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    Best All-Inclusive

    Hello - thinking of going back for a 2nd visit but would like to stay at an all-inclusive. We are 3 adults. Recently I attended a travel show and the person there recommended the Holiday Inn. Looking for suggestions.

    Thank you in Advance!

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    We've never done the AI, but we usually add a few nights to our trip by staying at the Holiday Inn. We like the location and property. I think Tracey did the AI there, she probably has a better review of the place.

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    agree with walt re: traceyd
    hopefully she wil post her opinions.

    holiday inn is on a great stretch of palm beach, is located in a very busy/active area and is very clean and a hospitable staff.
    my concerns would be the limited restaurant selections.
    their casino is dark and outdated.
    Quote Originally Posted by Boonie View Post
    Hello - thinking of going back for a 2nd visit but would like to stay at an all-inclusive. We are 3 adults. Recently I attended a travel show and the person there recommended the Holiday Inn. Looking for suggestions.

    Thank you in Advance!

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    Friends loved the Riu last February. Two adults and two 21+ children = no scary bar bill at the end.

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    At one time our family had considered the Holiday Inn all inclusive package. Our travel agent stated that their food was not as good as other all inclusives on the island and there were surcharges on various menu items.

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    Holiday Inn is a great location, and nicer than we expected. I would recommend the hotel itself, but definitely not the all-inclusive there. Keep in mind my experience was 5 years ago, so things may have changed but not much. There isn't much in the way of variety for the food. The breakfast buffet had good fresh fruit and lots of other options, but after a few days, we were tired of the same buffet options, and no mimosas

    For lunch we mainly stuck to the pool bar and the food was grilled burgers, pizza, a fruit plate, very basic options. I think there was a chicken sandwich and wings too. The buffet and one restaurant are open for lunch too, we tried each at least once , but nothing was memorable.

    For dinner, they have a theme buffet each night and only 2 sit down restaurants and if I remember correctly they weren't open every night. One was italian, which we did not try. The other was a seafood grill with fish and beef options. This was a nice sunset dinner place. For these you had to wait in a line in the morning to get reservations.

    Drinks - their frozen drink menu was good, but very sugary drinks. Good options if you aren't heavy drinkers, but not something that I would be able to drink all day. The only beer options at the time were Balashi and Balashi Light draft. I have heard they have added heineken, but can't confirm that. For the limited variety and rail liquor options, we just didn't care for the all-inclusive options. My husband had a few bud lights, but we had to add a $2 surcharge.

    I compared 2 stays there and we actually spent more when we went all inclusive because we paid the higher price to the resort, then continued to go off the property for meals and drinks just to add some variety.

    Curt has a podcast of someone who loves the all-inclusive at Holiday Inn, so if you want another opinion, list to this http://onehappypodcast.com/ep6/

    For what its worth, I would say price out the holiday inn with all inclusive and without. For 2 people who enjoy our happy hours and usually 2 nice dinners and the rest casual, we spend about $200 per day for food and drinks. That gives us unlimited possibilities. We are basically spending about the same, just a difference of paying it up front and staying on the property, versus paying as we go and having more options.
    Last edited by Traceyd14; 02-09-2016 at 07:51 AM.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Friends loved the Riu last February. Two adults and two 21+ children = no scary bar bill at the end.
    I brought up Riu adults only to Jon for a no worries relax on the beach trip, but he shot me down. He said we would probably still want to hit our usual spots. If I was going AI, that would be my choice.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    I had friends stay at the Riu (family) last year - they loved it so much and raved about it, but were comparing it to their stay in Jamaica. I've never been to Jamaica so can't compare myself, but my friends booked the Riu again this year and are bringing both sets of parents with them.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    "but after a few days, we were tired of the same buffet options, and no mimosas"
    No mimosas??? Blasphemy!!

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    That's where we stayed this year in August and I loved it there because they had four restaurants Italian, steak, french, and Japanese as well as the two Buffet halls... champagne for breakfast or bucks fizz if you prefer, we also had a mini bar in the room vodka, whisky, Bacardi, Brandy... the food was endless you could have anything. Also has a sports bar and a coffee shop selling mini cakes etc in the main bar just by the reception there is a mini grand piano where victor played us songs.. he was a lovely chap. I would fully recommend it, and the sunsets were just so beautiful. I haven't stayed anywhere else yet as it was my first time in Aruba, but would you say it is the best Jacki as you have been lots of times haven't you?

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