Aruba Blue Village is a great place to stay for budget travellers with no expectations of a 5-star resort. The rooms were clean, the refrigerator, microwave, a/c, and other appliances all worked. The furniture was basic and not the most comfortable, but we didn't spend much time in the room. The pools were clean and the bar service was excellent, if not somewhat more pricey than expected, considering the surroundings. The bar was very rowdy on the weekends - definately not a place for children. Housekeeping services were non-existant for the most part. There was a great asian bakery within walking distance of ABV, and the market next door was convenient but a little pricey. Madame Jeannette's restaurant next door had spectacular food and drinks - be prepared to fork over some cash though.
The hotel offered free shuttle service 2x per day, which had to be booked in advance. Considering the "island" atmosphere, I found it odd that they would not wait for you even if you were only 1-2 minutes late of the departure time. But it is a nice perk, since ABV is a LONG walk to the beach and an expensive cab ride to Oranjestad. I would definately recommend renting a car, at least for a few days.
Overall, it was a pleasant stay and I would definately recommend for the budget traveller. I would perhaps like to return to Aruba someday, but may opt for more luxiourious accomodations.
- 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