The Aruba Boardwalk Hotel
The Boardwalk Hotel, although not directly on the beach, was a 5 minute walk to Palm Beach. It is located across the street from the front of the Marriott Hotel. (This was a big plus for us since we chose to have our wedding reception at the Marriott.) But, it was “a step away from it all” when we wanted to retreat from the entire wedding hullabaloo. Because it is located at the far end of Palm Beach and the High Rise Hotels, it has lots of privacy.
Above, is a picture of the living room in our suite. In the background, you can see part of our deck, the eating area, and part of the kitchen.
For almost a week our friends and family occupied 4 of their 13 casitas-Papiamento for "small cottage". It was much more personal and intimate than a large resort hotel. The grounds are very lush and well kept. The casitas are clean. The pool was small but usually empty (until WE got there!)
The owners and staff of the Boardwalk Hotel are extremely friendly, accommodating, and helpful. When we wanted to go exploring, they told us about local haunts and hangouts, and suggested sights that not many tourists know about.
Even before we arrived, the staff at the Boardwalk were going above and beyond our expectations of a small, inexpensive hotel. We wanted our rehearsal dinner to be very casual and fun, since this would be the first time our families met each other and our friends. That ruled out a formal dinner at one of Aruba’s many restaurants. When, two of our guests volunteered to cook using the grills that the Boardwalk provides its guests, all we needed was a place to seat everyone.
I contacted the Boardwalk about a month before our arrival and asked about the possibility of setting out folding chairs and tables in a central location. The night of our cookout, not only did they set them up on the grass area, they arranged tiki torches and delivered two very large grills (bigger than the ones at each casita.) This picture does not do the set up justice. Obviously I don't know how to take snapshots at night.
There are a few cats that patrol the grounds. The owners feed them, so they stick around and keep the lizard population in check…. This was the one that liked our deck.
NOTE: If you are finicky and hard to please, this is not the place for you...there is no maître d' to cater to your every need twenty four hours a day. Just friendly and helpful staff (or security guards if it is after hours.) There is no room service- but, you have your own kitchen if you want a midnight snack. If you are looking for a clean, comfortable place to relax while saving lots of money on your Aruba vacation, this is the place!
The Boardwalk is apartment style accommodations in a central place, close to it all. This is our recommendation for the best value and price.
We know that you will enjoy your stay just as much as we did.
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