We literally just returned after an amazing week at Costa Linda on the advice of a friend who travels to Aruba frequently. If you want the short review, it was excellent and we absolutely will be back. If you want the long winded detailed review….read on….
First the Pros : Everyone was super friendly, the room was very good - on par with what you would see in a spec home where the builder is knocking out units….granite countertops, nice cabinetry, decent tile, etc. The rooms were nicely decorated and the bathrooms were as well. The AC was strong, the view from the balcony (we had an outer northern unit) was beautiful. The grounds are very well maintained, the pool is great. The beach is simply amazing and there was never a shortage of huts although we are told this week was very low in terms of occupancy so YMMV. It is within walking distance to the casino/Dunkin Donuts/Juan Valdez/ and some shops. Haivng 12^N on site though is great, but I will review them separately. Having a blender, toaster, fridge, etc in the room is great (see tips listed below). However (for me) the most important thing about the resort and room - it was clean. The maid service was good, the staff was always cleaning the floors outside the rooms, manicuring the grounds, sweeping, etc. And it wasn't 'musty' or clammy in the room as at other islands.
Next the Cons : (Some of this is merely personal opinion) The water pressure/shower head in the 2nd bathroom in our unit was very weak. It did the job, but it wasn't "refreshing". Also the tub drained extremely slowly and couldn't keep up even with the weak shower pressure - if you allowed the water to get to temp using the tub, forget it you were standing in water. It didn't bother me enough to complain about it but in hindsight maybe I should have notified maintenance. The DVD player in the living room was missing the AV cable….not that we wanted to watch anything but why have it and not have it connected to the TV? Personally I would have ceiling fans in the bedrooms - it could potentially lower AC usage/cost. Now for my two biggest complaints, albeit they won't stop me from returning…..1. It is inexcusable in 2013 to charge guests for WiFi access. I know what the response will be but amortize the cost over the life of the equipment. For what owners pay for maintenance fees it should be included. At the very least the in room wired access should be included. 2. Radios need to be banned at the huts. Almost everyone had the courtesy to use their phones/etc with buds….except one group….who inconvenienced everyone else around them and didn't think twice about it. No one wants to hear your music - if I did I would have it playing myself. And I liked some of the music (however it clearly wasn't the taste of older guests in other huts) but it is just rude.
Overall it was amazing, and as someone who normally goes to adults only resorts, I will give kudos to the families who had children there - they were all extremely well behaved but still had fun. At one point I sat in the hut and watched a group of boys play football on the beach….to not have a care in the world, what we would all give for it at times.
Some tips (And I cannot take credit for them but will pass them along in case you miss my friends comments here)…..head to Lind&Sons or SuperFoods and get snacks/etc - great way to save some money for amazing dinners. Alcohol too. Skip coffee/cappuccino at dinner and head over to Juan Valdez Cafe to have some and utilize their free WiFi. If you go with 4 people and plan on taking a tour - just rent a Jeep….it doesn't cost much more and if you add the tour and a rental car it's more than the Jeep. It's almost impossible to get lost on the island.
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- Also Known As:
- Costa Linda Beach Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Hotel Costa Linda Beach
- Costa Linda Aruba
- Costa Linda Beach Resort Aruba/Palm - Eagle Beach