$473 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Apr 20, 2014 Check-out: Apr 21, 2014

Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

4 stars
JE Irausquin Blvd 83, P.O. Box 218, Oranjestad,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
362 reviews
Fantasic for Seniors

Hotel is geat for seniors. Almost everything is handicapped accessable and the staff couldn't be... See full review

  • Diane and Dave
  • Mar 30, 2014
Winter Blues Life Saver

The hotel was beautiful. Clean, great view of the pool area and ocean. The local singer in the bar... See full review

  • Luvin Aruba
  • Mar 18, 2014
Luxury upgrade to VIP treatment at this Palm Beach all-inclusive resort
Awarded the TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence, the Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive makes for a worthwhile and memorable vacation spot featuring white sandy beach and crystal clear water. Snorkeling, kayaking and sailing are among the many aquatic activities. Occidental Grand Aruba  offers a chance to upgrade to luxurious comforts at the Royal Club. The Royal Club, a boutique hotel found on the 7th, 8th, and 9th floors of the resort, boasts a club-like atmosphere and offers concierge level service and spacious rooms luxuriously equipped with Etro toiletries, fruit basket, plush bathrobes, and suites that feature hydro-massage bathtub. The club also offers two meeting spaces, in-room dining, private areas, preferred seating at the a la carte restaurant, and complimentary high-speed Internet access at the lounge and members-only area in the reception area.
Highlights
  • Palm Beach location offers excellent stretch of coastline with many water activities
  • Royal Club offers a VIP, five-star experience with private lounge and concierge services
  • Six restaurants and five cocktail bars in-house
Rooms
Rooms at the Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive are decorated in an elegant Spanish colonial style. Amenities include satellite TV, a telephone with data port, Wi-Fi, an in-room safe, and a full bath with shower and hydro-massage tubs. Royal Club-level suites have marble floors, private balconies, CD and DVD players, and a stocked mini-bar.
Dining
Six restaurants serve cuisine from around the globe, including Italian (L'Olio), Mexican (El Ovido) and eclectic fusion (Zen Pan and Desire Caribbean). Breakfast and lunch is served in grand buffet style at The Palm, and hearty snacks-to-order are available at The Beach Club. Expertly mixed cocktails are poured at five bars, which are scattered around the hotel pool, beachside or in elegant lounges.
Recreation
Snorkeling, kayaking, SCUBA or sailing lessons and trips are all house specialties, along with beach games. Little ones ages 4 to 10 can take part in supervised activities at the Kids Club. Additional babysitting is also available. Sound, the in-house nightclub, has dancing and DJs nightly. The casino, with its $2,000 nightly bingo prize, will resume play in February 2011. Live shows go on nightly in the casino's theater, and Cuban cigars are legal here.
Transportation
  • Queen Beatrix International Airport (8.25 mi/13.25 km)
Attractions
  • Pedernalis (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • Bubali Bird Sanctuary (1.5 mi/2.4 km)
Business
  • Wi-Fi available throughout the Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive
  • Business center with five PC stations, printers, copier, fax machine, courier and concierge service
  • Three ballrooms with 20,000 square-feet of flexible event space can accommodate up to 800
Policies and fees
  • Upon arrival, $3 per room/per night will be collected for the Aruba Environmental Fee.
  • Guests must be 21 to check in.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive Rooms

Deluxe Ocean View
Deluxe rooms offer guests either one King bed or two double beds, marble floors, balcony or terrace, mini-bar, hair dryer, satellite TV, alarm clock/radio, telephone with data port, high speed Internet or Wi-Fi access, in-room safe and full bath with shower and tub.
Grand Concierge Deluxe Ocean View
This category features the Deluxe room inclusions, as well as concierge service, turndown service, internet stations, a fruit basket, a bottle of wine, a 10% spa discount and plush bathrobes to wear during your stay
The Royal Club Luxury Ocean View
All Royal Club level rooms include the resort's all-inclusive features, and boast elegantly appointed furniture and amenities, including King beds, marble floors, balcony, CD and DVD players, mini-bar, hair dryer, satellite TV, alarm clock/radio, telephone with data port, high speed Internet or Wi-Fi access, in-room safe, full bath with shower and hydro-massage tubs and room service. Guests will enjoy private check-in at the Royal Club level floor, with a private lounge, restaurant and concierge services.
Grand Romance Deluxe Ocean View
This category features Deluxe room inclusions, as well as a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, couples massage, breakfast in bed the first morning, romantic dinner, 10% spa discounts, turndown service, and a surprise gift with special romantic amenities.
Deluxe
Deluxe rooms offer guests either one King bed or two double beds, marble floors, balcony or terrace, mini-bar, hair dryer, satellite TV, alarm clock/radio, telephone with data port, high speed Internet or Wi-Fi access, in-room safe and full bath with shower and tub.

Amenities

  • All inclusive
  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Casino
Dining
All inclusive
Restaurant
Services
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

12.5702 -70.0462
Area served
Oranjestad, Aruba
Nearby airports
Queen Beatrix Intl. Airport (AUA): Approximate driving time is 15 minutes and distance is 8.25 miles (13.25 km). From airport, go west towards the downtown area, proceed to 'High Rise Hotels' sign. Follow sign to left, the resort is on the left.
Area description
Shopping, casinos, golf, sightseeing tours and water sports.

Nearby points of interest

  • Surf Club: 0.6 mi
  • Bye Bye Nature: 2 mi
  • The Thode's residence: 2.9 mi

Dining

Desires Lounge
One flight up on the second floor, Desires has a romantic setting for getting close to the one you love the most! 6:00pm - 12:00 midnight
Desire Lounge
Caribbean Fusion Cuisine - la carte dining. With dishes like Garlic Octopus with Grilled Mushrooms or Rosemary Shrimp Kebab, you'll find Desire is a epic-urean adventure that will leave you wanting more! Dinner - 06:00pm - 11:00pm
Royal Club Restaurant
Private a la carte and buffet. Open Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily for for Royal Club guests.
The Palm
International Buffet - Located on the main floor, you'll love this buffet style eatery. Help yourself to an amazing array of delicious plates or watch as the chef prepares your order exactly to your taste. Breakfast - 7:00am - 11:00am Lunch - 12:00pm - 3:00pm Dinner - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Cocktail Bar
Located in the lobby, it's a great place to relax between activities!11:00am - 11:00 pm
Zen
Pan-Asian Cuisine - la carte dining. Seat yourself at the Sushi Bar! Or, let one of our chefs show off their talent tableside. Zen offers private dining 'Tatami' style. No matter what you choose it's sure to be magical. Dinner - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Bikini Beach Bar
Located on the Beach, this is the perfect Hot Spot to sip your favorite tropical potion. 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sound Bar
More than just premium liquors, Sounds has live music and DJs rocking the night away. 07:00pm - 02:00am & closed Sunday
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Mexican Cuisine - la carte dining. Set in a traditional Mexican dcor, the authentic and unique flavors this restaurant offers is an experience you'll want to repeat. Dinner - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
The Beach Club
Lunch & a la carte dining - for snacks and sandwiches. 12:00pm to 4:30 pm

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
The Best Getaway for Business Events. Why not hold your next corporate function in paradise? At Occidental Grand Aruba you can count on our state of the art business center. Our meeting rooms are equipped with audio-visual equipment plus offer outstanding catering and impeccable service. All this combined with the most memorable location for your business event. Who says you can't combine business with pleasure? Conference facilities available for up to 800 people.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (362)

Ratings and reviews for Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

Overall score

3.6 / 5
362 out of 362
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
3.9
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.7

74% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
OHaruba2014
Ohio
Apr 14, 2014

Fantastic Location

Over all a great value. Good was very good. Staff was friendly. Close to everything! If getting a deluxe ocean view make sure to request facing the pool, otherwise you look out to a parking lot.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
Diane and Dave
Dobbs Ferry, New York
Mar 30, 2014

Fantasic for Seniors

Hotel is geat for seniors. Almost everything is handicapped accessable and the staff couldn't be more helpful. We have vacationed at the Occidental Aruba four times and will be back again next year. We love the food and ate at all five restaurants plus the BBQ on the beach and the new "dinner and show". Pool and beach are fantastic.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

Reviewer score

2
Bank4more
Watson Ohio
Mar 30, 2014

Needs work

Can't beat the location, but the facilities are in need of an update. Food was at best ok and lacked variety. Buffet lovers heaven was not what we were looking for. We paid for the "VIP" upgrade, which only got us a reserved hut on the beach (had to push for this after being told it was included when we booked). The upgrade allowed us access to a private dining room that was good until we noticed large numbers of tiny bugs on our table. The upgrade was to include premium liquor that was only available in the private dining area and was only marginally upgraded from Jack Daniels...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Review of Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

Reviewer score

2
DDMJ
NJ
Mar 21, 2014

Amazing beach, horrible hotel

Breakfast and lunch were ok. After 3 days of the same buffet food it gets old. The dinners were horrible, if they even had the restaurants open. We had reservations at one of the places for a 730pm dinner. When we arrived no one was there. They never called to tell is they closed the restaurant that night. They had an outside buffet on the sand. The food was awful. I wouldn't feed it to my dog. We had to go off the resort to eat, which defeats the all inclusive purpose. The only beer they had was gross. We couldn't even drink it. The mixed drinks were premise and way too sweet. We also booked an ocean view room. We really only had a pool room and then a roof blocking our ocean view. We went with another couple who did not upgrade to ocean view and they actually had a better view than we did. When we complained, they told us we need to speak with where we booked from because that is the info they got.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
1
Dining tip: Not Applicable

Don't do small inclusive

Review of Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
Luvin Aruba
Columbus, Ohio
Mar 18, 2014

Winter Blues Life Saver

The hotel was beautiful. Clean, great view of the pool area and ocean. The local singer in the bar area was fantastic. The consistent weather made two winter weary travelers very happy. All the servers were very friendly and helpful! We have traveled to Cancun, Punta Cana, Grand Caymans, Jamaica and the Bahamas. We would take Aruba over all of those and return tomorrow.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: In Hotel

The all inclusive was really a savings. Food at the hotel and special restaurants was exceptional.

Review of Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
Louisa2495
Ny
Mar 17, 2014

Consistently wonderful

Clean rooms/grounds, friendly staff, decent food, very relaxing in some spots while also upbeat in others. There is something for everyone.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

Although the shuttle to and from the airport is convenient and nicely priced, it can take much longer because of all the stops a log the way. Nice if you're interested at seeing the other resorts, but if eager to get to the resort and start your vacation, def take a taxi.

Review of Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
Mme Cool
hoboken
Mar 9, 2014

easy, relaxed, pleasant

Everything you need to enjoy a lovely alternative to winter in the Northeast is available at this resort. There's easy access to breakfast, nice beach (with an umbrella if lucky), bar, restraurants, casino. We enjoyed meeting hotel staff (Ketty, Orsini, Richi, Doris, Mavis, Astrid).

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

A jeep trip along the dramatic and beautiful north coast, including Arikok Nat'l Park, provides an experience unique to Aruba. The ride to Natural Pool was exhirarating!!! Apart from this one 'trail' it's easy to go on your own in air- conditioned comfort to explore at leisure this wild and romantic locale.

Review of Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
bandres
Aruba
Feb 16, 2014

occidential Grand

I have been going to this Hotel for years now, we have learned most of the staff we are welcomed back as if we were Family. It feels like home, I could not say enough about everyone one of them. The Fun Club Group is always the hit of the evening with their shows and just being fun group.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Downtown shopping is always fun, Going to Charlies bar is a Must.

Review of Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
Pepo 42
Long Beach, NY
Feb 8, 2014

city hotel on the beach

Well located with excellent staff with good food, drinks.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Occidental Grand Aruba All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
Ricky the traveler
New York, NY
Jan 13, 2014

Occidental resort

Having been to the island many times and to other resorts, Occidental is pretty good. Although the food could be better, it still is good. The beach is nice compared to the others However, getting a chair often requires paying the cabana boys. The night entertainment is very good. But having been there 3 years in a row, there hasn't been any real variation in the show. We were upgraded to a nice time-share room which was an added bonus.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
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