Island Inn Hotel
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Today - swimming with turtles. Another awesome excursion, not quite the same thrill as the stingrays but entertaining still. Cheeky little green turtles appearing out of nowhere, swimming up from under you to say hello. Happily letting you pat them on the head or flippers - they were fun little creatures. I accidentally kicked one of them as I snorkelled past. I'd bought a throw away ...
Today, the NCL Sun stopped in the Barbados.... :)
This was the first time for Joanne and I to set foot on this country...
Once Joanne and I set foot on the Barbados, we took a shuttle bus to where we were to get on a Pirate Boat. We were taking an excursion with Norwegian Cruise Lines.
There were two other all female couples that were also on the cruise with us. We had a great visit with them and even posed for ...
... our first full day at sea and a much more relaxing leg of the journey,with interesting lectures, some competitive trivia comps and of course, more eating and drinking, and evening shows! It's exhausting doing nothing all day, so on a full tummy, tonight we sit back in our suite and prepare to relax to a movie before heading off to bed for a good night's sleep to another rolling swell on the Atlantic.
The taxi dropped us off at the Port of Bridgetown and not taking credit cards we paid $15USD for the pleasure. We walked through the passenger terminal to find a large number of bags stacked next to a trestle table marked Star Clippers. It was soon determined that we had not read our instructions thoroughly before arriving and we had a number of forms to complete before we could board.
Leaving our bags with the rest we walked a short distance to the ...
Had a wonderful nights sleep to the gentle lapping of the Caribbean Sea. Could not see much from the balcony when we arrived late last night, but woke up this morning to a wonderful view of white sand and aqua blue sea. We could even see the 5 masts of the Royal Clipper in the distance. Went down to breakfast late, about 9:15 after a well earned sleep in. We weren't sure where the dining room was from the reception we came through yesterday evening, but found to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Island Inn Hotel Bridgetown
First impression of this hotel was "Oh no, what have done" but after the first night it was, "What a great choice". Our room was very large and clean, but a little dated which didn't bother us. The bed was massive and extremely comfortable. Food in the hotel was wonderful, not loads of variety but what they provided was very adequate and very tasty. Staff were incredibly friendly which is something I have always found in the carribean. Treat people with respect and they will respect you. The beach was apprx 3 mins walk and was great because it was so secluded at this time. We thought the location was perfect for nightlife, as we were a short ride from the lawrence gap and a short ride from bridgetown. Myself and my partner walked back from several clubs at 1am or 2am and didn't feel threatened or scared. On some nights we used the route taxis to take us out and a cab to get back, this was easy and very cheap. Oistins fish fry was good for a night out, very busy and friendly. The bars in the Lawrence Gap were also fun. The Safari ride was worth the money and very entertaining. The hotel does not have lots of thrills like the larger chains, but it offers a closer experience and more personal. They even make up a lunch bag for your days out on request. I would not use this hotel again, only because I never go back to the same hotel twice, but I would definately recommend it for value for money.
we were celebrating a special anniversary and booked over the internet= cheap newly launched flights from prestwick directly on the outgoing route. but beware- BWIE flights back went via Manchester!
We stayed at The Island Inn Hotel for a week in March. It had been recommended to me by a friend, if you want a cheap and clean place to stay, then this is it!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel. As described, it is small, only 24 or 26 rooms, however this made it very easy to interact with the other guests. We were the only ones from the U.S. this particular week, the other guests being from England for the most part. Mostly couples over the age of 50 with a few under that age. Being 2 single women we though we might not fit in, but not a problem at all. The hotel is an old building with some history to it. If you are expecting 5 star this is not the place. The only problem we had was that the electrical outlets were not well placed and could not use our hair dryer easily. That was rectified by picking up an extention cord for a few dollars when we went shopping in Bridgetown! Sharon at the front desk was very helpful and friendly. The housekeeping staff was very efficient and we had a clean room and clean towels as needed. Pool was on the small side right in front of our room, but with the ocean down the street, we only used it occasionally. The cooks were excellent, and the wait staff very efficient and helpful. We found the food to be very tasty. There was a shrimp dish for supper that was to die for! The bar was open early (8:00 a.m.) till 11:00 p.m. Beer on tap was Banks Beer - very good. And watch out for the Rum Punch! Entertainment was minimal. If you are looking for "nightlife" this is not the place. A number of people would head into Bridgetown to some of the clubs there. There was some road construction going on down the street due to the new Hilton Hotel which is to be opening in May, 2005, however that was not a major problem. We were able to get around the island easily either by cab or bus. If you go into Bridgetown by bus you do not pick up the return bus at the location you were dropped. You need to go into the bus terminal and wait at numbered gates. We found this out after waiting at the location we were dropped and a local informed us politely of our mistake. He brought us right to where we needed to be. We also hired a cab driver who picked us up at 10:00 a.m. and returned us to the hotel at 3:00 p.m. The cost was $100.00 US - well worth the price and less expensive than some of the tours. We told him 2 places we definitely wanted to see and then he took us on a great tour of the island. Stopped whenever we wanted, gave us some history, and a much more personalized tour. I would recommend it. Sharon at the front desk arranged it for us. If you ask by 4pm, the hotel will set you up with lunch to take with you the next day. We were interested in the glass bottom boat tour the hotel listed in their information package, however, they are no longer offering it. If you are interested in history, this hotel is located in the "Garrison" which is where the British military were stationed. Lots of older buildings, military cemetary, horse racing track which was used as the military parade grounds, and the Barbados Museum which is relatively small but has the history of the Island and its people. We really enjoyed our stay and if we get back to Barbados, would stay here again. If you are looking for a smaller hotel with a relaxed atmosphere, this is the place.
We just came back from a 4 night stay at the Island Inn. We found it mediocre and while it is an ok deal for the money, we probably would not stay there again. First, the hotel is not on the beach and though there is a beach very close (5 min walk), it is next to a construction site where they are refurbishing the Hilton Hotel. No chairs are provided. Also, the hotel is quite far from any kind of activity. We would advice anyone staying there to rent a car. Second, the food was kind of limited and very basic. Portions are sort of small sometimes, especially at dinner. Third, some of the staff is very pleasant, but others had a bit of an attitude. They were not really informed about what to do on the island and not particularly creative in their suggestions. Fourth, getting beach towel changed was sometimes a bigger deal than it should be. We were told two days in a row that there were none left. Same went for face towels. The cleaning lady said there were none left so they were only replaced once.
We have just returned from one week at the Island Inn. We found it to be a wonderful deal, a convenient location, and staffed by some nice people. But, be warned it may not fit every traveler's bill.
We spent two weeks at the Island Inn August / September 2004.
Islan Inn - Great Hotel
Left Barbados 29th March 2004 after staying at the Island Inn for 10 nights. Best hotel we have ever stayed in and worth more than the star rating given. The service was second to none, all the staff from the maids to the manager were friendly and welcoming. Food was excellent and service first class and personal. Earl makes a wicked rum punch !!!
We were in Barbados for the cricket and on the days we were out had an excellent packed lunch in a cold bag full of ice (good for keeping the beer we bought cold!!) All in all can't wait to go back.
Well what can I say. The truth I suppose!!I have stayed in MANY hotels around the world, and from the moment we arrived at this one, I have NEVER had such a warm and friendly welcome. The service is fantastic and nothing was too much trouble for anyone. Sharon at reception was very funny, even tried to fool me on arrival. Celine, who put up with all of us at meal times was great fun. At the Bar, Earl & Michael look after you "if you mention MAN UTD!!!" (if you go take a program for Earl).Even the cleaners where pleasant and had fun with us. Everyone was always happy, except when we were leaving!!!(I think they were).So it goes to say, if you Go to Barbados and want to be away from all the commercial hotels with load noise and parties, this hotel is for you. There is plenty to do in the day around barbados and we where even given a PACKED LUNCH on days out, because we missed lunch at the hotel.Tell me where you can get that sort of service in England!!!!Summed up nicely I think. Only one thing to note, The hotel is not for small children as mostly adults go there.Marks out of 10. 20 for this one!!Robbie
Great hotel one of the best
i have just returned from a 6 day break to the island inn hotel barbados and it was great the staf were very friendly and helpfull the rooms were of a good standard and the food was great i loved it having stayed at many hotels in barbados i was very pleased to find a hotel i would go back to again and again