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“Bon Bini is economy stay for long term” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Bon Bini Seaside Resort
Amelia Island, Florida
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Bon Bini is economy stay for long term”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2008

Curacao is not the tourist mecca of the Caribbean. It catered to offshore banking and oil while other island built grand hotels.

Curacao lacks the natural sand beachs, instead it got corral, rocks, cliffs, cactus and everything thorny to prick you.

Since Curacao is better than Holland in December the Dutch are happy with it.

The Bon Bini is more of a basic cottage than a resort. For example the pool is vinyl above ground, tenants love the laundry building, and you might get a glimpse of the ocean out your windows. The appliances are old with propane gas. My hot water heater tended to need a restart. The folks in the office were nice, but they seemed to have little experience with "resort" amenities, but they aren't charging resort prices. Many are staying monthly or waiting on work visas, etc.

Plan to drive for food, but there is a grocery store nearby, and some grocery stores will send a shuttle bus to pick you up.

The free passes to Seaquarium Beach across the road are great. This beach has lots of amenities and food, and great parties Saturday night. My wife and kids spent many days are Seaquarium Beach. Topless sunbathing is allowed and usage varies.

My room did have WiFi (US$28/week) from UTS Telecom.

I stayed in other hotels in Curacao and they all suffer from hospitality. Seems happy smiling faces isn't the nature of the Dutch. I was frequently asked if interested in drugs or sex (which is legal) by locals which I wasn't interested in and they usually politely left me alone.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank jaarons
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • German first
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Atlanta, GA
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2008

My 11 year old son and I visited Curacao and stayed at Bon Bini for 7 nights in April, 2008. While I agree with all the previous reviews; ants, needs, updating, TV hard to work, etc. These were all minor issues with the price and location of the facility. It was great to have our own place to cook, etc. We were able to do so much due to staying at Bon Bini.

I felt safe there, and once I realized the office hours, I did plan accordingly,

I would return should my travels take me back to Curacao.

  • Liked — Privacy, location, full kitchen.
  • Disliked — Bugs, no hot water, bungalow needs updating.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank acurtis0507
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Ex-Patriot
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2008

This hotel is a steal. Imagine renting your own private bungalow in West Europe for under a $1000 or 700 Euros a week. Imagine it's within a 5 minute walking distance from the best beach on the island. It's not going to happen in West Europe. On Curacao, this is a reality. The Bon Bini Seaside Resort is a nice value for anyone on any budget (except for people with only 20 euros to their name). There was a little problem with some ants in the kitchen. I didn't really care, because I just put everything they'd get inside the refrigerator. Everthing everyone else says about the hotel is true. You sould plan accordingly. The front office is closed on the weekends.

Stayed May 2008
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IL
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2007

We booked this resort through their website and asked many questions before deciding on Bon Bini....unfortunately, they were not the correct questions. First, the office has very limited hours and not a guarantee they will be there. They are open until 1pm or 3pm on Sat and don't re-open until Mon and even then they are only open until 6pm with a 2 hour break in the middle of the day. You have to plan around their schedule. The first bungalow we were assigned was dirty (we were told we couldn't check in until after noon because it was being cleaned) and in need of a good paint job. The walls were disgusting! There was some sort of fruit in the slats on the wall which I'm sure didn't help with the bug problem. We went into the king bed bedroom and as soon as we turned on the lights we could see there was an ant problem. Not just a few, but a small army. We got bug spray and sprayed the room which killed many, but others were still alive. The ants were on the wall, the door jams and the floor. These were the big and black ants...there were the small brown ants in the kitchen. We later tried to get our room changed, due to the situation and were told they were full. We asked what the cancellation policy was and were told 2 weeks, but they would come and look at the room and see how bad it was. Needless to say, they were shocked at the number of dead ants on the floor and that others, after several hours, were still alive. They did manage to change our room, which was better than the first, not great, but better. The good is they have A/C, in the bedrooms only, but it does a good job of staying cool if you keep the drapes closed. We could never get the TV to work, even after following the instructions. The bathrooms leave a lot to be desired...they were moldy and need to be redone. It would be nice to get some hot water for the shower, but the shower had good water pressure. There are no hand towels or washcloths, so if you need these you need to bring them from home.

We are probably four of the easiest Americans to please. All we really require is that the room be clean. We don't need all the other amenities that other places offer. We would suggest safes in the rooms because they do offer safe deposit boxes in the main office, but with their very limited hours and security guards unable to assist with this, you have to plan accordingly, which defeats the purpose of a safe deposit box.

After talking to the office people, they understand that if they want to get more Americans, they need to improve tremendously. The good news is that a new management company just took over, the bad news is that nothing has been done for over 9 months and apparently, nothing will probably get done for several more months. At this time, we wouldn't recommend staying here. Maybe some of the other bungalows are better than others, but they all appear to need renovations.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — extremely dirty
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank caribbeanfun
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Europe
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41 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2007

I totally agree with the previous review. The bungalows are simple, but really fine. They are cleaned every day. As the bungalows are not to close to each other and there is a lovely garden, you really have privacy. You have your own parking space in front of the bungalow.
The guards and the people at the reception are very friendly. It is also possible to do your own washing and ironing (not for free).

It is a short walk to the Mambo beach to which entrance is for free for Bon Bini guests (you do have to pay for a chair). By car Willemstad is only 5-10 minutes away.

Bon Bini is a great option! I would definately return there.

  • Liked — Tranquility and friendliness
  • Disliked — -
  • Stayed November 2005, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank I&P-7
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CT
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60 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2006

This is a bungalow complex across the street from and overlooking the sea, a very short walk over there to nice beach for which passes are provided.. The buildings are solid, well furnished , clean and safe. The guests are predominantly Europeans. There is a nice outdoor pool. Perfect for family stays or others who want to eat breakfast at home and don't need an entertainment director.

  • Liked — Right price for an apartment by the beach
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 Thank EthanAllenBoy
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Additional Information about Bon Bini Seaside Resort

Property: Bon Bini Seaside Resort
Address: Bapor Kibra Z/N | P.O. Box 4100, Willemstad, Curacao
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 91 Specialty Lodging in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bon Bini Seaside Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Bon Bini Seaside Resort you will experience the ultimate tropical vacation. Relax in your cottage while you're enjoying the view of sky-blue sea or the tropical gardens. The near the Caribbean sea located Bon Bini Seaside Resort is quiet, atmospheric and accessible for everyone. The resort consists of 28 spacious cottages and each with a cozy interior. ... more   less 
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