We were at Paradera from October 31--November 7, 2008.
We really enjoyed this little place. The rooms are simple (as advertised) but they are kept immaculently clean and everything worked perfectly. The A/C got the room cold in 5-10 minutes after being off all day, the water was hot and plentiful and all the kitchen appliances worked fine. I can't think of anything with the room that wasn't just fine.
The pool area is very relaxing and tropical. There are palm trees and other foliage everywhere. The pool was very clean and we enjoyed it pretty much every night of our stay.
The best part of Paradera is the innkeepers. We met Henk briefly a few times and he seemed very nice, but it was really Debby who was taking care of us most of our stay. She could not have been nicer!! From her welcoming drink and once-over when we arrived to providing almost daily guidance about restaurants, places to see, etc., her help was invaluable. She made us feel like visiting friends, not customers,
The hotel also provides beach chairs and a cooler for your daily excursions. These really came in handy, as we tend to move around a lot and renting chairs everywhere we went would have really added up. Same with the cooler--we took our own bottled water or soft drinks and didn't have to worry about finding a store or restaurant every time we dried out (which on Aruba happens a lot).
Also--hats off to the 2 housekeepers!! They could not have been more accommodating or nicer!! We needed a few extras a time or two and they took everything in stride with a smile on their faces. Really great service!!
The only fault I found with Paradera is in their selection of "partners". In particular, we were very unsatisfied with Value Car Rental, and we thought the day sail on Tranquillo was just OK at best. Both were specifically recommended by Paradera. I have written a separate review of Tranquillo that you can read, but Value Car Rental is not listed onTA that I can find (if they were, they'd probably get a lot less business). I told Debby straight out that Paradera is so well run and such a great place that affiliating it with these vendors (especially Value Car Rental) is really doing more harm than good. I don't know why they would want to be associated with a vendor that is so far below the standard of their own business.
Anyway, stay at Paradera!! It is a fantastic place with fantastic hosts. Just rent a car somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When in search of an intimate oasis in Aruba that combines boutique charm with an easy access location, Paradera Park delivers this and much more. The award-winning resort is commended for unobtrusive service, immaculate property and rooms, range of amenities, and quiet yet central location, this hidden gem is the perfect place for a vacation or business trip in Aruba. With just 17 rooms providing the ultimate comfort and an extremely high level of privacy and tranquility, this is the perfect hideaway. Paradera Park is locally referred to as The Tropical Oasis, set in 2000m2 of tropical gardens in which the accommodations are privately tucked away. Without distractions, the resort provides the opportunity to kick back and unwind. This is vacation on a highly personal, wonderfully intimate scale. All Studios and Suites are tastefully decorated and offer all the comforts of home. Overlooking the lush tropical gardens, all are equipped with King-size beds with crisp luxury linen, en suite bathroom with walk-in shower, plush towels & exclusive Aruba Aloe toiletries. Fully-fitted kitchen with Illy espresso machine, safe, hairdryer, iron, cable TV, fast and reliable in room Wi-Fi and phone with free local calls. Easily discover Aruba’s numerous beaches with our complimentary beach chairs & cooler. Daily Housekeeping will ensure you return to a fresh room, the Reception desk is open daily and here you are welcome to discover the islands hotspots or local hidden treasures. Our staff can make reservations for trips, tours, car rental, restaurants and give you any advice or assistance you may need, call a taxi, or just pop in for a chat, some chilled water or a great cup of coffee. Whether your stay is for business or leisure, we strive to make your time in Aruba truly memorable! ... more less
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