My family and I stayed at the Amsterdam Manor Resort on Eagle Beach in Aruba from March 20-26, 2013. There were three adults, a teen and an infant. I think I can speak for all of us when I say we genuinely liked the hotel.
It's a short bus ride from the airport, perhaps 15 minutes including stops at other hotels. The airport is on the south side of the city of Oranjestad and the Eagle beach hotels ("low-rise") are just north.
The hotel is situated, like most in the area, facing the beach, but with a medium-busy road intervening. If you're careful this isn't an impediment. The beach is just a short walk.
We stayed in a two-bedroom suite on the second floor. It had plenty of space and a nice little kitchen for meal preparation. We were on the breakfast plan and went out for dinner, but typically we made our own lunch (There is a large, quite nice grocery store about a ten minute walk away, called Super Food). There is a balcony which is nice for an evening relaxation. The walls are just a little too high to comfortably watch the sunset over the beach, unfortunately.
The beach is lovely; white sand. This area of the island is not for major partying, so the Spring Break crowd was not in evidence. If that's what you're looking for - go elsewhere. Conversely, if that's what you want to avoid - check out this property.
I'd recommend getting to the beach relatively early, but in truth there are no bad spots and there are plenty of lounges and chairs. Snorkeling is not good here, by the way.
One day we did want to snorkel and we rented a car, then drove to the other side of the island to the Baby Beach. If you're into snorkeling I'd highly recommend this, especially with kids. renting a car is easy and inexpensive ($44 per day).
We had our breakfasts, per the plan, at the hotel restaurant, Mango's. This was standard buffet stuff, with a Dutch twist. Not bad, not great.
I can't recommend dinner at Mango's, I'm afraid. It was, in our opinion, somewhat subpar. There are a number of better options close by. Madame Janette's was wonderful, as was the nearby Suisse Chalet (we actually booked another reservation there while leaving one night). Even Passions, which is also run by the hotel but is on the beach, was better (make reservations for all these places, by the way).
If you get tired of the salt water there is a nice, small hotel pool which is particularly well suited for children, not being very deep.
One can't review Amsterdam Manor without discussing Stafon, the charismatic bartender in the evenings at the pool bar. He is a good conversationalist in multiple languages and mixes a solid drink. Like a good bartender should, he only speaks beyond formalities when the patron initiates conversation, but if you do - get ready to chat.
On the whole I would recommend Amsterdam Manor without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you arrive you'll feel the difference. Dutch colonial-style architecture and a Caribbean flair make the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort a special place.....A small hideaway with the luxuries of a large resort, located on a premier beach, Eagle Beach. Warm, friendly personalized service, fine facilities and amenities create an unforgettable vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amsterdam Manor Beach Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Hotel Amsterdam Manor Beach
- Amsterdam Manor Aruba
- Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba/Palm - Eagle Beach