Went to Aruba for a destination wedding and I and some other family members stayed at the Playa Linda. Some other relatives stayed in other nearby Aruba resorts but I think those of us who stayed at the Playa Linda got the best deal. The hotel was great and it's right on one of Aruba's best beaches. Advice: get up early and get down to the beach by 7 am for coffee, beach towels, and to reserve a "chickee" (thatched beach umbrella structure) and your chaise lounges for the day. The free hotel coffee is good, but there is also a Dunkin Donuts outlet on the beach and another one across the street from the hotel, next to Baskin-Robbins. The pool area is nice (not quite as breathtakingly-gorgeous as some of the other more expensive hotels nearby, but it's very very nice - no complaints at all. No swim-up bar- you have to get out and walk a few steps. What a chore!! It's great if you have kids, but the pool's too small to swim laps (use the Caribbean for that). Didn't try the whirlpool spa.
One of the best features is its location. Unlike some other Aruba resorts, there is no road between the hotel and the beach - the beach is right there! But, within an easy walk, there is just about everything a vacationer could want: restaurants, a small but very convenient shopping mall, the hotel parking lot (free for hotel guests).
We sampled some of the hotel's restaurants and the ones we tried were good. The Pelican Nest sits on a pier on the edge of the property. It was good. Prices in Aruba's restaurants are expensive by home standards but typical or reasonable by resort/vacation standards. We rented one, but you really don't need a rental car. There are buses and taxis that you can catch right in front of the hotel. And there's not much need to travel anywhere when you stay at the Playa Linda. Everything you need is within walking distance, or a quick easy bus/taxi ride away (much cheaper). Driving is not a problem in Aruba - there are only a couple of main roads, so you won't get lost, and there's really no need for most vacationers to travel outside the hotel resort and downtown areas. The airport is an easy ride by taxi, so skip the car. If you really do want to see the island's sights, I recommend the 6-hour air-conditioned bus tour (De Palm Tours) that will take you all around to the main sights and give you a nice lunch. Bring your own snorkeling gear if you want to do that at the end.
The only complaint we had about the Playa Linda was that part of the pool area was under construction (August 2014) and neither Expedia nor the hotel never let us know that in advance. They are building an additional pool and a play area for children. Digging the pool meant small construction vehicles were constantly moving THROUGH THE OUTDOOR HOTEL LOBBY AREA carrying loads of dirt to a dumpster parked out front. There was some noise and busy construction traffic between 9am-4pm but it didn't really bother us that much. In fact, it was kind of entertaining to watch the construction from our balcony. The rooms have good sound-proofing, so an afternoon nap wasn't disturbed. The hotel handled the disruption as well as could be as expected.
Our 1-br suite was fantastic. The bed was big and comfortable, nice sitting area with cable TV, futon and sofa-bed, nicely air conditioned, a nice hotel-type bathroom, a full kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, full stove/oven, toaster oven, and post & pans, dishes, silverware, etc. All you need to cook meals is there. There's a small mini-mart right in the hotel to buy food items - not cheap but they really didn't gouge us either - about what you'd expect to pay in any nice hotel. You won't save much if you drive to nearby supermarkets. We bought bagels, cream cheese, and OJ and it was an easy quick breakfast that got us out and down to the beach early each morning. (You can buy full breakfasts on site if you want). Coffeemaker (but no coffee or coffee supplies) in the room. You can buy it if you want or just get free coffee at the beach. Staff was friendly and helpful and conversant in English and Spanish.
I strongly recommend Smokey Joe's restaurant across the street. Some of the best ribs anywhere. Not cheap but worth every nickel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Playa Linda Beach Resort offers you all of the unspoiled pleasures of tropical island vacationing at it's best. Situated directly on World renowned white sand Palm Beach one of Aruba's finest and overlooking six miles of breathtaking Caribbean coastline, Playa Linda offers you all the unspoiled pleasures of a tropical island, while providing you with all the luxuries of a 5-Star resort. You'll especially enjoy the resort's swimming pool featuring a lovely waterfall and lush, tropical landscaping. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Linda Beach Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Hotel Playa Linda Beach
- Playa Linda Aruba
- Playa Linda Beach Resort Aruba/Palm - Eagle Beach