rooms include personal safes and flat-screen TVs
Enchanting grounds filled with lush plant-life
offer kitchenettes with microwaves and sinks
Free freshly cooked breakfast
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Mountain bikes and snorkel gear to rent
One mile from a Super Food grocery store
restaurants and shops within walking distance
Some room decor is a bit mismatched
Hidden Eden is a budget bed-and-breakfast set in the residential
neighborhood of Oranjestad. The hotel’s four rooms are cozy and clean; some offer kitchenettes with microwaves. Garden grounds are beautiful, and
free hot breakfasts served on the hotel’s lovely patio are a thoughtful extra. The
closest beach is a mile away and there are limited dining options within
walking distance, making this hotel ideal for those with their own transportation.
Guests might also want to consider Beach House Aruba, which offers the same
down-to-earth atmosphere, along with easier access to attractions.
Delightful bed-and-breakfast with a warm, intimate ambience
True to its
name, Hidden Eden does feel like some secret garden hideaway. The hotel’s
secluded location creates a private and serene atmosphere, although it does
mean sacrificing the convenience of having shops and restaurants within walking
Most guests are solo travelers and couples, and the hotel
appeals to those who like a personal touch. The owners of the hotel also own a landscaping company so it's not surprising the hotel grounds are lush. Blue Adirondack-style chairs are tucked into the garden, which is loaded with plants, trees, and flowers. Plastic patio tables provide an additional place to sit and fish art adorns exterior walls. Guest rooms are no-frills, but
care has clearly been taken to make them as welcoming as possible. Rooms are
set at the back of the owners’ family home, so the owners are usually around to
provide recommendations or even the occasional ride to the beach. Breakfast is
served at a communal table, encouraging guests to chat and get to know one
Quiet, residential location outside of downtown Oranjestad
Hidden Eden is tucked away on a back road on the outskirts
of central Oranjestad. The closest beach is Drulf Beach, located just under a
20-minute walk away. Eagle Beach can be reached in five minutes by car.
The big Super Food grocery store is just over a mile away,
but otherwise dining options in the immediate area are limited. Shops, restaurants, bars,
and casinos can be found a five-minute drive away in downtown Oranjestad, or a
10-minute drive away in the busy High Rise hotel district. Queen Beatrix
International Airport is less than five miles away.
Cheerful rooms include flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges
Guest rooms at Hidden Eden are quaint and inviting. Bright
fabrics and a few pieces of artwork add character to the otherwise bare white
walls and austere tile floors. Each room is individually decorated, adding to
their already homey ambience. Some of the rooms, like the Blue Agave Corner, have mismatched decor with blue-and-white bedding topped with an ombre orange and red throw blanket. All rooms include wall-mounted flat-screen TVs
and personal safes. Storage is provided by metal shelving units, many of which
are hidden away by colorful curtains. All rooms include mini-fridges, and most include kitchenettes with sinks and microwaves.
Bathrooms are tidy and simple, with small sinks, minimal
counter space, and soap as the only provided toiletry. Towels are provided, and some
bathrooms offer cabinet space. Some showers are covered by curtains, while
others have partial glass block walls.
Striking garden-filled grounds and free freshly prepared breakfast
By far, the property’s most stand-out feature are its stunning
gardens. The same owners managed the Fantastic Gardens Aruba located next door,
and Hidden Eden’s property is almost a continuation of this ornamental nursery.
Owner Roy Maduro has more than 30 years of gardening experience and it
shows. Plant life blossoms on almost every inch of the grounds: lining brick
pathways, artfully creeping up the sides of buildings, and hanging down from
There are a few patio tables and Adirondack chairs found
throughout the gardens, as well as a hot tub that looked out-of-commission during
our visit. The garden centers on an attractive patio with a long wooden table,
where a Caribbean breakfast is served each morning. Free self-parking is
provided in front of the hotel, and free Wi-Fi is offered throughout. Mountain
bikes and snorkeling gear are available for rent.