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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:46 am 
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We usually stay in the low rises on Eagle Beach but for my son's graduation he wants Aruba and we figured down by the action would be better for him and a few of his friends.

Pros and cons of the Holiday Inn?

What tower/rooms should I request?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:35 am 
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I have been staying at the holiday inn for the past 32 years and enjoy it there. it is centrally located in the palm beach area and everything you may need is in walking distance. I stay in the ocean tower( middle one) usually 5-7 floor. the palapa situation is somewhat confusing unless you are are platinum member but they are available. we don't get the all-inclusive because there are so many places in the area to go to. beaches are very nice and people have been very friendly over the years. I hope this helps. enjoy


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:59 pm 
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Stayed there last year, will never stay again.
Cons.
They make you sign for every drink, coffee or anything else you want instead of having a wristband like all the other resorts if your doing AI.

There are no Palapas near the water
They make you stand in line the day before and you hope you get one
They charge you $$$ for the good ones
The mangers call your room and plead that you take your facebook post down :lol:
Total cluster #uck

Pros

Food was decent


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:58 am 
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I have never stayed at the HI but have friends who have and do. I have been in it many times just walking around. What I find is that for some it gets a bad rap due to it being a HI. Like the other places in Aruba are so much better. When all else fails hold your nose and stay at the HI. It is not fair.

Like so many people on this BB have said YOU ARE IN ARUBA! What could be better.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:12 am 
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We stayed there years ago for a few nights ahead of our timeshare check-in but I do not remember much. Room was ok. Breakfast buffet was ok. Beach was nice but like others said, front couple of row huts taken. Nice pool if that's your thing. Decent casino with an active poker room. Close to lots of other evening and night time activities.

But for a special event with family, if you really want the Palm beach area I would try to rent a unit or two at the Playa linda right down the street. Lodging is a pretty nice, full function unit. We stayed there some years ago and it was really nice.

You'll be on Aruba. It's a great place all around!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:44 am 
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We've stayed there several times since roughly 2017 (most prior visits were at Marriott - for comparison). I'll preface by saying we've always been at least Platinum or higher, so the palapa situation that Ronnie refers to hasn't affected us (yet - going in May). We've taken the kids there twice (18 and older), and they love it there. We've been able to swing a deal / play the system and get all inclusive for them, but not us. Even if we go out a few times for dinner with them, it still pays off. Holiday Inn is not a 'traditional' all inclusive place (like Tam and Riu), so they do make you sign for each drink.... similar to Renaissance I think, and the limited time that Marriott offered an AI plan (2009). No biggie. The location is awesome, of course.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:38 pm 
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The HI is not one of my favorites, however, it is an average hotel. It has a pool, its on the beach, its in Aruba, that's enough. I do use it as a safety net if I need nights before or after my stay at other places. I did stay there for a week, a number of years ago, after a hurricane caused JFK to close and UA was nice enough to take over a week to offer me a flight out.

One tip, do not even think about, consider, possibly ponder or waste time looking into the Brickle Bay Hotel.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:26 pm 
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Brickell offers real nice little logo bottles of shampoo and some logo ball point pens! C'mon. Go easy on them. ;-)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:49 pm 
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Have never stayed at the HI in our 29 previous visits, but have walked through it many times. And we have friends who used to stay there and liked it for the "bare necessities". I quote: "what do you need the room for other than to sleep". And they didn't bother with a palapa as they just found a spot under a tree and were satisfied. Now they own a time share at the Marriott Surf Club.
And, having said that, have you considered renting a time share from an owner? We have done it 3 or 4 times when we went with family and it worked out well. It is cheaper than renting a hotel room, and you are still close to "all the action". You can get a 2 bedroom unit with full living room and kitchen, so you can save some money by eating in once in awhile.
Marriott Surf Club and Marriott Ocean Club are about 50 yards from the HI, and close to many restaurants and the malls.
And, as someone already mentioned, the Playa Linda is on the other side of the HI.


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I have never stayed there but...there is probably a reason why it is the lowest priced hotel on Palm beach.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:51 pm 
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The HI is clean and comfortable and the beach is great. We have stayed at the Marriott, Playa Linda, La Cabana, Westin (now Riu), and the Renaissance...our favorite is the HI. We love the employees and have made so many friends over the last 25 years...it’s our home in Aruba.


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We've been to Aruba 10 times. 4 weeks at the Marriott, 6 at the HI.

As long as the Marriott remains twice the price, we'll continue to stay at the HI. Marriott is nicer, but not THAT MUCH nicer.

Don't do the AI unless you plan to drink a case of beer each per day. There are dozens of good restaurants within 200-300 yards of the property. You'll kick yourself if you do.

Playa Linda is a great option, as long as you like to travel on Sundays. That doesn't work for us, but I'd like to do it sometime.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:45 pm 
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We have been to Aruba 9 times. We had timeshares at Playa Linda, then we stayed at Barcelo, then Riu , and last April at Holiday Inn. We just booked again at Holiday Inn. We had the best time, the employees were always smiling and helpful and they helped to make our vacation so much fun.You can spend a lot more for a better looking hotel, but you wouldn't find a more friendly place in our opinion. The hotel may be old, but it's clean and right on beautiful Palm Beach. We are not fussy; we want comfort, convenience and friendly smiling people around us. The only con I see is if you are late party people because there isn't much happening at night. We spend our days on the beach, in the water on our floats, and at the Oceanside Bar having our cocktails and lunch. It depends on what you're looking for, but for us you cannot beat the Holiday Inn.


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 12:46 pm 
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any news about the holiday inn still having its casino. I know the people that were running it their lease ran out


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 12:59 pm 
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sferullo wrote:
any news about the holiday inn still having its casino. I know the people that were running it their lease ran out



I believe the casino just went bankrupt. No casino at Holiday Inn as far as I know (doesn't matter as none have been granted permission to open :wink: )

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