Pros

  • Located within the busy Low Rise hotel area, a five-minute walk to Eagle Beach
  • Large units with jetted tubs, outdoor space, and kitchen facilities
  • Two pools, one with a large waterslide and pool bar
  • Two bars and restaurants with room service option
  • Full casino with table games and slot machines, plus flat-screen TVs for sports
  • Live weekend music and entertainment
  • Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins snack spot on-site
  • Small spa, glass-walled fitness center, mini-market, and barbecue areas
  • Big tennis courts area with playground and ocean views
  • Free Wi-Fi in some public areas
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Cons

  • Some rooms have a musty smell
  • Some rooms still slightly dated and don't have Wi-Fi
  • Charges for in-room Wi-Fi
  • Wristband requirement
  • No all-inclusive plans (pro for some)
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Bottom Line

Tropicana Resort & Casino is a mid-range resort property with 362 suites that were renovated or refurbished in 2018. The nicest room options feature kitchen facilities and outdoor space, though some of the most affordable rooms are still vintage looking. The location is in the busy Low Rise hotel area, about a five-minute walk (or free shuttle ride) from Eagle Beach, restaurants, and bars. The hotel's waterslide and waterfall pools, a small spa, full casino, glass-walled gym, tennis courts, and two restaurants and bars, are geared towards tourists who don't mind walking to the beach in exchange for lower room rates. For something with all-inclusive rates right on the beach, compare prices with Barcelo Aruba

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Amenities

  • Casino
  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Pool
  • Spa

Things You Should Know About Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino

Also Known As

  • Aruban Hotel Oranjestad
  • The Aruban Hotel
  • La Cabana Resort Aruba
  • Aruban Resort Casino
  • Aruba La Cabana
  • The Aruban Resort & Casino at Eagle Beach

Room Types

  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Three Bedroom Suite
  • Two Bedroom Suite

Address

J.E. Irausquin Blvd #248, Aruba

Phone

(297) 587-9000

Website

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Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino

Scene

Family-friendly hotel with a few resort-style amenities and features -- plus tropical landscaping 

Once a part of La Cabana, Tropicana is now its own entity, but some signs of the mid-2000s separation can still be seen, like the “La Cabana” branding on jetted bathtubs. From the small entrance through a parking lot and past a Dunkin' Donuts, it's difficult to tell how expansive the resort is. It consists of four towers that house 362 rooms. Two large swimming pools, with artificial rock walls and waterfalls, meander through the grounds, which are well kept and planted with palm trees. You can see the ocean from some points in the property. Many guests return year after year, especially families who want low rates near the beach, and don't want to book all-inclusive rates. Note that guests are required to wear a wristband. 

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Location

In the Low Rise hotel zone, a five-minute walk to Eagle Beach

Tropicana Resort and Casino is located directly behind La Cabana Resort in Aruba’s safe and touristy Low Rise hotel zone. It’s about a five-minute walk to stunning Eagle Beach, lined with divi divi trees, and can easily be accessed off of either of the island’s main roads. The area has a good choice of restaurants (such as Passions on the Beach’s romantic on-the-sand dinner service), hotel bars, beach bars, and a few casinos. There’s also a large supermarket and home goods store with a cafe inside and bank ATM outside just across the main road, at the back of the hotel. A slew of restaurants, shops, bars, and tour operator jumping off points are just five minutes north in the High Rise hotel zone. Queen Beatrix International Airport is roughly 15 minutes south along L.G. Smith Boulevard. 

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Rooms

Mix of contemporary units with kitchens and more affordable dated units 

As of our visit in 2018, most of Tropicana’s 362 spacious rooms had a significant renovation, though some were simply refurbished with fresh paint, bedding, and flat-screen TVs. Standard King Rooms feature a contemporary look and come with two flat-screen TVs, a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, small stove, furnished balcony, and a large living room with a pullout sofa bed. Some rooms offer laundry facilities. Non-renovated rooms are still quite nice, the furnishings and tile floors just look dated. All units have separate living and dining room areas, private outdoor space with pool or courtyard views, and high ceilings. Some rooms may have a musty smell from years of condensation and faulty air-conditioning. Bathrooms in the non-renovated room show the most age with pink and sea foam green plastic moldings and “La Cabana” branded shower/tub combinations. Note that Wi-Fi costs extra in the rooms that have a signal. 

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Features

Two swimming pools, two restaurants, small spa, and a casino 

The Tropicana offers full resort-style features, with the exception of beach access. Both of the Tropicana’s restaurants, Pizza Bob’s and Double Down, have a room service option, although if you want anything from the mini-market or on-site Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins storefront, you’ll have to head down toward the lobby and pick it up yourself. Since the rooms are stuffed full of equipment for self-catering, hopping across the road to grab ingredients from the local Superfoods supermarket to make your own meals is also an option

The big 150-foot waterslide twisting its way into the resort’s north-side pool is a big draw for families. This pool area also has a dedicated shallow kiddy pool, large shady palapa hut with a scattering of plastic lounge chairs, adult-only hot tub, and Bikini’s swim-up bar. Guests at Bikini’s pool bar can enjoy live music on weekends, twice-daily happy hours, and seating in the water or on the deck. At the other end of the resort, the hotel’s second pool swaps the waterslide and bar for a large, rocky waterfall and small spa, making for a much more relaxed, less rambunctious vibe. 

Other property features include a full casino with slot machines, gaming tables, and loads of flat-screen TVs for sporting events. For relaxing, there's a tiny but efficient spa with head-to-toe treatment options. Off the parking lot, there’s a multi-court area for beach tennis with a plastic kids' playground. There is no dedicated lobby, although an outdoor (but covered) lounge area with cushioned wicker furniture flanks the entrance path to the hotel. Inside by the front desk, there’s a telephone with a direct line to AVIS car rental (an actual desk is across at La Cabana) and a concierge desk where you can also print boarding passes.

Guests either have to purchase an internet card from the front desk or stick to the lobby or Bikini’s bar for free Wi-Fi -- either way, service isn’t guaranteed. There’s lots of free parking surrounding half of the property, but be sure to grab a parking pass from the front desk.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Beach

  • Cable

  • Casino

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Fitness Center

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Smoking Rooms Available

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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