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“Aruba's hidden gem!” 4 of 5 stars
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Boardwalk Hotel Aruba
3.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   Bakval 20, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba   |  
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“Aruba's hidden gem!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I spent the second week of 2013 here. This is our second time in Aruba. Last time we stayed in the Bucuti so we were going to be tough critics. The Boardwalk is a very well kept hotel. The girls have put a lot of heart and soul into the place and it shows. They are very kind as is the entire staff. Any questions regarding island fun and they will help you. We were in casita 5. It was like having your own small condo. It was complete with a stove, microwave, fridge, safe, beautiful shower. We had no problems with any of the amenities. The pool is very nice as well. Although we spent more time at the beaches. We both felt that this place is a hidden gem. The sister couldn't have been nicer. Just as a side note and this really has nothing to do with the boardwalk you should defiantly rent a car while staying on the island. Last time we came we did not this time we did and we did so much more island exploring. What a great island, great hotel and great experience. The only mildly negative thing I would say and this is based on preference only is the bed was a little stiffer then we prefer. Again my wife and I are very tough critics and we prefer a soft mattress. All in all the place was extremely clean, well kept, and in my opinion a pretty good value. The shower is fantastic. We wish the sisters best of luck we think they are doing a great job.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We were hesitant to book a place so small and not right on the beach, but we were thrilled with the Boardwalk Hotel. It turned out to be the best place to stay in all of Palm Beach for us (two adults and two teenagers). It's in a quiet, secluded, beautifully-landscaped location, yet it is right across the street from Palm Beach (say 300 meter walk). Being so close, we walked to the best beach in Aruba every morning for a beach run and swim in the ocean. Each casita has a full kitchen and its own private patio with BBQ and hammock, so we grocery shopped and ate breakfast, and sometimes dinner, on the patio every day. The folks running the place are the nicest people you'll ever meet. They arrange rum punch happy hour or some social gathering every few days. They just renovated right before we got there, so our casita was like brand new, spotless, and beautiful. They had snorkels and masks for us to use (free!) while we were there and we made good use of them, hitting all the best snorkel spots on the island. The only thing that could use improvement is the wi-fi signal. It was very weak in and around our casita, but maybe you could look at that as a positive (keep everyone from wasting their vacation on the internet).

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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KimberlyRooijakkers, Manager at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Dear Guest, Masha Danki (Thank you in papiamento) for your review. It is nice to read that you enjoyed your Aruba, casita, the property and our services to the fullest. Thank you choosing one of Aruba's smallest hotels. We are glad we did not disappoint! Many greetings from "One Happy Island."
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Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

When we were booking a hotel from Aruba, this hotel got my attention right away. First impression was wow, i want to go here. So we booked the hotel and we were so happy that we did! So wonderful little hotel, it was so nice and quiet if you compare to those big big hotels. Location is very good, it takes about two minutes walk and you are at the Palm beach. Rooms are very nice, we liked having our own kitchen so that we could make our own breakfast and eat it outside at our very own terrace. Staff is so helpful and friendly, me and my friend really really love this place and we are going there again this year!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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KimberlyRooijakkers, Manager at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you for sharing! We appreciate your review. Boardwalk's Casitas offer space and comfort, while being close to the beach. We are happy you enjoyed all of that! We look forward to see you again at Boardwalk!
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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We took our grandchildren on a family holiday for Christmas. We were looking for accommodation with ample space and sufficient beds for everyone to be comfortable. We did not want any pull outs or a plain hotel room.
The brand new two bedroom apartment had high ceilings, a big living room and two large bedrooms with connecting bathrooms. It was very comfortable for a family of 6. The hotel is located close to the beach and the kids were in and out all day, while we could enjoy the quiet atmosphere at Boardwalk.
We loved Boardwalk and did not want to leave.

Room Tip: Casita 3: cozy, large kitchen, private patio, located in backyard
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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KimberlyRooijakkers, Manager at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you for your review. It was so nice to see how each of your family members enjoyed Aruba.
Thank you for choosing Boardwalk. We look forward to welcome you again in the future. Sunny greetings from all of us.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I almost hate to review this quiet little gem as it feels so undiscovered. We found this place by chance after all the high rise hotels were sold out. I wouldn't have wanted to stay anywhere else. The location was awesome - directly across the street from palm beach. The rooms were spotless. We cooked in for breakfast every day, some lunches and had a barbeque on our private patio one evening. They provide passes to moomba beach club , which has free beach chairs, a bar, restaurant and rest rooms. I would come back here in a heartbeat!!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KimberlyRooijakkers, Manager at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience. We loved reading your review and are super happy you discovered us. Thank you for referring many guests to Boardwalk. We look forward to see you again!
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Oranjestad, Aruba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Normally we were going to stay in Boardwalk just for one week, but we liked it so much that we stayed in Boardwalk for more then 4 weeks. The 2 owners are so nice and friendly, you can count on them every day, every time. Every Friday they organise a rumpunch (or even a bbq) for all the visitors of Boardwalk. Very nice initiative and also pleasent to get to know all the other visitors.
We stayed in casita # 11, which was very nice, a lot of comfort and a lot of space. We also liked the swimming pool and the jaccuzi!
So for everyone who doens't want to stay in the high rise resort, Boardwalk is the ideal place!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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KimberlyRooijakkers, Manager at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Thank you for your trip review and for sharing your vacation experience. We are glad you got to enjoy the renovated and modern "casitas" and the other things - such as the weekly rum punch happy hour - that make Boardwalk a special place to return to year after year. Many greetings from the One Happy Island.
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burrillville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We went to the boardwalk at the beginning of december and stayed in casita # 4.The casita itself was wonderful ,although under repair on arrival.The wonderful owners were in the process of renovations when we arrived (so noisy and a construction site),yet once completed (and it could be done now),will be a quiet oasis!!!Although it's within walking distance from palm beach,it's a little off the beaten track,and a rental car is recommended (you'll be glad you did).We were not able to use the pool area related to construction ,and although it's small,looked inviting.The lovely owners were very accommodating and did everything they could to make our stay comfortable,always willing to give advise .We are looking forward to visiting again,and have considered a family & friend trip there with multiple casitas. NICE PLACE!!!!!GREAT PEOPLE!!

Room Tip: Casita #4 was a single casita,very private and a lovely patio area. casita #1-3 were all connected,a...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KimberlyRooijakkers, Manager at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Glad you enjoyed our wonderful resort and thank you for sharing your experiences with the Tripadvisor Community. The renovation works are over and Boardwalk has returned to being a quiet oasis. We look forward to host you, your family and friends here again!
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Address: Bakval 20, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Boardwalk Hotel Aruba 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boardwalk Hotel Aruba is a boutique style hotel spread out on the site of a former coconut plantation. The hotel features a limited number of beautifully renovated one and two bedroom vacation houses, called "Casitas". Each fully air-conditioned Casita is foreseen of a complete kitchen, cozy living room, separate bedroom and private patio with hammock and BBQ set. The hotel is located just steps from world-renowned Palm Beach, with its pristine white sandy beaches and its bustling restaurants, casinos and nightlife. ... more   less 
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