by Hilarey Wojtowicz
Situated on Palm Beach and revamped in 2014, the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba has 597 spacious rooms and suites, and features an All-Inclusive Package for families. Guestrooms sleep up to four people with double, queen and king bed configurations which include mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and a balcony or patio.
Kids ages 12 and under stay and eat free at the beachfront Holiday Inn. Families will love the beach, three outdoor pools, three Jacuzzis, poolside cabanas, recreation and sports court, the Entika Spa, casino and the complimentary children’s program.
The Activity Center and Kids’ Club is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers crafts, games, video games, Ping-Pong tables, air hockey and more. Theme days offer kids a variety of activities during your vacation, too. The kids’ club is for those 4 to 11, but little ones can enjoy the fun with a parent or adult. Families can also rent bicycles for free between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. If in need of childcare outside of the kids’ club hours, the resort can help set up babysitting services through an outside company.
The resort offers seven onsite dining options for families. For breakfast, stop by Coral’s Restaurant or the Palm Bar. Coral’s also serves up lunch and dinner, whereas the Palm Bar is open for cocktails and spirits until midnight. For afternoon and evening meals, try the Sea Breeze Restaurant and Bar or the Oceanside Bar and Grill. Both serve lunch and dinner with seafood, steak and gyro dishes sure to please. Da Vinci Ristorante is also open for lunch and dinner, though only seasonally. And when in the mood for a casual bite, try Pizza Now! Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the pizza and flatbread restaurant is perfect for picky eaters. Room service is also available from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.
Other perks and amenities at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba include onsite laundry facilities, a fitness center and no resort fee. Check-In is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at noon.
Our Editor Loves
- All-inclusive rates available
- Kids 12 and under stay free
- Three pools and Jacuzzis
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
We have been coming to the Holiday Inn for 15 yrs and my parents for 30 yrs. The Holiday Inn celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary this year and I was hoping the celebration would come with updates but no such luck. The lobby is an open air lobby with no fans and is always hot. We had three rooms this year and two of them had to have the batteries replaced on the electronic key locks because they died and we could not access our rooms. All three of the rooms had to have their bathrooms serviced because the toilets were not working...a real inconvenience. There are less huts on the beach and the hotel is now charging for them which I just find a bit greedy. The food continues to be mediocre and over priced. There are much better eating options on the island. Yes, I have lots of complaints this year, but what keeps us coming back is the family oriented establishment....it is definitely a kid friendly place and one of the best piece’s of beach on the island. It is a beautiful view to wake up to in the morning and a great place to spend your days.
by Jamie V
Hotel was very reasonably priced for location and amenities. The staff here were all great, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I didn’t find the breakfast options that great but lots of places nearby. The Palm Tower was having elevator replaced during out stay - that made waiting for an elevator inconvenient. The room was a bit dated but very clean. If you are IHG Gold or higher - there are a few benefits like free cabana rentals and discount on dining purchases. (Not all food establishments on sight are connected to hotel - so no food and bev discount at pizza place and can’t bill to room at all on site service providers. This is also more of a family hotel - we didn’t mind.