Due to COVID-19, the construction of Embassy Suites by Hilton was temporarily halted, but as of writing work has resumed. All told, the delay is somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks. The original tentative month of delivery would have been August 2020, but this will be pushed back a few months.
New Option in Aruba
Embassy Suites by Hilton Aruba offers future visitors a brand new option to when considering spending a well-deserved vacation in the southern Caribbean.
Aruba is expanding its hotel offering with the addition of brand-new development of Embassy Suites by Hilton, Aruba. Embassy Suites will add 330 guest rooms to the total room inventory here on the island.
Embassy Suites in the Caribbean
Embassy Suites by Hilton has locations mostly in North America. The new addition here in Aruba will become only the third territory in the Caribbean with an Embassy hotel property.
A quick search on TripAdvisor on the other Embassy Suites in the Caribbean seems to suggest that guests have favorable opinions. If this is any indication for what we can expect here, travelers may certainly rejoice.
The last hotel
New hotel construction in Aruba is very rare. The expansion of room inventory in Aruba comes mostly from existing hotels. This is not due to lack of interest, as officials frequently quip that there isn’t a day that goes by without one group or another inquiring about purchasing a piece of land by the beach to develop the next big hotel project.
Proper new hotel construction does not happen frequently as most people locally believe that Aruba has reached it’s “carrying capacity”, which means that some feel there are too many hotels as is. Veteran repeat visitors, too, share this sentiment for the most part.
This probably may be the case, indeed, but it remains a guess by most. Proper independent research into this matter has never happened.
The last new hotel developments in Aruba in the last two decades are The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (2013), Embassy Suites by Hilton, Aruba (2020), and Hyatt Place Aruba Airport (2019). The St. Regis, Aruba is should start construction in late 2020. COVID-19 may delay matters however.
Judging from some comments I’ve seen when researching for this article, some veteran Aruba travelers are not to keen for Embassy Suites to open in Aruba.
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Aruba is the first proper new hotel since December 2013, when The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba opened its doors. Just like back then, this project, too, has had its fair share of critics. The Ritz-Carlton faced environmentalist that disagreed with the location as they claimed it was a nesting area for turtles. Additionally, surfers complained about this complex as well, as they claimed the building would ruin their surfing by reduction of wind.
According to the information I have, the project well-financed and should finish without further delays.
Embassy Suites will probably start operations in economic slower times, which should be slowly growing to “normal” in two or three years. This could work in favor of the hotel as they could work out the initial issues without major disturbance to guests.