Ratings based on 14 Verified Reviews

3.4 out of 5
71% of guests recommend
3.9 Room cleanliness
3.6 Service & staff
3.7 Room comfort
3.4 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Pennsylvania

Good Family Vacation - Could Be Great

Posted Jan 20, 2017
We are a family of four - kids ages 13 and 12. The hotel is ideally located and the beach was wonderful. The hotel itself was very clean and beautiful. The activities staff was wonderful and friendly. Thanks Ruby!! Cedric the evening security guard was inceedibly friendly, shared stories and was great to be around. Enriques (pool bar) was awesome. We enjoyed the Italian and Japanese restaurants. It was a good vacation, but could be great with some minimal improvements. First, more staff is needed. The restaurants were staffed pretty lean resulting in some unhappy servers who were stressed out. Its tough to smile and be courteous when serving to many people. Second, the hotel needs to have a second breakfast buffet (maybe in the seafood restaurant where second lunch buffet is located). We ate early (before 830) so we did not have a problem. However, the line to get in after 830 was quite long and the omlette line was ridiculous. Third, maybe provide a little more variety on the buffets. After a few days got monotonous. Finally, and this one is probably nit picky, offer a few more kids drinks at the pool bar. Maybe chocolate smoothies or milk shakes. Overall, it was a good vacation and would recommend for a family vacation.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 20, 2017 by Aurelia Croes, Quality Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Mike, Thank you very much for choosing our resort for your family vacation and also for taking the time to write us your experience. We appreciate the suggestions you provided as it gives us the opportunity to improve. We look forward to host you again in the near future. Kind regards,
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Lancaster, NY

Better than we could have anticipated!

Posted Jan 19, 2017
Pros: Service was outstanding from day one! Room was exceptionally clean, restaurant(5) food was very good and the entire staff was friendly/professional!!
Cons: Casino was being renovated and therefore closed. Had to go to adjacent hotels for gaming fun.
Location: Excellent location! On the beach, walking distance to nearby hotels and shopping.
Our experience could not have been more enjoyable! This was our first time in Aruba and from arrival to departure, our stay was outstanding. The Barceló Aruba is an excellent place to stay! Staff, amenities, room and beauty of the grounds/beach made our weeks stay exceptional! We would definitely return to this location, Island and Hotel!!
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 19, 2017 by Aurelia Croes, Quality Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Jim, 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, Occidental Grand Aruba Management
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from bensalem,pa

Posted Jan 19, 2017
Pros: Entertainment and friendly people
Cons: Free wifi. Room service.
Location: excellent location with shops, restaurants bars, clubs rights across the street.
We had a great time. Nice place to stay. Food was good,Buffet and restaurants, friendly staff, nice beach. Across the street from shops etc. Nice to go out at night. The nightly shows in the ballroom were a lot of fun.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 19, 2017 by Aurelia Croes, Quality Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Joe & Karen, 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, Occidental Grand Aruba Management
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Barcelo

Posted Jan 11, 2017
Good service. Looks like Barcelona needs to do cosmetic revisions. We had a flood in our room as the result of a broken sprinkler on an upper floor. Food was very good, attentive staff and overall, a very pleasant vacation.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 11, 2017 by Aurelia Croes, Quality Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Anonymous, Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We apologize for any inconvenience you may have encountered due to the activation of the sprinkler system. We perform regular maintenance on our fire suppression system but this incident was not due to cosmetic revisions. All in all we are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Occidental Grand Aruba Management
1 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Dont go there

Posted Jan 11, 2017
No vip Service. Bad wifi. Awful food. Want to pay for an upgrade and they did not gave it to me. I could not relax with my kids and have a nice vacation
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 13, 2017 by Aurelia Croes, Quality Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Anonymous, Thank you for choosing Occidental Grand Aruba and for taking the time to write a review. We are truly disappointed to read that your stay with us did not live up to your expectations. There is no excuse for poor service and not responding to guests' needs, and for that we are truly sorry. Your feedback is important to us as it highlights many areas for improvement, which we will address with our team immediately. We hope that you will give us a chance to earn back your trust and I can assure you that we will do our best to give you the great hotel experience that so many of our guests have grown so fond of. Sincerely, Occidental Grand Aruba Management
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from aruba

Nice hotel. A little pricey for all inclusive

Posted Jan 3, 2017
Aruba is a beautiful place. Hotel is nice. A bit pricey for what it is. The staff was amazing.. the food was the same old thing every day we chose to eat out almost every night for dinner.. returning the beach float by 4pm has to change and I did complain to management.. I should be able to float in ocean for as long as I'd like..also, the towel cards were annoying as well..the drinks were well made and packed a nice punch compared to other alcoholic drinks from other all inclusive that I have visited.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 4, 2017 by Aurelia Croes, Quality Manager, Hotel Management
Dear donna, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and we will take your recommendations into considerations. And hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Occidental Grand Aruba Management
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Maryland

Hotel is good.

Posted Dec 29, 2016
Hotel stuff not friendly. Food could be better. Construction during the day,so we can't relux in the room at day time.Not recommend this hotel to my friends.
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 31, 2016 by Aurelia Croes, Quality Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Edward, Thank you for choosing Occidental Grand Aruba and for taking the time to write a review. We are truly disappointed to read that your stay with us did not live up to your expectations. And for that we are truly sorry. Your feedback is important to us as it highlights many areas for improvement, which we will address with our team immediately. We hope that you will give us a chance to earn back your trust and I can assure you that we will do our best to give you the great hotel experience that so many of our guests have grown so fond of. Sincerely, Occidental Grand Aruba Management
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Boston

Posted Dec 13, 2016
Ran out of eggs a few days for breakfast. Jacuzzis not working.and missing tiles and sharp edges.
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 31, 2016 by Aurelia Croes, Quality Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Doreen, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We apologize for any inconveniences you may have encountered during your stay and we can assure you that these are being addressed accordingly. Kind regards,
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from b

oceanfront

Posted Dec 13, 2016
Many updates done but sloppy Couldn't use tub due to dried grout I drain, no sink stopper either in sink, air did not work, making dinner reservations difficult, even when using front desk they say they speak English don't count on it, Hours stated for meals not accurate we waited for it to open for lunch stated 11 am around 11:15 it opened not a big deal unless you need to catch a flight Stated chocolate and flowers - we didn't get thos one day someone banged on our door and gave us 2 apples and a banana Also fridge filled one time when we got there with pop, they never refilled it again filled as in 2 coke Diet Coke and 2 beer Bright spot was the man who sang in the bar at night excellent!!!
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 15, 2016 by Aurelia Croes, Quality Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to address some of your concerns to us. We are working diligently to correct all of these. Though we wish you had a wonderful stay it is comment like yours that help us make improvements. We hope that you will visit us again in order to show you the improvements. Kind regards,
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Nice Hotel very good location

Posted Dec 12, 2016
Pros: Location, italian and japanese restaurant
Cons: There should be some indoor activities in case of bad weather. Food in main restaurant should be improved
Location: Snorkel, beach games, water games, shopping, nice bars at night
The hotel is good, very well located. Just bough by Barcelo group so they are improving some areas
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 15, 2016 by Aurelia Croes, Quality Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Anonymous, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We are constantly working on improvements and we look forward to show you these in the near future. Kind regards,