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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino 4.0

Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

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Pros

  • Immaculate guest rooms include minibars and some ocean views
  • Direct access to picturesque Palm Beach
  • Impressive three-tier pool with waterfalls, whirlpools, a waterslide, and a freshwater lagoon
  • Convenient location in Aruba’s High-Rise Hotel district, surrounded by shopping and dining options
  • Eight on-site restaurants and bars include both indoor and outdoor venues
  • Some suites offer separate sitting areas and sofa beds
  • 12,000 square foot casino with gaming tables, slot machines, and dancing
  • Attractive, full-service spa
  • Modern, 24-hour fitness center
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • 9,000 square feet of flexible function space

Cons

  • Finding empty seats at the beach and around the pool can be a challenge during peak hours
  • Some room categories don’t have balconies, while others include only narrow, unfurnished ones
  • Guest room decor is pleasant but bland

Bottom Line

The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino is a four-pearl hotel located in Aruba’s Palm Beach High-Rise Hotel district. The hotel’s 357 guest rooms are clean and bright, if somewhat bland. All categories include flat-screen TVs and large bathrooms. With a gigantic pool, full-service spa, busy casino, and access to beautiful Palm Beach, the hotel has a high-energy atmosphere and there’s no shortage of things to do on the property. Landscaped grounds and distinctive decor in the public spaces inject the Hyatt with a welcome dose of personality, but it’s still worth comparing rates with nearby resorts like the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

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Scene

Buzzing mega-resort on the beach

This sprawling, beachfront resort contains lush garden grounds with attractive accents like cascading waterfalls and a koi pond

Guests at the Hyatt Regency Aruba can easily stay entertained without ever leaving the property -- and many don’t, if the lively crowds competing for seats around the pool and beach are any indication. Large pools, diverse restaurants with children’s menus, and a supervised kids’ club make this resort popular with families. A great beach, big casino, superb spa, and four on-site bars make it an equally attractive option for adults looking to unwind and party.

As with most resorts of this large size, the variety of on-site entertainment comes with the loss of intimacy; however, above-average restaurants, lovely landscaping, and Spanish-style architecture impart more character than you might expect from a chain resort. The grand, open-air lobby is dramatically set with circular chandeliers and enormous white planters filled with tropical plants. The space opens up to an elaborate outdoor complex of tumbling waterfalls and paths winding between interconnected pools. A water fountain filled with artificial rocks lights up with a flame at night. In the lush gardens surrounding the pool, black swans glide in a koi pond and scarlet macaws squawk in cages. If you like mega-resorts, this is certainly a nice one.

Location

Beachfront setting in Palm Beach High-Rise Hotel district

Map of Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino

The Hyatt is located in what is known as the High-Rise Hotel area which, as its name suggests, is home to most of Aruba’s large resorts. The hotel’s main entrance faces towards the island’s primary thruway, J.E. Irausquin Blvd, which is lined with other hotels, as well as restaurants and shops. The Paseo Herencia Mall and Arawak Gardens & Shopping Mall can both be reached in about five minutes on foot. The hotel backs onto an appealing stretch of Palm Beach, which is bustling with tourists and activity. Eagle Beach and Arashi Beach are found less than three miles away. It’s a 20-minute drive to downtown Oranjestad and Queen Beatrix International Airport. Free self-parking is offered across the street from the hotel. 

Rooms

Spotless guest rooms include large bathrooms; some rooms have balconies

The Ocean Island View Room features basic, cheery (if a bit bland) decor in neutral shades, with a few pops of color

Guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort are clean and practical. Decorated in cheerful orange and green along with light wood furniture, all rooms include iHome clock/radios and basic CV1 coffeemakers. Minibars are well-stocked with various liquors, beers, sodas, and juices. In many rooms, round tables with chairs are connected to dressers in a set-up that saves space but looks a little odd. Flat-screen TVs are mounted to the wall over the dresser. Some suites feature separate sitting areas, sofa beds, stereo systems, and larger work spaces.

All guest rooms have windows that open and offer views of the garden, pool, and at least part of the ocean. Standard Rooms don’t have balconies, and other room categories offer only tiny, step-out balconies. Some room categories feature furnished balconies wide enough for sitting.

Large bathrooms offer speckled countertops and the hotel’s signature Portico Spa bath products. Some rooms include shower/tub combos, while others offer showers with rainfall heads.

Features

Dazzling multi-level pool with whirlpools and a waterslide, as well as direct access to scenic Palm Beach  

The hotel is located on a scenic stretch of Palm Beach, where guests can grab lounge chairs and palapas

The hotel features an 8,000-square-foot, three-level pool complex, which includes waterfalls and two outdoor whirlpools. The pools are connected by paths that meander through tropical gardens of palm trees and bougainvillea. There are a number of sprawling decks surrounding the pool, lined with lounge chairs and umbrellas. The complex also includes a 5,000-square-foot freshwater lagoon, and a two-story waterslide.

The pool area leads down to a gorgeous stretch of Palm Beach, which is dotted with plastic lounge chairs set under palapas. The palapas are nicely spaced so as not to feel overly crowded, although some guests report that finding an empty one can be a challenge. Most cabanas are available on a first-come, first-served basis, although a few can be reserved in advance. 

A large, 24-hour fitness center features French windows that face towards the hotel’s landscaped grounds. It’s equipped with bikes, treadmills, and a variety of resistance strength training equipment. Camp Hyatt kids’ club offers supervised pool activities as well as arts and crafts. Charming, earth-toned ZoiA Spa provides massages, facials, body treatments, and salon services. Hyatt Regency Casino includes 13 gaming tables, 221 slot machines, and a casino bar. Live music and dancing are featured on most nights.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The hotel features 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, as well as a large business center with several personal computers and printing facilities.

Food

Eight restaurants and bars

Eight restaurant and bars are available for guests, including Ruinas del Mar, the hotel's signature restaurant, which serves all three meals

Swim-up Balashi Bar and Grill is located within the pool complex, for drinks and light fare. There are a few stools set in the water along the bar -- a cute feature that allows guests to have a snack without leaving the pool. Palms Restaurant and Palms Beach Bar are also found within the massive pool area. Palms Restaurant is delightful with its open kitchen and minimalist decor. Pretty French doors lead out to a large terrace overlooking the pool. Palms Beach Bar features a cheerful white-and-lime color scheme, along with seating that ranges from high-top stools to comfy day beds. Above the downward sloping pool area, open-air Alfresco Lobby Bar overlooks the scene.  

Kadushi Juice Bar is set between the pool and the beach. Piet's Pier Bar is an excellent place to watch the sunset, offering expansive views of the ocean. Pampered in Paradise and Footprints Beach Grill are set up on the beach each evening for intimate, fine-dining experiences.

Inside the hotel, Shoco Market Café provides coffee, ice cream, and grab-and-go-style fare like baked goods and chips. A small courtyard separates Ruinas de Mar and Mexicado restaurants, both of which are rustically elegant with warm-toned decor and lots of stonework. Ruinas del Mar is the hotel’s signature restaurant, offering breakfast, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Mexicado specializes in regional Mexican dishes.

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Address

85 Je Irausquin Blvd, Palm - Eagle Beach, Caribbean

Phone

(297) 586-1234

Also Known As

  • Aruba Hyatt
  • Hyatt Aruba
  • Hyatt Hotel Aruba
  • Hyatt Palm/Eagle Beach
  • Hyatt Regency Aruba
  • Hyatt Regency Aruba Hotel
  • Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort
  • Palm/Eagle Beach Hyatt

Room Types

  • Cayena Suite
  • Club Level Room
  • Family Suite
  • Garden View Room
  • Governor's Suite
  • Hypo-Allergenic Room
  • Ocean Front View Room
  • Ocean or Island View Room
  • Ocean or Pool View Room
  • Orquidea Suite
  • Partial Ocean Island Room
  • Partial Ocean Pool Room
  • Standard Room
  • Sunset Suite
  • Trinitaria Suite

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