Marriott's Aruba Surf Club Rating: 4.0 Pearls
With the "Lazy River "-- a long, slow-flowing pool that carries half-dozing rafters from one side of the property to the other -- ping pong tables by the pool, and a Nintendo Wii Lounge for 12- to 17-year-olds, the Marriott Surf Club has "family-style" figured out. At the Natural Pool, screeching kids wearing floaties shoot down the on-site waterslide again and again.
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino Rating: 3.0 Pearls
With plenty of beachfront, the hotel is a prime spot for families toting kids and young teens. There's a shallow family pool for the wee ones (wee perhaps having two meanings here -- adults certainly don't want kids doing that in the adult pool), as well as a kid's club with drawing stations and plenty of toys.
Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Aruban's suites can easily sleep four or more people, and its kitchens enable families to economize meals by buying their own food at a nearby supermarket. Kids definitely seem to love the 150-foot waterslide at the pool, and there's a separate small children's pool for the young ones not old enough to swim with the big kids. There are a few downsides -- some parents on TripAdvisor worried about their children getting sick from dirty rooms, mildewy curtains, and cranked up air conditioners, and others detested having to cross a four-lane highway with small children to get to the beach.