My husband and I visited this all-inclusive Aug. 6-13, 2013 and were overall, very happy here. The rooms (and all areas of the hotel) were very clean and comfortable. Staff was friendly and helpful, especially Jennifer and Ronnie at the front desk. Food was excellent. The only exception was our dinner at The Grill. Our steaks were tough and the corn on the cob was more for animals! The pools were gorgeous! The quiet pool was just that while the active pool was more for kids, music, and getting to know fellow travelers. We were a bit disappointed in the beach. You will not find the "turquoise waters and white sands" but it was swimmable. (No seaweed!) Take a walk all the way down to the cliffs to the left (about 1 mile!) or to the next resort on the right (about 3/4 of a mile) for something to do. Another disappointment was the lack of entertainment. The only nighttime shows were on Fri. and Sat. night, for about 1 hr. each. The free bus to downtown was great. It was clean, comfortable, AC'd and dropped you off in the middle of the historical district. When returning on the shuttle, DO NOT be late!! The bus is extremely punctual!! The 12:30 am bus was moving at 12:31 - literally!! PLEASE FEED THE STRAY DOGS!! They are so sweet and just want a bit of hot dogs or scraps. Please stay at this hotel if you are going to beautiful Cartagena!! It's great for kids, couples and you will not be sorry!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Occidental Grand Cartagena Resort***** hotel's objective is to provide luxury, all-inclusive services on the seafront on the beautiful beaches of Manzanillo Bay. It is close to the cosmopolitan city of Cartagena de Indias. It has a contemporary design and a very calm ambience, and our guests' first impression is of an idyllic resort to relax and unwind in. Have a dip in the pool, stroll around the beautiful lush gardens or enjoy the 24-hour drink and snack service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Occidental Grand Cartagena Hotel Cartagena