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“Boardwalk, should no longer be a hidden gem!” 5 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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Churchville, New York
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7 hotel reviews
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“Boardwalk, should no longer be a hidden gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

My wife found this property after extensive research for our first trip to Aruba (but no out first to Caribbean). We very much looked forward to our stay based upon other reviews. When we arrived, we were not disappointed. We dealt a lot with Stephanie and she was truly outstanding and forthcoming with anything we requested. Such things as arranging a rental car (from a local company very close by, they pick you up to get vehicle and then when you return they transport to airport for fraction of the cost that the taxis charge), to providing directions, places to eat/reservations (we enjoyed a beach dining experience at Barefoot... the food phenomenal and sunset was breathtaking), places and things to see, and also things not to bother with as well. Not to sell Stephanie's other half short (twin sister and co-operator Kimberly) as she made a fantastic suggestion for happy hour to us and was always friendly and inviting as well. It's just we dealt more so with Stephanie. The property, while not beach front, truly is a 3-5 minute stroll to the Marriott beach locations. There is construction going on right across the street (Ritz Carlton) but that by no means is an issue, nor are you disturbed by any construction noise etc. The grounds are very well maintained, the pool just the right size to take a dip and be refreshed. The little touches like hammocks and cozy veranda couches and chairs should not be overlooked. It all provides a very homey appeal. The Friday afternoon rum punch social is fun and a way to meet other guests. Which I have to say is another plus about this property. You get to know the other guests and share so much more than just a hotel. The room we stayed in was a one bedroom (#11) which was poolside. The casita was plenty big for (3) of us, including our 18 year old daughter. The cabinet spaces, dresser, updated bathroom, well equipped kitchen, wi-fi access, along with the color choices/schemes all show the attention to details that are being put in to ensure the experience of staying here is as positive and enjoyable as possible. We felt relaxed and at home upon returning from venturing out to the beaches, lighthouse, desert, downtown, or wherever we went. You will want to have a vehicle for the most part to ensure you can experience the entire island and also to shop at the Super Foods. That in itself was somewhat enjoyable. We enjoyed eating breakfast in the mornings out on our private deck before starting out busy days. I won't go on rambling, but want to reiterate that I definitely have nothing but praise to give to the girls at the Boardwalk, along with the support staff, grounds/housekeeping as well. This property is truly a breath of fresh air and nice change of pace from the over saturated, over crowed high rises that rule the area. Do yourself and favor and stay at the Boardwalk. We will return when we go to Aruba again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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TheBoardwalkAruba, Front Office Manager at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hello,

Thank you for pointing us 5 stars. We are very proud of your kind words, I started to blush.
We are working hard to make Boardwalk as a second home with Aruban vibes, and help our guest to explore the real authentic Aruba. Say hello to your wife and daughter ( tell her to study hard :))

Sunny greetings,
Stephanie
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NYC,NY
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

It is a very small, private, cozy hotel. We were staying in casita #4, absolutely outstanding! The patio with a private dinning area surranded by the garden was our favorite place to relax, read and eat. The owners and the stuff had been great, friendly and helpful. They were also very patient with my 6 year old son who liked to hung out in the reception or in the swimming pool, small and safe for kids who can swim.
I definitely recommend renting a car and going to baby beach- our favorite. Also, there is a great supermarket 5 min driving from the hotel.We liked their gourmet selection of cheese, pate, prosciuto and wine. Buying food there and having lunch in our casta was priceless.
Fantastic place to stay in Aruba!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 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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Falls Church, Virginia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

My parents and my partner found our way to the Boardwalk for our first trip to Aruba and were blown away by the beautiful grounds and the kind and helpful staff. Kimberly answered all our questions and went above and beyond to help us out, including giving my dad a t-shirt when she found out the airline had lost his luggage. We won't go anywhere else for our next Aruba trip.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Somerville,NB,Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Boardwalk was a very pleasant surprise. We arrived to find a quiet, peaceful, private hideaway on a piece of property that provides all the essentials of a big chain hotel yet has a flare of home coziness and comfort. Each ground level casita was surrounded by lush tropical greenery and flowering shrubs carefully placed to provide beauty, privacy, and seclusion.
Next time we won't rent a car but take advantage of the clean modern bus system that runs right by the hotel's entrance and travels daily from one end of the island to the other until midnight.
We woke to pleasant country sounds with birds singing and ruffling palm leaves from a warm tropical breeze. Breakfast was prepared in the fully equipped kitchen and served on a secluded covered outdoor patio. The morning was spent exploring the vast number of beaches depending on the flavour of the day; sun bathing, swimming, surfing or snorkeling because each beach is unique and distinctive. After being in the sun all morning it was nice to relax by the small crystal clean pool that is surrounded by strategically placed shade shrubs and trees. Great place to regroup, have a lunch, and converse with other guests. There are many choices for dinner from quick fast foods to fine dining or cook your own dinner on provided bbqs which we did a few times during our 8 night stay.
The sister co-owners were very helpful and accommodating from the first email to our departure. The girls are approachable and always had a warm greeting when encountered either at the checkin or when they walked the property. They were open to provide suggestions when asked and are equipped with rental chairs, coolers, and snorkel gear all needed to add comfort and pleasure at the beach.
These reviews impacted our decision to book and they did not fail us. We will be back.

Room Tip: We like our Casita #5. It was central to walkways, entrances, pool and private. I would pack little...
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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mead wa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

this is the best,quiet peaceful ,clean the sister that own and run this are just great,very helpful and kind,The room are very clean and well maintained,The pool is small ,but just right for a dip in the hot afternoon,I will book there again, I is very easy to walk to the casino to catch the bus, or eat there,or gamble if you want or just walk to the ocean.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Boston, MA
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for three nights at the beginning of March and loved it! We had stayed the previous week at the Marriott Stellaris, which was nice but large and impersonal. The Boardwalk was such a refreshing surprise! We booked because of all the good reviews and we weren't disappointed. We stayed in Casita 22 which was a large one-bedroom right over the main office. The casita is bright, fresh, and impeccably clean. The entire property has recently been renovated and is decorated with a combination of modern details with a Caribbean flair. It was spacious and comfortable. The beds and the linens were the best we experienced all week. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils, full size fridge, coffee maker etc. The air conditioners are very quiet and work really well. The bathroom was modern and huge! Kimberly and Ann Marie (was that her name?) at the front desk were personable, friendly and genuine. The beach is about a 3 min walk across the street and through the Marriott grounds. We took advantage of the free beach chairs at the Moomba beach club one day and thought that was terrific. We didnt rent a car for these three days because we had rented one the previous week and dont mind walking to dinner, but i think most people would like to have a car to drive to restaurants, the high rise area, the low rise area and other island beaches.

We thought this was an excellent choice in Aruba and would highly recommend it to everyone.

Room Tip: Casita 22 is a nice one bedroom unit with 2 queen beds. It is close to the pool and the main recept...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful stay on Aruba at the Boardwalk Hotel. We found the accommodation spacious, very clean and with a well equipped kitchen and actually pretty unique accommodation for Aruba. We thoroughly enjoyed relaxing in our private patio/garden area and found it felt like a hidden away retreat despite being located only 3 minutes walk to the northern end of the highly developed commercialized Palm beach which is dominated by high rise resort hotels, many restaurants & sports activities etc.

Since we don't particularly enjoy these types of very developed commercialized beaches we tended to drive slightly further north up the coast to enjoy the very small quiet under developed beaches or down to the south of the island. We hired a car for the duration of our stay but these locations can also be accessed by bus.

Kimberley who co-run the hotel was an absolute delight. She certainly added to the enjoyment of our stay with her great suggestions of where to go, restaurant ideas, bright cheery smile and genuine heart felt interest in how our holiday was progressing.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Bakval 20, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#5 Business 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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Boardwalk Hotel Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach

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