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The Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino is one of the oldest hotels in Aruba. It is located in Palm Beach along with other high rises hotels and resorts. The property is a beachfront property so when you step out of the resort, the white sandy beach and ocean are right there.
|Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino|
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The cheapest room at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino is the standard room. The property is strategically built so that the majority of the rooms have a balcony with an ocean view partially.
|View from our balcony|
Welcome Drinks OR 250 IHG Points
At the time of check-in, you are given the choices of welcome drink vouchers for two and a salty snack or 250 IHG Rewards Club Points.
|Aruba Ariba Complimentary Welcome Drinks|
15% Discount Restaurants and Bars
IHG Hotels and Resorts program is not as good as other hotel programs such as Marriott, Hilton which offer complimentary breakfast for their high tier status members. IHG Spire Elite is the highest tier in the IHG Rewards program and yet they still do not offer complimentary breakfast.
Complimentary Beach Lounge Chair and Hut (Palapa)
Palpa refers to the beach hut. Both IHG Platinum Elite and IHG Spire Elite members receive free use of the beach lounge chair and palapa for the entire stay. Other non and regular IHG members have to pay to rent those. It costs $30 to rent starting at noon or $15 to rent at 3PM for the next day’s use (see picture below).
Wristband Room Key
I am unsure on this one whether the wristband room key is only available to IHG Elite status members such as Platinum and Spire or regular IHG members as well. Non-members are not being offered.
|Wristband Room Key|
Other IHG Spire Benefits:
- 2 PM check-out based on availability.
- Complimentary standard Internet access.
- 10 points per $1 spent at the resort.
- 100% bonus points.
Although IHG Hotels and Resorts program doesn’t reward their top elite status members like other hotel chains do, having IHG Platinum Elite or IHG Spire Elite status can give you a few good benefits when staying at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino such as free room upgrade to the next available category. The complimentary reservation for the use of lounge chairs and huts (palapas) during the entire stay is very nice as they are not free for non and regular IHG members. The welcome drink vouchers are also good given how expensive the drinks are at the resort.
Living the points life, I did not go out of my way to spend several hundreds of dollars to stay at IHG Hotels and Resorts each year in order to obtain their high elite status. The Chase IHG Premier Credit Card offers me an automated IHG Platinum Elite status and there was an offer for a quick straight to IHG Spire Elite status that I signed up for before our trip to Aruba, so that came in handy.