Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino

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J. E. Irausquin Boulevard 248, Oranjestad
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This resort across the street from powder white Eagle Beach offers 362 guest suites, and is 13 km (8.25 mi) from Queen Beatrix International Airport, and 5 km (3.25 mi) from the shopping and dining of Oranjestad. read more
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Great place to stay. An apartment with full kitchen and daily maid service. Excellent air conditioning. Because of the humidity, the furniture and drapes can get musty, so spray them down with air freshener and they are fine. The resort is on Eagle Beach which is by far much nicer that Palm Beach. Stayed here in 2006 for 1 week and loved it so much we stayed here in 2007 for 3 weeks! Too long? I don't think so! The beach and water are so nice that it is a waste to bother with the pools. There are always happy hours. Don't go for an all inclusive because there are so many good restaurants on the island. This is the safest place to be in the caribbean. Been to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico and Bahamas and Aruba beats them all hands down. This resort is in the low rise area. Way better than the high rise hotels, and not as crowded! This resort is the best bang for your buck. Always a happy hour. This is heaven! Can't wait to go back.
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Mar 12th, 2004
Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa

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J E Irausquin Boulevard 55, Oranjestad
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Set on Aruba's widest stretch of beach this intimate 2-story boutique resort is popular for romantic and rejuvenating getaways. read more
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First off I never write reviews. Im just too busy. But his place deserves a minute to just say how pleased I was. Honestly I booked the place because of price and location. When I arrived I was a little leary. The hotel doesnt have the curb appeal that the high rises have. Its old and low rise. But dont let that scare you off! The beach is huge and uncrowded due to the low-rise capacity of the resort. It may be and older resort, but whoever owns it definitely keeps a close eye on it. Becuase its spotless. The room was extremely clean, everything worked well, the wifi even worked on the beach! The staff were friendly, the beach bar had good food and priced reasonably. The location was just perfect. I guess you have to consider that since it's an older resort, they grabbed the best beach before the high rise resorts came in. Im a bang for the buck person, but I wont stay in a stinker by no means at all! The Manchebo Beach Resort was a great value and had all the amenities you could ask for. I'll definitely stay there again.
5
Mar 26th, 2005
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts

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L G Smith Boulevard 55B, Oranjestad
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Catering to romance-minded couples, this resort in Aruba's low-rise hotel section maintains a noise-free and environmentally-aware atmosphere. read more
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As I mentioned in the title, I loved it so much that I want to keep this resort a secret! Since I found out about the resort through the reviews from other Expedia members I decided to let everyone in on how fabulous this resort is. We were very fortunate to be upgraded to a Tara Suite. Although the standard rooms were great, the Tara Suite was so spacious and luxurious. It is well designed too with a TV in the seating area as well as one in the bedroom area. Even though you don't spend tons of time in the room, it might be worth the upgrade.In the morning you can have a little coffee and wake up while the other person sleeps in a little. Another option for morning coffee is the breakfast buffet at the resort. I found that having the buffet included was wonderful. It was one less thing to worry about. The food was delicious and there is something for all tastes. It was also filling too, so we could just get by with a snack in the afternoon and then have dinner. One of the best features by far was the beach. If you do not like an overcrowded beach with people right on top of each other, this resort is for you. I knew having lots of room between the beach huts and not worrying about getting a spot under one would be really important to me. This part exceeded my expectations, especially when I saw what was available at other resorts. The only thing I would have done differently would be to have stayed longer than 4 nights. I was so sad to leave!
5
Aug 19th, 2005
Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

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J E Irausquin Boulevard 75, Palm Beach
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Located on the beach, this Palm Beach condominium resort is within walking distance of Butterfly Farm, Palm Beach, and Bubali Bird Sanctuary. Also nearby are Eagle Beach and Adventure Golf. read more
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Overall this "resort" was fine. However, I was immediately turned off by the fact that this "resort" was pushing their timeshares the entire time we were there. I could have been told once, maybe twice and been fine with it. We received calls, brochures, and were constantly reminded that we could buy into this resort through concerts, complimentary continental breakfast and announcements on the door. That was a huge turnoff. Another turnoff was the fact that we specifically requested that we not receive maid service. We are private and do not require new sheets every day. This request was ignored. Finally, our room was NOISY. Part of this could be attributed to our loud-mouth neighbors on both sides. Good thing we didn't want to go to bed early because the resort had several events planned in the evenings that went until 11. On the plus side the employees at the resort were all very nice. The room was fairly clean. The location was very good because it was practically on the beach and within walking distance to all the restaurants and bars down the road. Also close to the bus stop. Still, I would still not choose to stay at this particular resort again. Too many things against it and too much competition not to be picky.
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Aug 5th, 2007
Divi Aruba All Inclusive

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J E Irausquin Boulevard 45, Oranjestad
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Flowering gardens and stone walls earmark this resort located 3 km (2 mi) from the capital of Oranjestad in Aruba's low-rise hotel section; the Alhambra Casino—featuring an evening bazaar—is next door. read more
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Divi Aruba (and the ajoined Divi Tamarijn) was a great resort! The pools, facilities, beaches and restaurants were always clean and accessible. Everyone in the resort (and Aruba) was very friendly and eager to help with any questions. The services offered at the Divi were great, we visited the Spa several times while we were there and enjoyed everything very much! Divi also arranged all of your off-resort excursions through their travel center so you could book tours and snorkeling with the resort and they would do all the calling and booking for you. The food was pretty good. The dinner menu changed every night at the main dining location and you were able to make reservations at other restaurants on the resort (part of the all inclusive dining). However, the breakfast menu and lunch menu changed very little during the week we were there. There was still a lot of food to choose from, but it was the same every day. Also, there is entertainment every night of different kinds. there is always something to listen to at night if you wanted to sit out side by the bar and relax. Overall I think this resort was amazing. Because it's a low-rise style resort there is not over crowding of beaches/pools/restaurants so you never felt to close to other people. I would definitely recommend this to people celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary or any couple going on vacation together.
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Sep 11th, 2003
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

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J.E. Irausquin Blvd 93, Oranjestad
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Across the street from Druif Beach and myriad water sports, this resort in the Low-Rise Hotel district provides shuttle service to Alhambra Casino and Shopping Bazaar 500 m (547 yds) away. read more
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The front desk personel was courteous but for those who arrived earlier than the appointed check-in time, there was no suggestions made or provisions provided to pass the time. Given the state of world travel and varying flight reservations, which the resort has full access to, this is totally unacceptable. We are familiar with Aruba and had our own transport so we were able to "kill" a couple of hours. It was later during the week that we found out that we might have stayed and went to Sunday Brunch at the resort. I find that this was a complete break down in guest services relations as well as extemely poor promotion of ones own facilities. This is not a new resort so this just should not have happened. When we did arrive back it was necessary for us to bring our own luggage to the room as no bellmen were available. We were staying in one of the golf villas so this entailed carry the bags up 3 flights. The only elevators are in the 5 story unit. Again totally unacceptable.The resort itself is beautiful but nice accomodations without commiserate services negates the whole point and is likely to lead one elsewhere as there are no shortage of beautiful resorts.
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Apr 21st, 2006
Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive

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J E Irausquin Boulevard 41, Oranjestad
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Facing the Caribbean, 2 km (1 mi) west of Oranjestad, this resort is set in Aruba's low-rise hotel area, across the street from The Links at Divi Aruba (golf course). read more
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This is definitely not a 4* resort, so if you come in with that understanding, you won't be disappointed. I agree this is between a 3* and 3.5* resort. The facility is little dated but functional. The rooms are clean but very small. Width of room is only 11.5 ft. We had 2 queen beds so it felt very cramp for 4 people. If you have one King bed, I think it'll feel a bit more roomy. Everything was clean and in working order. The bathroom is small and has no A/C. The bathroom has a little old louver type window to vent out steam but at the same time it lets in warm humid air from outside. I did not feel too comfortable in the bathroom because of the lack of A/C. The food was acceptable. There are 4 A la Carte restaurants that you can use where you're waited on. The food is hit and miss. People we met at the resort all had different opinions about the restaurants, so it's highly dependent on individual's tastes. But if are not satisfied with the food at the restaurants, you can always hit the buffet afterward. The bars are great places to get sodas, mixed drinks, beer. Our favorite was the Pizza per Tutti: their thin crust pepperoni was delicious. The service is ok. Just like any place you go, you'll run into servers who are more helpful than others. We did not have any trouble with the servers. Occasionally they seem a little slow during busy hours. The beach is probably the selling point of this resort. All rooms are ocean-front and steps from the sand. I would say give 5* for location. The resort has concierge services like tour desk, car rental,... You can get floats, snorkel gear, kayak, bikes all for free. I enjoyed the bands that played from 7:00pm to 8:00pm nightly. The played mostly 60's, 70's, 80's songs which make it very easy to listen to. There were also variety of entertainment at 9:00pm nightly. With kids under 18 staying free, I can't justify going elsewhere and pay almost twice the cost of staying at the Tamarijn.
4
Jun 16th, 2005
Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort

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J.E. Irausquin Blvd 93, Oranjestad
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The soft white sands of Druif Beach are 30 m (33 yd) from this resort in the Low-Rise Hotel district; complimentary shuttle service is provided to a golf course and a casino less than a mile away. read more
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This resort was awesome. Everyone was extremely helpful and polite. The resort itself was beautiful and the rooms were gorgeous. The shuttle gives you access to all 3 connecting divi resorts. They even take you to the casino. We had an early flight out the next morning so we were able to complete our checkout the night before. That was also very helpful since we had to be at the airport by 5:30am. We did most of our cooking at the resort so I can't comment too much about the restaurants but from what I heard, they were good. The bus stopped right out in front of the hotel. We never rented a car and didn't need one. $2.30 round trip to wherever you were going. Bus goes from downtown all the way to the end of the main road which is the Marriott. The only time we took a taxi was from the airport to resort and then from the resort to the airport. Make sure to get confirmation of the price before you get into the cab. Front desk is usually pretty good knowing rates. Beaches were very clean and accessible. Quiet area - which is what we wanted.
5
Jul 28th, 2006
La Cabana Beach & Racquet Club

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Je Irausquin Blvd 250, Oranjestad
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This Oranjestad resort is set on the beach a short distance from Eagle Beach, Adventure Golf, and Bubali Bird Sanctuary. Also nearby are Palm Beach and Butterfly Farm. read more
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