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which low rise resort?

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which low rise resort?

My husband and I are planning. a trip to Aruba in July. We decided on staying in a low rise resort. We've narrowed it down to either manchebo or Amsterdam manor. Which one would you chose? Should we rent a car? where is there a good place to eat that is not too pricey?

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1. Re: which low rise resort?

Just my opinion, I'd pick the Amsterdam Manor-very nice small resort, but truthfully I'd be happy to stay at either. For the great not too expensive restaurant, we like Barney's but there are all kinds of options.

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2. Re: which low rise resort?

Another vote for AMBR. You might also like Bingo, Salt and Pepper, Bavaria, Casa Tua, Scott's Brats and Bugaloe. A bonus of staying at Amsterdam Manor is that all rooms have kitchen facilities, so if you are looking to keep your costs down, you could shop at SuperFood and save some money that way.

Have a great trip!

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We've stayed at both places and prefer Amsterdam Manor. We like it over Manchebo because the rooms are larger and all have full kitchens or kitchenettes. They also offer a few amenities that Manchebo does not - free floats on the beach, room service, free movie on the beach every Wed. night, etc. We also feel that the water is usually a bit calmer at Amsterdam Manor because it's at the end of Eagle Beach and is somewhat protected.

You do have to cross a narrow road to the beach at Amsterdam Manor but, for us, it's a non-issue. Only takes a few steps to cross and there is a marked walkway.

Renting a car is a personal decision and will depend on if you want to explore the island alot or stay close to the beach most days. Both resorts have a handful of walkable restaurants but not too many. The bus stop is right in front of Amsterdam Manor and will take you to the Palm Beach area in 5 minutes where there is shopping, restaurants, bars, etc. We always rent a car but we like to be out and about on the island and like it to drive to certain restaurants at night.

Edited: 8:30 am, April 29, 2014
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I have stayed in each hotel once. I liked the AM property better, but preferred the Manchebo beach and view. Also, the Manchebo staff, especially at the beach bar, was nicer than the AM staff, IMO. Not that the AM staff wasn't friendly, they just didn't come across as well as Manchebo's. Actually, the Bucuti is the best hotel on Eagle Beach. Not sure why that hotel is not one that you are considering. Be careful when comparing prices. Bucuti's price includes taxes and fees. The other's do not. Also, Bucuti includes a full breakfast in the price. Bucuti is also adult only. None of the hotels will be overrun with kids. AM had several Dutch families present when I visited. They were not a cause for concern. Whichever hotel you choose, I am sure that you will enjoy your visit.

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1st of all I congratulate you on your choice of picking the low rise area.....much more relaxing, uncrowded and quiet....Heres a vote for Manchebo...be going back for our 4th time this October....most beautiful wide part of Eagle beach ....recently renovated....always plenty of Palapas available...., friendliest and best staff....same people working there year after year....good restaurants , french steak house pega-pega bar & grill for lunch....Matthews, Ricardos & Pizza bobs etc etc a few steps away.....I always get a car from Tropic car rental....can't beat the rates......

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6. Re: which low rise resort?

I have not stayed at either place but if I had to choose, I would go to Manchebo. It is right on the beach (which is very important to us) and it is one of the best beaches. Also, lots of choices to eat nearby. Love the beach in this area. Another plus is it is right across the street from Casino, lol.

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7. Re: which low rise resort?

Manchebo is on a beautiful section of beach and right on the beach. I have not stayed at either property. I went with Bucuti (which is located next door to Manchebo) based on reviews from tripadvisor. Manchebo as another poster said has more restaurants, shops, casino by it.

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8. Re: which low rise resort?

Another vote for the Manchebo for the same reasons posted above. We have stayed there six times. I do hear great things about the AM but we like to be right on the beach and not have to cross a road. At the Manchebo we rent from Top Drive and have always been pleased with their service. Enjoy which ever resort you choose and have a great vacation.

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9. Re: which low rise resort?

My family has stayed at Costa Linda several years back. Right on the beach, very spacious, great pools/staff, full-kitchen in rooms, which is great for buying food at the super markets- food prices are reasonable in comparison to Bahamas, Cayman Islands, etc. There are plenty of super-markets across the island. Of the 6 times we've traveled here we find it essential to rent a vehicle. Prices for renting cars are good- there are several available right outside of the airport. The roads in Aruba are great/ easy to get around (no hill-side or sharp corners like you see in St. Lucia or Jamaica). It's nice to explore the island and to be able to see the California Lighthouse, the Rock Formations, downtown, Palm Beach area all on your own schedule. Enioy my favorite island!

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10. Re: which low rise resort?

Amsterdam Manor for all the reasons Amy stated. Been to Aruba many times and stayed there for the first time last Christmas. Loved it and are returning in June and again in December for the holidays.