Hyatt Regency Aruba refurb to be finished by Thanksgiving

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Gardens and grounds are a focal point of the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino.
Gardens and grounds are a focal point of the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino.

Half of the 357 guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino have completed an extensive renovation project, and the remaining rooms will be finished by Thanksgiving.

The project included new linens, a new paint scheme, furnishings, the addition of a 65-inch-screen televisions and wood tile flooring in floors six through nine. Work on the first five floors will take place in September and October.

The Regency Club, formerly on the ninth floor, has relocated to a more accessible beachfront location. The space occupied by the club was reclaimed and converted into two palatial suites, according to Braedan Quigley, director of sales and marketing.

The $30 million renovation project also includes the addition of an adults-only, three-tier pool on the north side of the resort with private cabanas, food and beverage services and space for evening functions.

Also new is the Sportsbook lounge with seating for dozens and multiple flat screen televisions.

"We've had strong occupancies all year, starting with a record-breaking first quarter," Quigley said. "The addition of two new flights on American this winter are helping build our advance peak-season bookings."

On Dec. 22, American will launch year-round weekly service from Dallas and seasonal winter service from Chicago. The carrier also serves Aruba from New York and Miami.

Carlos Cabrera, a veteran hotelier who began his career with Hyatt 40 years ago, was appointed general manager and area vice president last year.

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