We stayed here with our 2 and 4 year old the first week in March. Its right on the beach and only about a 5 min drive to the Hi Rise area and about 3 mins to the Super Food grocery store. The resort is nicely landscaped and very clean. The Beach is big and beautiful with white sand and turquoise water. The waves were very rough the week we were there, not sure if it is always like that. The beach huts are plentiful, but they are all reserved early (before 9am) and very close together. There is a resort policy that you cant reserve for more than 2 hours with out showing up, but like every other resort with this type of policy its not enforced at all, some huts that were reserved never had anyone show up before we would leave for the kids naps at 1pm. Chairs in the sun werent hard to find though.
The pool area is nice. Like the beach the huts are all reserved early. The kiddie pool is good and the kids loved playing in it. Chairs in the sun are available. The Pool bar has Happy Hours (2 for 1) at 12-1, 4-6 and 9-10. They dont have a drink menu.... ?!?!?! Why????? I pretty much ordered the few amount of drinks that I know off the top of my head. The drinks were around $8-9. They were usually pretty good. We ate lunch there once and the quesadilla was very good. Never ate at Riccardos for dinner.
The rooms are very clean, the cleaning people here do a great job. The beds were very comfortable and the dual AC control (1 in bedroom and 1 in living area) was nice and kept the place cool. The balconies were spacious, with nice chairs and table. It seems every room has a great view of the ocean and pool.
The service here isnt great. Its a timeshare place and it felt like they were there to check you in and out and that is it. They werent there to make us feel relaxed and make our vacation better. They never told us any information about what the resort had to offer and outside of the cleaning ladies, no one smiled and greeted us. So you know, they have some planned activities for kids and a playground by the beach. One thing that I cant stand is when a hotels lists how much they are going to charge you for everything that isnt bolted down and recommends that you go through and count every little thing when you get there. Really??? I have to count every clothes hanger, plate, cup, bowl, every piece of silverware, pots, pans, towels, face cloths, dish rags, etc; for the first couple of hours I am there? Have faith that your guests and members are going to be honest.
The only other thing is the parking lot. The one in front of the ABC is only about 15 spots. I questioned the front desk about it and all they said was "Its first come first served." So I am on my own to find other parking. I dont know if it was allowed but I was able to find a spot or 2 open in the lot in front of the Casa Del Mar next door when the ABC lot was full.
So overall the Aruba Beach Club was a nice and clean resort with a great location, nice beach and pool area, great cleaning people and adequate customer service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dreaming of Paradise? Come and enjoy your next Caribbean Vacation at the Aruba Beach Club!! There's something for everyone at the Aruba Beach Club. Located directly on the beach, this family oriented time-sharing resort boasts an Olympic size swimming pool, children's facilities, tennis courts, outstanding friendly service, clean, well maintained suites and of course the fabulous beach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Aruba Beach Club Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Aruba Beach Hotel
- Aruba Beach Resort
- Aruba Beach Club Palm - Eagle Beach