we just spent a week at this time share with friends 8/17-8/24/13. i want to alert future travelers of some hidden cost that we were not correctly informed of even when we called .
let me just say that this is the first Time share we vacationed at, we normally do all- inclusive.
The flat taxi fee, is $9.00 us dollars no matter if it is 1 mile or 15 miles, one person or 5 people, the Taxies are the personal cars, suv,or mini vans of locals, men & women. However ;0, as soon as you get out of the airport, they have it well marked for the line to catch a taxi, they look at your baggage and charge accordingly, if they touch a bag or haul extra, figure at least a $2.00 charge per pc of luggage. We had 4 in our party, 2 large bags, 4 carry one and two hand bags, $24.00. lol. same amount of baggage leaving hotel to go to the airport, $25.00
Bus fare. $2.00 PP + .45 tread charge. At this particular resort we walked to the grocery store but paid the taxi on the way back. However.. on one of our trips we walked the beach to get some food for supper, we had our suits on , we tried to catch a taxi for our trip back, the man looked at us and said" if your cloths are wet i charge $50.00!!! well decided to walk, the lings&Sons IGA attendant offered to call a taxi , but we just walked. He was the only rude one we ran across.
oky so we arrived at the hotel at 12noon, we could not get into our room until 4pm :( we went to Matthews to eat and grab some beer. 4 simple meals and happy hour prices $$105.00. Beer, 5.95 a bottle, really cheap, nasty beer, $2.95 a bottle. GO TO STORE BUY A COOLER OR BETTER YET PACK An INSULATED LUNCH TOTE. Food/beverage PRICES HIGH. As of Aug 1. 2013 government implemented new environmental taxes for the use of electricity and water per day.. $21.00 per day PLUS A ONE TIME FEE OF $25.00 FOR THE STAY. one week,extra, hidden charge $180.00. They advertise the use of grills, did not tell us of $7.00 charge. I bought a cheap plastic beverage cooler with the Aruba logo on the outside $9.00 ridiculous!!
There is a mall right across the street with small shops and restaurants, including Duncan donuts. Bob's pizza also in a very short walking distance, would not recommend. $2.95 for a soda, in a 12 oz glass filled with large ice, only had about 6oz of soda, NO FREE REFILLS! This seems to be the norm no free refills on non-alcohalic beverage except water.
Aruba is very safe, we walked all over, I spotted security all over the resort, we walked from the low rise hotels to the high rise, had no issues, except it took over an hour. Plenty of shops up buy the high rise hotels, wear comfortable shoes, no one really dresses fancy, almost like a fair environment.
Eagle BEACH was the best beach I saw there , plenty of frontage but not to much, minimal to no coral, the water is amazing, water beautiful and clear, so tranquil to look at.
Our room was on the 5th floor, updated and redone two br. two baths, fully equipped to cook meals in . Washer / dryer & ice machine on same level. We watched the sunrise one one side of the hotel and the sunset off out patio.
Exercise room, umm alot of equipment in a tiny space, small t.v, to every ones back, it was very busy from 8am -11am, often had to wait to use anything.
The grounds are very clean as well as the resort itself.
Check out; leave early!!! Remember everyone in almost all the resorts are checking out the same time on Saturdays. get out by 11am if you have a 2pm or later flight. you will have to stand in the blistering heat on part of your wait to go through customs. we had a 3pm flight and there were already hundreds of people already there and coming in fast.
we had a very relaxing vacation. i would recommend this resort, it is centrally located to down town and to the high rises where many of the stores and restaurants are located. The Ambassador suits are located behind the main hotel, i do not think i would have enjoyed walking across the street to the beach for the cost . But that is just me,
- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Mar Beach Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Casa Del Mar Aruba Beach Club Resort
- Casa Del Mar Beach Resort Aruba/Palm - Eagle Beach