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In addition to the gorgeous beach and turquoise water, Riu Palace Aruba also has a great location, only a few minutes drive from downtown, 15 minutes walk to the market, cafes & restaurants and in the proximity of the hopping Pier Bar. Great food with 4 a la carte restaurants and the Buffet is impressive too. Don't miss the chocolate martinis at Barry's.
Location: Directly on Palm Beach, 10 minutes from Oranjestad Aruba's Capital and all the island attractions, and 30 minutes drive from airport.
My sweetheart booked us a week at the Riu Palace Aruba because of it's all-inclusive and because of good reviews on Trip Advisor and elsewhere. We're glad we stay here.The 8th floor "Jr. suite with frontal ocean view" does look out to the ocean (actually the Caribbean Sea) as promised. Lovely view of the sea, of the pool, and of an entertainment state below. We would sit on the balcony and enjoy the views, At night, we’d sometimes listen to the live music from the entertainment area. Great by us but if you are looking for quiet early night bedtime, this might not be the place for you (or use earplugs).The Jr. suite was ample sized. The bed was quite firm. We liked it. But if you like really cushy soft beds, you might not be comfortable. The room has a safe, iron/ironing board, a refrigerator, a liquor dispenser, and TV. The liquor dispenser had rum, brandy, vodka, and whisky. The refrigerator was well stocked with sodas, bottled water, and the local brew Balashi. (All part of the all-inclusive package.)The food at the Don Nicholas buffet and at the specialty restaurants was amazing. Much of fare would be familiar to people from the US, Canada, and some European countries. There were some foods from Latin America, including papaya pudding (which tasted sour to me, a matter of tastes) and passion fruit (which was excellent). The specialty restaurants each featured a particular style of cuisine. Krystal offered fusion styles while Sayuri focused upon Asian syles. All were excellent. Just note that service in the specialty restaurants will be slow and leisurely. If you want to eat quickly and head off to other activities, go for the buffet instead.The RIU Palace Aruba wristaband gives access also to the RIU Palace Antillas next door. It’s worth going over there for the Cherry Pacha disco (11pm-2am), the gift shops, and more.
Do not get me wrong. We had a good vacation at the Riu. Good weather, nice beaches friendly people etc. and I would rate the hotel as good, but the TA ratings above give a choice between average, very good or excellent. Excellent it is not.What we liked:Riu hotels are renowned for their buffet food and this one did not disappoint. ( Our 3rd stay at Rui hotel in the Carribean) Plenty of choice at breakfast, lunch and dinner in the buffet restaurant, although the choice of food at lunch did not vary much during our 10 day stay.The wine served at this hotel was much better than we experienced in Jamaica and Mexico.Good choice of cocktails and spirits.There was no need to reserve at the a la carte restaurants and this worked very well. We only had one evening that we could not get a table at one of the a la carte restaurants. Not bad for a party of 9.Rooms are large, with walk in showers, not decorated to my taste, but ok.Staff generally good, but still some room for improvement.What we thought was average:The a la carte restaurants. Krystel was probably the best in terms of food and service.Japanese our group rated the worst. The steak restaurant is hit and miss. If we had been paying rather than all inclusive guests we would probably not have paid for some of the steaks we ordered. ( I wonder if the food and beverage manager ever looks at how much food guests leave on their plates at these restaurants. We noticed lots of waste.) Dress codes need some enforcement. Most guests seemed to have made a big effort to dress smartly for dinner. I could probably tolerate smart shorts, but disappointrd that guests in football outfits were allowed in the al a carte restaurants.Getting things fixed. The reception staff rate between good and hopeless. What we did not like.Sitting outside for breakfast: Something simllar to a scene from the Alfred Hitchcock film "The birds". One expects some wildlife at this type of destination. At breakfast there were large number of birds feeding on leftovers at the breakfast table. I just do not find this very hygenic.( Birds drinking from the milk &water jugs that were on the tables and later used by guests)Sunbeds: Fortunately in our group, "early riser" Pete joined the early morning scramble to reserve sunbeds, so we staked our claim for a prime swimming pool location every morning. During our stay the hotel was full, and was quite crowded around the pool. The hotel has taken the easy option by operating a "first towel on the bed" system and leaving the rest to the guests. Frustrating for guests that prefer a leisurely start on holiday.The Bar: This is personal. The acoustics in the bar/ lobby area are terrible. We just did not find this a nice place to sit and have drinks in the evening. Part way through the evening a pianist (normally nice) adds to the cacophony, and later the noise level further increases, when the outside entertainment starts.Entertainment: If you like Karaoke, couples bursting balloons on each other, screaming that you are from Canada, Scotland or wherever, this is the place for you. If you don't, try the bar in the sister hotel next door or a bar down the street. Late check out: The hotel charges $20 and hour if you want check out after 12 noon. I would have paid this to check out later in the day. The problem we had was that because the hotel was full, the hotel would not allow us to have a late check out. An easy option for the hotel management and house keeping. Bad news if your flight back to Europe only departs at 8pm. I have stayed in enough hotels around the world to know the solution to this problem ( late check outs generate revenue for the hotel) but at the same time understand that when your hotel has 100% occupancy and good reviews, the need to go the "extra mile" for guests may not be there.
Hotel had a perfect environment. Room was always clean. Employees always happy ready to help. Food was good. Specialty restaurantd did not need reservations, just walk in, and a variety of food through out facility.
We have stayed at the RIU Palace 4 times now and have loved it every time. Since our last stay 3 years ago there have been some changes to the property, and for the most part they are positive.There is a new small pool next to the palm beach bar that is great for just relating with a drink and not worrying about people swimming/jumping/playing etc.They have renovated the 2 buffet restaurants and they came out great. The specialty restaurants do not require reservations anymore, they operate on a first come first serve basis. I think this works much better as you don't have to get dinner at one of the 2 serving times anymore, you can go anytime during their operating hours.The lobby and lobby bars have been updated and the lobby bar area has been opened up to the lobby. A new stage for shows has been built outside and the one inside has been removed. There is more seating and a coffee shop in its place.The gift shop in the lobby is no longer there, they have expanded the casino into that space. Although the store next door in the RIU Antillas (formerly the Westin) is still there.The grounds outside the pool area have had the bushes removed and replaced with ground level white rocks. This makes it easier to walk around and the iguanas no longer hang around the pool area.
Ms. Cyndi and I celebrated our 30th Anniversary by booking 5 days at the Riu Palace . Check-in was quick and efficient and included a glass of champagne with Charlie bringing our bags up to Room 639. We were very pleased with the size of the room and all its amenities that included a stocked refrigerator and liquor dispensers that, alas, didn't include gin. I'm a Tanqueray devotee so be sure to ask for it by name at the bars or you get well stuff. I'm an early riser so saving spots on the beach or by the pool wasn't a problem at 645am. but was a necessity. Breakfast at the buffet was awesome every morning with create-your-own omelettes my favorite. Lunch at the buffet or Nautilus was also spot-on. Dinner at Krystal(Fusion) was good though they seemed to frown on me doubling down on the entrees. The Steakhouse also seemed a bit put off with my two-entree request and actually only gave me one lobster tail instead of the two on other one-entree plates. I asked the front desk about the two-entree disconnect and they assured me it wasn't a problem but they should probably communicate this to the specialty- restaurant staff.But..the Buffet dinners were awesome so why am I quibbling! The Riu's entertainment crew was very talented though Johnny Depp himself couldn't have saved the Pirates show. Ms Cydi and I love our penny slots and the Riu's casino certainly needs a re-make and repairman. Casinos at the Riu Antillas next door and other hotel casinos made up for this deficiency. Check-out was also courteous and efficient and the entire Riu staff make you fell very welcome during your visit
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- Buffet champagne breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
- Weekly theme dinners
- A la carte dining
- Unlimited domestic and a selection of imported drinks & snacks
- Room service for continental breakfast & snacks (7am-11pm)
- snorkeling (1 hr free)
- glass bottom boat trips
- scuba diving introductory lesson
- table tennis
- water aerobics
- Towels and parasols by pool area
- State-of-the-art fitness center
- Sauna & jacuzzi
- Daily entertainment program for adults
- Live Music
- 5 restaurants
- 4 bars including swim-up bar
- 2 pools including, Olympic-size pool
- loungers, sun umbrellas & towels in pool and beach area
- 2 lighted tennis courts
- state-of-the-art fitness center
- spa (fee)
- conference rooms
- free WiFi
- beauty salon (fee)
- gift shop (fee)
- Casino (fee)
- Golf nearby (fee)
Hotel Room includes:
- ceiling fan
- 2 double beds
- satellite TV
- wi-fi internet
- in room safe
- mini-bar with complimentary soft drinks, water and beer
- liquor dispenser with rum, vodka, whiskey & gin
- full bathroom
- hair dryer
- Max. occupancy 4 persons
Junior Suite - Same as Hotel Room with and 2 double beds or 1 king bed, split level with separate sitting area and sofa (some with sofa bed), alarm clock, iron & ironing board, bathroom with hydromassage tub, shower and hair dryer.
Junior Suite Jacuzzi - Same as above with 2 doubles or 1 king bed, balcony with private jacuzzi.
Kids Deals - 2 Children 12 years & under Stay & Eat Free. Applies to Hotel Room only. Limited availability.
For the Kids - Babysitting available for a fee.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel offers early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.
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Riu Palace ArubaAruba,Aruba
- Hotel Contacts
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J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 79 Palm Beach - Palm Beach, Palm - Eagle Beach Aruba
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