aruba hotels

Jun 7th, 2002, 11:13 AM
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aruba hotels

we are a couple in our 50's planing on going to aruba in mid july. we would be interested in what might be nice moderate priced hotels. also some nice inexpensive resaturants.
Jun 7th, 2002, 11:54 AM
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When we visited Aruba 2 years ago our research indicated that the least expensive beachfront hotels were the Holiday Inn and the Manchebo Beach Resort. We chose the Manchebo, partly because it was only 70 rooms (vs. 600 at the HI), and we were very happy with the choice.

In my opinion, the beach in front of the Manchebo and the Bucuti (its slightly more upscale neighbor) is the best on the island. The Manchebo offered AAA and AARP discounts.

You can save even more money by staying in a place that is not right on the beach. However, you'll want to make sure that you'll have access to chairs and SHADE once you walk to the beach.

Our favorite moderately priced restaurants were The Paddock (downtown), Cafe Baci (at the Wyndham), and Hadicurari (which I understand has relocated and maybe has a different name now).

Jun 7th, 2002, 12:08 PM
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Not sure of what you consider moderate but you can find a sampling of package rates to Aruba at Excellent people to deal with. Eating out is not really any more expensive than eating out at home. The expensive part will be if you are big drinkers as that really adds up quickly. French Steak House has a GREAT special that is VERY inexpensive and includes a bottle of wine. Have fun!
Jun 7th, 2002, 12:51 PM
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Some of the least expensive resorts would be the Manchebo, The Mill or La Cabana. Manchebo is situated on a beautiful beach. La Cabana has a lot of kids but is a nice property (restaurants not too good for dinner). Manchebo is the quietest. Lots of families at the Holiday Inn also.
Restaurants tend to be expensive in Aruba but some suggestions would be "THE FRENCH STEAKHOUSE ("Ambassadors Special" at the Manchebo -$40 each with wine),
the GARDEN CAFE (at the MILL--Weds. all you can eat-try the Chicken Carnival),
BLOSSOMS (at the Wyndham Hotel 5:30-6:30 early bird special $16 pp).
ALFREDO'S (casual italian dining at Adventure Golf),
CUBAS COOKIN' (downtown)
SALT AND PEPPER (tapas only).
At night we went to the 10:00 p.m. happy hour Weds-Frid. to hear the live band (salsa and light rock) at the Hang-Out in the parking lot by the La Cabana Casino. All ages (we're the same age)and the band was terrific--other nights they play at La Cabana.
Jun 7th, 2002, 01:21 PM
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Want a good vacation to Aruba. Talk to the Aruba expert. Alan Kramer of Pinnacle Tours at (800) 541-7057. Just came back from Aruba. A great place to unwind. The Bucuti resort is a moderate price and right on the beach.
Jun 7th, 2002, 01:23 PM
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My two trip reports for 2001 and 2002 on Aruba are posted at: and
Jun 8th, 2002, 06:53 PM
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We stayed at Whyndam Aug 2001. Wyndham was moderatly priced compared to Radisoon or Hyatt. WE LOVED THE WYNDHAM!! Check it out. Also join Whyndam BY Request
Jun 13th, 2002, 10:20 AM
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My husband and I stayed at the Wyndham last September to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. We had a wonderful time. It seemed to me that most of the guests at the hotel during our stay were couples ranging in age from early 40s and older. We were very comfortable with people in our own age group rather than being stuck at a resort with a lot of honeymooners and couples in their twenties who like to drink and party a lot. We prefer a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere when on vacation. Good luck in whatever hotel you choose. The Wyndham is much nicer than the Holiday Inn. The Hyatt seems to cater more to honeymooners and families with children. The Allegro seems to cater more to honeymooners and young couples who like to drink and party a lot because it is an all-inclusive. The Radisson attracts a lot of honeymooners. The Aruba Grand also caters to "older" couples, but is was like a ghost town during our stay. The entire hotel complex appears to be in need of many repairs and remodeling. I would not recommend it.

Some reasonable restaurants are:

Madame Janette (down the road from Adventure Golf and LaCabana) is one of our favorite restaurants. They have great food, service, atmosphere and very reasonable prices.

The French Steakhouse (@ Manchebo Beach Resort) has a 5-course Ambassador Special for $29.95 per person. It also includes a bottle of wine per couple.

Chalet Suisse (near LaCabana) has a 3-course Early-Bird Special from APRIL-NOVEMBER FOR $23.99 per person.

Villa Germania (@ The Seaport) has very good German food and is fairly reasonable.

Cafe Bacci & Blossoms (@ Wyndham) are also very good and quite reasonable.

Pago Pago (@ Wyndham) is excellent, but more expensive.

Sole Mare (Italian) is very good. It is down the road from the Hyatt and Allegro. It is fairly reasonable.

Chez Mathilde (Oranjestad) is excellent, but quite expensive.

I hope this information helps you.

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