Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort and Casino

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J E Irausquin Boulevard 230, Palm Beach
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Downtown Aruba and Tierra del Sol Championship Golf are 5 km (3 mi) from this hotel, which sits on a quarter-mile of beach, within easy reach of shopping and the convention center. read more
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I chose this hotel because I wanted to be right on the beach, and this was the cheapest one. I didn't care that the room was not luxury because I would spent the day out. I also figured I could wake up and walk right out to relax on the beach for a destination vacation. Boy was I wrong. I never once got to use the resort's palapas (those straw umbrella huts that shade you from the burning sun). You have to get up at 6AM to stand in line to reserve one for the day. I'm on vacation, and I don't even get up by 6AM when I am at home. So I had to go to the other public beaches and lug my stuff over there for the day. You can rent a car, take a bus, taxi or even walk a good 30 minutes. One I went to called Malmok Beach was not near any place that you could buy food. So again, another inconvenience of not being able to use the resort's beach. At 7PM they collect the chairs so it's not like I can come back at the end of the day and expect to be able to use the resort's beach. I couldn't believe that even in off-season I couldn't get a palapas!!!! I can't imagine the lac of services/products for people who go during prime time. Another thing was the housekeeping- it was OK, but one weird thing. They never refilled my shampoo and conditioner, which you need everyday because the water is so salty. I thought it was because they saw some still left in the bottle in the shower. But that evening I had used it so I didn't have any for the next morning. It never got refilled again.
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Aug 27th, 2006
Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa

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J E Irausquin Blvd No 81, Palm Beach
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This 15-acre tropical haven offers 355 elegantly-appointed guest accommodations in northwest Aruba, surrounded by soft sands, turquoise seas, fragrant gardens, exotic lagoons and cascading waterfalls. read more
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Our stay at the Radisson was top notch. With its lush landscaping and waterfalls it was in my opinion the most posh on the island. Everyone was extremely helpful and willing to lend a hand if needed. The whole area surrounding and including the resort was very secure and safe and never felt an unrest as on other islands I have stayed on. We dined at LaGuna the first night which was great. Palapas were easy to get as its there off-season right now. My recommendations for dinner off the resort would be hands down Gianni's (across the street), El Gaucho, in the city, I cant remember the name but a steak and seafood restaurant right near the seaport casino in Oranjestad. For 45 dollars complete with taxes and insurance you can rent a car for the day which i thought was well worth it. (make sure you rent it on days you want to visit various sites) We rented the car twice over 8 days and even that was plenty. Snorkling at Baby Beach (south side) of island, and there is a Flea Market every Saturday and Sunday between the resorts and Oranjestad, definately hit it up as the souvenirs are much much cheaper than at the resorts. Also when you rent the car stop by a grocery store to by whatever you are looking for if your really looking to save a load of money. All in all Auba was amazing and when we head back next year, my choice of resorts will again be the Radisson. A++++ No complaints at all!!!!
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Jul 17th, 2003
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

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L G Smith Boulevard 101, Palm Beach
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This beautiful oceanfront resort on the north end of Palm Beach,within walking distance of the biggest shopping district in Aruba, features sun and sea facilities and activities for couples and families. read more
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Clean, great service. This is the last resort on the beach (until the Ritz is built) so you are not crowded in like the resorts in the middle of the beach. Make sure you check out the local restaurants(great fresh seafood). The beach is fantastic,plenty of chairs (if you get in line at 4p.m. to claim a hut). Fantastic vacation would go back...
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Jun 15th, 2007
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino

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Juan E Irausquin Blvd 85, Palm Beach
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Comprising nearly 12 acres of gardens, ponds, waterfalls, and pools, this resort faces the white sands of Palm Beach in Aruba's high-rise-hotel district; Tierra del Sol golf is 3 km (2 mi) away. read more
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From the moment we arrived, we were very pleased with our experience. The staff is very accomodating and the ambiance of teh resort is a true paradise. We looked at the other hotels in the Palm Beach area and none compared to this. Great location with restaurants within walking distance. We were without kids and this was a very kid-friendly resort and we were able to find quiet areas all throughout the resort. After traveling to many resorts across the caribbean, This resort fits our needs best! You will not regret choosing this resort!
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May 26th, 2005
The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba

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J E Irausquin Boulevard 77, Palm Beach
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Located on Palm Beach in Aruba's high-rise hotel section less than 6.5 km (4 mi) from Oranjestad, this resort includes a casino, magic show, health spa for adults, and a clubhouse for children. read more
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Hotel was very kid friendly. Problem is, I am not a kid. Nor was my friend whom traveled with me. We had to leave the resort for entertainment every day and night. And there was only a very small food selection during breakfast and lunch. After 1.5 days, our palates were craving for something new. The hotel itself was clean and suitable. But it's a high price to stay just to sleep. I would have enjoyed it more if I could stay in the resort, say, for a hotel-coordinated volley ball game at the pool, or evening hotel entertainment show. At a minimum, I would have liked some Caribbean music in the pool (anywhere in the resort, please)! Instead, they had kid face painting, Ratatouille movie night, take pictures with birds, and meet the manager (seriously, no beverage served - just "meet the manager"). It's May - kids are in school not vacations. Granted, they had a food and wine tasting, and a Caberet Royale lounge, but all came with a hefty price tag (yes, above and beyond your hotel stay). I saved the hotel itinerary for three nights if anyone cares to see it. My vacation style is that I just like going to a resort and enjoying my time there instead of traveling by plane, and then by taxi/bus all the time once I get there just to have a little fun.
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May 27th, 2004
Occidental Grand Aruba - All Inclusive

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J.E. Irausquin Blvd 83, Palm Beach
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Situated in the center of the lively Palm Beach scene, the adult-oriented Occidental Grand Aruba features a large casino and faces soft white sands dotted with thatched shades. read more
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Overall, I thought this resort was very nice. We visited the resort Oct 2-7. I have stayed at other expensive all-inclusive resorts and this is very comparable. All the restaurants were good and had a decent selection. The pool and beach were fabulous, the best ocean front out of all the resorts on that strip. The thing that impressed me the most, was the staff how friendly they were. The resort itself is extreamly clean and so are the grounds. There was a nice mix of couples and families of all ages. I would definitly recommend this resort.
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Oct 10th, 2002
Riu Palace Aruba All Inclusive

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J.E. Irausquin Blvd 79, Palm Beach
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Facing the white sands of Palm Beach, this resort is in the high-rise hotel district on the west coast; the Bubali Bird Sanctuary is across the street, and the Butterfly Farm is a five-minute walk. read more
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The resort was everything I expected and more! Everything went very smoothly. The rooms were up to date and very clean. We had a beautiful view of the ocean and the pool. The staff at the restaurants, bars, and pool were curteous and attentive. The resort was very clean. A great variety of food was available at the buffet. It was delicious and included a wide variety of vegetables and fruits which can be lacking in Aruba. We tried 3 out of the 4 specialty restaurants at the resort and all three were great. We had a late flight returning home so when we check-out they gave us a voucher for us to eat and use any of the facilities for the rest of the day. All and all it was a great time. I would definately go back there.
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Feb 21st, 2007
Tierra del Sol Resort, Spa & Country Club

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Caya di Solo #10, Malmok
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This 600-acre private villa community on Aruba's northwest tip is set on a rolling, tradewind-swept landscape; white-sand Palm Beach is 3 km (2 mi) away. read more
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I just returned from Aruba and stayed at the Tierra del Sol Resort, Spa & Country Club with two of my girlfriends. The resort was very nice and surronded by a very relaxing environment. We rented a 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath that was very spacious and gave us room to spread out. Giovanni is a concerciege at the resort and he was the ABSOLUTE BEST to work with. He was very friendly, helpful and ensured that we had good service during our stay. The resort is very spread out, so most ppl rent cars to get around and to get to the main hotel area, which is about 10 minutes away. We decided to cab. It was very easy to get a cab to and from. I would definitely recommend the resort if you are looking for more space than a traditional hotel room. It was a relaxing oasis that was a home away from home. It was also very easy to get to the shopping, dining and nightlife on the island from this resort.
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Aug 29th, 2007
Marriott's Aruba Surf Club

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103 L.G. Smith Blvd, Palm Beach
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Facing the soft sands of popular Palm Beach, Marriott's Aruba Surf Club is adjacent to a partner resort with a Balinese-style spa and just down the beach from another partner resort with a casino. read more
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We stayed at the Surf Club for a week at the end of September 2008 in the new "Navigator" building and were very impressed with the property. One bedroom units were clean, spacious and fully equipped (with stacked washer/dryer). This resort has a wrist band system for pool access which appears to have moderated the reported problem with overcrowding at the lazy river pool. The beach was a bit of a disappointment for us (after nine visits to Aruba we prefer Eagle Beach) but was being widely enjoyed by others. We rented a car because we travel widely on the island, but the resort is a walkable distance to the new mall and restaurant area of the "high rise" area (for pedestrian safety we suggest using the access road behind the resort, not the main drag).
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Oct 22nd, 2004
Playa Linda Beach Resort

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Oranjestad, Palm Beach
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This Palm Beach resort is located in the entertainment district, nestled on the beach a short distance from Paseo Herencia, Eagle Beach, and Excelsior Casino Aruba. Also nearby are Butterfly Farm and Hadikurari Beach. read more
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The Playa Linda Timeshare Resort is a place you should consider staying in Aruba. We got a studio room from Expedia and it ended up really being a one bedroom suite. Each room has a complete kitchen, dinette area and plenty of seating to relax after a day at the beach. The staff bends over backwards to help you out and everyone is very friendly. Each room has a great view of the ocean and most have a view of the ocean and pool area. There are plenty of superb restaurants around the resort and therefore a car is not needed. Taxi and bus service is efficient. You can take in a day at the spa, play bingo at the pool deck and learn to salsa and work out with water aerobics. We met many people who have been vacationing there for 10-25 years. I can see why as it is a resort I will return to. A+
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Dec 10th, 2007