Preserve the past, enhance the future.
That could be the motto for the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino, which started 2017 by unfurling a $25 million renovation.
The investment includes redesigned guest rooms and suites, refreshing landscapes, re-conceptualized menus and décor at the property’s five eateries and a new open-air lobby. Each room has a patio or balcony. Aruba’s unspoiled sparkling blue water is an ideal backdrop for casino-hotel operations.
Each of the resort’s guest rooms and suites features neutral and earth-tone colors reflecting Aruba’s natural beauty complete with new curtains, window treatments, carpeting, wood beds with plush new bedding, lounge or patio chairs and 50-inch HDTVs. Original works of local art inspired by historical images adorn each room and offer guests a lens into the resort’s storied past.
The renovation was strategic for the beachfront oasis on Aruba’s famous Palm Beach coastline, less than 10 miles from the capital city of Oranjestad. It embraces the iconic vision of Morris Lapidus, architect of some of Miami’s most famous hotels, who brought audacious opulence to resort design. The renovation aimed to blend his mid-century style with an elegant, contemporary beachfront flair. The Hilton Aruba includes enchanting gardens, an expansive pool complex, a kids’ club, a water sports and dive center, a world-class spa and an on-site casino.
The casino’s table games include blackjack, roulette, craps, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride, Three-Card Poker and Texas Hold’em; more than 200 slot machines; video poker; and a sports book, as well as promotions like daily bingo and weekly poker tournaments.
“With a history spanning more than half a century, Hilton Aruba is embedded in the island’s culture,” says General Manager Hans-Georg Roehrbein. “By issuing modern updates to every corner of the resort, we’re preserving the nostalgia of the property for the contemporary traveler while delivering an approachable guest experience unlike any other on the island.”
Architect: IMD Aruba
Interior Designer: Edge of Architecture
Landscape Architect: THDC
Project Manager: PDSI
Investment: $25 million