Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort Hotel, Oranjestad
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort Hotel
Went on the sunset cruise and the party bus, was great. So very organized in Aruba. The Tam sits alone and we went down the beach to see the other hotels. They were right on top of each other and very, very crowed! We like the relaxed time and had a great honeymoon. Being a travel agent, I would reccommed this hotel.
Why was everyone so happy?from A TripAdvisor Member
The TAM is wonderful.from Choclatelab
the Divi contraversy. It depends on what you like. Although the surroundings at the Divi may be more upscale, to us it seemed quiet and therefore not as much fun. We like a lot of activity going on around us and the Tam had more people, better conversation, better entertainment and was far more lively. Depends on what you are looking for. Our room was more than adequate for three, clean and with two queen size beds.
The food was better than most resorts we have stayed at from the buffet to the Paparazzi, Red Parrot and the Palm Court. And we are well travelled-Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Cancun etc. This is the low season in Aruba so there were lines to book trips, see someone at the front desk or order from the pool side grill. That's the worst thing I can say about the Tam. If you have teenagers this is the place for them. Our son made many friends from all around the world and we hardly ever saw him after the second day. He had fun and we got to spend some time alone. All win situation. As it regards the excursions, the best one was a half day at DePalm Island. If you like to snorkel this is the place. I saw the most beautiful fish I have ever seen and can't wait to do it again. Horseback riding was a mixed bag. My son loved it and had a good horse. My horse was tired and testy and bucked so much that he scared me and I had to be led back to the barn by the guide. Others we talked to seem to have similiar experiences, some good some bad. ARUBA IS WONDERFUL. It is by far the safest place in the Caribbean we have been to with very friendly people and no grinding, depressing poverty that I often find (DR, Jamaica) and that upsets me to see. We just loved the place and it was our best vacation yet. I can't recommend it highly enough. If you are looking for luxurious accomodations and an upscaled quite place, the Tam is not for you. But if you are fun loving, like to chat and be entertained go here. It's the best.
Beautiful setting horrible servicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
If you do any excursions there definitely do the Kukoo Kunoko party bus, youll never have an experience like it. Do not do the Tattoo party boat, not worth it. Have a great time!
Tamarijn Aug 9 - Aug 16 2003from A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms were nicer and the staff was much friendlier. We found the housekeeping staff to be very friendly and very accomodating. The rest of the staff was very rude. It was very hard to get any help from the concierge or front desk. The resteraunt staff was extremely rude or just not around when you needed them. Their counterparts at the Divi were just the opposite. We actually checked into switching locations but were unable to do so because there were no rooms available at the Divi. If there had been we would have changed in a heartbeat. On the first night there our room had no air conditioning. After 5 contacts and 7 hours to the management my husband finally helped install an air conditioner around Midnight. It looked like it was the only way we were going to get one. Like I said if we were to return it would be to the Divi. I wouldn't want to stay in one of the high rise hotels. It's so nice to be right on the beach.
Loved the Tamarijn in Arubafrom A TripAdvisor Member
Tamarijn is a Good Value for the Pricefrom A TripAdvisor Member
There were a few glitches, like not being able to get beach towels and mats when we needed them, but be insistent and they will come through.
Also, there was a problem with the room key late one night, and they said they had no way to rekey it then, so it was like sorry, you can't get back in your room until tomorrow. Again, be insistent on anything that goes wrong and they will come through. The people were friendly and helpful for the most part. An annoyance was being approached frequently to visit a time share - not what I wanted to do on my vacation. The positives are it is about 10 minutes from the airport, close to downtown, the weather was great - only 1 hour of rain in 7 days, a nice breeze blowing all the time so you don't get so hot and miserable, it is out of the hurricane track, right on the beach, and I felt very safe leaving the resort and exploring the island. I would definitely go back but like the lush, tropical flavor of other islands better than the aridness of Aruba.
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aruba on a budgetfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Location is excellent, you can take bus to town and or the other resorts along the beach. The people of Aruba are just as beautiful and accommadating as the island itself is. This resort offers a real deal children under 18yrs. are free. My husband, myself and my 13yr old son paid 219.00 a night(all inclusive!!!) Aruba is an exotic desert island, go on all the tours you can afford. I fell in love with Aruba, I hope to go back someday....
Loved the Tam/Divifrom A TripAdvisor Member
The natural bridge is ok. Baby beach provides decent snorkeling. If we return to Aruba, we'll give the Tam/Divi another visit as we enjoyed our stay.
Top Local Tips for Oranjestad
Arubus The public bus is safe, easy and inexpensive to use. The driver will make change and let you know when you have arrived and where to find the return stop.
Skip the bus Take a taxi to your hotel, you'll save time and cab fare is reasonable.
Making Dinner Reservations Take a few minutes when you arrive for the week to look at the restaurant selections for the Tam and Divi. You will need to make reservations at each restaurant in order to be seated. So first come first serve. Make all your reservations early on so you don't have to worry about it. Either try to do this when you first arrive or very early the following morning when there are no people at the concierge desk where this is taken care of. You can also book all of your planned side trips/tours at the same desk.
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- Address: J E Irausquin Blvd 41 - Oranjestad - 41 - Aruba
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