Edward was a phenomenal waiter! He made our experience so great and helped pick out a wine that we really enjoyed. We look forward to seeing him for the rest of our stay at some of the other restaurants!
Dinner @ seafood with Edward
Oct 18, 2021
Edward was amazing waiter! Amazing restaurant and will be returning!!! Right at the corner of the pool and great breeze to sit outside! Aruba house wines are truly my new favorite as well! Get the house white wine!
Oct 17, 2021
We recommend the Royal Level Restaurant. By far the best Restaurant in the Barcelo Aruba . Manager George and His staff Sylvester , Rodel and Jaime will give you the best service in the resort like the name Royal Level! Sandra & Lorena us staff is the best!
First Time in Aruba!
Oct 17, 2021
We take an all inclusive trip with entire family (9 people between 27-70) every 2-3 years and this year we went to Barcelo Aruba. It was fantastic! The rooms at Barcelo Aruba were really nice, loved the bathrooms. One pool with swim up bar that was fun. Beautiful beach, access to lots of things on the beach and nearby but we hardly left our resort area. Two general buffets and the food was good; however, the Japanese, Seafood, and Italian restaurants on the resort were excellent! The people that worked there were so pleasant and nice. Mentioning Mariarita, one waitress at the main buffet every morning and Arsenio who made our omelettes every morning. They had activities at the pool and on the beach (zumba, beanbag throwing contests, etc.) but not so much that it was distracting. Spa was lovely but very expensive. We hung out after dinner in the bar where they had some live entertainment, pool, access to casino, music,etc. and we all can't wait to go back. Thank you Barcelo Aruba!
Aruba with friends!!
(Commack, New York)
Oct 17, 2021
Hello travelers…I know 5 stars seems very high for an all inclusive, and it is. The explanation is that I try to rate within the “world” of similar vacations, I have experienced, when deciding what the rating should be. That being said, Barcelo was an excellent choice! I have been to Aruba numerous times, always with varying size groups. We have stayed in non-all-inclusive, generally the Hilton (next door). This time I reluctantly submitted to the will of the group and booked Barcelo. First, let’s talk about the food. I am never happy with the fare at all inclusive spots. I was happy to find the the food ranged from good to very good. The general buffet was very good for breakfast. The omelette station was great. The chef was able to make exceptional omelettes, although there was a bit of a wait for them. Fried eggs, over easy, poached, scrambled were also being made to your request. If you didn’t want to wait there was ample choices of all types of breakfast fare…cold and warm cereal, pancakes, waffles, French toast with compote and warm syrup, the bacon and sausage were cooked in different temperatures to please all palates! There were lots of healthy choices too! The one thing that was missing, was that “funny” flavor the breakfast meats and omelette have had at other all-inclusives, particularly in Punta Cana. The lunch was decent, omelette stations quickly became fresh burger grills and they opened the beach-side restaurant for lunch. For dinner, we did not experience the regular buffet. The specialty restaurants varied. The Hibachi and Japanese restaurant (They have non-grill side tables) was the stand-out. The sushi was pretty good and the dishes were great. Italian was decent. Living in the NY region, we are spoiled with superb Italian food, so the bar is high. The steak-seafood house was a disappointment. Grounds: Very nice and quite clean. All-inclusive to me sometimes means inconvenience. Barcelo really tried to minimize these inconveniences. You still needed to make reservations for dinner, but they really tried to accommodate you. It would be nice if there was a pre-arrival, on-line option. I’m sure it would present scheduling problems for them, but nobody enjoys wasting beach time at the singular associate assigned to help guests with meals, excursions and other issues. The beach front was superb and the wait staff was very attentive!! Getting drinks on the beach is often hit or miss at all-inclusive, Jonathan was EXCELLENT! The pool bar was very lively and fun, hot tubs had ample space and we played great pick up Volleyball games. It was lively without being IN YOUR FACE. To me, an important distinction. The rooms were nice, I choose ocean/ pool view. The staff kept it clean and well apportioned, including complimentary beverages in the mini-fridge. There is another rate option. Some of our party opted for it and I will explore it more next time. It gives you access to one additional dining area, higher level alcohol package (Brand availability), room service and a segregated beachfront area and bar, but no difference in the actual rooms. I need to see if the bang is worth the buck. Covid restrictions were in place in Aruba, but were a minimal inconvenience. Although there was limitations on live music, the hotel did provide entertainment at the lobby bar every evening. Masks were only required in the lobby and while entering dining facilities. The hotel itself, is situated in a great area. Across from the center of town on a great stretch of beach, near many of the better walking path shops and eateries. The casino is sufficient for a quick bet, but we opted to go next door to the Hyatt casino, which is quite a bit larger. For those of you new to the Palm Beach, Aruba area, all hotels are in a row and you can easily go from one to the next for dinning and gaming. The RIU is the other well-known all-inclusive on the strip. It it comprised of two mega-complexes situated next to each other. They are very nice looking and seem to have a more varied population of travelers, hailing from many nations. I cannot comment accurately on their accommodations. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Keanu, who worked the front entrance area of guest services. He was quick with a smile and a joke and went way above and beyond to help all guests!