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Riu Palace Aruba

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Our Opinion

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.


Overview
Set on the silky sands of Palm Beach and flush with RIU's unmistakable vacation style, comfortable luxury and value, Aruba's Riu Palace established a new benchmark for beachfront elegance, richly appointed interiors and accommodation. Suites are located in the new buildings shown to the rear and on the right, while hotel rooms are found in the refurbished, previously existing building to the left.

Location: Directly on Palm Beach, 10 minutes from Oranjestad Aruba's Capital and all the island attractions, and 30 minutes drive from airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Dawn0326 : Coal City, Illinois
Breakfast buffet

I am a fussy breakfast snob and Elizabeth in the breakfast buffet takes Great care of me! I get Elizabeth section every morning. Elizabeth makes sure the water and beverages stay filled and ice cold. They have a lot of different foods to eat. The cooks will make you a fresh egg however you want it.

  • deborahweaver617 : pennsylvania
Place was great except the musty smell in the room

We really did enjoy our stay at Hotel Riu Palace. The staff was great especially the entertainment staff. I would suggest bringing towel clips as there is a constant wind that will blow your towels. We also brought our own insulated cups which were filled with anything we asked for! We ate at the Japanese restaurant 1 night and the Steakhouse another. The steak restaurant was amazing!! I highly recommend. We arrived for dinner at exactly 630 without reservations and got right in but there were only the 2 of us. The only issue we encountered is the room smelled very musty and actually woke me up during the night. I had to spray perfume in the room several times a day to cover the odor which for the most part was unsuccessful! Our clothes all had to be washed, whether dirty or clean when we returned home! Downtown is only 2 blocks from the hotel. We visited 2 times. It was very safe and Would recommend shopping there for souvenirs as the prices are a little more reasonable. Go to Sopranos one night for extra fun! Great piano bar! The entertainment was awesome at the hotel, just went for a change of pace. I recommend you stay at the adult only resort if not traveling with little ones. Maybe the odor will be much better!

  • Jane P : Madison, Wisconsin
Wonderful Vacation at the Riu Palace Aruba

We stayed at this resort March 4-11, 2017. We are experienced world travelers and have stayed at AIs all over Mexico, Jamaica, and the DR. Overall, we were very satisfied with the Riu Palace Aruba. Check in was quick with a nice glass of sparkling wine, we were given the room we requested (building B junior suite ocean view, king bed with full balcony, high floor), and both the clerk and the bellhop were very pleasant and helpful answering our questions. Room: Our room was beautiful - nicely appointed, very clean, great view and lots of storage space (a full closet with plenty of hangars!). The bathroom was huge with a double vanity and large walk-in shower - we loved the rainfall shower head. The maid service twice daily was excellent.Food and Drink: We were happy with the bar service and drink quality at all of the bars. While all of the bartenders were prompt and friendly, a few really went out of their way (Kaylee and Johnie at the Lobby Bar and Javier at the swim-up in particular). We never had a problem receiving the premium alcohol we requested. We were surprised at how good the wines were - not at all what we have experienced at other AIs. The main buffet is HUGE, food generally very good (especially the fresh fruit and vegetables) but there was some inconsistency in maintaining temperature for hot foods. We preferred the Nautilus buffet for lunch - smaller and better temperature control. We only waited for seating at the specialty restaurants once (Steakhouse). We ate there twice as the food was very good - tender, well prepared steak, excellent fish. Also had excellent lamb at the Italian but did not enjoy the JapanesePool and beach: Beautiful, never had a problem finding chairs with some shade around the pool and we did not reserve early in the morning. It was very windy. so we weren't inclined to sit at the beach although the water was warm, the sandy bottom clean and the waves very gentle.Service: Absolutely exceptional! Our minor maintenance issue (hairdryer not working) was addressed immediately. When my husband mentioned his eggs were cold, a chef came to our table and offered to make whatever he wanted. And finally Jose, our bellman, was very helpful on our last day. We never encountered a single staff member who failed to live up to this very high standard of serviceWe would definitely recommend the Riu Palace Aruba!

  • Amir Z :
Amazing honeymoon!

I went here for my honeymoon with my wife and boy did we have a great time!I've been to Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and I can say I never had such great food as we did here! The weather was great too because you would always get a nice breeze so it was too bad at any point. Would go back in an instant.

  • Jennifer A :
Beautiful hotel- terrible food- Great Entertainment

My family and I visited the Riu Palace last week- March 11-18th. After doing my research I thought we would have had a wonderful experience. However, the food was awful for an all inclusive resort. Many people complained and nothing was done. We spend 4 of the 7 nights eating in the strip because we could t ale another bad meal. The food selection was the same each day and the specialty restaurants were mediocre at best. Lastly, I would like to mention that I always stay at a Riu when I travel as I think their resorts are on of the pat beautiful. However, the rooms in the Riu in Aruba were not impressive. The doors in each door shut very abruptly and loudly and caused a lot of disturbed sleep. The rooms were clean but just not impressive. Aruba is an expensive island and this Riu just didn't fit the bill.I would like to mention that the entertainment staff was incredibly friendly and talented. They had morning pool aerobics, music throughout the day and and afternoon interactive session with everyone in the pool area and dance classes. Entertainment staff deserved 5 stars!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • 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
  • tennis
  • shuffleboard
  • horseshoes
  • table tennis
  • basketball
  • darts
  • aerobics
  • 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
  • shuffleboard
  • 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:

  • A/C
  • ceiling fan
  • 2 double beds
  • telephone
  • 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
  • gardenview
  • 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 Aruba
    Aruba,Aruba

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Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 79 Palm Beach - Palm Beach, Palm - Eagle Beach Aruba

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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