Pega Pega Apartments

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Kwartsstraat 10, Oranjestad, Aruba

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Great value apartment between airport and Oranjestad centre Jan 31, 2017
My wife and I stayed at Pega Pega Apartments for 8 nights during our visit to Aruba in May 2015.

We booked our stay through www.airbnb.co.uk and paid £280 (£35 per night) for the whole stay – this included the cleaning fee and airbnb's service charge.

This was the first time that we had used airbnb to book accommodation. Their site listed a number of private rentals in and around Oranjestad and close to the beach resorts of Eagle Beach and Palm Beach, and the prices were considerably cheaper than the hotel prices!

We opted for Pega Pega Apartments (actually just one apartment, owned by a Dutch lady called Willeke) based on the 9 positive reviews from her previous guests on airbnb.

We submitted our booking request through airbnb's site and received a confirmation from Willeke within 24 hours. Payment was then taken by airbnb and would be transferred to our host 24 hours after we had checked in at the property. This offered us some protection in case we arrived and found that the property wasn't as described. We needn't have worried – the apartment was even better than the online photos showed and every aspect of our stay went smoothly.

I had exchanged a few emails with Willeke prior to our trip and she had provided directions from the airport to the apartment. I also arranged to text her when we had landed in Aruba so that somebody could meet us at the apartment and give us the keys. It all went smoothly – our taxi driver found the apartment easily enough and, within 5 or 10 minutes of us arriving there, the cleaner turned up to hand us the keys.

Location

The apartment is located on Kwartsstraat in a residential area between the centre of Oranjestad and the international airport.

The taxi ride from the airport took around 5 minutes and cost $US 15 (a set fare as the island's taxis are unmetered). Our taxi driver didn't immediately know the address, but found it easily enough from the printed directions that we gave him (on Willeke's advice). Follow signs for Cadushi Apartments – the apartment is directly opposite their main entrance.

From the apartment, we were able to walk to Surfside Beach (where you will find Reflexions Beach Bar during the day and the highly rated Barefoot Restaurant in an evening) in around 5 minutes. There is also a row of more basic snack bars lining the promenade behind the beach.

The walk from the apartment to the centre of Oranjestad (and the main bus terminal) was a pleasant 20 minute stroll – along the flat, seafront road. A very easy and enjoyable walk! We passed the Renaissance Resort (with shopping mall, restaurants and casino) and Wilhelmina Park on our way into town.

The apartment is located close to Trinidad Stadium and the streets surrounding the stadium contain supermarkets and local cafes. All within 5 minutes' walk of the apartment.

Another attraction close to the apartment is the Cas di Cultura Theatre – less than 5 minutes' walk away.

There is a bus stop (where the buses between Oranjestad and San Nicolas stop) close to the stadium and other bus stops (where small minibuses stop) close to Cas di Cultura and Surfside Beach. Bus fares are $US 2 (3.5 Aruban Florins) per trip if you pre-purchase a card or $US 2.30 (4 Aruban Florins) per trip if you pay the driver.

Apartment

The apartment, which was located at the end of a row of low-rise properties, was effectively a studio with an en-suite shower room.

The spacious and airy main room contained the bed and the kitchenette. The air-conditioning system was very effective – and very necessary with an outdoor temperature of between 80 and 90F day and night!

The double bed was a little on the small side, but was comfortable and we slept well throughout our stay.

There was a flat screen TV which picked up dozens of channels including English-language news channels such as BBC News and CNN.

The free wi-fi was reliable and relatively fast – it was more than adequate for our needs.

There were plenty of (North American-style 2 pin) plug sockets throughout the room – more than enough sockets for us to charge batteries and devices overnight without having to unplug other appliances.

The built-in wardrobe was a little cramped, but it served our purposes – as usual, Emma used most of the hangers and I managed to fit several shirts onto a single hanger!

There were bedside cabinets on either side of the bed and a couple of cushioned wicker chairs and table at the foot of the bed.

The kitchenette included a fridge, oven hobs, a coffee machine, a kettle, a sink and several cupboards and drawers containing various cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.

The en-suite shower room was much warmer than the main room as the air-con didn't reach into there.

The shower was spacious and the water pressure was good. We never established which of the taps in the shower (or in the washbasin) were hot and cold, as they all dispensed lukewarm water – not quite as warm as I'd have liked for a shower, and not quite as cold as I'd have liked for brushing teeth! You don't need bottled water for teeth brushing here – the quality of Aruba's tap water (which is distilled in the island's desalination plant) is apparently the second best in the world (after Canada).

Although the apartment wasn't cleaned during our stay, we arrived to find a good stock of towels; 2 large towels each, 1 smaller hand towel each and 1 flannel each. A stash of toilet rolls and a few bottled toiletries were also provided.

There was a small private terrace in front of the apartment, with a table and chairs and an outdoor light. We never used it. We could comfortably have sat outside, but the view wasn't very exciting – just the quiet, dusty residential street of Kwartsstraat.

General

We never actually met our host, Willeke, but exchanged several emails and texts with her before and during our stay. On the day before we were due to check out, I sent Willeke an email to confirm whether we had to check out by a certain time or whether we could keep the apartment on until 3:00pm when we left for the airport. As the apartment was vacant for the next couple of days, she was happy for us to remain in the apartment until 3:00pm. She arranged for the cleaner to come and collect the keys at that time.

We were woken rather abruptly, at around 4:10am on the Monday morning, by the loud clattering sound of the bin lorry. I guess that's one of the downsides of staying in a residential area! Apart from that, the area was very quiet and we didn't experience much noise at all.

Summary:

We really enjoyed our stay at Pega Pega Apartments and found it to be excellent value for money. The location was ideal – just a 5 minute walk from Surfside Beach and a 20 minute walk to the centre of Oranjestad – with supermarkets and restaurants within easy walking distance. The room was clean, comfortable and well air-conditioned. The fridge was very useful and there were oven hobs if we had chosen to self cater. We would happily recommend this apartment to anybody who is looking for a budget place to stay and is happy to forego the amenities of a hotel/resort.
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