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    Switching hotel question mid stay question

    I have a question for anyone who has changed hotels mid-stay for any reason, or you can weigh in if you would do what I am actually considering to get an inexpensive trip to Aruba.

    Ok, here is the background. We have 3 more family trips to Aruba this year but I have a chance to go solo in April but need to reduce some costs in order to make it reasonable. I have 2 free nights at the Ritz that can be used only on certain days and need to be used by the summer or I lose them...I have one free night at the Hyatt on points I can use any day. I am thinking about a 5 night trip. I would need to purchase 2 additional days, I could do 3 days at the Hyatt, or change to the Hilton and save two hundred by making the additional move.

    So here is my question. How miserable was moving hotels mid stay? I really don't have any choice about moving once because I have too, would you move again to the Hilton for $200, its about 100 difference nightly?

    My plan for the week would be sleep on the beach each day and gamble all night, lol. Pretty simple, I am leaning towards moving twice but that could be torture, lol. Any experience?
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    we have done it a couple of times.
    the key is, checking out of the exisiting hotel, but staying on that beach all day.
    then checking into the new hotel late in the day.

    OR

    check out early and check in early at the new one. the new one will not let you into the room til about 4, but the bell staff will hold your bags and you can head off to the beach for the day.

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    We have done it most trips but stay 10 to 14 days. If you are packing light, (1 suitcase) the moving isn't a big problem. The worst part of it is not having a room from 11 to 4. If you can wangle a late checkout from Hyatt it would be easier. Even if you cant you can go eat lunch at Gilligans and lay on the beach or by the pool at Hilton for a couple of hours. Who knows, they might have a room available at 1 if its midweek. $200 makes it well worth it for me since you are not doing anything except relaxing anyway. BTW, I am jealous.
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    We've done it the last few trips, just to have a change of scenery. Last trip, we checked out around 10:00 am, grabbed a taxi to the Renaissance with the plan of asking them to store our luggage. When we got there our room was ready. It was effortless. I was at the lagoon by 11:00 am. Tom headed over to the Seaport Casino. The trip before we had breakfast, checked out, leaving our luggage at the front desk. Spent a little time at the Alhambra then grabbed a taxi to the Radison. The room was ready so again, it was painless. Next trip we plan to do Manchebo and the Renaissance. It's like two vacations in one. Our trips are generally 9 or 10 nights.

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    I would do it in a heartbeat to get more time in Aruba!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    We've done it the past few years. It's no problem really. We spend a few days at the Holiday Inn, switch to a room at the Surf Club, and then to another room at the Surf Club. Holiday Inn to Surf Club, I use status to get a late check out, drive luggage and food over to the Surf Club and usually have very little wait for our room which we spend at the bar catching up with the staff. Surf Club room to Surf Club room is transparent. We just have to pack our bags for the move. They move all of our stuff and food from one fridge to the other while we float in the lazy river. They give us a phone and call to let us know when our rooms are ready. If it saves you a few bucks, I say go for it.

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    As others have said it's not really a big problem. If you are going from the Hyatt to the Hilton your only a couple of hotels away. What I do is go to the next hotel early. When I check-in I ask the clerk checking me in to please call housekeeping to try to get my room cleaned as soon as possible. Then I go lunch and spend time on the beach.

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    Thanks to everyone who has weighed in on the subject. As much as it sounded awful moving multiple times, the savings will be worth it since I really don't have anything planned. I am going to play with my dates/hotel options right now and I hope to report back within a couple of hours that I have booked with your help...

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    I'm going to throw this out there from our experience on our most recent trip, while not common, it does happen. We ended up with a downpour during the midday hours of the day we had a room change. There were about 4 hours where we were roomless and the wind was blowing the rain around to the point that sitting under the palapa wasn't really comfortable. Plus we didn't have a safe so we had all of our electronics with us to keep dry. I would switch the least number of times you have to. Remember, you are not going to have a safe so all of those nightly casino winnings will be on your person when you don't have a room. When you are solo, you don't have someone to keep an eye on your stuff while you take a dip. I'd rather only deal with that once of possible.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Good points Tracey. But here is what I did in the end. Everything is booked and paid for, well at least charged I am I reasonably sure each place has a safe to store stuff in case I win big, lol.

    I will arrive and stay one night at the Hyatt on points, I have already requested a late checkout as a gold customer I am probably ok, I then have 2 nights at the ritz for free and requested an early check in, and a late check out- being gold I know I won't have issues there. I then have my final 2 nights at the Hilton at $230 nightly which is not bad at all. I also have a couple hundred dollars on credit at the casino that can be turned into cash for free meals at the Hilton...

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