Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tamarind by Elegant Hotels Paynes Bay
Not very luxurious...
First and foremost, the Tamarind Cove is NOT a very "luxurious" establishment. If you are looking for truly luxurious arrangements, then look elseware [as an example, the hotel is directly across the street from an Exxon gas station]. Also, the beach is extremely rocky, to the point that my girlfriend actually cut her foot on the ocean floor. In addition, the "fitness center" is simply a dingy room with a few ancient looking treadmills and rusty dumbells.
However, there were a few positives. In general, the staff was very kind and accomodating, and the rum- runners were delicious.
My girlfriend and I had already been in Barbados for a week when we checked into the Tamarind Cove in late Nov 2003. We had just spent 7 glorious nights at the Little Arches hotel in Oistins. We had always planned to split our trip into two parts, staying on the south coast (Little Arches) and the West. For the West we chose Tamarind Cove - all I can say is 'what a mistake'. Upon arrival (3pm)we waited for the best part of an hour for the cleaners to finish in our room. They may as well not have bothered. Our room was a 'standard ocean view'. It was dark, damp and dirty. It reminded me of a bargain basement US hotel room. Completely characterless. The worst thing was that we had paid a lot of money to stay there. We talked for 10 mins and decided that there was no way we could stay there. It looked so dismal that we were fully prepared to pay a cancellation charge and leave on the next plane. However, the Tamarind Cove has an excellent manager, Adele, she listened to our complaints and arranged for us to stay at The Colony Club (a related hotel). The Colony Club is a much nicer hotel and the rest of our holiday was very enjoyable. In summary, do not be fooled by the Tamarind Cove website. The actual place is unrecognisable from the site with its wonderful pictures. The hotel is in complete need of a refurbishment. I, for one, refuse to pay good money for accomodation that is simply, unpleasant. Be warned. Ian and Sophia
Don't come here if you want good service
I've just returned from a 2 week holiday at the Tamarind Cove Hotel in Barbados. First impressions of the hotel on arrival were OK, until you check in & get your first experience of the service!The majority of the staff seem to have a very ambivulent approach to customer service - some times its excellent, most of the time its non-existent. Its a real shame as the food in all the restaurants was excellent, the rooms are OK & the hotel facilities are fine (although it seems that the hotel should be getting close to a refurbishment), but time and time again the hotel lets its self down due to poor service & staff attitude. The only other comment would be don't come here if you are after idyllic caribbean beaches - the beach was not kept very clean and it was quite crowded.
Absolutely Brilliant! We stayed at Tamarind Cove between 5th and 19th October 2003 and cannot praise the hotel enough.
We stayed on the full American meal plan which was a mistake - the food was so good, we couldn't stop eating and we put on pounds! There was such a huge choice for the buffet breakfast and lunches and the a la carte food in the evenings was superb.
Our hotel room was very clean and totally free from cockroaches, the hotel grounds were so pretty, the beach was one of the best I have seen, and the hotel staff couldn't do enough to help us. (The birds in the restaurant at breakfast and lunch were only a problem if you left food on your plate and left the table before the staff could clear it - but we felt the hotel staff were very quick at clearing the tables to try and avoid this.)
I just cannot fault the hotel at all, and my Wife and I cannot wait to stay at Tamarind Cove again - it will definitely be our first choice of hotel next time and I would recommend it to anyone.
Thanks very much to all the staff for making our holiday so great.
Stayed at tamarind cove from August 20 to 30th.It is the best hotel I have stayed at and I have been to many.The food was excellent and the staff couldn't do enough for you. Will definately go back
We went to Tamarind Cove in June 2003 even though some of the reviews here worried us. We are so glad we went. We had the full American Meal plan and loved it. Sasso restaurant offers great a la carte food. The beach was plenty big enough. Swimming was good. Look out for Roddy and his boat trip to see the turtles. Barbados is lovely. The people are so friendly. Try it! PS we saw just 1 roach the whole time there. Not in our room either!
Good alround hotel
were there june 2003 had good time overall, staff were ok some not to helpfull. food was good , no atmosphere at all in the bar better off going over the road to bar called the crocks den lots going on there. had room 336 nice clean room with good view over pool. all three pools were very clean and well kept . water taxi to over resorts is great , colony club was the best of the other two resorts though again very quiet. locals very friendly had great time would love to go again
Very Mixed Feelings
Ok, here are the pros....pretty grounds, really good food, very nice staff, beautiful view from beach, complimentary boat service which runs to and from their other properties. Also, we did the modified meal plan which was nice...had an AMAZING jazz brunch at their other property, the Colony Club. (NOW thats a nice place!!)
CONS: Ugly rooms which really needed to be renovated. Small beach area that got really crowded...rocks in the water which HURT when you walked in, and to me the WORST of all, there were MANY cigarette butts in the hotel's sand.
Time to relax, soak up the sun.....
what great staff and a nice facility. open air eating gave me a challenge with the birds actively pursuing their next meal. got the room pictured on the internet - 227, an oceanfront 1 bedroom suite with a balcony. very spacious and clean - a few bugs tho. also the marble bathroom had rust stains in the marble which knocks down a four star rating. with a little work (updating the bathroom, adding jacuzzis, plunge pools) the property has potential thru the roof. there were clean, relaxing pools - a few kids were brought there who wandered around with no kids club - if you have kids go to coconut creek. meals out were very pricey - $150 a pop! gourmet food. to buy liquor other than rum was out of the question -really highly priced even in the supermarket. not a good place to take a stroll down the road - cars aim at you and you have no sidewalk. not a lot to do other than relax and soak up the sun, overall a great place with friendly helpful staff. i would go back!
Don't waste your time and money.
My boyfriend and I visited Barbados and the Tamarind Cove in July 2002. Our expectations were high as the vacation was very expensive. The hotel was practically empty, but for a few flight attendants also staying at the hotel The staff, although pleasant, were all discouraged. They told us it was rumored that because business was slow, the hotel would be closing soon. All outdoor areas, including the restaurants, bars, and beach, were overrun with birds. Birds of all sizes and varieties would swoop in and try to take food off our plates. During the breakfast buffet, netting could not keep them out of the buffet area. It was so disgusting! The rooms were substandard, especially the bathrooms. We were supposed to be in Barbados for seven days, but cut our vacation short after only three days. We just couldn't take it any longer!
TripAdvisor Reviews Tamarind by Elegant Hotels Paynes Bay
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