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 Post subject: Hilton Palapas
PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:47 am 
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Just curious, was looking at the Ipalapa website, every palapa shows a charge if you want to book online. previously, only the first 2 rows were charged and you could book the others for free the day before you wanted one after 4pm online. Can someone enlighten me about their policy as I thought they could not charge anymore. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Hilton Palapas
PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:32 am 
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What they probably did like the Holiday Inn did was move all the palapas behind their property line so they can charge anything they want for them. That's what HI did when I was there in April of 2019. They are stuffed one next to the other now way in the back not close to the water.

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 Post subject: Re: Hilton Palapas
PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:20 am 
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Having been at the Phoenix earlier this month and walking the beach for 12 days the least of peoples problems will be getting a palapa. Likely will be that way for years. Hilton may be paying people to use their palates.

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 Post subject: Re: Hilton Palapas
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:49 am 
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So i am assuming the restaurants are not busy either- there is great availability at the surf club with interval so i figure why not go and just relax for a week. No people is not a bad thing - except for the economy.


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 Post subject: Re: Hilton Palapas
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:22 pm 
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Answer is sadly yes at least when we were there in early December. Island was 60+% off last years tourists numbers.

Example was Waky-Whoo. Usually months to get a reservation. They are not taking them and you can basically just walk in. Chalet Suisse was closed I heard for good. No place we ate or friends did were they asked if they had a reservation.

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 Post subject: Re: Hilton Palapas
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arubajoey wrote:
Chalet Suisse was closed I heard for good.


There are conflicting reports about Chalet Suisse. Some people have reported hearing that they will reopen mid-January or mid-February. As they are one of our favorite restaurants, we are following the news pretty closely...


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 Post subject: Re: Hilton Palapas
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Oh No, Chalet Suisse is my husbands all time favorite. We go 2-3X when we are on the island. Please let us know if you hear anything Bryan. Thanks for all your informative post and wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2021


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 Post subject: Re: Hilton Palapas
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:35 pm 
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How does a palapa question turn into a restaurant subject? :roll: Start your own thread people!

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 Post subject: Re: Hilton Palapas
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Correct Ronnieb. Was hoping someone on this Board who has recently stayed at Hilton could give me some actual information about palapas at Hilton.


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 Post subject: Re: Hilton Palapas
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was at the hilton in august of 2019. we did reserve a palapa in advance for most days. it seemed that all palapas were set up in the am with lounges and towels. however, many were never used and i'm pretty sure hotel guests could have taken one of those without a problem. can't recall if there was an afternoon sign up as they have had in recent years. call them and ask for the towel hut maybe they can help. with what's going on now i wouldn't pay for one because there should be plenty available.

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 Post subject: Re: Hilton Palapas
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:12 am 
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What happens frequently in a lot of threads is that someone will mention something un-connected to the original subject. It happens! And it happens often. What harm if it remains an Aruba topic?

As long is it's still Aruba based it can be well received by the readers.

In this case the tangent veered from palapas to the percentage of occupancy on the island.
From that, the thought went to the news that one of the more popular restaurants on Aruba might be done. Certainly not palapas but still very much Aruba.

The "Thread Police" should be appreciative of the addition of relatively important Aruba news rather than critical of where the news was reported.

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 Post subject: Re: Hilton Palapas
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:44 am 
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Try messaging Chalet Suisse directly. They will respond.


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