These two properties are totally different. You are correct on the beach front comment, and the Renaissance is right downtown.
It's a good location for taking a stroll and eating out, but that's about it in my opinion.
The Marriott is situated along a loooong stretch of beach not far from other hotels. The sand at the beach is like talcum powder and the area restaurants are excellent.
Unless you have a really compelling reason to stay at the Renaissance, I think it's a no-brainer to check into the Marriott.
Having stayed at both, my first question is why would you want to stay at the Marriott. But I believe the answer to your question is No,but you could contact the Marriott and ask them. The concierge maybe able to pull some strings for you. You do know that you will have either get on the bus into town, take a cab or rent a car and pay to park it in town to get to the island? The hotels are not close to each other.
I just got back from the Renaissance. And let me tell you, the Renaissance takes Aruba from being good to being GREAT!!!
To directly answer your question, no, the Renaissance does not have "natural" beachfront. Their beaches are man-made and protected (rock walls to hold back the seas). And they are more beautiful than any other beach on Aruba.
There are two hotels that make up the Renaissance (right next to each other). There is the "Suites" hotel and the "Marina" hotel. Both of them are spectacular. The Marina hotel is right on the Marina and therefore no beach. The suites hotel is right on the south shore of aruba, with a man-made beach that is protected fromt the sea (beach is kindof small but not crowded).
What makes this hotel SPECTACULAR is that the Renaissance has their own private island, that is only for their guests. This island is a 5-10 minute boat ride, from a pickup from inside the lobby of the Marina hotel. The island is spectacular, with gorgeous protected beaches (like out of a movie!). And there are two separate beaches, a "family" beach, and a "adults only" (not in a kinky way) beach. With a restaurant/bar and things to do on the island (kayaking, hiking, tennis, snorkling, etc).
My wife and I parked ourselves on the island from about 9AM until 4PM everyday and enjoyed every minute. I'm sure that any of you will too. :-)
Hope this helps. :-)
More Aruba Links:
Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1332
Marriott's Aruba Surf Club http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1331
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1285
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1330
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