welcoming rooms include mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs
One-Bedroom Apartments offer kitchens and sofa beds
Intimate hotel with cheery contemporary design throughout
Courtyard with rectangular pool, lounge chairs, hammocks, and weight-lifting machine
Quiet, residential location
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Breakfast is available (for a fee)
A 20-minute walk to the nearest shopping and dining hub
No on-site restaurant, and breakfast is an additional fee
King Rooms run small
Solar Villa is a two-and-half-pearl hotel a short drive from downtown Oranjestad. The hotel’s seven guest rooms are quaint and
colorful, with some featuring kitchens, sofa beds, and separate living areas.
The dining and entertainment of downtown Oranjestad is a 20-minute walk away, and the beaches are even farther, making this hotel best for guests with their
own transport or those who don’t mind relying on the bus to get around. Budget travelers might also want to consider Beach House Aruba, which offers the same intimate
ambiance along with easier
access to the beach.
Charming and homey guest house with cheery, colorful decor
seven rooms laid out around an attractive central courtyard, Solar Villa exudes
a low-key, peaceful atmosphere. The bold yellow building exterior complements
the courtyard’s shimmering blue pool and green plants. Especially
discerning guests might notice buzzing fans and bits of sloppy paint work here
and there, but those seeking a cozy, home-away-from-home are likely to be
pleased. In terms of its location and decor, Solar VIlla represents a 180 from the mega resorts in the area, and it attracts couples and families looking for an intimate stay.
Secluded location in a residential area, just outside downtown Oranjestad
Solar Villa is set on a quiet back road, a 20-minute walk or short bus ride from buzzing downtown Oranjestad, packed with shops, bars,
and restaurants. It's not walking distance to the beach, but Eagle Beach and Palm Beach are a 10-minute drive away. Arashi Beach, Malmok Beach, and the California Lighthouse can be reached in about 20 minutes by car. Queen Beatrix International
Airport is a 12-minute drive away.
Bright, homey rooms with flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges
Guest rooms at Solar Villa are cheerful and inviting. Queen
and King Rooms are small, but all rooms are big on personality with lime green
accent walls and zigzagging bedspreads. Decorated with delightfully kitschy
lighthouse lamps and artwork with inspirational quotes, rooms have the feel of a quirky friend’s guest room. All include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and little baskets filled with welcome candies and snacks. One-Bedroom Apartments feature separate living areas with sofa beds, dining tables, and kitchen areas. They also have kitchens with stoves, full-size refrigerators, and cookware. Simple bathrooms include colorful shower curtains and
dispensers stocked with shampoo and shower gel. Reed diffusers sit on small countertops.
Serene garden courtyard with outdoor swimming pool
The hotel's star feature is its pleasant courtyard with a lovely lap pool, trees, and potted plants. Decorations ranging from stone Buddhas to Southwest-style sun art give the courtyard the same friendly, informal feel as the guest rooms. The pool is surrounded by patio tables and lounge chairs with comfy
cushions. A raised platform at one end features two hammocks and more
lounge chairs set under a shelter supported by graceful pillars. A single weight-lifting machine is designated as the hotel’s “mini-gym.” Free self-parking is offered on site, and free
Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Breakfast is available, for a fee, but there's no full restaurant serving other meals.