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“Great Apartment... location meh”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of La Boheme Aruba

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La Boheme Aruba
Ranked #10 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Noord
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“Great Apartment... location meh”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Hindsight being 20/20 i would have booked a hotel in the main palm beach area or chose another caribbean island altogether as Aruba is too expensive for what it offers and is not my scene. Yes this apt. is close by Palm Beach and the economical option, but always a hassle to get car out of manual garage to go out then have to return car to garage upon return. Auto theft is prevelent in this area and if you are renting from La Boheme adherence to locking up car for the evening is a requirement. Def cuts down on the get up and go factor. The location is questionable and has many vacant lots in various stages of construction. It may one day be an upscale residential area but its def not achieved that status yet, in my opinion.

The pool and private hammock was excellent.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We had the most lovely stay at La Boheme. Perfectly located, just a few walking distance from the Marriot beach -where the High Rise hotels area begins at Palm Beach- and enough far to sleep like an angel in a quiet and safe neighborhood (Baakval). The place is small, just 4 apartments, and you hardly get to meet other guests, so you may have the chance to take a swim at the pool in privacy and alone at sunset! The place is daily maintained at beach time, while guests leave to enjoy their day, very discretely, after mid morning, and is always neat and clean when you return (we found the pool always clean and everything in place in the afternoon). It has everything you may need for your stay and more. The apartments (we stayed at nbr. 3) are just perfect. Well sized and conveniently equipped with more than you can even get the chance to use. Just look for that kitchen supply you need and you'll find it in some drawer!! Even candle replacement for the little lits at your private entrance porche!! The furniture and decoration is beach styled in pastel light colors, lovely illuminated, to create a relaxing atmosphere at all time. The appliances seemed not used an brand new, and the cleaning is absolutely perfect, it seems everything is brand new. The bed linen, the several and more than enough towels (even beach towels) are cozy and new. But the best is the beach equipment for free use, it will save you a lot of money as the beach chairs are usually for rent at most beaches and not cheap. Just grab the cooler, the beach light folding chairs and a poolfloat and forget about everything and just let yourself enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The maintenance staff we had the chance to meet were also very cordial and helping!! About the location, don't worry about the big supermarket that may be a little far in order to get groceries and supplies for your stay, the chinese supermarket Ting Wei 2 blocks from La Boheme is perfectly supplied and well priced (they sell fresh meat, fruits and vegetables, bakaery, etc). Also strongly recommend La Delizia, Bakery about 10 blocks towards Noord, has delicious dushis (pastries) for your breakfast! At your rrival, don't miss the La Boheme "Travel Guide".... a welcome book prepared by the hotel management with super usefull info for sightseeing, also some maps and magazines with discount cupons, is a nice way to say "Welcome"! Also the free local phone at your apartment is a plus, as you can arrange dinner reservations, car rental or any info request you may need to get from the outside. The wifi worked also perfectly during all stay and in all the place (pool, room, etc) And don't miss having your own barbecue, it is perfect for an indoor private dinner is you miss you local favourite dishes (we are Argentinian and it gave us the chance to prepare a perfect "asado" or barbecue!) We'd like to thank everyone at La Boheme for the homy and lovely stay. You won't regret it staying here and will be hard to leave back home after your holiday.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

The photos of La Boheme accurately represent the property. We stayed in the superior (larger) 1 bed unit and were quite comfortable. The kitchen is fully equipped right down to dish washing soap. At first I thought I would miss a full size oven but realized it would have made the unit too hot & we were happy to use the gas grill outdoors instead. We had many meals at the apartment. The unit was very clean and even though it is new now it is being very well maintained from the start.

At first we found the bed a little small and the mattress more firm than ours at home but since we were there for a month we got used to it without problem.

There is a large flat screen television in the bedroom rather than in the living area which we found a little unusual but since we didn't use it at all it wasn't an issue.

Julia, the manager is very friendly and helpful. She personally meets each guest upon arrival and explains everything about the property and she visits very regularly. She has written a binder full of information about the island that is extremely useful and interesting. Everything you would want to know from the island's history to info about beaches, restaurants, driving tours, snorkelling & dive sites, flora, fauna etc. etc. Even though we have visited before, there was a lot of useful
information in it.

La Boheme is located in a residential area about a 2 minute car ride from the high rise hotel area and beaches where we have stayed in the past. It has the advantage of being quiet and relaxed but very close to all the activity, shops, movie theatres, restaurants etc. which we very much appreciated. Since we stayed for a month, there were many times we had the whole complex to ourselves to enjoy the pool and patio. The other guests we met there were friendly.

Julia has arranged for the free use of beach loungers at the Moomba Club in Palm Beach and discounts on food & drink there. It is a couple of minutes away. Also, she provides beach chairs and a cooler box if you want to go to some of the other beaches for the day.

We had a wonderful relaxing month staying at La Boheme and definitely plan to return next year.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

My Boyfriend and I recently visited Aruba for a few days on our way back from Venezuela. We stayed at La Boheme and were very impressed with the place. It was close enough to the resorts and beautiful beaches, but far enough from the resorts to enjoy peace and quiet at night.

The place is adorable which you can tell by the photos. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, toaster, and most importantly... a blender. We sat out on the porch and drank freshly blended Pina Coladas.

The place is very clean and we had everything we needed plus more.

They had two beach cruisers that we borrowed and rode up to the Light House one day. On the way back we stopped at 3 snorkel places to go swimming. It was great.

The only time we had to take a cab, was to go to the grocery store. We walked everywhere else.

If I make it back to this beautiful island, I would definitely stay at La Boheme. It was the perfect little bungalow for me and my sweetheart.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Boheme Aruba
Address: Bakval 2-E, Noord, Aruba
Region: Caribbean > Aruba > Noord
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Noord
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Boheme Aruba 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Boheme is a beautiful brand new vacation apartment property consisting of four 1-bedroom apartments in a tropical garden setting with swimming pool. La Boheme is located just 800 yards from the beach (Palm Beach) and the Marriott Resort. At this location, in the quiet residential area of Bakval, you are just (walking) minutes from the beach, hotels, watersports and other activities, cinemas en 2 large shopping malls. Public transportation (buses and taxis) are also available at just 3 minutes walking distance (Marriott). This means you do not have to rent a car when staying at La Boheme. The apartments are tastefully decorated in fresh and light colors, with all new furniture, pretty accessories and designer styled for an updated cool Caribbean look. Featuring all the comforts of home, including complete kitchens, wireless internet, telephone, large flat screen TV, safe and individual alarm systems. The apartments are all 1-bedroom/ 1-bathroom with a separate living- and bedroom. The bedrooms feature a queen bed and they are set-up to sleep 2 persons. To guarantee the peace and quiet for the guests at La Boheme, we only accept limited reservations with children. Reservations with children are only accepted for the Superior 1-bedroom apartment (apt.1) And there's a maximum of 2 children. Housekeeping during your stay is optional (at a small surcharge) and can be requested. Apartment #1 is the larger Superior 1-bedroom apartment, apartments #2 3 and 4 are the Regular 1-bedroom apartments and these are all identical. The difference between #1 and the other three units, is that #1 has a slightly larger living room, kitchen, dining area (4 persons) and patio area. Furthermore apartment #1 has a door that closes off the bedroom from the living room area, whereas apartments #2 3 and 4 have separate areas but with an open doorway between them. The apartments have a private patio at the front, which faces and overlooks the pool and garden area. They also each have a totally private terrace in the back of the apartment. The sliding door in the bedroom provides the access to that patio. It's semi shaded with a pergola and there's a super comfy rocking sofa bed with canopy for shade. A great place to relax and read a book.There's common use of a large gas BBQ grill, washing machine and dryer, various housekeeping items, pool floats, beach chairs, books and magazines etc.The entire property is walled in and there's a gated entry. There is a secured parking area inside the property. New: more lounge chairs poolside! ... more   less 
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