Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts

Address: St. James Beach Holetown Barbados, St. James, Barbados | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located on St. James Beach Holetown Barbados, St. James, is near Pigeon Point, St. Lucia Fine Art, Government House, and Cape Moule a Chique.
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts St. James

      Discovery Bay is A-OK


      We stayed 6 nights recently in Barbados at Discovery Bay(July 30-Aug 5) and were very pleasantly surprised. The most recent reviewer is much more accurate than the previous reviewers. I will say, however, that we did not do the all inclusive route as we were there for a wedding. We did speak with a number of guests who were on all inclusives and they said it was a good deal, especially considering the price of restaurants in Barbados. We had a room with a balcony overlooking the beach, so we slept with sound of gentle waves breaking only 20 feet away from our window. The beach is very nice. There is a manager's party on Monday nights with free rum punch and Bajan snacks, and a bar on premises that has a happy hour from 2-6 where everything is half price. We ate the breakfast buffet one day and it was good, not great.

      Probably overvalued at 15$ US. Most days we ate at a bakery about 50 yards down from the hotel which had excellent croissant and coffee (generally I found it too hot to wolf down an all you can eat breakfast anyway). Most of the guests were English package tourists and most of them were pretty nice people. The supposed chair hogging did not occur.

      I never used the pool (why bother? the ocean is much nicer) but it looked reasonable. Overall this place was a good value. It was not swanky, it was nice. The staff(all Bajan) were EXTREMELY helpful, and friendly (a previous reviewer must just be a jerk who pissed off the staff). We paid $100 US per night, which we got by just calling up the hotel. This was cheaper than the advertised web price. A couple of other people in the wedding party liked our place and switched from other places, especially South Coast hotels.Finally, I wrote this review because I was puzzled by the variety of reviews I read about this place before I visited. I side with the positive reviewers. I believe if you read the negative reviews carefully you will see that the main complaint is that the food was boring and that it was not a five star hotel. Both complaints probably have some merit. Last thing- NO TV for those of you who care.

      Great place to stay


      My girlfriend and I (both 20 years old) have recently returned from Discovery Bay Hotel, after a 7-night all-inclusive break with Vigin Holidays. This was the first time we'd been to the caribbean, and as such, we cannot compare it to any other hotels, however we both had a fantastic break and we enjoyed most things on offer. The hotel looks impressive and is well maintained, and the rooms, despite being basic, are clean and spacious. We stayed in one of the garden view rooms, which provide a pleasant setting for a cocktail on the balcony in the evening. Incedentily, there's a lot of wildlife in the gardens, including monkeys, many species of birds, and mongoose. There is an adequate pool within the gardens that is suitable for all ages and there are lots of loungers surrounding the pool. Despite what many reviews have said, we never had any problems getting somewhere to sit for the day, whether beneath a parasol or not. The beach (just a stones throw from the gardens) is clean and very beautiful, and a security gaurd is always keeping an eye out. The food was very nice. There is an extensive breakfast buffet, an adequate all-day snack menu, and a varied evening menu catering for many tastes. The staff are all friendly, and will help as best as they can. Although some of the previous reviews for this place aren't very good, do not let this deter you from going to Discovery Bay Hotel. As a couple we had a great time, and it provided a good base for all of the activities we were involved in around the island during our stay.

      Great Value


      Just got back from Barbados and stayed at Discovery Bay. The location was excellent, we were within walking distance to restaurants and shopping in holetown. The west side of the island is quite quiet with moderate and upscale hotels and homes. The hotel was quite nice (especially for the price). We did encounter a few problems along the way. We changed rooms three times, but were always upgraded! The hotel has been recently painted throughout (we should know, we stayed in three different parts of the hotel!) The staff was very friendly and courteous. You will want to eat out occasionally, as the menu does get a little boring. The views from the oceanfront rooms are great. Not a posh resort, but definitely a nice play to stay!

      Did not enjoy our holiday at this Hotel


      Spent 10 nights at the Discovery Bay.(10.03.03)Went on a special all inclusive deal with British Airways/Kuoni.In our opinion this hotel is 2*.The room was adequate had air conditioning and was cleaned daily to a good standard. The hotel lacks atmosphere - little entertainment. No TV until we asked the Manager to put one in the lounge as there was a war about to start and we wanted to know what was going on. The food was not of a good standard. Lacked vaiety and was generally served cold even if it was meant to be hot. Poor service at bars. Staff were more interested in talking to each other than dealing with the guests. Beach small,in our opinion not suitable for young children. Guests tended to put their towels down early to reserve a bed. No facilities in hotel for children. Pool not suitable for young children. Gardens and grounds kept well, although we personally did not like the mongoose creatures who inhabited the grounds (small hairy rat like creatures). Until recently there were monkeys in the grounds which we think would have been a feature. But they had recently been removed. Local restaurants seem to be of a good standard. Shopping mall a walk away with supermarket and various other shops. Excellent Doctor to the right of hotel who we had to visit whilst we were there. Did discuss our complaints with the Manager, Charles, a very nice man who said there were things he intended to gradulally change and who offered us two "a la Carte" meals in compensation. He said the hotel attracted an older age group (we are 55!). Did not enjoy our holiday at this hotel and as a result will not be returning to this island.

      Value for money


      Have just returned from an enjoyable 7 days in Barbados. The hotel was as good as we needed, as we spent virtually allday on the beach which was very nice. The room was adeqate and the view of the ocean fantastic. We were given a room upgrade so we were very pleased. The food was very good and we and a number of other guests were happy to praise the chefs. Service was quick and came with a friendly smile, if anything it was a bit to quick at times. Our only complaint was the lack of entertainment provided, (only sat and sun). All in all it was what we expected and good value for money.

      Discovery Bay - two stars


      Just returned from 5 days trip in Barbados. The island is magnificent unfortunatelly Discovery Bay is not. The hotel has a lot of potential but the amenities are in poor condition. We arrived on Thursday Feb 13 and before we got a chance to get out of the cab we were redirected to Sandridge Hotel (about 15 miles north of Discovery Bay). The reception was rude as no explanation as to why we were redirected was given. After few phone calls to the travel agent we managed to turn back but were put in a room in a villa shared with two families (we were supposed to have a deluxe ocean front view room). Result we spent 3 hours negotiating to get back to the hotel we were supposed to be in the first place and then put in a lesser quality room. One day lost. Second day we were moved in the room we initially had to be put in but it was later in the evening. The ocean front view room is amazing nothing to say - the location is hard to compete with. Minuses: air conditioning was not functioning properly, thankfully the evenings are cooler in February in Barbados. We called maintenance but never came. We did not have warm water running - called, a guy came and looked at the shower and said he will be back - never seen him until the end of the trip. Ups: good breafast, view from oceanfront roomsDowns: some staff was rude some was very friendly, poor maintenance, amenities function if you're lucky. Overall : too much for what it is. The hotel has a 3 star potential (and is qualified as a 3 star) but I would honestly give a 2 star. I would advise the hotel neighboring Discovery Bay (I can't remember the name) or Glitter Bay, Royal Pavillion (but pricey), Cobblers Cove. Feel free to e-mail I have pics with the hotel.

      Discovery bay & restaurants


      recentlly returned from discovery bay hotel barbados,(10/02/03) found staff to be very friendly and helpfull hotel kept clean and tidy, food o.k and plentifull.on the downside there was not enough sunbeds and the beach vendors could be a pest. by far and away the best value for money restaurant was "cocomos" on the beach about 150 yds, fans of"la terra" should be aware that it has now moved from above night club to the royal westmoreland golf club food still excellent but surroundings slightly staid.

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      Hi just thought that id tell you a bit about the hotel we stayed in. This hotel looked very impressive from the outside and even more inpressive from the inside. The staff are so friendly it can become annoying walking past them. The facilities are standard but then you are paying the price for that.

      We were welcomed by a fruit basket and then were offered a free beverage in the hotel bar.

      The rooms were spacious and food better than most places that i have eaten at. Thje sea food was gourgous and drinks fab so stay here cause it was great value for money . !

      Fawlty Towers of Barbados


      Just returned from a 7 day all inclusive break at this hotel. The hotel has so much potential but almost everyone we met had a complaint.

      On the positive side the hotel has an excellent location with good beachfront, a small but adequate shopping mall only a few minutes walk away and numerous good restaurants just around the corner.

      The hotel frontage, public rooms and grounds all create a good first impression. Bedrooms are adequate, plenty of storage space, large comfortable beds, tea and coffee making facilities. Small bathrooms (even smaller bath) needing to be updated but clean with good supply of toiletries and towels. No T.V.

      Unfortunately the attitude of the staff (with some exceptions) and the standard of food were both extremely poor.Service was slow and at times appeared grudging. It was not uncommon for drinks and food orders to be forgotten or wrong items served. Whilst not a witness I am aware that a guest who complained about missing/lost laundry was called a liar and other guests, me included, endured surliness throughout our stay. The quality of the food was indifferent and lacked imagination, for example a bajan buffet evening consisted of a sad salad, some lamb stew, chicken legs and wings and roast pork. On one evening I asked to choose from the a la carte menu and was told "its off". Many all inclusive guests decided to eat elsewhere of an evening. When we ate out the proprietor asked where we were staying and whenI told him he replied "I expect we'll be seeing quite a bit of you". This was indicative of the reputation of the hotel.

      All the beaches in Barbados are public so there are a lot of locals trying to get you to jet ski, parasail, have foot massages etc, and it can be irksome. During our week the police were called as a guest had been assaulted by a local hawker. Difficult for the hotels to control but our hotel made no attempt to stop these individuals entering the grounds and even allowed them to use the facilities.

      There were also not enough sunbeds which resulted in guests reserving beds by putting towels etc on them. In some cases you could see "reserved beds" lying unoccupied for hours and this lead to some friction between guests. The hotel has a policy that beds should not be reserved but they do not enforce it.

      Because we got a late deal, the weather was good and we met some really nice people all in all we had a really enjoyable break but we will not be returning to this hotel and most likely will look elsewhere in the Caribbean next time.

      Worth what was spent. Basic accomodations


      Older hotel. No TV.

      Small beach - nice but hard to get a chair. Visitors get a chiar, leave a towel on it and leave.

      Grounds are well kept.

      Maids/staff loud in hallways (forget a late sleep or nap).

      Entertainment a couple of nights - OK. Then "Music by hotel sterio" the rest of the nights.

      Low key. Older visitors.

      Got this on a "deal". The package I got was worth what I spent - but I do not require much, as I get out in a rental car.

      I would not come back - just because this is too "average" for me.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts St. James

      3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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