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“My Aruban Home is now our Home” 5 of 5 stars
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Bakval 15A, Noord, Aruba   |  
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Ranked #1 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Noord
Longmont, Colorado
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“My Aruban Home is now our Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The difference between an ordinary vacation and one that is memorable has everything to do with the people you meet. We came to Aruba expecting nothing more than beach time. But we left feeling we were leaving close friends. All because of two very caring people the moment we walked out the airport. Robby picked us up as he said he would right on time with a smile and eagerness to make us feel excited about being in Aruba. He asked if we needed anything before going to our "home". We took the opportunity to stop at a supermarket. It was a Sunday and he told us that most people are off and at the beaches and also the supermarkets. It was packed so it took us a while to get some Aruban supplies. But he waited patiently outside for us with ac on. He knew we had a short stay and wanted us to get the most out of the visit so he took us through the neighborhood to get our bearings and showed us some of the beaches in the area so we could decide which ones we wanted to go to later through our stay. At the "home" (cant say its a hotel, rental sounds to insignificant, you really do feel at home) he walked us into our own private room complete with living area, fully stocked kitchen, cozy bedroom, and bathroom. Open the fridge and what did we see? A variety of drinks and even local beer. No signs showing price....it was all free. Before he left he insisted that if we needed him for anything to just give him a call and that included if we we somewhere and could not or did not want to walk back. An he meant it! We haven't even paid for our room yet and he never once mentioned payment. Our last night he called us to see how we were doing and I asked him about checkout time. I asked him if he could drop us off at a beach and we would walk back and checkout around noon. Even though we were checking out and going to a different hotel (we had originally split the trip into different locations and two different accommodations) he said we should stay and checkout when we were ready to go to the last hotel. We have been treated so far like best friends and now I truly believe his top priority is his guests and not making money. His wonderful wife Judith took us to beach and pointed out what each area was best for. When we checked out at 3:00 pm Robby asked how how trip was and we felt the best part was the warmth we received from staying with them. He then drove us to our hotel. But before leaving us Robby asked if we needed a ride to the airport the next morning! I did not want to burden him with the task after all that he had done. We were prepared to get public transportation. What difference it was to walk into the hotel lobby. After settling into out hotel I thought it over and wanted to end our trip with saying goodbye to our new friend so I emailed him and asked him if it was no trouble we would take the offer. The next morning Robby shows up in front of the lobby and takes us to the airport. He hugs us goodbye and it really felt like we were leaving home. Thank you Robby and Judith for making a trip a memorable experience. If you travel to learn and grow, you would avoid the all-inclusive hotels. If you travel to expand your comfort zone and indulge in culture you would find a local place to stay. If you want to make friends for a lifetime and have a place in Aruba to call home, you should stay at "My Aruban Home".

  • Stayed September 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

My wife and I visited Aruba at the end of August for our honeymoon and stayed at My Aruban Home due to the excellent reviews on Trip Advisor and because a co-worker of my wife's stay here also. We are fortunate and happy that we stayed with Robby and Judith! Robby and Judith were the best host and hostess we have ever stayed with and we will be back to see them soon. First, Robby came to the airport and picked us up then took us to the local grocery store, he the preceded to take us "home"! The grounds and apartment were great...we were just a 10 minute walk to the beach!!! My Aruban Home offered us bikes, snorkeling gear, towels, and grill to cookout! We loved every minute of our stay in Aruba....Robby and Judith are priceless!!! Dan & Natasha

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

My husband and I visited Aruba for our August honeymoon and stayed at My Aruban Home due to the excellent Trip Advisor reviews and we are very glad we did! Robby and Judith were so accommodating and helped make our honeymoon memorable. From the moment he picked us up at the airport, Robby was at our service, making us feel like Aruba was home. The unit we stayed in was super cute, clean and comfortable and Robby and Judith were sweet enough to leave us a couple of honeymoon surprises! With bicycles, snorkel gear, towels, and a car to rent right on site, My Aruban home made our trip carefree. It is close enough to the large hotels to enjoy the nightlife and food that downtown has to offer, but also allows you to escape at the end of the night to a place that feels just like home. When we have the pleasure of returning to Aruba someday, we are definitely going to be staying at My Aruban Home!

  • Stayed August 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

What a great place to stay! From the moment Robby picked my wife and I up at the airport he made us feel like family. From showing us around the island, to stopping at the grocery store on the way to his home it felt like he was close friend. The apartment & grounds were beautiful...just a short walk to the beach. And if you like to walk or bike - Robby had bikes available to use - this is the perfect place. Nancy and I walked and rode bikes, we explored half the island in the 4 days there...We're coming back next year to explore the other half, guest where were staying??? Robert & Judith were very helpful in recommending places to visit & eat...I can't remember the Italian resturant by the lighthouse but put it on your list if places to eat! Robert gave us a ride to that restaurant - we could have used their car..,Oh you also can make arrangements to use there car for a nominal fee and top off the gas!
All I can say if you want to have a great stay visit "My Aruba Homes", Robert & Judith will made you feel at home and like family!

See you next year!!!! :-)

Bob & Nancy

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Franklin, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We went during May, and from day one Robert and Judith made us welcome to Aruba.
The experience/stay hit all the points a traveler is looking for:

*Judith picked us up at the airport-- We didn't have to worry about transportation! She even let us stop by the local market
*The room was CLEAN, NEAT and very comfortable. It was a lot of space for the price. They even personalized our stay with a little carnation and a note!
*This is the perfect place for something simple and clean (nothing fancy)- with bicycles that we could borrow and a laundry facility.
*PERFECT location-right next to a few beaches.
*Hosts offered help when we wanted to know what thing we could do.

Overall, we would recommend this place to our friends in a heart beat, without a moment's pause. The place is a great value and the setting for a fabulous experience!!!

Thanks Rob and Judith

Stephanie and Dmitri***

  • 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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swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

It was the second time me & my daughter (she is 9y ) visited Aruba , I don't like the all inclusive holidays so when I found My Aruban home it was perfect.. And it was , from the planning to the holiday... Robbie picked us up from the airport and took us food shopping and later in the evening took us to The Dancing Waters Show at Paseo Herencia Mall and picked us up. The place is beautiful, so clean and it feels like your home and you are treated like family. There is a laundry room that you can use and if you need new towels just ask Chica . If you got a question Robbie and Judith's door is always open and they are very easy to get hold of . And you even got free Wi-Fi !!! So you can show all your friends what they are missing :-) . Beach , pool , restaurants , Mall everything is within walking distance even if you got children with you. There are bikes , snorkel gear that you can borrow and you can even rent a car . There is nothing I can find that is wrong , this is truly my home in paradise. Will I be back ?? Try to stop me .. And thank you Judith for our lovely day out :-) it was the best.

  • Stayed June 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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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying in one of the apartments for 2 nights before going to a friend's time share at the Divi Phoenix. As others have stated, it was a wonderful experience. From the initial email inquiring about availability, to the final ride to our next stop, we were treated with the utmost respect and kindness. The apartment was spotless and truly sparkled! I have never stayed in a cleaner place. The sincere welcome and hospitality extended by Robbie and Judith were remarkable. After greeting us at the airport with a big smile (despite our flight being over 3 hours late), Robbie showed us around his island, took us to the grocery store and then welcomed us to "our" home. He couldn't do enough for us -he insisted on driving us to our dinner reservations and even picked us up afterwards. We will surely be back and hope to stay longer next time. Thank you for a truly delightful time.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MyArubanHome, Manager at My Aruban Home, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Thank you so much for your review. It was a pleasure to host you and hope to see you back in Aruba. Regards, Judith & Robert
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Address: Bakval 15A, Noord, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Noord
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Noord
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
My Aruban Home prides itself in being the perfect hosts for those who want to discover a more authentic Aruba. Our vacation apartments are located in a cozy residential area, at walking distance from beaches such as Hadicurari, Palm Beach and some of the most popular attractions on the island. This is the perfect place for those looking for a ultimate relaxation. Your stay includes airport transfers and use of free amenities such as beach bikes, snorkel gear and more. ... more   less 
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