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Occidental Grand Papagayo

4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playa Buena, 485000, Costa Rica
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Ranked #9 of 16 hotels in Gulf of Papagayo
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As I was all around Costa Rica and Nicaragua on a photography exploration business trip, the resort was nice/clean and ecumenical. Great choice for spirits/service/food/culture/nature...all in 1. The free wifi worked great all around the resort. The beach was one of the cleanest in the area. I got good advice from the workers all around on where to go and... More

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY AT THIS "ALL-INCLUSIVE" PROPERTY! Resort is sub-par and not well maintained. The food was mostly inedible and the drinks were bogus. Not worth the price! The property is not well-maintained and management cutbacks are very obvious, trickling down to the guests. In short, once you're there you're a captive audience. Although, we met several guests who... More

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Lyndhurst, New Jersey, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hotel was an ALL INCLUSIVE and ALL ADULT resort. After staying at other places such as the RIU, The Occidental Grand Papagayo by far was above and beyond in service, ambiance, quality of food and drink, atmosphere, you name it. The staff was very attentive without being smothering. Activities were just the right amount and intensity, they posted so... More

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22 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After a gross overbooking incident at the Allegro Papagayo ("Papa? Can we please go?") I was upgraded to this sister property. It's newer and somewhat sleeker albeit smaller. The buffet offers higher quality food than the Allegro. It's strangely described as adults-only. While there were no apparent children running around and peeing in the pool, I could have sworn I... More

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Montreal, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We celebrated our Honeymoon and met the most wonderful people on our stay . The staff working was always so friendly especially the entertainment and pool side entertainers . Everyone was so well informed and we gained so much knowledge about this beautiful culture and country!! Thank you Jerald , Bryan ,Yendry for the wonderful experiences. We always remember Costa... More

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Lakewood, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On first arrival it has beautiful grounds and some wildlife, igauans, pisotes, a couple monkeys, which I enjoyed. The beach is a very nice area, but a little rocky unless you have water shoes. They offer kayaks to take out for free which is a great amenity that I enjoyed. I was disppointed that there was not a swim up... More

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Shawnee, Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Do NOT even consider this hotel. This was the WORST experience. The hotel was so bad we got a full refund and left and went to another hotel. Things that went wrong: Lobby - not on the list upon arrival, the lobby was a zoo and were treated like cattle, cigarette burns on all lobby furniture, the up sale from... More

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Ohio City, Ohio
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My GF and I visited this resort from July 19th to July 26th. We had a good time and loved the wildlife that are all over the resort. The restaruant staff, maids and entertainment staff were very nice to us. This was my 15th All Inclusive. I usually stay at an AM Star resort (Secrets, Now or Dreams). First of... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First off, we were told that everyone at the resort speaks english. At least two groups of employees did not speak english including the maintenance people as well as housekeeping. We had an issue with our refrigeration and asked that maintenance come and look at it. When maintenance did come I had to get someone on the phone at the... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful property with helpful staff overall. I'm not typically one to leave reviews, however I feel this hotel/resort was a bit misleading in that it is listed as an ADULTS ONLY 18 and UP facility. I stayed at the resort on July 11th-16th 2014, and noticed children (id say 10 years or younger) also staying here. Dont... More

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Address: Playa Buena, 485000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Occidental Grand Papagayo 4*
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Also Known As:
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Occidental Grand Papagayo Costa Rica
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#6 Spa Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo #6 Top resorts Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo #7 Luxury Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo #9 On the Beach Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
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On the unspoiled northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica(home to wild parrots and endagered sea turtles), striking volcanic cliffs dramatically descend to powdery sand beaches and crystalline coves. Elegant and respectfully situaded within this breathtaking haven in the five-star Occidental Grand papagayo. Reverently aligned with its majestic surroundings, the resort offers a new kind of luxury all inclusive vacation. It is nothing short of extraordinary.Couples, families and friends who visit experience premiun service, discover gourmand dining and select from an impressive gamut of activities and sports. The resor´s natural setting and luxury amenities also make it the ideal locale for an incomparable wedding or honeymoon. In short, the Occidental Grand Papagayo is a perfect vacation spot for anyone and any reason. ... more   less 
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