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Arubiana Inn 2.0

Oranjestad, Aruba

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Pros

  • Peaceful location, within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and Eagle Beach
  • Cheerful rooms with microwaves and furnished terraces, some with sofa bed
  • Outdoor pool set in a lovely courtyard
  • Beach chair and snorkeling gear rental 
  • Breakfast available, served poolside or in rooms (for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free self-parking

Cons

  • A 15-minute walk to the beach
  • Breakfast not included in room rates
  • Few features: no full restaurant or bar

Bottom Line

Arubiana Inn is a two-pearl hotel close to Eagle Beach. While the property is pleasantly removed from the hustle and bustle of the island’s busy beachfront strip -- it's a 15-minute walk to the beach -- there are still a number of restaurants and shops found within walking distance. The 18 guest rooms are simple and inviting, and all have small terraces overlooking the picturesque courtyard. It may be worth comparing rates and amenities with Carinas Studio Apartments.

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Intimate guesthouse offering basic but convenient amenities

The Arubiana Inn is delightful and down-to-earth, with only a handful of rooms laid out around an appealing courtyard and pool. Terra-cotta-roofed buildings and potted plants add warmth to this simple set-up. Amenities are limited, but guests choose this hotel for its serene ambiance rather than its exciting on-site features. With Eagle Beach located within walking distance, along with other beaches and attractions a short drive away, most guests spend their days exploring the island and return to the hotel only to sleep. The clientele tend to be couples, though the option of connecting rooms make it a solid choice for families as well. 

Location

Secluded, residential setting outside downtown Oranjestad

Arubiana Inn is located on a quiet back street, a 15-minute walk from Eagle Beach. The neighborhood mainly consists of family homes, but there are several restaurants and shops within walking distance, including the large Super Foods grocery store, a seven-minute walk away. The casinos, restaurants, and bars of the buzzing High Rise part of town can be reached in a five-minute drive. More shopping and dining can be found in downtown Oranjestad, which is less than 10 minutes away by car. Queen Beatrix International Airport is a 17-minute drive away.

Rooms

Charming rooms with private terraces and mini-fridges

Guest rooms at Arubiana Inn are quaint and homey, decorated in palettes of taupe or navy blue. Decorations are a bit different in each room, but might include cute seashell curtains or collections of mirrors with ornate frames. Family Rooms feature sofa beds, and interconnecting rooms are available. All rooms offer small furnished terraces facing the pool. Large wall units include closets, mini-fridges, microwaves, kettles, and cutlery. The closets hold personal safes and coolers that guests can take to the beach. Some rooms have wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, while others have old-fashioned tube sets.

Tidy, no-frills bathrooms have walk-in showers and round sinks but minimal counter space. Dispensers are stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. Some bathrooms appear to have been updated, offering more modern-looking square sinks and dual-flush toilets.

Features

Rectangular pool located in a pretty courtyard and free Wi-Fi

Arubiana Inn's features are simple, straightforward, and limited. The hotel’s medium-size pool is set in an attractive courtyard surrounded by a few lounge chairs, but shade is limited to one palapa. There’s a sheltered patio overlooking the pool furnished with wicker chairs and round tables. Breakfast (not included in room rates) is served here or in-room for an additional fee, but there's no full restaurant serving other meals and no bar. Free self-parking is offered in front of the property, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Beach chairs and snorkeling gear rentals are available through the front desk.

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Bubali 74, Noord, Caribbean

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