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    the mill

    Hello all!

    I have two trips planned to aruba:

    1) tamijirin, nov 1 to 12; I have stayed @ divi next door

    2) The Mill, march 27 to april 1. I have never stayed here b4 and I understand that it is the cheapest resort in aruba and accross the street from the beach, I am a beach person and love to swim in the ocean. Any advice on anything that will help me have a better stay @ the mill????

    Thanks in advance

    Mike

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    i have not heard any rave reviews re: Mill.

    you might be better off renting a timeshare OR
    going thru priceline

    Quote Originally Posted by mjl60621 View Post
    Hello all!

    I have two trips planned to aruba:

    1) tamijirin, nov 1 to 12; I have stayed @ divi next door

    2) The Mill, march 27 to april 1. I have never stayed here b4 and I understand that it is the cheapest resort in aruba and accross the street from the beach, I am a beach person and love to swim in the ocean. Any advice on anything that will help me have a better stay @ the mill????

    Thanks in advance

    Mike

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    Thanks Andrea

    Never thought of priceline, will check that out next time since I already booked. I got a good deal on the place with air through travelocity. Air round trip, direct flight from jfk is just under $400, booked today

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    $400 pp including air and hotel
    wow


    Quote Originally Posted by mjl60621 View Post
    Thanks Andrea

    Never thought of priceline, will check that out next time since I already booked. I got a good deal on the place with air through travelocity. Air round trip, direct flight from jfk is just under $400, booked today

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    Sorry, just the air was $397 direct flight for march 2013. For nov 2012 I paid $427with a stop, so I jumped on the direct and picked the cheapest resort b/c 2 trips booked his a hit money wise. Even if the mill is a bust, that is fine, the beach and ocean will b nice, I will find a good spot and I expect low quality there, so I think it will b a good time. We plan to check out nice resturaunts, plan a day trip. I just love aruba, so just being there will b great

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    agree...just being there is great!
    Quote Originally Posted by mjl60621 View Post
    Sorry, just the air was $397 direct flight for march 2013. For nov 2012 I paid $427with a stop, so I jumped on the direct and picked the cheapest resort b/c 2 trips booked his a hit money wise. Even if the mill is a bust, that is fine, the beach and ocean will b nice, I will find a good spot and I expect low quality there, so I think it will b a good time. We plan to check out nice resturaunts, plan a day trip. I just love aruba, so just being there will b great

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    Good morning mjl6o621,

    I apologize for coming across this thread just now, but I might be able to shed a little bit of light on The Mill.

    By way of background, we've stayed at The Mill 5 years in a row, from 2006 to 2011, usually a 10 day stay around the 3rd week of January.

    Price was what initially attracted us to The Mill. Whether as part of a package or booked on its own, TM was consistently the lowest priced resort.

    We enjoyed the first three times, but noticed a decline in repairs and maintenance and security the last two times we were there.

    I don't know if the place is in some financial difficulty, but the last time we were there (Jan.2011) there was a lot of poolside grumbling by timeshare owners. Apparently renovations to rooms were taking much longer than anticipated and some were wondering out loud (and I mean loud) where their maintenance fees were going.

    As a cheap place to stay (on what is usually regarded as a fairly expensice destinaton) the Mill has its place. We've just gotten tired of them cutting corners on room cleaning, general maintenace etc. I guess you get what you pay for.

    For our next trip to Aruba, likely the fall 2013, we are looking at a smaller place in Malmok; Aruba Sunset Beach Villas, or something like that.

    Hope this helps a bit


    Glenn

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    We had a problem when we booked at The Mill....$350 for 2 nights stay before we could move to our timeshare....when we went to check in we were told $750 for 2 nights....we made a call and ended up staying at Divi Village for those nights for $300 for both nights just to fill the room....the time before that we stayed at the mill ....LOL my Dad,Husband & I they put us in a room with 1 bed & a tub in the middle of the room....told them that wouldn't work for the 3 of us ....we got a different room & had a good laugh...Enjoy Aruba where ever you stay

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    Thanks for the replies everyone, march I will b @ the mill, so we will c. I just plan to sleep there and spend days @ the beach @ nights going out for dinner, its only a quick 6 day trip and I look fw to eatting @ different places. In november we will spend 12days @ the tamarijin, so I am excited!

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    Love The Mill

    We have stayed at the Mill on 5 of our 6 trips to Aruba. We love it! It's not a 5 star by any means but the people who work there are the best. Enrique the bartender is the best. We love it because it is small, the pool is never crowded, it's a short 4 minute walk to the beach and close to so many things. You can walk to many of the casinos and restaurants. Last September they were working on renovating some rooms but we were not bothered by any noises. The food is very good, great breakfast we've also had burgers and sandwiches poolside and they were very good. Once I wanted to do our laundry before heading back home the next day and workers put it in the dryer, folded it and brought it to our room. We are going back in the spring and will stay at The Mill again. I hope that you have the same experience that we have always had.

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