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“AVERAGE RESORT!!!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Occidental Caribe
Ranked #59 of 110 Hotels in Punta Cana
Mississauga, Ontario
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“AVERAGE RESORT!!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

Just came back from a 7 day trip, this being the second time to Punta Cana, this was the worst resort i have stayed at and i have been to mexico twice n punta cana , this resort was rated more like a 3-3.5 star, VERY slow service not enough staff on hand, the rooms were just ok.

We arrived around 11am and couldnt get our room till around 3pm, they sucked as we were limited to what we could do and waiting around to get settled in our rooms. Wifi access is available for a fee $12 a day or $49 for a week, but $27 for 3 days is the best option, cause if you dont use it that much, it can last upto 6 days i was told, i got 4 days out of mine before we left.

The weather would rain on and off, we had 2 really GREAT days with no rain at all and no clouds, other days were overcast.

We stayed in Building 3 Rm 3446, prestige class, its better to pay extra for this, so you can stay in the newly renovated areas, plus you get 4 guaranteed la carte rest. you would just have to change the times, as we given late dinner times at 8:30pm, with 2 kids no way!!

BAD news first!! service very slow, shows were not that good, casino - never went at all, not enough staff on hand and the resort itself is slowly falling apart, they are trying to fix things, but its hard with alot of people on the resort, food was good, nothing crazy with a few different choices every night, I have been to better places with much more choices of food in the buffet. There is ONLY one buffet to feed a lot of people, so lots of line ups at certain times for lunch, dinner n breakfast, but you do have 6 la carte rest. to pick from, hard to make a reservation with so many people trying to get an earlier dinner as well.

The pool beside the swim up bar was in some bad shape and didn't even swim in that pool at all, my two kids ages 6 & 9 liked the other pool beside the kids pool. It looked newer and much nicer, spent most of our time there.. WELL the beaches is why I took my kids there, they are AWESOME, even though the flag was yellow with high waves most of the time, it is great if you are a great swimmer.

Sports bar is far from a sports bar, 2 pool tables, the bar and one tv in the middle, the game room was even worst, hit n miss to get a ball to play ping pong, a few pool tables and video games that looked to be out of order or just turned off.

GOOD!! didnt see any roaches the whole time i was there, the chefs making the eggs n oomelets was great every morning, but getting drinks while in the buffet was pretty slow, but we had a regular guy to serve us the last 3 days in the morning and during lunch, so when I gave him a tip for the great service, the next time we sat down he was right there to get our drinks, thats what I saw in the resort alot of tips being passed around to get the service that you would normally get at other resorts, but i think the lack of staff n energy to be there made the resort an average place to go.

Pizza place, the kids n us enjoyed it, but again very slow service n line ups were crazy, we tried the jap, italian, french were the BEST, the dominican was ok and the texmex was weird, nothing mex about it, besides the salsa n chips u got. just seemed like a normal sit down rest.

So to sum up this RESORT, if you are on a tight budget n don't mind a below average resort with great food and some hit or miss of great staff, then book barcelo punta cana, but spend the extra $$ and go somewhere else, thats what we got from this Resort and talking to other people as well. good luck!!

Room Tip: bring a cup to get drinks, as the cups they give you are really small. brings lots of USA dollar bil...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

Only unique thing this resort has going for it is the pools, kids mini water park and trapeze/rock climbing wall. I'd never go back- our prestige booking was reduced by front desk staff to a "request only" and subsequently we ended up in building 5, level 0... Facing the jungle, next to the disco. Did I mention this was a family vacation? Checking in at 1:35am no less. Staff advised my prestige room wasn't available but in the morning we would move. This never happened- we ended up on the 3rd floor, same building... Taps and doors to the balcony were corroded (not a huge deal on3rd floor balcony but concerning on ground floor).
Second room was gross but determined not to let this get us down. That night we awoke to yelling and initially general party banter that escalated to racial slurs and physical fighting. Tried to call security- phone was dead! Nothing was done to resolve, we lay quite fearful of what was going on outside our door... Thank god the kids slept through this.
Day3- demanded our 'confirmed' prestige room. Nothing available except a king size bed- we took it. Yep, family of 4 desperate to get away from the riff raff took the room. Demanded a cot-they came through on this. This room (building 1) was great... 1 night solid sleep until the couple next door fought, vomited and hollered- we heard every single bit. Good thing the phone worked to report noise... Security responded in under 5 min And the remaining nights were fairly restful.
I compared this resort to the Grand Bahia down the road- and knowing what excellent service we had there 3 years ago, held the Barcelona punta cana to the same expectation... Never happened.
Kids splash water park is the best thing going here... My 6 and 7 year old loved it, it was safe and I could relax, read, drink and watch them all from my lounger. This is what keeps my review from being on the scathing side.
Food was only OK - no barfs or trots so automatic thumb up at least.
HUGE note for future traveller's here- go prestige as buildings 4-7 are party and party pool area.
*DO NOT* get the "henna" tattoos from the serbian lady on the beach! It is black (henna is green!!) and she's using dye, possibly PPD - my 7 year old is now being treated with aggressive antibiotics. For potential PPD sensitivity. Sadly, No recourse for us here, just buyer beware for others as it is nasty with potential long term health effects...

Room Tip: Prestige is worth the additional $ or book. 5* elsewhere!!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Northern Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

We traveled with Nolitours from March 25 - April 1, 2012 and flew CanJet. There were 15 in our group, my husband, my three year old son and myself, along with some other family members and grandparents.

We had contacted the resort ahead of time to try and arrange rooms close together, and our emails were answered very quickly, and we were accomodated - our group was all in the same section which was really nice. We were married there five years ago, and as a courtesy, we were upgraded to a suite in building 3, second floor, overlooking the pool and ocean. A very nice surprise, and a nice touch on the part of the resort's manager. One party in our group ended up with one of the very rare rooms with no balcony. They went down to the front desk, and were reassigned to a room close to us in building three. The view was amazing from our room, and yes, you could sometimes hear the nightly singer or saxophone player but they were done by 11pm, and my husband and I would sit on our balcony and enjoy the music. The room was clean and beautiful, fridge stocked daily, and beds were comfortable. We had two bathrooms, lots of water pressure and hot water.

Our 3-year old son loved the "quiet" pool and the kids pool next to it. He had a ball for hours every day at each pool. Of all the resorts I've been to, I love the layout of this one best, as the property extends along the beach with a large section of beachfront, rather than having a narrow beachfront and extending inland leaving long walks for some guests to get to the beach. Here, the rooms are close to the pools, and the pools are very close to the beach, so you can get where you want quickly. Something to consider when you have a 3-year old who wants to play on the beach, then swim in the pool, and out to the beach again...

The food was fine. My husband and my son are both picky eaters, and the buffet is so huge, there is always something to eat. We had no problems there. We did go to Tokio and the Marlin - both had great food, and the Tokio is fun for the entertainment value as well.

Our son LOVED the kids club. He didn't use it much during the day except for one afternoon of rain, but he participated in the Mini Disco every night. It was one of the highlights of his trip, and the rest of our group thoroughly enjoyed watching him and the other kids up on stage. The staff there do a great job at entertaining the kids all day, and maintaining a high level of enthusiasm for the evening activities. There was always some sort of contest at the end of the show, and the kids enjoyed learning the actions to the songs they played. Our son fell in love with Bella, who seemed to run the show. She was fantastic, making each night a different theme - toga night, beach party night, dance party night in the disco... loads of fun for the kids.

We didn't see much of the spring breakers as other reviews have mentioned, but we didn't attend the "party" pool much either. The few times we were there, it did seem the crowd was in the late-teens or early-twenties range, and the animation staff were out and about getting people to dance etc. We were in our rooms early so didn't see any of the shenanigans. One night we did hear some of them whooping it up near the pool for a very short time, but it wasn't a big deal.

We took the opportunity to have family photographs done while we were there, and were extremely happy with the results. Our photographer was Pablo, and he was FANTASTIC with kids, getting great shots of our little guy running and playing at the beach. Even in the days after the shoot, he would run and chase our son when he saw him out in the resort. He took some beautiful pictures that we'll treasure.

We did a 1/2 day excursion to Manati Park. There is a bus that picks you up at the resort, and brings you back. It was ok - our 3 year old got a kick out of the dolphin show and the animals at the park, but the people at the shops were extremely aggressive in trying to get you to buy things, and it just made me want to get out of there!

The nightly entertainment that we saw was good, and the theatre is amazing - it was new from when we were there last. The staff at all the bars and all the restaurants were polite, friendly, and would joke around with the kids - they LOVE kids - and would remember our son from night to night which made him feel special. They are very busy, work very hard, and maintain a good attitude throughout from what we saw.

The beach is amazing at this resort. You have to see it to believe it. It was an absolutely fantastic vacation and we will for sure be back.

Room Tip: Buildings 2 and 3 have great views
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, Canada
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

We just returned back from the Barcelo Punta Cana and I can honestly say that it is the worst resort that I have ever stayed at. I have traveled to many tropical destinations including Cuba twice, Mexico twice and Jamaica once. To summarize our trip:
The good: the beach and pools.
The bad: the service and the food.
The ugly: the rooms!!!!!
Our room was in building 7 which was close to the beach and pools. However, there was visible mold in the bathroom, the bathroom was missing ceiling tiles and towel racks, the toilet only flushed after 5-6 attempts, the ceiling leaked and the maid never wiped down a surface! In addition, my sheets were never changed. I could tell because they were obviously stained and easily recognized! I even tried tipping more and nothing change. Did I mention the cockroaches and spiders that when you squished them little baby spiders ran everywhere?? Bring your own toiletries because they have no shampoo or conditioner and never brought more soap. I had assumed they would have shampoo and had to go to the store on the resort where they charged $22 American for a bottle of shampoo.
At the end of the day the trip is what you make of it and my husband and I made the best of it. We did many excursions including zip lining that we highly recommend. We avoided the buffet restaurant as much as possible and ate at the snack bar by the pool daily. The fries were great! I would consider going back to the Dominican, but NEVER to this resort! I still haven't brought my luggage inside the house yet for fear of bringing in bugs and have washed everything!

Room Tip: I heard that the renovated sections (Buildings 1, 2 and 3 were better). Avoid building 7 and partic...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

I recently went to this property for an all inclusive vacation. Personaly I would not return, but want to give a fair review as it would be suitable for some. You cannot beat the warm, friendly welcome of the Dominican people. Staff all around were great.

Suitable for families with young children and college students. Grounds well kept. Nice kids area with kids pool. An older property with updates only done in certain buildings (1,2 & 3). Comments received on other buildings from several Canadian travellers were that the rooms were in extremley poor condition and they all were moved several times before they could find a decent room.Would not recommend if you want a quiet vacation as a couple. It is an extremely noisy resort, both in the lobby and the restaurant areas. Lots of kids and young high school and college students the week before easter.

Pros: Rooms are close to the beach and many are facing the ocean which is really nice as you can enjoy the views from your balcony. The beach is beautiful and deep. The colour of the water in this area is a beautiful,clear turquoise; great for swimming. There is a club lounge available offering concierge services. This is well worth the extra $100 dollars as breakfast is served in a quiet environment; free wireless internet access; premium drinks, concierge servies ie. booking of restaurants and other activities, late checkout .

Cons: Lobby is very drab and small. Lobby bars are ugly and uninviting and very noisey. There is constant traffic and huge noise levels throughout the property. Restaurant food is very average. Buffet restaurant served basically the same food each day. Was surprised at the lack of fresh grilled fish. Restaurant food is also very average. The Japanese restaurant food was good. House wines were virtually undrinkable. Even the wine list selection (you paid extra) was very poor. Very little shade on the beach as there are no palapas,only small palms which offer very little shade; thus you become extremley close to your neighbours as everyone is desperately trying to find as much shade as they can. Nice way to meet others.

Room Tip: Go with Air Transat and stay in buildings 1,2,3. Pay a little extra for a Suite and get a room wit...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Occidental Caribe
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:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Punta Cana
#37 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#52 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#53 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#55 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price range (per night): $175 - $427
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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