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Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Antwerp, Belgium
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Much better than we expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We stayed two week ins the Tamarijn All inclusive during our stay in April 2013. Food was amazing, atmosphere is great there. Staff are all very friendly and helpfull. Rooms were clean and housekeeping really made an effort on daily cleaning. Loved the fact that we could also eat at the à al carte restaurants. Honestly we didn't like the Papparazi and Ginger restaurant, food was barely eatable due lack of tast and spices. The Red Parrot on the other hand was that great that we dined there often. Cocktails there were the best and when we go back we would surely choose the Divi Tamarijn again!

Room Tip: We had a big studio on floor level next to swimming pool (Dutch village) and with a view on the sea...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

beautiful beach, good food, have to agree with others that the staff was not the friendliest I did not want my feet rubbed but a smile and good morning from staff would of felt like they were happy to have guests.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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South Lyon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We were just there April 13th to the 20th. We loved the Tamarijn. Food was great! Weather was great! Beach was the best ever! Only complaint I have is it would have been nice to have the refrigerator stocked with bottled water and other beverages. Staff was great and friendly. Place's to go that we recommend: Baby Beach....great for snokling and....Atlantis Submarine tour....was worth every penny.

Room Tip: Every room is a good room. They are all ocean front. Some room's are farther from activities a...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Buffalo, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

The PROS- room literally opens right to the beach, relaxed beach amosphere, plenty of bars and restaurants with ocean view to choose from, crystal clear water with well kept clean beaches, free floating mats, pool areas really nice, fun music in the afternoons, many pools to choose from, pretty grounds. The CONS - the food. Unfortunately the food was really not good at many meals. We often went to the tutti bar (pool snack bar) because the other meals were not good. Most common response when asking others about their meals "it was alright" this includes red parrot, paparazzi, the buffet. Also, some of the staff were really nice and friendly but our group of 20 was a little surprised how many staff members seemed unhappy. Particularly, one of the activities desk workers was really unpleasant on multiple occasions. We were so excited to rent the bicycles and go into town. Out of 7 bicycles, 1 had a flat tire and 3 had chains that kept popping off. TIPS- book reservations for restaurants as soon as you get there- they fill up, take taxi not prepaid shuttle to and from airport - much cheaper and more convenient to your schedule, go to Madame janettes one night - off property but so good and only 5 min away. Great trip because of the amazing beach and fun, relaxed atmisphere, I would stay here again if they improved the food. We were able to get a 25% off special when we booked, so we felt it was worth the price - with the free drinks :)

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

The boyfriend and I decided to do Christmas time in Aruba. We stayed at the resort for 4 nights/5days. Overall, we had a relaxing, wonderful stay. Bonus: You can pay for the less expensive Tamarijn, while still being allowed to take advantage of the sister resort, Divi, for no extra charge. We ate at both resort restaurants, viewed entertainment at both, etc. More details below:

The Beach: Beautiful, warm turquoise water. Sand is white, soft, smooth and with nary a rock or sharp shell to mess with your feet.

Weather: Perfect; rainy season but barely rained -- when it did rain, it stopped within 5-10 minutes. It was hot during the day, and comfortably cooler at night. I usually like things "Africa hot" so for me to say it was comfortable at night, is a huge statement.

Food: As far as resort food goes, it was pretty good. I had no complaints.

Activities: They offered a good assortment of activities. We particularly liked: Snuba - good price and super fun. Palm Pleasure ($110)

The Resort: Very colorful; Staff is friendly; Small, Clean; No a-hole bugs/animals. Even THEY seemed to be friendly and non-intrusive ... Room: Not bad (it's not meant to be luxury), Outdated, a bit. I didn't "love" that you can hear almost everything in room next door. I found their standard room to be spacious. We requested a king-sized bed and got it w/o incident. The "in room" safe? - lol - super outdated compared to its more modern, digital counterparts found in other resorts ... At $2/day it's a bit pricey. Every room had either a balcony (if you're on the second floor) or a deck (if you're on the first floor) All views were of the beach no matter where your room was and if you have a room on the first/ground floor, you're RIGHT on the beach. I loved that all the rooms were on the beach so no walking except either right past your back door or down a flight of stairs ... Entertainment: pretty good: The usual consisted of a show, live music, Bingo!, yoga, etc.

The grounds were always clean and there were plenty of different sized pools to choose from. We were able to find a pool that were pretty devoid of people and secluded for a nice relaxing, kid-free, quiet dip ...

Nothing really annoying happened ... No body pressures you to take the "60 minute timeshare tour" ... Water is potable.

Misc: a lot of children but wasn't too bothersome. Divi is a bit more modern in appearance and have "high rise" bldgs, but, Tamarijn is usually cheaper so if the you don't care about the look of the bldg, go with cheaper - hang out at the other facility if you'd like ... close to local shops ... Resort lets you rent bikes for free ... Give out free totes ... Great bang for your buck ... Check-out at 1pm w/o charging extra - possibly longer if your room isn't scheduled for any guests the day you're checking out.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bethany, Ct
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5 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Aruba is a wonderful, beautiful island but the Tamarijin Hotel would not be the place I would stay on my next trip to Aruba. First and foremost the staff at the Tamarijin need to change their attitude, especially the girls at the concierge desk. I felt as if I was bothering them when I went to make dinner reservations. At one point while make dinner reservations and not ever staying there before I was getting a little confused by the time and restuarant choices so I had to ask twice about one of the times and the girls answer to me was "I just told you the times 2 minutes ago". I didn't need that RUDE answer from her! If she is unhappy with her job them I suggest she find another one. Not to many of the staff members were warm and fuzzy at all. Food was good, I preferred the Red Parrot at the Divi (we ate there twice), also the Itallian Restuarant at the Tamarijin was very good. Rooms where average. The beach was the best part of the vacation. DePalm Tours was wonderful. We had roundtrip transportation to and from the airport with them. The driver gave a little tour on our way to the hotel which was great. Very friendly, informative drivers. We also used Depalm Tours to go JetSkiing. Again the guy at the Tamarijin Sports desk was great and very informative. One place not to go is the Tamarijin Mart! The place is so overpriced and the women in there move slower than turles, not to mention there bad attitudes too. All in all it was a good vacation. I would definitly not stay at the Tamarijin hotel again but I would stay at the Divi. People over there seemed much nicer and freindly especially at the buffet and at the Red Parrot.

Room Tip: Stayed in 1604 which was the perfect location. Close to food and bars!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Woodland, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Just returned from 5 night stay at Tamarijn and was well pleased with the overall experience. If you love being steps from the beautiful white sand and clear water, then this is THE place for you! If you require an upscale, large room and gourmet meals, then this will NOT be the place for you. Having said that, our room was adequate and clean, meals and drinks sufficient. Our room was a king room on the end in the 1700 block which was a perfect location. Being on the ground floor, we could open our door and see the sand and water and only walk a few steps before putting our feet in the sand!! Fantastic - could not ask for better than that! It was a short walk to the Bunker Bar which we enjoyed every day -- kudos to Harold the bartender for most of our stay! They will try to make the drinks the way you like them - you just have to ask. Was also a short walk from the restaurants and pool but far enough away to avoid noise from that area. The breakfast buffet was good each day with many choices and eggs can be cooked to your liking. Grenada was absolutely the BEST server! We tried all the a la carte restaurants with the exception of the Palm Grill. All meals at these restaurants were good and service was excellent. If you don't like the sauces or perhaps the side dishes, they can make some changes - again you just have to ask. We did not try the lunch buffet and only tried the dinner buffet once. We were very disappointed in that meal and had to make a trip to Pizza Per Tutti for a sandwich. Most people will enjoy pizza, sandwiches, chicken fingers at Pizza Per Tutti which you can get from 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM. I suggest researching and reading reviews prior to planning your trip so that you know what to expect. If you go with the proper expectations, you will not be disappointed. Also if you take some time when you arrive to get familiar with the location of towel hut, activities center, etc., this will make your stay less stressful. I would definitely stay at the Tam again. We met many people who return year after year. One other point - the ladies at the concierge desk are great. They will help you with all your questions, dinner reservations and excursions. Hats off to Iris and Sol. You just have to tell them what you really want and they will do their best to make it happen. LOVED Aruba!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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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:
#1 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 On the Beach 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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Tamarijn Aruba Beach Hotel
Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort
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