The HI is not awful. They have newly upgraded rooms. Food is not fine dining, but there is something for everyone. Breakfast and lunch are very good and the speciality restaurant is very good as well. For the price, you should be able to enjoy what they offer in the AI and still afford to eat out at some of the wonderful places within walking distance. The staff are very friendly and beach staff excellent. Enjoy.
Windy we have stayed a few times and plan on staying next year for 5 days before going to marriott surf... the HI has a great beach just make sure your room is clean if not have them change it.... you will be fine.....have a great trip....will check your reports next week.....I am off to florida on wed.....
Eagle Beach, exploring the "Outback", Madi's tour to the Natural Pool , dinner at Papiamento's
Thanks, everyone, for the reassurance! There are so many posts about the non-upgraded rooms in the Curacao tower, and needing to upgrade for the other two buildings, and having to get up at 5:30 to reserve a palapa. (no way is that possible! grin!) That sun is just too darned strong not to have a shady spot! I had begun to have some worries.
We are not doing the AI, maybe just the breakfast plan, as we love to try different places at night.
Yes, we will be in Aruba, and on the beach, and that's why we're going!!!!! :-)
If the room's even just ok, we'll be fine!
If you can't handle the HI, go to biddingfortravel.com, read up and bid on a hotel via priceline. I picked up the Marriott for $100 a night next week. I would imagine similar rates would be available if they still have rooms.