The reviews prior said how this is definatly a 3 star and if you're expecting the Marriot, then be very dissapointed. Keep reading and you'll find out why.... My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon from Oct. 29-Nov 5. The taxi from the airport to the Tam was $22. When we arrived the lobby was pretty, however if you're expecting marble floors or marble statues, you wont find it here. You don't get the "WOW" feel that you get at a 5 star. The Tamarijn has a "rustic" look. If you've been to the Florida Keys, its kind of what it seems like. It has a very "secluded, beachy feel." My husband said the place looks very weathered and needs remodeling. If you can get past the "Holiday Inn" rooms then the rest of it is remarkable. We stayed in 2301 and honestly it was the closest to the beach/ water I have ever stayed at. It gives the saying "ocean front" a whole other meaning. Our back patio was 25 feet from the Carribean. The sand and water were beautiful and you immediatly forget about anything else. When we checked in we booked the Honeymoon package and they gave us two double beds??? we called the front desk immediatly and they changed our room within minutes to a King size. With the honeymoon package we received 2 tshirts, a bottle of champagne, 2 champagne glasses, a picture frame, $100 towards a restaurant downtown and a discounted meal at the Windows on Aruba Restaurant (highly recommended!!).
We asked for the room safe which is $2 per day. However they give you a key to open and close the safe and who wants to hold onto a key all day on vacation?? They need to upgrade to a keypad safe.
The Tamarijn is a short 10 minute walk to its sister hotel The Divi, or the shuttle comes every few minutes as well. With the all inclusive you can use all of The Divi's bars and restaurants. The best restaurant is the Red Parrot (Carribean). Ginger (Asian) was really good as well and so was The Palm Grill (where you cook your own food on the grill at your own table) was a really neat experience. We didnt eat at the Italian Restaurant, The Paparazzi, because we ate at the Red Parrot twice and we went downtown to eat one night and went across the street to the Golf course to eat at Windows on Aruba (not all inclusive but worth it!!). We never ate at the buffets for dinner, but the breakfast buffet was just bad and the lunch buffet was not much better. We usually grabbed a pizza or a snack at the Pizza per Tutti snack bar or ate a late breakfast and saved our appetites for the amazing restaurants at night. The staff were usually nice but not as willing to go out of their way as the staff in Mexico. But we are in another part of the world!! The women in the gift shops were kind of moody at times and didnt want us to unfold anything to see the sizes because they would have to fold it again. The taxi cab rides were affordable usually $9 downtown or $9 to the high rise section. The taxi cab drivers were Very nice and informative. We had no problems going off the resort to site see or just walk around downtown. The entire island is 19 miles long so it is very easy to see most of the island in just a few days. We took a 4 hour snorkel tour which we booked through the hotel and it was a blast. Booking tours and reservations for the restaurants were easy and we had no problems. Overall, if you can get over the dated rooms then this is the place to stay. The beach, water, surroundings and restaurants are amazing and this is Paradise !!