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    Just returned from 2 wonderful weeks in Aruba at the HI...this is our 6th time to Aruba and we always stay at the HI....the rooms are very clean and the service was great. You are not in your room very much during the day so for us it was great. The food at Corals for breakfast and Lunch were very good and the lunch and dinner at Seabreezes was ok also. It was just nice to be outside having a meal. TheDa Vinci's dining room was very nice, service was good and the food was good also. We tried a few new places this year as it is always nice to get out when you are there for 2 weeks. The HI has the best beach I think, it is very long and spread out so you have lots of room. It is a pain getting up early for a hut (5am) and then another line for dinner (7am) but at most of the resorts it is the same way if you want a hut. Some have the line ups in the afternoon and some you have to pay. Either way for us was ok to get up and spend the time on the beach. I am already starting to think about our next trip to Aruba in 2011 and it will be at the HI once again.

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    welcome home please post a trip report in the My Aruba Story section thanks


    QUOTE=lvaruba;168463]Just returned from 2 wonderful weeks in Aruba at the HI...this is our 6th time to Aruba and we always stay at the HI....the rooms are very clean and the service was great. You are not in your room very much during the day so for us it was great. The food at Corals for breakfast and Lunch were very good and the lunch and dinner at Seabreezes was ok also. It was just nice to be outside having a meal. TheDa Vinci's dining room was very nice, service was good and the food was good also. We tried a few new places this year as it is always nice to get out when you are there for 2 weeks. The HI has the best beach I think, it is very long and spread out so you have lots of room. It is a pain getting up early for a hut (5am) and then another line for dinner (7am) but at most of the resorts it is the same way if you want a hut. Some have the line ups in the afternoon and some you have to pay. Either way for us was ok to get up and spend the time on the beach. I am already starting to think about our next trip to Aruba in 2011 and it will be at the HI once again.[/QUOTE]

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    Not an early riser

    Hi everyone! After reading the info on trying to get some shade while on the beach at the Holiday Inn, I'm starting to fret. My husband and I are the type that usually sleep in on vacations because we're having fun at the casinos until the wee hours of the night. We have had many comical instances of not being able to find breakfast at noon (what do we expect, eh?). Does anyone know how late the buffet stays open for breakfast? How far is Dunkin Donuts from the HI? I know here in Ohio DD serves their breakfast sandwiches all day.

    I can't imagine getting up early to get a hut or find a shady spot on the beach. I think it would be rude for someone to get up at 5 or 6 am, get a palapa (sp?) or chairs under a palm tree and then leave them there unused for another 5 or 6 hours. Do people do that?

    One last questions, Johnnyecks, you mentioned that you use the AI mainly for alcholic beverages. Is it worth it? We did not book an AI due to the fact the we love the restaurants on the island, but we do like our Amstel. Is there an option to add AI once we arrive? What is the going price for an Amstel at the HI these days?
    Thanks All! 13 days.......

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    I stayed at the HI 2 months ago. I think the breakfast buffet ended at 11 am. Dunkin Donuts is very close by across from Playa Linda which is next door to H.I. DD is to the right of where Texas de Brazil and Sbarro's is. Aromi d'Italia also serves breakfast. It's between the H.I. and Playa Linda.

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    Is the Curacao Tower ever going to be renovated?

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    "...I can't imagine getting up early to get a hut or find a shady spot on the beach. I think it would be rude for someone to get up at 5 or 6 am, get a palapa (sp?) or chairs under a palm tree and then leave them there unused for another 5 or 6 hours. Do people do that?"

    To answer that question in a word, uh, yes.
    As a matter of fact, it's becoming something of a competition or almost a "sport" at some resorts.

    Give this thread a read... Druif Beach Divi's shade huts and lounges

    Admittedly, this thread is specifically about Druif Beach and the area by the Tamarijn and Divi, however, it seems to be something that's an issue at most if not all the hotels.

    Too bad that, a little courtesy to each other goes a long, long way.
    And besides, who wants stress or grief when they're trying to relax on vacation?
    Mr. Ratt
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