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    LaCabana is always immaculate .
    We never had an issue there.
    We did however have an issue (see ArubaLisa's posting) at another resort.
    We refused that unit, cried like a little girl and got a clean unit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    I can't tell if it's a good thing or a bad thing that cleanliness of the room was not even something I thought about!

    It's a Good Thing, I think - Could it be that I've been spoiled by having great experiences in every resort in Aruba that I've stayed in? Become friends with the housekeeping staff at LaCabana? Have never had a single issue with regard to cleanliness so why would I focus on it, right?

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    I can't say that in all of our travels to anywhere and everywhere that we've ever had a room that wasn't clean where we had to ask for another room or go to a different hotel/resort. So I have no idea why I said "clean"....but it is important.
    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 -- 36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018




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    About 8 or 9 years ago we did a last minute "cheaper" vacation and booked a hotel on Palm Beach prior to their remodel. We checked in at 5pm and our room was SO disgusting we left the hotel without knowing if we could get our money back. We actually had to sleep in that room for 1 night because we could not check into the Radisson until the following day, we slept fully clothed. We left that morning without knowing if we would get our cash back but there was zero chance I stayed in that or any other room because we were so freaked out by the dirty bathroom, bugs everywhere, stained sheets, hairs etc... it was awful!

    After writing a letter to our travel agent and the hotel in question, all of our money was returned. We took pictures that we have since long lost...The room was disgusting at best.... and should have been never been issued to someone.

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    For me, it depends on where I'm going and how long I'm staying. What DH and I "need" is actually a very basic but clean and in good repair room with a firm bed, decent linens, free wifi and a mini fridge and microwave is always nice (not a deal breaker.) I need good reliable airco in hot locations and heat in cold locations, controllable by room/unit! If I walk into my room and the thermostat is set to 76, I'm gonna reset to 60 or colder because I'm leaving to find a cooler spot. I don't want to come back to the room I paid for to find the temp back at 76! Oh, good location relative to the trip purpose is very important.

    What we want in Aruba is our Marriott Ocean Club unit but I'm sure there are other 1 BR timeshares on Palm Beach that would work just as well for us. We enjoy the well equipped, full kitchen but we don't always use the stove during a one week trip. It's there if we get a wild and crazy need for gouda cheese toast, though Love having the balcony for an evening cocktail or morning cuppa. The extra space is grand but I don't think we've ever used the giant Jacuzzi in the bedroom? DH and I don't have children and having a sofa bed out everyday would be beyond our vacationabilities! No can do but we did it for one night for a friend and one night was okay. We also like the location on Palm Beach--not right by the malls and retail activity but within an easy walk. We like to drive to Eagle, Arashi, Baby beaches during the day and be within walking distance to PB restaurants and casinos at night. If we want to share that bottle of wine with our dinner, maybe a port or after dinner cordial? then go to a casino? We would rather walk or taxi than drive.

    This time, we're staying for an extra night and using Marriott points (DH travels every week for work and tries to stick to Marriott and Hilton properties) at the Ren Marina. We've stayed there and at the timeshare side for extra nights in the past and I've never been "wowed" with either but can live with them--cool deal with the island. We also enjoy the change of scenery being in town. Our past night's there have been extensions for 2 to 3+week trips so this might be a bit of a different experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    I can't tell if it's a good thing or a bad thing that cleanliness of the room was not even something I thought about!
    Believe me, it was something I never considered before either. I think we all just assume that it is a given? This was just THAT bad that it caught our attention.

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    Way back, before we considered buying a time share? DH and I road tripped from Birmingham, AL to central FL to visit with his sisters. We spent a night, fully clothed and on a flock backed vinyl tablecloth. Scottish Inn for $15/night in Macon, GA and DH never get's to choose again! First issue -- the front desk gave us a key to an occupied room? We got another key to an unoccupied room but there was a fight in it's recent past--no shower curtain and hair in a dent in the sheetrock? So happy I had the tablecloth in the trunk and that we were 4/5 hours away from the sisters. Best shower ever when I got to their house!
    That motel was so less than my basic requirement! DH will not suggest anything remotely like that again and will suggest a Hilton or Marriott property now? I like B&B's but he doesn't so will go with the big box point places.
    Last edited by TravelNLesa; 05-04-2016 at 02:57 AM.

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    Always. Bring. Lysol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Believe me, it was something I never considered before either. I think we all just assume that it is a given? This was just THAT bad that it caught our attention.
    So sorry. Sounds horrific!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Speaking of cleanliness - I do prefer daily housekeeping over once a week, but it's not a deal breaker. I do enjoy someone else making the bed...the little things on vacation.

    Bed configuration isn't that big of a deal to me now, but on our honeymoon we checked in to Holiday Inn before the Sea Tower was renovated. We had a dated room with 2 double beds on our honeymoon. I cried at the front desk and they were able to move us the next day to a room with a king. From that experience I learned 2 things - 1) pay extra for the room you want if it's important do not just book the cheapest take what you get room if you have specific wants. 2)For a week or longer stay, I no longer use 3rd party sites and always book direct with the hotel. I feel like we get more of our preferences when booking directly.
    Last edited by Traceyd14; 05-04-2016 at 10:06 AM.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Aruba Lisa- was your hotel on Palm Beach? Maybe we had the same room, lol.

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