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Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great place for a relaxing vacation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

My girlfriend and I traveled to Aruba for the first time in late August 2012 and we had a fantastic time! This hotel has the most amazing location and view! We requested the bottom floor based on preference of being able to walk right out onto the beach. We were so happy with this decision! Although we had slight complaints about the room, we were on vacation and were not supposed to be in the room besides when sleeping. The shower was a little odd with open/walk-in as the floor did get extremely wet, but that's what towels are for. Only real complaint about the room was how the safe worked. Having paid for an all-inclusive trip, you'd expect the cost of the safe to be included, but $2 a day isn't really much to complain about. Finally, having to carry the key to the safe around your neck constantly isn't something I want to do on vacation. Wish the safes were more like other hotels with keypad/electronic entry. First thing I did was find a great place to hide the key in the room rather than carry it around the resort.

As many other reviews have said, everyone working there always had a smile on their face and willing to help.

We did take a bus down to the high rise section for a snorkeling excursion on Jolly Pirates and could not believe how many people were on the beach. When we were planning this vacation we decided against staying at a chain hotel solely for the ocean view rooms with immediate beach access and we definitely could not be more happy about this decision.

We would both highly recommend this hotel for someone looking for a gorgeous beach for a relaxing vacation!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Very happy with our trip to Aruba in March. We stayed at the Tamarijn on recommendation of a friend. Would agree the views from our room were fantastic, beautiful sand beach and the ocean right in front of us. Room could have been a little larger and furniture upgraded but overall was clean and suited our needs as we weren't there much. We stayed in the 1200 block, a good central location between the Tamarijn and the Divi. Also stayed on the upper level which had a good size balcony and was more private as public walk by very close on the main floor rooms and would be able to see right in to your room. It was great to be able to use facilities and restaurants at both hotels. Must admit spent more time at the Divi, pool larger, seemed to ahve more going on. We asked to see a room at the Divi and it was larger, nicer, would probably stay there next time. John and Lynda Prain, Canada

Room Tip: Second floor more private, have a nice balcony (rooms at end have a larger balcony).
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed in the Divi Tamarijn. Beachfront rooms and a beautiful beach it was. Staff was wonderful, rooms were updated, beds were extremely comfortable and for an all-inclusive the food was terrific. This was a very relaxing and enjoyable family vacation because this property was absolutly perfect!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was our fourth time back to Aruba. The prior three times we stayed at the Divi(sister hotel to Tamarijn) but stayed at the Tam this time because it was a little less expensive and we have a large family. We had a GREAT time.
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We found the food to be very good. Actually improved from the last time we visited 4 years ago. The Red Parrot happens to be my favorite restaurant there, but Palm Grill is fun and Papparazzi isn't bad. The beef at any of the restaurants is consistently good. The breakfast and lunch buffets offer a pretty good variety. And if there isn't anything there for you, the poolside bar offers pizza, chicken nuggets, fries, sandwiches. I highly recommend the pizza, and also their meatball sandwich was great too. There is never a shortage on food, and unless you are SUPER picky I would think it would be hard to not find something you like for breakfast/lunch.

We have a toddler so we were up and at 'em very early. We never had an issue getting a poolside lounge chair but by 8am they were all claimed. So I suggest getting up early to claim your spot. Plenty of room on the beach though if you want to hang there.
Pool isn't all that big, and gets kind of dirty fast from all the kids in the pool, but you can't beat the view from the pool. Take a walk or the trolly down to the Divi pool. They have reconstructed that area and it's really nice now. The ocean is AMAZING. You really can't beat it. Relatively calm waters, crystal clear blue, and warm. It's paradise.

The rooms...ok, they're small. BUT they are all ocean view. The showers, as others have mentioned, are a little weird. Be prepared to lay down lots of towels as the water gets everywhere!! Doesn't make sense why they constructed the showers this way, but in any event, it's a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme. We were in the 1400 block, which was super convenient to the buffet, pool, etc. Our friends happened to be in the 2300 block which was pretty far away from it all. Personally, because of having a small child, the convience of being so close was ideal, BUT at night it was a bit noisy because you are so close to the entertainment area. So I would think the 1600 block would be just far enough away, but close enough. Thats what I would request next time. Rooms are clean, and we had no issues at all.

The nightly entertainment could stand to be better. But if you are looking to party, head to the highrise section for nightlife. This resort is definitely geared towards families, which is why we go here with our 4 children. If you are single, or traveling with friends looking to party, I'd recommend staying up in the highrise section. Much more "happening" up there.

All and all, it's perfect for what we look for in a vacation. Endless food and drinks, warm weather, and a beautiful ocean. You can't beat the weather, one day more gorgeous then the next. Aruba is fantastic. The Tamarijn did not dissapoint, and for what you pay it's definitely worth it. It's not luxury by any means, (we've done that too), so if you're looking for high end luxury this isn't the place for you, but if you have realistic expectations, aren'like an authentic islandy feel, you will have a really nice time here.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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North Conway, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Just wanted to comment on our experience in Aruba. We are first time visitors and wanted a memorable honeymoon. We chose the Tamarijn Hotel all-inclusive in Oranjestad because it offered beach access and everything was included.
The rooms were clean, spacious and allowed us to literally walk from our (ground-level) sliding door---right on to the gorgeous white-sand beach!
Everyone was VERY friendly and as a bonus we got full access to the Divi Hotel, just a few minutes walk away.
The complimentary dinner provided by Diamonds Int'l was delicious and took place right on the beach at sunset with candlelight and the BEST waiter we ever had in awhile---you couldn't expect better service anywhere---even when paying for it!
We would definitely recommend this hotel for interested honeymooners or any first time traveler exploring Aruba as a destination. The value of the all inclusive package was HUGE!

We ate one night at Mama Leone's (you will have to ask f at Concierge for reservations and a short taxi drive) the food was scrumptious---not cheap---but well worth the visit!

Also we took a Land Rover tour of the Island to the North-east side of the Island. The scenery was gorgeous. It is only for the adventurous....the ride was bumpy...and dusty, but a great adventure!

Room Tip: Choose a room further away from the hustle-bustle of the pool area. It is the "hub" of act...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

My husband and I recently returned from our thrid stay at the Tamarijn. Previous visits: 2005 and 2012. We keep returning for the amazing 'beachfront' location and length of beach that this property covers. I have reviewed this property on both previous occasions and rather than repeat myself I will add in this review additional things that may be helpful to travellers.

As I have encountered, although you may make a room 'request' with your tour operator the requests are not always passed along to the hotel. This hotel does take room 'requests' directly. Remember though that they are 'requests' only and the hotel will do their best to accommodate. The hotel number is: from north america - 011-297-525-5200. Ask for reservations for room requests. Ask for concierge for evening restaurant reservations up to 48 hours in advance. Calling to make a restaurant reservation before arrival was ideal as in our past 2 trips we discovered that upon arrival all the restaurants are full for that evening and limited times available for the following evening.

There are 14 room blocks. Blocks 11 to 13 are on the Divi side of the Tam. Blocks 14 to 18 between the main hotel/restaurant area and the Bunker Bar. Blocks 19 to 25 extend from the Bunker Bar to the end of the property (downtown end). Note, there is no block # 20.

The Paparrazi (Italian) restaurant is always chilly due to the A/C. Ladies, bring a sweater!

The Red Parrot restaurant at the Divi is our favourite. The food quality and service is excellent. They have garlic shrimp which are fantastic. They are however not on the menu but staff will bring them if you ask.

Once again I went 'off menu' and asked for a few special dishes made up of the ingredients on their menu. On each occasion the staff were very accommodating and the food was fantastic.

The shuttle service works for the Casino. It is a privilage to be able to use it from Tam to Divi etc. Yes, sometimes it is busy and you have to wait 10+ minutes but it is worth it when it comes.

There is a local market just down the road from the Tam on the way to downtown, about a 10 to 15 min walk. The market is only open on weekends. It has an assortment of tourist souveniers, sarongs, dresses, T-shirts, Jewellery etc. It is worth a visit. Like any market you can get a great deal.

Getting around on the local bus (Arubus) is very easy. There is a bus stop by the Tam. Cash fare is US$2.30 and change is given in local currency. The buses are not clearly marked where they are going so ensure you ask the driver if he is going to where you want to go. Frequency is about every 15 to 20 mins.

We ventured off on our own to snorkel. There are a few good spots north of the high rise hotel area. The spots are; Malmok Beach (a bit rocky to get in); Catalina beach (easier access to water) and Arashi Beach. The latter we didn't go to so cannot comment but it looked very popular and has a larger stretch of beach. The snorkel boat tours stop at these spots.
We enjoyed both Malmok and Catalina. The variety of fish was ok though of course not as plentiful as going to DePalm Island. We took some french fries in a zip loc bag and the fish went crazy for them!
The bus will drop you off in the above areas. If going by taxi the fare from Tam to Catalina is US$14. (cab to lighthouse from Tam is $16,within low rise hotel area cab fares are $7).

We stayed at the Tam over the Easter week. It is a very popular time for locals to camp on the beach and for tourists from Venezuela and South America to visit. Hotels tend to be full at this time.

We walked from the Tam around the beach to the last low rise hotel, Amersterdam Manor Beach Hotel, and the walk was 45 min from the Divi (timed from this hotel as we had stopped for a rehydrating drink and cocktail!!). Enjoyed a drink at 'Passions on the beach' the restaurant for this hotel. Drinks were pricey. 2 small Balashi beers and a daquiri were US$18. Took the bus back.

Interesting to note, is that all Palm trees on the island are imported. Depending on the type they come from various places such as Florida, South America and even some very expensive residential ones from Morocco.

The Tam is a great property. My husband and I had never returned to a property before and here we are having been to the Tam three times! Though this hotel does not have the 'wow' factor of 5* hotels what it does have is something that none of the other hotels can replicate. A stunning beachfront location where all rooms overlook the ocean with amazing sunset views. As the hotel has an expansive stretch of beach you never feel like you are on top of anyone.

Room Tip: 14 room blocks. Blocks 11 to 13 at Divi end. Blocks 14 to 18 between main hotel area and Bunker Bar...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

My wife and I are on our last day of our 8 days at the Tamarijn. We travelled here based on two recommendations and the #1 rating given for Oranjestad. We did not find the to be the case for a variety of reasons.
To give some background: We are not typically "luxury" travelers but are used to nice accommodations. Our points of reference for island travel are the Punta Cana Princess in the Dominican, Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton in Jamaica and the Marriott resorts in Kauai and The Big Island. This resort (Tamarijn) is our least favorite among those.

The location; a review of the Tam needs to start with its best feature; the location. Every room has a beautiful Caribbean view and is located just a few steps from the beach. This is fantastic. The resort is located between the 'High Rise' area and Oranjestad. It is a $2 bus ride to either area and we were within walking distance of the Renaissance mall and downtown area of Oranjestad. Both of these mini trips for shopping etc... are worth it. $2 will get you anywhere in Aruba on a bus. There are big busses and little busses, they are easy to catch. Don't waste the $ on a taxi. Also the Alhambra Casino/shoppingarea is an easy shuttle ride away.

The Rooms: The rooms are smaller and constructed in a style from the older era of hotels and motels. Our bed furnishings were new-er, the TV worked, the shower had hot and cold water and the toilet flushed, the beds were comfortable and the A/C blew cold air. It did everything a hotel needs to do. The showers were a little messy on the floor...a taller lip would have made a difference...but it is not nearly the deal other people have made it. Wifi and internet access are an extra fee $50 for the week, but I had a signal in our room, in the pool area and on the beach.

A note about the rooms; with the exception of the 2400 and 2500 block, the dividers between the upstairs balconies are metal fencing - not a ton of privacy. The 2400 and 2500 have solid block 1/2 wall dividers.

As far as the cleanliness of the rooms and the resort itself; our housekeeper did an excellent job all week. She got to our room every day, never while we were there and did a very thorough job. This is better service than we have received in the past at resorts. I believe her name is Maribelle and she works the 2500 block of rooms, so if any hotel managers read this...she is one of your best employees.
The resort itself is clean enough, there are drinks and cigarette buts scattered but the hotel provides an adequate number of ash trays, empty cup holders and trash cans...there is only so much they c an do if people put trash everywhere except where it needs to go.

There are enough beach huts to serve the guests but in order to get an ideal location you need to get up early. This beach is nice and quiet - our visit to the high rise area with huts stacked 5 deep reminded us how nice a quiet beach area is.

The pool and surrounding area is less than thrilling at both the Tam and Divi, though the Divi's has a more elegant feel.

The staff at the Tam and Divi are not the most outgoing and friendly people. They are not rude but it is not nearly the hospitable atmosphere that we found in Jamaica or the Dominican. It was very much like being in the States. The friendliest people were the housekeepers and groundskeepers.

Food: The buffet, overall, was less than impressive. Again, of our previous all-inclusive experiences, this was the most mediocre buffet. Of the three (breakfast, lunch and dinner) lunch was the best. Interesting variety of foods. The service at the buffet was fairly mediocre.
The Pizza per Tutti (snack bar near the pool, serves pizza, fries, sandwiches) is a great place to grab a bite. Pizza was good (thick or thin), fries were good, and Carmen is an excellent hostess. The crew cooking does a nice job turning food out fast.
There is a soft-serve machine located here - tasty.
Of the A la Carte restaurants, we'll start with the good one: the Red Parrot. Great food, great service, nice dining experience. We both had the beef tenderloin (at there 2x) and it was delicious. My orange crepe for desert was excellent as was my wife's chocolate cheese cake.
The other A la Cartes served bland food with decent service. Really the red Parrot was the only stand-out memory from dinner.
Overall the food did not do wonders for our digestive systems.

With regards to drinks- we are not big drinkers but drinks seemed good. As far as beer goes - they had Balashi, Heineken and Miller LIte on tap. No top shelf alcohol but with frozen drinks...it should not matter much.

The bar service seemed pretty good at the Tam - at the Divi it was somewhat mediocre.

The entertainment was nothing to write home about...the bands were ok to bad, there was a saxophone player playing along to backing tracks a couple of nights a week and the dance show was just weird. The fire limbo show was very fun and entertaining.

One negative aspect of our visit was not the Tamarijn's fault but they could have done more for us (lack of service). There was an Aruba X-games competition at the beach next door that included loud Techno music playing until 10-11;30 at night. By loud, I mean door closed, TV on, still could hear it clearly. Sitting on the balcony was un bearable. This went from Tuesday until Friday.
We never had our room request to switch rooms fulfilled. One of the chief reasons we stay at places like this is not for the drinks ...we can get boozed up at home...it is to sit out and enjoy the ocean breeze and the sound of the waves. A little effort in finding us a different room would have gone a long way towards our experience, but again...it was not a service-oriented resort with few exceptions.

So, in summary, Location -excellent, food - mediocre, grounds - clean but could use some nice plantings, a better pool area, service - not so good.
Would we return to Aruba - maybe.
Would we return to the Tamarijn - no.
Certainly, for the $$ spent and what you get in return...it is shocking that this place is the #1 resort in Oranjestad.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive 3*
Number of rooms: 236
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All oceanfront rooms on the mile-long beach make this lively resort the perfect choice for beach lovers. The Tamarijn Aruba is Aruba's hot spot on the beach where the fun never stops. There's plenty of activity day and night. Learn to windsurf, ride a bike on the boardwalk or climb the 30-foot rock climbing wall right on the sand. Kayaking and snorkeling are just steps from the rooms. When the sun goes down, the fun begins with lively music around the pool and theme shows. Or try your luck at the Alhambra Casino nearby. All Inclusive Amenities: • 10 Restaurants and grills • 8 Bars with daily drink specials • 4 Freshwater pools • Non-motorized water sports • Divi Winds Sports Center with fitness center • Bikes, beach volleyball, tennis clinic • Weekly water aerobics, yoga and Zumba classes • Lighted tennis courts • Nightly entertainment with theme nights • 30ft Rock climbing wall on the beach • Daily activities • Kids Fun Club for ages 5 - 12 • Free Wi-Fi throughout property ... more   less 
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