Guanacaste

Occidental Papagayo


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2018 Exceptional Values!
Extra Value:Includes up to $500 in Resort Discounts (booking dates, travel dates, duration, and usage restrictions apply). Honeymoon: Receive the Sweet Love Honeymoon Package complimentary when booking the minimum required room category for a minimum of 7 nights.

Occidental Papagayo is an all-inclusive, adults-only (18+) resort in Guanacaste, ideal for those seeking rest and relaxation. The resort is situated on a hillside offering spectacular views of the sea. You'll unwind in unmatched seclusion, surrounded by the wild, natural beauty characteristic of Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast.

For a fun-filled afternoon, enjoy a variety of events in the daily activities program, or lounge by the two pools. Try non-motorized watersports, including snorkeling and kayaking, and work out in the fitness room. The evenings are full of surprises, with shows, live music, bars, and a disco to spice-up your night.

The four restaurants at the Occidental Papagayo offer-up the best cuisine from Costa Rica and around the world.

For the ultimate in luxury and service, upgrade to the Royal Club, which offers exclusive amenities, private areas, and concierge service.

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HOTEL LOCATION
Facing Culebra Bay, the Occidental Papagayo features an idyllic location in Playa Buena, in the Papagayo Gulf. Nestled within a strikingly beautiful natural setting, the property is surrounded by a dry forest.
Address: Playa Buena, Golfo de Papagayo
Guanacaste


CR
Local Phone: 011-506-26908000
Fax: 506-672-0057
Website Address: www.occidentalhotels.com
HOTEL FACILITIES
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Concierge
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Parking
Physician on Call
Pools
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2     
Golf: NEARBY
Garra del Leon
Garra del Leon is an 18 hole, Par 72 course with 7,080 yards designed by Terrence Young. It is open from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Phone number: 506-654-4123.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $40 - $60
Club Rental Fees: $20
Lessons Available
Tennis
Number of Courts: 1
Indoor Courts: 1
Lighted Courts: 1
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Additional Charge
Motorboats: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Jacuzzi: Additional Charge
Massage: Additional Charge
Sauna: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
The Occidental Papayago features a Mediterranean style of architecture with arches and balconies overlooking the ocean. Twelve groups of buildings are spaced along a hillside, with 112 air conditioned rooms with a balcony or terrace. Property features include three restaurants, two bars, two swimming pools, and a selectio n of watersports. Beach: The resort grounds run along a large curved beach with golden sand, 1/2 mile long. Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Total Rooms: 169
Year Opened: 1995 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
No handicap access, and there are no non-smoking rooms. There is an $18.00 surcharge to eat at the gourmet restaurant. Adults Only.
ROOM TYPES
DELUXE
Deluxe: 2 queen beds or 1 king bed, private balcony w/partial ocean views.
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
PREMIUM LEVEL JUNIOR SUITE
Private reception and check-in, concierge services and in-room dining.
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
DELUXE CONCIERGE
Grand Concierge DLX: Same room description as DLX with concierge service, internet cafe, fruit basket & bottle of wine upon arrival, turn down service, 10% discount on spa services, bathrobes
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
PREMIUM LEVEL LUXURY
Bed with luxury linen and pillows, Etro bathroom amenities, nightly turndown service,daily stocked minibar with water and beer, a safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, a coffee maker, cable television, DVD player, iron and ironing board, free Wifi, terrace
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
PREMIUM LEVEL LUXURY BAY VIEW
Other Amenities -
PREMIUM LEVEL MASTER SUITE
Royal Club Master Suite--private reception and check-in, concierge services and in-room dining.
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
DELUXE BAY VIEW ROMANCE
Grand Romance Dlx.-sasmd ad deluxe room cat, plus bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, couples massage, first morn breakfast in bed, romantic dinner turn down svs. 10% spa treatment discount, robes during stay.
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
DINING
Occidental Papagayo features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-FULL-Both
There are 4 Restaurants at Occidental Papagayo:
The Italian - A la carte Italian restaurant. Reservations required 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Le Buffet - Breakfast 7am to 10:30 am , Lunch 12:30 pm to 3 pm, Dinner 6:30pm to 9:30pm
The Snack Bar - Open from 10:00am to 5:30pm
D'Oriental - A la carte Oriental restaurant. Reservations required 6:30pm to 10:30pm.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Occidental Fun Club, Watersports.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Evening Shows, Live Music. disco activities, live music sometimes
Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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174 Recommend
174 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Occidental Papagayo to their friends and family
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Occidental during Honeymoon
KB2440, Chicago, Illinois
Mon Apr 23 11:05:24 EDT 2018
The Occidental was a great adults only property to spend 2 nights on our Honeymoon. There was good variety of action and peace and quiet The food quality was pretty good, the service at the restaurants and bars was not the best. There were plenty of activities to be involved with throughout the day and the snorkeling excursion was fun. The room we had was average and semi-underwhelming for a honeymoon experience. Since the property was so nice and the pools were fun, we didn't spend too much time in there. Overall, we were pleased with our experience.

Rest and Relaxation
christa S, Calgary, Canada
Sun Apr 22 17:58:14 EDT 2018
Booked a Premium Level room, the view was amazing. The entertainment team especially Manuel and Myriam were incredible. We took part in the all included activities, Kayak tour, archery and snorkelling. The Italian restaurant was amazing. Edwin was our favourite server he was diligent and always made sure we were well taken care of. There are lots of stairs but you can take large "golf carts" to get around.

Beautiful and very nice place with the most friendly staff
Taros, Calgary
Sun Apr 22 12:37:02 EDT 2018
The staff does everything to make you have a good time. No rush! very friendly! Helpful! Beautiful place with pool levels and a beach. Transport (separate pay) to other places, little gift shop. Just make sure you do't forget your sunblock ($35-$40 US). Ve y nice Spa and small fitness place, Yoga on the beach etc. This is a place to relax and enjoy all the good things like the food AMAZING here! Lots of choice and there are besides the buffet 3 other restaurants that need reservation, very popular! Lots of tours available. We went with 40 people here. Great time just make sure you LOCK the balcony door to keep raccoons away LOL they can open a balcony door. PS the question about the kids pool doesn't make any sense as its an adult only hotel

Our group had a great time!!
Shane M, Idaho Springs, Colorado, United States
Sat Apr 21 05:30:32 EDT 2018
We recently returned from our 5th trip to the Guanacaste/Playas Del Coco are of Costa Rica. We normally stay at the Riu Palace (see my previous reviews) but decided to try another, slightly less expensive, all inclusive. We were part of a group of 7 and rented an SUV. We didn't want to feel any guilt if we chose to eat/drink off property during our adventures.  This is a much smaller all inclusive than what we and most other people are used to. My suggestion would be to do your homework. If you roll into one resort expecting it to be just like the last one you stayed at, well, youre not very bright, are you? Research and read reviews...then decide if its the type of place you want to go. We knew exactly what we were getting into and, as a result, all 7 people in our group had a fantastic time!!  I am a Certified Master Chef, classically trained in French cuisine and service. I think the food was more than acceptable. We tried food from every venue minus the Italian restaurant. Even room service, 5 minutes before they closed, was very tasty. A couple of late night food options would be a nice addition but we had no complaints. Other than one time for breakfast, they sat our group of 7 together every single time. If you can, look for Richard as your waiter in the Buffet and Asian restaurant....he was very good!!  Everyone in the group seemed to be happy with their rooms. We had rooms in the 100, 400, 500 and 700 block. Nobody felt over walked...no "musty smells", no "outdated decor or amenities". Our room was on the 3rd floor of building 1 and it overlooked the pool with a nice view of the Bay. We liked our room.  Everyones idea of a nice beach is different. I loved the beach at the Occidental. My idea of the perfect beach has nothing to do with tanning oil and fruity drinks. The wildlife is fantastic! The tides are extreme and the exploring and snorkling from shore (and fishing) is better than anywhere we have seen in the region.  Neither the walking nor the stairs were that bad. The beach is 3x as far away from the hotel at the Riu and mega resorts have a lot more walking involved. There is a very convenient shuttle service that my 64 year old mother was grateful for, but only after day 5 or 6. If youre lucky, Harold will be driving...... that guy was awesome!! Speaking of awesome...Giovanni is part of the entertainment team and I believe he absolutely deserves to be recognized!! Go make friends with that guy first!! He is an absolute riot!! We also thought the yoga class, held on the beach, was very nice. Nothing too strenuous......afterall, we were on vacation. Do yourselves a favor.....if you choose to book this resort, be sure to upgrade to premium level, of you can. It was worth every single extra penny (only a few) that we paid for it. My wife and I have been to our fair share of resorts, hotels and tourist destinations and we always try to upgrade when we can. If you're on vacation, do it right, right?! The Premium level, at the Occidental, was and is, by far, the best upgrade out there. The premium lounge is very convenient, very air conditioned and serves outstanding spirits like Crown Royal, Johnny Black and Grey Goose to name a few. They also make great espresso! The bartenders, Jennifer and Mauricio, really know their drinks and instantly remember what you like.  The best part of the premium level, however, is that it comes with the services of Alonso and Omar. These guys are your do any and everything concierges. I'm telling you...if my group needed something, they got it. No questions asked....those two simply made it happen. We booked several tours directly through them and had no issues whatsoever. Surfing in Tamarindo, Nicaragua (fantastic!!), fishing on the Orca II, restaurant reservations, excursions, rental car issues, a raccoon in your wall...no problem was too big or two small. Honestly, those two guys have single handedly won our Costa Rica business for the foreseeable future........ THANK YOU from all of us, my friends!! You two made our trip fantastic!! Pura Vida!! If you're hard to please, go somewhere else. If you are laid back, looking to relax and enjoy your vacation and/or as we did, explore the area with an all inclusive as a home base,  well, the Occidental Papagayo is perfect!! We feel as though we got great value for what we paid to stay at the Occidental Papagayo premium level and we will be back!! 

A little disappointing
CathyAnn_NY, New York
Fri Apr 20 12:42:39 EDT 2018
Pros: room was clean and comfortable. Pool was beautiful and great activities. View from reception was nice. Reception was nice and friendly. Italian restaurant was good. Partial beautiful grounds. Cons: Didn't feel like I was anywhere special. Location not so great, a lot of dead forest surrounds. no monkeys. Beach was mud. Water was full of jellyfish. Buffet was terrible. I had an incident in my room. So be careful. Use the safe. Would not return.



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