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Occidental Grand Punta Cana
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Avenida Espana, Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Formerly Occidental Grand Flamenco Punta Cana)   |  
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

overall it was a great vacation.. we had room issues an they were handled quickly.. The staff are very friendly... Need to speak english... The food is average & the pool needs more entertaiment & THE FINAL ANE IS THE VENDORS GOTTA GO

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We stayed at Grand Flamenco in April 2012. this was our third time overthere.we like the beach, it's stunning.you can walk, enjoy meeting people from all other countries. the beach is busy, lots of sports opportunities and trips by boats and catamarans.hotel grounds are nice, well kept.food was good, lots of salads and fruits.we stayed in a upgrade room which are very nice and comfortable.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cancun, Mexico
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

im louis and sarah from canada..and the best experience in punta cana was in flamenco in mangu disco..the best bar man..djs the attention..and the best bartender i meet the name is emile..and jaime..
and all the girls are so hot good people ..we love it and we will comeback soon...thanks a lot emile and we love mangu like you said.....kisses from montreal.....

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Humboldt, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a week at the Occidental Grand in Punta Cana, staying there from November 2nd thru 9th. Overall, we would give it a fair rating. There were a lot of pros and cons. When we read the reviews on here, they were mixed, so we weren't sure what we would find when we got down there. As we had found, it was an older resort, but very clean. My husband and I are not too picky when it comes to 4+ star resort, not like what I believe a lot of people are looking for on here. Having a clean room, clean resort, good food, friendly service, and nice pools are important to us, and yes, the Occidental had it for us.

We were late checking in, but they were fairly quick getting us thru. We had never requested certain rooms, and from what we had read on here prior to getting there, there is good buildings and bad ones. Once we had checked in, we were driven to our building on a cart......all buildings are pretty nice, the grounds are unbelievably clean and well kept, and the paths are beautifully lit. As soon as we opened our door to our room however, we found we were one of the unlucky people who ended up with a smelly room, and we do mean smelly. Very stale. It was room 25-127. We DID have a nice view of one of the pools......but what a smell. There was also a door between our room and the one next door....which wasn't an issue until we were in bed, and the drunk neighbours came home....and loud they were. We heard every word they said....and at least we knew we didn't have the only smelly room, because they commented very loudly how horrible THEIR room smelled as well. And all night. Needless to say, our first night at the resort was not a good one.

The next morning was the Transat Air tour orientation.....we were very impressed with Transat on this trip. The plane coming down was brand new, with touch screen TV's in front of every seat.....which allowed you to choose from many different programs. The only bad thing was the seats on the plane were uncomfortable. But the Transat rep at the Occidental was very helpful....it was a quick, informative meeting, we recommend you attend it. We explained how awful our room was, and were told to go to the front desk and ask for Marcus. We explained the smell was horrible and our neighbours unbelievable..... Marcus was very helpful, and within half an hour, he had given us a new, huge, 2 room suite overlooking the swim-up pool bar, room 14-303. This room was MUCH better, vaulted ceilings, very clean, NO SMELL, and a huge 2 length balcony. Very impressed how the room switch was handled. The maids seem to come early in the morning to clean, and we had not even left the room yet. And the coffee must be an expensive item to replenish, we had to ask for it a few times......they did end up bringing it up to our room after we had called, but I would have thought to replenish it every day would have been a standard.

Few of the pros of this resort......unbelievable beach!!! The sand is pure white fine....and incredible to walk in. A TON of palapas for shade....lots of beach chairs......lots of beach space......and beautiful blue water. This has to be the nicest beach we have experienced yet. The waves are rough....we would never let children go in the ocean that's a given. But we enjoyed it....and the Transat guests have a private small beach with their own bar......we alternated between spending time at the beach and at the pool. With the pool, this is the first time we found it was hard to get a drink. Many resorts have waiters come around and offer drinks....none here. And if you are not in the pool, by the swim-up pool bar, you can't get a drink. The bar is closed by the stage until evening.....not sure if this is a big deal with a lot of people, but some it might be.

Food was actually pretty good.....although disappointing that there was NO seafood. We were surprised with that....but the rest was pretty good. The Steak A-La-Carte was closed the entire week we were there, we would have enjoyed that one as well. The other 3 A-La-Cartes were good...Mexican, Oriental and Italian......they do not open the doors until exactly 6:30, or 8 or 9:15 to allow people in on the designated times....and I witnessed them turning people away if THEY were late. The Pizza was very good...we ended up taking them back to our room to enjoy. The buffet was good.....the omelette lines (there are 2) are pretty quick. Surprised there was no ice cream at all, this is the first resort we have been too with none?? But the food selection is pretty good. We were given 2 bottles of rum in our room, which was a pleasant surprise.

A few of the cons.....the very irritating, all over the place people ON this resort trying to sell you something, ANYTHING. It's actually quite sickening. People had commented on this on here, and we read it pretty much in every review, but until you are there, and see how badly you are harrassed, you have NO idea how bad it is. And it's bad. We were very sick of people by the end of the week. Usually you are not bothered to buy anything while on the resort at all the others were have been to, and we prefer it. Every time you even LOOKED in someone's direction, they were onto you. How frustrating. In fact, we usually buy trinkets for family and friends on all our trips, by the end of this week, they had so turned us off, we bought NOTHING. The resort should tell them to back off, because had we known it was THIS bad, we would have never gone. We are not sure if the majority is time share people trying to sell, or the people selling their wares.....the good thing is, the wares people are only there 2 days a week. The time share harassers, and the picture taking harassers are everywhere.

Another con.....the resort filled up on the weekends with Dominicans staying there. And yes, this happens at most resorts, but we have never encountered the long lineups like at this one. The buffet lineup is really bad......we sat back and waited, watching, hoping the lineup one evening would go down, and after an hour and a half by the pool waiting, and not noticing it go down, we gave up. The pool is full, all the lineups are long.....not a good time on weekends. We couldn't wait for the peace and quiet that came with monday. Thankfully we were out of there by the next round on friday.

The resort is nice and close to the airport.....that's a bonus with us, but yet we don't want to be UNDER the flight path, and we never noticed it with this one. We can't comment on any tours here, as with this trip is the first one we never left the resort. It was all in all a quiet, peaceful week....less the harassing sales.

Would we recommend this resort to anyone to stay.....yes, as long as we also gave you fair warning of all the cons we found.

Room Tip: Our final room 14-303 was nice, clean, smelled good, but the air conditioner was very loud, and cons...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mount Albert
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

This hotel has very nice social areas. That is where the nice stops. The rooms are terrible! Dirty, old and very smelly! The maid did her best but the items you get are very inconsistant. One day you will get 2 bath towels, 1 hand towel, and 1 face cloth, the next day you will get 2 bath towels only. For 3 days we didn't get coffee in our room. One morning we woke up at 3 am only to find we were floating in 2" of water. It had been raining and all the rooms in our "block" flooded. Now I know you can't help the weather, but I think this flooding was not only the fault of Mother Nature. After two days our air conditioner stopped working. Note to Air Transat - have your rep. tell people there are umbrellas in their room!!!! We didn't find out until day 2 that they were supposed to be in the room. We finally got one on day 3. The special area for Air Transat patrons on the beach was great just not enough chairs or palapas. They need and area 3 times the size!
Bottom line - go to another hotel!!!!!!

Room Tip: ground floor will flood if enough rain
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sandra Alcázar U, Social Media Coordinator at Occidental Grand Punta Cana, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Dear Sue B,
I’m sorry to hear that our resort did not meet your expectations. We always aim to provide our guests with an incredible stay, and it appears we fell short of that.

In regards to the accommodations, we work diligently to ensure all rooms are perfectly prepared before welcoming our guests. This includes thoroughly cleaning and inspecting the rooms to ensure it is ready. Our housekeeping team typically cleans each room throughout the entire stay, replenishes and refreshes towels, linens and amenities, in addition to assisting with any special requests. It appears that wasn’t the case with your trip, and I’ve discussed your review the room’s division manager. I sincerely apologize for any discomfort this caused you.

We take all feedback to heart, and have recently implemented a new policy so that any chair that is unattended for more than 20 minutes, will be made available to other guests. We’re also looking in to increasing our quantity of chairs.

On behalf of our entire staff and management team we would like to apologize for the experience you had in your room caused by the rain, we are currently taking measures to ensure this will not occur again and we are as well verifying our Air Conditioning equipments are working properly.

I do hope you’ll give us another chance to welcome you again, so we can provide you with a wonderful vacation.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

My friend and I vacationed at the Occidental, Punta Cana from Nov. 2 – 9, 2012. We had been to the same resort in 2008 so when a last minute deal came up with Air Transat we decided to return.

We had a great time and are already planning a return trip with some more of our girlfriends!

Some of our highlights included Silverio at the pizzeria who was always smiles and made the most delicious pizzas. Nabuk and the animation team who provided countless hours of entertainment and laughs. Different from our last stay, we loved that every night following the show there was entertainment in the lobby – from karaoke to a disco dance party, and of course the Mangu Disco crew. We danced the night away on more than 1 occasion!

We stayed in block 11 which we had requested because we had read that it had been newly renovated. Our room was large with a vaulted ceilings and a huge patio. The room was always clean and our mini fridge always restocked. The air conditioner worked well and kept the room cool during the night when we shut it off.

We ate at the Italian, Oriental and Mexican restaurants which was a nice change from the buffet. The Mexican restaurant was fabulous, especially the fresh salsa and guacamole! The buffet offered a large selection to choose from including lots of fresh vegetables for salads and delicious pineapple and cantaloupe.

The beach was wonderful and the pools refreshing. The grounds around the resort are very well maintained and are gorgeous! In addition, the employees at the hotel were pleasant and friendly and we did not feel harassed by the sales people.

Overall, this resort provided us with everything we were looking for - A clean and safe place to relax and most importantly have fun!

Room Tip: Block 11 was newly renovated! Block 13 is close to the beach!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Carleton Place, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This was our first trip to Punta Cana and the Occidental Grand and we will return. Great room, Bld. 11, Room 207, see tips. Great beach location, short walk to town. The maids are terrific and our room was always spotless...stayed 10 days and never saw a bug. The resort grounds are very well maintained and quite beautiful. There are go karts to get around the resort with, if you so choose. The main buffet restaurant is very adequate and beautiful...sit in the second half...the first half of the restaurant is more like a cafeteria. The steak house was closed for renovations but the Italian and Mexican restaurants were very good. We also went to the Chinese restaurant, which many people we spoke to really enjoyed, but we were not that thrilled with the food or the service. The upstairs Pizza Place is a huge hit with most visitors. If you leave the resort, within easy walking distance you will find two different internet cafes, with fast connections at a cost of $1/half hour. A short walk down the beach to the right will find you a small flea market and at the end of it a great little store, CUSIE, Russian owned and a great place to buy liquor. Local venders are quite pushy buy not harmful. Now, for the bad. The service in the buffet restaurant is pretty slow, getting a cup of coffee can be quite an ordeal, and the staff, except for one younger female were pretty unfriendly...The service in no way compares to that I have found in Cuba or Mexico, where we have traveled extensively. Also be aware that on the weekends the Hotel will have a huge influx of locals, which I certainly don't mind, except for the fact that they do get better service and you may find that you will have to stand in line for entrance into the buffet on the weekends. In all though, a great vacation. By the way...fly Air Transat for many free extras...private beach, restaurant and five al carte dinners a week; as well as nice white slippers and robe in room.

Room Tip: Room 207, Building 11...great location, clean, large room and balcony...Water pressure and hot water...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Avenida Espana, Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Formerly Occidental Grand Flamenco Punta Cana)
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana > Bavaro
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Occidental Grand Punta Cana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 852
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