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    One and Done

    Do you have a "One and Done" story?

    It does not have to be a negative experience ...just an experience that once is enough.

    I am also going to post this on Culinary so that it can also be used for restaurant/food establishments.

    I think my ones and done:
    Helicopter tour- I loved it and thought that someday I would love to do it again. I think now I am too chicken.
    ATV Tour- I did not love it and I was so scared that I was a "ball and chain" to my husband and son.
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    Amsterdam Manor..... loved the property, loved the staff..... but the flies were a real drag.
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    I’ll say the Bucuti. Despite the fabulous reviews you see, we just did not enjoy our stay there. The Tara “Suite” was on the small side with a pocket door separating the sleeping area from the seating area so not a true suite. Breakfast was disappointing in both the selection and the temperature of the food. We ended up leaving the resort for most our meals.

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    Count me out as well. I left a message at Elements inquiring about a reservation and they NEVER called me back.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    I’ll say the Bucuti. Despite the fabulous reviews you see, we just did not enjoy our stay there. The Tara “Suite” was on the small side with a pocket door separating the sleeping area from the seating area so not a true suite. Breakfast was disappointing in both the selection and the temperature of the food. We ended up leaving the resort for most our meals.

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    One and Done for us- Wacky Wahoo-4 of us went,4 of us thought our food was meh- can get fresh catch in other restaurants that we like better without the reservation hassle and with a nicer atmosphere. Chalet Suisse ( or is it Suisse Chalet ?) too stuffy for us,old fashioned and just not our favorite food( but we are not foodies ). And last but not least-DePalm Island-ugh disliked everything about it,kept wishing we hadn’t wasted a day here.
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    Great question.

    For me personally, staying at the Renaissance Ocean Suites for a few nights and visiting Renaissance Island for a few days, tacked on to the end of our usual week at La Cabana last year. I didn't dislike it, but I'm not sure I would need to do it again.

    We've been spoiled by many excellent vacations in Aruba, mostly on Eagle Beach, some on Palm Beach. I found the "beach" area on that island to be a bit less to my liking, particularly swimming in enclosed "ponds" like the one at the hotel or even the one on the island. I learned that I like the wide open water much better. There was a lot of slimy stuff underfoot and I was just more comfortable in beach shoes, something I've never bothered with elsewhere. Also thought the cost of the cab to the airport was excessive for a ride taking a few minutes, but that is minor.

    They do have a great happy hour, nice pool, and the boat ride over is fun to experience for a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhys View Post
    Great question.

    For me personally, staying at the Renaissance Ocean Suites for a few nights and visiting Renaissance Island for a few days, tacked on to the end of our usual week at La Cabana last year. I didn't dislike it, but I'm not sure I would need to do it again.

    We've been spoiled by many excellent vacations in Aruba, mostly on Eagle Beach, some on Palm Beach. I found the "beach" area on that island to be a bit less to my liking, particularly swimming in enclosed "ponds" like the one at the hotel or even the one on the island. I learned that I like the wide open water much better. There was a lot of slimy stuff underfoot and I was just more comfortable in beach shoes, something I've never bothered with elsewhere. Also thought the cost of the cab to the airport was excessive for a ride taking a few minutes, but that is minor.

    They do have a great happy hour, nice pool, and the boat ride over is fun to experience for a few days.

    Rhys
    I totally get what you say about Renaissance Ocean Suites. We most always do a few nights at the end of our trip here. I do like the location as we enjoy the restaurants and casinos downtown. Just when I said I don’t think we’ll stay again, we were sitting in the room and saw the lights of a cruise ship leaving. It was spectacular. So...we’re booked for a room for our May trip, along with a cabana on the island to make it feel special.

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    One and Done (Accommodations): Pista Q Hotel/Hostel
    Staying in a hostel, on my last visit. I spent the first two days and the last three days at the Pista Q Hotel/Hostel in downtown Oranjestad. The price per night was exceptionally reasonable, the wi-fi connection was easy to connect to and was most strong, the room was comfortable and adequate for someone travelling on their own with time to kill before they can check into their hotel/resort or in need of a place to stay before departure. Then there is its location from El Gouchoes, which had a burger special that cost under $20.00; and of course being within walking distance of downtown and the port area. As for why I will most likely ever go back there, there was very little interaction with the other guests; I said hello and good morning to two young ladies that were staying there and they straight up ignored me. Then there was the whole no flushing of toilet paper down the toilet, you had to put the used paper into a nearby bin.

    Coconut Inn, Noord
    The price was within my budget range and there was still room available. Breakfast was free, location wise it was quiet and not too far from the main road, the wi-fi connection made getting online access very easy, the room was a comfortable studio room with a small balcony. New W-Tai restaurant was within walking distance along with the mini mart at the Valero Gas Station. As for why I may not stay there again, while breakfast was free it was rather bland, the portions that they dished out were rather small and one serving was allowed. It was a bit of a hike to walk from the hotel to the high rise area and Palm Beach. To get warm water to shower with involved waiting till midday, by which time the heat from the sun made the water pipes hot which made it possible to have a warm/hot shower. The hotel was a bit outdated, somewhere around early 1990's and in need of some upgrades.
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    Flying Fishbone....nice atmosphere, nice view...way too many no-see-ums !!
    Was there on 1st trip 20+ years ago and got talked into going again this past November....remembered immediately why I never wanted to go back
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    Zeerovers.. I loved it but the flies bombarded my wide and 2 grandchildren. She refuses to go back..My loss.
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