Thursday, August 28, 2008

Aruba Hyatt vs. the Radisson vs. the Westin

Dh and I have stayed at the Hyatt once. Very nice resort, top notch as a matter of fact. Beautiful swimming pool with waterslide and swim up bar (if that is a deal maker or breaker for you).

Downside is the beach can get crowded and the rooms have only step out balconies, unless you go for the very big bucks and book an oceanfront suite.

In recent years, we have also stayed at the Radisson four times and the Westin when it was still the Wyndham, three times. The rooms at the Westin have all been renovated since we stayed there.

The free form pool is not as modern as those at the Hyatt or Radisson, but as of this writing, is scheduled for renovation in the upcoming month. The beach at the Westin is admittedly windier than that of the Radisson and Hyatt. With that said, if we could not afford the Radisson, and the Westin were cheaper, we would definitely stay at the Westin.

The Radisson is our top choice. We had skipped it for a few years and stayed at the Wyndham (now Westin). Our 4th stay at the Radisson was just as terrific, if not better, than when we had first stayed there in 2000.

For us the selling points are the two free form zero entry swimming pools, their long wide stretch of beach (reportedly the biggest along Palm Beach), comfortable rooms and baths and also the restaurants.

The Sunset Grille for dinner is pricey but we always splurge at least once for dinner there when in Aruba, whether we are staying at the Radisson or not. Our travel agent MCM Tours also includes their bountiful breakfast buffet as part of the package. The made to order omelets are simply delicious.

I have tons of photos of the Radisson including various room interiors and views.