Couple with 3 year old, which hotel would you recommend?
I have stayed at neither, but it boggles my mind that anyone chooses the Renaissance in town rather than a hotel adjacent to Eagle Beach. Pick the hotel on the best beach. I think it is an easy choice.
Amsterdam Manor is lovely no question. I have stayed at both. The Renaissance has great family suites and a lovely private island as well as pools and a swimming lagoon. Either would be a great choice. What boggles my mind is the judgement in the previous post, knowing nothing about either.Edited: 04 August 2018, 06:13
Depends on what’s important to you. I love Eagle Beach, yet I also enjoy spending a few nights each trip at the Renaissance. We spent most of last trip at the Manchebo then moved to the Renaissance at the end of our stay. That said, Amsterdam Manor has a gorgeous beach but is not quite as convenient if you want to walk to restaurants and shopping. Renaissance has wonderful pools, a small lagoon for swimming and the private island. The Marketplace has a number of good restaurants right there as well as shopping and of course the casinos. Some may not find it convenient to take a boat ride to the beach.
So, if the beach is the most important feature, consider Amsterdam Manor. Downtown and Palm Beach are just a quick taxi ride away
The rooms at Manchebo are a little small, otherwise I would have recommended Manchebo.
thank you all for your replies, it seems both hotels have their advantages. There is so much info that I am finding it hard to process.
but from this post, I think eagle beach is a nice beach but we will need to walk/taxi to either palm beach or downtown for restaurants.
In the palm beach area, it seems most of the hotels are all inclusive, except the holiday inn.
I may go with Peg's suggestion and do 5 nites at amsterdam then a couple of nights at renaissance.
I stayed at Renaissance last summer. Really didn’t care much for it. The private island really seemed run down compared to a visit years ago. Lounges were sagging and the maintenance was lacking (lots of bird droppings). Rooms were small and kitchen facilities very cramped. I’d go with Amsterdam Manor.
I've stayed at Amsterdam and it is indeed nice. Their small uncrowded pool would actually be an asset for a three year old. But the main draw is indeed the beach, it is all it is cracked up to be.
You are mistaken about Palm Beach though. Most in fact are not AI. Hilton, Hyatt, the 3 Marriott properties, the Holiday Inn, and the Ritz are not AI properties, many are kid friendly. I'm sure I'm missing a few too. If I recall only Riu and Barcelo are exclusively AI on Palm. I can't speak to Renaissance except to say a city setting versus the glorious beaches doesn't appeal to me.
You are thinking of the adult only side. The family suites side is completely different. Would you be getting a 1 or 2 bedroom suite at AM or would the little one sleep with you? Amsterdam Manor is my favorite place in Aruba, but we stayed in a one bedroom suite. We loved the ocean and the location. I have to be honest though, we really enjoyed our stay at the Ren too. Friends of ours with little ones stayed there too and thought it was great. Loved the family side of the private island.
I think many people think of the Marina side when talking about the Renaissance. That building would not be my choice. The Ocean Suites which is across the street is lovely.
Something else to consider is whether you might want to rent a condo with a couple bedrooms, a kitchen, and a washer and dryer (we really appreciate being able to do clothes easily with young kids). We are at the Oceania Residences on Eagle beach now. It has all of the aforementioned and 4 pools, including 2 pools with zero entry for the little one and shallow water. We can walk to a number of restaurants (obviously not as many as some other places, but a good number). We rented a car for a few days to explore, and it was well worth it and allowed us to do farther afield restaurants those days. Price is likely roughly comparable to the two places you mentioned.