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    Radisson History/Old photos

    Here's something for you other 'radies' - There are some great old photos of the original hotel (50's?) on the wall at Gilligan's. Does anyone know the history of this property? I think it was the first resort on Palm Beach. How about more pictures? A Google search image search gave me a travel brochure drawing (50's - 60's) with a happy couple on the beach with the Aruba tower in the backgound and no other hotels.

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    Thanks Arubalisa, Those are the photos I saw in Gilligans.... Anyone else have some older pictures of the resort or some history. I think it was originally the Caribe Resort.... but still doing some research!

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    Did you search here in the forum? I tried yesterday but there were too many posts and I gave up. I thought I remembered it being here somewhere

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    I honeymooned at The Aruba Caribbean, now the Radisson, in 1973 and it was a great hotel. The entire front desk area was done in delft china tiles from Holland and it was quite beautiful. The Sheraton was next door and those were the only 2 high rise hotels and casinos on Palm Beach. Our "big" dinner was at the Talk of the Town which had a wonderful restaurant back then.

    I need to dig out our honeymoon slides (yes, we used 35 mm film back then) and will post some pictures of Aruba when I get back from next week's trip.

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    Thanks jeffnev.... I look forward to seeing the pictures. BTW.... everything was wonderful for this weeks trip.... next week is yours! We did miss dining at the Sunset Grille, but Errol, one of the waitstaff from SG, told us in Laguna last night that all of the staff from SG are still working and w/ b back when it reopens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Here's something for you other 'radies' - There are some great old photos of the original hotel (50's?) on the wall at Gilligan's. Does anyone know the history of this property? I think it was the first resort on Palm Beach. How about more pictures? A Google search image search gave me a travel brochure drawing (50's - 60's) with a happy couple on the beach with the Aruba tower in the backgound and no other hotels.
    Hi CPJones,

    To your post last years, I can tell you that my father was involved with the early days of the hotel, which began in 1959. I believe it was a creation of Executive House - based in Chicago. Eventually (in 1962) I came along, and my parents established an apartment for the three of us at the Aruba Caribbean Hotel and Casino, which was a swank place. Jack Benny, Tony Martin, Cyd Charisse, Liz Taylor, so many others, trekked to the hotel on a regular basis. Even Queen Juliana and Princess Biatrix stayed at the hotel. It was, after all, the only major hotel on the Island. The Caribe Hilton came later. I often contemplate visiting the hotel again. It would be strange, though.

    Best, J.M.S.

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    Well how cool was that!!??!!

    Did u retain your aruban citizenship and how often do you visit aruba ? Welcome to the forum.
    Quote Originally Posted by Aruban1962 View Post
    Hi CPJones,

    To your post last years, I can tell you that my father was involved with the early days of the hotel, which began in 1959. I believe it was a creation of Executive House - based in Chicago. Eventually (in 1962) I came along, and my parents established an apartment for the three of us at the Aruba Caribbean Hotel and Casino, which was a swank place. Jack Benny, Tony Martin, Cyd Charisse, Liz Taylor, so many others, trekked to the hotel on a regular basis. Even Queen Juliana and Princess Biatrix stayed at the hotel. It was, after all, the only major hotel on the Island. The Caribe Hilton came later. I often contemplate visiting the hotel again. It would be strange, though.

    Best, J.M.S.

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    Hi cpjones,
    There is actually a nice topic at this forum: "Back then"

    Among the info from "Back then", you will find a nice story about the Radisson, including pictures:

    Aruba Caribbean Hotel, the new and only hotel-casino on an unknown island When the Aruba Caribbean Hotel (known by locals to this day as The Carib), now the site of the Radisson Resort, opened 50 years ago, Cuba had closed to Americans. For those who wanted to gamble and not have to trek to Vegas, the new and only hotel-casino on an unknown island in the Caribbean was the answer.
    Visitors discovered miles of unpopulated gleaming white beaches (and what would now be called a boutique hotel nearby), wonderfully dependable sunny weather, the clear, clean and bright turquiose sea surrounding and the Aruban people’s natural and warm hospitality. A “Marietta Memory” spoken then about the weather: 'It’s tropical like tropical fruit...always sweet.'
    Read More


    http://www.aruba.com/explorearuba/hi...back_then.aspx




    Another great website with lots of historical info and photos, including how the beaches looked like in former times:


    http://www.lago-colony.com/index.htm




    And here are some Vintage Postcards of Aruba:


    http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Collection-18...-/251128675674


    I really enjoy very much looking at those vintage photos, they have something nostalic and remind of the good, old times.






    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Here's something for you other 'radies' - There are some great old photos of the original hotel (50's?) on the wall at Gilligan's. Does anyone know the history of this property? I think it was the first resort on Palm Beach. How about more pictures? A Google search image search gave me a travel brochure drawing (50's - 60's) with a happy couple on the beach with the Aruba tower in the backgound and no other hotels.

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    excellent
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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Hi cpjones,
    There is actually a nice topic at this forum: "Back then"

    Among the info from "Back then", you will find a nice story about the Radisson, including pictures:

    Aruba Caribbean Hotel, the new and only hotel-casino on an unknown island When the Aruba Caribbean Hotel (known by locals to this day as The Carib), now the site of the Radisson Resort, opened 50 years ago, Cuba had closed to Americans. For those who wanted to gamble and not have to trek to Vegas, the new and only hotel-casino on an unknown island in the Caribbean was the answer.
    Visitors discovered miles of unpopulated gleaming white beaches (and what would now be called a boutique hotel nearby), wonderfully dependable sunny weather, the clear, clean and bright turquiose sea surrounding and the Aruban people’s natural and warm hospitality. A “Marietta Memory” spoken then about the weather: 'It’s tropical like tropical fruit...always sweet.'
    Read More


    http://www.aruba.com/explorearuba/hi...back_then.aspx




    Another great website with lots of historical info and photos, including how the beaches looked like in former times:


    http://www.lago-colony.com/index.htm




    And here are some Vintage Postcards of Aruba:


    http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Collection-18...-/251128675674


    I really enjoy very much looking at those vintage photos, they have something nostalic and remind of the good, old times.

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