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Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino
Ranked #18 of 24 Hotels in Palm - Eagle Beach
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Mississauga, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Overall - satisfied.”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

We returned last night from a week stay at the Holiday Inn Aruba. We stayed at this hotel (all inclusive package) because the Riu Palace sold out of Junior Suites/Rooms and we wanted to go to Aruba for our honeymoon and had already booked time off work. That being said - this is NOT a honeymoon spot where you will be pampered in luxury - it is however, a clean, well run hotel, with a fabulous beach, amazing service, and excellent food.

ROOMS - very basic, a bit outdated. We requested a partial ocean view with a king bed, and that is what we got. Flat screen TV, free internet, rooms cleaned every day, towels re-stocked every day. Sheets changed at your request, A/C working well - very comfortable.

BEACH - amazing! shade huts can be reserved starting with a line up at 4 pm each day. Loads of water sports/activities available at a price.

POOL - did not go in, looks OK.

FOOD and DRINKS - food AMAZING. best we have ever had on vacation. Pricey if you do not have the all-inclusive package. Oceanside bar, Coral, Da Vinci and Sea Breeze, Lobby - amazing service!! 10/10. Drinks very very poor quality - never had a worse Pina Colada:(
Balashi Beer was great, as was the frozen Margarita. Lobby Bar bartenders make good drinks. Edward and Domingo - never met more pleasant,friendly bartenders.

ENTERTAINMENT - there is none (circus night which is very basic).

ACTIVITIES - there are lots to choose from. We rented a jeep and toured the island for a day - great experience! We also did the snorkeling trip with Pelican Adventures - great!

Aruba overall - great! We left the hotel almost every evening - everyone seems to be out and about on the strip. Lovely! Lots of shopping, and a great atmosphere.

Weather -sunny , hot. There is always wind.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. The service at this hotel is impeccable.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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HIResortAruba, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Daer MJMV86,

First of all congratulations and thank you for choosing our Resort for your special occasion. Your comments are very valuable to us thank you for your time in reviewing our property. We were happy to hear we met with your ecpectations and hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back to our Happy Island.

Kind Regards,
Management Team.

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Reviewed June 23, 2014

We just got back a few days ago from spending 5 nights at the Holiday Inn Aruba. This hotel was great value for the money that we paid. It is in the perfect location near everything. The beach is fantastic. We had no problem getting a palaypa each day. The beach was wide and roomy with palm trees. There were water activities that you could do on each side of the Holiday Inn. The water was beautiful. There were three nice pools. The hotel itself was just recently renovated and the rooms were very clean and nice. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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HIResortAruba, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Dear bsnj,

Location, location, thank you so much for your time in reviewing our Resort and for you recent stay with us. We were thrilled to hear we met your expectations and you will be back for your next relaxation vacation on our beautiful beaches.

Kind Regards,
Management Team.

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Elkridge, Maryland
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Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

If you are going as a family or large group, go all inclusive. The offerings on site are plentiful enough to save you big money on food that you can spend elsewhere. If you book more than one room, make sure you specify that you want them close or connected, or you are at their mercy. They split my family up, almost on two separate floors if I hadn't insisted otherwise. The casino is small and nothing to write home about. The beds are wonderful and the rooms are great except for no microwave. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would book here again if we go back.

  • Stayed June 2014
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HIResortAruba, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Dear FrugalFritze,

Greetings, thank you for your recent stay at our resort and your valuable comments. We were happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and all inclusive programme was the best for you and your family and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next family vacation.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was our 16th stay at the holiday inn. Each time gets better and better. We have gotten to know many people that work there, We consider them to be our good friends .We just simply love the beach, the new upgrades to the rooms and facility's are greatttttttttttttttt.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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HIResortAruba, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Dear 682eddie,

Greetings, we cannot wait to welcome you back for your 17th stay, and thank you for your time to review our Resort. We are happy to hear that our new renovations lived up to your expectations and our Team Members helped to make your stay memorable. Thank you.

Kind Regards,
Managment Team.

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Braganca Paulista, SP
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Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is good, the swimming pool area is very good, there is a casino on the lobby but at the moment you are booking, don't even consider the option of staying in one of the older blocks, ask for a room on block 7.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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HIResortAruba, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Dear amaurilucinio,

Thank you for your recent stay at our resort and for your valuable comments. We were glad to hear that our newly renovated rooms met with your expectations and look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back to our Happy Island.

Kind Regards,
Management Team.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

So myself and my 19 year old daughter arrived at this hotel for an eight day seven night post freshman year of college Father and daughter trip from May 25 2014 through June 2nd 2014 for some serious R&R, this was my second trip to Aruba and my Daughters first, she was so looking forward to just "chilling" on the beach and I for sure needed some down time after a stressful number of months at work. The Hotel suited our needs perfectly, now note my kids and I have traveled together extensively over the years through the Caribbean so this kind of experience was not new for us.
We stayed in the Sea Tower on the 7th floor with a "partial" ocean view room its a LONG walk from the Lobby but we didn't mind as we were on the beach every day from 9AM until 7PM.
A few things that are very much worth noting the men who work as the beach staff assigning the cabanas or "jalapas" on the beach are extremely rude and corrupt, you will get ZERO service from them unless you are tipping them out of pocket on a daily basis, now keep in mind this is Aruba in late Spring and the sun was VERY strong and you needed shade it wasn't even an option yet this particular group of workers were the worst of the worst, if you don't know what I mean try reserving a cabana for you and your family you will be treated with absolute disrespect and/or completely ignored if you do not tip these men. Also, the waiters and waitresses who work at the beach bar/café feed the numerous Iguanas who roam the property daily by dumping out at the base of a tree right by the eating area day old salad and other spoiled food items, on two separate occasions while my Daughter and I were eating lunch we were treated to the site of an Iguana feeding frenzy right in front of our eyes, this was so disgusting and for the amount of money they charge this is the kind of experience you get?? Bartenders are friendly very laid back service was good at the bar but hey when you charge 10 bucks for a pina colada with almost no alcohol in it what do you expect?? Overall good value family hotel we we were there during the week of "Soul Fest" many younger tourists at this time doing what young tourists do ( we witnessed a women who was acutely intoxicated from one of their celebrations she had to be carried off the beach literally by security and her friends. Speaking of security you will feel VERY secure here, the Holiday Inn Sunspree has almost an entire private police force on the property 24/7 very vigilant but hey who can blame them?? This is after all one Happy Island! I would not recommend the restaurants, incredibly expensive and very low quality food they don't grow anything in Aruba all food has to be flown in don't expect 5 star restaurants here and if you do find one be prepared to pay big bucks

Room Tip: WE had a room with two double beds in the Sea Tower it was very clean and neat partial ocean view th...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Dear s r,

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments. I am glad to know that hotel perfectly suited your needs. However, I apologize for the level of service received from our beach staff did not meet your expectations. All of our reviews are evaluated by our hotel management, and your review is no exception.

Once again many thanks for your feedback and we hope you will give us the opportunity to serve you again in the future.

Sincerely,

Charisse V.
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

I had a wedding last weekend in Aruba. It was at the Ritz. I made a lot of research because i wanted to have fun, but i did not want to pay 600-800 $/night. I ended up staying at the holliday inn for 200$ and i'm happy i did. Good rooms, good price, great pool, well located. Everything you can ask. The service is not that good, but i haven't had an excellent service in any of the Caribbean island that i have visited.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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HIResortAruba, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Dear joelcohena,

Thank you for choosing our resort for your recent stay. Your comments are very valuable to us and we will pass them onto our Team Associates. We would love the opportunity to welcome you back again to Aruba in the near future. Thank you.

Kind Regards,
Management Team.

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino
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Property: Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino
Address: 230 Je Irausquin Blvd, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba (Formerly Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort)
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#12 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#13 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#13 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#14 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 597
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the beachfront Holiday Inn Resort Aruba, we've gone to great lengths to further enhance the miracle that is our island by creating a carefree getaway that truly has something for everyone. With the best location on Palm Beach, wide variety of water sports including PADI certified diving and designer shopping just across the street look no further when booking our Aruba vacation. Whether you're here for a corporate retreat, family vacation or just a little downtime you'll find refreshing accommodations, an attentive staff and a vast array of amenities and activities. The resort features free in-room Wi-Fi access. ... more   less 
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Holiday Inn Sunspree Hotel
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