We stayed here in Feb, our 3rd trip to Aruba in a year. Our friends were given access to a timeshare and invited us. The Occidental is primarily an all-inclusive, but we did not choose all-inclusive: thank God! The buffet was the worst all-inclusive that we've ever experienced. We had lunch there once and would have tired of it by day 2. There are so many fantastic restaurants in the area that we don't know why someone would chose AI in Aruba. Our only bad meal was at the hotel.
We had drinks at the pool bar one day. They didn't know how to bill us, so we got them for free. Glad we didn't pay because they were awful. There are so many great happy hours around, so we chose those for the rest of the days. The Hyatt has a great happy hour right on the beach. The Occidental had lots of drunk people around in the early evening.
Bottom line, we would not return here. If u are set on an all-inclusive then this might work. But again, why in Aruba? If u want to drink a lot and don't mind the quality of food then this might be an option for you. I would keep all-inclusive to Punta Cana or Mexico. Enjoy the restaurants in Aruba.
Bottom line, we would never return to this hotel again
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Palm Beach, Aruba, this resort features all the ingredients for a unique vacation: a location right on the beach, turquoise waters, the fine white sands of the Caribbean, and warm weather throughout the year. This high-end Aruba All-Inclusive resort is the best vacation destination for families and couples. The Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive Resort is close to many tourist attractions and just steps away from the entertainment, lounges, discos and shopping areas the island has to offer. ... 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
- Barcelo Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach