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“Just right for our needs” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Seabreeze Apartments

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Seabreeze Apartments
Michigan USA
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113 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Just right for our needs”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2010

Sea-breeze apartments is not for people who want nightlife at their doorstep, or luxury hotels with large pools. Having said that, it suited us to a T. We had a small family reunion, and Sea-breeze apartments allowed us to feel at home. We all had our own apartment/studio, each with a kitchenette. We gathered at one place for breakfast (there is a small grocery store just half a block away where we could get the basic necessities and some extras), had lunch together and we were only 5 minutes walking from a great swimming and snorkeling area. A slightly longer walk to the right brought us to Marina Pirata, a very nice restaurant, and to the left to Mangel Halto, a sandy beach with umbrellas and a lagoon, much in demand by snorkeling enthusiasts and diving schools.
The rooms were certainly adequate - well equipped with ironing board and iron, safe, hair-dryer and LOTS of books! We had a very nice barbeque meal with friends in the large common outdoor seating area, the owner, Philip, was more than helpful. A car is certainly useful, we reserved one prior to our arrival. The place was quiet, air-conditioned, simple but comfortable. The pool was not very deep, not a place to swim, but great to relax in after a few hours in the sea. Nice to sit on our private patio and look at the birds and plants, or gather at the seating area for drinks. Yes, there is the "one temperature suits all" shower and water, which was on the cool side, but I heard no screams from anyone when they hit the shower! One word of caution: if you go, do bring a beach towel with you. I am sure we could have gotten more towels, but we had our own for the beach and that was handy. Would we go back? Definitely!! The stress just melted off.......

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stuggi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2009

Everything is close in Aruba, just so you dont think far means very far from town. The Island is only 30 km and around 15 km wide, in other words, what we thought would take us several days to explore the Island, took us indeed only 2 days with car.

If you want to stay at Seabreeze you WILL need a car, rental or from anybody else. We rented from Amigo Car, the recommended one by Seabreeze. Staff was friendly and they, well the owner, picks you up from the airport that is only 5 km away from the apartments. In case you want to rent a car, you could already ask around outside the airport, there you have AVIS, BUDGET, Amigo Car etc etc. Also have a look at the info desk for flyers with offers, you will find good offers there already.

For us getting to Orangestad, Eagle Beach and the California lighthouse up north was no problem. Very easy and calm driving. 80kmh is the maximum allowed speed on the island, otherwise you travel around 50-60kmh the whole time.

Now back to the aparthotel, as you can see in the other review, warm water is missing. This isnt really a must, as it was very hot outside, in November. What we didnt like though is that only a courtain is set up as door for the toilet, a bit annoying. Otherwise you have AC and WiFi in the rooms, very practical. Make sure to clean to kitchen stuff once more when you come as we found it a bit dirty when arriving, but this is done in a few minutes, so it was no problem for us.

The most annoying thing was the cat outside. Dont feed him in case you dont want him outside your door at 5 am in the morning making noise. We were sorry for him so we did that, and well, was hard to get rid of him. He looks a bit weird and sick I must say.

So well, was just some thoughts, all in all, was a pleasant stay. Its a romantic and beautiful Island with marvelous water and beaches. With a car you will get everywhere on the island within minutes. We travel around the world so this was the economical option, do it yourself place we choose d due to our long time away from home.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank samito77
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2008

If your purpose of going to Auruba is luxury and beaches, the Sea-Breeze Apartments is probably not your best option. But if it is to get away from it all on a budget, this is the spot. The Sea-Breeze is located in the quietest affordable area on the populated side of the island (in the opposite direction from the airport from where most tourists stay, but well before industrialized San Nicolas and it's population spread). In addition, there is an enclosed tropical garden behind the walls that surround the apartment for even more peace and quiet. The garden is meticulously created and very beautiful.

There are a few caveats such as no hot water (while the normal temperature of the water is warm, it is slightly cooler than most people from the US prefer to shower in), the bathroom sink has a spring loaded faucet making it harder for shaving, and the bathroom door is a curtain instead of a hard door. But there are also nice touches such as the homey decorations, in-room safe, air conditioning, full size kitchen with everything I needed, a DVD player and stereo, friendly staff, etc.

The map on their website is slightly wrong at the time of this writing. The apartments are actually 1/2 block past the Chinese restaurant and mini-market toward the sea. You need to do a slight zig-zag to get there.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank calearn
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Property: Seabreeze Apartments
Address: Malohistraat 5, Pos Chiquito, Aruba
Region: Caribbean > Aruba > Pos Chiquito
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Pos Chiquito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Seabreeze Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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