It all depends on you and the purpose of your trip.
I went to Aruba to meet up with an old friend and hang out with his nephew who is on the island. We are both 30 yr. old guys who were looking to get away from the cold and needed a place to sleep after a day/night of snorkeling, exploring, drinking. For the most part we are both low maintenance and easy going. I was just happy my fiance let me go to Aruba by myself...since neither one of us had been there.
LOCATION: Blue Village is not on the beach....is it far from the beach...no. Is it within walking distance...depends. If I was older with problems walking long distances or had an infant/toddler to watch for then I probably would not walk to the beach. I didn't walk to the nearest beach...but I guess it would be at least a 20 minute walk. We rented a car so we did not need taxis called for us at the front desk either. Renting a car is probably the best way to see Aruba. I am not the tour group kind of guy. I prefer to be on my own schedule...if I see something I like then I would prefer to stay there for extra time versus moving on to the next tour stop.
CHECK IN: Very basic. I arrived at the front desk and I checked in. Do not expect a cold towel or beverage or overly warm welcome. For me it was simple, the guy at the counter spoke Spanish, I speak Spanish...it worked out fine. Check in took 5-10 minutes. They hand you a room key that looks like a dog tag...takes some people time to figure it out how to use it...so pay attention to the instructions at the desk when they hand you the key.
GROUNDS: Nice...simple. The property is small compared to other beach front hotels on the island. It actually reminded me of hotels down in Wildwood, NJ for those of you that have been there. There are plenty of chairs around the pool and the pool is clean. Not the newest pool, so the lining is bubbled up at some points...but it is still refreshing. We were there during low season so getting a pool chair was easy. But again, my buddy and I were not there to go to a pool. I can use a pool at the YMCA, we wanted beaches, blue water and snorkeling. We did not go to the bar at the hotel...but it seemed ok.
Room: This is where it gets interesting. The rooms are large. I am hoping to add some pictures to the review. We had a kitchenette (which we did not use but I did notice a small two burner range, coffee maker, microwave and dishes) an eating table inside and out for 4, futon and two twin beds. Like I said, we were looking for a place to sleep after drinking. If I would have gone to Aruba with my fiance then I don't think the beds would have been comfortable or nice enough for either of us. Because the purpose of the trip would have taken a more romantic tone...as opposed to just a place to sleep and shower. Now the bathroom is probably the only thing I did not like. I can deal with 1 towel each, I can deal with no hand towels. I even carried a small gecko out of the bathroom one day. But...the shower...I do not like when shower curtains creep up on me. That really gets to me. The shower curtain was flimsy and any little draft wrapped it around me as I was showering. The water in the shower, sink and kitchen sink were all room temperature...never really cold...defintely never warm. Didn't expect this at a hotel but I was ok with it because until recently my family in Puerto Rico did not have water heaters either...and I visit them often. But again, if I was with my fiance, then she needs warm to hot water. The water pressure was great though. The closet was just that...a closet, it had a couple of hangers and not much...poorly organized but functional. No safe in our room. The safe in the closet had the door removed as if it was not to be used.
All in all...it all depends what you are looking for. Would I recommend this place for honeymooners...No. For those of you that have been to Europe and stayed in a hostel...I would think of this place as a hostel in the Caribbean with a pool. It is a place to sleep and shower.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aruba Blue Village hotels / long-term apartments has recently been through a management change and we are currently in process of renovating the entire property. Multiple rooms are already finished and we are gradually applying this renovation to the remaining rooms. We have 3 deluxe type rooms available for special occasions such as: weddings, anniversaries, etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aruba Blue Village Hotel Noord
- Aruba Blue Village Noord
- Aruba Blue Village Caribbean