Barcelo Aruba

Palm Beach, Aruba

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Palm Beach, Aruba


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  • Avatar for thomasp264
    By thomasp264 Updated May 30, 2016

    We have a timeshare and I love to wake up to the ocean view from my kitchen. We love Aruba, have been owners since 2000. Have seen a lot of improvements to the hotel and love the beach. I have always felt safe go out at night alone and walk the up to the shops and waterfalls in eve. Security is very good and have never had any problems. So many activities for all ages and the night time live theater is very good. Can not say anything bad about this resort or Aruba.!! Janice

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    By henkd4 Aug 20, 2014

    Loved this hotel. The best part of it is the location. You're basically in the middle of the strip and are so close to everything.

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    By suel238 Sep 26, 2013

    We stayed at the Occidental Grand Sept. 7-14. We have stayed at the Marriott Hotel, Marriott Surf Club and the Hyatt. This is our favorite because of the location, it is perfect. We have been coming to Aruba for 5 years now and we love it! Staff very friendly. Rooms very clean.

  • Avatar for greggr29
    By greggr29 Sep 15, 2012

    This is my absolute favorite out of them. My wife and I have been to the Radisson, Windham, Hilton, Marriott, and the Divi Divi. It's a big family here in the perfect spot on the beach. It's affordable and completely remodeled so everything is top notch without spending every cent you have. It has it's own casino that you can actually sit down and play black Jack. Just love it!!

  • Avatar for valeried80
    By valeried80 Updated Mar 29, 2011



    VIVA ARUBA !!!!!!!!!

  • Avatar for marcis18
    By marcis18 Updated Dec 21, 2009

    Just returned from the Occidential Grand Aruba. Before I went on my vacation I was a little leary about the place because of all the reviews I read, good and bad. Here is my take on my vacation week.

    Food: The all inclusive option for $85.00 is great! You can eat 900 meals a day and drink as many drinks as you want all for $85.00 a day. You do have to make restaurant reservations your first day when you arrive for the week because they are small places with a high demand. The italian restaurant food and service was excellent. Was our favorite place. We did not try the Mexican. The Oriental restaurant-regular style was alright. The food was decent but not the greatest. We would have prefered Hibatchi but it was no available. The Palm Buffet food was decent, not superb, but do-able. We ate most of our meals here, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The only problem we had with the buffet was that on the nights they advertised seafood and prime rib, they were out of it within about an hour. If you advertise that it will be prime rib night from 6-11 pm, than you need to have it ready for people when they arrive at 7pm and not be out of it already. The restaurant near the pool was great for lunch. They basically had the same stuff available daily, but was good. The only thing we didnt like was that the birds sometimes sat on top of the fruit---the restaurant has no windows. We just didnt eat it. No big deal. Overall, give the food a B+.

    The Drinks: Not a big drinker, but they had decent drinks. Sometimes the drinks were way too strong, sometimes you didnt think there was alcohol in there. However, with non-premium liquior, I didnt expect much. Overall I give their drinks an A.

    The Staff: I can say nothing bad about the staff at Occidential Grand Aruba. They were very accomodating and were a lot of fun to be around. They even went above and beyond their job when people were stuck at the hotel due to the snow storm in the East Coast. Rooms were given to people who were stranded at a VERY VERY low rate. Staff A+

    The rooms: the rooms were OK. Nothing great. It was a place to sleep. Besides no ventilation in the bathrooms, some of the hallways would look nicer if they had a fresh coat of paint on them. The A/C was great and the view was spectacular! They stocked the fridge every other day with beverages and the cleaning service was there every day. Overall, B-

    The Casino: very smokey! They need ventilation in there for non-smokers. That was the only bad thing about the lobby area... you can smell the smoke from the casino. The slots didnt pay jack, but the table games were OK. They had bingo nightly which was fun. Overall: B

    Security: A+ saw a LOT of security officers as late as 1 am on premise making sure other vacationers from other resorts didnt roam on the property.

    Shows: The nightly shows were OK. The grease show was not good because the dancers lip sanc to Grease. They have great voices and should of sang. That was the only bad part.

    The lounge: The music lounge and music is beautiful and great BUT they have it in a bad spot. I think they would get more people in there if they relocated it near the lobby/casino. Nobody knows about it unless the music is blasting late at night.

    Overall, I enjoyed this resort very much and the good outweighed the bad. I would definately recommend it to someone else planning to visit.

  • Avatar for patcabral
    By patcabral Updated Jul 8, 2009

    We stayed at Occidental in May 2009. It was just fabulous! We were in a suite on the 9th floor facing the pool/ocean. We did not take the all-inclusive, as we've been to Aruba many times & prefer to go to our favorite restaurants (Flying Fishbone, Screaming Eagle, Madame Jeanette's, El Gaucho) instead of paying for all-inclusive & then paying more to go out at night to different places. It works for us this way. However, we ate at the restaurant on the beach a couple of times (buffet daily) and it was great. The service was also excellent & the room was spotless! Our maid was very accommodating if we needed anything extra. What can I say about the beach here ... one of the best on the island. We do own a timeshare in the states, but did not exchange it into here. Instead we rented from an owner (on Redweek) with no glitches at all. In fact, it was so great here that we've already booked with the same owner to come back in Oct 2009! We will save our timeshare weeks for 2010.

    We also put our friends in touch with Redweek & this resort, and they ended up renting the 1st week in June here from the same owner & absolutely loved it. It was their 1st time in Aruba, so the Occidental was a great place to start.

    One last thing, if you want a good beach spot (in front), you do have to get out by 6-6:30 a.m. Otherwise, most of those spots are taken like all the other resorts. The pool also fills up early. My husband is an early riser & liked getting his coffee at the Dunkin on the beach & would then read the newspaper or take an early morning walk until I rolled out of bed.

    Everyone should experience this place!!

  • Avatar for dougb51
    By dougb51 Updated Apr 2, 2009

    Just back from another great trip to the best resort on the Island. Located between the Radison and Hyatt Hotel with the best strip of beach on the island. Being that only 1/3 of the resort is Timeshare Ownership, the top three floors, makes for the best guest service and daily maid service in each of the units. Much easier and less expensive to book a timeshare owner unit for a guaranteed room. The all inclusive is like none other. Five restaurants to choose from for dinner in addition to the nightly theme buffett. Even if you want to eat off the resort a night or two, you will see that its a great value for the money with all top shelf liquor at the 5 bars. See you at the resort soon !!! Bon Bini !

  • Avatar for davidt113
    By davidt113 Updated Jan 3, 2009

    We stayed at the Occidental in November 2008. The rooms we had were very spacious and clean but a little dated. The kitchen had the basics (cooktop but not oven). The staff were very pleasant. The on site restaurants were good. ( We especially liked the breakfast buffet.) We also found the beach in front of the Occidental much nicer than up by the Marriott. We would definately stay here again even though the facility itself is a little dated. It seemed quieter, the beach nicer and the staff were very accomodating.

  • Avatar for maryalice
    By maryalice Nov 12, 2008

    This is a great resort in a perect location for vacation. Beautiful rooms, daily maid service great ocean views and the staff is wonderful.

    I do have to disagree with the descripion that redweek has about the resort being mandatory all inclusive. Many of the original timeshare contracts are OPTIONAL all inclusive. Check with the peson you're renting from. If you don't have to take the AI, you can enjoy all the great restaurants in Aruba and still stay in these beautiful units.

  • Avatar for henryc45
    By henryc45 Feb 26, 2008

    We had a super time at the Occidental Grand Aruba in November 2007. My wife, children (ages 3 and 6) and I enjoyed the resort every minute of our one week stay. The one bedroom deluxe room was impeccable, the food at the buffet and specialty restaurants was yummy, and the service was friendly and prompt.

    While the kids played in the sand on the beautiful beach, we relaxed on lounge chairs in the shade under trees . The pool is gorgeous and it was hard to get the kids out. Throughout the day, there were numerous fun activities for all ages at the resort.

    It was our second time here and we highly recommend the Occidental Grand Aruba to our friends and family... and those who have gone have been equally happy with the resort.

  • Avatar for paulah75
    By paulah75 Jan 14, 2008

    My daughter and I have stayed at the Occidental (formerly Allegro) for the past 9 years every April. Weather, food, staff, pool, beach......nothing compares. Home away from home!

  • Avatar for jamesv22
    By jamesv22 Oct 6, 2005

    stayed 1 week, my wife and i loved ittttttttttt. the food, people, calm ocean, view, shows and the service. will go back i miss it.

  • Avatar for brian889
    By brian889 Oct 7, 2004

    stayed in the time share. The rooms are incredible, marble baths, large kitchen, all new furniture and carpet. The staff is friendly and the beach is perfect.

  • Avatar for alldolledup
    By alldolledup Oct 6, 2003

    The timeshare we stayed in was superb. It was so nice, I could have just sat on the double balcony overlooking the ocean, if my husband hadn't wanted to actually go to the pool or beach. Both pool and beach terrific. Food was terrific too. The only fault I had is we didn't win in the casino.

  • Avatar for nfahey
    By nfahey Mar 9, 2003

    Very clean and friendly service at the resort and throughout Aruba. Most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. Weather pattern is very predictable and does not vary at all throughout the year. Different shows nightly at the resort. Various restaurants for different types of food at the Allegro. Would DEFINATELY return.

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