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“Perfect quiet & relaxing hide away” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Boardwalk Hotel Aruba

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Boardwalk Hotel Aruba
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The Hague, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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“Perfect quiet & relaxing hide away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful stay on Aruba at the Boardwalk Hotel. We found the accommodation spacious, very clean and with a well equipped kitchen and actually pretty unique accommodation for Aruba. We thoroughly enjoyed relaxing in our private patio/garden area and found it felt like a hidden away retreat despite being located only 3 minutes walk to the northern end of the highly developed commercialized Palm beach which is dominated by high rise resort hotels, many restaurants & sports activities etc.

Since we don't particularly enjoy these types of very developed commercialized beaches we tended to drive slightly further north up the coast to enjoy the very small quiet under developed beaches or down to the south of the island. We hired a car for the duration of our stay but these locations can also be accessed by bus.

Kimberley who co-run the hotel was an absolute delight. She certainly added to the enjoyment of our stay with her great suggestions of where to go, restaurant ideas, bright cheery smile and genuine heart felt interest in how our holiday was progressing.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Kimberly greeted my girlfriend and I with two beers, and our stay only got better. It's located a stone's throw from the north part of Palm Beach, which is a great location. Our casita was more than spacious for two New York City residents. It was incredibly clean, new and well maintained, but still had a rustic charm on the outside. Drinks by the pool in the hammock in the evening were mandatory and the people in the front desk were happy to arrange a car for us. Wish it was closer to a grocery, but no complaints besides that.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Owings Mills, Maryland
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41 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Boardwalk December 9 -16,2013. The hotel, run by Stefanie and Kimberlee is a unique boutique hotel with individual casitas. The sisters are doing a great job keeping the hotel operational,while remodeling and upgrading each casita. Managing cash flow in a major project as this is not easy, but they are doing a great job. The hotel is located directly across the street from the Mariott Complex, which was good for us since we had friends staying at Mariott. From our casita to the Mariott surf club lobby was a quick 5 minute walk. There have been some reviews which stated that people had to walk thru construction zones to get to the beach, not entirely true. If you want to get to the Marriott or beach, construction of the ritz Carlton complex is there, but boarded off and not a determent to getting to the beach. My wife and I have different reviews for the hotel. The overall review is positive; however, men and women look at things differently. We both agree the rooms are very clean (we stayed at #4) comfortable, and spacious and we felt safe at the hotel. The price is very reasonable for the palm beach area. You do need a car to get around, although the bus stop is about 1/2 block away. I would recommend a car. The location for us, since we had friends at the Mariott was very convenient. My wife would have liked the casita to have a full length mirror (the girls said they were on order), pictures or wall coverings ( the walls were bare- do males notice this?). Also, to make the living area more homey a throw rug (guess its a female thing). One thing we did eventually agree on was the curtains. At this point they allow too much light, black out curtains at night are needed to keep the room dark, in fact they need decent window /door coverings. What they had is what one may expect in a college male's apartment!
I would say the pictures and description on the hotel web site are accurate. The one exception being the swimming pool. This is a small pool, meant more for sitting around and getting wet when under the hot Arabian sun.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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KimberlyRooijakkers, Manager at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Thank you very much for your nice and detailed review of Boardwalk Hotel. It is always much appreciated both by guests who plan on traveling to Aruba as well as by us. We are happy to inform you that the renovation project was successfully completed and all rooms are now completely renovated. We are very happy the both of you had a wonderful time here. Thank you for your feedback on the rooms and we will be looking into the decorative tips you and your wife gave us. Every day Boardwalk is becoming more beautiful, as we listen to our guests and continue to invest and devote ourselves to Boardwalk hotel! We look forward to have you stay with us again! Sunny greetings.
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Antwerp, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

This was our first trip to Aruba and we loved to Boardwalk and will definitely be back. We found the accomadations, grounds and the hosteses, Kimberly, to be charming beyond all expectations. If you like to relax in the shade on your own patio or by a shady pool right outside your door, this is your hotel! This was so much better than the big resorts where you have to walk a mile just to get to your car or to the pool. The Boardwalk is a 5 minute walk to Palm Beach and if you like some of the features of a resort, the Marriott is right accross the street. Our hostesses Kimberly was so helpful with both navigating the island as well as making reservations at outstanding resturants for us. They never led us wrong with any suggestion they made. If you like to relax quietly in the shade with the action only minutes away, this is your spot!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Westtown, NY
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

My wife and I just completed a wonderful visit to the Boardwalk Small Hotel and were very pleased with the facility and the overall presentation. Both Kimberly and Stephanie are wonderful proprietors, and serve as invaluable resources for everything happening on the island...they are outstanding! Our casita #11 was recently renovated and was beautiful; freshly painted, new appliances, SPOTLESS, and came with a very lovely patio for morning coffee and quiet dinners. The location is excellent, although some of the big hotels (Marriot) make it a challenge to find a quiet spot on the beach. We rented a car (organized by Stephanie) and had a great time touring the island and visiting most of the beaches on the west coast. Be careful with a regular vehicle if touring the national park, though, as the roads can be a bit challenging without a 4 wheel drive vehicle. We really enjoyed driving to Eagle beach and just renting a couple of lounge chairs...perfect setting! All in all, the only drawback is that we didn't have more time to spend here...Bravo ladies!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

We (family of 4, two girls age 2 and 4) tremendously enjoyed our stay at the Boardwalk. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful (although they did not always have answers to our questions about the island, but they always made a real effort to help out). The casitas are great, they're very clean and have everything you need for a wonderful beach vacation, and you really have your privacy even though they're close together. The girls loved the hammock, playing in the gardens, but especially the pool. The hotel lent us a huge box full of beach toys which was great. I would recommend renting a car to explore the island a bit. When we went to Palm Beach (walking distance, also with toddlers) we were so happy we chose the small scale (and personal) Boardwalk Hotel instead of one of the large resorts! The hotel has a deal with one of the beach clubs (free beach chair rental) but that particular beach club is a bit further from the hotel (walking there with two small children was a bit far).

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Burlington, Canada
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24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

We just spent a week at The Boardwalk!! Our one bedroom was spacious, clean, quiet and had everything we needed! We enjoyed our terrace for coffee in the morning and in the evening for drinks and snacks! The location was perfect, a short walk to the beach and not far from lots of shops and restaurants! We rented a car and were glad we did! We enjoying venturing around the island! We borrowed beach chairs and a cooler which worked out perfectly. There is a big Super Food grocery store within a 5-10 min. car ride away. We like the fact that hotel is small and easy to get in and out of. Once you park, you are approx. 100 feet from your room! We really enjoyed our stay and would like to return in the future!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Boardwalk Hotel Aruba
Address: Bakval 20, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#5 Business Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Boardwalk Hotel Aruba 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The boutique-style Boardwalk Small Hotel offers 14 spacious casitas spread out in the peaceful gardens of a historic coconut plantation. The hotel is located just a 3 minutes walk from popular Palm Beach where you can enjoy our NEW cozy beach area, providing shade and lounge chairs. All 14 casitas are tastefully decorated in fresh Caribbean colors and feature a large living room, fully equipped kitchen, modern bathroom, separate bedroom(s), private patio equipped with your own hammock and BBQ grill, TV, full air conditioning and free WIFI. Daily breakfast service is available. Other perks and privileges include daily housekeeping services, complimentary beach towels, beach chairs, cool box and snorkel gear. The owners of the hotel, fun twin sisters, offer concierge services and excellent recommendations, providing you with the local scoop. The boutique-style Boardwalk Small Hotel with palm-fringed gardens and cozy swimming pool offers the ultimate setting for a relaxing and romantic vacation in Aruba. Couples of all ages as well as young families will truly enjoy this hidden gem in Palm Beach, Aruba. ... more   less 
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