Best Hotels in Aruba

What makes a hotel qualify as one of the best in Aruba? At Oyster, we know that the "best hotel" is different for just about everyone. For some, the best hotel is the best value, and for others, it's the one that offers the most for kids. We compiled lists of Aruba's best value hotels, best kid-friendly hotels, most romantic hotels, but if you don't have time to read all that, not to fear. We selected one hotel from each list that bests its competitors (if only slightly). Below, we present the best hotels of Aruba.

Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa

Best Value Hotel

Location: Aruba

Sporting two large pools, exotic landscaping (with caged parrots), a top-notch spa and fitness center, and a long beach where kids and teens run wild, the Radisson is an excellent value, especially after a multi-million dollar renovation in 2011 upgraded the rooms, the casino, and most other common areas. The location is also ideal; there are ample restaurants and places to party, on-site and off.

Marriott's Aruba Surf Club

Best Kid-Friendly Hotel

Marriott's Aruba Surf Club Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Location: Aruba

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

Most Romantic Hotel

Location: Aruba

Although this classy resort draws a lot of families, it's subdued vibe makes it well-suited for couples as well. The comfortable rooms are bright and airy, and room service is available 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., convenient for couples hoping to enjoy a romantic night in. Couples can enjoy Mandara spa's standard treatments in private huts right on the beach, and there is pricey diamond jewelry for sale in the hotel -- perfect for a surprise gift (especially if that trip to the casino goes well).

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