Downtown location, across the street from Surfside Beach
Pleasant rooms feature flat-screen TVs and microwaves
pool with submerged lounge chairs in a lovely courtyard
Poolside restaurant open for lunch and dinner
offer separate living areas, kitchenettes, and additional bathrooms
Small business center in the lobby and free Wi-Fi throughout
breakfast with hot and cold dishes
Free self parking
directly on the beach
report noise from nearby bars
Talk of the Town Hotel & Beach Club is a three-pearl
hotel located across the street from Surfside Beach in
downtown Oranjestad, one of the island’s busiest entertainment hubs. The location
is perfect for guests who like to be in the center of the action, but it could be too crowded for others. The hotel’s 62 rooms and suites feature sleek decor and
balconies or terraces, and some have kitchenettes and separate living
areas. The outdoor pool and courtyard area is pretty, and a free daily buffet
breakfast is included in the room rate. Travelers seeking a hotel with a quieter
location, closer to some of the island’s main beaches might consider the
Brickell Bay Beach Club instead.
Long-running, mid-range hotel with easy access to the island’s main shopping and dining area
the 1940s, Talk of the Town is one of the oldest hotels in Aruba. The building does
have an older feel, but it’s not unpleasant, and instead adds character to
what might otherwise be a relatively run-of-the-mill hotel. The lobby is airy but plain, with a few cushioned seating areas and a rack of brochures under a steep wooden staircase. The Gazebo Restaurant is plain, with tiled flooring and white plastic chairs. Large glass windows overlook the nearby courtyard. The Moonlight Bar and Grill has an airy interior with a bar and a pool-facing terrace plus pops of orange and brown in the decor.
The atmosphere is quiet during the afternoon, with most
guests heading out to the beaches after breakfast. The One- and Two-Bedroom Suites with kitchenettes are ideal for families and groups, while the proximately to the airport also make this hotel a great fit for business travelers. Although couples could handily find more romantic hotels on the island, Talk of the Town appeals to travelers seeking central, affordable lodgings.
Central location in downtown Oranjestad, surrounded by dining and entertainment options
Talk of the Town is set on a lively street, surrounded by
restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s one
of the most buzzing areas on the island but also one of the most congested. The Royal Plaza Mall, the Archaeological Museum
of Aruba, and the Fort Zoutman Historical Museum can all be reached in about five minutes
on foot. The hotel is located across the street from the Tourism
Plaza, the main plaza of Aruba’s Linear Park. This long, manicured path runs
parallel to L.G. Smith Boulevard and features jogging and biking lanes as well as
scenic gardens. The plaza connects to the white, somewhat pebbly sands of
Surfside Beach. Queen Beatrix International Airport is less than a five-minute
Cheerful guest rooms with furnished terraces and mini-fridges, plus suites with kitchenettes
Guest rooms at Talk of the Town Hotel are attractive and
bright, with orange accent walls and coordinated bed runners
and geometric throw pillows. Warm-toned monochromatic prints of palapas and
palm fronds complement the dark wood furniture. All rooms include flat-screen
TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves, as well as desks or dining tables. Rooms
also feature balconies or terraces, most of which face toward the pool or small,
private courtyards. Some rooms also include sofa beds. Suites offer kitchenettes with cookware, as well as separate living and dining areas. Simple bathrooms feature above-the-counter sinks and walk-in showers
with toiletry dispensers. Two-Bedroom Suites also have two bathrooms.
Appealing pool with two hot tubs, free breakfast buffet, and easy access to Surfside Beach
The hotel’s asymmetric outdoor pool is set at the center of a large courtyard bordered by palm trees, and there are two square hot tubs. Some lounge
chairs are set on elevated platforms, while a few others are submerged in the
pool waters. The pool is bordered by more lounge chairs with comfy cushions and dining tables, but the area offers minimal shade aside from beach umbrellas.
Talk of the Town also provides lounge chairs across the street at
Surfside Beach. It’s not among Aruba’s most beautiful beaches, but it does
offer white sands and calm, shallow waters that are ideal for swimming. Planes
can often be spotted descending into the nearby airport.
A free buffet breakfast is served daily in Gazebo Restaurant and includes a standard spread of fruit, cereal, pastries, and a few hot items such as eggs. The open-air Moonlight Bar & Grill offers lunch, dinner, and drinks. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and free
self-parking is offered across the street from the main entrance. There’s also
a small business center in the lobby.
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