Five firms introduce modern day beach aesthetic for Hilton Aruba’s $25M renovation

The makeover saw the property redesign the guestrooms, cabanas, restaurants and lobby; and refreshed the landscapes.

The 59-year-old Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino has a new look. The $25-million makeover saw the property redesign the guestrooms, suites and specialty cabanas, re-conceptualized the menus and décor at the property’s restaurants, overhauled the lobby and refreshed the landscapes. The new design reportedly honors the resort's original architect, Morris Lapidus.

Project Development Services was the project manager for the renovation; Edge of Architecture was the interior designer; IMD Aruba was the architect of record; K2M Design was the ADA consultant; and THDC was the landscape architect.

The renovated guestrooms and suites all have a private balcony or patio with views of either the gardens or the pools and the Caribbean Sea. 


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On the top floors of the Aruba Tower, each of the Aruba Tower Premium Suites has a private balcony off the bedroom and living room, a sofa bed, large bathrooms, a jetted tub and a separate shower.

Meanwhile, the penthouse has three bedrooms, three-and-1/2 bathrooms, and 645 square feet of open-air rooftop patio.

There are two pools at the resort. The Active Pool is in front of the pool bar and hosts activities such as pool volleyball and aqua-Zumba, while the Passive Pool, located across the Active Pool, offers a quieter environment.

The property also renovated the Laguna Restaurant, Mira Solo Bar, Gilligan’s Beach Bar & Grill and Castaways Bar.