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    Also don't get her started on how much she loves having the option of kicking me out into a spare room if my snoring gets too bad

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    I love the variety of going out and trying different restuarants.

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    We agree fully to Lisa.

    Our stay at the Amsterdam Manor was the second time AI ever.

    We decided to choose the AI this time mainly for convenience because as first timers we didn’t know the environmental situation, and additionally we recognized that there are not so much restaurants to be reached by foot around the AM.


    In our opinion there should be no need to leave the residence if you have AI. If you long for something outside, the quality of the residence fails.
    Our first AI in Dom. Republic was something like this. The food was awfully boring, drinks were made from cheap base materials. So we thought “… AI? Never again!…”.
    But at the AM it was completely different. We missed nothing!


    Surely, after staying ten times on the island it will be different. But in our situation it was the best solution.


    But we also know the other side.
    As a lot of germans our favourite island is Mallorca. I’ve been there a lot of times since 1972. Meanwhile we have a very nice apartment over there and no need to stay at a hotel. And same as you Aruba frequenters, it’s one of our biggest enjoyments to have dinner at our favourite locations all around.


    Even after the good experience at the AM we are in principle against AI. We prefer to choose by ourselves what to drink and to eat. We don’t want to have low cost wine from a plastic can or deadly dry chicken every day. We prefer to pay an appropriate amount of money for a good quality.
    One can recognize that in a lot of hotels the offered quality, especially hot and cold drinks, differ between AI guests and separate paying guests.


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    "One can recognize that in a lot of hotels the offered quality, especially hot and cold drinks, differ between AI guests and separate paying guests."

    That was a question I was going to ask. Do the AI folks get slighted when it comes to drink and food versus paying customers? What are everyone's thoughts? We might be swayed into trying AI, but I really need to investigate further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    "One can recognize that in a lot of hotels the offered quality, especially hot and cold drinks, differ between AI guests and separate paying guests."

    That was a question I was going to ask. Do the AI folks get slighted when it comes to drink and food versus paying customers? What are everyone's thoughts? We might be swayed into trying AI, but I really need to investigate further.
    Walt..... I'd be really surprised if you ever want AI..... you seem to like the adventure of different places on your own timetable!

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    All of our visits to Aruba have been AI first starting back to the old Allegro which is now Occidental. We now go to Divi AI each November and love it, however, we like the best of 2 worlds and do venture out a few nights/days. We always go to the Pier by Holiday Inn during Happy Hour for a bucket or two of Brights (yum, yum). We also spend one evening out at a nice restaurant to celebrate our October anniversary even though it has passed by November we wait until Aruba to celebrate it. We have done the Trikes tour twice, the ATV tour once or twice, we always go downtown to shop, always walk the Marina and check out the boats/ships and always stop by the Crystal. I hope this year I finally get to ride the Trolley, my bellman told us last year while waiting for a taxi in the evening that the trolley does not run in the evening so we did not go. As far as food/drinks go the Drinks at Divi AI could not be better IMO, the food some great, some ok and some we pass on and eat elsewhere on those nights. This year I also want to do a sunset cruise have not done that yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    "One can recognize that in a lot of hotels the offered quality, especially hot and cold drinks, differ between AI guests and separate paying guests."

    That was a question I was going to ask. Do the AI folks get slighted when it comes to drink and food versus paying customers? What are everyone's thoughts? We might be swayed into trying AI, but I really need to investigate further.
    We recognized it very often!
    E.g. if an AI guest wants to have an Espresso he/she has to use the automatic brewer with horrible taste. If I go to the bar an pay the Espresso I'll get it fresh brewed. Same for the children who like to get icecream. For AI there is a separate cooler with cheap icecream. If I pay I will get what I like.
    It might not happen in all Hotels, but especially in mid-price and for shure in low-price resorts you will find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Walt..... I'd be really surprised if you ever want AI..... you seem to like the adventure of different places on your own timetable!
    You are correct. It would surprise me too, but it really surprises me that the AI folks get kinda ripped off. I guess I never thought there would be 2 different levels of food and drink between AI and regular paying guests. Just doesn't seem right to me, but it makes me much less inclined to go AI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    "One can recognize that in a lot of hotels the offered quality, especially hot and cold drinks, differ between AI guests and separate paying guests."
    I can honestly say that in two all inclusive stays at the Amsterdam Manor we have never ever had that experience. Though I will venture to say that hotel guests often receive better say bar service than cruise ship tourists but no matter who you are, the beer is cold and the drinks are satisfying.

    That was a question I was going to ask. Do the AI folks get slighted when it comes to drink and food versus paying customers? What are everyone's thoughts? We might be swayed into trying AI, but I really need to investigate further.
    Just like any other type of vacation, you have to do your research. What is offered? For example in Aruba many all inclusives only offer Balashi on tap. The Tamarijn/Divi does offer alternative beers, and at the Amsterdam Manor you can order any beer off the menu.

    The Holiday Inn has numerous surcharges on restaurant menu items. The Divi/Tamarijn has no surcharges and the Amsterdam Manor's only surcharge is on lobster. You have to do your research so you know what to expect.

    Having said that we have always felt at the Amsterdam Manor that we have received excellent value for the money on the all inclusive and service is no different. All inclusive guests are easily recognizable by their bracelets. If anything since we are now repeat guests, the service is even better, not that it was lacking in anyway during our first stay.

    At the Tamarijn we did have some issues with service. Our most memorable service issue there was at Pizza per Tutti. Our daughter is petite but not invisible. One day she was overlooked (well ignored) for service when she wanted to order a pizza and a soda. It took my escorting her to the bar with a gratuity in hand for the bartender to be "reminded" that she was a paying guest as well as her parents. If you have to depend upon the Divi/Tamarijn's golf cart shuttle for transportation between resorts the attitude is lackadaisical at best there as well.

    The Amsterdam Manor on the other hand, knowing the distance was too far for my father to walk, offered to pay for our taxi to Tulip on a night when our reservation at Passions was rained out and they reluctantly had to cancel our dinner reservation there. Again, we were all inclusive guests, as far as I am concerned that was above and beyond. They could have told us tough luck if you don't want to walk just eat on property at Mangos and hope you can get a table under the roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    I'll also add that I have read on other forums that people stay at all inclusive resorts because they are either big drinkers or "cheap". We've stayed all inclusive at the Amsterdam Manor twice in the past year solely for convenience and no matter how we slice it, it is a break even at best.
    I will come right out and say that I have felt that I am being judged by some forum members because of our choice of visiting Aruba and staying at a resort on an all inclusive package. Please do not judge me and my family because we stay at an all inclusive until you have walked in our shoes.

    For our family traveling with an elderly parent who has difficulty walking, staying somewhere on an all inclusive package boils down simply to convenience. Difficulty walking along with physical pain for my father getting in and out of cars, this is just the way it will have to be until he dies. Once he is gone, should we continue to travel to Aruba we will then again enjoy EVERYTHING that the island has to offer.

    For now we will continue to support the island's economy as best as we can. The taxi driver we use is still taking fares, the car rental company we used last year is still in business. The gas station will happily accept our money for petrol for the rental car. Hopefully the flea markets are all still around so we can give them some more of our cash for souvenirs. We may even splurge and pay entrance to Arikok National Park again this year.

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