Nicely appointed, well maintained, well located
Submitted: January 17, 2013
Stayed: December 2012
This house was really comfortable, it made us feel right at home. The owner and property manager were kind and accommodating. The house is situated in a nice neighbourhood a short car trip away from all the action: beaches (I would say Palm Beach was the easiest to get to from here), dining, shopping, etc.
If it is your first time getting to this property keep the property manager a call so he helps you find your way there. Even though this wasn't our first time in Aruba, the lack of street signs on smaller streets can make it hard to find an address, but once we were close by, the property manager met us and guided us to the place.
One thing that surprised us as we entered the neighbourhood was that it had lots of big and beautiful houses, but the streets were not paved, they were dirt roads. Don't let this turn you off, it seems to be an Aruban thing.
The house itself was a different story: beautiful landscaping, premium finishes inside, a great pool that proved very popular with our toddlers, plenty of space for everyone (two bedrooms and one bathroom on the main floor, and one bedroom with en-suite on the top floor).
It was nice to find the kitchen well stocked, not only with the usual cooking and serving utensils, but with condiments, oil, dish-washing liquid, etc. First time we find these little extras in a vacation rental.
There were also lots and lots of towels, shower gel/shampoo, and a blow drier.
The laundry room was not in service. We were instructed to use a laundry service instead. Didn't have the need for it, though.
Another weak point was the low water pressure and supply of hot water. We were seven people in total and it rarely was enough for all of us. But it was not a big loss since the island weather is always warm.
Other amenities of the house included free wireless internet and a laptop for our use, as well as a cellphone with a local number and some credit.
Housekeeping came everyday except Sundays. They will clean but not do your dishes unless there's only a few. They also never mopped the floors during our stay.
All in all this was a great place to spend our holidays. I'm glad we found this property and would recommend it.
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