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Barceló Aruba - All Inclusive

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

A wonderful family vacation, 4 adults and 2 children. We had expected a garden view, but were given two rooms with partial ocean view, sweet! Rooms impeccably clean at all times. Mostly positives, but a couple of negatives. Dinner reservations were made a week before we got there and confirmed, yet not found when we arrived for first dinner. Someone other than the host stepped in immediately, not sure if management, we were given a table immediately. I had written confirmations which he took with him, and came back later with a new set of confirmations for the week! Food at The Palm(buffet) was okay, the specialty restaurants were better, especially the Japanese restaurant, where we were entertained and well fed! The BIG negative is that there was NO beverage service when we were on the beach. Not approached once the entire week, NOT ONCE! At one point my husband saw a resort employee with bottled water and were told bottled water was for Royal guests only, we were refused water and not offered any replacement of any kind, WHAT?? Talk about feeling inferior! The beach was full in the a.m., in the p.m. most everyone went to the pool and the swim up bar, probably in part to no service on the beach. We are travelers, no beach service is unacceptable! The beach and water are wonderful, the best ever! Calm, clean, a path for walking, excellent! We were given no information on the inclusion of non motorized water sports and never figured it out. Overall, great vacation.

I wasn't happy with the fact that I wanted to bring a friend for a visit to my room and the hotel wanted me to pay an extra $170 on top of all the money I had paid, it is absurd and unacceptable.

I would recommend this resort. The atmosphere was good. I came with my boyfriend for an anniversary vacation and I must say, this resort is more for older couples but we didn't feel out of place. There were groups of families with young children as well, just not much couples in their 20s like we are. All of the staff members I came in contact with were extremely friendly and helpful. The sun sets right on the ocean and is beautiful!! I would recommend booking a lot of activities or even renting a car while staying in Aruba because staying in at the resort can get a little boring. But the resort is located across the street from shops and other restaurants that you can feel safe to check out Day or night.

Nice clean hotel right on the beach. Staff friendly, some friendlier than others.

Cant complain about anything except internet. Very poor service. Thats it.

Fun for the first few nights , but really nothing to do inside at night . No outside entertainment unless u walk out of the resort

Beautiful scenery loved the food and the staff was always so nice

Fun place to stay. Food was very good especially L'Olio. Very clean. Staff is great. My only complaint is the availability of pool chairs. Guests reserve chairs early in the morning, leave for a couple of hours or longer and you can't find any seats - not fair to guests that sleep in or leave hotel for part of the day.

The staff at the Barcelo is very accommodating. They are willing to correct any issues you might have. The restaurants are a fantastic feasts of food from many different genre. At each restaurant they provide excellent service. The beaches are pure white sand. The water is as blue as the sky. Even at the beach there are servers for your every need. The weather is perfect. If it rained,it rained for only a few minutes and then it was back to glorious sunshine with a cooling breeze. All the members of your family no matter their ages will find something entertaining to fulfill their needs.

Visited this hotel from 1/23/17 to 1/27/17. This was my first all-inclusive trip and I was traveling with my boyfriend (both in our mid-20s). We were looking for a hotel by the beach with open bar and beach access - and this was the perfect resort for our stay. The room was spacious with a balcony with a pool view (even though we just booked a deluxe room). The room was incredibly clean and spacious. The pool and beach were both incredibly clean and beautiful. The bars were well stocked and made delicious drinks -- and even made drinks double/triple when requested. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Some notes and tips I learned that were very helpful: - Make your dinner reservations as soon as you book. Hotel was at capacity when we arrived, so we were grateful that we reserved our dinner spots months in advance. - There's no beach bar -- so bring a 30oz cup for beach drinking. The pool bar is close enough for refills, but the cups are small so drinks go fast. Save yourself legwork and bring a large cup - the bartender was more than happy to give us triples in the larger cup at our request. - Huts/chairs fill up quickly and the resort does not enforce any rules. Wake up at 630AM to put a towel on some chairs to reserve them for the day. Then go back to sleep - eat breakfast - then return to the beach whenever you're ready and you'll still have your seats. I saved our spot at 630AM, slept until 9, and didn't get back to the beach until 11AM and my chairs were still saved.

It was a great vacation - I loved the Japanese restaurant!!

My room was 2126 great location. All employees friendly , the food was very gooD in particular at the restauntants at sdinner The Beach /pool clean. Just babies few children so you can swim at the pool. The last day, i have a Service to pick up me at 2,40 pm. So I ask at hotel to stay more hours in my room because the policy is checking out at 12, so let me until 1,30 pm.

We stayed here for New Year's Eve and the surrounding days. It was quite pricey, but so was everything at that time. The facility itself is far less impressive than other similarly situated properties nearby or other Caribbean destinations. The location is pretty good - close enough to the middle of the strip that you could get anywhere. The food and drinks for the all-inclusive were on the lower end. I've stayed at probably 10 different all-inclusive resorts around the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe and I would say this was bottom 33%. Not awful, and the ala carte options at night were fine. But the lunch options were questionable, the drinks were weak, there was no service at the pool that I could see and DEFINITELY no service at the beach. There were LOADS of kids (it was Christmas break, so I guess it makes sense), too, if that bothers you. The beachfront was very nice, though. Our key card reader stopped working on day 3 and they had to come and repair it during the NYE festivities, which wasn't fun. All in all, I was relatively disappointed. Oh, and the casino was closed "for renovations"... but it turns out that it was closed because they didn't want to pay the staff what was customary, according to other casino workers we talked to. Wish they had told us this before we booked.

The property is well located on a nice beach, and has a nice large pool area which has open access to the beach area and is surrounded on the other three sides by rooms overlooking the pool and looking out to the beach and ocean. These rooms have the best view in my opinion. Of course, there are other rooms with a full ocean view or garden view. Check in was fine. An upgrade was offered after the inexperienced front desk person said the card was declined when, in fact, that was not the case as the senior person at the desk found out. The room was nice and fully appointed. The bed was very comfortable. The food in the Main restaurant was generally good. A wide variety was provided at all meals. However, the standard of the meal and the venue of the specialty Aruba Seafood Restaurant were way below standard for that type of facility. On the other hand, the Romantic Beach Dinner was exceptional. We did not try the Italian Restaurant. Of note also is the poor WiFi arrangement at this property. They charge $12.00/day per device. There is a 1hr free offering but this can be accessed only when located in the lobby. This is my major complaint about this property. I consider the WiFi arrangement a major irritant that is really unnecessary.

My husband and I stayed at Barcelo for one week at the end of November. The hotel was elegantly decorated for Christmas, the rooms were clean. The restaurants for dinner were all very good with the exception of the Mexican restaurant which I did not care for. There was a buffet for breakfast and lunch which was ok. We learned to stick to the omlet station for breakfast and there was another place to get grilled food for lunch. Most of the staff was friendly. I would prefer some top shelf bar items even if it meant the price would go up a bit. The pool area was beautiful and the beach was very nice. I did notice that people would put their belongings on the bed lounges by the pool and then literally not be on them all day. There was a sign that said if you left your belongings for over 2 hours the items would be removed so other guests could enjoy it, but this was not enforced. I felt it was selfish for these people to keep their things there and not use the lounge bed. I was disappointed that the jacuzzis were not working and there were some broken tiles in the hot tubs. 0verall we had a wonderful time and we definately will go back.

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 83 Noord Noord

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Located within a 5-minute walk of Omnibus Tennis, Barceló Aruba - All Inclusive is within a 15-minute stroll of Paseo Herencia Shopping Mall. This 364-room, 4-star resort has a full-service spa, a casino, and 5 restaurants. On the beach, it's also near Alto Vista Chapel and Arashi Beach.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM. There are ample dining options with 5 onsite restaurants, including The Palm, which specializes in international cuisine. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


Rooms

All of Barceló Aruba - All Inclusive's 364 air-conditioned rooms provide free minibar items, balconies or patios, and coffee makers. Guests can expect WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include free bottled water, ceiling fans, and safes.


Property features

Guests of Barceló Aruba - All Inclusive have access to a full-service spa, a casino, and an outdoor pool. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this all-inclusive resort include a fitness center, a spa tub, and outdoor tennis courts.

Room options

Royal Level Luxury Lateral Ocean View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room

Full 2 | King 1 | Sleeps 4

Royal Level Suite Lateral Ocean View

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Room, Ocean View (with pool view)

Full 2 | King 1 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Barceló Aruba - All Inclusive

Everyone (14) Couples (1)
4

family getaway.

Everyone

A wonderful family vacation, 4 adults and 2 children. We had expected a garden view, but were given two rooms with partial ocean view, sweet! Rooms impeccably clean at all times. Mostly positives, but a couple of negatives. Dinner reservations were made a week before we got there and confirmed, yet not found when we arrived for first dinner. Someone other than the host stepped in immediately, not sure if management, we were given a table immediately. I had written confirmations which he took with him, and came back later with a new set of confirmations for the week! Food at The Palm(buffet) was okay, the specialty restaurants were better, especially the Japanese restaurant, where we were entertained and well fed! The BIG negative is that there was NO beverage service when we were on the beach. Not approached once the entire week, NOT ONCE! At one point my husband saw a resort employee with bottled water and were told bottled water was for Royal guests only, we were refused water and not offered any replacement of any kind, WHAT?? Talk about feeling inferior! The beach was full in the a.m., in the p.m. most everyone went to the pool and the swim up bar, probably in part to no service on the beach. We are travelers, no beach service is unacceptable! The beach and water are wonderful, the best ever! Calm, clean, a path for walking, excellent! We were given no information on the inclusion of non motorized water sports and never figured it out. Overall, great vacation.

By , from Maine on Jul 17, 2017

3
Everyone

I wasn't happy with the fact that I wanted to bring a friend for a visit to my room and the hotel wanted me to pay an extra $170 on top of all the money I had paid, it is absurd and unacceptable.

By on Jun 30, 2017

Review comment responded on Jul 3, 2017

Dear Anonymous, Thank you so much for choosing our property for your vacation and for taking the time to write us a review. Our resort is an All Inclusive and we charge per person not per family. We hope you can understand that each and every person on the property has paid more or less the same amount to be on the property to enjoy all we have to offer and it would not be fair to anyone to make exceptions. We hope you can understand that and we look forward to host you again in the near future. Kind regards,

4

nice resort

Everyone

I would recommend this resort. The atmosphere was good. I came with my boyfriend for an anniversary vacation and I must say, this resort is more for older couples but we didn't feel out of place. There were groups of families with young children as well, just not much couples in their 20s like we are. All of the staff members I came in contact with were extremely friendly and helpful. The sun sets right on the ocean and is beautiful!! I would recommend booking a lot of activities or even renting a car while staying in Aruba because staying in at the resort can get a little boring. But the resort is located across the street from shops and other restaurants that you can feel safe to check out Day or night.

By , from New York on May 10, 2017

Review comment responded on May 15, 2017

Dear Justina, Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted you had a wonderful time. We look forward to host you again in the near future. Kind regards,

3
Everyone

Nice clean hotel right on the beach. Staff friendly, some friendlier than others.

By on Mar 26, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 28, 2017

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for the review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely,

5
Everyone
Beach Pool Pool Entrance

Cant complain about anything except internet. Very poor service. Thats it.

By , from upstate NY on Mar 22, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 24, 2017

Dear Magdalena, Thank you very much for taking the time to rate our property and for sharing your concern about the internet. We are working diligently to improve this service. We look forward to welcome you soon back to our property. Kind regards,

4

great time

Everyone
View of pool Beach

Fun for the first few nights , but really nothing to do inside at night . No outside entertainment unless u walk out of the resort

By on Mar 21, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 23, 2017

Dear Chris, Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely,

4
Everyone

Beautiful scenery loved the food and the staff was always so nice

By , from new york on Mar 12, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 15, 2017

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your rating and your comments. We look forward to host you again in the near future. Kind regards,

4

nice hotel close to beach.

Everyone

Fun place to stay. Food was very good especially L'Olio. Very clean. Staff is great. My only complaint is the availability of pool chairs. Guests reserve chairs early in the morning, leave for a couple of hours or longer and you can't find any seats - not fair to guests that sleep in or leave hotel for part of the day.

By , from New York on Feb 25, 2017

Review comment responded on Feb 28, 2017

Dear LR, Thank you so much for your wonderful rating. We are particularly happy that you enjoyed our restaurants and our services. We are sorry you had problems finding chairs. I can assure you that we do have enough chairs however you should have asked assistance from our personnel to help you getting them. We try very hard to control the chair reservation system that many guest use however this is very hard to control. We hope that you will visit us again in the near future. Kind regards,

5

ocean paradise

Everyone

The staff at the Barcelo is very accommodating. They are willing to correct any issues you might have. The restaurants are a fantastic feasts of food from many different genre. At each restaurant they provide excellent service. The beaches are pure white sand. The water is as blue as the sky. Even at the beach there are servers for your every need. The weather is perfect. If it rained,it rained for only a few minutes and then it was back to glorious sunshine with a cooling breeze. All the members of your family no matter their ages will find something entertaining to fulfill their needs.

By , from Milwaukee on Feb 19, 2017

Review comment responded on Feb 21, 2017

Dear Lynn, Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your experience with all of us. It is truly a pleasure to receive feedback like yours. I am happy to announce that we have recently re opened the casino for your enjoyment and entertainment. Thank you once more for taking the time to write us. We look forward to host you again in the near future. Kind regards,

5

nonstop food, drink, & beautiful beach

Couples

Visited this hotel from 1/23/17 to 1/27/17. This was my first all-inclusive trip and I was traveling with my boyfriend (both in our mid-20s). We were looking for a hotel by the beach with open bar and beach access - and this was the perfect resort for our stay. The room was spacious with a balcony with a pool view (even though we just booked a deluxe room). The room was incredibly clean and spacious. The pool and beach were both incredibly clean and beautiful. The bars were well stocked and made delicious drinks -- and even made drinks double/triple when requested. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Some notes and tips I learned that were very helpful: - Make your dinner reservations as soon as you book. Hotel was at capacity when we arrived, so we were grateful that we reserved our dinner spots months in advance. - There's no beach bar -- so bring a 30oz cup for beach drinking. The pool bar is close enough for refills, but the cups are small so drinks go fast. Save yourself legwork and bring a large cup - the bartender was more than happy to give us triples in the larger cup at our request. - Huts/chairs fill up quickly and the resort does not enforce any rules. Wake up at 630AM to put a towel on some chairs to reserve them for the day. Then go back to sleep - eat breakfast - then return to the beach whenever you're ready and you'll still have your seats. I saved our spot at 630AM, slept until 9, and didn't get back to the beach until 11AM and my chairs were still saved.

By on Jan 28, 2017

Review comment responded on Jan 30, 2017

Dear Anonymous, On behalf of the whole team of Occidental Grand Aruba we would like to thank you for choosing our property for your vacation and for sharing such a wonderful review with us. It is a real pleasure and a true motivator to receive this kind of feedback. We look forward to host you again in the near future. Kind regards,