We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Honeymoon stay” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Occidental Grand Aruba

Save Saved
You added Occidental Grand Aruba to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Occidental Grand Aruba
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 83 | Palm Beach, Aruba, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba   |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Special Rate
Rates From $ 225
Rochester, Minnesota
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Honeymoon stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We stayed here as the second leg of our honeymoon. The beach area was awesome, with the massage area on the beach (highly recommended) and sporting stuff very close. The pool area was awesome (go there for bingo at 2:30pm!) and the all the restaurants we went to that were part of the hotel were remarkably good. The only downside was that the rooms weren't very clean. The corners were dirty and there was blood on the bathroom wall. However, because we were only in the room to sleep, it didn't bother us too much. As an all-inclusive, its a good deal and was fun!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

3,027 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    1,165
    857
    459
    298
    248
See reviews for
666
1605
53
30
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (665)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

We had a wonderful vacation at the Occidental. The resort was clean, staff was friendly, and the restaurant food was delicious. We were not very impressed with the quality of food on the buffet but since we had sprung for the upgrade to the royal club we were able to eat in the royal club private dining room instead. I would highly recommend this upgrade. Our private concierge Hazel was so friendly and helpful. She made our stay smooth and stress free. The beds were comfortable and the view from the balcony was beautiful. The occidental is in a very convenient location with several restaurants and shops off property and within walking distance. The beach and pool areas were clean and the lounge chairs are plentiful. Just be sure to get out early to in order to ensure your desired spot in the shade or in the sun.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Staten Island, New York
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This was our first time to Aruba and at an Occidental property, gladly we were amazed. We did spring for the Royal Club, while the room was nothing special (believe it is more $ for suites and we had a standard) the staff and service was impeccable, food overall was very good, resort was clean and well maintained. As for the Royal Club, it was great to have members only breakfast, lunch and dinner area, but other than that, for what we paid, not sure I would do it again. Hazel, Fanny, Maria, Melvin, Carlos (also at Italian restaurant) and Lina were great in the members lounge. The lounge closed at 1030 every night; which meant no more top shelf liquor and only local beer. Would be nice to have bars with other choices besides standard drinks for RC members, but I kind of get it. The restaurants were very good (minus the Mexican and buffet), Hibachi (Elmo is the man), Italian and Asian were a great time and great food.

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
boston
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

There were 32 of us who went down here after a wedding in October. It is a all inclusive with pool, beach and bars. The food was good. The staff was fantastic. Very friendly maids and room were clean. What more could you ask for. Will surely return some day.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cranford, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Traveled to the Occidental with a group of women friends (18) celebrating the 50th birthdays for four of them. Although a little "dated" the hotel is pretty nice. Need more than one concierge for such a large hotel; restaurant managers were wonderful in accommodating our large groups to dinner at the different restaurants. Our room was kept tidy and fridge items replenished daily. Extra towels provided on request. The pool bar provided relaxation and libations! Pool aerobics daily; tiki huts on the beach a welcome relief from the blazing sun! Food was plentiful in the buffet restaurant, albeit much the same each day. Try L'Olio which served great lamb chops (Francisco); Zen for sushi. Look for the iguanas running around the rock formations! I would return, as Occidental is one of only two hotels which are all-inclusive in the area. Be sure to sign up for the free wind pontoon sailing which will take you out by the lighthouse and back within an hour.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a pool view; otherwise you will be facing a parking lot.
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

What a wonderful way to relax and have fun at the same time. The beautiful white sand beach and the great pool with a pleasant pool bar staff. The food was great and the wait service is outstanding and so friendly. The island is so safe and shopping can be a lot of fun. The sun is hot so bring the sunscreen and wear a hat and you will be fine. The rooms are clean and up to date, but the employees there are what makes the place great. We will be returning again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
NY
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

My wife and I were looking forward to our second trip to Aruba, not least of all because we were leaving a house with now heating or power behind (following hurricane Sandy).

We had stayed in an Occidental hotel once before in Mexico and loved it. Once again we upgraded to the Royal Club for our most recent trip.

I think it would be unfair to say we didn't have a good experience, but we were left wondering what we had gained by staying in the royal club, compared to the regular rooms. The service was good, the food was above average, the rooms were tidy and the weather was great.I just think it lacked that certain 'something'. Perhaps it just seemed a little less private than before.

The buffet in both the main hotel and the royal was as expected and the Italian and Chinese restraints were very good. The pool was nice and the location was right off the beach.

We did spend many an enjoyable morning people watching by the pool (and playing 'guess what part of Long Island they are from'). However, I have to say that the highlight of the entire trip was the snorkeling excursion on the Palm Pleasure catamaran - something we did 5 years ago on our first trip, when we stayed in a much cheaper hotel

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Occidental Grand Aruba? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Occidental Grand Aruba

Also Known As:
Occidental Grand Aruba Hotel
Occidental Grand Aruba Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
Occidental Grand
Occidental Aruba
Aruba Grand Occidental
Aruba Grand
Occidental Hotel Aruba
Grand Aruba
Occidental Grand Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach
Address: J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 83 | Palm Beach, Aruba, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
Phone Number:
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Casino Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#9 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#10 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#15 Top resorts Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#18 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Occidental Grand Aruba 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the legendary island of Aruba, the Occidental Grand Aruba is an all-inclusive luxury hotel on beautiful Palm Beach. The Grand Aruba Resort features a casino, dining, bars, nightlife, water sports and elegant event space for meetings & weddings. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Amex, Caribbean Online Mgt Corp., Tingo, Agoda, Venere, BookIt.com, TripOnline SA, Priceline and Otel so you can book your Occidental Grand Aruba reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Occidental Grand Aruba, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.