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... boring. An exhausted PA engineer doesn't help either; the sound is cracking and unbalanced. Waiting until close to midnight is tedious, the burning fast with little ritual. Some crackers inside the Momo burst, and then it all fades away. An anti-climax. But isn't that the goal?
... Trinidad and the like, but if the candidates are chosen by their Carnival societies, there is not much difference in the appearance of the ladies. And the traditional clubs have the money and the numbers in supporters. So other participants have a false start. Is there any reason to have a title of "Most sms-votes Reina" if you know that two participants have a complete sms-machinery at hand?
The Winter Olympics are going on in Sochi ...
... to Officers Mess to have a few drinks and say goodbye to Steve and Frazier then up-to room to pack! Went to Vines sushi bar for tea, the six of us, Petra, Helian and Debby then to Skywalker's for a few too many jammy doughnuts! Said a big thank you and goodbye to Debby, she has taught us so much and is a wonderful person. Finished the night off in the crew bar for one more ...
... it was lost
forever. The cooking propane system failed; (nothing hot to eat or drink); the mainsail developed a tear.... and to cap it all, the fuel which was driving the vessel along became contaminated and then the engine failed. So instead of running aground somewhere at the mercy of the wing and seas, they called the coastguard out. They finally arrived and towed them into Santa Marta where the boat is undergoing repairs. And a new dinghy will have to be bought; ...
... with cupped hands full of ostrich feed, approached a pair of these 7 foot birds. The immediately knew the significance of cupped hands outstretched toward them. They approached and started eating from her hand. The beak of an ostrich is round more like a duck than a sharp beaked bird. But in their excitement to eat the feed they pinched Harriet’s hand. Not a bad pinch, but still strong enough to leave a small mark and a memory that the safest way to feed ostriches was by ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Arubiana Inn Oranjestad
Home away from home
Really nice and friendly. Just what we needed, no high-rise hotel and no waiting-in-line tourism, just relaxed. Near the beach. Perfect host Gaston. We will return here on our next trip to Aruba!
Great stay in Arubiana Inn
Yesterday I have returned from a splendous week in Aruba. I stayed at the Arubiana Inn. A nice hotel with a personal touch. Host Gaston Verlaan wants you to have a great time, and he want to make sure it's not his fault when you don't. The breakfast is every day a surprise. You wake up and the morningpaper hangs on the doorhandle. The only 18 rooms make that you feel at home. People have time for a little chat if you want that. I can surely recommend this nice hotel for your stay in Aruba.
We loved the Arubiana Inn. The rooms are set motel-style around the pool. The Inn is off the beaten track but handy for Oranjestad restaurants. Gaston could not have been nicer - making us sandwiches when we arrived late and tired. Complimentary beer/coke in the fridge. Microwave and coffee-making facilities. Breakfast served round the pool, outside your room if you want it.
Exceptional value in Aruba
My wife and I spent a lovely last week of December at the Arubiana Inn, which should especially appeal to those like us who enjoy taking advantage of exceptional values, based on a combination of price, location, comfort, and ambience. As others have written, this recently renovated hotel is managed by a new owner, the ever-helpful and friendly Gaston, who has created a cheerful, quiet enclave on a side street, just two minutes drive from Eagle Beach, between the high-rise hotels of Palm Beach and Oranjestad. While one could walk to the beach and some restaurants, a rental car is recommended since the walk itself would not be so pretty, and there are many other more "remote" beaches (all with ample parking) within a 10 to 15 minute drive (we liked to sit under the divi-divi tree at Arashi Beach). The rooms are simple, but very clean, with a microwave, fridge, and water heater, as well as a safe box and TV. The rooms all surround a pleasant pool area, and WiFi is available for $10/day or $40/week (Tip: make sure you check your email for your WiFi account number since you'll need it to log back in after your first session).
We stayed at the Arubiana Inn 8 nights after Christmas. The $80/night rate was an exceptional value for this time of year when many hotels were charging 4-5 times as much. The owner-operator, Gaston, was extremely friendly, helpful and gracious. Even though the motel was fully booked, it was always quiet, with plenty of room to lounge around the pool. The motel was a 10 minute walk from a great restaurant "Madam Jeanette's" and 15 minute walk from an excellent beach. The views of the New Year's fireworks were fantastic.
Great place to stay!
The Arubiana Inn is a small, quiet, clean and comfortable place to stay. When we arrived, Gaston, the owner came out and welcomed us and helped us with our luggage. Talk about personal service! He was more than helpful and made us feel very welcome. The courtyard is a wonderful place to sit and relax, or enjoy the pool. There are several tables and chairs around, hammocks and the palm trees have lights around them which gives off a charming glow in the evening - true carribean style!
Most important to us when we travel is cleanliness, and this was a very clean room as well as a very comfortable king bed. It was convenient to have a microwave & refrigerator in the room also. The most beautiful beaches were only a couple minutes drive away with easy parking and were never crowded. We were extremely happy with the Arubiana Inn and will definately stay there again!
Lovbed the Arubiana Inn
I just came back from Aruba. I spent a week overthere together witrh my two daughters (17 and 14). I heard good stories about this hotel. The price was okay ($ 80,- pro room) so we took the chance. It was great. We all enjoyed our stay overthere!
The pool was great, the breakfast was very tasteful and a lot of vitamines.
It was nice to sit in front of my room and overvieuwing the pool and sipping a glass of wine.
The distance to the beach was no problem but nevertheless Gaston helped me to hire a car because there are some beautiful places on aruba, that we liked to visit.
Gaston gave us also some ideas about where to eat in the evening (there is a very nice restaurant very nearby)
The rooms were perfect. I was told that they were just renovated. I must say they did a good job.
The last thing I want to say is: please go there and experience it yourself!!
Arubiana Inn hotel with a personal approach
For a change I stayed in the small (18 rooms) Arubiana Inn instead of one of the big hotels
on the beach. It was a very positive exprience. Apart from the fair price (only 70-85 dollar for a double room) it is a pleasure to stay in this renovated hotel, with its nice and clean rooms and an inviting pool, only 5 minutes from the beach.
The new owner Gaston really knows how to pamper people in an easy and personel way.
I am looking forward to go there with my family for a holiday in July.
It is difficult to actually write a review. My sister and I (both in our 20's), made reservations that were confirmed and our local phone number was given. I asked the man who took our reservations if he needed any other info, - he said no, it was all set. We walked over from the Marriott (where we had participated in a wedding and stayed for a few nights) with all our bags. We saw our name on the register, but the manager had given away our room to someone who paid cash, since we had not pre-paid. They never tried to contact us, nor were we told we had to prepay. It was a Friday evening and the manager was not apologetic and would not help us find other accommodations. We had relied on the statements of the reservations clerk and were left with no room!
Adequate accommodations for budget traveler
This is a 1* motel somewhat reminiscent of an older Motel 6. It is a decent value at $55 during low season but $85 during high season is too much. There is an additional 6% tax but no 10-12% service charge like most hotels on the island. It is inland from Eagle Beach and probably about a 10-15 minute walk from there. It is located near some restaurants and a supermarket but a car would be helpful if staying here. The room is plain but clean and quiet. It had an adequate queen bed, microwave, refrigerator, phone, and cable TV (which got a lot of stations). The lighting was somewhat dim and the reading light by the bed worked only by pulling the plug in and out since the lamp switch was broken. The room air conditioner worked well and was a bit quieter than most room air conditioners. The bathroom could have used a renovation. While it had warm water at a comfortable temperature (which is apparently not guaranteed in Aruba's budget lodgings), neither the water for the sink or shower could be adjusted to a different temperature. The lighting in the bathroom was also dim. It featured a lighting area above the sink which could contain several bulbs but only one burned out bulb was there. There is a courtyard featuring a pool in front of all of the rooms.