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La Cabana Beach Resort Reviews
8/19/05: We just returned from Aruba.
The La Cabana was recommended by family who were travelling with us. Upon arrival, that family member profusely apologized for the condition of the hotel which had dramatically gone down hill since her last visit of 4 yrs ago.
It was obvious the management/owners were not investing back into the hotel.
Upon making reservations, we requested "oceanview" but on arrival, we were told oceanview was only for "owners." We were given a room with "waterfall view" only to find a more accurate view of the dunkin'donuts shop and asphalt. We could see a glimpse of the back side of the waterfall which consisted of plumbing facilities.
Having been to the Caribbean several times before, we were shocked to find the staff very unfriendly and unhelpful. Greetings by staff were never initiated, and we received daily scowls from the maid, we think due to the lateness we vacated our room each day... but hey, we were on vacation and never looked at a clock!
The first day we had water leaking from the bathroom ceiling which soaked all our toiletries and make-up. It took 2 calls for someone to respond. We were not able to get another room. The room was inconsistently cleaned each day. Hit or miss if the fold out couch was made up or folded back up. Other than clean towels, I seriously doubted the bathroom was cleaned each day.
What was good? Great access to Eagle Beach, which was not heavily populated. Between 2:30pm and 8:00pm you could find happy hour (2 for 1 drinks) which rotated between bars. Grounds were clean. Kitchenette was a great asset, especially traveling with kids.
Greatest disappointment? The unfriendliness of the staff, even more so than the run-down condition of the hotel. The staff can make or break a vacation. I would not return here mainly for this reason.
No more murphy beds!!!
Just came back from La Cabana in Aruba. Just a warning to all considering staying in a studio in this resort. A MURPHY Bed is a bed that pulls out of the wall and it is SOOO uncomfortable! We were not able to switch to a room with a regular bed! Not a friendly, helpful staff.
However, grounds and pools are gorgeous and restaurants are very good as well! Just across the street is gorgeous Eagle Beach too! Stay in a one bedroom or make sure murphy beds are a thing of the past when booking!
We have been visiting Aruba every year on our August anniversary (missed only 2) since 1986, always staying for a minium of dos to tres semanas. We still have the photo that was taken by the employees, at the airport (the passengers deplaned onto the tarmac, back then). We originally stayed at the Holiday Inn (no TV's were in the rooms), the Playa Linda was just opening, the Americana (now, the Allegero) was in dire straits at the time due to labor problems, there were only 2 casinos, the holiday Inn and Alhambra, you had the crazily painted free bus, "Let's go Town" and nothing but open beach.
Alas, all of that is now different. When we noticed how crowded the high rise area had become, the crowded beaches, we started staying at the La Cabana and never went back to the high rises. We enjoy the La Cabana, because of the family-type atmosphere, the ambience, excellent staff but more importantly, being catered to as though we were the only tourist in the resort. Although we just! your beautiful (2 weeks ago), we've already made plans to return next year to the La Cabana, of course; see you then.
Mike and Marilyn.
I miss La Cabana!!!
just got back yesturday from La Cabana Beach Resort. My husband and I did the all-inclusive for a week and we absolutely LOVED it!!! The staff was always friendly, the food was outstanding (I even completely enjoyed the seafood and I am not usually a sea-food lover). There was always a variety of food to select from. For breakfast we generally ate at the buffet at the Captains Table. They always had a wide selection for breakfast. The dining-in Restaurants like Captains Table, Las Ramblas and E Piscado were out of this world!!! The beach was gorgeous and we never had a problem finding chairs under the shaded huts (even in the afternoon). The pools were beautiful with waterslides to entertain children and adventurous adults. The rooms were very clean and spatious. I can't complain about anything other than having to come home!
Caution - All-Inclusive package
A word of caution to those thinking about going "all-inclusive" in Aruba. We have been to Jamaica and Mexico on "all-inclusive" deals so we booked one in Aruba. The LaCabana Resort is built for timeshares, and is not an all-inclusive resort. Their all-inclusive package limits you to what you can eat and drink, and is not what we expected when we booked. There is also very little water sports included in the package. If you are not careful, you could walk away with a huge bill at the end of your stay due to the surcharges added if you don't stick to excactly what they tell you to eat and drink.
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