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Aruba Ocean Club remodel a mess?

Discussion in 'Marriott Vacation Club' started by mindy35, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. mindy35

    mindy35 Tug Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

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    I just received a confirmation for an II trade. My first reaction was that this is a great trade for my Westin Maui unit.

    Now I’m looking at reviews (even by formally happy owners) that are saying that the renovations are creating untenable conditions for an enjoyable vacation week. Jackhammering all day, being forced to climb over construction debris and other unsafe conditions. They are going floor by floor. People are shocked that Marriott is even trying to run the resort in the middle of this mess and they have been forced to check out midweek?

    Has anyone had a recent experience there? Or heard when the renovations are going to be completed?

    Should I crash out of this exchange?
     
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    Depends when you are going. They are stopping construction end of Nov and beginning again in summer of 2020.
     
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    Do you think I will be ok going in May 2020? This will be our first visit to Aruba and this seems to be the best timeshare trade for us. Thank you!!
     
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    The construction will restart in July 2020, so it's more than safe.
     
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    I think the only thing you may have to worry about is the really hot weather and using good sunscreen :wave:




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  6. mindy35

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    We did, in fact, refuse this exchange primarily because we were worried about the 24 window to do so. I know someone mentioned above that the renovations will be suspended after 11/30 but I could not find any other evidence online that that was the case (and I am traveling with no cell phone access to call Marriott directly).

    The current TripAdvisor reviews are pretty ominous and quite specific as to the issues, even from people who have visited this resort multiple times in the past and loved it. The few positive recent reviews I saw might actually have been for the other nearby Marriott properties. As soon as I saw mention of raw sewage and power/water outages I figured, “I’m out”.

    I think we will wait for the whole project to be completed and we can enjoy the results of a fresh, new and updated resort.
     
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    mdurette Sighting Expert & TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    Wow - just read some of the recent reviews on TA. Not good. Just last week I saw two 1 BR units open up for Thanksgiving week and I spent a considerable amount of time trying to find 5 flights.....glad I didn't!
     
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    I've heard horror stories about the project so far. Not a good look. We own at the Surf Club but are going somewhere else next year because even that property has been impacted by the noise a little.
     
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    I just sent a co worker to the Surf Club in October. She loved it! Mentioned I heard about construction next door and she said she was aware but it didn’t effect them.
     
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    So we are at the Ocean Club now. I was a little upset at our room assignment when checking in. It was on first floor at the end of the building facing ocean and resort. We wanted to be up higher. Not a lot of privacy on balcony but steps from beach and pool. I initially protested and they said they could move us on Saturday (today).

    After seeing the construction on the upper floors I called back and told them we would stay on current first floor room. I would be pissed if I were on floor with construction.


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    If you ever are able to post a few pics of the renos it would be appreciated... :)
     
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    When is the Ocean Club renovation starting again in 2020 and when will it be fully completed?
     
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