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Occidental Papagayo - Adults only
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Gulf of Papagayo
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“Wondferful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

After spending 2 hours at the Allegro Papagayo we upgraded to the Grand. It was wonderful, the food was great, the staff was friendly. Everything was so clean and just wonderful. The views and beach were amazing. There was not one bad thing I could say about this place. We even went to the Spa for massages, they were great and so was the price. I could eat all meals at the buffet, we ate at all three restaurants and they were equally as great.

Room Tip: The rooms by the pool are a great location!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

We recently traveled to the Occidental Grand Papagayo for our 30th Wedding Anniversary. We booked this resort through our travel agent. After reading all the reviews I could find about this destination, I was a little nervous about where we were staying. Upon arrival of this amazing place, our week just continued to get better and better. We had NO issues with the air conditioning units as I had read on previous reviews. The rooms were very clean, the staff was better than you could possibly expect and I could not have been happier. Previous reviews indicated the stairs to the bars and restaurants were a problem. My husband and I had no issues with those but we like to walk to any destination if possible. If walking is a problem, there is a resort shuttle service that is more than happy to take you anywhere you want on the property. The only reason that this destination did not get the 5 stars it deserves was based on the food served during your stay. We did not go to Costa Rica for the food and the fact that it was not spectacular prevented me from over eating during our trip. Excellent choice for an adult only all-inclusive resort.

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms are terrific!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

This was a short trip so it was indeed supposed to be a special one. We chose Grand Romance package which included Breakfast in bed and Romantic Dinner and a massage for two. The room was smaller than most average hotel rooms, the air conditioning unit was monitored by a sensor which meant anytime you opened the door it would automatically shut off. We took 3 baths the first night there it was so hot. The romantic Dinner was scheduled and we attended, however, after waiting for over 20 minutes to have our order taken because the waiter was too busy with the "Americans" to have the courtesy to at least address us and ask us to wait.. Dinner was cut short and we ended up leaving to the buffet restaurant for our honeymoon dinner. Breakfast arrived after breakfast and after we had already arrived from the dining area. Thanks to Roberto in guest services for at least trying to make everything right by offering to reschedule the dinner. We opted not to re-schedule. Big kudos to Liseth in the Buffet restaurant for delighting us with the best "lime" soufflé dessert ever. Overall, we managed to make it a fun stay and did go on the Katamaran and Fishing excursions and those were a blast. Special thanks to Karla in Reception.. She was a Gem. While our short visit to CR was not as long, we will most likely visit again. Aside the excellent staff, we will l not be considering Grand Papagayo.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

Great resort. Food was excellent. Staff wonderful!! They are still working on it some to make it a wonderful ADULTS ONLY resort but we really enjoyed it!!! Its a very "hilly" resort. No need to go to gym. Would like to recognize the "fun crew" which kept us entertained everyday at the pool and about the hotel. Thanks to Yendry, Alejandro, Jania, Jeudy, Brayan, and Gerald. Helped make our trip extra special!!! We met a couple that were staying in the other Occidental in Costa Rica and came to our resort and said it was Heaven!!! Will go back again (hopefully soon!!)

Room Tip: Rooms in building 16 and 17 you feel like you have a "backyard" that spills into the Pacif...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

Elegant meets exotic at this fantastic hotel. Within moments of arriving at the hotel we were greeted with charming smiles and delicious cocktails. The view of the gulf is gorgeous. Everyday different tropical animals surprised me by popping up in different places varying from the hotel to the beach. The hotel also does a great job of hosting various activities from dance lessons to kayaking to pool volleyball. They have activities to keep your scheduled full of fun. The location of the hotel is also very close to the city of Liberia and other little towns with markets. Finally, the hotel's service goes above and beyond. All of the bartenders, waiters, drivers, and activity leaders are phenomenal. My personal favorites are Wilmer (Bartender), Mikael (Server), Maria (Waitress), and Emmanual (doorman/driver). All of these people proved to be kind, enchanting, informative, and incredibly hard working.

The only thing about the trip is that it is quite expensive to travel by taxi to other places. So bring extra money for that.

Overall, the whole experience is unforgettable and something I plan on doing again.

  • Stayed June 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

This is the smallest all inclusive hotel we have ever stayed. Besides the good reputation of Occidental Grand properties, we liked the idea that it was Adults Only so there would be no screaming kids. The guests were mostly couples, many newlyweds or couples there for a special anniversary. The resort is spread over a hillside going down to the beach. It is about a half mile from the lobby to the beach but there are shuttles readily available. The Italian Restaurant was superb. The Oriental and Mexican (I'd prefer a Costa Rican) Restaurants were also excellent. Even the Buffet was very good. And of course, there was a snack bar and bar near the pool.

The resort is very quiet. If you want to get drunk and obnoxious, go to the Occidental Allegro. 2 couples we met switched hotels from there.

The beach is relatively small and almost non existent at high tide. There is a nice Spa but you can also get a massage on the beach.

There is a lot to do in Costa Rica. We went scuba diving with Rocket Frog and took 2 tours with Swiss Tours.

When we come back to Guanacaste, we will likely stay here again because it is Adults Only.

Room Tip: Building 3 is the worst of the upgraded rooms. The adjacent Building 4 is much better, away from th...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

We traveled to the Grand Papagayo with 10 friends but the hotel staff seemed unsure of how to accommodate our group. We were only able to eat three meals as a group the entire time we were there and we were met with rude responses when we requested to sit together outside of the a la carte restaurants.

The food was mediocre at best. It felt as though every meal on the buffet was made of left overs from the meals that were served the previous day. We had high hopes for the a la carte restaurants but both the Mexican and Oriental dinners were disappointing. Dinner reservations could only be made between 8-3. We got to the hotel at 3:15 the first day and were told that we can no longer make reservations since its past 3 o'clock.

We ended up booking 2 tours while there- a sunset cruise through the hotel at $75/person which was excellent and a ziplining through an ex-pat tour sales guy that we talked to on the beach at $40/person (pretty good, but not the scenery was nothing too exciting).

Although the hotel is beautiful, this all-inclusive is not quite like ones we have stayed at before in Mexico or the Dominican Republic.The drinks are included but hard to come by due to the limited hours of the pool bar and the long distance to the beach. Activities and entertainment were fairly limited as well. The public beach was clean with blue water, although not quite like on the Caribbean side.

Overall it felt like a very average hotel and we are not likely to come back as there are better choices out there, either in Costa Rica or other Caribbean destinations.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Occidental Papagayo - Adults only
Address: Playa Buena, 485000, Costa Rica (Formerly Occidental Grand Papagayo by Barceló)
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#5 Spa Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#6 Luxury Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Occidental Papagayo - Adults only 4*
Number of rooms: 163
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Guanacaste on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica,The Adults Only Occidental Papagayo is only at 25 minutes from the Liberia International Airport. This Resort surrounded by nature, boast lush tropical landscape with scenic views of Bahia Culebra in Papagayo Golf.Ideal for couples, honeymooners and adult guest seeking a relaxing getaway. The Occidental Papagayo offers a highly personalized five star all- inclusive experience delivered by an attentive and dedicated staff. ... more   less 
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Occidental Grand Papagayo Gulf Of
Occidental Grand Papagayo Costa Rica
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Grand Papagayo Liberia

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