We stayed at the Boardwalk in a studio with a toddler. We were able to check in early without any problems and the owners/staff were very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly throughout our stay.
The room was clean, cozy, and the bathroom seems like it was recently renovated and clean. It felt a little small with our toddler, but then again it's a studio. If we come back and stay longer, we probably would reserve a 1 bedroom.
The hotel grounds are well kept, peaceful, and beautiful. It feels more like a vacation home, not a hotel.
We didn't cook much in the kitchen, but it was nice to have plates and other kitchen wares available since we bought fruits, bread, wine, cheese, juice, etc. for breakfast and snacks.
One thing that didn't meet our expectation was the proximity to the beach. We were under the impression that we would have to cross a road and the beach would be a couple of minutes of walk away. It was more like cross the road, walk down the road that's north of the Marriott hotel (which is the entire width of the Marriott hotel grounds..). The roads aren't exactly pedestrian friendly so you have to be careful, especially with a stroller. Yes, the hotel's website shows their exact location on google maps, but we somehow thought the hotel was closer to the beach.. as other reviewers gave us the impression that the hotel is closer to the beach than it really is.
So it was a good thing that we had rented a car. We drove to the beach after the first day.
All in all, we would definitely come back again, with the expectation that we would drive everywhere from the hotel. And that works for us.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Hotel
- Boardwalk Hotel Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach