Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino
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Arrived on a Sunday for a 7 night stay. Booked through JetBlue vacations and got a great deal. Took the advice of other reviewers and upgraded (renovated unit) for an additional $50 per night/$350. As an afterthought, I should have at least looked at the standard suite to see if upgrading was worth it to me. Duh!!!!Maybe I will request to see what the standard suite looks like before I leave. Then I will add to my review. Our accommodations, king bed with pull out couch and one bath , are adequate for me and my husband. It would probably be a little close if there were four people unless two are small children. The pools are clean and well kept and there are places to eat on premises. We had a nice reasonably priced breakfast at the DoubleDown restaurant and a comparable dinner at the restaurant at LaCabana which is directly across the parking lot. That is a good feature of the location. We had the amenities of two hotels for the price of one. We did not enjoy the pizza at Pizza Bob's. I guess we are pizza connoisseurs having grown up in the NJ/NY area. The beach is across the street from LaCabana so we had to pass through the property to get there. The beach is clean and chairs are available by showing the wristbands we received at check in. All in all this hotel is adequate and comfortable but not a luxury property. Three or three and a half stars at most. For the price we paid through JetBlue we are not complaining.
We have been going to Aruba for about 15 years and stayed at Lacabana. We had an additional week and couldn't get into Lacabana so opted for the Tropicana. I had requested a first floor room but hadnt received any word about the room. When we checked in our room on the first floor (1554)was ready, three hours before check in time. it was a renovated room right next to the pool and steps from the Tropicana Casino restaurant and Pizza Bobs. The pool was the quiet one, no slide for kids, yay. We were very surprised as our room was huge, comfortable bed and all the amenities including free wifi. We were not pressured into taking a timeshare.tour. If we had an extra week we would probably consider going back. There are some renovations needed especially around the pool bar.
We were given an un-renovated room upon check in. They really should shut down those rooms until they are renovated. It smelled of mold, stains in the kitchen did not come out and the curtains were nasty. We asked if we could be moved to a renovated room, there would be an extra fee but there were none available anyway. We finally decided to tough it out as we were only booked there for 2 nights, but they had to try to come clean up and the manager offered to bring in a humidifier. When the staff came to clean, they obviously knew there was nothing they could do to that room to make it better so they must have conveyed that to the manager and we were upgraded to a penthouse for the 2 nights we were there. The penthouse had new appliances, did not smell, and was clean, but the bathrooms had horrible lighting and were also in need of a renovation.
We stayed at the tropicana for 6 days, may 28-june 3rd, i was trying for the la cabana resort but it sold out before i made up my mind, so came the tropicana, it physically is right behind the la cabana, and you actually will walk through that resort to go to the beach.The price on the tropicana was worth what we paid, we weren't in on of the updated rooms, but again for the price no complaints! the room was huge, had a kitchenette a Jacuzzi tub and a big bedroom, the bath room was a good size as well, we had a balcony overlooking the pool on the 2nd floor. The grounds were immaculate, our room was very clean, the housekeeping staff did a good job as well. Lynette B. at the front counter was great and did a fantastic job checking us in and was very pleasant even though they were pretty busy. Be wary of the time share folks that will try to get you to take the tour ( i understand they have a job to do but). I'm no rookie and have learned from past mistakes! You paid your hard earned money, now go enjoy this beautiful island.the double down restaurant had pretty good food, and decent prices. ask for rudy! he's sarcastic, but very funny! i had the meatballs one day, the chicken caesar salad another day both very good.there is a restaurant bros and beer behind the hotel across the road which we at at as well that was pretty good(bar food) and decently priced.went to pizza bobs, but they didn't seem very interested in helping us as we stood at the bar for over ten minutes and wasn't acknowledged..Thus we never bothered to try again.the pools were clean, and the hot tubs were HOT! just like i like them, they both close at 10 pm..a little early for my liking but i understand.there is a superfoods (grocery store) behind the hotel across the road, the groceries are decently priced. and there are a lot of american foods as well..but you are on the island so try some of the local foods! we grabbed food for snacks to take to the beach and simple things for the room so we did not have to eat out every meal. remember to bring your own bags! there is a restaurant in the store with good prices and great food jacks cafe, try them out as well.to get to the superfoods you can go out the left rear pool entrance to the back of the resort, there is a wall go all the way to the left and you'll find a way to get over, otherwise it is a long long walk all the way around the wall..( we went over..lol)my only real complaint was the WiFi, it didn't really work in the room, hit or miss at the pool areas, only really worked well in the lobby..where the time share people can find you! they offered a hot spot for an additional charge, i don't remember the price but we declined..it may be a good idea to get it so you have access to the internet while at the beach.palpas and chairs are free at the beach just show them your wrist band, and they will get them for you, (please tip the guys).there are bus stops by the la cabana on the main road across from the beach for $2.65 US one way make sure you have cash or the white vans that are labeled bus are on $2 US one way, we traveled downtown and to palm beach way cheaper than taking a cab.Aruba is nice, don't just sit on the beach and the resort, we went all over the island and everywhere we went we felt safe and the people were really nice, most spoke english, and our currency was accepted everywhere.i have many other reviews of our trip see them for ideas on where to go! if this review helps you give it a thumbs up!p.s its always windy in aruba..it never stops, can be a bit annoying at times, but the plus is i never got bit nor saw any flying insects!
I'm sure the resort was beautiful back in the 90's. The renovations will bring it back but they're only half done. If you go because you got a great deal that's ok, but pay the extra $50 per night for a renovated room, we did! WARNING BEWARE of the timeshare sales group hovering around the front desk. They will make empty promises of many gifts. I got sucked in for a free lunch and free casino slot play. I walked away ultimately after the presentation of 1.5 hours. They wanted $15k for a deeded timeshare week 12. This was made to sound to good to be true (it was), free cruise, free week for another party and so much more, but I walked away. I was approached 2 days later by the same sales person (Yoel) offering the same unit for $8k without all the bells and whistles. I was told an 80 year old man was selling his unit as his health kept him away. I got sucked in and left a $1100 deposit!!!! I realized upon my return that financially this wasn't the right time. I asked to rescind my offer and was ultimately refused after at least 6 emails and 5 phone calls. Luckily I paid by credit card and got refunded, but I was sweating for over 60 days. Just got it back today. I couldn't wait to post a negative review. I explained to Harold (sales manager) and Yoel (my salesman) the power of social media while attempting to get a refund. I loved the Island but will try Divi Divi next time. I may wait a few years for when they are done with renovations if they make it that long. I asked Yoel during his presentation "why is Tropicana taking so long"? His answer was " Tropicana is in the casino business not the Timeshare business" Hmm I thought! I think they may just pull out. That's why I did!
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- 362 suites
- 5 Restaurants
- 4 Bars
- 3 Pools
- Fitness gym room
- Squash/Racquetball (fee)
- Water sports centre
- Scuba diving available (fee)
- Beauty salon
- Shops on site
- Laundry facility
- Meeting rooms/Conference facility
- Casino on site
- Golf course nearby
- Air conditioning & Ceiling fan
- Hair dryer
- Iron/Ironing board
- 42" Cable Television
- Alarm clock radio
- In room safety deposit box
- Fully equipped kitchenette
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Tropicana Aruba Resort & CasinoAruba,Aruba
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J.E. Irausquin Blvd, 248 Aruba, Palm - Eagle Beach Aruba Aruba
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