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3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Oranjestad
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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“relaxing vacation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Just returned from a week vacation in aruba. The ocean front rooms were amazing for the views, convenience and access to the beach. The sand was soft white and the ocean warm and blue. The resort is clean with all you need. Breakfast and lunch buffets were good, so was the pizza at the pool bar. For dinner ginger and red parrot were the best. The group of us ate off resort fairly often for dinner.
The island is fun to explore with lots of shopping and activities to enjoy.
Although the resort is not fancy the ocean view rooms and location between downtown and the high rise section is perfect. The rooms are ckean and staff is helpful and friendly. Would 100 percent return.

Room Tip: Stay in the 1100 -1300 rooms. They are beach front with sand vs. Beach front with grass.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Just returned from a week in Aruba. Stayed at the Tamarijn Feb 26 to March 5th. Had a great time! Nice room, right on the beach, good food, great service. Weather was great - although very windy!! Enjoyed the breakfast buffet - simple, well prepared food. Also enjoyed the pizza place- delicious, thin crust, made to order. Specialty restaurants - Red Parrot at Divi, Paparazzi and Ginger at Tamarijn - were excellent. Beach was lovely - beautiful soft white sand. Miles of beach perfect for long walks. First rooms we were given were way down at the far end of the property - 2500 block. We wanted to be closer to the restaurants, shops, bars, so we asked the lovely young woman at the concierge desk - Janine - to help us out. She asked that we check back with her in a few hours and she'd help us out. We have been told that in other hotels and not been given a room change so we weren't holding our breath, so to speak. But, after checking in with her later, after a large group had been checked in, Janine worked her magic and we got rooms in the 1500 block. Perfect! (She was also very helpful when we wanted info on tours) Our rooms were clean and comfortable, simply furnished, well stocked with towels, and well maintained by the staff. Fantastic that the water is clean and completely safe to drink. No need to stock room with water bottles. We loved that the rooms were right on the beach with easy access to palapas, chairs, and the towel hut. Bikes, noodles, snorkeling equipment available too. Evenings were really enjoyable by the pool/bar area. Good music and great marketplace. (So much better than having beach vendors pestering us) We had a very enjoyable holiday!
Some suggestions for management:
Have staff clean beach area along boardwalk. Unfortunately, smokers often put their cigarettes out in the sand and a good raking would help get rid of these.
Find a better way to promote daily activities. Most resorts have a printed list of activities that guests can refer to. We didn't see one. We noticed a small poster at the towel hut half way through our holiday. We were hoping for more aquafit sessions in the main pool. Thx!

Room Tip: Ask for rooms in the 1400 to 1600 blocks. Far enough from pool/bars/restaurants but not too far. Br...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Tam from Feb 26-Mar 4 and had a great time. Going into the stay, I knew what to expect based on other reviews - shabby bathroom, iffy food - you were all right! Luckily, being on the beach and a stronger drink is more important to us! Here's the breakdown:

Room: In advance I emailed the Tam and requested to be in block 12 or 13. They emailed right back and said they'd try to accommodate us but couldn't guarantee it. When we checked in, sure enough, they made it happen! We were in room 1206. Small room with 2 queen beds. 2nd floor, so we had a deck - which was the best part of the room. We slept with the curtains open each night and waking up to the view of the gorgeous ocean made the room choice totally worthwhile. When we walked into the room there was a bottle of red wine and wine glasses greeting us. I couldn't bring myself to drink red wine while in such a hot climate, so we brought it home with us. Guess what we'll be having with dinner tonight? :)

Shower is odd, does leak all over the place - but just pile up the towels! We also only had hot water on the first day - which stunk - but after sitting on the beach all day a colder shower in the afternoon was refreshing.

Food/Drinks: We ate at Red Parrot, Ginger and both of the pizza places (Tam/Divi) while we were there - as well as had the breakfast buffet each day. Can't complain about any of these choices. It also isn't anything to overly rave about either. Just set your expectations accordingly. Definitely treat yourself to a dinner at Windows on Aruba while you're there - they had a $35pp special for guests of Divi/Tam - and it was the best meal we had while we were there! (We also ate dinner off-resort at El Gaucho, Flying Fishbone and Tango while on the island). My husband and I both have pasts in the food service industry, so we're tippers. We tipped for each drink order, each food order, completion of each meal - and while you don't HAVE to tip since it's included in your package - it goes a long way. Bartenders/waiters remember you - make your drinks exceptionally strong and the conversations are great as well!

Beach: Highlight of the whole trip/experience! Take a look at some of my pictures I've attached. Words won't do it justice - pictures should though.

Tam v. Divi/Overall takeaway: Tam is an ok hotel. Staff takes some warming up to (or tipping), but once they do - they're all smiles and we really enjoyed them. But the great part about the Tam is the beach and that it is connected to the Divi. By being connected you have the best of both worlds at your hands. Divi is more upscale and we enjoyed our time at their bars, their entertainment was more upbeat and we took a few quick splashes in their awesome pool area. But the highlight of the whole trip was being able to walk down 10-ish stairs and being right on a quiet, gorgeous stretch of beach in front of the Tam. If we decided not to eat off resort as much as we had, then we probably would have sprung for the Divi instead - but I can't see us changing our ways or this decision in the future.

Looking forward to another stay in Feb, 2014!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Massachusetts
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21 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

March 2013

This was our third stay here at the Tam, so we were well aware it is an older resort with nothing fancy about their rooms or amenities. However, after reading that most, if not all of their rooms, have been recently renovated, I was a little disappointed with what was done.

First, I have to agree with most other reviews that this is one of the best located all inclusive resorts with all of their rooms oceanfront, a beautiful beach and beautiful views from the moment you step outdoors until the fantastic sunsets appear. Rooms are small but adequate since you are most likely to be spending all your time outdoors. We spent every day on the beach in front of our room in building 11. We had no problem securing the palapa just in front because although my husband is an early riser and would be outside before sunrise, no one at this end was trying to save chairs or palapas overnight as I’ve noted in past visits. We were right beside the activity center and the non inclusive bar above, but the afternoon music and some heavy foot traffic at times did not bother us. I really wish that bar were part of the all inclusive because it seems they were having fun up there with the afternoon music.

Now for the not so nice things we encountered this visit. We are not picky people, not at all fussy eaters, and do not expect to be catered to in a resort such as this. But, I do have to point out that since our last visit, even with their renovations, things seem to have deteriorated as far as service and comfort. I was wondering if all the managers were on vacation, or maybe just eliminated and therefore service deteriorated.

First, the “remodeled” room still had the same furniture from 4 years ago. Two of the dresser drawers were broken so every time you opened them you had to be careful they didn’t fall out on your feet. We reported this and were assured it would be taken care, but it never was repaired. The curtains looked a little soiled and one end kept coming off the track no matter how careful we were in opening them. This was repaired after about the third day of the housekeeper fighting with it. The fan above our bed was either very dirty, or very worn, in which case, it should have been repainted or replaced. The bathroom light fixtures were coming loose from the ceiling and after a short rain one morning, my husband noticed a leak. He alerted the front desk, they sent someone down, he agreed it was a leak, took one of the fixtures out , cleaned it up and replaced it. No attempts at finding or fixing the leak. It had to be an ongoing problem because the ceiling around the fixtures was crumbling. Another leak appeared later in our stay, over the bathroom doorway, next to the air conditioner. I was also amazed that after the complete remodel of the bathroom, they replaced the old, outdated safe, and right back in the most awkward spot underneath the sink. As others have already stated, there was something very wrong with the installation of the half glass enclosed showers. Unless you positioned the shower head into the opposite wall, your bathroom floor would get flooded. That made for an awkward shower experience, doing half your body at a time.

It is a shame that they seem to just be putting “band aid” fixes on things in this resort. As you walk around the resort you can see a lot of neglect in keeping up appearances. A lot of the entrance doors really need replacing, and some of the housekeeping room doors had large sections of rotting near the bottoms. You can’t help noticing these things as your walk to and from your room.

The biggest surprise for us was the attitude and/or lack of caring of most of the staff. We always tip even at the all inclusive resorts we stay at, but I have to admit, this is one resort that I didn’t feel some of the workers deserved a tip. You are supposed to tip for good service, not tip to get good service. It didn’t seem to make a difference here. When we stayed here before, there was always someone greeting you as soon as you walked in to the buffet and they’d be there very quickly to take your drink order. It’s not that they were busy either. Most spent more time talking to each other than taking care of the guests. The same prevailed at the a la carte restaurants, but I do have to say they were a little more professional. They were polite enough but just not very into their jobs. Bartenders were hit or miss. Some very pleasant and talkative, others barely acknowledged you and again would talk amongst themselves or on the cell phones instead of waiting on the guests.

The housekeepers we encountered were very friendly and did a very good job in the rooms. There was one housekeeper I should have reported though. She would clean the ash trays off the second floor balcony and throw the butts into the sand below. I did not see her do this, but my husband did because she nearly hit him with the mess one day before she noticed he was lounging below. She just giggled and moved on. I wondered why there were so many cigarette butts right around our area when most people who were smoking disposed of their cigarettes properly.

I’m sorry if this review sounds so negative, but for what they charge here, I shouldn‘t have had anything negative to say. If it weren’t for their oceanfront setting, I don’t think they’d get many repeat guests. I guess I just thought the room renovations would make it a real first class resort on the beach. Perhaps if the staff were more friendly and accommodating, it would have made a big difference too. We probably will return again though, if I hit another sale just right. I’m already missing the sand and sea outside my patio door.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Milton, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Just returned, stayed Feb 26-Mar 5, great weather....rained for 2 minutes early one morning, Very windy most of the week, but you need the wind to keep you cool. Stayed in the 2200 block, nice enough distance from the action...short walk to get food...We enjoy walking after a meal so there is a lot of areas to walk...Walked over to the Divi a few times to enjoy dinner at the Red Parrot..excellent staff. All restaurants at the Tam were great too.
What a view, the beach is fantastic, never had a problem getting a beach hut, beach bar was busy but never took too long to get a drink, enjoyed the Mudslides ( a great 11 am drink).
Enjoyed a half day tour...The Jeep Adventure to the Natural Pool...Our guides James and George were FANTASTIC...funny, informative and helpful. Snorkeling in the natural pool was the highlight of the trip...they give you snorkels and life jackets, very safe.
OVERALL-great holiday.....

Room Tip: Suites in the 1900 and up are quieter, beach is less busy if you want that...we were in 2204, great...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hartford, Connecticut
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We stayed from February 26 - March 5th. The room we had was ground level 2107. This was the best! Open slider and walk out to the beach! It was so convenient. The beach was amazing and the water was beautiful! Never had trouble finding a palapa to shade us and everyone was so nice, staff and guests!

Breakfast and lunch was fine. Dinner at the buffet was not so hot. Much better at the Divi. The restaurants were very good and we also went across the street one night to "Windows on Aruba ". It was fantastic! This is not part of your all inclusive but you do get a good discount.

We did the jeep tour which was a great day touring the island with lunch at a local restaurant and snorkeling at "Baby Beach". Lots of beautiful fish to see there!

I would recommend the Tam to those who want a clean room and bed to sleep, a room on the beach, decent food, and good drinks, a more laid back atmosphere and a vacation to relax to stay here. You can't beat the location!!! ONE HAPPY ISLAND!! We will be back!

Room Tip: If you stay in the 2100 area and higher, the beach has more of a breeze and it seems more private...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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73 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

This resort is a smaller more quaint resort. The best part of the resort is the location of the rooms to the beach. All the rooms are mere steps to the beach. The rooms also all are on the sunset side of the island.

My husband and I, and my in-laws (mother, father and brother) stayed for 7 nights. We really enjoyed ourselves. All the breakfast and lunch buffets are standard. And you need to make dinner reservations on a daily (or sometimes up to two days in advance) for one of the four all inclusive restaurants for dinner. We really enjoyed all of the restaurants- food was well prepared and the service was great.

We did book excursions through De Palm tours and loved both excursions! We did the Jeep Safari, which is not for the weak of heart, and a Catamaran sail and snorkel with a snuba option at one sight. We would recommend all tours!

Aruba is very windy so come prepared with hairties ladies! The drinks at the resort were fun and plentiful. The drinks in the restaurants were prepared with more care and were noticeably stronger.

Our room was kept very clean. The rooms are on the smallish side up adequate and given the proximity and the beauty of the beach, we spent very little time in our room.

If you someone that really enjoys evening entertainment there is only one show/performance per night.... so perhaps exploring downtown might offer more evening entertainment.

Overall, we would definitely go back. We love the quaint resort with an excellent location! We loved it!

Room Tip: We were in room 1320, it was right next to the pool and bar. It was excellent and awful to be so clo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive 3*
Number of rooms: 236
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