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    Local calling

    Does anyone know if there is a charge to make local calls from the hotel (Occidental)?

    We don't really plan on calling home when we get there but have to call one of our excursions.

    I believe there is a shop not to far from the Occidental that we can buy "calling cards" to use at the pay phones. Setar I think is the name?

    Don't really feel like spending $50 on a cell phone for the week unless the calling cards are expensive?

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    The hotels and timeshares I have stayed at in Aruba have charged for local calls. If the need for local calling is to make restaurant reservations, the guest service desk/concierge will call for you.

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    We need to call one of our excursions and let them know that we have arrived and where we are staying at. Its the drunken bus bar hop group I can't remember there name.

    We would like the ability to call home if we wanted to also but don't plan on it. Thats why we thought about a calling card.

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    To call home, there is a call center at Alhambra Casino by the shops. it's 25 cents a minute to call the U.S. They are open 3:00 to 10 or 11 pm. For the drunken bus excursion ask your guest service desk to call for you.

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    Have just booked with Aruba Discount Cell, and they have deals for $30 a week including 57 free minutes to the US per week!! In case you're interested.. Have no idea how much a calling card is - but this does seem like a good deal!

    http://arubadiscountcell.com/

    We have kids and have booked a babysitter so need a phone to check up/be in easy contact with..

    Laura





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    is the kuku kunookoo bus the drunken bus bar hop group that you are referring to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RK05 View Post
    We need to call one of our excursions and let them know that we have arrived and where we are staying at. Its the drunken bus bar hop group I can't remember there name.

    We would like the ability to call home if we wanted to also but don't plan on it. Thats why we thought about a calling card.

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    We stayed at the Marriott Ocean Club 2 weeks ago, and needed to call KuKu party bus when we arrived also. The concierge said she was not allowed to call kuku. So we called from the room and was charged $1 for the local call. I was very surprised it was so inexpensive. BTW, you will LOVE the party bus. It was so much fun!! Bring a camera!!

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    i wonder why the ocean club's conscierge was "not allowed " to call and confirm the reservation?

    tourism and activities are aruba's life blood............and to not contact one of the most popular activities for a resort guest/owner...............does not bode well for the ocean club.

    andrea

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    IMO, I didn't think the concierge was much help at all while we were there. That was our only complaint about the Ocean Club. They wouldn't print out our boarding pass for our flight home, but maybe other hotels have the same policy. But it seemed like almost everything we asked them to do, (except for dinner reservations) they wouldn't do for us.

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    Yes, the kuku kunookoo bus is the trip I am talking about.

    I will check out the dscount cell Holliol.

    Liz, is this center close to the HiRise area?

    Thanks

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