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“Best of both worlds. Disappointed (Jan. 2 2012) is way off with "poor" rating.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boardwalk Hotel Aruba
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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best of both worlds. Disappointed (Jan. 2 2012) is way off with "poor" rating.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

There's a reason this place has 40 very good 80 excellent ratings and only 3 poor (two star) ratings. Stop looking now -- these are the ratings and this is the place if you want the best of both worlds. Walk north for miles on the beach and you get the "real" Aruba -- stunning uncrowded beaches. Walk south and you get the other Hi rise Aruba for miles. This is the only place where you can have both local beach and tourist beach within a few hundred feet. Want relative tranquility? Ditch the chair, grab a cooler with ice and head north a few football fields. Want a cool Dutch girl to bring you breakfast, lunch and cold beers every 10 minutes? Go south just past Marriott and hang at Moomba -- chairs are free for Boardwalk folk. Want 24 hour room service with a caricature of the servile global underclass for much more money? Stay at a corporate hi rise anywhere in the Caribbean. Like I said, stop looking now and click it.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Just got back from a perfect 5-day stay at the Boardwalk in Aruba. This was the perfect option for us because we did not want to stay in an overcrowded high rise and fight for space on the beach each day. We rented a car and had the freedom to explore the island and check out all the different beaches and sights - from the popular Palm and Eagle beaches to the natural bridge, lighthouse, and more natural sights around the island.

The casitas here are a great value - we loved having a full kitchen to cook breakfast every morning, which we ate on our lovely shady porch while reading the newspaper provided each day. Then we used the cooler, towels and chairs that were available at the front desk to go on a new adventure each day. At night it was easy walking distance to the beach to watch the sunset and then to check out the many restaurants that were available within a short walk.

The casitas were perfect for our purposes and are clearly in the process of being upgraded as there are some items that look brand new and high end (for example the tvs) and a few things that could use a little upgrading still (the interior walls could use paint in some spots, the plumbing is old and the shower temperature fluctuates wildly if someone else is using water). Any minor inconveniences were definitely outweighed by the overall experience and comfort at the Boardwalk.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms are the best - they have good views, a good breeze and you don't hear your up...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

Peaceful oasis just a couple of minutes from the Marriott. Each casita is a little different but they all have the following in common.... privacy, their own beautiful outdoor patios, lovely gardens, decent cooking facilities and living areas, comfortable beds. Close to the Arubus network which is a great way to get around the island. About $25 for a taxi from the airport to here. Close to all the excitement that is Palm Beach. All feels very secure and safe. I felt very comfortable hanging out here (and in Palm Beach) on my own, for an extended weekend.

Room Tip: If you get the chance the casitas that are upstairs are probably the best ones - great views and eve...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

Great stay at the Boardwalk Hotel Aruba! The room was spacious and clean. The kitchen and living space added to the joy of our stay. The patio was nice with a table and chairs, grill, and a hammock. Even though the hotel is not directly on the beach you will feel that you are staying on the beach because of the breezy yet simple décor.

Stephanie and Kimberly are the owners and are very sweet and accommodating. They even provided beach toys for our two young daughters to play with. We felt safe in the hotel and would stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

We stayed at the boardwalk half a year ago and we were greatly suprised. What `a little oasis` we had found. We had the best time. Of course there are always a few points of approval, but we had the best time ever so far on Aruba.
Just as last time me and my girlfriend had something to celebrate and we treated ourselves on another Boardwalk ´relaxation´ stay.
I dont wan´t to exaggerate, but it was even better then the first time. i think they did an overhaul of some kind. Everything looked even better and newer. We had an upstairs casita which added to the fun because you have a total different view and hardly any mosquitos..
If you are a free minded spirit, you like nature and an relaxing environment. Boadwalk is the way to go! Keep it up girls!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Boardwalk Hotel Aruba
Address: Bakval 20, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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Region: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#5 Business Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€€
Hotel Class:3 star — Boardwalk Hotel Aruba 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The boutique-style Boardwalk Small Hotel offers 14 spacious casitas spread out in the peaceful gardens of a historic coconut plantation. The hotel is located just a 3 minutes walk from popular Palm Beach where you can enjoy our NEW cozy beach area, providing shade and lounge chairs. All 14 casitas are tastefully decorated in fresh Caribbean colors and feature a large living room, fully equipped kitchen, modern bathroom, separate bedroom(s), private patio equipped with your own hammock and BBQ grill, TV, full air conditioning and free WIFI. Daily breakfast service is available. Other perks and privileges include daily housekeeping services, complimentary beach towels, beach chairs, cool box and snorkel gear. The owners of the hotel, fun twin sisters, offer concierge services and excellent recommendations, providing you with the local scoop. The boutique-style Boardwalk Small Hotel with palm-fringed gardens and cozy swimming pool offers the ultimate setting for a relaxing and romantic vacation in Aruba. Couples of all ages as well as young families will truly enjoy this hidden gem in Palm Beach, Aruba. ... more   less 
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Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Hotel
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