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Villa Sunflower
Rienke Bosch-Wentink | Salinja Cerca 25e, Noord, Aruba   |  
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Ranked #11 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Noord
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Terrible and unacceptable!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2009

We booked a room for 7 days but were out in 24 hours, as soon as we found a hotel. The room was small and dirty, no proper ventilation, bugs and roaches creeping in. Toilet did not work well and neither did the shower. Linens and towels were dirty as well. We were shown other rooms but they all were in similar condition. Photos on the website completely misrepresenting the property. Also, we posted on villa sunflower's website our negative review and it got deleted right away. So, don't go by the guestbook reviews - they are made up. Have we known this, we could have saved a lot of money on last-minute hotel reservation but at least our vacation was saved.

  • Liked — NOTHING
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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riccardo37, manager at Villa Sunflower, responded to this review, June 15, 2009
We did it in person, and again by this website.

Sorry whe were not be able to give you the studio you expected.
And i'm sorry for the bugs and roaches in a tropical country.

But i didn't read anything about your expenses in Sunflower Villa.

Pick-up service, $15 for free
The night in the studio $ 65, for free.

We gave you the maximum discount (100%), and i'm sorry to read how and what you did, but not what we did about it.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2008

I and my wife stayed for 3 days on a studio in Aruba Sunflower Villa. If you are the kind of traveller that don’t need 5 star luxury accomodation and like to have your own kitchen, this is a good place to stay. Why spend 3 ou 4 times more money in a hotel if you probably will be out the most part of the day? Aruba Sunlower is well located, close to the Marriot Hotel, on Palm Beach. Of course, for the price, don’t expect to stay in front of the beach, but walking, you will take only 5 minutes to reach it. The Bus Stop is even closer and if you don’t have a car, it is very convenient. We only rent a car on our last day, to explore the rest of the island and return to airport. The ambient is very familiar and the owner (Mrs Rienke) was very helpful and friendly. She has 3 smart dogs (female) and we did’nt hear any barking at night.

We asked for the airport pickup (U$ 15,00), and Mrs Rienke was expecting us at Airport on the scheduled time (7:00 AM). The path to the lodging was like a city tour, with Mrs Rienke explaining us the main attractions of Aruba. On arriving, she prepared a coffee for us. As we were there in low season, we didn’t have any problem with early check-in and late check-out.

We were asked to turn off the airco when leaving the apartment and not flush our toilet paper. We don’t see any problem on these environmentally correct recommendations. Altough there was no hot (boiling) water, the temperature of the shower was warm, ideal for a confortable bath.

The swimming pool is big and excelent for swimming day or night.

I think that Aruba Sunflower has a good cost-benefit and I would stay there again.

  • Liked — LOCATION
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2005

We stayed at the Aruba Sunflower for 6 nights this past week. I would not recommend it to anyone. The photos on the wesite are very misleading. When we arrived, we got shown our apartment and were in shock. There was bug spray and a fly swatter immediately when you walked in. We were told that we could not flush our toilet paper under any circumstances. There was construction being done to make another apartment on the already crowded property so it was very loud all day. You have to ask for towels and can only get them if the lady is home at that time. Everything there is line dried so the towels and sheets are very rough and smell kinda funny and I think the sheets might be 150 thread count. Also, there was no hot water and our shower did not work very well. (on Aruba the fresh water is stored above ground so the water was not cold - just room temperature) There is no maid service on Saturday or Sunday. The person who owns the place stays on property and has three dogs who bark a lot and are not very well mannered (don't set anything down or it's gone). We tried to get a hotel room after we saw the place and stayed there one night, but most were all booked up and the few that were left were VERY expensive (over $250 a night). We had family on the island who had a hotel room so we went over there and borrowed towels and showered most of the time. I would recommend saving up a little bit more and staying at a resort - you get what you pay for.

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Address: Rienke Bosch-Wentink | Salinja Cerca 25e, Noord, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Noord
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Ranked #11 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Noord
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Number of rooms: 3
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