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Renaissance Aruba VS Riu Palace Aruba

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Renaissance Aruba VS Riu Palace Aruba

Hello everyone,

My wife and I are having a tough time choosing between the two resorts mentioned in the subject.

I understand they are very different resorts, but would love some insight into the pros and cons.

Also, what beer(s) are served at each resort?

Thanks in advance,

Your friend KBO66

Louisville, Kentucky
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1. Re: Renaissance Aruba VS Riu Palace Aruba

Unfortunately, I can't answer any questions about the Renaissance, but just recently stayed at the RIU palace. RIU serves Balashi beer, which is the local beer. I have heard that they don't serve any other kinds, but I don't know this from personal experience.

We enjoyed the RIU. The food was amazing, and our room was really nice/clean/comfortable. I liked the location of the RIU because it's closer to the northern beaches known for snorkeling, although the local bus runs through oranjestad, which is where the Renaissance is, so you could still get to them from there easily. The RIU did seem a little crowded by the pool and on the beach. This didnt bother us much as we like to beach hop and snorkel, so didnt spend too much time on the RIU beach, and typically went to the pool at the end of the day. If you like to sit in a particular place and have to have a palapa, you would need to get up early to reserve your seat. Only other con I can think of with the RIU is the small/slow elevators.

I know this doesnt help too much since I can't compare the two, but thought I would give a little bit of information since there havent been other responses yet.

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2. Re: Renaissance Aruba VS Riu Palace Aruba

One consideration re: the Renaissance is that there is no beach on site at the Renaissance - you take the free (to guests) water taxi out to the private island. The island was quite nice, but if you just want to walk out to the beach when you feel like it, that might be an issue to consider.

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3. Re: Renaissance Aruba VS Riu Palace Aruba

The big difference is that the RIU Palace is directly on the beach along with many other "Chain" hotels. The Ren is located in the center of town and you have to take a boat to their private island. Also, the RIU is all-inclusive - is the Ren all-inclusive?

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4. Re: Renaissance Aruba VS Riu Palace Aruba

The Renaissance is in town and they have the hotel and then the Timeshare part, across the road. The location of the Renaissance is fun, we still had a car. Plenty of parking. You can book in the Timeshare part which is a bigger then the hotel. We did stay 1 night in a renovated room 2 years ago. Room was nice but we like the Timeshare wth more room and the kitchen. The private island is nice and a short boat ride.

Depends where you want to stay and RIU is all inclusive which is not necessary in Aruba. Many restaurants with excellent menus.

Edited: 29 May 2011, 17:11
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