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Last month I wrote a post stating that the Radisson Aruba Casino & Resort property had been sold to Hilton. Since we knew this was coming for quite some time, I know many people booked stays at this hotel using their Club Carlson points and the buy one, get one perk (prior to Club Carlson changing their terms). The question always remained of whether or not stays would be honored. After many conversations back and forth with the managing director at this property, I am happy to confirm that not only will all stays be honored, but those with Hilton status will also receive their benefits even if booked previously in the Radisson ownership days.
Since receiving Hilton status and the perks are pretty good, I highly recommend looking into obtaining status. If you are a Gold member, you can change your “My Way” hotel benefit to receive complimentary continental breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay. Now, I do not necessarily know what “continental breakfast” at this hotel means and since it has only been operating as a Hilton property for less than a month there aren’t too many reports. But at many properties I’ve stayed at, breakfast is just a buffet so Gold members have received the same breakfast as those paying the set buffet price.
While Diamond members receive the same continental breakfast perk, they also receive access to the executive lounge. The Hilton Aruba does have an executive lounge, although when I was there last December they closed it since it was a peak time for the hotel. Didn’t really make sense to me, so I’d double check the lounge will be open prior to trying to obtain Diamond status.
Getting status is pretty easy:
- Fast Track Promotion – Stay 4 times within 90 days on enrolling and earn Gold status. You can enroll here. Related blog post
- Hilton Branded Credit Cards can give you either Gold or Diamond status
**If you want any help deciding which Hilton co-branded credit card is best for your situation, feel free to send me an email and I am more than happy to help!!
Here is the Hilton Aruba site where you can check out the resort and room prices. Below are some pictures from my stay this past Winter.
While my stay this past December was under the Radisson umbrella, I am confident that I will have just as good of a stay this upcoming December as well. The hotel is smack on the beach and the pools are great. While the property lacks some additional resort amenities (even simple things like a ping pong table on the ground), I still think it is a top property. My assumption is Hilton will take undergo some renovations on the rooms as there are some that are in dire need.