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My husband and Istayed at the Colony Club Oct 9th to the 12th. I thought it was a wonderful hotel. Our room was a garden room away from the beach and I loved it.
The beach isn't that great but the pool was immaculate.
I found the staff to be very friendly from the front desk persons and especially Anita our maid. She came looking for us to show us the monkeys. Anything we asked for she came through.
I would come back here again
Our day at the colony club
We ended up at the Colony Club after being delayed for 24 hours on our trip back to the UK. Virgin arranged for us to stay there and paid for all meals and soft drinks - not bad at all. We had just spent 6 days at Little Arches (absolute heaven - see my seperate review) and I suppose that spoiled us for the Colony Club. The rooms were big, modern & clean - but lacked any toiletries (we were told that they dont have shower gel - even travelodges have shower gel !) The hotel grounds are well kept and very pretty - the beach is nice but once you enter the water it is very rocky - we were told this was a remnant from hurricane Ivan. I guess our main gripe was the service which was pretty poor - the staff were sullen, slow and pretty unwelcoming - we usually had to ask at least twice for the bill / more drinks / water etc etc. I asked on several occasions for a sun parasol (there are very few around the pool) but never received one. All in all I would say the hotel is nice, in a good location, but let down by poor service and indifference by the staff. Not a patch on Little Arches!
Just loved it
Went to the colony club for my 40th birthday it was amazing a little bit expensive though, but we were lucky we had been upgraded from coconut creek on the same all inclusive basis.
Cant wait to go back and see those friendly people.
A lot going for it
Whilst accepting that you could argue that the hotel is due for a refurbishment any disapointement is made up for by the layout, the setting and some really nice staff. the pool and beach are great, the rooms are perfectly adequate except perhaps for some of the bathrooms and general decor.
I recommend the ' luxury pool' or ocean view' rooms which are nearer the sea and have excelent access to pool and beach. If you are eating out I strongly recommend the Fish Pot 10 minutes away which is small, very good food and a fabulous setting.
We have just spent our honeymoon at the Colony Club and it was excellent. We were up-graded from the closed Coconut Creek where we were all inclusive.
The rooms were a little tired but very clean and airy, ours had excellent views of the beach and sea.
The food was out of this world only complaint too much of it.
The staff were very friendly couldnt do enough for you, helpful and friendly. The only staff we found slightly rude were the reception.
It is difficult to say whether we would recommend this hotel as we were all inclusive (and they dont usually do that) so we have no idea what food and drink would cost us probably around £300 a day so if we had paid for it we may feel differently.
We had a super holiday, great time, super food, drink, people, excellent beach and crystal clear sea.
We can back very relaxed.
Just returned from week before the cricket took over!Gardens very nice, lots of maintenance in evidence. Pools immaculate - lots of maintenance as well!Breakfast a feast, Lunch on the deck very nice - particularly the Sunday Buffet extravaganza.Evening meals in the Laguna restaurant were superb every time - however, it was V.Expensive!!Some waiting staff need to learn how to smile at the paying guests, and sharing my breakfast with most of the feathered population of the West Coast wore a bit thin after a while.Don't expect any entertainment for young children -the beach is OK but it is definitely a seen and not heard kind of place.I can recommend the Marguerita's at sundown on the deck - what's not to like?Generally above average - but needs tidying up and a few customer care tweaks for good measure, particularly at the priceWe will go again - in a couple of years.....
So Run Down...
We thought the Colony Club would be the highlight of our trip... that was definitely not the case. We spent nearly $ 3500 for two nights in two rooms with some meals. Generally the staff was friendly. In the restaurant the birds were routinely drinking from the decanters used to give water to guests; the silverware and glasses were unclean and the beach towels heavily stained... The rooms, and we had upgraded rooms, were terribly dilapidated. The TV's did not receive US channels as advertised - only ABC - the bath tub in the most expensive room was broken out in the bottom. The faucets leaked from the handles when you turned on the water. There were pipe problems with one of the toilets. The good news was there must have been some recent painting because the paint stains that were in the other bath tub still had noticeable hair imbedded in them.Overall, I wanted to say 2 out of 5 rating, because some of the staff was so nice, but I just wouldn't recommend anyone go there until they seriously renovate the property. The beach was nice with lots of options. The Turtle trip via boat is nice from what I hear, but our guide showed up 40 minutes late and then forgot to bring any food to allow us to see them. As a result we sat in an open boat for 20 minutes with no turtle sitings. The guide was kind enough to speak a total of about six words, even in response to questions, during the almost 45 minute outing. Finally, the "spa" kept having power outages, turning an hour long appointment, into a two hour ordeal, with only half the work done.The General Manager was very nice, but what could she do - this "motel" is so run down...
A lovely hotel with friendly, helpful staff and everything on hand. Due to its history, the place is a little worn, but the pleasant colonial grandeur more than makes up for that. I saw three rooms during my stay; all were immaculate. Only complaint is that the grounds feel a little cramped - think twice if you're seeking seclusion.
Good but expensive
Good things first - Great room with steps down into the meandering pool. Huge rooms and bathrooms. Very quiet although we were on the groundfloor. Beautiful beach and pool was lovely. Very friendly lady in the shop! Bad things -Very rude and sullen staff especially at breakfast and on reception. Water from tap tasted like it came from the pool! Drinking water is supposed to be best in the world but this was disgusting! Food in restaurants not good. Lovely hotel but well out of its price range and staff need a very intensive customer care course. We have stayed in other Barbados hotels which were half the price and the service was much better.
Looking foward to our next visit.
The first visit to the Colony in Barbadoes was 40 years ago. The last time was about 12 years ago. Both visits were outstanding and we are planning a trip back this fall .
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... HAD to do the rope swing. Out onto the pier I took a big leap and swung. Awesome feeling flying through the air and plunging into the clear water below. So much fun!
When we finally did manage to get back on board the ship, we hung out and had a cocktail (because you know we hadn't already had enough right?) - I just love this drink.
I joined one of the girls tonight for dinner in the other dining room. I ...
... mind the back up plan comes into action.
We finish the shopping, including another birthday cake, and head back to the hut.
After several hours of food preparation and some pretty nifty decorating by Ruth it's time to get the party started.
Another surprise - Keisha and Andy arrive. Malcolm is pretty bowled over by it all.
Mind you he ends up doing the BBQ even though he's the birthday boy.
Saturday morning begins with a light breakfast - just toast as no one is very hungry today.
We're just contemplating what to do as Ruth and Malcolm are due to arrive this afternoon and mum has a pamper treatment booked.
Lesley (who ive been calling beverley for some reason) our housekeeper and her husband Richard came over today. Lesley tells that it's a bank holiday on Monday so we will stock up with food and drink as the shops will be ...
Here we are. Our second evening in Barbados.
We arrived yesterday afternoon. First of all we drove to Birmingham to pick up mum and then to London to spend the evening with Hannatu, Martin and the boys.
The next day the trip to the airport was a bit of an adventure in itself. The traffic was much heavier than we anticipated so it took longer to get to Gatwick. But we made it, dropped off bags and went straight to the departure gate.
... of Queen’s Park (the old Governor General’s mansion).
Even found our way to a local church and found an interesting gravestone … it was for a guy that had been a Governor-General in the old British Colonial Service for The Gambia, Lagos (*****ia), The Bahamas and Barbados. He must have been quite accomplished to get all those ‘postings’.