Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
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My fifth consecutive stay for one week. I cannot say enough about the entire staff and how they go out of their way to make your stay the most enjoyable possible. It starts at the top with Kevin the Gen. Mgr. He interacts with the guests on a daily basis and asks if eveything is going well. I had a light out in the bathroom. I called the front desk. Within two hours the new light was installed. I had a message of when they were in my room and if I needed anything else. I had met Martin the past couple of years at the beach house. He was recently promoted to a management position and he made sure to touch base with me two or three times including as I was leaving. I know I will miss some names but Margot checked me in again. I believe she has checked me in four of the five visits. The first guy I see when I arrive is John one of the valet guys. He has been here since the hotel was built. John is always a welcome face and personality. Last year I was having WIFI problems. Kevin had Daphne address it and she ended up installing a model in my room. When I got to my Ocean Front room this year there was already a modem in the room. I saw Daphne in the lobby I thanked her and she said to let her know if I had any problems with the WIFI. Roy at the Beach House does a great job in his quiet manor. I missed seeing Alturo who was on vacation. I could go on and on but this is a great resort for a couple's get away or for the family including small children. The staff is constantly sweeping, mopping and cleaing to make the resort as clean as possible. I can't wait to reserve my week for next year!
We loved our experience at the Holiday inn as it is ideally located on a beautiful beach offering lots of activities for the whole family and behind it you can walk to several restaurants, shops and even a Starbucks is only a 5 minute walk. Next door iare several good restaurants offering lovely beach vies and great food at a much more affordable price than the Holiday Inn. We are platinium with Holiday Inn so our expererience was amazing as we did not have to fight for a palapa, and had a goregous view from our room. I do not know that I would stay here without those priveleges as they have a daily lottery at 3:45 for the rest of the guest to try to get a palapa for the next day which is not only inconveneint if you are not there at that time but also very stressful as without the shade of a palapa your expreinece will not be so enjoyable. Next to the resort are several beach front restaurants offering great food beachside at a much more affordable price than the holiday inn. Our favorite was Moomba Beach
While we might often stay at Holiday Inn Express with a quick overnight road trip, it is not a chain we ever really consider "resort" for an Caribbean vacation. Aruba was a last minute decision for our family right after New Year's, and with limited hotel availability, we thought for a quick trip, we would give the Holiday Inn Resort a try - and we were definitely happy with our choice. The hotel is older, but seems to be well maintained for the most part. The hallway to our room smelled a little musty, but our room did not. We booked a beachfront room, which did have a very nice view, ample space, clean, updated, had a mini-refrigerator, and the beds were comfortable. The only 2 negatives in the room were 2 double beds (we prefer at least queens, especially with our kids age difference, but knew this when we booked) and the bathroom was rather small for 4 people- however, the shower was spacious. Just a note - the rooms are large enough if you wanted to bring a twin air mattress with you. The staff at the resort were all very friendly and accommodating. There are 3 pool areas, and they are right by the ocean, which is especially nice when you have kids. Even though we visited during a peak season, we never felt crowded and always had a chair at the beach - which is where we mostly stayed. Based off our previous visits, we brought a couple of $4 pool floats, and left them deflated until we arrived. These were great to use in the ocean, and kept us from spending $5/float at the resort. We ate on the resort for lunch everyday and one dinner, and all meals were very good. The lunch cheeseburger was a huge hit! :) Kids under 12 eat free, which was really nice. The resort sits right across the street from a major shopping area with many restaurants, which was nice for evening dinners or strolls. We have visited Aruba two other times, staying at other resorts, and we all agreed that we would definitely come back to this resort - although we might book 2 adjoining rooms for a little more bed space for the kids :) We have already been looking at booking for spring break or early summer. It was very relaxing and comfortable vacation and look forward to returning!
Location Location Location. You could walk everywhere via the beach or the avenue in front of the hotel. The Holiday inn was clean and had all the amenities one can expect from a resort. The best part of the Holiday Inn are the people whom work there. Also the cost - it was more than half per room versus what other hotels on the same beach offered. Holiday Inn also had great lobby shops - best souvenir shopping in the area.All restaurant and great restaurants within walking distance of the Holiday Inn.We loved happy hours (buy 1 get 2 4:30-6:00pm every day), Jullieth was so wonderful to us during our stay and even got my Mom to join in a salsa lesson. Rosa at guest check-in went out of her way to accommodate us and help us through out our stay. We were equally impressed and I have to say a first - the manager of the hotel was in the lobby everyday greeting and helping people. He helped us hire a taxi that would drive all 8 of us to various restaurants during our stay (note by law Aruba taxi's can only carry 4 passengers).For New Year's Eve there is no better place to be than on Eagle/Palm Beach. We have seen NYE firework displays all over the world and by far Aruba's were the best. Up and down the beach and the inner island had displays beyond description. The only New Years tradition a little jarring is the tradition of setting off hundreds of firecrackers randomly through out the week around the island - sounds like gun fire - need I say more.What kept me from giving the Holiday Inn 5 stars (Beach Palapas, New Years Eve hotel party, housekeeping)The system for a beach palapa is ridiculous, during our 8 day stay we did not once get one. My husband would get up early and get an umbrella by the pool for my 76 year old mother. The manager - I was so impressed with - explained the palapa shortage is an Aruban government issue and the Holiday Inn is only allowed to incorporate so many each year however each year they add 20. My suggestion is maybe in the meantime have umbrellas available (especially for the elderly and young children). New Years Eve party? We decided to stay at the holiday inn and enjoy one of the two NYE party's at the holiday inn. We chose the beach party however December rains prompted the event to move inside (such a shame because the outside setup looked lovely). We quickly discovered the NYE party was a dinner and that was all. The dinner was wonderful however we were expecting a little more. So we bought a few bottles of wine and sat with our family under one of the courtyard palapas and waited for the countdown to midnight.Housekeeping was not consistent at night. We had three evenings - housekeeping did not stop by and collect towels, etc.All in all I highly recommend the Holiday Inn in Aruba. Their location and the people whom work there make your vacation truly special.
If you are a traveler that doesn’t care about the hotel because you never use the amenities, you are never there, and all is needs .. is to be clean, have a bed and have a shower. Then this is the place for you! You get what you pay for... although it’s more of an upgrade then most holiday inn’s. Pros: great location, affordable and right on the beach! Like I said it served its purpose for a couple in their 30’s. We never stayed on the grounds! Cons: families and children everywhere! I did not like the breakfast buffet- cafeteria quality! And the walls are very thin. We had a screaming infant next doors to us that cried for 5 days on end. If I could make one suggestion to the hotel it would be. You have 3 towers PLEASE MAKE ONE ADULTS ONLY!! I was in the sea tower and if you get a room with no view you face a beach club next door that blasts music to 2am.. have fun sleeping!Would I stay here again .. only if every hotel on the island was a fortune! Hyatt is the place to be! But I thank holiday inn for their hospitality - we really had no other issues otherwise!
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily (buffet and a la carte service)
- Snacks daily
- Domestic drinks, wine & draft beer (12noon-1am)
- Theme nights
- Non-motorized watersports: snorkeling, paddle boats & kayaks
- Fitness room
- Free tennis clinic (every Wednesday & Friday - 9am-10am)
- 600 rooms
- Restaurants, including a la carte dining* (reservations required, restrictions apply based on space availability)
- Spa (fee)
- Watersports centre for PADI diving & sailing (fee)
- Lit tennis courts (fee)
- Kids' play area
- Shopping arcade
- Internet access (fee)
Hotel Rooms include:
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Cable TV
- In-room safe
- Bathroom (tub, shower, hair dryer)
- Patio or balcony
- Maximum occupancy 4 persons
Superior Room: same as above with partial ocean view.
Deluxe Room: features same as Hotel Rooms but slightly larger with ocean view.
Kids Deal - 2 Children stay, eat & play free, 11 years & under.
For the Kids - Supervised children's activities 9am to 5pm (4-10 years), Children's activity center, and Teen game room.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Honeymoon Bonus - Honeymooners receive a bottle of sparkling wine. Reserve at time of booking. Marriage certificate required upon check-in.
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Holiday Inn Resort ArubaAruba,Aruba
- Hotel Contacts
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230 Je Irausquin Blvd, Palm - Eagle Beach Aruba
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