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    Renaissance Aruba/Marriott Resort

    Okay, it's been awhile since I've looked on here and from what I remember Renaissance Aruba is either love or hated.

    I'm getting married next fall and am in charge of planning our honeymoon. I've always wanted to go to Aruba so here we are. We have friends who swear by Stellaris and won't even consider Renaissance because of the boat to the private Island thing.

    Our dates for our stay aren't available yet because we're more than a year out. I work for Marriott so I can a decent enough discount. So I was just looking at this year's November rates so I can get a good idea of what I'm looking at.

    Renaissance Marina 9 days in the King Island View: $1532
    Stellaris 9 days Limited View: 2109

    Is 9 days too long? Should I stick to 7?

    Anyone who has thoughts about Renaissance or Stellaris either way, I'd appreciate your thoughts.
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    I have stayed at neither place as we rent a house but first of all, 9 days is never enough but that is up to your time off and budget, lol. The only thing I can say is the Stellaris is in the High-Rise area and it is near all the restaurants and other hotels and walking the strip with kiosks and people. The Renaissance is downtown. I am not a fan of downtown as there really isn't much to do, IMO. If this is your first time to Aruba, I would do the Stellaris, it is much more convenient, especially if you are not renting a car.

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    We like to spend time downtown and will usually stay a few nights at the Renaissance at the end of our trips. Love the pools on the Ocean Suites side but what I don’t care for is the lagoon. On our last few trips the lagoon had a film on the bottom which didn’t entice me to go in. So, if you enjoy the pools, or the private island it’s a good pick. Nice restaurants and two casinos in walking distance.

    I’ve only been in the casino at Marriott Stellaris and it was nice. The property looks wonderful.

    i’m wondering, isn’t the Ritz part of the Marriott brand? We stayed there recently and it was incredible. Service was top notch, nice beach, good restaurants and a casino.

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    Peg, I thought of that after I posted. If you work for the Marriott and you can get a discount, I would definitely consider the Ritz.

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    Welcome to the forum.... best wishes for a wonderful married life..... and 'ditto to what Gaby said'.....!
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    I like the Marriott Stellaris much better than the down town location. That said I LOVE the Ritz and that would easily be my first choice to celebrate my honeymoon.

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    Welcome to your 1st posting and happy planning.
    As others have mentioned inquire about the Ritz.
    If not an option, the Marriott would be my choice. Although that private island feature at the REN is nice, imo the shuttling on the boat back and forth grows old after a few days.
    If you split your time between both, then you have to pack and move and if that can be avoided that is best.

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    Hi all!

    Thanks for the feedback- I appreciate it.

    Our discounted rate is very rarely available for the Ritz, unfortunately. Someone I know had a conference there and said it was stunning.

    Anyway, for anyone who is familiar with Stellaris. There was something posted about $30 a day to use the palapas for 3 days. Is that something we would do once we check in?
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    Not sure what the Stellaris policy is. Some hotels let you reserve on line; others have you line up the day before or take your chances the next morning and see what is left for free. Hopefully, someone will post and give you specifics.

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    I have a different take on this. We spend a week on Eagle Beach and then a week at the Renaissance Ocean Suites. It's like having two vacations. We love our week downtown. A lot of our favorite restaurants are down there, and we enjoy strolling around the waterfront and visiting the shops downtown. If you have been doing research, you've probably heard about the flamingos on the private island. A lot of people are booking Renaissance for a couple nights and then moving to another resort for the remainder of their trip. I don't find moving to be that big of a hassle. That way, you could try both. If you decide to book Renaissance, make sure that you book the Ocean Suites and not the Marina Hotel. The Ocean Suites are beautiful and right on the water. The Marina hotel sits on a busy street, and feels nothing like a resort. Whatever you decide, I'm sure that you will love Aruba.


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