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For months there has been buzz about the potential sale of the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino, and Spa. This was not good news to fans of the Club Carlson program like myself since the hotel was only 50,000 Club Carlson points per night and Club Carlson co-branded credit card holders could get the last award night free (until all that changed on June 1st). Beginning June 1st, the hotel was no longer such a great deal on points once it went up to 70,000 points per night and the last award night free perk vanished, but lots of folks still had their eye on the property thanks to locking in future reservations using Club Carlson points.
For better or worse, it now seems clear that the buzz was accurate and the hotel will become the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino in the very near future. Both the Hilton and Club Carlson website are not currently accepting reservations for the property, but you can see photos on Hilton’s website of what is clearly the (former) Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino, and Spa under its new Hilton name.
I have also had multiple reports from folks who have been told the resort will transition to Hilton on July 15th, and so far the word has been that all prior reservations will be honored, which is great! I don’t believe the Hilton site has been updated with how many HHonors points per night the hotel will be once the transition is complete, but I will update when I know.
We stayed at the property earlier this year and found it to be in a great beach-front location and with some good amenities. I think it had some areas for improvement, and hopefully Hilton will be able to take it back up a notch.