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Great location in the heart of Oranjastad. Easy walk to great restaurants. Very clean. The staff were wonderful, especially Berlinda who helped us with restaurant reservations. There is no real beach unless you ferry out to the private island. The island is pretty, but windy. There were no beach chairs available and even more limited if you wanted one in the shade. At the Marina, there is a modest sized pool but no beach chairs available in the mid afternoon. There is music playing all day, so there is no place in the resort for peace and quiet except your room. The room was modest sized, but a bit dated. It was quite expensive.
The staff was friendly and remembered us during our stay. The room was comfortable and well equipped. There were many activities on premise which kept us busy, and the private island was beautiful. We enjoyed a couples massage and dinner for two package which was excellent. The location was right at a shopping mall and plaza with plenty to do, but it was further away from the main hotel area where the nightlife and many of our friends were staying. Taxi trips to meet our friends or go out started to add up over our stay.
Wait staff was slow and not attentive at the bar at the hotel.
"Island View" does not mean a view of the private island. The front desk told me this means an island view as in Aruba is and island and you can view it.
The staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome and attend to your every need.
There was nothing I did not like! Love love love the private island!!!!! Very contemporary hotel . Love it!!! Nothing
Loved the location, type of people vacationing, the boat that leaves from the hotel lobby is one of a kind, the private island is so relaxing and beautiful, the staff is all friendly and eager to help, so glad we picked this resort! We had an issue with our room one night and the front desk assisted us with switching rooms.
The location is excellent, and access to activities through the city was very simple. Staff is very courteous, rooms were well maintained and clean. The pool area had DJ playing so loud that it was hindersome in the room in the afternoon and early evening. Pool is rather small and not enough places to relax during early evening hours. The rooms were pricey for the amenities provided. Staying at the Marriott on the west side of the island offers more amenities, larger room and less cost. But after all, it IS all about location, location, location, and the Rennaissance has it!
I can't think of anything I did not like.
1-bedroom unit and amenities were more than adequate and clean. Infinity pool needs some maintenance. Tiles along side are falling off. Contaminated water at the end of our stay make a lot of people sick and staff was not forthright in dealing with it. As of this writing, they're still handing out bottled water. Not sure they handled this emergency well at all! Too bad.....
Environment taxes that I did not find out about until the day of my checkout. I don't have a problem with paying taxes, I just don't like one's that I don't know about.
Large facility and parking lot. Though not cheap it was the best available price I could find during the high ''easter time" season. Big reception counter but only one clerk and a relatively long waiting line at the time of my check-out. Bed was made but room had not been cleaned.
Friendly staff, quiet atmosphere, excellent beach, nice beach bar, excellent restaurant on the beach, efficiency rooms so we could have breakfast/lunch/snacks/drinks in the room, grocery store only a short walk away Nothing at all!
Small resort, very accessible to the beach. Friendly staff, good food and drinks on the premises. This is our second visit. We renewed our wedding vows on the beach and this was the perfect spot.
Very personal and excellent service Not at all
We had an amazing time at Amsterdam Manor the rooms were clean and the staff was very accommodating. The beach was the highlight. It never gets too crowded and it so beautiful. Food was overpriced it wasn't that delicious
The location is fantastic and also the small kitchen at the room helps a lot specially when you have kids. The value for money. I paid too much for the room I've got. The rooms close to the recepcion ( the "C"blocks) are bad compared to the rest. Also the amount of taxes paid in the end are very high. So be careful with that cause sometimes the daily rates are unreal.
Beach was steps from the front of the hotel and there was always an umbrella, beach chairs, and towels ready for us. The happy hours were great. The beds were incredibly comfortable, and we loved that the rooms had kitchens so you could grab groceries for the Super Food down the street. Such a nice addition. There is also a mini market at the hotel in case you need something quickly. More families than I had expected. The pool was used by children exclusively. The location has ups and downs - there is nothing to the north until the high rises so you are a bit isolated. It is nice because it isn't super crowded and it is intimate, but it also means you have to travel a bit to get to other restaurants and activities.
The good point was the location of the hotel,very close to the sandy beach. I did not like the service at all (very poor service at the beach bar, very slow service at the beach restaurant) they charged my credit card with the whole amount for the room on the day of the reservation, I.E. well in advance of check-in date (this is not a common practice for hotels) and tryed to make me pay additional charges when we arrived. I strongly complained and they admitted that they were wrong. No extra applied finally.
Loved The Whole experiencience! Staff, location, amenities, restaurants, you name it I'll be coming back for sure!
Friendly staff, food was good, bars were great, the beach is beautiful, the room was great. The Royal Club is a nice touch. We waited a while for our luggage and no rules were implemented for holding chairs at the pool or palapas at the beach so we often didn't get one.
The beddings where not clean and the rooms are small.
I stayed at the occidental for my honeymoon. I was married at a different hotel (Manchebo) right before this stay and then moved over to the occidental for the honeymoon. The pool was wonderful. The water was warm, swim up bar had very friendly staff and the drinks never ended. The beach is very close to the hotel and if you didn't plan on leaving the hotel, it was a perfect distance. There was also a bad on the beach within feet from the water which was very useful. They let you rent these rafts to float on ( which very very relaxing) however they needed to be returned by 4pm or they charged you 76 dollars??? I didn't like the hotel as an overall. The beach front view was a partial view (they all are) unless you paid for a suite. That was a huge bummer for me. I paid the extra money to see the beach but had to look OVER the palm trees to see some ocean. The food was HORRIBLE. So bad that on my last night I left the hotel to pay for dinner because I was so sick and tired of th horrible food. For an all inclusive, this is a huge let down. There are much better hotels on ththe island with much better food than the occidental. Wifi: their "free wifi" is only in the lobby and you only get one hour. I had 30 people staying at various hotels and I desperately needed to communicate with all of them to arrange tours etc so I ended up paying an extra 70 dollars to have wifi in my room for the week. Then, it was spotty at best. I had to restart my phone over and over again just to get it to work. (I have an iPhone 6plus, not an old phone by any means) When we checked in, they gave me and my husband honeymoon t shirts, but then gave us a room with two twin beds. This is after they went to check on the room! This is my honeymoon, and you knew it was, but you put is in different beds??? So we had to switch rooms To an even worse view. It was frustrating. The Riu next door was so much better last year. Better food and better views. Same money. I would stay there over occidental any day.
All Inclusive Food selection could have been better.
Good location, spacious rooms, good bathroom and hotel areas, nice casino, nice lobby, the fruit and the croissants was good. Beds and pillows sucks, food sucks, juices from concentrate, A/A and DVD player doesn't work and they never sent anybody, rooms door are like paper. No KIDS area in the pool!!!!!!. Aaaaand free WiFi just works at the lobby area and sucks, if you want WiFi in other areas you have to pay a lot per day and if you pay the service still poor. Guys 2015 you need better WiFi or people will not stay at the hotel!!!!!!
The people's kind was excellent
beach is direct out of the hotel Personel, service, very slow, old hotel, looks bad, if the price is lower i would recommend it, because it's next to the beach
Very relaxing, rooms quiet, peaceful nice atmosfere.
Clean room, nice facility Electric charge of $5.95 per day??
Staff very friendly
Location was perfect, malls and restaurants right in front and the Beach is beautiful! Dont have microwave in the room
My wife and I loved it. Clean, good food, friendly staff, no mildew.
The location is excelent. The beach is very beautiful. The swimming pools are very good. The rooms are good. There are things to do and eat at night near the Hotel. The Holiday Inn charged me 8% more than expect. According to the booking.com, the Service charge was included and the 19.08 % Tax was not included. But the Holiday Inn charged in this way: Accomodation 139,30 + Room Service Charge 17,40 + Goverment Room Tax 12,01 + Ahata Fee 3,44 + Energy Charge 5,95 + Samba 1,00. !!! 8% more than expected. !!! Should be 663,51, They charged 715,40.
This hotel is outstanding - I contacted the hotel direct and upgraded to the penthouse suite, which was fantastic - would definitely recommend it for a special occasion.
A beautiful beach, a luxurious room, a true getaway. Staff was attentive, helpful, yet unobstrusive. Just lovely spot. We liked that the hotel makes a real effort to be eco-friendly. Also, there is a mini-market on premises that is reasonable. Your service was especially helpful as I realized, at almost the last minute, that I had booked the wrong days. Just the noise from the dehumidifiers, so I turned them off at night.
Location Needs a renovation
I liked the new renevoted room it had everything and very specious. I like that they opened a pizza place the karaoke and happy hour. I would definitely go back there with my family. I didn't like the way I was treated by the front desk agent when I checked out. I asked to stay by the pool with the kids till 6pm and since the others left they forgot to leave their wristband so the front desk agent was rude to me telling me that I had yo bring them.
Nice beach across the street. I like having a kitchen to cook. Checking in was slow. We arrived at noon, we were told our room wasn't ready yet and to come back later. We returned at 350pm and our room still wasn't ready. We did not see many cars or other people around. The guy said "we don't let any one in before 4pm". Even though this was 10 minutes away, he said come back later. He was rather rude. The rooms needed updated. The grout was filthy, tiles chipped and cracked. The music by the pool was loud and poor choice for people of all ages. The older people hated it.
Pool was clean and fun for the whole family, especially the waterslide. Outstanding gym, beautiful equipment. Staff was friendly. Room is adequate, clean but plain. Overall hotel is great for the price but a bit rundown in places, not luxurious in any way. Very poorly equipped kitchen. No pan for oven, lousy utensils for cooking in general. We asked for an oven pan but was informed that they don't provide one, so the oven is useless.
Nothing! No Wifi! To Loud! Cheap! Wants a $300 cash deposit!
size of rooms - large with kitchen and living room needs updating - more restaurants
Some of the staff were delightful and friendly, but the manager didn't offer any apologizes for the stained sheets. I asked for a late check in....why is that 70 bucks when my room was 120? I'm confused....so my late check out fee was waived...I check out two hours later...and no other corrections were made to make me feel better about this horrible experience. I have so much to say...not sure where to start. Oh wait - Don't Do It. This place is horrible and I'm pretty sure the worst place I have ever stayed and I've traveled to 40+ countries. The resort boasts about a renovation but this place is barely holding on. It's dated and the sheets were stained..I was transferred to another room...those sheets were stained. On top of it all, the place advertises free wifi but that's not in your room. Trust me, don't do it.
the service , friendl
The room I booked was great, modern, clean and large. The resort is a little distant from ocean (need to walk about 200 yards) and the pools do not open until 10am with limited lounge chairs, but overall a very nice spotless resort.
Staff is friendly. Can walk to grocery store Has not been updated in years. You have to walk across busy street to the besch
Get a first floor room. Open your sliding door and your toes are in the sand. Drinks and food are decent. You will not go Hungry or thirsty. Lots of different options for snacks and food throughout the day. We loved taking long strolls on the beach. It's awesome that you have access to the Divi. Typical routine includes getting a drink at the bunker bar, walk down and sit by the pool to people watch, get a new drink (and maybe some chicken strips), continue the walk down the beach. Nice 10 minute walk to the divi... By that time you are ready for a new drink, grab one at the first bar. Continue the walk to the divi pool and beach area, people watch, lay in the sun, listen to a live band, grab another drink and take a stroll back to the Tam. Lots of activities. Book them early so you won't be directly in the sun. We did a snorkeling/snuba trip (booked at hotel). I would highly highly recommend. We did the ATV tours and it is by far the best way to see the island. We went to the natural pools, natural bridge, an old gold refinery, and a really neat rock formation. We went downtown. And it really only took us a few hours to get a good experience. We took a cab, which was fine... But we regret not using one of the hotels bikes to ride down. We aren't horribly athletic so we didn't want to commit to a bike ride downtown in a different country. However, we drove along a really nice, flat, bike path leading directly downtown... Wished right away we did the bikes. The Spa was awesome! We did massages and a body wrap.. So relaxed. Do not bring pants... You will not wear them. Bring some nicer shorts for dinner and you will be fine. Girls, sundresses and bathing suits... No need to get too fancy. always bring extra sunscreen, expensive to buy on the island. We had to leave. Palm grill was our least favorite restaurant... But fun and worth doing once.
Snorkeling was great! Loved the ocean views Drinks were reeeeeeeeeeeally weak Wife got food poisoning
nice pool, location & easy access to the beach
When it says all inclusive it was truly all inclusive, you could book a trip to this hotel, and not spend another dime the entire trip if you wanted. One of the best resorts I've ever stayed in. The pool closed at 7pm daily, which was very strange to me, I've never stayed anywhere that the pool closed so early every night, and most resorts let their pool stay open 24 hours. And due to the alcohol being free there isn't a huge selection of brands to choose from, but it was still a great place.
The food was excellent, beach was great. Better than baby beach! Room was great but could be a little cleaner. We we're transferred from 6th to 18th floor and it was much better. Amazing view. No kids! Pool and beach was loud for too long- I think it went from 11am to 6pm... This place was expensive for $600/night. Loved every not of it except the price. Booking the restsurabts was a pain bc the only way you can reserve is waiting in line for 30-45 minutes and you aren't guaranteed and table.
The location was good, the pool and beachfront was nice. This hotel is a standard two star hotel. I had maintenance in my room each day of my stay for a problem, safe repeatedly would not open, A/C would not cut off, toilet backed up. It was just a horrible stay. Some of the food was cold and not labeled so with allergies I could not eat a lot of things. A lot of the staff did not speak even a little English so when you asked a question that just smiled. I spoke to the manager and the best he could do is give me an email to report the issues when I return. I think you get the picture...so needless to say the hotel stay part of my birthday was ruin
I am so soured by my bad experience, I refuse to rate any part as good. I purchased an item for my girlfriend and left it wrapped in tissue paper in a ziplock bag on a table. It disappeared. I contacted housekeeping supervisor and was told it was impossible that it was stolen/thrown away. Not satisfied with that answer I asked to speak to the hotel manager, I'm still waiting. Terrible customer service experience which will cost this chain my business forever.
It's really worth it The room service menu is too short and simple, bathroom could be better
My wife, 9 months old and I had a great time at this hotel. Our little one loved the kiddie pool and even though there were plenty of kids in the hotel, it was never crowded and always clean. The beach is just across the street and it is absolutely gorgeous. We were always able to get lounge chairs and found a shady area to relax, I gave this hotel 4 stars because the food at the one restaurant available for lunch was not that great. The staff was nice but not efficient. The casino was pretty small and it did not have a lot of choices.
I liked the price, but reaching to the leisure facilities is not easy. Reception lobby is quite far away from the hotel, actually there are from another DIVI resort
The beach was fantastic, the pools & facilities were very comfortable. The shuttle was not very availble to get around (versus as adverstised)
Hotel was great for the price. Proximity to the beach was a plus. Arrived and received an "upgrade" to golf resort, although that wasn't explained. Staff was not friendly, especially compared to what you find elsewhere on the island. Have been visiting for 15 years and this was the first time it felt small requests (where can we find towels) were a bother.