We stayed for 2 weeks in the hotel in January 2014. The location of the hotel is excellent because you are in Cartagena but without the noise and parties of Cartagena. The size of the hotel is excellent for seniors, families and kids and even for wheel chair access. The walking distance from the buildings to the swiming pools, the dining room, the bar and the beach is very confortable and not extremely long. The design, decoration and space of the hotel is relaxing, down to earth, simple, very tropical and without any extravaganza. The gardens and flowers are beatiful and are kept in very good shape. Entrance, reception, pathways, dining rooms, bar, hallways, bathrooms, elevators, swiming pools, the beach (chairs included) are extremely clean as well as our room. The beach is sandy and light brownish, excellent and shoes are not needed to get into the water. Sea water is warm and clean. Food is very good, abundant all the time with a variety of dishes depending on the time of the day. All the staff (management, reception, waitress, cleaning, security, pool, nurse, towels, drivers) are great. They are always friendly. They are there to make your stay enjoyable. If you need something, they try their best to help you. All the services are very professional. Dining rooms and bars are served friendly and with elegance. We stayed in a standard room with two double beds. The size of the room was good. The beds are firm and comfortable as well as the pillows. The best is that each room has a quite air conditioning. There are two things to be aware of: One, the hotel is far from shopping malls and does not have any exchange for pesos, nor a banking machine. Therefore, it is very important to bring some Colombian pesos with you. Also, bring some repellent for mosquitos just in case your blood is their type (mine was, Albert's was not) and, since you will be in the Caibbean sea, please do not forget the sun screen. The shuttle bus to Cartagena is great!!!!! The hotel is great!!!!!! The staff is great!!!!!!! The food is great!!!!!! The design and surroundings are great!!!!!
- 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