Historical Traveller Reviews of The Mill Resort & Suites Hotel
Nothing to brag about
from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed in the Mill November 11-18. Rained 5 out of the 7 days. The rooms in the Mill were clean however the walls are paper thin. Although no smoking was allowed in the rooms, I awoke every morning cigarette smoke from the adjacent room. All conversations could be heard as well as the next rooms TV. The cooling in the room was extremely loud. The bar was old and the roof on the outside cafe leaked. This is definately a low budget place to stay. No beach access although a bus will take you to the beach every half hour from the Mill staring at 9 am? Thats about 2 hours too late if you want to find a hut on the beach. If your just looking for a place to stay in Aruba and that it, this is your place. If your looking for a "memorable place to stay, this is definately NOT it.
Just got back yesterday-nice place!
We just got back yesterday from spending 10 days at The Mill. The staff was very friendly and the rooms are excellent. The walk to the beach was not so terrific though... We booked a "run of the house" room and was given an "A" room which was too small for 2 adults and our 8 year old however we simply mentioned it to the front desk and we were moved to a larger "B" room which was great! The bar was expensive and did not buy back drinks even after spending over 100 dollars in one sitting :( The activites were fun. The pools were always clean and maintained. Towels were always available and clean. If you don't need the convenience of being on the beach The Mill is an outstanding choice. It is quiet and security was good. We would definatley consider The Mill again and whole heartedly recommend it.
Coming here since 1965
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Mill twice. We like it very much. Staff plesant. This is a small resort, eberything clean, small walk to the beach. There are not six Restaurants, three night clubs or a casino. Freindy, some what quiet small friendly bar. If your looking for all the glitz of a big place go some where else and pay twice the price.We have been going to this island since 1965, when there were only three hotels on the island. We will come here again. Now since I said something nice, I hope I get that free drink at the bar when we fly down again in February. Ha ha !
Not What We Expected!
My daughter and I stayed at The Mill Resort in Aruba the last week in July, 2004. In all fairness, we purchased a "4-star All-inclusive" package from AAA (via Vacation Express) knowing that it was a pig-in-a-poke. It might end up on the beach, or it might not. We took a chance. As soon as we found out what resort we got, I came to TripAdvisor to read the reviews. They made me decidedly nervous but I kept an open mind. I expected more though for my money. The Mill was in the middle of renovations. Our room was to have been two double beds, we got a king. That was okay because the 'security guard' who took our bags to the room said the air didn't work in the only 2-double bed room available. So we stayed in the king room. The room was clean, with a jacuzzi tub that we enjoyed very much. The fitness facility was a joke!! No treadmills and the room was so small I don't know how two people could workout at the same time. The pool was nice and the activities everyday run by Randall made things more enjoyable. You have to walk across the street to get to the beach via the side of the Wyndam Resort. Don't make the mistake of trying to get there through the Wyndam! They will stop you. The worst part was that they wanted to hassle us about the "all-inclusive" portion of our stay. We were told we had $75 per person/per day for "all inclusive". This is NOT what all-inclusive means! However, once our Vacation Express representative found out what they were trying to do, she made a phone call and "informed" them what we were to have! After that, however, we felt the Mill staff had "marked" us as complainers (or something) and noticeably treated us differently. I had to sign for EVERYTHING! Each drink, meal etc. The Mill only has one small cafe and no restaurant. They offered no vouchers to eat an another resort restaurant so the food became repetitive after several days. We would not return to the Mill Resort again.
Speakless at the Mills
from A TripAdvisor Member
I have read many reviews in regard to Aruba and the Mills resort, but none of them did Aruba or the Mills any justice. My wife and I had the time of our lives this pass week staying at the Mills. The service was excellent, the people were friendly and the atmosphere was cozy. Everyone should make it a personal goal to visit Aruba at some point in their lives. The Mills is a great place to spend your vacation, honeymoon or get away. The only critique I have on The Mills is that there are'nt any iron's in the room. You can't Go wrong with Aruba and you can't go wrong with the Mills Resort.
A nice budget hotel on Aruba
My stay at the Mill was a pleasant experience. My interactions with the staff and management were always courteous and friendly. The room was clean and neat. Now, the hotel is not directly on the beach; you have to cross the street and cut through the Wyndham to get to Palm Beach. That, of course, makes the hotel cheaper. Still, it's not that far to walk. Also, the bus stops right out front, so it's very easy to go to downtown Oranjestad to do your shopping. There are many good restaurants (Tango, Salt & Pepper, Paparazzi, The Old Cunucu House, etc.) within easy walking distance. If you want to party in downtown, though, you'll need to take a cab as it's about four miles away. The pool area at the hotel is beautiful and a very relaxing place to spend a late afternoon after you get back from the beach. The food at the hotel itself wasn't bad, but I'd recommend at least one dinner at the Old Mill Restaurant right next door. If you're looking for a nice place to stay that won't break your budget, the Mill is it.
Mill Resorts - a great little place to stay
It is always great to have your fears diminished when you enlist in something that you are not familiar with and it turns out to be just great. We have been to Aruba for the past 6 years and have a time share at one of the low rise hotels. We lost out on our week this January when my wife fell and broke her arm 4 days before the flight.
We had been looking for deals to return to our favorite vacation place and happened upon a deal for The Mill Resorts. I remembered where it was on the island but that was about all. The slides of the resort were nice, but photos can be deceiving. We arrived May 10 and found that the resort was just better than we had both hoped for. The resort is undergoing a face lift of the exterior and extensive remodeling of the interior. Our rooms were clean, well kept and modern. The pool area with the outdoor bar and eating area were excellent. The staff was more than accomodating (which is the norm for all Arubans, I have yet to meet one that isn't pleasant).
We are looking at possible taking two weeks next vacation and we will try to get a week at the Mill to add to our timeshare.
Thank you very much Mill Resorts for the wonderful vacation.
Carl and Lois Wicklund
Happy with the Mill
from A TripAdvisor Member
My fiancee and I are just returning from our trip to Aruba in May 2004. We stayed at the Mill Resort and we were very pleased with the resort. Management was friendly and accommodating (they let us check out at a later time since we had a late flight home). Others on the site have complained about rude management but we did not experience this at all- everyone was friendly. The Mill is great for live entertainment. There was something happening every night while we were there- very lively and fun atmosphere. 2 for 1 drinks during happy hour everyday between 5 and 6pm. Our room had a fridge, some have full kitchens (we stayed in the Royal Room) so we were able to do some grocery shopping and not have to eat out everyday. Although the Mill is not located right on the beach, it is literally only steps away (across the street) from the famous Palm Beach. You are very close to many restaurants, Casinos, and other hotels. Close the the bus stop as well if you want to go down town etc. Our room and the rest of the hotel were clean. We had a great time and we would definitly stay at the Mill again.
from A TripAdvisor Member
My grandmother was invited to Aruba w/ my aunt and uncle to enjoy watching her grand-daughter compete in a week long tournament. 3 days into her vacation, she fell down the stairs in the hotel. Please keep in mind, there were no railings along the stairway. She was rushed to the hospital where she underwent hours of surgery to place rods and a steel plate in her thigh. When my aunt and uncle returned to the hotel, to their surprise, the hotel was placing a railing along the stairs. What a "RED FLAG"!!!!!! When they tried to speak w/ the manager, to their surprise again, he was unavailable. They were treated horribly and the hotel didn't even offer them a free drink, let alone any type of compensation for my grandmother. They weren't even the least bit concerned w/ her health. The hospital does not accept my grandmother's insurance and according to the resort, "they are not responsible for any type of compensation". If this is how they value and take care of their guests, I would strongly suggest avoiding this resort and telling anyone else you care about, to avoid this resort.
from A TripAdvisor Member
I booked to stay at the Mill Resort & Suites before reading any of the reviews on here, so after reading them, I was a little concerned and worried about my forthcoming holiday. But thankfully, I was worrying unnecessarily.From the minute we walked into the hotel, we were greeted with superbly friendly staff, laughing and joking in the usual laid back Caribbean manor. We were also pleasantly surprised when we found out we had been upgraded with regard to our room. We booked the simple saver room, but had been upgraded to the Royal suite style room, which even had a jacuzzi in it. The room was spacious and clean, although we did have a couple of very small lizards in there one day, but that can't be helped I guess as they were everywhere on the island anyway. As for the hotel as a whole, it was very saticfactory, with 2 large pools and ample sunbathing loungers surrounding them. As for the restaurant, it has the most friendly staff. I can't understand the review claiming it was expensive. For example, continental buffet breakfast at US$6 and American buffet breakfast at US$10 seemed a bargain to me, especially considering how much you got. As for lunch and snacks, a large burger with fries and salad was a mere US$6.50, with all other lite bites being around this price. If Â£3.50 is expensive for this kind of thing then I don't know what people are looking for! Evening meals were a little more, most of them just under the US$20 mark but still, that's only around a tenner!The hotel also had a 2 or 3 hour happy hour at the bar, depending on the day, which meant 2 for 1 drinks and one day a week, all drinks are free for an hour ish in the afternoon. Bingo is played around the pool several afternoons a week, with the prizes being meals in the restaurant.The area around the Mill is charming too. There is a Windmill next to the hotel which was under renovation as a restaurant when we were there. The beach is a short 5 minute walk away, and it is an excellent beach with the Mill having it's own hut on there for the use of towels, loungers and serving drinks at very low prices (US$1) for a can of coke etc. The bus stop for buses into Oranjestad and onto other towns around the island is only a couple of minutes from the hotel, as is a new steak house, 'Rio's', which I can highly recommend.Al in all, an excellent first time holiday to Aruba, and hopefully not the last. I would definitely stay in the Mill Resort and Suites again, so ;please don't be put off by their relatively low room rates and the other views on here!
Top Local Tips for Palm Beach
Aruba is SLOW...
It was hard to believe when the shuttle service insisted that we leave 3 hours early to go to the airport- but I understood why when I arrived. Getting past customs is a ZOO. There is no real sense of organization while getting through and all of the officials are SLOW. I found myself standing in lines that would abruptly close services- AND NO OFFICIALS CARED TO MENTION IT. You would think if there was no longer service available in one line, that some official would point you in a different direction or make some sort of announcement- but nope! It was the most excruciating experience I've ever been through- and I've traveled quite a lot all over the world. Be prepared to fend for yourself- so stay alert on the changes! Although I expected more from such an established island, it was clear in this process that they are behind like some other smaller, unestablished places.
If you don't do all inclusive, bring money. Everything is more expensive there. Food, drinks, taxi's etc... Duty free shopping is good though. Alcohol in duty free shops are cheap.
Here's a tip
the locals say that it barely rains and if it does it is for five minutes max. Alcoholic beverages are more expensive than in the U.S. There is always a nice breeze throughout the entire day. there was a lot of security in the tourist area. Aruba is said to be out of the hurricane belt. DO NOT GO BROKE!!!!!!!!! The driving atmosphere takes a little getting used to but you'll adapt shortly, hopefully.