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Title: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on January 31, 2012, 02:37:05 PM
im planning a 4 night trip to aruba and debating where to stay on points any opinions? just for some info hyatt is 22k per night spg is 4k plus $60 and marriot is either 30k or 40k depending on which marriott
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: Mocha on January 31, 2012, 02:39:11 PM
im planning a 4 night trip to aruba and debating where to stay on points any opinions? just for some info hyatt is 22k per night spg is 4k plus $60 and marriot is either 30k or 40k depending on which marriott
After doing a lot of research a few month back it seems Hyatt is the clear winner there.
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: myb821 on January 31, 2012, 02:42:24 PM
After doing a lot of research a few month back it seems Hyatt is the clear winner there.
did u stay there or just did the research
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: Mocha on January 31, 2012, 02:43:12 PM
did u stay there or just did the research
Just research.
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 31, 2012, 02:48:57 PM
We had a pretty nice experience at the Westin although it is mainly because we got a nice upgrade as a plat.
The Hyatt was definitely a more upscale property than the Westin and IIRC it was probably the nicest in the area.

So if you are looking to save then the Westin is a pretty decent option but you can do a lot better at the Hyatt.
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 31, 2012, 03:51:13 PM
im planning a 4 night trip to aruba and debating where to stay on points any opinions? just for some info hyatt is 22k per night spg is 4k plus $60 and marriot is either 30k or 40k depending on which marriott

Although the Hyatt is definitely nicer I would stay at the Westin if I can get it for Cash and points!!! Much better value!

The Hyatt was definitely a more upscale property than the Westin and IIRC it was probably the nicest in the area.

Most people consider the Radisson Aruba to be the nicest and most upscale property in Aruba. Although the Hyatt is a close second.
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: momo on January 31, 2012, 04:38:45 PM
if you are going to stay at the hyatt i have a suite upgrade that i will not be using so if you want it its yours
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 31, 2012, 04:42:31 PM
Quote
Most people consider the Radisson Aruba to be the nicest and most upscale property in Aruba. Although the Hyatt is a close second.
You are right, I forgot about the radisson.
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: Mocha on January 31, 2012, 05:09:44 PM
The Hyatt will be on JS within the week.
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 31, 2012, 05:10:32 PM
if you are going to stay at the hyatt i have a suite upgrade that i will not be using so if you want it its yours

You cannot use the suite upgrade when using points for your stay, only for paid stays.
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: Dan on January 31, 2012, 05:11:40 PM
You cannot use the suite upgrade when using points for your stay, only for paid stays.
At least not officially...
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 31, 2012, 05:15:53 PM
At least not officially...

You were able to do it with a point stay????? Please share
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: Ergel on January 31, 2012, 09:20:45 PM
You were able to do it with a point stay????? Please share

I successfully did at PH Zurich. Was unable to do so at PH Paris or in London
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: BrooklynCPA on February 02, 2012, 11:32:11 PM
I successfully did at PH Zurich. Was unable to do so at PH Paris or in London

Did hyatt officially apply the certificate or did you just get an upgrade through the hotel?
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: Ergel on February 02, 2012, 11:37:35 PM
Did hyatt officially apply the certificate or did you just get an upgrade through the hotel?

Officially applied cert
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: AsherO on February 03, 2012, 12:51:22 AM
Officially applied cert

As in, confirmed upgrade in advance? That's awesome!
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: myb821 on February 03, 2012, 08:24:13 AM
Officially applied cert
would u like to spell out how u accomplished this?
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2012, 10:14:25 AM
Call the hotel direct or get a diamond agent to call the hotel and ask.
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: Ergel on February 03, 2012, 10:47:03 AM
would u like to spell out how u accomplished this?
I just sent an email asking to be upgraded and he said we can apply your suite upgrade. Did the same in Paris and London but no dice. I guess it depends on the hotel/staff person who is responding to you
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: BrooklynCPA on February 21, 2012, 04:20:00 PM
Westin Aruba is going up from Category 4 to category 5 as of March 1st. It is a good deal as a Category 4 so anyone has any plans on visiting Aruba book it this month.
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: stever on February 21, 2012, 04:37:10 PM
im planning a 4 night trip to aruba and debating where to stay on points any opinions? just for some info hyatt is 22k per night spg is 4k plus $60 and marriot is either 30k or 40k depending on which marriott
i dont know how someone would blow 22k points on 1 night hotel when you can go cross country with those points (unless u have unlinited points)
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: BrooklynCPA on February 22, 2012, 11:15:56 AM
i dont know how someone would blow 22k points on 1 night hotel when you can go cross country with those points (unless u have unlinited points)

If the hotel is $500 a night and you use 22K than you are getting more than .02 value so whats not to understand?
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: AsherO on February 22, 2012, 11:18:22 AM
If the hotel is $500 a night and you use 22K than you are getting more than .02 value so whats not to understand?

I'm not disagreeing with you, but perhaps what stever is saying is that you can get even better value (than 2.28cpm) when redeeming for flights.
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: BrooklynCPA on February 22, 2012, 11:46:40 AM
I'm not disagreeing with you, but perhaps what stever is saying is that you can get even better value (than 2.28cpm) when redeeming for flights.

I am assuming that he is using miles for his flight too. What we try to do here is get both flights and hotels for free!!! :)
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: AsherO on February 22, 2012, 12:17:53 PM
I am assuming that he is using miles for his flight too. What we try to do here is get both flights and hotels for free!!! :)

Hence his stipulation that you have sufficient miles for both, and his suggestion that if you don't you should save your miles for flights and use cash for hotels.
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: stever on February 22, 2012, 12:42:48 PM
exactly, which is totally fine
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: moshe80 on February 22, 2012, 11:31:01 PM
hi  is there any kosher to buy there and which hotel is near the chabad ? if there is one there
Title: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: BrooklynCPA on February 24, 2012, 04:22:01 PM
There is no Chabad in Aruba.

 There are supermarkets within a short bus or Taxi ride from the Hotel strip with lots of Kosher food. (No meats, cheeses.........)
Title: Re: Aruba weekend. Hyatt SPG or Marriott?
Post by: yo on March 18, 2012, 11:46:01 PM
marriot vacation club hotels there i heard are the way to go
Title: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on May 17, 2012, 09:36:32 PM
The Radisson standard room for points is a resort view, does anyone have any experience getting an upgrade here?
Or any info on the hotel itself?
Title: Re: Radisson Aruba
Post by: JEWDA on May 18, 2012, 12:43:25 AM
The standard room for points is a resort view, does anyone have any experience getting an upgrade here?
Or any info on the hotel itself?
Suppose to be the nicest Radisson. Saw it only from the outside looks like a typical radisson. Im sure it's not nicer then the hyatt and other ones in the area.
Title: Westin Aruba
Post by: SA on July 22, 2012, 01:42:10 AM
Hey Guys,
Looking for ideas on what can be done in Aruba for 5 days. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: Smirk on July 22, 2012, 01:55:56 AM
Was just there for 6 days.
There's pretty much water sports and relaxing.
There's lots of kosher food in the supermarket's there
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: SA on July 22, 2012, 01:58:45 AM
where did you stay?
what type of kosher food and how far is it from the westin?
Do i need to rent a car?
Can you give me some more info on where to lookup of things to do and phone numbers to reserve things?
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: Smirk on July 22, 2012, 02:08:33 AM
Stayed at the Westin. Try to get suite with room ending 00 or 01 and I think 02. Those are full facing ocean and have two porch's

Hong King supermarket has kosher cereal, milk, yogurt and many other things you might find in a american store. Its approx 10 min drive. I rented a car for $150 for the week. The ride to and from airport is $30 each way. So all tog I'd rather have the flex of having my own car.
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: AsherO on July 22, 2012, 02:11:07 AM
Hong King supermarket has kosher cereal, milk, yogurt and many other things you might find in a american store. Its approx 10 min drive. I rented a car for $150 for the week. The ride to and from airport is $30 each way. So all tog I'd rather have the flex of having my own car.

Chalav Yisrael, or am I dreaming?
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: Smirk on July 22, 2012, 02:13:45 AM
Ha keep dreaming. We actually didn't know about the store and froze milk and brought with us along with meats and cheese
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: SA on July 22, 2012, 02:17:53 AM
So Activity wise,,, what's there to do from Sunday afternoon till Friday morning?
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: Smirk on July 22, 2012, 02:24:01 AM
So Activity wise,,, what's there to do from Sunday afternoon till Friday morning?
Alot of tanning,swimming, water sports/boating, casino. nice outdoor mall.
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: JEWDA on July 22, 2012, 10:25:39 AM
Was there in the winter, stayed at the westin. I would recommend renting a car, you could drive a little away from the hotel area and find desserted beaches. Hong King supermarket has lots of kosher food (not cholov yisrael) but really expensive. There are tons of water sports to do there just ask by the hotel. Its always hot there with a nice breaze. The casino in the hotel is not worth much. When renting a car try to get a bigger car as most of the small cars there are not typical and are junky.
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: This is who I am on July 22, 2012, 10:46:03 AM
Hey Guys,
Looking for ideas on what can be done in Aruba for 5 days. Any ideas?
Hey,
I was in Aruba in the Rio place a year ago. There is a whole lot of water sports to do on the beach almost all the hotels shear the same beach.
i think on Sundays there is a flea market in town, take the city bus its fast and a nice ride.
the hotel can recommend ATVING... it was ok , and one thing i do recommend it is the horseback riding that takes you to the natural bridge. It is one of Aruba’s highlights
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: This is who I am on July 22, 2012, 10:56:41 AM
Hey Guys,
Looking for ideas on what can be done in Aruba for 5 days. Any ideas?
also I did bring lots of frozen cold cuts and chicken, a gorge formen grill, a sandwich maker,  and a hot water maker with instant soups. the rooms have a large fridge so it worked out Great
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: outinstyle on July 23, 2012, 09:51:55 AM
Aruba is one of my favorite vacation spots to just RELAX.
Stayed three times at the Westin. They are very accommodating with Kosher food.
Also stayed at the Radisson, Marriot & Hyatt.
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: sky121 on July 23, 2012, 10:00:51 AM
Anyone have any pics to share?
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: JEWDA on July 23, 2012, 10:22:48 AM
Aruba is one of my favorite vacation spots to just RELAX.
Stayed three times at the Westin. They are very accommodating with Kosher food.
Also stayed at the Radisson, Marriot & Hyatt.
How were they accommodating with kosher exactly?
Anyone have any pics to share?
I have many I'll try to post when I get onto my computer
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: AJK on July 23, 2012, 10:28:23 AM
Aruba is one of my favorite vacation spots to just RELAX.
Stayed three times at the Westin. They are very accommodating with Kosher food.
Also stayed at the Radisson, Marriot & Hyatt.

How did the three compare?

TR?
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: BrooklynCPA on July 23, 2012, 10:50:45 AM
I would say that the order is 1. Radisson,  2. Hyatt  3.Marriott  4. westin. Most people stay at the Westin because of SPG points but it is not nearly as nice as the others. The hotel is a bit outdated and the pool is mediocre.
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: outinstyle on July 23, 2012, 11:48:17 AM
I would put the Hyatt as #1, otherwise I agree with BklynCPA for the order.
Like he said, reason I stayed multiple times at the Westin is because of the SPG miles (FREE!).
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: outinstyle on July 23, 2012, 11:52:07 AM
Regarding the kosher accommodations:

When I travel I usually deep freeze a few dozen meals, number them, and send them to the kitchen when I arrive.
I then call up meals by number & they warm it (still double sealed) and bring them up to the room with plastic cutlery.

They are extremely accommodating. I once had an issue with the cleaning crew that saw a hot plate & removed it from the room before Shabbos stating it was a fire hazard. The manager went out of his way to apologize & even offered (without asking) two free nights for the “aggravation”!
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: JEWDA on July 23, 2012, 12:01:33 PM

They are extremely accommodating.
+1
They didn't make me pay an extra $10 a day they usually charge for a microwave cuz I told them about kosher. I had them put me lots of meats in the freezer and brought it to me within a few minutes when I called. And of course they gave me $100 credit cuz I didn't get the room I wanted ;)
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: JEWDA on July 23, 2012, 12:06:36 PM
Anyone have any pics to share?
Here ya go, although all my good pix have me or my wife in it.


(http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/1175/img0513lw.jpg)

(http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/4575/img0566gd.jpg)

(http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/2757/img0577we.jpg)

(http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/7718/img0506lm.jpg)
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: SA on July 23, 2012, 12:10:09 PM
what type of room was that?
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: JEWDA on July 23, 2012, 12:11:33 PM
what type of room was that?
Regular. They didnt have any suites avail.
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: SA on July 23, 2012, 12:13:50 PM
thats the room thats 12k a night?
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: JEWDA on July 23, 2012, 12:17:33 PM
thats the room thats 12k a night?
I used C & P
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: Smirk on July 23, 2012, 12:51:39 PM
I booked a room for 14.5k(suite) for the 2nd night and the rest a regular room with C&P so if they would want to give me 3 differant rooms throughout the whole stay it would be a pain so they gave me a suite for the entire stay. The manager is exteremely nice. His name is Roy Richards
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: BrooklynCPA on July 23, 2012, 03:34:28 PM
I would put the Hyatt as #1, otherwise I agree with BklynCPA for the order.
Like he said, reason I stayed multiple times at the Westin is because of the SPG miles (FREE!).


According to most review sites I have read, Radisson was considered the best hotel with Hyatt being a close second. But I guess it's a matter of opinion. They definitely have the best pool. Also, when I was there 1 1/2 years ago they were undergoing major renovations so I would imagine it is even nicer now.

I would be happy to trade SPG or Hyatt points for Radisson with anyone going to Aruba so that the cost would be the same.
Title: Re: Westin Aruba
Post by: outinstyle on July 23, 2012, 03:54:23 PM
Interesting. The Radisson was doing MAJOR construction when I was there, which may also be why I was a bit disappointed. But yes - both are great hotels with beautiful pools. Also, if you go during "Yeshiva Break", they have a Kosher concession. The last time I was there, they had both Meat and Dairy available.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 14, 2012, 02:55:00 AM
Anyone else have thoughts on Hyatt vs. Radisson?
Also ideal stay length?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on September 14, 2012, 08:41:08 AM
Anyone else have thoughts on Hyatt vs. Radisson?
Also ideal stay length?
I was not in any of them but the Hyatt looks much more upscale than the radisson although even the Hyatt people said is nothing special.
 I stayed there 4 days, there's no point in staying longer especially that there's no kosher restaurants which usually takes up a big part of your itinerary ;)
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on September 14, 2012, 02:44:28 PM
I was not in any of them but the Hyatt looks much more upscale than the radisson although even the Hyatt people said is nothing special.
 I stayed there 4 days, there's no point in staying longer especially that there's no kosher restaurants which usually takes up a big part of your itinerary ;)

I agree that a Sunday to Thursday is perfect for Aruba.

Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 14, 2012, 03:57:59 PM
I agree that a Sunday to Thursday is perfect for Aruba.
Didn't see this until after I booked, but that's what I'm in for :)
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 14, 2012, 03:59:47 PM
Didn't see this until after I booked, but that's what I'm in for :)

Fun ! When are you going? Which hotel did you decide on?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 21, 2012, 02:04:36 AM
Fun ! When are you going? Which hotel did you decide on?
Hyatt confirmed into a suite, $180/night.
Title: Re: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 21, 2012, 02:13:26 AM
Hyatt confirmed into a suite, $180/night.
Dates? How'd you get that price?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 21, 2012, 02:14:19 AM
Dates? How'd you get that price?
BRG
Title: Re: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 21, 2012, 02:16:17 AM
BRG
That's what I figured. Cool. Enjoy.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on September 21, 2012, 07:16:43 AM
BRG
what's that?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 21, 2012, 08:18:11 AM
what's that?

I shouldn't have to do this to someone who spends so much time on DDF, but: http://bit.ly/RI7CQr
Title: Re: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 21, 2012, 08:24:30 AM
I shouldn't have to do this to someone who spends so much time on DDF, but: http://bit.ly/RI7CQr
Spending time on DDF does not mean you are knowledgeable, especially if you use your time posting repost the whole time
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on September 21, 2012, 11:34:09 AM
Hyatt confirmed into a suite, $180/night.

1. Where did you find such a cheap rate to be able to do a BRG?
2. I am sure you have plenty of Club Carlson points, Why wouldn't you use those for the Radisson and add some points for an upgrade?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 21, 2012, 11:39:02 AM
1. Kayak.
2. Only have 100K. Anyway how many points do you need for a suite upgrade?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 21, 2012, 11:42:15 AM
$180 only requires finding a rate of $224 with brg
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on September 21, 2012, 11:45:24 AM
1. Kayak.
2. Only have 100K. Anyway how many points do you need for a suite upgrade?

I have about 1,000,000, if you want I can trade you for Hyatt or anything else. 10K gives you a room upgrade but not sure if you can book a suite with points. I have always managed to get suite upgrades with carefully worded emails to the GM....... I never tried it with the Radisson though.
Title: Re: Upcoming Trips Thread: Where Are You Going And When? Airport DOs!
Post by: JEWDA on October 11, 2012, 11:12:29 AM
10/14, B6 1050, PIT-JFK, 9:25am-10:47am.
0:58 connection in JFK.
10/14, B6 759, JFK-AUA, 11:45am-4:16pm.
4 nights in HR Aruba.
10/18 B6 756 AUA-JFK, 2:00pm-6:40pm.
2:45 connection in JFK
10/18 B6 1055 JFK-PIT, 9:25pm-11:00pm.
BTW many places in Aruba don't take CC, like the local gas station.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 11:15:26 AM
BTW many places in Aruba don't take CC, like the local gas station.
Good to know.
Any more tips or suggestions?

Anyone know if it's worth flying to Curacao for a day?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on October 11, 2012, 11:18:01 AM
Good to know.
Any more tips or suggestions?

Most places will take U.S dollars.
There's a supermarket called Kong Hing Supermarket that has american products.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 24, 2012, 07:14:46 AM
Thanks for the trip report Dan, it seems like folks gotta stay far far away from Aruba..
Title: Re: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 24, 2012, 07:18:25 AM
Thanks for the trip report Dan, it seems like folks gotta stay far far away from Aruba..
-1
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2012, 12:38:09 PM
Thanks for the trip report Dan, it seems like folks gotta stay far far away from Aruba..
Not really what I meant.  Though I wouldn't recommend the Hyatt there.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on October 24, 2012, 12:46:45 PM
Not really what I meant.  Though I wouldn't recommend the Hyatt there.
The westin looks dinky from the outside but its really not bad inside, I enjoyed my stay there. They gave me a fridge and microwave within 10 minutes of checkin. Did you even have a balcony there?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on October 24, 2012, 12:48:11 PM
The westin looks dinky from the outside but its really not bad inside, I enjoyed my stay there. They gave me a fridge and microwave within 10 minutes of checkin.
+1
I also got upgraded to a nice Suite because it was booked under a plat account
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on October 24, 2012, 12:52:12 PM
Good to know.
Any more tips or suggestions?

Anyone know if it's worth flying to Curacao for a day?

I guess it's too late now, but I would have said yes. There is a very old shul there that is worth visiting for historic reasons (though it is now used by Reform). You would also get a more Dutch flavored culture there and less touristy.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2012, 01:23:53 PM
The westin looks dinky from the outside but its really not bad inside, I enjoyed my stay there. They gave me a fridge and microwave within 10 minutes of checkin. Did you even have a balcony there?
Thanks, just updated the TR,
"99% of the rooms in the Hyatt have miniscule balconies, barely enough room to stand on.  Forget about relaxing while lounging on a balcony here."
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on October 24, 2012, 01:26:17 PM
Thanks, just updated the TR,
"99% of the rooms in the Hyatt have miniscule balconies, barely enough room to stand on.  Forget about relaxing while lounging on a balcony here."
In that case Westin balconies seem bigger.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 24, 2012, 01:28:33 PM
Wow, glad I didn't hop over to AUA to use my suite nights...
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 21, 2013, 07:11:28 PM
Jeff Zidell's favorite Hyatt is the HR Aruba?!?!
#SMH
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: chopapeih on December 11, 2013, 10:00:11 AM
Did anybody have a good experience at the Hyatt in Aruba?

Mxchanging my amex points for Hyatt and there is no other property in the Caribbean, I was thinking about hi but I only have from Sunday until Thursday. Anybody have any other ideas?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on December 11, 2013, 03:48:53 PM
Did anybody have a good experience at the Hyatt in Aruba?

Mxchanging my amex points for Hyatt and there is no other property in the Caribbean, I was thinking about hi but I only have from Sunday until Thursday. Anybody have any other ideas?

go to the marriot and take the timeshare tour the hotel will give you a nice deal its much much cheaper
the hyatt is very nice though
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on December 11, 2013, 04:56:39 PM
Did anybody have a good experience at the Hyatt in Aruba?

Mxchanging my amex points for Hyatt and there is no other property in the Caribbean, I was thinking about hi but I only have from Sunday until Thursday. Anybody have any other ideas?

I would suggest you sell your Amex points use the $ for great rates I can get you at the Radisson Aruba, probably the best hotel there.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on January 08, 2014, 11:49:28 AM
What did you guys use for cell service while you were there?

Pick up a local SIM? Roam on your US carrier?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 08, 2014, 11:55:10 AM
What did you guys use for cell service while you were there?

Pick up a local SIM? Roam on your US carrier?
Disconnected and enjoyed our vacation.
Whatsapp over wifi for important communication
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: yo on March 09, 2014, 06:53:52 PM
Does anyone know if hon king market sells BBQ grills?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: yo on March 10, 2014, 04:56:28 PM
This supermarket delivers. You order online. http://www.lingandsons.com/
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: yo on March 10, 2014, 04:58:57 PM
The Chabad Rabbi mentioned they have kosher frozen chicken at times. They sell out.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Shmelke on June 01, 2014, 12:42:55 AM
I went to Aruba with my parents in January, basically my first time being strictly Kosher on vacation. I am a newcomer to the Heimishe/Chabad world, and I have had too many experiences of doing the non-Kosher dairy and fish thing, and winding up with a drop of (or significant amount of) trief. I went to a market and had them vacuum-seal my food, and they were very careful to only have me order food that wouldn't spoil. I thought I wouldn't have enough, but between the generous portions, and the even more generous hand of the Chabad at Aruba, I only had to go to a restaurant one night. Let me explain what I did here; the french fries were probably not Kosher, but I brought heschered aluminum foil to the Hadicurari restaurant and had them make a fish. Somehow I got paper and plastic, and drank a soda out of a plastic cup. We stayed in the Marriott Surf Club, which was not a typical resort and rather expensive, but it was very helpful (if not necessary) to have the full kitchen and dinning room. The local markets had lots of Kohser foods, just not Glatt meat, Chalov Yisroel, or Pas Yisroel products. What is left, in that case? The basics, such as condiments (jelly, peanut butter), water, etc. Aruba should hopefully only become more Kosher as time goes on, and, other than eating in the room alone, I would recommend it.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on June 07, 2014, 09:56:14 PM
Thinking about a trip beggining of sep.got 15k rountrip tickets on sthwst & used companion pass for the other:).Few questions about Aruba & would love some help from the forum:
Which hotel is the nicest? Radison, ryu, Hyatt or marriot? Is there decent wifi in any/all of them? Can u buy American food products? Is the driving tough?

Thanks
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Shmelke on June 09, 2014, 05:48:15 PM
Hyatt is the BEST out of all of them. Until the Ritz opened down the road, it was the finest property on the island. As for the driving, it is a little tough, as the island is kind of sparse for infrastructure. Honestly, unless you have children and are going to be doing activities all day long, all across the island, I would not recommend that you rent a car, especially in a foreign country. You can buy PLENTY of American food products on the island. It is a truly lovely place.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 09, 2014, 06:48:35 PM
Just don't go expecting Hawaii. Service at hotels isn't close to comparable, beauty isn't comparable, rental cars are tiny and old, cell service is tough, kosher food is limited.
I guess I was too spoiled by Hawaii to enjoy.

But it is a while lot closer to the east coast.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on June 10, 2014, 12:09:07 AM
Hyatt is the BEST out of all of them. Until the Ritz opened down the road, it was the finest property on the island. As for the driving, it is a little tough, as the island is kind of sparse for infrastructure. Honestly, unless you have children and are going to be doing activities all day long, all across the island, I would not recommend that you rent a car, especially in a foreign country. You can buy PLENTY of American food products on the island. It is a truly lovely place.
Thanks for all the info. I was told radisson is nicer, so I guess it's up for debate.. I like to do activities and have driven in foreign countries before so will probably rent in the end. Can you buy kosher non-chalov Yisroel milk?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on June 10, 2014, 12:16:13 AM
Just don't go expecting Hawaii. Service at hotels isn't close to comparable, beauty isn't comparable, rental cars are tiny and old, cell service is tough, kosher food is limited.
I guess I was too spoiled by Hawaii to enjoy.

But it is a while lot closer to the east coast.
Never been to Hawaii yet, but hope to go in the winter. I have been to Puerto Rico & Costa Rica so I can handle bad/slow service. I got these tickets for 15k rountrip on southwest with wife free as companion- don't think those fares are beatable anywhere! Wife always wanted to go so I figured with the flights this cheap now is the time. I hope there is more to do than the typical jet-sking as Costa Rica really spoiled me. I'm surprised dan you never made it there-it might even give Hawaii a run for it's money.. I have radisson  & CHASE points so guess the debate is Btwn hyatt & radisson..
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 10, 2014, 12:18:45 AM
Nothing much in Aruba aside from the beach and jetskiing AFAIK.

I also heard the radisson is decent. 
I'd stay far away from the Hyatt, though I did enjoy the 88K HGP compensation (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=14518.msg361050#msg361050) I got for the misery.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Shmelke on June 15, 2014, 11:36:52 PM
I didn't stay at the Hyatt, it looked fabulous. Radisson I haven't been to, but I have friends that have been going for years and stayed at the Hyatt. I would also look at the Ritz, because they may be running some kind of special. There should be non-CY milk on the island that has some Hescher. You can always ask the Chabad Rabbi.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on June 18, 2014, 12:29:53 AM
I stayed at the Playa Linda Beach resort through Interval timeshare exchange.

Loved it.

Also, the Chabad house just opened across the street at the Hacienda Mall (http://JewishAruba.com (http://JewishAruba.com))
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: ueaiouioei on July 01, 2014, 10:58:43 PM
I'd stay far away from the Hyatt, though I did enjoy the 88K HGP compensation (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=14518.msg361050#msg361050) I got for the misery.

Looks like that was 2 years ago. Do you still think it's that bad?

Also I'm trying to book for December/January time but the Hyatt web site is telling me "The special offer/rate you have selected is unavailable during the dates you have selected" . Any way around that?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 05, 2014, 02:04:01 PM
Anyone here actually stay at the Radisson?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 05, 2014, 04:09:12 PM
Anyone here actually stay at the Radisson?
Wow,  it is expensive 75k per night
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on March 01, 2015, 05:05:53 PM
Anyone have a problem bringing in Kosher meat and food into Aruba?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on March 01, 2015, 07:24:15 PM
Isn't Aruba the place where rich Dutch kids are allowed to murder people for fun?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on March 01, 2015, 10:24:52 PM
Isn't Aruba the place where rich Dutch kids are allowed to murder people for fun?

I don't get it?!
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on March 01, 2015, 10:27:55 PM
How old are you?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 02, 2015, 12:39:37 AM
Isn't Aruba the place where rich Dutch kids are allowed to murder people for fun?
Same way boulder, co is where you want to go if you want to kill a pretty little girl
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on March 02, 2015, 12:56:41 AM
I would love to see what you edited out.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 02, 2015, 01:05:29 AM
Just had snatch instead of kill
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on March 02, 2015, 01:15:28 AM
Ok, but I don't see the comparison. In The JBR case, there was no systemic corruption or cover-up. In the NH case there was.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on March 02, 2015, 11:47:12 AM
Now back to my question.

Anyone have any problems bringing food in Aruba?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on March 10, 2015, 04:34:18 PM
I just came back from a 4 night stay in Aruba and had a very pleasant time.

The Shluchim there are the most amazing people, they occasionally have kosher food service although you must contact them in advance.

Their Chabad house is a 5 min drive (25 min walk) from the Hyatt. They had a really nice Purim party and are very welcoming.

Hotel:
I stayed at the hyatt regency. No, this hotel is not even close to a category 6 hotel. However their grounds are really nice with a fun water slide :)
The service and rooms and everything else is really bad there, not a first choice.
The most disappointing thing is the porch in the room which is barley enough room to stand on, never mind to sit and relax.

The weather there is AMAZING, constantly sunny with a nice wind at 15MPH.

All in all, although there is not much to do there, but because of its close proximity to new york, I would definitely go again!
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 10, 2015, 05:01:59 PM
Thanks for the report! Always good to get more info.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: mb on March 14, 2015, 10:25:38 PM
Anyone know what the story is with chalav Stam in Aruba? Is it kosher?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on March 15, 2015, 06:27:06 PM
Anyone know what the story is with chalav Stam in Aruba? Is it kosher?

When I was in Aruba, someone mentioned to me that there are a ot of Chalov Stam products that he eats.

Not sure if  that is a good "Hecsher" but there are definitely people who rely on it.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 16, 2015, 12:09:46 AM
Now back to my question.

Anyone have any problems bringing food in Aruba?
What did you end up doing about food?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on March 16, 2015, 10:41:06 AM
What did you end up doing about food?

We took frozen Pomegranate, we put it in our suitcases and were not bothered.

I was told as long as you don't throw it in their face that you are bringing food it should not be a problem.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Aj3042 on April 03, 2015, 03:43:25 PM
Any updated opinions on Hyatt vs. Radisson?  Upthread seems to be from way back and things change.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on April 05, 2015, 09:53:13 PM
Any updated opinions on Hyatt vs. Radisson?  Upthread seems to be from way back and things change.

I just stayed at the Hyatt and it is nothing special.

From what I heard around on the street the Hyatt is the nicest hotel on the island so probably the best way to go.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 05, 2015, 10:11:30 PM
I reviewed the Hyatt on DDMS
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 23, 2015, 06:18:45 PM
No way you can pick the Hyatt over Raddison, especially for bookings made before June 1.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Aj3042 on April 23, 2015, 11:51:03 PM
No way you can pick the Hyatt over Raddison, especially for bookings made before June 1.
Ha very true.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on April 24, 2015, 08:16:16 AM
I don't get it?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on May 21, 2015, 05:39:19 PM
Any decent hotel options available for point redemptions?  No SPG hotels, and I've never used points on any others.  I have UR and access to MR.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on May 21, 2015, 05:40:38 PM
Any decent hotel options available for point redemptions?  No SPG hotels, and I've never used points on any others.  I have UR and access to MR.

Define decent?

There is a hyatt which is nice, but nothing special.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on May 21, 2015, 08:43:50 PM
Define decent?

There is a hyatt which is nice, but nothing special.

I'm not traveling with the wife, so I don't really care. Looking for a cheap redemption.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on May 22, 2015, 11:01:04 AM
I'm not traveling with the wife, so I don't really care. Looking for a cheap redemption.

They the hyatt is definitely not the way to go.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 18, 2015, 03:22:28 PM
Anyone stayed at raddison? I have some club Carlson points to burn & figured Aruba might be a good place to use them.. Also have chase, Spg & Marriott but if the raddison is nice I would prob use the Carlson...
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: E R K on November 18, 2015, 09:09:55 PM
Anyone stayed at raddison? I have some club Carlson points to burn & figured Aruba might be a good place to use them.. Also have chase, Spg & Marriott but if the raddison is nice I would prob use the Carlson...
It is now a Hilton.  I was there this summer and stayed at the Ritz Carlton.
Also Aruba is a very small island with not much to do. Great for R&R which was our purpose. Lots of water sports and beautiful beaches. Nightlife is basically casinos.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 06, 2015, 11:03:59 AM
Interesting.  Didn't know. I have 6 nights booked here in 2016. Wonder how they're handling CC reservations.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 06, 2015, 03:52:28 PM
Somewhat helpful: http://rapidtravelchai.boardingarea.com/2015/09/10/hilton-aruba-guide-for-club-carlson-bookings/
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on December 06, 2015, 04:18:32 PM
Although the Hyatt is not a great option. I still think it is the best option in Aruba.

The grounds are nice. The pools are really nice, and service is on the better side.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 06, 2015, 04:59:58 PM
It isn't the best option when you've booked 6 nights for the price of 3 :P
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 06, 2015, 05:13:51 PM
It isn't the best option when you've booked 6 nights for the price of 3 :P
And get to use your Hilton diamond benefits to boot
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 06, 2015, 05:15:31 PM
Indeed. (But, I am also HGP DIA, so HH DIA alone isn't enough. It's more about the 2-4-1.)

Question remains if those people who booked CC with CC 2-4-1 bennies try to change dates now that it's a Hilton will be able to keep the 2-4-1.

Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Lou Bob on December 10, 2015, 05:36:36 PM
Anyone been there lately? What to do there over a weekend?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on December 10, 2015, 08:34:42 PM
Anyone been there lately? What to do there over a weekend?
Funny I was just wondering the exact same thing ;)

Seems like just water sports.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on December 10, 2015, 08:59:48 PM
I have the feeling this thread will get much busier next week.  ::)
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: itsallgood on January 07, 2016, 10:51:05 PM
I reviewed the Hyatt on DDMS

So is the Hyatt really that bad? Still?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on January 08, 2016, 01:27:35 PM
So is the Hyatt really that bad? Still?

I honestly think that hotels in Aruba are not that upscale. That being said, although the Hyatt is definitely not a category 6 I do think the Hyatt is best option on the island.

Just be aware that there are no balconies which you can sit and relax on, and it might be tough to get a good spot on the beach and pool.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 10, 2016, 01:48:07 AM
I honestly think that hotels in Aruba are not that upscale. That being said, although the Hyatt is definitely not a category 6 I do think the Hyatt is best option on the island.

Just be aware that there are no balconies which you can sit and relax on, and it might be tough to get a good spot on the beach and pool.
-1
Stayed at the Ritz Carlton and was quite nice. Balconies to sit on and plenty of space by pools and beach. Service was spectacular.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on January 10, 2016, 02:01:53 AM
I had a large balcony at the Hyatt.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Lou Bob on January 10, 2016, 03:23:50 AM
I had a large balcony at the Hyatt.
one of only a few in the whole hotel.
Most of the rooms had tiny balconies.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on February 01, 2016, 01:42:55 PM
If one was booking flights to Aruba and the way there was on AA with stopover in Charlotte, and way back was direct to Newark, and had the option of coach one way and business class the other way, which would you choose? The direct flight is a tiny bit more expensive but negligible.

I need these specific flights for when I'm going, but have enough to upgrade one of the 2 ways, just not sure which way to upgrade. Thanks.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on April 25, 2017, 03:18:06 PM
Has anyone had any recent experiences at the Ritz-Carlton in Aruba?  The reviews on TA are mixed and don't want to waste my Chase free nights on it if it's not a worthwhile experience.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: metsgiantsfan on June 04, 2017, 04:52:10 PM
This thread has been quiet for some time..Anyone stay recently at the Marriott stellaris?   Is it hard to bring meats into aruba?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: ponsey on June 07, 2017, 09:53:34 AM
What is the best way to book flights with miles? I have a ton of Ultimate rewards and SPG miles. I see on awardhacker that flights should be 15k roundtrip. Where can I see availability for that? What airlines should I be looking at?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on June 07, 2017, 10:05:58 AM
This thread has been quiet for some time..Anyone stay recently at the Marriott stellaris?   Is it hard to bring meats into aruba?

brought meat in this past december with no issue. as always, split it with different suitcases.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: ponsey on June 09, 2017, 01:14:14 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at the Aruba Ritz Carlton? We are staying for 6 nights using free nights from the ritz card.

Does anyone know if there is a resort fee at this hotel? How much is it?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: E R K on June 10, 2017, 11:45:18 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at the Aruba Ritz Carlton? We are staying for 6 nights using free nights from the ritz card.

Does anyone know if there is a resort fee at this hotel? How much is it?
Stayed there for a few days 2 years ago. It was a beautiful hotel with great service. I don't recal a resort fee. We did not rent a car since it was a flat $25 to and from the airport and any activities we did, they picked us up. We mostly hung out at the hotel as we had honeymooned there many years before and did lots of touring then. It's become very commercialized. Regarding food, they stored my meals and wanted to charge me $60/ meal to heat and serve. I negotiated them way down to, IIRC $10 as they were doing a service for me. And regarding bringing food in, I used the polar bag and no one stops you at the airport.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: ponsey on June 12, 2017, 01:40:55 PM
Stayed there for a few days 2 years ago. It was a beautiful hotel with great service. I don't recal a resort fee. We did not rent a car since it was a flat $25 to and from the airport and any activities we did, they picked us up. We mostly hung out at the hotel as we had honeymooned there many years before and did lots of touring then. It's become very commercialized. Regarding food, they stored my meals and wanted to charge me $60/ meal to heat and serve. I negotiated them way down to, IIRC $10 as they were doing a service for me. And regarding bringing food in, I used the polar bag and no one stops you at the airport.

Thanks for the reply! anyone else ever stay at the Ritz Aruba with similar experience?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: brooklyndan on June 22, 2017, 09:49:39 PM
Stayed at Marriott Stellaris used Marriott points transferred from SPG. As a gold member and it was 25th anniversary so they upgraded us to a larger room. Service was very good. No problem bringing in the meats. You can always email Chabad they're very helpful and accommodating. We ate Friday night with them. Friday night minyan was at their house. Daily minyan at Playa Linda condos ( I think it moves around). I rented a car for the first 24 hours and my last 24 hours so the cost of a taxi offset my cost of the car and then I used it to cruise around the island. There was no drop-off fee with National Car Rental.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on December 28, 2017, 12:47:52 AM
This thread was quiet for some time now wonder anybody been to Hyatt Regency Resort recently? How was the stay? How does it compare to Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino ?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: chaimdasap on January 05, 2018, 07:16:55 AM
This thread was quiet for some time now wonder anybody been to Hyatt Regency Resort recently? How was the stay? How does it compare to Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino ?
+1 looking for a family for a 10 night stay, so what is the nicest resort hands down??
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: yesitsme on January 26, 2019, 09:32:16 PM
wiki?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: greatluck on January 31, 2019, 12:37:46 AM
Going to Aruba middle of February for 2 days anyone can recommend accommodations where to stay?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: Dave321 on February 25, 2019, 07:24:57 PM
Anyone been recently?
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on June 03, 2019, 02:46:51 PM
Anyone know anything about bringing in frozen meals? I see there's a Hyatt and a Marriott - does anyone know how they are with heating and/or storing meals?

Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: E R K on June 03, 2019, 09:59:20 PM
Was there about 4 years ago and had no problem bringing in food.
Title: Re: Aruba Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on September 02, 2019, 06:28:36 PM
Anyone stay at the Renaissance Aruba and know how they were with kosher? Is it a good property in general?