[QUOTE=Arubalisa;260157]Is the rest of the island busy in comparison?
We are staying at the Radisson and they are at 94 percent according to one of the managers. The island seems a little more busy than usual. We usually come this week every year. Restaurants are busy.
Costa Linda, Renaissance Ocean Suites, any place where there is a beach and tiki hut I am good 8)
We went to the Ritz only once and it was to try out the casino. We were not impressed. We were in Aruba from June 6-18th.
The lobby left a lot to be desired, like someone else said it was way too modern and left us feeling like it needed something more. Also, it was very empty like someone else said and it was a little strange. The casino was clean, I will say that one positive thing about it. However, sitting at the $25 minimum table for over 30 minutes and not having one waitress come around for drinks was BEYOND ridiculous! I have never had such bad service at a casino as we did that night at the Ritz. We were betting a decent amount per hand and not once did we get a "free" beer or cocktail. Not even in Vegas have I had that happen to us before at a cheap, $5 table.
The only thing I saw was casino and beach area. Not impressed with either, and as I may have stated in my trip report, there are no palm tree on the beach. That is a definite problem with me. I LOVE palm trees.
The Ritz Carlton is not dead and buried yet. They are sold out of some room categories already for Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years. If you go to travelocity you will find many dates with sold out categories. The week before the start of high season, this year Dec. 12 - 19, they are already sold out of 5 room categories. Not just the least expensive one. Someone is staying there.
When we were at the Amsterdam Manor in June the resort "appeared" to be dead. There were first row palapas available on the beach nearly every single day. Come to find out though the resort was hosting a wedding and was at or near capacity. Who knew?
Reminds me too of all of the times when we stayed at the Tamarijn whether during the summer or holidays and the resort was completely sold out. By looking at the number of people on the beach you would not have been able to know there was no more room in the inn.
We walked thru the lobby last night planning on getting a drink, not a soul in site. Ok, let's try outside bar. 2 tables had people at them and no one at bar there either. Nice band playing outside. What gives? Do all the people disappear at dusk?
The pool was empty along with the chairs around the area at 11 ish. Go figure?