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wildewoman
07-10-2010, 12:41 PM
We haven't even left on our 2nd trip (which is in 78 days!!) and I am already thinking about a 3rd trip!! :)

We have stayed at the Surf Club ~ and we LOVE it -we book a 2 bedroom unit - love the space & the kitchen & the view, etc. (we are a couple - and they always look at us funny when we say - yes, just the 2 of us!!)

BUT ~ I like to try out different places & since I am a Marriott fan I am interested in the Renaissance. I have read very mixed reviews - is it a hotel, suites, private, adults only??

We like to have a kitchen or kitchenette - so we can load the cooler & head to the beach. Can some one give me real skinny on the resort?? I have heard it sits next to a night club & you can't sleep - then I read that it is dead after dinner?? :doh:

I want to make sure when I book it - that I get the correct unit!!

Thanks so much!!

Arubalisa
07-10-2010, 01:58 PM
The resort is as you know located in downtown Oranjestad. (http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.517667&lon=-70.0369835&z=17&l=0&m=b)
http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.517667&lon=-70.0369835&z=17&l=0&m=b (http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.517667&lon=-70.0369835&z=17&l=0&m=b)

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (http://www.aruba.com/WheretoStay/Renaissance_Aruba_Resort__Casino.aspx)
http://www.aruba.com/WheretoStay/Renaissance_Aruba_Resort__Casino.aspx (http://www.aruba.com/WheretoStay/Renaissance_Aruba_Resort__Casino.aspx)

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auabr-renaissance-aruba-resort-and-casino/ (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auabr-renaissance-aruba-resort-and-casino/)


I have read very mixed reviews - is it a hotel, suites, private, adults only??
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-rooms/auabr-renaissance-aruba-resort-and-casino/ (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-rooms/auabr-renaissance-aruba-resort-and-casino/)
There are two towers, separated some distance, but catercorner to one another.

http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.5189212&lon=-70.0376916&z=19&l=0&m=b (http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.5189212&lon=-70.0376916&z=19&l=0&m=b)

"Adult-exclusive Aruba hotel accommodations at the Renaissance Marina Hotel." (http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.5189212&lon=-70.0376916&z=19&l=0&m=b)
"Resort Room at the Renaissance Marina Hotel - Adult Exclusive

Room Features
260sqft/23sqm
Air-conditioned
This room is non-smoking
Connecting rooms are not available
Windows may be opened
Windows, floor to ceiling
Accessible Room Features
This room type is not accessible
Hospitality Services
Evening turndown service
Newspaper delivered to room on request"




We like to have a kitchen or kitchenette - so we can load the cooler & head to the beach. Can some one give me real skinny on the resort??

For a kitchenette, you would need a unit at the Ocean Suites tower. This is the timeshare tower.

http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.5154308&lon=-70.03649&z=18&l=0&m=b (http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.5154308&lon=-70.03649&z=18&l=0&m=b)
"Family-friendly Aruba vacation accommodations at the Renaissance Ocean Suites

Suite at the Renaissance Ocean Suites - Family Friendly
Room Features
452sqft/41sqm
Air-conditioned
This room is non-smoking
Connecting rooms are not available
Outdoor spaces: balcony (1)
Outdoor spaces total size 22sqft/2sqm
Living/sitting area
Living room is separated
Living area is separated from bed by privacy wall
Windows may be opened
Windows, floor to ceiling
Accessible Room Features
This room type is not accessible
Hospitality Services
Evening turndown service
Newspaper delivered to room on request

Kitchen features
Mini-refrigerator
Microwave"

wildewoman
07-10-2010, 02:11 PM
So the hotel is adults only - but closer to the street. The suites are family friendly - & have the kitchenettes.

We'd go with the suites - maybe not as much noise.

Does anyone have an opinion as to which they liked better?? I just looked at YOU TUBE & the resort has something like 15 restaurants - we'd never have to leave the resort!!

Arubalisa
07-10-2010, 02:14 PM
The resort lists about 8 restaurants on their website. Imo the others are within easy walking distance but not directly part of the resort.
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/auabr-renaissance-aruba-resort-and-casino/ (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/auabr-renaissance-aruba-resort-and-casino/)

wildewoman
07-10-2010, 02:24 PM
Have you ever stayed there Lisa?

Arubalisa
07-10-2010, 02:37 PM
Have you ever stayed there Lisa?
No. Have researched it time and time again. Maybe someday if the price were right. ;)

You can also ask questions at http://www.aruba.com/forum/groups/1/ (http://www.aruba.com/forum/groups/1/)
Renaissance Timeshare Owners Club (http://www.aruba.com/forum/groups/1/)

Andrea J.
07-10-2010, 03:49 PM
we have stayed at the suites.
the resort units are just ok, nothing luxurious.
bare minimum kitchenette with 2 college sized refrigerators.
what makes the whole deal awesome is the private island.
we definitely would stay there again.

So the hotel is adults only - but closer to the street. The suites are family friendly - & have the kitchenettes.

We'd go with the suites - maybe not as much noise.

Does anyone have an opinion as to which they liked better?? I just looked at YOU TUBE & the resort has something like 15 restaurants - we'd never have to leave the resort!!

Liz - Aruba Lover
07-10-2010, 04:21 PM
I have stayed at both the Resort and Ocean Suites. Since you want a kitchen, then it you'll want the Ocean Suites. The units there are very nice. When you walk in the unit, the 1st room is the bedroom with a king bed, dresser, TV and closet. Next is a decent size bathroom . I forget if it had 1 or 2 sinks (I think 2). Down the hallway is the kitchen area which is tight as it is a narrow hall. At the end of the hallway is the living room area. The living area has a queen sofa bed, dresser, TV, table and chairs and a closet and sliding doors to go out to the balcony. The 1st, 3rd and 5th floors are timeshare units; 2nd and 4th are hotel units. The difference is that the timeshare units have a stove top, toaster, etc. The restaurants at the Ocean Suites is the pool bar and the other restaurant serves breakfast and has dinner theme nights.

Next to the Ocean Suites is Seaport Casino and Renaissance Marketplace. Restaurants there are Cafe the Plaza, Dutch Pancake House, Casa Tua (former location of Waterfront Crabhouse), CILO, Starbucks, Sushi-Ya, and Hung Paradijs Chinese. The Ren Resort is in walking distance but they have a golf cart you can take. At the Resort is L.G. Smith's Steakhouse and Aquarius Buffet and ala carte Restaurant.

The best part of staying at the Renaissance is the private island. I love it there. Except for one Easter Sunday I was there that the private sland was pretty crowed, I've never had a problem with getting a lounge chair or a shade hut.

I don't know where noise was from a nightclub unless from Cafe Choas. But that is across L.G. Smith boulevard. If you want real quite, make sure the unit is not facing the parking lot which faces the Marketplace and Casino.

If you decide to stay at the Ren, unless you are going to use Marriott points, it will be cheaper to rent someones timeshare unit. I saw that CindyO& RobO are renting their unit next April.

Here is a layout of the Resort - Renaissance Ocean Suites – Resort Layout (http://allaboutaruba.net/Documents/Renaissance%20Ocean%20Suites%20-%20Resort%20Layout.pdf)

wildewoman
07-10-2010, 04:34 PM
If I book it with a week traded into Interval - would I get a 1 bedroom unit?

Thanks so much!!

Liz - Aruba Lover
07-10-2010, 04:41 PM
They are all 1 bedroom units. The only difference is the stove in the kitchen. Also, unless it has been changed with renovations, the timeshare unit had 2 refrigerators (very small) and the hotel units had 1 refrig. When you exchange call Interval to get the unit #. Check the resort layout I posted to see if the unit is on a timeshare or hotel floor and where the location is.

wnysnow
07-10-2010, 09:45 PM
My Dear Aruba Lovers,

As an owner of units at :behappy:the Ocean Suites, I can tell you that you cannot get closer to Paradise than the Renaissance. The Renaissance is Managed by the Marriott, so that is your golden ticket! Any problem just dial zero and your problem is solved! The suites are lovely, and the King sized bed would please The Princess and the Pea! The kitchen is not as large as the Surf Club, but as we vacation as a couple all your needs are met. My husband and I love relaxing and not having to get up to snag a beach chair. The Private Island is to die for. Plenty of privacy, and the beach and snorkeling are excellent. There are plenty of high end shops to meander through and two huge Casinos. And there are about 25 wonderful restaurants, some with entertainment all within walking distance. If you feel like taking a personal trip around the island, e-mail a fellow named Cerry.

If you have any further questions, feel free to PM me. We would love to share our personal paradise with you. Enjoy Aruba!
Cheers,
Sue

qlaval
07-11-2010, 11:26 AM
If I book it with a week traded into Interval - would I get a 1 bedroom unit?

Thanks so much!!

For sure but most likeky you will end with a parking view unit.... :o

qlaval
07-11-2010, 11:33 AM
Here's an idea of what the boat ride to the private island looks like... :)

http://www.vimeo.com/4851329


Some of the flamingos on the private island...

http://www.vimeo.com/4585354

wildewoman
07-11-2010, 11:42 AM
That looks fabulous!! I was thinking for our 2nd trip - to not plan any excursions - just sit back in the sand & relax.

Thanks!!

wnysnow
07-11-2010, 06:10 PM
Hi,

If you are trading through II and get an island suite (view of parking lot) don't fret about it. Just take the elevator down to the main area, head for the private island, and you will have the most fabulous view in the world!:p:p:p
Bon dia,
Susan

P.S. Most people do not spend a whole lot of time on their balconies anyway, and the island suites have many palm trees which give you privacy.

I wish I was there now!!!
Susan

Arubalisa
04-11-2011, 06:37 PM
I am in an inquisitive mood today ;), when you stay at the Renaissance, is there separate check-in for the marina tower and ocean towers?

Andrea J.
04-11-2011, 07:42 PM
YES
the marina has its own separate check in

the ocean suites has their own as well

Randi
04-11-2011, 08:53 PM
If you had a two bedroom unit at the SC, pay the $75 and split your week. You can try to use your studio to get a one bdrm if that is the only size they have. Then you have the other half to use another time.

Not sure if they have studio's and 1 bdrms or both but I wouldn't trade my 2 bdrm to get a one bedroom. Actually, you should do the same when you go to the SC!

wnysnow
04-16-2011, 11:54 PM
Please remember that the only way to experience the peace and relaxation of the 42 acre Private Island at the Renaissance is to stay at the Renaissance Aruba Resort. We love the luxury of not fighting for a beach chair or a Palapa at 5AM in the morning. Just returned and it was the most relaxing vacation ever! A trip report will follow shortly. Simply put, the Renaissance Ocean Suites are fabulous!

Feeling great,
Susan:D:D:D

Andrea J.
04-17-2011, 09:18 AM
gee susan that was a mighty fast trip!

qlaval
04-17-2011, 10:28 AM
Welcome back Susan!:behappy: