Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino
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The bellmen at this resort were so nice and helpful , so were most of the front desk staff. However, the property looked kinda run down. I did get a remodeled room but the kitchen set up made no sense. We also got 2 double beds, but I'd rather have that based on the reviews of the older rooms.There wasn't much happening on the resort . I stayed at LaCabana a week right before coming to Tropicana and Tropicana was a ghost town compared to Lacabana I imagine due to less rooms being available at this time. The pools were nice and the slide was super fun. Food was terrible, staff at pizza by bobs was rude, service was slow and the food was nasty. I didn't try their other restaurant.This resort isn't beach front you actually walk through LaCabana to get there, not a long walk. Also a quick walk to a grocery store. One thing I HATED was the constant " come to our presentation " non sense . I'm on vacation I own at interval , I'm NOT interested in buying here! How many times must I say no. I was asked everyday twice a day at the least . Leave me alone. I'm nice so I tried letting down easy towards the end I avoided and ignored those who asked. After it's complete it could be a great property. But because of the constant harassment to buy into the vacation club I wouldn't stay here again.
3rd visit to Aruba, 2005, 2007 and this trip 2017, booked at last minute due to TUI flights being £300 return out of Manchester (maybe discontinuing the route?)So we knew we were on a budget, but Aruba having possibly the best weather in the Caribbean (out of hurricane belt), as well as the best beaches, we decided to wing it.The Tropicana exceeded expectations at the low price. We booked one of the standard one bed room(yet to be renovated) rooms, and I found it more than satisfactory. Yes, it was a little dated, but I was happy at the price.....My wife noticed that one of the Booking.Com marketing photos depicted a renovated room, so she had a whinge at check in and we were offered a move to a Ground floor (bigger terrace compared to upper floor balconies) renovated room free upgrade, at check in, but the room would not be available until the 4th of 14 nights. After the second night the toilet got blocked, and we were upgraded immediately to a ground floor 2 bed full suite, fully renovated, free of charge, for the rest of the duration.Both the first and second room were serviced daily, staff were very friendly throughout the resort, but a special mention to Lillian who granted us the free upgrades and really looked after us, including allowing us to keep the room until 3pm on the last day, again free of charge (checkout should be 11am and the extension is priced at $70)Pizza Bob (casual poolside breakfast/lunch/dinner pizza/burger/bar) was better than expected, but the larger on-site restaurant "Double Down" was disappointing.The Tropicana pools are considerably larger than the other budget hotel pools in the area. This was a major factor, at the price, in our choice of the Tropicana over the alternatives. We didn't notice any cleanliness or maintenance issues with the pools.In fact the whole place was immaculately clean. No sign of cockroaches inside or out, some ants in the gardens (inevitable) but not in the room. Considering we were ground floor, this was a pleasant surprise.There were quite a few iguanas around. They're not aggressive and can be tamed to hand feed, if you wish, but will leave you alone if you ignore them - horses for courses.Location: 5 minutes walk to the best end of Eagle Beach, 5 minutes walk to SuperFood Plaza, the best of the supermarkets we visited. Fewer drunk young American revellers on Eagle beach than on Palm Beach.Aruba fishing: If you can't afford to charter a boat $250 and up, then your options are to fish like the locals, that is a baited hook carried out 200-300 metres under a balloon, then yank the balloon free so the baited hook then drops to the fish, or hire a jeep and go to the North Coast (not for the inexperienced). Otherwise, for shore fishing, with lure or bait, pretty much forget it. Boat trolling or jigging is the best option. I worked a lot of hours, at the right times of day, for very little reward.Car Hire: We booked with Jonathan at XL, which is across the road from the back of the Tropicana. I researched hire cars HARD, and found the average offer to be US $250 for 9 days PLUS insurance (between US$10 to US$15/day). Jonathan's deal at XL was US$207 for 9 days INCLUDING insurance, so this was much cheaper. We walked in off the street, explained that we were budget travelers on this occasion, and in his words "I just want you to have a good time while you're in Aruba". Lillian at the Tropicana had exactly the same attitude over the upgrades she gave us. This "can-do, here to help, want you to enjoy" attitude really seems to characterise the attitude to service in Aruba, at least in our experience.So, all in all we were apprehensive about the Tropicana, but couldn't fault any aspect of it.Be warned though - they are renovating the rooms definitely with the view to selling them time-share. They plan to redevelop the adjacent casino into the biggest on the Island. I suspect the bargain we enjoyed was just during this transition period. Catch it, at the price, while you can.
We stayed here too weeks. The staff and the pools were great. The room was old and needed some update. We had issues with a screeming noice that came from our bathroom. I assume it was the pipes that made the noice. I woke up to the noice uncountable times and there were nights I barely slept because of this. I complained a lot about the noice to the hotel staff and even recorded it on a video as an evidence. Most of the reception staff got my complain and one of the staff even showed the video to the supervisor, but this did not get fixed and we did not get to change our room. I remember it was room 312 or something. It was the first room to left from the main elevators on the third floor. Just next to pizza bob's.
I 've traveled to a handful of Caribbean countries...i was pleasantly surprised when I got off the plane and most spoke English @least on the north side....i was recommended this hotel by locals...i had previously read reviews and was highly skeptical. I enjoyed myself,and couldn't complain about anything...the beach is across the street,many excursions to choose from,supermarket across the street,and casinos...i would definitely stay again
As soon as I got to Tropicana I was checked into my room very quickly. This was out first visit to Aruba and we stayed as a couple from July 31 - August 7. We had the older room, however everything was in good working condition. The room was cleaned everyday with new towels daily, but bed sheets were not changed except for maybe one time after a few days. I noticed some stains on the sheets which is how I knew it wasn't changed. The staff were very friendly. We tried Pizza Bobs one time and it was one of the best Pizza I've ever had and we tried Amore Mio Pizza one night at Palm beach which didn't live up to expectations. Most nights we did head out to eat on Palm Beach. Plenty of restaurants to choose from there. Eagle Beach was the best beach I've ever seen. We never had a problem getting a place to sit on the beach as there is a guy who gives out beach chairs for Tropicana. It was only a 5 minute walk to the beach through the La Cabana resort. We also used the swimming pool at La Cabana two times and nobody said anything to us. We booked all of our excursions right off the beach. We tried the Big Red Mable, which was lots of fun but make sure to hold on tight otherwise you might fly off haha! We also booked a UTV tour which was fun but can be dangerous as we did get into a minor accident. Once you get off road the terrain can get pretty insane. The tour company compensated us fully for what we paid since we couldn't continue with the tour due to some injuries after the accident. We also booked the Caterman snorkel excursion. You get picked up right from Eagle Beach. You go to see the sunken ship than off the Boca Catalina for some fun snorkeling, drinks, music and fun! The snorkeling was not as great as what I saw off the coast of Puerto Morelos in Mexico but if you swim closer to shore you will see a ton of fish. Aruba was beautiful! Only thing I didn't like was there wasn't much of a Nightlife if you wanted to go out dancing. No comparison for example with Playa del Carmen which had tons of places to go dancing. Other than that this hotel is in a great location and worth staying at for the price.
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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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