I recently stayed at the Aruba Blue Village (ABV) and will never stay here again. Which negative point to begin with, there are so many...
1. Let's start with location. It sucks. Their website shows beach pictures, but the ABV is in a residential neighborhood about a mile from the beach. One day I walked to Eagle Beach, the nearest, and it took about 30 minutes, each way. Also the bar/restaurant at the ABV is only open in the afternoon (as is the excellent and completely unassociated restaurant next door to the ABV) so forget about getting breakfast here. Nearest store is a 20-minute walk away. The lack of amenities and isolation of this place make you feel like you are being held hostage.
2. The room. My room, had a "double" bed which consisted of two homemade wooden cots that had been shoved together. The old sheet and thin bed spread were too small to cover this contraption so you spend the whole night trying to arrange the bedding so it covers you. The lighting in the room was such low wattage you could barely see. The "reading light" clamped to the head of the bed was too dim to actually read by. I had to use the flashlight app in my iPhone to read at night. The room came with only two extremely linty towels and no soap.
3. Service. Ha! I stayed four nights and they never cleaned the room or bathroom. They did come in one day to remove one of the two towels I had. I guess they thought two towels for four days was too extravagant.
4. Staff. For some reason, the staff treats you like you are trying to rip them off. I paid for my room ahead of time, so I'm not sure how that would be possible, just part of their hospitality, I guess. When I checked out, they dashed to my room to make sure I had not trashed it (I'm a 50-year old teacher) before they would let me leave. Very insulting. Also, I ate dinner there one night with some friends. We ate, paid the bill, and left. The next day, the woman came up to me and said I had not paid for four beers. Huh?? I protested but since I did not have a bill ( we just told them what we had had when we paid the night before) I had no defense, so had to pay AGAIN, for the beers. To top it off when I went to the airport they called a "cab". The "cab" was an unmetered van driven by one of their relatives who charged me a flat rate that was more than a cab would have cost.
Avoid this place. You come to Aruba to relax and enjoy the beach and to be treated well. None of this is possible at the Aruba Blue Village.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aruba Blue Village hotels / long-term apartments has recently been through a management change and we are currently in process of renovating the entire property. Multiple rooms are already finished and we are gradually applying this renovation to the remaining rooms. We have 3 deluxe type rooms available for special occasions such as: weddings, anniversaries, etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aruba Blue Village Hotel Noord
- Aruba Blue Village Noord
- Aruba Blue Village Caribbean