
    We are also really excited to try some of the restaurants downtown since we typically stay in the high rise area to eat. Off to review recommendations over in Culinary!
    My favorite downtown is Yemanja located behind the Ren Marina Hotel. Also check out Wilhelmina and their tapas restaurant Maroc.

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    LG Smith is delicious and sometimes has good specials.
    located in the Ren Marina hotel, 2nd level near the spa entrance.

    Located at the Seaport Marketplace (near the Seaport Casino) are Sea Salt
    and Hung Paradise. Cuba's Cookin' too, but the reviews are not so wonderful over the last few mnths/year.

    when you can, take some time and read the My Aruba Story section. lots of restaurant reviews in there and also in the Culinary and Culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roak4ever View Post
    Thank you, Andrea! Looks like the Ocean Suites might be the way to go for us. We usually stay down at the Divi Phoenix or the Marriott Surf, so hoping we can find enough to do at the Renaissance without a rental car.
    We just spent 3 nights at the Ocean Suites before moving over to the Ocean Club. I will admit I'm a Marriott snob, but the Renaissance just doesn't compare on any level with what you get at Surf or OC. No water access unless you use the shuttle to the island, all the restaurants are a zoo if a ship is in port, and if you like to escape people at all, it is impossible being nearly downtown O. I was pretty disappointed by the accommodations at the Renaissance, the staff is very nice though. ...I just don't want to see you longing for what you have been use to... We were longing to leave and get over here. Again, just my two cents as a Marriott snob.

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    Definitely Yemanja for dinner. Dutch pancake house in the seaport Marina for breakfast or lunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidefly View Post
    We just spent 3 nights at the Ocean Suites before moving over to the Ocean Club. I will admit I'm a Marriott snob, but the Renaissance just doesn't compare on any level with what you get at Surf or OC. No water access unless you use the shuttle to the island, all the restaurants are a zoo if a ship is in port, and if you like to escape people at all, it is impossible being nearly downtown O. I was pretty disappointed by the accommodations at the Renaissance, the staff is very nice though. ...I just don't want to see you longing for what you have been use to... We were longing to leave and get over here. Again, just my two cents as a Marriott snob.
    Sidefly- thank you for the feedback. When you say no water access, do you mean no beach? What about the inclosed cove I see in the photos? Is that accessible? And how is it? Can't tell if it's nice to swim in or not! ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidefly View Post
    We just spent 3 nights at the Ocean Suites before moving over to the Ocean Club. I will admit I'm a Marriott snob, but the Renaissance just doesn't compare on any level with what you get at Surf or OC. No water access unless you use the shuttle to the island, all the restaurants are a zoo if a ship is in port, and if you like to escape people at all, it is impossible being nearly downtown O. I was pretty disappointed by the accommodations at the Renaissance, the staff is very nice though. ...I just don't want to see you longing for what you have been use to... We were longing to leave and get over here. Again, just my two cents as a Marriott snob.
    I don't understand why you say no water access except the island? We stay at Ocean Suites and they have a lagoon and a small man made beach, along side their beautiful pools. We quite enjoy the lagoon when we don't feel like going to the island.

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    Here's a photo
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    every opinion is respected.

    the private island is accessible by the shuttle boat, but the lagoon on the ocean suites campus is pretty nice, calm and we have spent numerous hours there floating and enjoying the quiet.

    also too, the 2 pools have been redone and are quite nice.

    being out there in the gardens/pool area with the lagoon off in the distance is very calming and quite pretty.

    i do agree that the ocean suites may not be as luxurious/upscale at the marriott surf, but by no means is it even close to being mediocre.

    we were there, just for a day 4 weeks ago , a day visit from a cruise.
    the downtown was busy.
    there were 2 ships in town.
    the cruise visitors play very little into the "dinner restaurant crowds" because many/most will go back on board for dinner.
    however it is busy at lunchtime.
    dinner not so much.

    peg's picture is perfect!


    Quote Originally Posted by Sidefly View Post
    We just spent 3 nights at the Ocean Suites before moving over to the Ocean Club. I will admit I'm a Marriott snob, but the Renaissance just doesn't compare on any level with what you get at Surf or OC. No water access unless you use the shuttle to the island, all the restaurants are a zoo if a ship is in port, and if you like to escape people at all, it is impossible being nearly downtown O. I was pretty disappointed by the accommodations at the Renaissance, the staff is very nice though. ...I just don't want to see you longing for what you have been use to... We were longing to leave and get over here. Again, just my two cents as a Marriott snob.

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    I agree with Andrea and Peggy. We usually stay at Costa Linda on Eagle Beach, which are beautiful two bedroom condos on a huge beach. On our last two trips, we've added an extra week at Renaissance Ocean Suites. While they are pretty small, they are very nice. We love the beds and the bedding so much that we went on their website and purchased the pillows. The lagoon is our favorite place to spend the day. We also enjoy the private island. Downtown is always busy when the ships are in, but usually is pretty quiet at night. We love being downtown at night, and being able to walk to our favorite restaurants.

    Maybe the poster stayed at the Marina Hotel and not at the Ocean Suites, and has the names confused.
    Last edited by hatteras; 06-04-2017 at 10:12 AM. Reason: typo

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