Barcelo Aruba

Aruba, Caribbean

The hotel

If you’re looking for luxury accommodation, a beachside setting and all-inclusive amenities, the Barceló Aruba fits the bill! Perfect for families and couples alike, there’s a whole range of rooms and suites to choose from, all light, bright and spacious. There’s plenty to entertain you at the Barceló, including diving excursions to the Antilla, the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, beach volleyball, tennis and golf nearby. Meanwhile, the kids are happy at their own club, allowing you to sneak in a visit to the new gym perhaps. There’s also an impressive list of eateries. Feast on buffet dishes at The Palm, Italian cuisine at L’Olio or sushi at Zen. There are several bars too, including one just a few steps from the sea, serving a wide range of tropical cocktails to tempt you.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving

Where is it

On Palm Beach, overlooking beautiful white sands and the turquoise Caribbean waters. Transfer time from Queen Beatrix International Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

373 rooms. All of which are air-conditioned with ceiling fans, balcony or terrace, satellite TV, telephone, WiFi access*, mini-bar with water and soft drinks (replenished every other day), coffee maker, safe*, hairdryer and iron and board. Deluxe Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

All Inclusive of: buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. House brand alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Snacks. All entertainment and activities unless otherwise stated.

Deluxe Ocean View Rooms are located on floors 3 and 5 of both towers, each with a balcony offering stunning partial ocean views. Sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Deluxe Pool Ocean View Rooms sleep maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children

The Palm Restaurant (International buffet), L’Olio (à la carte Italian), El Olvido (Tex-Mex), Zen (Pan-Asian), Desire (Caribbean fusion), Club de Playa (Beach Club Restaurant). 3 bar including Beach Bar, Splash Bar and Lobby Bar.

Regular evening entertainment in the Ballroom. Casino. Live music in the lobby.

Natural-style swimming pool with 2 whirlpools. Spa*. Gym. Water sports* including diving, snorkelling, kayaking, pedal boating and windsurfing. 2 floodlit tennis courts. Beach volleyball. Aqua aerobics. Kids' Club (4-12 years).

WiFi access* in the lobby. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour reception.

7 nights 24 Dec–7 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: hotel was formerly known as the Occidental Grand Aruba.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Aug 17, 2019 PDDdiva New York

I Booked Barcelo through Apple Vacation. If I can tell you one thing. Book directly through the hotel. I flew there in July and had a total of 74 guest coming. The description for the rooms where "Oceanview ". When we arrived, there weer partial views, facing the other hotel with a side view. That wasnt what we paid for. I was getting married and… Read more
I Booked Barcelo through Apple Vacation. If I can tell you one thing. Book directly through the hotel. I flew there in July and had a total of 74 guest coming. The description for the rooms where "Oceanview ". When we arrived, there weer partial views, facing the other hotel with a side view. That wasnt what we paid for. I was getting married and requested the grand suitewith the jacuzzi balconies, so I could have amazing photo of the wedding prep. That was wrong also. I was in a sheer panic by day two . I spoke with the most amazing staff worker to help me review and resolve my situation. Sandra, Lisa, Veronica and Nathaly. Personally aided all of my guest. helped me with any and everything I needed. Making my destination wedding a dream come true. The hotel is clean, quiet, perfect beach,and still fun and energetic. The location Is amazing. It was so nice to walk out of my hotel and sight see on my own.Everything is right at your finger tip. You can walk up and Down the hotel strip for shop, eateries, clubs and picture. It was my 1st time at Barcelo, but it wont be my last. Thank you for eveything Read less
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Aug 14, 2019 michiiee Elmont, New York

The bartender Rendy at the lobby bar made my trip unforgettable!! He seriously made us the best drinks!! He was so friendly and entertaining to my cousins and I. He made us feel at home!! I’d come back next year just for his drinks.
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Aug 14, 2019 Bill H

Barceló Aruba hard working staff gets an A++ but for the resort itself three stars is being kind. Let me start at the pool where unless you get up at dawn it is virtually impossible to get a chair or umbrella. Absolutely no wait service around the pool or beach! The only way you get a drink is at the swim up bar where the wait was at times ten… Read more
Barceló Aruba hard working staff gets an A++ but for the resort itself three stars is being kind. Let me start at the pool where unless you get up at dawn it is virtually impossible to get a chair or umbrella. Absolutely no wait service around the pool or beach! The only way you get a drink is at the swim up bar where the wait was at times ten minutes. Food, we ate at one really good restaurant L'olio where the lamb was very good. Other restaurants at this property were average at best! Our room was clean and comfortable but our so called ocean view room was a view of the second floor office and lobby bar roof in tower one. Very little ocean or beach could be seen from a very small balcony. Overall it was disappointing experience. Read less
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Aug 14, 2019 Amy F

Arrived in Aruba Aug 3. Upon arrival we were a bit early. We were told rooms would be ready at 4 and we went and had a late lunch and drinks. At four one room was ready and the other not until 5. We used the other room to change and enjoy the beach area for awhile. Drink selection was just ugh, no top shelve liquor if you were not royal level.… Read more
Arrived in Aruba Aug 3. Upon arrival we were a bit early. We were told rooms would be ready at 4 and we went and had a late lunch and drinks. At four one room was ready and the other not until 5. We used the other room to change and enjoy the beach area for awhile. Drink selection was just ugh, no top shelve liquor if you were not royal level. That evening I also went to make reservations and I was only able to make 2. That day my husband did speak with someone in the royal level and made arrangements to meet the next morning to make the upgrade. With the upgrade we were able to make reservations for the entire stay, enjoy top shelf drinks, free wi-fi in rooms/beach area, and newsletters of the next days activities, the cost was def worth it all. This upgrade is the way to go and we will be doing this again next year. Food I thought was amazing from the buffet to the others. The seafood place though I would rank very low. Not impressed with the food or wait staff and will not even think about making a reservation there next year. There is a lot of activities on the beach and poolside throughout the day. My son and I did the olympic gams and won. If you plan on getting a hut, plan on waking up very early, my first morning I got on the beach at 6:20 and there were only a handful left. Plan on waking at 5 to get one because you have large families that save five at a time. All in all wonderful trip and we will be back again next year. Read less
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Aug 14, 2019 Bronxpizzaman Hartsdale, New York

Went to Barceló again with my wife and 2 other couples, again was greeted at the front desk by the best people from Martin the manager & his team of Natasha,Balentine,Natalia & Farah, all of them were so helpful especially Martin, all of the restaurants we booked were tremendous from the service we got from Shareen at the seafood restaurant, Paris… Read more
Went to Barceló again with my wife and 2 other couples, again was greeted at the front desk by the best people from Martin the manager & his team of Natasha,Balentine,Natalia & Farah, all of them were so helpful especially Martin, all of the restaurants we booked were tremendous from the service we got from Shareen at the seafood restaurant, Paris & Andres service at the Italian restaurant & Michael,Trevor & Warren at the beach breakfast buffet & when you stay on the beach make sure you get Isai as your beach waiter, he was great, lil hint, when you book your restaurants make sure you ask to purchase the lobster tail for additional $, definitely worth it, we did it 3 different nights, they were great, we really enjoyed ourselves again but was a little disappointed with the quality of liquor at the beach bar but all in all was a great time, we will all be booking again soon for next time Read less