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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2008
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2008

We have travelled many places and stayed in many ranges of hotel classes. We read trip advisor and expected a terrible vacation. It was phenominal. We have been to costa rica before, so we knew what to expect. It is the most beautiful country. Heres our vacation in a nut shell: Gorgeous hotel. all rooms are oceanview! Food is way... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2008

My husband and I spent our 25th anniversary and my birthday at this beautiful hotel. It was an unforgettable experience. We upgraded to an oceanview room, and I'm glad we did. We were awakened in the mornings to birds, howler monkeys, and the lovely ocean view. The staff were all friendly and helpful and you began to feel like you... More

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Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2008

I am not usually good with these things….so I will try my best! Here goes: My husband and I and another couple (all in our late 20's early 30's) stayed for a week. We all had the best time and loved every minute of it. We never let the small stuff get us down. Our Room: A We did not... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2008

When we booked this room we were supposed to get a "Deluxe" room which is advertized as having a "partial view of Culebra Bay". The only view that we had was a unkept landscape with garbage bags. The bathroom tile had very dirty grout and needed maintenance badly. Our complaints were ignored. If you plan to go to the Grand... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2008

This hotel is very good with regards to service and food quality. Royal service a must to stay in. Great rooms. The only thing that I did not like was the fact the beach disappears around 2 pm. The beach area is situated in a bay/cove. The tide comes in everyday at 2 pm and completely covers the beach area.... More

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Montreal, Quebec
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2008

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and having been to a few other "warm" countries this was one of the best trips we have taken. The country. Costa Rica from what we have seen is very safe. They have a very good social system and the level of living is pretty high. This was the first time we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2008

Eleven of us travelled to Costa Rica in July. We booked six rooms and on check in a couple of the rooms had problems, which were quickly rectified by the staff. I would agree that the resort is not a four/five star resort, however I feel that I had value for money and a great holiday ( I think I... More

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London, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2008

I stayed at the Grand Papagayo for the week of December 8th to December 15th through Air Canada Vacations. I've just sent this letter to my Wedding Co-ordinator, who is an employee of the resort, which summarizes how amazing my experience was: "Dear Harold - the Best Wedding Co-ordinator EVER; I just wanted to drop you a quick e-mail to... More

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St. Louis MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2007

They say this is a 5-star resort, and it may be 5-stars in Central America but by US standards I think it's closer to 3 1/2. That being said, it's a great place to stay. If you want 5-stars the Four Seasons is just across the bay (and starts at $800 a night!). The Occidental Grand is beautiful, well maintained,... More

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Charlotte, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2007

We had a relaxing one week stay. The views were beautiful and the excursions made the vacation memorable. We booked the sunset cruise excursion through the resort upon arriving, but were disappointed. We later found Johnny D. on the beach. His excursions were exceptional and more than promised. We had a personal guide for our party of four that stayed... 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 Gulf Of
Occidental Grand Papagayo Costa Rica
Grande 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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