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“Perfect hideaway in Aruba!”

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Boardwalk Hotel Aruba
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect hideaway in Aruba!”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

We LOVED the boardwalk and will definitely be going back! Our casita was great....colorful, clean, spacious and had modern amenities. We really enjoyed having a small kitchen (go to SuperFoods for your groceries), an outdoor grill and a private seating and hammock area outside our casita. We purchased the Romance Package which gave us "breakfast in bed" one day. The breakfast food was a nice array of options, and we enjoyed it on our patio. They also arranged a sunset cruise for us as part of the package...the cruise was really nice and so helpful that they made all the arrangements. The Boardwalk pool was quaint and quiet where I often read a book without any distractions. The staff (Alice and Stephanie) were always quick to help us with a recommendation, dinner reservation or anything to make our stay more pleasant. The location is perfect since it's just across the street from the Marriott and Ritz Calton resorts. If you need a bite to eat, something from the convenience store, or to visit one of the casinos, just walk across the street...very easy. I was nervous about Boardwalk not being on the beach, but it's just a short walk and we were able to use the beach chairs at Moomba Beach. In fact, Boardwalk is the best of both worlds....you have the beach, a pool, amazing customer service, big hotel offerings nearby and then you get to go back to your private casita which feels like your own special island hideaway instead of feeling like you are just a number in a box at one of the big, busy hotels. I'm typically a big hotel goer, but Boardwalk was perfect for our big city escape from the hustle and bustle. Not once did I question or doubt our stay at the Boardwalk versus a big hotel. My only minor issue was that I thought the bed was a little too hard, but I just doubled up the duvet and slept on top of that. Overall, the Boardwalk was amazing, and I highly recommend that you stay there!

Room Tip: We were in casita #1 and really liked that we were on the corner which made our patio and hammock ar...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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KimberlyRooijakkers, Owner at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, December 26, 2013
Dear S_Starr_DC

Thank you for your truly flattering review. We are charmed by your description of Boardwalk being “a special private island hideaway” and couldn’t be happier to read your enjoyed Boardwalk's newly introduced Romance Package. It was an honor to help you get the most out of your romantic holiday. Increasingly Boardwalk Hotel Aruba is gaining popularity amongst couples because it is a quiet, intimate and secluded resort, away from all the hustle and bustle. action of the high-rise area. Glad you enjoyed the serenity and quiet atmosphere of the gardens, pool and your own private casita! We truly hope to welcome you back at Boardwalk in the near future, and thank you again for recommending us here on tripadvisor!

Stephanie & Kimberly Rooijakkers
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Kralendijk, Bonaire
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

We stayed in a 2- bedroom casita for 4 days during our stay on Aruba. We chose this accommodation because we were looking for a small/ relaxed place to stay and because of the reviews on Tripadvisor. The Resort is located close to the beach in a quiet environment. The staff is great and can advise you in things to do on the island, tours, restaurants etc. Also the cleaning ladies were very friendly. The beds and pillows were amazing in the casita. We also enjoyed the products in the bathroom, such as shampoo and shower gel from the Aloe Factory. The casita was spacious and clean and the kitchen was well equipped, there were enough towels, toilet paper etc and also the possibility to take a cooling box/ beach chairs was fantastic. There is also a small swimming pool located at the resort. We will recommend a stay at the Boardwalk to everyone!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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KimberlyRooijakkers, Owner at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, December 26, 2013
Hello Lauran Lee K,

Happy holidays to you and your family. Thank you so much for recommending Boardwalk Hotel Aruba here on Tripadvisor. TripAdvisor is a great means to learn from other guest's experiences and we appreciate you taking the time to review us as well. The housekeeping ladies are honored with your flattering words. They send their greetings. We are glad to hear that you had an amazing time in Aruba and at Boardwalk. Glad that you enjoyed our recommendations. We love to share our favorite spots, restaurants and things to do with our guests! Also happy to hear that you loved the Aruba Aloe amenities provided to you. It is a locally produced truly Aruban product and we are big fans of their soaps and sunlotions. Once again, thank you for recommending Boardwalk to everyone! We hope to welcome you with us again soon.

Stephanie& Kimberly Rooijakkers
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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

We loved this hotel! My husband and I stayed here over Thanksgiving with our 14 month old daughter. The location was great- not right on the beach, but an easy walk to it- with many restaurants and stores nearby. Stephanie at the front desk was WONDERFUL. She knows everything about Aruba; she is very helpful and most importantly, friendly! The casitas are well decorated and comfortable, with absolutely everything you need to enjoy your stay. We had zero complaints. We often vacation in Aruba, and this is our favorite place to stay, by far- we will be back!

Room Tip: All rooms seemed equally nice.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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KimberlyRooijakkers, Owner at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Dear lizzy5evn,

Thank you so much for taking your time to share your positive experience on here! I’m is so glad to hear that I was able to help you organize your holiday! We all love to share our favorite spots, restaurants and island insights with guests. Very happy you liked our recommendations! It is our attempt to offer our guests a true experience of everything Aruba has to offer. And it all starts by staying here at Boardwalk where it as local as it gets. A casita with large patio, a hammock and BBQ…. That’s all a local needs ☺ Happy to hear that Boardwalk Small Hotel is your favorite place to stay! We are looking forward to welcome you again! We will keep on exploring local spots and will make sure to have a list of new thing to do ready for you when we see you again!


Sunny greetings,
Stephanie and Kimberly Rooijakkers
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Oranjestad, null, Aruba
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 3, 2013

I am currently doing my internship on Aruba and my parents came over for 10 days. I booked a stay for them at Boardwalk, and the stay could not have been better. The houses are very nicely decorated, the garden with pool is very relaxing and all in all this is really a place to stay if you want to get away from all the chaos, big hotels, casino's and just enjoy the peace and quiet the island can also offer!
The owners are amazing people who are really doing everything they can to make sure your stay is as good as it can be. Nothing but positive experiences with this hotel and I can definately recommend anyone this spot if you want a more personal, quiet stay in an amazing place.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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KimberlyRooijakkers, Owner at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Dear Frankv1987,

Thank you for your kind words here on Tripadvisor! Tripadvisor is the place where a lots of future guest research to plan their vacation in the very best way. We are happy your parents had a great stay with us! Your message is clear ☺ anyone who read your review will get the picture – Boardwalk is a personal, quite relax oasis away from the chaos!
Your description of Boardwalk is exactly what we are! Thank you to share this with us and the entire TripAdvisor community. We hope to see you on your next visit at our “One happy island’!

Sunny greetings,
Stephanie & Kimberly Rooijakkers
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London
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

The Boardwalk is a breath of fresh air! breakfast in the garden listening to the birds singing knocks the socks off the buffet in a 5* hotel!
A lovely oasis the grounds outside are beautiful and designed in a way that provides both, privacy or the option to be social with neighbours. The accommodation was a good standard, with all the needed amenities, the house keeping staff did a great job too.
A really well run establishment, it is clear there is a passion to make the stay special for their guests. Whilst Stephanie and Kimberly were away for some of our stay, Alice took good care of us. We were pretty independent but did get lazy at times and Car Rental, Restaurant reservations were taken care of along with a number of recommendations, all of which were great with some hidden gems!
The ice box came in very handy for lunch, it doubled nicely as a wine cooler for the odd evening sunset on the beach (just a short walk away)!
Well done to everyone at the Boardwalk for memorable stay and one that easily competes with the big hotels! Definitely recommended and would be my number 1 choice, despite the new Ritz Carlton just a stone throw away.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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KimberlyRooijakkers, Owner at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Dear Bravehurt2,

Thank you so much for your very flattering review on Tripadvisor!
We love your comments and appreciate every word, especially that we are your number one choice on Aruba! ☺ Indeed Running our hotel is Kimberly and my passion! We keep working every day together with our Boardwalk team to make every holiday for every guest a memorable experience at our Coconut oasis. Alice is charmed that she was able to add onto your positive experience on Aruba by helping you with reservations and recommendations! We look forward to seeing you again.

Sunny regards
Stephanie & Kimberly Rooijakkers
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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

everything you read is true! Stephanie and Kimberly were awesome and did every thing to make our honeymoon the best week ever! zero complaints, we plan on bringing back the kids asap! only sort of complaint was that a leg came loose on one of our beds and that was totally our fault and easy to fix and continue our honeymoon activities!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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KimberlyRooijakkers, Owner at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Dear Jason S,

Thank you, Dank U, Masha Danki, Gracias, Obrigado, all of this means THANK YOU in all the languages the locals speaks in Aruba for you nice words. It is such a compliment that you chose to stay with us for your honeymoon! Boardwalk is a favorite amongst honeymooners looking for a quite and private stay! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

A forever honeymoon from all of us,
Stephanie and Kimberly
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

1) Felt like a private residence and sooo much better than high rise hotel rooms.
2) we'll maintained/decorated garden and plantation around each room.
3) beautifully placed hammocks and nice small pool for kids.
4) good cleaning crew.
5) owners want to do even better.
6) you can borrow beach towels , snorkel gear and chairs from the lobby.
7) owners know all the good places in town for every occasion. Just ask them.
8) best recommendation made by the owner was zeerover where fish was fresh of the boat.
9) great beaches without a doubt.
10) keep kids hydrated before heading out for the day.
11) the wifi is pretty good and surprisingly fast internet connection if u want to stream a movie from Amazon or Netflix.
12) sufficient utensils in the kitchen and a good charcoal grill.
13) favorite grocery superfood suggested by the owners.
14) try Linda's Dutch pancakes it is a treat and taste of Belgium desserts or how about the cocoa truffles
15) enjoy the sun the beach the casita(room) the pool the hammock - that is aruba for you

  • Stayed November 2013
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KimberlyRooijakkers, Owner at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Dear Arunramuu,

Our whole team ( Veronica, Carmen, Alice, Kimberly, Lola ( cat), Lola ( dog), Dushi ( cat) and myself ) want to thank you for your nice words and thank you for staying with us at Boardwalk. Your kind words are the best reward we could get. You made our day!

We are happy you enjoyed the restaurants we picked out together and that you had a great local dinner at Zeerover! Thank you very much for sharing your 15 tips with our future guests.

Sunny greetings,
Stephanie & Kimberly Rooijakkers
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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 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Family 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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