I am somewhat torn about my review of this place. I really wanted to give it a solid 4 rating, but because of my particular experience with it, I needed to give it a 3. A 3.5 would probably be about perfect. The best way to describe this place - think of a Holiday Inn situated on a fabulous beach. It's not fancy. It doesn't feel like a "resort" in that sense. It is, however, a perfectly comfortable place on a fabulous stretch of beach. The room itself was simple but perfectly fine. The place was renovated 2-3 years ago so all of the furniture, etc. was in very good shape. The bathrooms were great - very large with a very large shower stall. The stalls have clothes lines in them for drying bathing suits, etc. Beds are very firm. We had maid service every day. They cleaned the dishes as well. In a cost and energy saving measure, they do not change the sheets during your stay. I had no problem with that policy, but others might. Maintenance was fine. We reported a burned out bulb in the bathroom on our way out. When we returned two hours later, the bulb was replaced.
We got this room very inexpensively through Interval International and paid almost nothing. When we booked, I knew we would not get the best room, and I was right. We were in room 112, which is at the intersection of everything. We faced the lobby entrance to the Casa del Mar and were as far away from the beach as we could be and still be on a beach front property. Still, even that wasn't so bad.
My only real problem was the noise. The way the ABC is designed, the hallways are echo chambers. Every little noise in the hall is amplified and echos. And because the floors are tiled, everytime the people above us moved a chair away from the table, we heard it. Also, since we faced the Casa del Mar, we had the noise from Matthew's. Some nights that place was really hopping! There was a wedding one night and other events during the week. The music was so loud that the ground shook. Fortunately, they seem to have a policy of shutting down by 11:30 pm. But that's only after you've had to listen to it for a couple of hours. Planning on being out of your room at night is a good idea.
Despite the noise, I would actually still recommend the place. Toward the end of the week, I had become more acclimated to the noise so it didn't bother me as much. (Earplugs are an essential item for travel.) This is not a fancy resort, but if that's not what you are looking for, this place is great. We met some wonderful people who have been coming to the ABC every year for decades. The place is clean and well kept. The beach is fantastic (I don't know what the previous poster was complaining about. It's one of the absolute best beaches in Aruba.) We were there in low season and never had a problem finding a chickee. I would think high season would be a different story.
The location is great. It's directly across the street from the Alhambra Casino and only a 3 to 5 minute walk to the bus stop. It's nestled in a group of resorts including the Casa del Mar, the Manchebo Beach Resort, the Bucuti Beach resort, and the Costa Linda resort. All of the restaurants in those resorts are in easy walking distance from the ABC. We used the services at the Casa del Mar all the time as we were closer to that lobby than to the ABC. We were able to book an excursion through Pelican Adventures and we rented a car through Toyota (I think the official car of Aruba must be the Yaris.) all at the Casa del Mar. All in all, we had a great time and would go back if we could get a room in a better location - a second floor room facing the ABC.
Aruba took me a little bit to get used to. It's not what I expected. It's a piece of the Arizona desert plopped in the middle of the Caribbean ringed with beautiful white sand beaches and the most gorgeous azure blue water you have ever seen. We love to snorkel and we loved being able to drive to Baby Beach and Boca Catalina and just walk off the beach into a world filled with tropical fish of every kind. We had a great time lizard-watching and had a beautiful turquoise Aruban Whiptail lizard greet us every morning on our patio. I am definitely in the Aruba zone now and can't wait to get back.
We're not into casinos but there are quite a few restaurants, especially up at the high rise section. It's much livelier up there. It's easy to hop a bus to the high rises. Taxis are also plentiful. Better still, rent a car for all or part of your stay. It gives you a lot of freedom to travel all over the island. It's not big.
Oranjestad rolls up the sidewalks precisely at 6:00 pm every evening. Shops stay open till 10:00 pm up at the high rise section. Prices are high, but we went to Lings for groceries and ate breakfast and lunch in the room (or packed sandwiches for a picnic lunch when we were driving around.) We only ate dinners out. Some places like The French Steakhouse in the Manchebo Beach Resort have early bird specials which are definitely worth checking out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dreaming of Paradise? Come and enjoy your next Caribbean Vacation at the Aruba Beach Club!! There's something for everyone at the Aruba Beach Club. Located directly on the beach, this family oriented time-sharing resort boasts an Olympic size swimming pool, children's facilities, tennis courts, outstanding friendly service, clean, well maintained suites and of course the fabulous beach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Aruba Beach Club Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Aruba Beach Hotel
- Aruba Beach Resort
- Aruba Beach Club Palm - Eagle Beach