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Paradera Park
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Paradera 203, Paradera, Aruba   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Paradera
San Antonio, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best decision ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

I loved everything about this hotel. The ambiance, how quaint it was, the fact that it was not surrounded by other "high rise" hotels or overcrowded, and most of all the service, were some of the things that made my visit here one of the best. Of all the hotels I have visited, including so called 5-star hotels, I don't believe I have ever been provided with better service than Paradera Park. The owners are a lovely couple that know and apply the true meaning of hospitality. The fact that it was not at the beachfront did not deter me from enjoying the hotel and my visit to Aruba because the hotel was a little paradise in itself and it is in the perfect location to be able to explore other parts of the island. I plan to stay here again when I return to the island.

  • Stayed May 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Very nice - clean, good pool, etc.

But potential guests should know, this location is not by the beach! Their website copy is misleading (Tucked away in a quiet, convenient location, Paradera Park is literally just minutes away from all of Aruba's beaches and sights, restaurants and shopping areas.)

"Minutes" is about 20 minutes and you absolutely need a rental car to get around. At night, the location can be very hard to find. And it is easy to get lost. A lot of the locals don't know where it is either, so it makes for a somewhat challenging situation for unadventurous travelers. You do save money on the room though! But cabs to the beaches/shops are typically $20 each way.

Room Tip: No room service. No food or restaurants nearby if you want an easy night or if you come to the prope...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Queens, NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

On the quite expensive island of Aruba, this property ticks all the boxes for a relaxing location close to everything. Full kitchen is great for making breakfast. Reasonably priced neighborhood supermarket is nearby. The garden/pool area is wonderful for taking it easy in the morning or after a long beach day. While a car is necessary, PP is centrally located and directions from the owners make it easy to get anywhere on the island. Also, so convenient that they provide cooler/chairs. Highly recommended for a non-beachfront option.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boiling Springs, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I really loved this place and everything was so nice and me and my wife will be back you should get this place for your trip to Aruba and thanks for everything love Terry@Sandra Gist. We hope to come back in 2014 if everything goes good. Just love the oasis look and real close to everything you need.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Morgantown, West Virginia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

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.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bemidji, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

You continually hear arguments for and against places that are "away from the action". Both sides of the issue have merits and it truly revolves around your personal preferences. In my case, with the island of Aruba being so small (19 miles long, 6 miles wide) I preferred to stay away from what is known as the "high rise" and "low rise" beach areas. (They are known as that because of the height of the hotels in each of these destinct locations.) Paradera Park Apartments offered a quiet, restful, clean, comfortable and accommodating retreat after a long day at the beach with literally hundreds of people at each beach site. My stay happened to occur during the period of time that occurs each year in which the locals can literally camp out on the beaches. And they do!!! Some otherwise secluded areas, such as Baby Beach, were virtually impossible to stop and enjoy. The owners at Paradera Park Apartments, Hank and Debbie go out of their way to be inviting and sincere in having you as a guest. As we were checking in, Hank asked if we'd like a beer while we visited, as a for instance. The complex is completely enclosed and offers wonderful privacy in an area that includes a very nice pool and patio area. The patio area has three thatched roof shelters with comfortable couches and two hammock swings, clean and very well maintained restroom facilities and a wonderful array of flowering plants and palm trees. Our room was a deluxe studio which slept three persons (2 adults and a 16 y/o) very comfortably. The studio was very clean and maintained daily by the housekeeping staff. There is a small patio that looks out unto the larger general patio area and has a sliding patio door with very durable nylon netting which keeps flying insects out while letting the breezes in. There is an air conditioner in each unit and in most, an efficient kitchen area. It was nice to be able to go out and buy some groceries to keep eating costs down somewhat. Everyday was an easy drive to get from our complex to anyplace on the island. The complex is 3 miles inland which makes it in the center of the north end of the island. Within five minutes, by car, you are at the "high rise" area on one side or the wide open sea on the other. If you enjoy sitting in stop and go traffic (especially when the cruise ships are in port) then don't head for Paradera Park, because they don't have that sort of congestion. They are the place to stay if you want to be able to unwind after doing all of the great things that you can go out and do on this great little island. I can't imagine a better place to get a great night's sleep and be refreshed and ready to go the next day.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leidschendam, The Netherlands
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Paradera Park is a lovely place if you wish to enjoy the true sense of the island, away from the high rise hotels along the coast. It is like a pearl in a mainly dry environment with an oasis of palm trees in a well maintained garden, surrounded by the very comfortable and clean rooms. On top of this, Paradera Park offers an outstanding service by the friendly and helpfull owners Henk and Debbie. We highly recommend this beautiful place. We will come back for sure.

  • 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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Additional Information about Paradera Park

Address: Paradera 203, Paradera, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Paradera
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Paradera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Paradera Park 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm welcome to Paradera Park! Whether seeking a romantic escape, traveling for business or on a family vacation, Paradera Park is an intimate and tranquil island hideaway located in the heart of Aruba - a genuine place you won’t want to leave. At Paradera Park you can be assured of a warm welcome and friendly, personal service throughout your stay. Tucked away in a quiet, convenient location, Paradera Park is literally just minutes away from all of Aruba’s beaches and sights, restaurants and shopping areas. This indulging retreat is referred to as a “Tropical Oasis” 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 island experience. Amidst these exquisite gardens lies a large swimming pool and sundecks with cushioned lounge chairs, teakwood settees, outdoor grill, shaded cabanas, secluded hammocks and terracotta pots bursting with flowers. All spacious accommodations are secluded and privately situated in the gardens with all the comforts of home. Guest services include complimentary WIFI, daily housekeeping, beach chairs, beach towels & cooler. ... more   less 
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