Many times there are questions regarding the star rating that hotels use on Aruba. Unlike Europe, the hotels on the island do not put how many star they have underneath their name. As a matter of fact, Aruba does not regulate this, they can put 10 stars if they want.
Online you might find sites that give user opinions, with stars, but many times these opinions are highly subjective.
Some say Marriott, Hyatt, Radisson, Renaissance and newly opened Riu Palace are 5-star resorts (Riu definitely advertises as such), but I don’t really believe Aruba has a 5-star resorts. Don’t get me wrong, these places are great, but I don’t think they can be compared to these fancy big-city hotels in the US or in Asia.
To come to somewhat of a distinction between the hotels, it is better to divide them in 3 categories: Good, Better, Best.
In my opinion (to mention a few):
- Riu Palace
- Bucuti Tara Suites
- Playa Linda
- Amsterdam Manor
- Costa Linda
- Casa del Mar
- The Mill
- Divi Phoenix
- La Cabana
- Divi Village
Many hotels have plans to renovate, this will certainly increase their value and rating.