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“The rooms need new roofs” 3 of 5 stars
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Occidental Grand Punta Cana
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Calle Friusa, Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Formerly Occidental Grand Flamenco Punta Cana)   |  
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Ranked #57 of 101 hotels in Punta Cana
Montreal, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“The rooms need new roofs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We were at the Occidental Grand Punta Cana for 2 weeks. One week would have been enough. The grounds are beautiful & well maintained. However, the food wasn't very good. I ate lots of rice & beens, for lack of anything else that was good. There was a nice variety of salads & vegetables and sushi at the buffet once a week which was not bad. The Pizza place is very good, provided Santiago makes the pizza. He is the best. It rained quite a bit the second week, and water was leaking in the room from the ceiling. We awoke 2 nights with a wet bed from the rain. They did move us twice. We stayed in building 10, close to the lobby. Good location, if you don't mind the loud music to about 12:30 a.m. Mixed drinks are all very sweet. All juices are full of sugar- no natural juices. The bartenders are all very friendly & most of the waiters & waitresses are very nice. You have to get up early to reserve your chair athe the beach if you want to have a straw parasol providing shade.The entertainment team proved good shows, but are not very friendly to the tourists during the day. Will try another resort next time I go to Punta Cana.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

The hotel starts at the reception! The hotel welcomes you with the most friendly staff at the reception! Will always help! Jhoanna and other people are always smiling!
The atmosphere in the restaurant is very good! Waiters surround you with care! You will not be able to resist the abundance of dishes!
On the beach never get bored! Animation team arranges a variety of competitions!
In the evening on the stage in the theater great show! Live music! saxophone great!
If you want an unforgettable holiday in the Dominican Republic, visit this hotel!
All the people there are your family! For this reason I am going back again and again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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
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Chilliwack, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

arrived at night, and wasn't sure what to expect. when they say take your own towels, and toiletries, they mean it. the package we purchased was to have: robes, slippers and beach towels, upon arrival. we had the robes, who cares about the slippers, but no towels. arrived on friday night, on monday went to the guest services to request beach towels. i watched the man write it on a piece of paper. we left friday late afternoon, still had no beach towels. you are very limited to what towels you are given in your room, and toilet paper seems to be a hot commodity, as well. the resort was great, not awesome. the food was very good, stayed with the basics, being careful. There was never a time, when there was not food available, somewhere in the resort. service was good, if you tipped. take lots of $1 bills. a la carte restaurants, were good, but time consuming.we were only able to do the mexican, italian, & oriental. steakhouse was out of comish. take the early sitting if you can. staff were friendly. 'HEY BUDDY' to Ony, Emilo, Channel, Santos, Ruth, Alis, Alexander & Fabriola at guest services. SUPERB service. beach was great, drinks were always a plenty. every 2 or 3 nights, the locals come in and set up shop, selling their souvenirs, they're almost a pushy as the sellers out in the local public 'market' if you can handle the hassling, by all means go, put barter. that's the only way you'll get a good price. be willing to walk away. for the pool area, lots of little activities going on every day. the only complaint really would be the time share people. i understand the logic behind it, but every time they saw you, they want to set you up. When we go on vacation, we're interested (especially the first visit) of seeing what is there, etc. not going for a 3 hour seminar, and have pressure put on you to sign up. we got to the point, where we would leave our room out the back, that's bad. entertainment at night, always. Rooms were what you would expect. little fridge, coffee maker, air conditioner, even when we left on all night, it was sleepable noise wise. you're in the tropics, you don't need much. go, enjoy, have fun. that's what it is all about. if we went again, we would probably stay at this resort, but it's the area that might keep us away. not much walkin' to do, but on the beach. down the beach each way, there are little shacks set up, where selling nik and naks. to the west, there are actually a couple restaurants, never took money with us, so we didn't go in. but they advertised lobster. on resort premises, there also the excursion people. there is a booth set up in the lobby, but they also roam around showing you what is out there, for you. they're a little pushy, but not as bad as the 'time-share' ones.

Room Tip: all buildings are only 3 levels high, and they are set so you either have a pool view, or back walk...
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  • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This review only applies to the Royal Club. It is a small hotel within a very large hotel.
The experience could not have been better. From check in in your own small area with cold champagne to the private Royal Club dining room.
We booked thru Skyauction at an incredibly low price. Everyone knocked themselves out to be friendly and accommodating. Wanted something for dinner that they didn't have..the next night they did. I recommend it to a friend. They went and can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Any room in Royal Club is great
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Three of us stayed at this resort November 16 to 23. I usually stay at the Iberostar chain but thought I'd try Occidental as we had a good experience at the Occidental Grand Xcaret in Mexico last year.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this resort and found myself longing to go home and grateful I was only staying a week. Although it wasn't the resorts fault, my holiday started with my luggage being left on the bus and going to another hotel. Thanks to the hard work of my travel rep, not the Occidental staff, my bag was retrieved several hours later. Our first view of the grounds revealed all of the pools surrounded by yellow caution tape (mother natures fault....torrential rainfall earlier in the week). Thankfully two of the smaller pools were opened the next day.

We were in building 26, right at the beach. I found the room to be adequate but was concerned about the moldy smell which I believe could be traced to the heavy curtains that looked quite black in places. My paranoid mind then wondered about the air conditioning unit and Legionaries disease....LOL, so far still healthy! Also, the promised bathrobe and slippers and beach towels were not in our room when we arrived. When the bathrobes did get there, they were quite ratty looking and didn't have sashes. One night we went without bath towels and had to chase down another roll of toilet paper.

My biggest complaint was the poor service in the buffet. As other travelers have stated, we had to line up, wait for table settings and wait for drinks. I've never experienced this at other resorts. They had a lovely buffet down by the beach that is only open at lunch. I think they are missing a great opportunity to serve guests by not having it open in the morning for breakfast and open as a seafood restaurant at night.

Everyone is drawn to the lobby area in the evening and they don't have nearly enough seating.
Again, another missed opportunity to engage guests. The shows in the evening were really quite good and they usually had something back in the lobby after the show. Although I didn't seek out any activities provided by the entertainment staff, I did observe them in the evening and found they didn't interact with the guests. I have been to other resorts where they get people up dancing (just like in Dirty Dancing!), but this staff seemed very uninterested.

I got very sick on the last day and couldn't make it dinner. The next morning I spoke to several people who were also sick. We suspected something from the lunch buffet.

Beautiful grounds and a beautiful beach can be found at any resort in Punta Cana, so my advice is until the Occidental gets its act together, try another resort. We all work long and hard to enjoy our holidays and we should expect better.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nanaimo, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We were supposed to be here Nov 9th to 23rd, left on the 17th and finished our vacation at the Grand Palladium next door.
First off, it was our 30th wedding anniversary, we told them when we booked it was plus I emailed them twice and got no response, didn't do anything special for us.
This was our 9th All inclusive, we are not picky travellers, but we got lucky this time. If your travelling in the Transat "Preferred' club, make sure when you check in ask for a renovated room, we were initially put in Block 24 (Preferred Club) the rooms were very run down and dated, we asked to move which they did and put us in Block 11, much nicer renovated room,very lucky we did that because a tropical storm came through, flooded the original room we were in Block 24 with 6 inches of water plus flooded and close all pools for 5 days. Block 11 stayed dry thank god. Our friends were at the Palladium and told us all of the pools were fine so we paid an extra 350 bucks and moved over there, worth every penny.
The Service at the Occidental wasn't that great, we went to the Japanese ala-carte, wait 30 minutes just to get water, it wasn't the staff's fault, the whole resort were understaffed most of the time.
The food was OK
The Beach is awesome
The entertainment staff do the best they can as do the waiters and waitresses
Each Block has their own Concierge, they aren't Concierges at all, their only goal is to get you into a time share..NO EYE CONTACT LOL
Also, a person we met there paid an extra 200 dollars for the "Concierge package"..got nothing more than what we got, just a big rip off

My advice to you..Spend the extra money like we ended up doing and go to the Grand Palladium, that resort was AWESOME in every way. But spend your whole holiday at the Palladium, you'll be glad you did

Room Tip: Stay away from Block 24 (Transat preference club) ask for a renovated room right away, Blocks 10-11...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

I really enjoy the resort all the fun club employes are great i dont remember all the names but they are all great they made my stay great. The shows are fantastic all and all its my 2ndstay. U will continue to come back i love it there

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Friusa, Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Formerly Occidental Grand Flamenco Punta Cana)
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#37 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#48 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#51 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Occidental Grand Punta Cana 3.5*
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Also Known As:
Occidental Grand Flamenco Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana
Grand Flamenco Punta Cana
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Flamenco Punta Cana
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