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Just four years ago Hilton didn’t have a presence on Aruba which, considering how popular the island is with visitors from the East Coast, was a little surprising.
This all changed in the summer of 2015 when the Radisson Aruba became the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Hilton Honors loyalists finally had somewhere on Aruba to earn and burn their points.
Now things are looking even better for Hilton loyalists looking to visit the southern Caribbean as Hilton has just announced a new property on Aruba.
Scheduled for “mid-2021” the all-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton will debut on Aruba’s Eagle Beach and will offer 330 rooms in total.
Most of Aruba’s hotels are located on the island’s northwest coast and there are two distinct areas here.
Eagle Beach sits towards the bottom end of the northwest coast and is in an area known for smaller ‘low-rise’ properties. The more populous ‘Palm Beach’ is just to the north and is known for lager, ‘high-rise’ resorts and is where you’ll find the likes of the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort, the Hyatt Regency Aruba and the Aruba Marriott Resort.
Eagle Beach is considerably quieter, at lot less crowded and more low-key than Palm Beach and, even though most of my trips to Aruba have seen me stay in one of the ‘high-rise’ properties, Eagle Beach is my favorite beach on the island.
Here’s what Hilton has confirmed that the property will participate in its Honors loyalty program (I’m not sure that was ever in doubt) and this is what is has had to say about its new property:
“This new-build eight-story 330-suite resort in Aruba will feature Embassy Suites by Hilton’s signature spacious suites equipped with a separate living area, private bedroom and wet bar fitted with a microwave, mini-fridge and coffee maker.”
“The resort will provide 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a more than 3,000 square foot spa, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and casino. The new hotel will offer a three-meal signature restaurant, bar and grab-and-go dining option for a quick snack. Guests will also enjoy the brand’s signature amenities including complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and Evening Reception with snacks and beverage. “
I’m a little surprised (and a little disappointed) that the developers have been given permission to build an eight-story building in an area where most properties are no more than two or three storeys high and, with over 300 rooms, this will easily be the biggest property in the area – I guess money talks.
The one thing that the new Embassy Suites won’t be offering is a beach front location as Eagle Beach is separated from any land upon which a hotel can be built by a road….
…so guests will not be walking out of their rooms straight on to a beautiful golden beach – they’ll have to cross the road first.
Eagle Beach should be a beautifully relaxing location for Hilton’s Embassy Suites and this could end up being a great place for anyone traveling as a family to stay using Hilton Honors points.
On a personal level I’m disappointed to see a 330 room eight-story building going up in the area where it will be so out of place but, with Palm Beach as congested as it is, this isn’t altogether surprising – once again it would seem that we’re sacrificing scenery and serenity in the name of ‘progress’.