Island Inn Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Island Inn Hotel Bridgetown
Very Cosy nice hotel
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.
Escape to a real and holy paradise
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!
a beach of white coral a mere 3 mins walk from the front door
the staff are lovely, kind, welcoming
a picnic basket with drinks on ice and lovely sarnies and home baked biscuits can be ordered if you dont want to be bothered coming back for lunch........
small, intimate, relaxed..... Mostly older couples -we had a ball playing charades with new friends over a rum punch!
rooms like little bungalows around a pool(if you need a kids club or babysitting or evening entertainment this is not for you-)but quiet children who like to share time with parents would like this hotel .
well placed between bridgetown and st lawrence gap where the biz iz and cheaper than the more upmarket west coast hotels! We ate on the waterfront in pisces=great for a special occasion but a bit too pricey
get a number 11 bus and hang on to your hats -travel for $1.50 anywhere in any direction and meet the locals who are genuinely friendly and will give you "Mighty love and respect"
restore your faith and spirits by attending a local church where worship is alive !!!!!-there are 365 of them so you have plenty of choice! or the gospel breakfast from 10 am at Crane hotel(by taxi)
we are saving up to go back as soon aspossible!!!!
A Lovely Hotel
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!
All staff in the hotel were very friendly (as were the rest of the people on the island) if you are friendly and polite to them. The rooms are very spacious and comfortable - with air conditioning - no complaints.
Food at hotel is better than most all inclusives with waiter/ess service in the evenings. Drinks are excellent.
The hotel is not right on the beach, but the walk has to be 3mins at the most - so really NOT a problem! Beach is very nice - turtles to be seen in the water. They are building a massive Hilton at the far end of the bay, you will not be disturbed by this.
My boyfriend and I felt fine walking along the beach at night, there is nothing wrong with the area in which the hotel is situated. Its a street off a main road that leads to a beach - nothing dodgy about that!
Overall I would say the hotel is a great base for exploring the island, if you want 5* go to Sandy Lane and pay ££$$$ for 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.
Not too impressed
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.
The inn caters to older British crowd (mostly couples in their 60s). The guests are very friendly and you do get to meet most of them during meals. This was the best part of the experience. Other good parts included the green monkeys living on a tree right behind the hotel and a nice spacious room.
Other than that, we would probably opt for a hotel on the beach and not an all-inclusive. Food is great in Barbados and while there are some pricey spots, there are also lots of inexpensive places.
Great deal, nice people, a little quirky...
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 were the only Americans there the entire week. We thought this was wonderful, but some people might not. We made friends with some other guests from the UK. You sit next to the same crowd for every meal and really get to know each other. This isn't the kind of place where you can shy away even if you want to.
We were on the all-inclusive which included three meals each day, afternoon tea, and all your drinks. (Eating out in Barbados is very expensive!) The bar was open from 8 am to 11 pm. The drinks were wonderful and the three bar tenders very kind although not very talkative and never in a hurry. My husband and I must've had at least four pina-coladas or rum punches every day! They offer one beer the local Banks Beer on tap. The food was decent, nothing fancy, with some good island fare at lunch that included flying fish, macaroni pie, peas and rice, soups, salads, coconut breads, etc. The dinners were served as a set menu (with two or three choices) that included appetizers, main course (usually chicken or fish) and dessert. Had we stayed longer than a week we would've tired of the choices and preparations.
The Inn offers nightly entertainment two or three nights each week. Some nights this was a DJ with dinner music, one night a live band. It's very quiet in the evenings! The Inn is located off a busy street that runs into Bridgetown. It is not an area where two people can comfortably stroll after dark. The beach is located down the block and across the street. Again, it is not advisable to be on the beach after dark. So to find any other nightlife, you need to call a taxi. My husband and I wound up feeling stir-crazy on a few of the nights.
The rooms are pleasant, painted white with tall, clapboard ceilings. The bathrooms are in need of new tiling and the hot water would sometimes come and go. The pool is very small, but they have many lounge chairs and ample patio space.
There is a family of green monkies that live in the trees behind the Inn. My husband left out bananas in the morning and you could watch them eat. This was very cool!
To sum it up, we had a good time at the Inn and would stay here again. We would recommend it to friends (other couples not a family not really a child-friendly place) with some caveats.
An excellent holiday
We spent two weeks at the Island Inn August / September 2004.
Having had numerous all-inclusive holidays in the carribean, this was one of our best value holidays second only to Cuba. First impressions were not that good and we wondered what on earth we had let ourselves in for! Our first visit to the restaurant helped to allay our concerns somewhat - the food was excellent and the staff were really friendly and helpful + we had our first glimpse of the monkeys that live in the trees around the hotel. The holiday got better and better from there.
The rooms were cleaned everyday by a lady called Esther who provided us with clean towels (including those for use at the beach) whenever they were needed. DO NOT bother taking electrical items such as hairdryers or irons as the electric current was not strong enough for us to use them - the hotel will loan these items to you if you ask at reception.
Whilst we were there we travelled by local buses (a real experience and great fun) did some excellent duty free shopping in Bridgetown, went to the races at Garrison Savannah - not normally our cup of tea but a truly enjoyable (and cheap!) afternoons entertainment, went on a couple of excursions, swam in the clear turquoise sea, sunbathed and watched the sun going down on the white sandy beaches (TIP: the free glass bottom boat trip is one not to be missed, it takes you snorkelling over the same wrecks as the Sunset Cruise ).
Whilst walking and exploring the sights we weren't approached by the locals very often (probably just twice throughout the whole holiday) and when we were approached, a polite but firm "No Thanks" stopped any intended hassle.
A good night not to miss is the fish-fry at Oistins (although we didn't see too much of it as we got sidetracked in a really freindly bar just down the road from the main activities).
One excursion we wouldn't hesitate to recommend is the Island Safari - don't forget to take your cameras ! If you get Andrew as your guide you are in for some great fun.
The beach behind the Hiton is absolute paradise - secluded, quiet and really picturesque (the hotel pack a wonderful picnic if you don't want to make the walk back for lunch - just remember to check for a bottle-opener!)
As already mentioned in previous reviews, Earl's rum punches have to be tasted to be believed - just don't drink too many without testing your balance by standing up and trying to walk before you have the next one. Oh, and be careful when sitting in the courtyard as the Breadfruit tree is very fruitful and when they fall, they fall with a bang!!
The main downside for us was the lack of entertainment in the evenings (even some taped music would have been nice on the 4 nights of the week that there was nothing organised) and the fact that the bar closed at 11pm (although to be honest that didn't bother us too much as it meant we got up earlier in the mornings than we would have done!).
All in all, we both got wonderful suntans, put on much too much weight, met some interesting, fun people and had a thoroughly excellent time.
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
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