Travel Blogs from Oranjestad
Today was going to be an easy day. I got up at 9 am instead of 8 when I woke up. I ate my breakfast at my little patio table outside my door and then I started to get everything ready for snorkeling and all the little rituals to get out the door...not before the maid tried to clean my room...twice. I thought I had everything to snorkel …
Today was a perfect day! I got up very early, 6 am, that part wasn't so perfect, but I ate a granola bar and made some instant capuchino, set off for the gas station and got gas, got to Avis by 7:15, wrote my note to the Avis guy telling him that he was late and I had to go back to the hotel and I would leave the car there, when he opened the door …
Today was not such a successful touristing day. First of all the Avis
guy was over 30 minutes late (he had to be tracked down by Arubiana) and
then it took him another half hour to get me ready and on the road.
And never an apology. Hmmm. He did give me a map and outlined my turns
to get to the National Park. Aruba is tough on …
... from a limited number of platitudes: Dushi Aruba, my beloved island, our great Carnival celebration, orgulloso, maravilloso. Because the superlatives on the island and its pageant are in no particular logical order, some candidates get lost in their text, resulting in embarrassing pauses. There is also a limited number of supporting gestures, which becomes blatantly clear when I look at my pictures of the speeches: they all look the same. After ...
... lot of good it did us though because Sonny was half an hour late, we were all a little annoyed however once he got there he was so lovely, happy and charming it was impossible to stay annoyed for long. The tour cost $30, so well worth booking. Heather and Tim hadn't booked anything but luckily there were 2 spare seats so they squeezed on the tour with us. Sonny drove and chatted taking us to the natural bridge, lighthouse and ...
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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.
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 $80/night rate was an exceptional value for this time of year when many hotels were charging 4-5 times as much. The owner-operator, Gaston, was extremely friendly, helpful and gracious. Even though the motel was fully booked, it was always quiet, with plenty of room to lounge around the pool. The motel was a 10 minute walk from a great restaurant "Madam Jeanette's" and 15 minute walk from an excellent beach. The views of the New Year's fireworks were fantastic.
The Arubiana Inn is a small, quiet, clean and comfortable place to stay. When we arrived, Gaston, the owner came out and welcomed us and helped us with our luggage. Talk about personal service! He was more than helpful and made us feel very welcome. The courtyard is a wonderful place to sit and relax, or enjoy the pool. There are several tables and chairs around, hammocks and the palm trees have lights around them which gives off a charming glow in the evening - true carribean style!
I just came back from Aruba. I spent a week overthere together witrh my two daughters (17 and 14). I heard good stories about this hotel. The price was okay ($ 80,- pro room) so we took the chance. It was great. We all enjoyed our stay overthere!
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!
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.