With contemporary interiors, a colonial shell, and a world-famous beach just a stone’s throw away, the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort looks good inside and out.
This bijou-sized hotel looks just like Aruba’s Dutch colonial buildings – expect bright-yellow walls, gable fronts, and white-frame picture windows. The interiors, however, have had a 21st-century makeover.
The hotel is just across the road from Eagle Beach, a powder-white stretch that’s been rated among the world’s best. A five-minute bus ride will take you to the heart of the colourful capital, Oranjestad.
With Continental and American breakfasts in the mornings, and international dishes come the evenings. Plus, there are live cooking stations and themed evenings including French, Mexican, Asian and barbecue.
These smart superior studios in the main building can sleep 2 people. Outside there's a terrace to aid your relaxation and you'll also have views of the sea too. Your room also comes with a Jacuzzi®for that little bit of added luxury. You'll also have a well-equipped kitchenette with a fridge - plus there's Wi-Fi so you can stay connected - and a TV. You'll also find a safety deposit box and facilities for making tea or coffee.
These 1-bedroom apartments can be found in the main building. Your room can sleep up to 4 people with a king-size bed and a sofa-bed suitable for 2 people. Outside you'll find a terrace where you can take in the fresh air and the sea view. Inside there's air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, a kitchenette with a fridge and you'll have facilities to make a coffee too. Plus you'll also find a TV and a safety deposit box.
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The hotel was great. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The beach was beautiful and breakfast was delicious. When we go back to Aruba, we will definitely consider staying at this property again.More
Several times in Aruba, but first time at the Amsterdam. Best beach on the Island! Excellent food at both Passions and Mango's. When we had a couple of issues (eg. WiFi) staff responded immediately. Ultra professional. We'll definitely return.More
Axel K, 155019
Paradise on earth
I selected this hotel because of the property size, room facilities and beach location. High risers are not my style. On arrival, the hotel was more beautiful than expected, gorgeously painted in bright colour. Photographs on websites can sometimes make things seem more appealing than they actually are in person. We were welcomed by friendly staff and treated to a much appreciated thirst quenching fruit punch. Unfortunately our room was not available, and so we enjoyed the first few nights of our stay in one of the deluxe suites. Our standard room on appearance could have been a deluxe suite. The kitchenette far surpassed our expectations. The resort itself is easy to get around, and the on-site mini market was convenient. A larger supermarket is within walking distance of the hotel. The beach was perfect, the weather was sunny every day and the sea was relaxing, although slightly cold on entering, due to the time of year. At times the designated beach area appeared slightly clustered, due to other visitors having access to the hotel sun loungers and beach shades. Although a small hotel I felt that the beach area should have been designated to hotel guests only to avoid relaxing in openly sunny areas of the beach. Eating out is costly, if not all inclusive, but still the better option due to the variety of eateries available along the tourist strip. Just be aware that in addition to service charges you are required to pay additional taxes on meals. So eating out every night could amount to a lot of money if you are prepared to pay. That didn't stop our nights out. Buses are easily accessible and available directly outside the hotel. The town area closest to the airport is less than a 10 minute ride away, offering a variety of shopping. Palm beach in the opposite direction is less than a 10 minute ride to the north of the island, where night life flourishes. The majority of tourists tend to hang out in this area where there are a multitude of restaurants awaiting your purses. Thank you to the hotel staff; Petula, Myra, Jennifer, Kathryn, Julio and Nilo, for making our stay so comfortable. I am already planning to take a trip back for my birthday in 2017!...sooner if I can.More
Great location, hit & miss staff, hit & miss roooms
We stayed at the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort for a week in January 2016. I nearly $400 per night, I was expecting more. However, we were there during high-season and this was actually considerably less expensive than comparable hotels in the high-rise district further north. The rates are considerably cheaper off-season and at those rates I would not have any concerns.
The location is at the northernmost section of the low-rise area. There is an excellent grocery story just a 10 minute walk away. (You can't get there directly because of a fence and road, so follow the sidewalks.) The high-rise section is just a 20 minute walk north along the beach. The hotel is directly across the street from Eagle beach which is a perfect white-sand beach. There are a handful of restaurants south of the hotel w/in walking distance (5 - 30 minutes).
What I like about the hotel beside the location was that it included a kitchenette. The bed was comfortable. You can rent snorkeling equipment. They have a decent restaurant. The palapas (palm leaf shelter on the beach) are included with the room and we never struggled to find one. There is a Manager Happy Hour which you should attend. It's a beautiful setting. The house-keeping was excellent. With all that sand, it has to be difficult to keep it clean, but the house-keeper(s) did an excellent job. They even washed the dishes.
What I didn't like about the hotel. The rooms, at least ours, was dark. The door to the room is glass and there was a tiny window near the bed. The 'jacuzzi' is for 1 person, not 2. Our 'patio' was on the end near the check-in. It was large enough for 2 people to sit but not recline. It also meant that nearly everyone entering or leaving would walk past our room. There are definitely nicer patio rooms. I had upgraded to a Superior Studio so at first I thought they had put us in the wrong room but I consulted the web-site and we did have a King-Bed so it was technically Superior.
The staff was really hit and miss. During check-in, I felt like I was putting the desk clerk out by asking her to check me in. There was no, "Welcome! We're glad you're here." or "What can I do for you?" Instead she just looked at me and waited until I said "I'd like to check in." and she sighed. On the other hand the next morning I went to the front-desk to ask about snorkel equipment and that desk clerk was friendly and helpful with suggestions on what to do and see. Throughout the week I interacted with three desk clerks. Two were friendly and helpful, but my interactions with the first clerk never seemed to improve.
We only ate at the hotel restaurant Mangos once. During the dinner they had entertainment. The servers were friendly. The food was fine. It seemed a little expensive for what we got, but most places in Aruba were expensive.
We also had mixed experience at the beach. When you are staying at the Amsterdam Manor, the chairs and palapas directly across from the hotel are for you to enjoy. The towel keeper was always friendly with a smile replacing our beach towels each morning. I saw him helping others get chairs and find palapos. He was great. There is also a bar at the beach. Be careful here. I went one day and they charged me $5 for a rum and coke. I tipped on top of that. The next day I went and he charged me $7 for the same drink. Perhaps I made a mistake because I had my money out versus if he thought it would be a room charge it might not be so much. I'm not sure but the price seem to vary based on who the bartender was, not on the drink.
We really were pleased with the location of the hotel. From walking by other rooms, I do think there is quite a bit of variety and perhaps I should have asked if they had another room available. If we go back to Aruba, I probably would not stay here again just because I would like to try a different area, but this may be perfect for some travelers.More
Very relaxing time
Our stay at the Amersterdam was very laid back. Coffee and newspaper on our deck with the breezes blowing and the sun out was a great way to start the day. Once we moved the to beautiful beach, a short walk from the hotel, it was hard to do anything else but swim in the aqua colored water and bask in the sun or move to the shade of the thatched umbrellas. We would definitely go back next year.More