Walking into the apartment complex we were struck by the many plants and seating areas that make it look like a tropical oasis (as advertised and as the on-line pictures portray) in a residential area inland away from the hotel areas of Eagle and Palm beaches. It is a 15-20 minute drive to downtown or to the hotel areas which takes you through the residential and local business areas of the island providing a much different feeling than driving through the highly traveled main street of downtown where most of the cruise boat patrons are walking around. Some may find this inland location inconvenient, and it does take you through the less prosperous areas of the island. That didn’t bother us as we enjoyed seeing how the residents live. Debby and Henk are gracious hosts who are attentive and very helpful in providing advice as well as addressing questions around the complex. The availability of beach chairs, cooler and beach towels was very much appreciated as we went to the beach every day. Additionally, they secured a rental car for us through Avis at a very reasonable rate. The unit we had was comfortable and had what we needed during our four-night stay. Fresh flowers on the table and in the bathroom were a welcome touch. The lack of an electrical outlet in the bathroom was a problem for my wife as she was drying her hair, but she found one in the bedroom next to the mirror, so that problem was solved. Also, the fan in the bathroom was extremely load making it difficult to carry on a conversation at times. The pool was attractive but for a couple of days it had a lot of leaves floating around and on the bottom making it less inviting than it could have been. Once it had been cleaned, we enjoyed spending time in it. Staying here, one does not get the hotel-on-the-beach tourist experience typically associated with Aruba, but for those seeking a pleasant and quiet respite after a busy day snorkeling or sightseeing among the crowds, you will find this facility very inviting. The WiFi service is only available around the pool; however, there is a land line available in the apartments for a $5 a day fee. The overall experience here was very pleasant, and additionally, the price is right allowing for more funds available to patronize the many nice restaurants of the island, particularly those located on the beach or with a view of the ocean. I would highly recommend staying here if you are looking for a tranquil environment away from the crowds at Eagle and Palm Beaches.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether seeking a romantic escape, on a family vacation or traveling for business, Paradera Park is an intimate and relaxing island hideaway located in the heart of all that Aruba has to offer, an ideal choice for travelers looking for comfort, privacy and exceptional service. Paradera Park's indulging retreat has established a reputation of being a "Tropical Oasis" in Aruba with its unique and lush tropical gardens in which its guests can escape to a world of comfort and relaxation, away from the crowds, for an unforgettable Caribbean island experience. Tucked away in these exquisite gardens, with large swimming pool, sundecks with cushioned lounge chairs, teakwood settees, outdoor grill, shaded cabanas and secluded hammocks lay our fully equipped, spacious accommodations. All rooms are privately situated and offer all the comforts and convenience of home. To make your stay even more relaxing and carefree, we provide a daily housekeeping service with fresh linen and towels, locally made Aruba Aloe toiletries as well as a laundry service. Complimentary beach chairs, cooler and towels are also available. Front Desk for trips, tours and island know how, snorkeling gear rental and Breakfast & Arrival packages on request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradera Park Hotel Paradera