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
| 4475 Reviews

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Excellent

51% Complete

2300

Very good

25% Complete

1161

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14% Complete

644

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221

Very poor

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    SummerSandy Plymouth, Michigan. 03/24/2019

    “Just returned from our first trip to Aruba”

    As a frequent all-inclusive traveler for 20 years, I found the Barcelo Aruba good, but no WOW factor. The rooms were adequate, clean. Food was good to great, Kyoto Restaurant dinner very good along with our chef "Oh Boy", the Italian restaurant very good also. The buffet was good, creative breakfast ideas, carving station at night was good. But after that it was a bit lacking, nothing special, like offering mimosa for breakfast, or a nice coffee bar at any time, or a way to just get a snack. If you wanted something quick and easy to eat you had to go to one of the two buffets and sit down at a table. When it was supposed to be a specialty "Mediterranean" theme night buffet, you could tell no difference in food, decorations, employees, no extra effort. They did have music in the lobby bar every night, which was great, but be aware if you go to one of the shows in the ballroom it is very loud. The pool is nice with a swim up bar, but don't expect them to come and ask you if you need a drink while at the pool. Drinks were fine, but nothing noted as "drink of the day", nothing special If you are expecting "crazy games" at the pool, they had throw a ball thru a hula-hoop, or bean bag toss. They always had clean pool towels and yes reserving pool chair is a problem. I would say this hotel is geared to couples in the 45 and over range. We are not disappointed that we stayed here, it is a great location, just lacking a bit of WOW and effort compared to other all-inclusive.
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    angiehockey Western Wisconsin. 03/24/2019

    “beautiful!”

    Barcelo is a wonderful resort. All employees are friendly, fun and helpful . Especially loved the staff in the First Club! Bartenders Nataly and Tony are great!! The property is clean and well maintained. Barcelo is located near shops, restaurants, and night clubs. Definitely want to go back.
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    Nicole6982 Revere, Massachusetts. 03/24/2019 Friends getaway

    “What a joke!”

    First let's say I've been to Aruba 4 times. Riu is by far the best all inclusive. This place is a joke. We got ocean view but guess what it's not ocean view it's parking lot view. 6 restaurants that book faster than you can say boo and IF you get a reservation it's at 9pm. So we upgraded to ocean front and I have a hundred palm trees in front on the second floor. The door doesn't close properly there is lack of space for putting close away, no mini bar to speak of and oh yea good luck getting a palapa on the beach. Apparently if you want a decent stay go royal cause that's the only way top get a decent experience here. The buffet is... Let's just say another negative and trust me I'm not a crazy picky up tight person but this is just sad for $2200pp (flight 2). Were on day two I'll let you know how day 5 turns out. So far seriously not impressed at all barcelo.
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    melissasX9514LI 03/23/2019 Couples

    “Truly Paradise”

    The hotel was an excellent experience. Right in the middle of all shops and nightlife. The all inclusive package was well worth it and still reasonable. Each of the four restaurants included were excellent but the arubian seafood one was our ultimate favorite and the staff very friendly. The outside sunset views when eating dinner were spectacular. The entertainment was good too and the music in the lobby before shows was a perfect touch! Be sure to visit! I will return!
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    johnjarmstrong Narragansett, Rhode Island. 03/23/2019 Couples

    “A Happy Place on the Happy Island”

    Very attentive and responsive staff. Nice rooms, maintained very well. Plan to get up very early if you want to score shade on the beach (5am...no kidding!). Daily ritual competing for a spot! Food is good at the buffet, but all the restaurants are a bit better. The best restaurant we experienced was Mexico Lindo. Our waiter was Karim, and couldn’t have been better. The food and experience was so head and shoulders above, that we went a second night and were again impressed! You won’t be disappointed with the Barcelo!

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    • march 24 2019
    • Plymouth, Michigan

    SummerSandy

    “Just returned from our first trip to Aruba”


    As a frequent all-inclusive traveler for 20 years, I found the Barcelo Aruba good, but no WOW factor. The rooms were adequate, clean. Food was good to great, Kyoto Restaurant dinner very good along with our chef "Oh Boy", the Italian restaurant very good also. The buffet was good, creative breakfast ideas, carving station at night was good. But after that it was a bit lacking, nothing special, like offering mimosa for breakfast, or a nice coffee bar at any time, or a way to just get a snack. If you wanted something quick and easy to eat you had to go to one of the two buffets and sit down at a table. When it was supposed to be a specialty "Mediterranean" theme night buffet, you could tell no difference in food, decorations, employees, no extra effort. They did have music in the lobby bar every night, which was great, but be aware if you go to one of the shows in the ballroom it is very loud. The pool is nice with a swim up bar, but don't expect them to come and ask you if you need a drink while at the pool. Drinks were fine, but nothing noted as "drink of the day", nothing special If you are expecting "crazy games" at the pool, they had throw a ball thru a hula-hoop, or bean bag toss. They always had clean pool towels and yes reserving pool chair is a problem. I would say this hotel is geared to couples in the 45 and over range. We are not disappointed that we stayed here, it is a great location, just lacking a bit of WOW and effort compared to other all-inclusive.


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    • march 24 2019
    • Western Wisconsin

    angiehockey

    “beautiful!”


    Barcelo is a wonderful resort. All employees are friendly, fun and helpful . Especially loved the staff in the First Club! Bartenders Nataly and Tony are great!! The property is clean and well maintained. Barcelo is located near shops, restaurants, and night clubs. Definitely want to go back.


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    • march 24 2019
    • Revere, Massachusetts
    • Friends getaway

    Nicole6982

    “What a joke!”


    First let's say I've been to Aruba 4 times. Riu is by far the best all inclusive. This place is a joke. We got ocean view but guess what it's not ocean view it's parking lot view. 6 restaurants that book faster than you can say boo and IF you get a reservation it's at 9pm. So we upgraded to ocean front and I have a hundred palm trees in front on the second floor. The door doesn't close properly there is lack of space for putting close away, no mini bar to speak of and oh yea good luck getting a palapa on the beach. Apparently if you want a decent stay go royal cause that's the only way top get a decent experience here. The buffet is... Let's just say another negative and trust me I'm not a crazy picky up tight person but this is just sad for $2200pp (flight 2). Were on day two I'll let you know how day 5 turns out. So far seriously not impressed at all barcelo.


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    • march 23 2019
    • Couples

    melissasX9514LI

    “Truly Paradise”


    The hotel was an excellent experience. Right in the middle of all shops and nightlife. The all inclusive package was well worth it and still reasonable. Each of the four restaurants included were excellent but the arubian seafood one was our ultimate favorite and the staff very friendly. The outside sunset views when eating dinner were spectacular. The entertainment was good too and the music in the lobby before shows was a perfect touch! Be sure to visit! I will return!


    EVALUATION

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    • march 23 2019
    • Narragansett, Rhode Island
    • Couples

    johnjarmstrong

    “A Happy Place on the Happy Island”


    Very attentive and responsive staff. Nice rooms, maintained very well. Plan to get up very early if you want to score shade on the beach (5am...no kidding!). Daily ritual competing for a spot! Food is good at the buffet, but all the restaurants are a bit better. The best restaurant we experienced was Mexico Lindo. Our waiter was Karim, and couldn’t have been better. The food and experience was so head and shoulders above, that we went a second night and were again impressed! You won’t be disappointed with the Barcelo!


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