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Occidental Caribe
Ranked #60 of 112 Hotels in Punta Cana
Reviewed 23 March 2008

We went to barcelo punta cana on march 13 to march 20. I'm 25 years old girl and I went there with my friend 21 years old girl we have the time of our life ..... Was sunny ,nice clean the activity was good .We have so much fun . we also had some fun at the disco were we meet some animation team guys ..they were nice and funny . They also dance very well ...i learn how to dance salsa ....The food was very good , the room was clean old but clean , the housekeper was doing a great job . The bartender was very nice and fast . I propose to everyone to go there ....no regrets . If you go there you will not forget about anyting . Because everything was so beautifull . The pool, restaurant , THE BEACH , rooms ,Hotel WAS AWSOME > Good service . Animation team was incridible . My last word for that resort is I WILL GO BACK ON DECEMBER . I miss the place too much . See you in december punta cana .

Stayed: March 2008
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Reviewed 23 March 2008

My husband and I just returned from Punta Cana a couple of days ago. We stayed a week and had a wonderful time. The beach was fabulous. We usually go to Cancun, better beaches in Punta Cana. Water was nice and when the winds picked up- lots of HUGE waves to play in! We loved the non-motorized equipment rental. Snorkeling gear, boogie boards, and kayaks all a blast! We got an updated room in Block 3, be sure to request this. We ended up getting lucky but very glad we did. The pool and staff were also great. The entertainment staff was hilarious..the shows also hillarious although probably not supposed to be. The only downfall was some of the food. Much of the food tasted the same and got a little boring after a week. Not sure if it was the water or food but we both got sick, so be sure to bring some immodium. The alcohol was also not top of the line. There were not many call brands and the beer on tap was not very good, and we ar beer drinkers. Do be sure to bring a insulated mug to keep your drink cool! All in all it was a very memorable vacation and would love to return with some friends in the future!

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank clappyclappy
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Reviewed 22 March 2008

I will make it short.

We returned yesterday from the Barcelo. It is a beautiful resort if you stay in buildings 1, 2 or 3. If they put you in one of the older buildings, ask to be moved. Go see the head of reception. Tanya, she is great. Old buildings (4, 5 and 6) smell and the sheet are absolutely gross!! New building is a five star compared to the old ones.

The food is not to write home about but we did not get sick. The a la cart restaurants are not too bad. The Japanese one is a great experience. Our boys loved it. Overall, a 2.5 out of 5 at best.

The beach is fantastic. Great for smaller kids as well. Lots of walking, fine white sand and clean. The beach at the Barcelo is pretty clean except for the sigarette butts.

Beach towels. Bring your own or make sure that you have clean ones before you go back to your room at night. It is absolutely impossible to get a clean towel before 2 pm!

Staff. We love the D.R. people. We have been at the D.R. three times now. I don't know what they do to their staff but they are not too many happy people working there. There is the odd friendly staff member but most of them are miserable. As well, they seem to have no rules about staff eating while they are working. I found this very annoying.

Smoking. Lots of smokers. Make sure your room is a non smoking room if you do not smoke! As well, ask to be seated in the non-smoking part of the restaurants.

Overall, if you can get this trip for a great price, go for it. Would we go back? No! Try the Catalonia. Nicer people and better food. Beach is not better!

If you are late teens, or in your twenties, lots of people around and they seem to have a great time. If you are a family with young kids, ask for a suite, great kids waterpark (in full sun) and fantastic beach. Not a lot of other kids to play with. Put your name on your toys as well.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled with family
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3  Thank Worldtaveller
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Reviewed 19 March 2008

We just returned from a week (3/12 to 3/18) at the Barcelo Punta Cana. It was really great, but read on for some really important warnings and advisories.

We were 2 families, a total of 7 people, 4 kids (10, 12, 15 and 16) and 3 adults. Every one had a great time. Every day was sunny, around the high 80s with a constant and delightful breeze. The kids roamed around alone or with each other and all made friends, especially through the trapeze. The beach is unbeatable: fine white sand, fun waves, an unreal blue/turquiose/green. The pools are fun and the new kids area is great. There are lots of activities like volleyball, water aerobics, etc. The kids loved the trampoline and trapeze, and the staff there was welcoming, supportive and loved to teach. We felt like we were in paradise every day.

The grounds are beautiful. It is a large hotel so be prepared to walk a bit. The food is good--a B- I would rate it-- and there is a huge variety. It is Dominican in nature, so be prepared for things you might be used to to taste a bit different (like hotdogs and cheese). Some other posters have written that lots of staff don't speak English...duh, it is not an English speaking country. If you want English, go to a different country. I didn't find the vendors to be instrusive. Like another hotel I went to last year, the alcohol doesn't seem to be very strong, which I think is a good thing. There weren't obvious drunk people. But, there is a lot of smoking. It is hard to get away from it.

We had a renovated room and it was lovely. The AC worked, no blackouts, the bathroom pretty, and the bedding was heavenly. There is a mini-fridge which is great. I thought it was quiet, but I wear waxy earplugs every night anyway so it is always quiet for me at night.

Now the advisories...the beach towel situation is ridiculous. They don't have enough clean towels and they need to figure that out. Other hotels can do it so they should be able to as well. You might want to bring a beach towel. Also, bring a travel mug to keep your drinks cold because they serve them in thin plastic cups. Our toilet didn't flush and it took 4 days to get it almost fixed. We always had to hold up the handle. But they kept plunging it when the problem was with the mechanism. I had to resort to dumping in half an ice bucket of water as I flushed to get the "stuff" to go down. But the worst thing was that the desk staff lied to us a few times. We left some things until past 7PM on the lounge chairs 2 times, including kids shoes. When we went to ask about them, the front desk people said they didn't have them. When the 10 year old asked about his shoes, he was told they weren't there. When his mom asked, she was also told that, but she asked for security and was brought to a lost and found and sure enough, found not just her 3 kids shoes, but the other stuff that was lost 2 days before. She also felt the security guard was getting inappropriately close to her.

But none of that interfered with our good time. I loved this vacation and so did all of our group.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank Whats4dnnr
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Reviewed 19 March 2008

Great location directly on the beach

I am 42 and my daughter is 18 when we travelled to Barcelo on 10th March 2008.

I would say that the hotel is getting a little tired now and could do with a refurbishment, in its day it would have been a good 4 star but I would only think it would make a 3 star now. Don't get me wrong this hotel is fine, it's better than fine, for what I paid I did not expect Buckingham Palace!

It was clean, the staff helpful, pools great and the beach is just superb. The food was fine, a good selection that even kept my fussy daughter full. In short there is nothing at all wrong with this hotel and I would stay there again.

There was one annoying problem that because some selfish people could not limit themselves to just 1 pool towel a day made pool towels very scarce.

Stayed: March 2008
2  Thank Ballsy66
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Address: Carretera Macao s/n | Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana 23301, Dominican Republic (Formerly Barcelo Punta Cana)
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Punta Cana
#36 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#53 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#54 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#56 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range: RM478 - RM1,249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Occidental Caribe 3.5*
Number of rooms: 798
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Also Known As:
Barcelo Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana
Breezes Punta Cana
Barcelo Punta Cana Resort
Barcelo Premium Punta Cana
Barcelo Dominican Punta Cana
Punta Cana Barcelo

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