Take a look at the most romantic hotels in Oranjestad.
Wonders Boutique Hotel is a three-and-a-half-pearl adults-only hotel located a 15-minute walk from downtown Oranjestad. The eight guest rooms feature distinctive decor, and many have furnished balconies or terraces. There’s a striking outdoor pool surrounded by tropical gardens, as well as a number of intimate sitting areas for reading and lounging, but the beach is a 10-minute drive away. For travelers who prefer to stay within walking distance of a beach, the Wonders’ sister property -- Carina's Studio Apartments -- is a good alternative.
The family-owned, three-pearl Surfside Marina is a beachside boutique hotel that's a welcome alternative to the bustling megaresorts fighting for space on Aruba’s jam-packed beaches. With only six suites, it’s a tiny place, but there's enough to like to make this one of the area's nicest mid-range hotels -- guests get abundant breakfasts delivered daily to their private balconies, which feature views of Surfside Marina and the beach. The rooms are modern and homey, with a mix of hardwood furniture and bright accent colors keeping them cheerful. Flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi all come standard, and it's a 15-minute walk to the center of Oranjestad. Compare this hidden gem with Talk of the Town Hotel Beach Club just across the street, which has and on-site pool and only slightly higher rates.
Located in Oranjestad's bustling cruise port, the upscale Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is packed with features not many Aruba hotels can match. Stand-out features include two casinos, eight bars and restaurants, two pools, and a luxury mall. The hotel is actually a massive resort complex with two distinct properties inside: the adult-only Renaissance Marina and the family-friendly Ocean Suites. All 556 rooms are impeccably modern, with a blend of sophisticated and retro decor plus coffeemakers, MP3 players, and flat-screen TVs. While the lagoon beach is a little underwhelming, it's hard to beat the hotel's private island (and visiting flamingos), and the beach there is more relaxed than the one at the similarly priced Holiday Inn Resort Aruba.
Solar Villa is a two-and-half-pearl hotel a short drive from downtown Oranjestad. The hotel’s seven guest rooms are quaint and colorful, with some featuring kitchens, sofa beds, and separate living areas. The dining and entertainment of downtown Oranjestad is a 20-minute walk away, and the beaches are even farther, making this hotel best for guests with their own transport or those who don’t mind relying on the bus to get around. Budget travelers might also want to consider Beach House Aruba, which offers the same intimate ambiance along with easier access to the beach.
Hidden Eden is a budget bed-and-breakfast set in the residential neighborhood of Oranjestad. The hotel’s four rooms are cozy and clean; some offer kitchenettes with microwaves. Garden grounds are beautiful, and free hot breakfasts served on the hotel’s lovely patio are a thoughtful extra. The closest beach is a mile away and there are limited dining options within walking distance, making this hotel ideal for those with their own transportation. Guests might also want to consider Beach House Aruba, which offers the same down-to-earth atmosphere, along with easier access to attractions.