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Hotel Occidental Grand Aruba Resort Beach
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J.E.Irausquin Blvd. 83   Noord 27000 Palm Beach ,   Aruba  


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7 mi Queen Beatrix International Airport

3 mi Golf course

12 km Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

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Barceló Aruba

4.0/5 Round Indicators
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    erinanncon40 New York City, New York. 01/18/2020 Couples

    “Barcelo - Meh”

    The hotel stay was decent, but we were looking for spectacular. This all inclusive fell short in the following areas - 1. Options of locations to relax when not at the pool or beach. 2. The rooms were outdated 3. We did not get what we reserved 4. The food was typical buffet food, I wish I could say it was better than any other but it was just like the rest. Very salty, dry or waxy. Not worth paying the extra for all inclusive. We wound up eating out in town which ultimately increased the amount budgeted for the trip 5. The drinks were weak & even when we specifically asked for Captain Morgan (which they claimed to have) we were brought watered down somethinorother.
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    T4219WWcristinal 01/18/2020

    “Barcelo Aruba, Our second home!”

    We have been staying here for 7 years in a row, we are timeshare holders and we defenitly love this place. The staff is the best, specially Ivete,Belinda and Marolyn in the members area, they are always making sure we have the best vacation week, they make everyhting possible. We love to eat at the buffet, they have so many choices, and also the Italian which is one of our favorite restaurants. The beach is the best on the island with the most clean and beautiful white sand. Everytime we leave, we have just start counting down the days to come back! see you in 2021!!

    Mariangelica C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
     Dear T4219WWcristinal, Firstly we would like to thank you for choosing our Barceló Aruba hotel once again for your holidays and for sharing this wonderful feedback of your recent stay among us, it is indeed very rewarding to read that we keep on meeting all your holiday needs and wishes year after year. We appreciate your wonderful comments on service which of course have been shared with the entire team. It is always a great source of motivation for our staff to hear that our guests appreciated their services and attention to detail. We are also grateful for your comments on the quality and variety of our buffets because our talented team of Chefs strive to ensure a wide variety of both local and international delicacies for each service to please all palates, it is indeed very rewarding to read that we were able to conquer yours. Again we thank you for this wonderful review, it has been a pleasure for us to read and we look forward to serving you again soon. Kind regards, Barceló Aruba Team

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    kgkelly57 Massachusetts. 01/18/2020

    “Barcelo Aruba - last week!”

    Just returned from Barcelo in Aruba. Due to some reviews, I kept my expectations low and my hopes high. Well, we were happily surprised with the service, food and property. We got a family/friends discount through one of our pals and held the Prestige level at the resort. This allowed us to have a room on a Royal floor (better rooms) and access to the Royal lounge (top shelf liquor & private internet area). We got a fabulous ROOM - junior suite on the 9th floor. While it did not overlook the pool, it did have an awesome view of the ocean & great sunsets. Yes, a parking lot was part of the view, but it didn't ruin it for us. Can't change the fact there is a parking lot there. When I looked down from our balcony (which was wonderfully spacious), we saw the garden views that some people complained about - but what are you going to do? Barcelo does their very best to camouflage the lot with a grassy area and tall plants & bushes adjacent to the patio. Rooms on the bottom floors have extra large patios in exchange for the not-so-fab views. So my advice is pay more for the Royal floors (better views) if that's what you want! Next topic FOOD. Again - some reviews said the food what not good and/or no variety. Are you kidding me? No variety? I don't understand that. We had good meals at the the buffet every day. Yes, they served mostly the same food items daily, however, most was very good. My choices were a made-to-order omelet or eggs everyday and lunch was a made-to-order chicken breast put over salad from the salad bar with a cup of soup. You can always get a made-to-order hot dog and burger at lunch or make a sandwich, as there were plenty of cold cuts & bread, as well as, tons of other hot choices. We had no problem finding things to eat that we enjoyed. Advice - some food items aren't steam pan-worthy, so use your head and don't choose those ones! Or don't go to an all inclusive resort if you don't like the concept of eating in the same place(s) day after day. RESTAURANTS - we ate at all 4 and they were all great! In order of fav: 1) Italian 2) Japanese 3) Mexican 4) Seafood. No complaints on any of them. All had delicious food and great service. POOL & BEACH: both are very nice. Downside, pool music is a bit much, as is beach music/activities. We chose the furthest seats from the music source, so we figured that out fine. I think it might be quiet in the morning, but we sleep in, so we didn't get to experience that. Also note, we never had a problem finding chairs because after 12 pm there was always a place to lounge. The boardwalk that connects the resorts is awesome! Safe and easy to walk both ways from Barcelo. Great pier bars to go to. STAFF - shout out to Ivette, Marolyn & Tony in the Royal office/lounge plus Sandy our housekeeper. They were all wonderful from beginning to end! Thank you so much for a wonderful week!!! If we come back to Aruba, we will stay here again!

    Mariangelica C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
     Dear kgkelly57, Firstly we would like to thank you for choosing our Barceló Aruba hotel for your holidays and for the review you shared on TripAdvisor, all of your kind words about your stay with us are great to hear. We are thrilled to read that you felt welcome and supported from the moment you arrived until the moment you departed and will not fail to share your compliments with the entire team as we know it will be a great source of motivation to keep on going the extra mile. We appreciate the wonderful description of the room we accommodated you in during your stay, it is our goal to provide our guests with spotless, attractive and spacious rooms and we are really happy to know you liked yours so much. Last but not least, it fills us with pride that you could enjoy the gastronomical efforts of our chefs as we strive to satisfy the many culinary wishes of our guests offering the most delicious international and local dishes. Once more we thank you for sharing your experience with us and look forward to serving you again soon. Kind regards, Barceló Aruba Team

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    dnice1012 01/17/2020 Family

    “Can’t wait to go back to barcelo!”

    We look forward to our annual trip to Barcelo because of so many reasons! First nothing beats aruba beaches and weather, second because of how awesome Barcelo is! We love the variety of restaurants, the great staff and bartenders, and staff members like Jessica, Njurely and Demmis! Each staff member makes you feel like family and are happy to help with any question or concern you may have! We can already feel that beautiful Aruba breeze calling us! See you soon Barcelo!

    Mariangelica C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
     Dear dnice1012. Thank you very much for leaving these wonderful comments on TripAdvisor, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay among us. We are grateful for your compliments towards our staff, whose kindness and helpfulness is one of our hotel's greatest strengths and we promise to congratulate them all on your behalf for their contribution to your well-being whilst in our hotel. Again, we thank you for this very kind review of our hotel and we look forward to serving you again soon. Kind regards, Barceló Aruba Team

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    Malisa C New York City, New York. 01/17/2020 Family

    “Unbeatable Barcelo!”

    We love coming to Barcelo and would never go anywhere else in Aruba! Jessica makes our stay so much more pleasurable and we love seeing Lorena as well. Such great personalities within a beautiful hotel, clean rooms, amazing food and drinks!

    Mariangelica C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
     Dear Malisa C, Firstly we would like to thank you for the lovely review you shared following your recent visit to our Barceló Aruba hotel and are delighted to read that we were able to match your holiday expectations. We appreciate your lovely comments regarding the service you received from our team members, we will make sure to share your kind words as we know it will mean a great deal to them. Last but not least, it fills us with pride that you could enjoy the gastronomical efforts of our chefs as we strive to satisfy the many culinary wishes of our guests offering the most delicious international and local dishes. Once more we thank you for sharing your experience with us and look forward to serving you again soon. Kind regards, Barceló Aruba Team

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    • january 18 2020
    • New York City, New York
    • Couples

    erinanncon40

    “Barcelo - Meh”


    The hotel stay was decent, but we were looking for spectacular. This all inclusive fell short in the following areas - 1. Options of locations to relax when not at the pool or beach. 2. The rooms were outdated 3. We did not get what we reserved 4. The food was typical buffet food, I wish I could say it was better than any other but it was just like the rest. Very salty, dry or waxy. Not worth paying the extra for all inclusive. We wound up eating out in town which ultimately increased the amount budgeted for the trip 5. The drinks were weak & even when we specifically asked for Captain Morgan (which they claimed to have) we were brought watered down somethinorother.


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    • january 18 2020

    T4219WWcristinal

    “Barcelo Aruba, Our second home!”


    We have been staying here for 7 years in a row, we are timeshare holders and we defenitly love this place. The staff is the best, specially Ivete,Belinda and Marolyn in the members area, they are always making sure we have the best vacation week, they make everyhting possible. We love to eat at the buffet, they have so many choices, and also the Italian which is one of our favorite restaurants. The beach is the best on the island with the most clean and beautiful white sand. Everytime we leave, we have just start counting down the days to come back! see you in 2021!!


    Mariangelica C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
    Dear T4219WWcristinal, Firstly we would like to thank you for choosing our Barceló Aruba hotel once again for your holidays and for sharing this wonderful feedback of your recent stay among us, it is indeed very rewarding to read that we keep on meeting all your holiday needs and wishes year after year. We appreciate your wonderful comments on service which of course have been shared with the entire team. It is always a great source of motivation for our staff to hear that our guests appreciated their services and attention to detail. We are also grateful for your comments on the quality and variety of our buffets because our talented team of Chefs strive to ensure a wide variety of both local and international delicacies for each service to please all palates, it is indeed very rewarding to read that we were able to conquer yours. Again we thank you for this wonderful review, it has been a pleasure for us to read and we look forward to serving you again soon. Kind regards, Barceló Aruba Team

    EVALUATION

    Round Indicators

    • january 18 2020
    • Massachusetts

    kgkelly57

    “Barcelo Aruba - last week!”


    Just returned from Barcelo in Aruba. Due to some reviews, I kept my expectations low and my hopes high. Well, we were happily surprised with the service, food and property. We got a family/friends discount through one of our pals and held the Prestige level at the resort. This allowed us to have a room on a Royal floor (better rooms) and access to the Royal lounge (top shelf liquor & private internet area). We got a fabulous ROOM - junior suite on the 9th floor. While it did not overlook the pool, it did have an awesome view of the ocean & great sunsets. Yes, a parking lot was part of the view, but it didn't ruin it for us. Can't change the fact there is a parking lot there. When I looked down from our balcony (which was wonderfully spacious), we saw the garden views that some people complained about - but what are you going to do? Barcelo does their very best to camouflage the lot with a grassy area and tall plants & bushes adjacent to the patio. Rooms on the bottom floors have extra large patios in exchange for the not-so-fab views. So my advice is pay more for the Royal floors (better views) if that's what you want! Next topic FOOD. Again - some reviews said the food what not good and/or no variety. Are you kidding me? No variety? I don't understand that. We had good meals at the the buffet every day. Yes, they served mostly the same food items daily, however, most was very good. My choices were a made-to-order omelet or eggs everyday and lunch was a made-to-order chicken breast put over salad from the salad bar with a cup of soup. You can always get a made-to-order hot dog and burger at lunch or make a sandwich, as there were plenty of cold cuts & bread, as well as, tons of other hot choices. We had no problem finding things to eat that we enjoyed. Advice - some food items aren't steam pan-worthy, so use your head and don't choose those ones! Or don't go to an all inclusive resort if you don't like the concept of eating in the same place(s) day after day. RESTAURANTS - we ate at all 4 and they were all great! In order of fav: 1) Italian 2) Japanese 3) Mexican 4) Seafood. No complaints on any of them. All had delicious food and great service. POOL & BEACH: both are very nice. Downside, pool music is a bit much, as is beach music/activities. We chose the furthest seats from the music source, so we figured that out fine. I think it might be quiet in the morning, but we sleep in, so we didn't get to experience that. Also note, we never had a problem finding chairs because after 12 pm there was always a place to lounge. The boardwalk that connects the resorts is awesome! Safe and easy to walk both ways from Barcelo. Great pier bars to go to. STAFF - shout out to Ivette, Marolyn & Tony in the Royal office/lounge plus Sandy our housekeeper. They were all wonderful from beginning to end! Thank you so much for a wonderful week!!! If we come back to Aruba, we will stay here again!


    Mariangelica C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
    Dear kgkelly57, Firstly we would like to thank you for choosing our Barceló Aruba hotel for your holidays and for the review you shared on TripAdvisor, all of your kind words about your stay with us are great to hear. We are thrilled to read that you felt welcome and supported from the moment you arrived until the moment you departed and will not fail to share your compliments with the entire team as we know it will be a great source of motivation to keep on going the extra mile. We appreciate the wonderful description of the room we accommodated you in during your stay, it is our goal to provide our guests with spotless, attractive and spacious rooms and we are really happy to know you liked yours so much. Last but not least, it fills us with pride that you could enjoy the gastronomical efforts of our chefs as we strive to satisfy the many culinary wishes of our guests offering the most delicious international and local dishes. Once more we thank you for sharing your experience with us and look forward to serving you again soon. Kind regards, Barceló Aruba Team

    EVALUATION

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    • january 17 2020
    • Family

    dnice1012

    “Can’t wait to go back to barcelo!”


    We look forward to our annual trip to Barcelo because of so many reasons! First nothing beats aruba beaches and weather, second because of how awesome Barcelo is! We love the variety of restaurants, the great staff and bartenders, and staff members like Jessica, Njurely and Demmis! Each staff member makes you feel like family and are happy to help with any question or concern you may have! We can already feel that beautiful Aruba breeze calling us! See you soon Barcelo!


    Mariangelica C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
    Dear dnice1012. Thank you very much for leaving these wonderful comments on TripAdvisor, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay among us. We are grateful for your compliments towards our staff, whose kindness and helpfulness is one of our hotel's greatest strengths and we promise to congratulate them all on your behalf for their contribution to your well-being whilst in our hotel. Again, we thank you for this very kind review of our hotel and we look forward to serving you again soon. Kind regards, Barceló Aruba Team

    EVALUATION

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    • january 17 2020
    • New York City, New York
    • Family

    Malisa C

    “Unbeatable Barcelo!”


    We love coming to Barcelo and would never go anywhere else in Aruba! Jessica makes our stay so much more pleasurable and we love seeing Lorena as well. Such great personalities within a beautiful hotel, clean rooms, amazing food and drinks!


    Mariangelica C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
    Dear Malisa C, Firstly we would like to thank you for the lovely review you shared following your recent visit to our Barceló Aruba hotel and are delighted to read that we were able to match your holiday expectations. We appreciate your lovely comments regarding the service you received from our team members, we will make sure to share your kind words as we know it will mean a great deal to them. Last but not least, it fills us with pride that you could enjoy the gastronomical efforts of our chefs as we strive to satisfy the many culinary wishes of our guests offering the most delicious international and local dishes. Once more we thank you for sharing your experience with us and look forward to serving you again soon. Kind regards, Barceló Aruba Team

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