I have read the reviews before choosing this hotel and I can't understand the negative ones,, or wait I can. Aruba is wonderful but something to understand like many tropical islands, once you leave the resort you see the true area you are staying in. By the standards of US citizens it is teetering on 3rd world.... the whole island. Unless you own land near the Light House welcome to reality. Jamaica, Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos is like this as well, this is not Hawaii or a US territory so prepare yourself. The buildings are bright and colorful, but like the rest of the world the economy is suffering. It is however very safe, just be smart I had no problems. . But that is only if you are not well traveled and expect a Disney World atmosphere where everything is happy and jolly. That aside, if you stay here it is because you are on a budget and the only reason why this place is so cheap is because it is not right on the beach. This hotel is about 1 mile to the beach, I am young and on a budget and it was no problem to walk to the beach, didn't take long maybe 20 minutes. I am from Chicago, so I have no problem taking a city bus. The bus stop is across the street, so to go downtown will cost you 1.35 for one way and 2.70 for round trip. Much cheaper than renting a car or taking a cab. The front office staff was very helpful! I loved Jennifer, she was awesome and Farley was nice as well. They have daily activities, but I didn't really partake. The pool was nice and if you are someone that like to stay at a resort or on the grounds and have no since of adventure, I say stay at one of the resorts. That way you can be entertained without leaving.
Cunukoo Bus! The dinner bus was a great deal and Farley gave us an awesome discount! (the night is hazy after 3rd bar)
Jolly Pirate - In Aruba all the competition is located right next to each other so before you book ask everyone...the prices differ depending on who you talk to.
Eagle Beach (more quiet...but you need to bring everything you need)
Palm Beach ( AMAZING! Haggle for a good price on chairs )
Wed- go to confessions Lady's night, 9-11pm free martinis and mojitos for ladies
(Drinking age is 18 so expect to party with the babies lol)
Be stressed- things are slower on the island
Expect convenience to come cheap.
Show up to catch your Departing flight less than 3 hours ahead. Customs is rough if you are US citizen you go through it 2 times. Aruba and US. So be prepared.
Enjoy this beautiful 1 happy Island
I would go for the kitchen, you could cook your own food and save a bundle. Aruba is VERY expensive...
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