Aruba - Club Carlson

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  1. Sweet Willie
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    Looks like there is only one Club Carlson property on Aruba, a Radisson on the western side of island on 15 acres on a prime part of Palm beach. (nice that it is on western side of island, should be able to see sunsets)

    www.radisson.com/palm-beach-hotel-aw/aruaruba

    Anyone been? Your experience(s)?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Sweet Willie
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    I went ahead and made a reservation for high season, 50k points per night when rooms were going for $600+, I'm pretty pleased with that redemption, thanks Club Carlson keep up the good promos !
     
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    I'll keep an eye out for your trip report. Last time I went there I stayed at the Westin and was only marginally pleased with the service, even though the property itself is decent.

    I wouldn't mind exploring other options :)
     
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    neither would I but we are going during uber high season (new years), so I wasn't going to be too picky.
     
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    I recently stayed at this property and mostly had a very good stay. I'm CC gold (and a CC credit card holder), so our stay was a combination of free night certificates from the fall promotion (from my account and my travel companion's account) and 50K points for two nights (credit card last night free benefit). I was very happy with the value since rooms were going for over $400/night. I was impressed by how proactive management was. I emailed the hotel in advance of my stay to ask about linking our reservations so we could stay in the same room, and they accommodated us. The front desk manager even apologized for not being able to provide a better upgrade, given our preference for two beds. We had a third floor room in the Bonnaire tower with a pool and partial ocean view, which was fine. The room was nicely appointed, clean, well-maintained, but not luxurious or huge. On the first night, a Radisson cooler bag and fruit plate was provided as a welcome gift. They also have a manager's cocktail hour on Tuesday nights, and the management team formed a receiving line (sort of) and greeted all the guests attending the party.

    As long as a beach hotel meets my minimum standards, the beach itself is more important to me than the room/hotel amenties. While I prefer quieter beaches, and probably would have opted for Eagle Beach if doing a paid stay, I thought the Radisson's beachfront was definitely one of the best on Palm Beach. I had considered the Westin briefly, since SPG is my preferred hotel program, but I'm really glad I stayed at the Radisson since the Westin's beach area was much narrower and more crowded than the Radisson's, and the Westin was one big tower, while the Radisson had three low/mid-rise buildings spread out across attractive grounds. The Radisson's system of signing up for beach palapa's the day before at 4 pm worked well. Apparently, at most other resorts on Palm Beach, people play the "towel game" claiming their chairs at 5 am and then ignoring them for hours. Almost everyone we talked to who had been to other resorts preferred the Radisson's system.

    I didn't eat at the resort restaurants or use the spa, but the gym was decent with Nautilus weight machines, cardio equipment, and free weights/benches/mats, all with an ocean view. We had drinks once at the 2 for 1 happy hour at the beach bar; they were pretty good and reasonably priced during happy hour. I didn't need much from the staff during our stay, but the concierge made one dinner reservation for us, and they accommodated our request for a late checkout (1 pm). There was a little confusion about a couple of things related to multiple reservations (re-keying, resetting internet access) and a couple of erroneous charges were included on the draft bills but removed when I pointed them out to the front desk staff.

    I'm happy to answer any questions.
     
  6. Sweet Willie
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    thanks for the detailed report! are the coolers for elite members or does everyone get one? (I'll only be silver when we check in).
    There are few resort restaurants where I'll dine, so I'm curious where did you end up dining? (also per chance any rijsttafel?)
     
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    If you've never been, The Flying Fishbone is a must do. Wear sandals or at the very least plan to take off your shoes. :)
     
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    Thx for the great review, needtoescape !
     
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    I'm not sure who gets the coolers. I saw a couple of other reports on other sites from CC golds who got them as welcome gifts, but I'm not sure if other people get them too.

    We had a short stay and didn't eat out except for dinner. Two nights were very casual at Bugaloe (beach bar on the pier right near the the hotel - pretty good for bar food) and Five Burgers (like Five Guys) across from the hotel near the Senor Frogs. We also ate at Passions (at Amsterdam Manor on Eagle Beach); they do a nice setup of tables on the beach and the food was good and reasonably priced for the setting, and Wacky Wahoo, which is known for good local fish and is about 10 minutes walk from the hotel off the beach. We didn't try rijsttafel or any Dutch influenced cusiine, sorry.
     
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    looks like a curl your toes in the sand type place www.flyingfishbone.com
    www.wackywahoo.com I plan on having lots of seafood while on Aruba, thanks !
     
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    I also stayed at the Radisson for 5 nights back in 2010. Loved the place and would definitely go back.

    I second the recommendation on Wacky Wahoo. LOVED that place and the fish was real fresh.

    The street that the Radisson is on has a lot of "touristy" restaurants so I would recommend going into town for cheaper prices.
     
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    Anyone have experience at the Hyatt? I'm looking to book over labor day this year. Also any casino reviews? Hyatt vs Stellaris?
     
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    Here is the link to my blog post comparing the Radisson and the Hyatt in Aruba. http://wp.me/p2xfoy-1qk
     
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    Any comments on the casino?
     
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    Sorry we are not gamblers.
     
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    Went to pretty much all the casinos at every hotel....they are small. Don't expect Vegas style casino's here. Most hotels will have the typical slots, blackjack, pai gow, craps and maybe a couple of sit down poker tables.

    btw, these two resorts are so close to each other that it doesn't really matter which one you go to. If you prefer to stay in one hotel and gamble at another it will be no problem getting there.
     
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    I was just looking at the hotel website and stumbled upon the live webcams. Interesting. Does look crowded for a holiday weekend but not bad.
     
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    Anybody have any experience with paid upgrades/plaza club ccess?

    Original had a Plaza Club (sale) reservation, but decided to use points instead as I suddenly had a lot of them and also already qualified for Gold next year, but for the right price I might upgrade.
     
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    I'll be there in mid January.
     
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    I heard back from the concierge today, there isn't any fee for parking a car at the Radisson Aruba.

    Very refreshing to hear!
     
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    I don't think any of the hotels in Aruba charge for parking unless some of the ones in Oranjestad near the ship terminal do. None of them in Palm or Eagle beach do.
     
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    That is good to know, most resort hotels I've been to, do charge a parking fee.
     
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    I'm at the Radisson Aruba right now. Anyone have any questions?
     
  25. Sweet Willie
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    which tower are you in?, (there are 3) If you could report which rooms are best in your tower

    I wrote down which are the best rooms in the Curacao tower & will report soon.
     
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