Hotel Occidental Grand Aruba Resort Beach

Barceló Aruba

Texto: 43870 All Inclusive, beachfront resort in Palm Beach that features many different restaurants and sports activities. J.E.Irausquin Blvd. 83 | Palm Beach | Aruba | Noord 27000
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Barceló Aruba Texto: 43870 4 out of 5 based on 2487 ratings. 2487 user reviews.
Barceló Aruba reviewed by sbj224 on . beach the Beach was amazing the hotel itself clean and inviting, The service was terrible when you have to wait a minimum of 15 minutes to get a drink at the swim up bar, its uncalled for, plus I really... Rating: 3
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Barceló Aruba

J.E.Irausquin Blvd. 83   Palm Beach   Aruba   Noord 27000  


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7 mi Queen Beatrix International Airport

3 mi Golf course

12 km Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

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    Jennifer C 01/15/2018 Couples

    “Had the best time at the Barcelo! Five Stars!!!”

    We stayed at the Barcelo from Jan. 6-Jan. 13, 2018. We absolutely loved it. Here's a quick summary... Hotel Staff: To start off, when we got there and had booked a Deluxe Ocean View Room, unfortunately we were given a room with a very limited view of the ocean, most of our view was the side parking lot! However, as soon as I went down to reception to complain, we were helped by JENNY DYRON which i believe was the manager. Right away, she told us that she will take care of it. We were moved on the Monday (arrived Sat. late afternoon), to a Club Level Suite, even with a bottle of wine! It was amazing, top floor and perfect view of the beach and open ocean!!! JENNY had followed through and definitely set the tone for our week long vacation in Aruba. Big thanks to her, and if anyone heads to the Barcelo and needs anything, ask for Jenny! ** Big hugs and kisses to you Jenny, while you are probably reading this! :) All the staff we encountered were great, friendly and genuine. They were always smiling and accommodating us wherever we were. Hotel Grounds/Room: - both rooms we were given were clean and well kept - Suite 2910 was our ocean view club room - it was VERY spacious, clean, and had the larger balcony which was great - The pool was great, perfect size and was pretty warm for the most part. - It was windier around the pool so we stayed mostly at the beach, but the pool was clean, and well kept - They had daily games and activities as well by the pool and played good music for just relaxing and having a drink poolside - The only thing about the pool we didn't like were that some of the lounge chairs were older and were not very comfortable... so the newer ones were always taken first! Beach: - The strip of beach in front of our hotel was the best part of the entire stretch of beach. We were told by many seasoned Aruba travelers that this was also true! - No pebble and just smooth white sand from the hotel all the way to the water! - There were quite a few beach huts and lounges, however, if it is busy at the hotel, then you will have to wake up early to reserve your favourite spot! Wasn't much of a problem for us as we usually got a good spot by 8am - This was a public beach, but you don't get solicitors like you do in many other vacation spots with public beaches, so it's very peaceful and you can enjoy your time without interruption - The ocean was very warm while we were there (the forecast was about 32 celcius, feeling like 40 celcius) - Water was blue and crystal clear, not a lot of seaweed or marine life around the shore, other than the occasional school of fish that you see, so water shoes were not really needed to walk in the water - The wind was also much less on our piece of beach, i'm not sure why, but it seemed much windier near the RIU Outside the hotel: - This was our favourite spot to walk around and experience all the different restaurants and lounges in the evening. The atmosphere is very lively, and music was always playing and people lounging on the restaurant patios, eating or having drinks. - Even though we had all inclusive, we decided to try several restaurants outside and they were ALL amazing! - Two of our faves was the Argentine Grille and Aqua Grille ... food was phenomenal! Service was also amazing - We did one dinner on the beach at Barefoot restaurant in the town, and it was amazing. Food was great and service amazing. However, my only complaint is that it's too close to the airport and also the water front was a bit busy with docked boats. We did hear though that Passions was great, we unfortunately couldn't get a reservation there on the day we wanted, so we opted for Barefoot. Either way, we had a nice romantic dinner on the beach, feet in the sand, which was a great experience! - If you are interested in any night club vibes, then the Gusto and The Mill were two places we visited and thoroughly enjoyed our time there! Met great friends and the music was perfect for a night out dancing! Just a note on dining out.... it isn't extremely expensive, but it's about the same as a night out dining experience at home (Toronto). Comparative to a nice meal at the Keg or even maybe (depending on the restaurant), Ruth's Chris and similar steakhouses. We spent on avg. about $150-$170 CDN on dinner off the resort. This also depended on how many glasses of wine we ordered lol. Overall, we had an amazing vacation and would return to the Barcelo in Aruba in a heartbeat! Thanks to everyone at the Barcelo, and especially our girl JENNY!!!!!!! You are the best. You made our stay extra special! :) I never write reviews (this is my first), but after this trip, i feel like i need to share the great experience we had staying here and how great Aruba is! Hopefully this helps anyone reading this... it was truly a fantastic trip! Till Next Time ARUBA!!!!
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    SawyerCastle 01/15/2018 Family

    “Vacation 2018.”

    It was a great stay, nice rooms, great view. Fast and easy chek-in. A big shout out for Nathalia and Natasha which went above and beyond to make our anniversary so special decorating our room with petals and balloons and champagne. Thank you girls. I would highly recomend this hotel. PS try and make dinner reservations in advance.
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    waynebT2459UJ Chicago, Illinois. 01/14/2018 Family

    “Aruba life”

    Weather is always 5 stars, hotel is in the middle of the beach area so easy to get around. Across the street plenty of restaurants and shopping. Perfect place to relax or explore. The value of the all inclusive is a bit pricey but if you like to cocktail and eat than it’s worth it. If you stay a week, get restaurant reservations day one. Enjoy

    Aurelia C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
     Dear waynebT2459UJ, Firstly we would like to thank you for choosing our Barceló Aruba hotel for your holidays in Aruba and for the review you shared on TripAdvisor, all of your kind words about your stay with us are great to hear. We appreciate your kind words about the location of the hotel and its proximity to the beach. Truly, our hotel is located in an unbeatable area that allows guests to enjoy the entire coast of Palm Beach. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to another visit in the future. Warm regards, Sowfi Maduro / Quality Coordinator

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    Lizzette C Old Bridge, New Jersey. 01/13/2018 Couples

    “40th Anniversary trip”

    Had a fabulous time. Everyone is very nice & accommodating especially Jenny from the front desk & Maekel one of the dancers. Food was fantastic & really enjoyed the shows.The weather is mid to late 80s. The ocean is calm & refreshing.

    Aurelia C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
     Dear Lizzette C, Thank you very much for sharing this great review of your recent stay at Barceló Aruba. We are thrilled that you have enjoyed your stay and certainly agree that our dedicated staff plays a key role to our guests' overall experience. The entire team works very hard to ensure that we deliver a high standard of service and a warm, memorable experience.  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. Thank you for making us your choice hotel when visiting the area. We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon. Kind regards, Sowfi Maduro / Quality Coordinator

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    mcneilliej Maryville, Tennessee. 01/13/2018 Family

    “Wonderful Expierence in Aruba!”

    Aruba was wonderful and we intend to go back soon. The entire staff at Barceló Aruba were extremely friendly and always helpful. The food was delicious and the bartenders always ready with your next drink. There were plenty of activities to keep you busy or you can just sit back and relax. Would highly recommend as a vacation destination!

    Aurelia C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
     Dear mcneilliej, First and foremost we would like to thank you for choosing our Barceló Aruba hotel for your visit to Aruba and for recommending us to the travel community of TripAdvisor, this is undoubtedly the best reward for us all. We are thrilled to read your praising comments about our staff as we strive to provide our guests with a caring and personalized service and we lay high value on our personnel being guest orientated and welcoming at all times. It is also good to know that you enjoyed the many culinary delights prepared by our professional Chefs who always strive to offer a wide variety of typical delights in order to please all palates and we thank you for letting us know that we could conquer yours. Again we thank you for this very kind review of our hotel and we look forward to serving you again in the future. Warm regards, Sowfi Maduro / Quality Coordinator

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    • january 15 2018
    • Couples

    Jennifer C

    “Had the best time at the Barcelo! Five Stars!!!”


    We stayed at the Barcelo from Jan. 6-Jan. 13, 2018. We absolutely loved it. Here's a quick summary... Hotel Staff: To start off, when we got there and had booked a Deluxe Ocean View Room, unfortunately we were given a room with a very limited view of the ocean, most of our view was the side parking lot! However, as soon as I went down to reception to complain, we were helped by JENNY DYRON which i believe was the manager. Right away, she told us that she will take care of it. We were moved on the Monday (arrived Sat. late afternoon), to a Club Level Suite, even with a bottle of wine! It was amazing, top floor and perfect view of the beach and open ocean!!! JENNY had followed through and definitely set the tone for our week long vacation in Aruba. Big thanks to her, and if anyone heads to the Barcelo and needs anything, ask for Jenny! ** Big hugs and kisses to you Jenny, while you are probably reading this! :) All the staff we encountered were great, friendly and genuine. They were always smiling and accommodating us wherever we were. Hotel Grounds/Room: - both rooms we were given were clean and well kept - Suite 2910 was our ocean view club room - it was VERY spacious, clean, and had the larger balcony which was great - The pool was great, perfect size and was pretty warm for the most part. - It was windier around the pool so we stayed mostly at the beach, but the pool was clean, and well kept - They had daily games and activities as well by the pool and played good music for just relaxing and having a drink poolside - The only thing about the pool we didn't like were that some of the lounge chairs were older and were not very comfortable... so the newer ones were always taken first! Beach: - The strip of beach in front of our hotel was the best part of the entire stretch of beach. We were told by many seasoned Aruba travelers that this was also true! - No pebble and just smooth white sand from the hotel all the way to the water! - There were quite a few beach huts and lounges, however, if it is busy at the hotel, then you will have to wake up early to reserve your favourite spot! Wasn't much of a problem for us as we usually got a good spot by 8am - This was a public beach, but you don't get solicitors like you do in many other vacation spots with public beaches, so it's very peaceful and you can enjoy your time without interruption - The ocean was very warm while we were there (the forecast was about 32 celcius, feeling like 40 celcius) - Water was blue and crystal clear, not a lot of seaweed or marine life around the shore, other than the occasional school of fish that you see, so water shoes were not really needed to walk in the water - The wind was also much less on our piece of beach, i'm not sure why, but it seemed much windier near the RIU Outside the hotel: - This was our favourite spot to walk around and experience all the different restaurants and lounges in the evening. The atmosphere is very lively, and music was always playing and people lounging on the restaurant patios, eating or having drinks. - Even though we had all inclusive, we decided to try several restaurants outside and they were ALL amazing! - Two of our faves was the Argentine Grille and Aqua Grille ... food was phenomenal! Service was also amazing - We did one dinner on the beach at Barefoot restaurant in the town, and it was amazing. Food was great and service amazing. However, my only complaint is that it's too close to the airport and also the water front was a bit busy with docked boats. We did hear though that Passions was great, we unfortunately couldn't get a reservation there on the day we wanted, so we opted for Barefoot. Either way, we had a nice romantic dinner on the beach, feet in the sand, which was a great experience! - If you are interested in any night club vibes, then the Gusto and The Mill were two places we visited and thoroughly enjoyed our time there! Met great friends and the music was perfect for a night out dancing! Just a note on dining out.... it isn't extremely expensive, but it's about the same as a night out dining experience at home (Toronto). Comparative to a nice meal at the Keg or even maybe (depending on the restaurant), Ruth's Chris and similar steakhouses. We spent on avg. about $150-$170 CDN on dinner off the resort. This also depended on how many glasses of wine we ordered lol. Overall, we had an amazing vacation and would return to the Barcelo in Aruba in a heartbeat! Thanks to everyone at the Barcelo, and especially our girl JENNY!!!!!!! You are the best. You made our stay extra special! :) I never write reviews (this is my first), but after this trip, i feel like i need to share the great experience we had staying here and how great Aruba is! Hopefully this helps anyone reading this... it was truly a fantastic trip! Till Next Time ARUBA!!!!


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    • january 15 2018
    • Family

    SawyerCastle

    “Vacation 2018.”


    It was a great stay, nice rooms, great view. Fast and easy chek-in. A big shout out for Nathalia and Natasha which went above and beyond to make our anniversary so special decorating our room with petals and balloons and champagne. Thank you girls. I would highly recomend this hotel. PS try and make dinner reservations in advance.


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    • january 14 2018
    • Chicago, Illinois
    • Family

    waynebT2459UJ

    “Aruba life”


    Weather is always 5 stars, hotel is in the middle of the beach area so easy to get around. Across the street plenty of restaurants and shopping. Perfect place to relax or explore. The value of the all inclusive is a bit pricey but if you like to cocktail and eat than it’s worth it. If you stay a week, get restaurant reservations day one. Enjoy


    Aurelia C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
    Dear waynebT2459UJ, Firstly we would like to thank you for choosing our Barceló Aruba hotel for your holidays in Aruba and for the review you shared on TripAdvisor, all of your kind words about your stay with us are great to hear. We appreciate your kind words about the location of the hotel and its proximity to the beach. Truly, our hotel is located in an unbeatable area that allows guests to enjoy the entire coast of Palm Beach. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to another visit in the future. Warm regards, Sowfi Maduro / Quality Coordinator

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    • january 13 2018
    • Old Bridge, New Jersey
    • Couples

    Lizzette C

    “40th Anniversary trip”


    Had a fabulous time. Everyone is very nice & accommodating especially Jenny from the front desk & Maekel one of the dancers. Food was fantastic & really enjoyed the shows.The weather is mid to late 80s. The ocean is calm & refreshing.


    Aurelia C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
    Dear Lizzette C, Thank you very much for sharing this great review of your recent stay at Barceló Aruba. We are thrilled that you have enjoyed your stay and certainly agree that our dedicated staff plays a key role to our guests' overall experience. The entire team works very hard to ensure that we deliver a high standard of service and a warm, memorable experience.  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. Thank you for making us your choice hotel when visiting the area. We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon. Kind regards, Sowfi Maduro / Quality Coordinator

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    • january 13 2018
    • Maryville, Tennessee
    • Family

    mcneilliej

    “Wonderful Expierence in Aruba!”


    Aruba was wonderful and we intend to go back soon. The entire staff at Barceló Aruba were extremely friendly and always helpful. The food was delicious and the bartenders always ready with your next drink. There were plenty of activities to keep you busy or you can just sit back and relax. Would highly recommend as a vacation destination!


    Aurelia C, Quality Coordinator at Barcelo Aruba, responded to this review
    Dear mcneilliej, First and foremost we would like to thank you for choosing our Barceló Aruba hotel for your visit to Aruba and for recommending us to the travel community of TripAdvisor, this is undoubtedly the best reward for us all. We are thrilled to read your praising comments about our staff as we strive to provide our guests with a caring and personalized service and we lay high value on our personnel being guest orientated and welcoming at all times. It is also good to know that you enjoyed the many culinary delights prepared by our professional Chefs who always strive to offer a wide variety of typical delights in order to please all palates and we thank you for letting us know that we could conquer yours. Again we thank you for this very kind review of our hotel and we look forward to serving you again in the future. Warm regards, Sowfi Maduro / Quality Coordinator

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