I enjoyed my stay at the Coconut Inn on March 19-22 2007. All staff members were friendly with typical genuine Aruba smiles. (Aruba's people, in my opinion, are the most genuine good-natured people in all the Caribbean). Rooms were clean and well maintained, and the included breakfast was a perfect beginning of the day with a nice assortment. The pool was also well-maintained; internet use, phones in rooms with self-programmable wake-up rings. Other posters here complained about the lack of hot water and the cats. Saw two healthy kittens who enjoyed attention (the other poster must not like animals!), and on hot water... it was warm, as it is heated by sun during the daytime; but that's all I needed. The Coconut Inn is a bit hard to find (had to ask at the nearby Noord Police Station) but found it fast after that. True, it's not all that near the beach strip (a 25-minute walk), but with excellent car rental rates in Aruba (National Car Rental has $30./day at the airport), most people rent cars while visiting Aruba, so the Coconut Inn's secure semi-remoteness doesn't matter. It IS though, walking distance to grocery stores and other services. Thier website, and the map here doesn't pinpoint where it is so here's how to find it: At the center of village of Noord (on every map), head west from the police station on the 4 corners there, then take a sharp right right after ArubaBank, then 400' later veer to the right but not a sharp right (two road choices), go past the sports field, and about 500' later, its there on the right. - For $75-$80 including service and tax in high season, it is a good value. Quiet, friendly, clean; great value. This is the REAL Aruba.... not the huge concrete things on the strip. - I don't know WHO would spend 6 times that much for a noisy spot on the beach, but each to his/her own. - My name is Robert Bittner (Northeastern Massachusetts), now completed 15 trips to Aruba over the past 30 years. I will return to the Coconut Inn next time!
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