The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
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My boyfriend, some friends and I stayed in Aruba for approximately a week over Christmas 2006. My boyfriend and I stayed at the Westin, a nice hotel on the beach. We were a 10- or 15-minute walk from the Marriot Hotel, where all our other friends stayed and where most of the nightlife took place. We spent our days almost entirely lying on the beach …
The wonderful Aruba!!! But not a place for children!!! Go with your wife, not with your children!!!
... plan! In fact the weather had other ideas. And what I’m about to tell you normally happens with me on board.
The route from Panama to Aruba is effectively sailing due east. The prevailing winds are due west; in exactly the opposite direction. Impossible to really sail. And did it blow. 30/35 knot winds. All in the wrong direction. And this in turn made for big seas. Twenty one foot swells.. not at all nice. They ripped the trailing dinghy right off the back of the ...
Sunday was a very lazy day as the seas were very rough and it was hard to move around the ship. We were able to see the playoff games and rested in our stateroom with room service.
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... an appetizer of baba ganoush,hummus pita bread,olives and stuffed grape leaf.Glenn had smoked salmon.He had a vegetable puree soup and I had Thai Chicken soup. Glenn had his salad then a breaded pork chop entree with Opera cake for dessert. I had shrimp and vegetable rigatoni and mango sorbet . (mmmm!) There are so many choices it is difficult to make a final decision.
Today is our final excursion- a catamaran sail , snorkel and beach ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba Palm/Eagle Beach
This trip was booked at the very last minute using Starwood points (base points for this hotel 10k/night, we got a *slight* upgrade for 11k/night). Since our booking was so last minute, we were unable to upgrade any further to get a better view. Our total stay was 3 nights.
The Westin was called the Aruba Resort Spa and Casino when me and my wife visited for a friend's wedding. The only negative I found was that the pool water was a little dirty, but with such a great beach and ocean I didn't spend much time in the pool. The restaurants were great and I especially loved the Japanese restaurant. The beach is beautiful. The sunset was also a perfect backdrop for our friend's wedding. I can say that most people in our party did have to complain about the side of the hotel facing the construction. The rooms on that side not only dealt with the horrible view but seemed to have a musty odor. Luckily we stayed on the other side of the hotel and our room was great. We had a great view of the sunset and ocean. The service was ok not the best I have had but respectable. I hope this helps and I hope it hasn't gone downhill in the last few months with the westin takeover.
To be fair, Westin Aruba is a nice enough hotel. All rooms have not been upgraded yet, but the beds are fabulous.
We stayed for 5 nights at the Westin. First the negative. Although they had a low occupancy, less than 50% on those dates they managed to place us at a construction view room, 50% of the rooms had that view. We had to ask for a room change and badge my platinum status to obtain the change. The initial front desk greeting, terrible. A confusing 15% service charge is added to all your bills, including minibar...what service did I receive for grabbing a bottle of water from the fridge? The waiters explained that such 15% is part of a fund for paying their salary, but only the additional tips will make it directly to their pocket. The pool is a huge kids pool with the level of the water getting no higher than your waist. The staff at the gym will not care of you at all, they basically ignore you, unless I guess you pay them a fee. The possitive, Friendly and helpful staff at the concierge, friendly staff at the breakfast buffet, great beach and ok staff, fantastic SPA with fantastic therapists. Room simply OK. If I return to Aruba, I will head for another option. Hope this helps.
My husband and I just returned from the Westin and I wanted to let you know the construction was not that bad. Reading other reviews, it made me want to try to cancel my Westin reservation and get a last minute booking at another high-rise. But I stuck with the Westin, and we were pleasantly surprised. Yes, construction is happening and they work 24 hours a day. However, it's not loud jack-hammering type construction. While on the beach, I couldn't hear it at all. At the pool, I'd occassionally hear the hum of power tools in the distance. But again, it was fine. Honestly? Annoying, screaming kids at the beach or the pool bothered me more than the construction ever did.
The Westin Aruba Sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They gave us a room with a view of the all day construction next door. When we complained about the noise they said they could move us to the other side of the hotel, but we would have to pay an extra $200 a night. That came to an extra $1400. I told them I would not have booked this hotel if they told me there would have been noise and I could not relax on my vacation. They did not care and the trip was a disaster thanks to the WESTIN. I should have stayed at the Holiday Inn at least I could have relaxed on my trip. I will never staty at a Westin ever again and I won't use Travelocity to book a trip because the Travelocity gaurentee sucks too. Once they charge your credit card they don't care about your trip or if you have problems.
Disappointed with Westin
We were greeted cordially but placed in a room that overlooked the all day and late night construction about 50 yards away, the furniture cushions were torn and badly stained, the tub wouldn't drain, and the deadbolt was hanging off the door frame. The hotel moved us the next day to the other side of the hotel with a lovely ocean and beach view but it took the entire day to get it done. two days lost! No access to conceirge floor for Starwood Gold members and the explanation was they didn't have one at this property. READ CAREFULLY -- "balcony oceanview" means you can only see the ocean if you hang over the balcony. Beautiful property but best to wait till they are finished becoming a Westin if you expect Westin standards.
Beautiful, peacful and wonderful place to stay...
The staff was friendly, always available, and ready to help make your experience in Aruba a pleasant one. My husband and I stayed here and didnt want to leave. It was one of the best vacations we have ever been on. There were waitresses walking up and down our beach brining us drinks, there were several restaurants to choose from, a casino, excellent room service, beauiful views no matter which room you stayed in, excellent customer service to help you choose special activities outside the hotel, etc. I could go on forever. I definitely recommend this hotel to anyone, including those with children. There was fun for everyone and the staff was so friendly.
They say that few things in life are never as good as the first time. Conversely, that maxim holds true for the Westin Aruba Resort, which we had previously stayed at when the property was a Wyndham less than a year ago.
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon 11/6-11/11. We had an absolutely fabulous time. The hotel was in the process of transitioning at the time to Westin, and there is construction next door, but neither of these factors affected our stay. We had reserved a deluxe oceanview with king bed, though none were available upon checking in, so we chose to upgrade to a suite, which was beautiful. Regarding the lack of room we originally requested, this is a common thing in the hotel industry and we were understanding of the fact as my husband is a general manager for a hotel in Connecticut. If you're concerned about it, get to Aruba early. We had great dinners at Cafe Baci and Pago Pago, and the buffet breakfast was nice. They'll make omelets to order, just request it. Casino was a blast, great people, drinks a-plenty. Any debris in the pool was minimal and we could see that the heavy tradewinds made keeping up on pool maintenance a trying task. We did the ABC 1/2 Day Jeep Safari and the Jolly Pirates Swim/Snorkel/Sail/Swing excursions. Both were awesome, worth every penny. We look forward to visiting Aruba again and would certainly considering staying the Westin.