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1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

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1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

Hi,

Hubby and I will be heading to Aruba for our 1st time this fall for our 1st Wedding Anniv...we're going last week of October.

Staying at the Westin only b/c we got an amazing deal on Cheap Caribbean dot com that could not be beat. I priced it out on other sites and it was several hundred dollars more per person. Our package was for air and hotel...no meals. Any thoughts on the Westin? I'm a huge fan of their hotels so I can't see us finding a problem with it. It gets mixed reviews on here though.

Are there enough places for us to walk to at dinner or take an inexpensive cab ride to? Also normally we get breakfast included in all our hotel stays b/c we are big breakfast eaters - but it just wasn't offered in this great deal we got. Should we just eat at the hotel or venture out...I've read online there is some place nearby called Salt and Peppers with delicious and very inexpensive breakfast food. Any thoughts on that would be appreciated!

And last question is we'd like to do 1 romantic dinner being this is for our anniv....I've heard and keep reading great things about Flying Fishbone for sunset on the water. Is it worth the $50 round trip cab ride fee? Also what time does the sun set in October?

Thanks in advance for any help...

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1. Re: 1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

Salt & Pepper does have good food for breakfast.

If you love breakfast, the Marriott Stellaris has an awesome buffet for approximately $20/pp.

You're in a good location to walk to just about anything on Palm Beach. Happy hours, restaurants, casinos, etc.

If you'd rather not pay the cab fare to Flying Fishbones, you can walk (again - lol) to Marriott's beach for dinner at Simply Fish at sunset.

Happly planning and happy anniversary.

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2. Re: 1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

A short walk to Playa Linda is a restaurent which has an all you can eat breakfast for $9.95..Waffles, pancakes, french toast, omlets made to order plus fresh fruit, muffins, etc. We have stayed there several times and you are within walking distance to many excellent restaurents..don't miss out on Smokey Joes..also, a short cab ride to Madame Janette's..a do not miss..I think there are many excellent restaurents that do not require an expensive cab drive to have a fabulous dinner...

There is a boardwalk on the "sea side" that you can walk to the various resorts..on the "street side" you will find shops and many restaurents..

I would be happy to answer any further questions!

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3. Re: 1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

I think the Westin is one of the more underrated hotels on Palm Beach. Great employees, very nice restaurants if you don't feel like "going out", nice pool, nice beach. They just went through a renovation. Haven't seen the rooms since they've been upgraded but I heard they are nice. The Westin has a really good breakfast buffet. It's downstairs on the main "pool" level.

Tons of places to walk for dinner at night. My favorite restaurants you can walk to: Salt & Pepper, Smokey Joes, Casa Tua. Short cab ride: Madame Janette, Chefs Tables.

...and don't miss the Bugaloe pier bar right up the beach from you. They have decent sandwich type food and live music on Tues., Fri. and Sun. Great place to have a drink , relax and watch the sunset.

Azull is the dinner place right on the beach at the Westin. Good food, good service.

The sunset is between 6:15 and 6:30 in October.

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4. Re: 1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

I stayed there 3 times under the Wyndham banner. It is a great hotel located towards the beginning of the high rise section. You can easily walk to the restaurants (Texas de Brazil, Amazonia, Aqua Grill, Smokey Joe's, Salt and Pepper, etc.) but for a breakfast the walk is a little far. The breakfast buffet at the Westin is great but a little pricey. A couple of hotels over, on the beach side, is the Playa Linda that has a great breakfast at probably 1/3 t0 1/2 the price of the Westin.

Flying Fishbone has been getting some mixed reviews lately. Simply Fish at the Marriott is great.

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5. Re: 1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

Writing this from the Westin......I just logged on because they were a couple of restaurants mentioned that I couldn't remember the names of. Anyway......Had breakfast this morning at the Westin and it was really good. Your usual buffet with made-to-order waffles and omlets. For 2 people it was approx $44 (incl the 15% gratuity charge). I want to try the Salt & Peeppers place tomorrow. However, there is something to be said for just being able to roll-out of bed and go downstairs!!!

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6. Re: 1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone.....it has been very helpful! I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future...thanks!

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7. Re: 1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

I just booked the Westin for July I'll be sure to let you know how it was when I get back .

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8. Re: 1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

Stayed at the westin 2 years ago whenit was the wyndham. There is a dunkin donuts just down the beach fro the hotel in the area of the Radisson. We ate out every night not once in the hotel, walked to most places and were happy with the cost. We ate at an all you can eat sit down breakfast within walking distance of the hotel on the street same side. We went with our 10 year old and our 17 year old and would say most prices were not that much more than you would pay in the North east. We pay more at some restuarants when we eat in the NYC. Have a great trip. P.S. the westin offered a shuttle ride to town and we used it to shop and have dinner at El Goucho's and took a cab back, save some money on the cab fare that way

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9. Re: 1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

We have stayed there when it was the Wyndham..booked my son and his new bride there for the honeymoon end of aug...

for a romantic dinner how about trying the one that the hotel provides right on there own beach ...no cab...not sure of the price as we did AI for my son.....there are so many choices...

my DH and I are going the end of sept. first of oct. we usaully stay at the radisson but it is all booked..may go back and try the westin...was thinking of the Hyatt but i really really want a balcony that is a must for us..

no matter our choice you will have a wonderful time..aruba is by far my favorite place..and we travel alot...

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10. Re: 1st Trip to Aruba-just booked the Westin - thoughts please

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We love the Westin for the money. We have stayed there probably 10 times or so when it was the Wyndham, and this year as the Westin. Keep in mind it is not the US, it is the Caribbean and a little more laid back.

Try to get a room higher up on poolside. The rooms have all been redone and are really spiffy with flat screen tvs in the rooms.

We are not a total fan of their restaurants, but they are ok.

The buffet is around $17/pp, they also have an outdoor cafe where you order off a menu. We like that because we like to eat ourdoors. You will also find several buffets within walking distance if buffets are what you want.

They do have a romantic outdoors on the beach dinner, but I can't say how the food is.

You will find that there are many restaurants within walking distance of your hotel, so eating is not a problem.

Hear great thing about the flying fishbone, we have also had good meals at Tierra del Sol at the golf course a pretty location.

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