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Just back from Occidental Aruba Grand... any questions... .?

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Just back from Occidental Aruba Grand... any questions... .?

I just got back from a 6 day stay at the Occidental Grand Aruba. It was fabulous! All those people who are nervous... don't worry.. go and enjoy yourselves! I was nervous and thinking of changing resorts, and am glad I didn't.. I will never stay anywhere else! Truly a great experience! Happy to answer any questions you may have!

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1. Re: Just back from Occidental Aruba Grand... any questions... .?

Thanks for the post. How was the casino?? Hubby anxious to see if it was rennovated and if so, is it open. Are all of the restaurants open now?? We are going middle of Sept. Can't wait.

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The casino was nice... I don't have anything to compare it to, since this was my first time staying at the Occidental, but it was nice.. tons of slot machines, and about 8 tables, 2 of which were roulette, at least two were blackjack, and I'm not sure which the other tables were. The casino was actually larger then I thought it was going to be.

All of the restaurants are not open, the Mexican restaurant is still not open yet. Probably at least another month I would imagine before that opens, but the a la carte restaurants that were open were excellent. I highly recommend Zen, the asian restaurant and the Italian restaurant was also excellent.

You will have a great time there! We did!

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Thanks so much for your comments on the Occidental. I am going in July and was about to change my resort, because there were too many bad comments. I was trying to find out if the spa will open soon?? I was there before when it was the allegro and it was very nice. Hoping by the time I get there the rest of the restaurants and bars will be open. Does anyone know if the all the stores in the lobby were open.

Dee

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4. Re: Just back from Occidental Aruba Grand... any questions... .?

Hi Dee,

Do not change your resort!! While there is some construction going on, it really does not effect your vacation!! I would go back there in a heartbeat! The spa is not open as of yet and I'm not sure when they estimate it be open. They are offering massages on the beach, which in my opinion is better then having it at the spa. I had a 50 min. massage and it was heaven! With the exception of 1store in the lobby, all of them are open. Have a great time!

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ThankTM,

I feel better knowing you enjoyed your time at the resort. Last year we stayed at the Radisson, and the grounds are beautiful, the rooms are nice, but it is too big. I like the Occidental much better. I hope the spa will be open soon, if not I will get one on the beach. What tower were you in? The few times I was there we were in the some tower? Is there a layout of the floors and rooms on the internet???

I cannot wait to go, even thought I have been there 3x, I always feel like it is my 1st time.

Dee

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You will have a wonderful time! I'm not sure of the name of the tower, but if you are looking at the Occidental from the street, I was in the tower on the right and have an ocean view and view of the next door resort. I'm not sure if there is a layout of the rooms on the internet. I have some pictures if you would like to see them. Please post your email and I will send them on over.

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7. Re: Just back from Occidental Aruba Grand... any questions... .?

Dear TM,

Thanks so much, I would love to see your pictures. Here's my e-mail

donnad1126@comcast.net

Thanks Again,

Dee

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8. Re: Just back from Occidental Aruba Grand... any questions... .?

TM9876: So glad to hear that you had a great time. I would love to see your pictures also. My email address is: VZE2QH8I@VERIZON.NET. We are going in November and cant wait. I have to admit after reading a few of the reviews I was getting ready to change hotels and go back to the Wyndham where we stayed last year. Thanks in advance!!!!

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9. Re: Just back from Occidental Aruba Grand... any questions... .?

You are going back Colry???? I am sooo jealous!! We are going to Playa Del Carmen for the first time this November. If we had not made the arrangements to go with my sister and bro-in-law and they want to go to Mexico we would be back in Aruba. We will be back in 2007!!

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10. Re: Just back from Occidental Aruba Grand... any questions... .?

i also would like to see the pictures cykind@yahoo.com We are going in Oct.

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