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joelcoqui
05-28-2009, 08:27 AM
Since the economy crisis, there has been terrible reviews on the Occidental Grand. Has anyone else experienced this?? Bad food with sickness involved, lazy staff and sub par accomodations. I would love to hear from someone who has been there recently. :eek:

michelemeow
05-28-2009, 09:48 PM
i was there recently and i did not have that experience...remember everyone has different thoughts about a place..and some people complain about the littlest thing...The hotel is beautiful..its more active then most hotels...i would recommend it!

horse1119
05-29-2009, 11:01 PM
I think the food was better this yar than in previous years. The staff was just as wonderful as ever. The rooms are beautiful. I think its one of the best resort on the island.

joelcoqui
06-02-2009, 06:53 PM
OK, Thats 2 replys. Should that be good enough to feel comfortable about the place?

michelemeow
06-02-2009, 11:08 PM
OK, Thats 2 replys. Should that be good enough to feel comfortable about the place?


you wont be disappointed with occidental....

horse1119
06-03-2009, 08:35 PM
I rent out about 8 weeks a year at Occidental. Most of my tenants come back year after year. They love it. I love it too!

joelcoqui
06-09-2009, 09:38 AM
Ok, Ok. thanks. I just hope the food is good and there isnt mold or a stench in my room. Being from NY we are picky but sure know how to have a good time.

purpleangel
06-12-2009, 12:27 PM
I'm actually staying at the Occidental for the first time. I'm there 6/16-6/21. I'll be sure to give a report.

The only bad hotel experience I had was my first trip to Aruba. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Sunspree. There was mold everywhere. I would not even classify it as a "resort." Food was not spectacular at all. I will never go back there.

joelcoqui
07-08-2009, 09:45 AM
Does anyone have a room recommendation in the deluxe category? One thats updated with no mold or holes in the walls? :D

cindyo
07-08-2009, 03:09 PM
Since the economy crisis, there has been terrible reviews on the Occidental Grand. Has anyone else experienced this?? Bad food with sickness involved, lazy staff and sub par accomodations. I would love to hear from someone who has been there recently. :eek:

I haven't heard or read anything about this, not sure where you got your info. I have only heard good things about the OG. Try someplace else if you don't like what you've read.
CIndy :}

joelcoqui
07-08-2009, 07:45 PM
Well Cindyo, Have you stayed at the Occidental to defend them?

Andrea J.
07-08-2009, 09:17 PM
i have not stayed at the Occidental but feel pretty comfortable defending the place.

i have acquaintances that own weeks there in the winter (6,7,8 ) and summer 31 - 35 and they always have high praises for it. and are even more gung ho about it since the renovation and and transformations from allegro to occidental.

we have visited them (they are friends of friends) and their units are lovely.


i feel pretty confident defending the place and i have heard nothing negative.

it is right next door to playa linda and is in the "heart of the hi rise action" on palm beach.

andrea

cindyo
07-08-2009, 09:55 PM
Well Cindyo, Have you stayed at the Occidental to defend them?

Relatives yes....not me personally...however, after reading the board which is very much experts on aruba and listening to rave reports, I would also stand to defend them, much like Andrea the moderator.

Where ever you stay you will have fun Joel, enjoy !

~Amy~®
07-13-2009, 11:53 AM
I haven't heard or read anything about this, not sure where you got your info. I have only heard good things about the OG. Try someplace else if you don't like what you've read.
CIndy :}

TripAdvisor.com (which is one of the best websites for travel info to any destination - we use it alot when traveling to new places and it's been a great help to us in choosing hotels in London, Napa, San Fran, Holland, etc.) has alot of Aruba hotel reviews. The reviews for the Occidental have been either great or....not so great.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147249-d151981-Reviews-Occidental_Grand_Aruba_All_Inclusive-Palm_Eagle_Beach_Aruba.html

me and ei
08-11-2009, 12:07 PM
I go with the GREAT. stayed when it was Allegro . had a great time food was always available the deluxe room was nothing to write home about the staff were very helpful and kind. Now we stay at the Occidental we own summer weeks, food is delicious plenty of activity's too. I can't tell you about the deluxe rooms. I'm sure the renovated them. We now we stay in a Jr Suite over looking the ocean and pool. I will report back to let everyone know.

Aruba : 90,00 friends you haven't met.

AngelRitt
08-13-2009, 04:46 PM
We just booked our reservations for the Occidental. We won't be going until next June for our 25th Anniversary. It will be our first visit to Aruba and the travel agent highly recommended it. She said that it had great reviews from her other clients. After reading what everyone else had to say about it on this forum, I am even more excited about my trip!

Irish Mike
09-28-2009, 11:36 AM
I was worried there for a sec!
My wife and I leave Saturday AM, so your reassurances are nice indeed!!!
Anyone here do the Royal Club upgrade? We were told its the way to go, so I am hoping :) Doesn't really matter I guess as long as its Aruba and the water is warm! :)

kthy66
09-29-2009, 11:14 AM
We own a week at Occidental Grand and we absolutely love the rooms and the resort. To be honest , I am not a big fan of the pool area and beach there but that is just me; I like to have more privacy and quiet which is why I prefer to spend my beach time at Eagle Beach.