Before travelling to this resort we were a bit leary after reading all the bad reviews. Lots of people just complain to complain.
Check in was very quick through ACV. Our room was clean and comfy, and had a pool view and great sunsets from the balcony. The room was cleaned every day by about noon, with plenty of towels and soaps etc. don't know what others expect, the staff can't clean every room all at once.
The food was ok, the Italian restaurant was very good. We did eat off site twice just to get out and do different things.
The weather was sunny and hot and had a few rain drops once in a while. The beach is awesome, the water calm and warm, plenty of chairs and towels but you can't come to the beach at noon and expect to get towels and palapas. The beach is busy with lots of people walking by. It is true that people get down to the beach and pool very early to start saving chairs etc. I have travelled lots and this happens every where, so so be it.
The beach bar had great service and no issues with the drinks. Went on the day long Jeep tour, through ABC tours, this is a must, you get to see the entire island and it is truly a beautiful place. Go to Baby beach, simply awesome.
I certainly will go back to Aruba but will try the Riu Palace as I don't like doing the same resort twice.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Occidental Grand Aruba Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Occidental Aruba
- Aruba Grand Occidental
- Occidental Hotel Aruba
- Grand Aruba
- Occidental Grand Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach