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Historical Traveler Reviews Meridian Inn St Lawrence Gap
Can you keep a secret?
Everyone who has given 4/5 stars has said it all. First trip to Barbados, but mainly thanks to the Meridian Inn, it definately won't be our last! Judging by the other reviews, despite the quiet location next to Dover, Causarina & Turtle beaches and being at the quiet end of the Gap, it won't be a secret for much longer just how great Gord, Carl & Mary-Margaret's hospitality is. It would be a huge disappointment to my daughter and I if we couldn't get a room again this time next year so don't tell too many others.
As for the chap who called Carl rude, well you've only got to read the other reviews to decide whether there is any truth in that.
Meridian Inn is the best!
Great location. Great owners. Great accomodations. Great weather. Great pets. Great fun! What more can I say...except- Go Flames Go!
Inexpensive, Convenient, and Relaxing!!
My wife and I have been going to Barbados for many years now and have stayed at a number of places in a variety of locations but this passed trip has been the best experience so far. The Meridian in is in St. Lawrence Gap which over the last couple of years has undergone a lot of changes including great new restaurants, as well as old favourites, fantastic nightlife, and arguably the best beaches on the island. The owner operated hotel includes a couple of Canadians and the friendliest Bajan on the island. (Ask Carl for his native island tour or Mary Margaret about interesting recipes for your fresh fish.) The hotel is basic but very clean, very convenient, and very inexpensive compared to most places on the island. Two thumbs up!! We will be staying there again next year.!!
Enjoyed the value
Great place! 5 star service at budget prices. Gord an owner makes it feel like your home away from home. Just ask and it'll be provided or arranged for you. All the nite-life and good eats is just paces away.
So is the beach. I did a 2 week stay but should have stayed longer.
lots of regulars come back every year. I met many of them and they all say they'll be back. Lots of guests seem to book months in advance. A high end hotel is next door but at prices that brake my bank. They use the same beach and don't look any happier. I'd rather spend my funds doing activities and dining, not on pricy accomodations. The hotel gets my recommendation.
Clean, Safe and Friendly !
Spent a couple of days in Barbados for the first time in March 04, with a friend. We can really recommend Meridian Inn, it has a great location just by the ocean, and within walking distance to restaurants and shops. The apartments are really clean, and have nice balconies, where you can enjoy a cold Banks (the local beer) ! The owners are really friendly and helpful, and give you that little extra so you feel that you want to come back again...real soon ! And we will... :0)
I was in Barbados for a week and got back this past Monday.I stayed at the Meridian Inn in the Gap which is one of the nicest hotels i have stayed in.I didnt know what to expect when i reached the place but it exceeded all my expectations.The rooms are clean,and well maintained.The hotel is at a perfect location on the gap and a stones throw from casurina and dover beach.Mary who runs the place is so very helpful which puts you at ease when you are in a country for the first time.The hotel is very safe and you could lock your valuables in a safe in the lobby.Last but not least its very affordable.I am going back soon for sure.!
As a frequent traveller to the Caribbean, this was the best kept secret I have found. The establishment is small but very friendly...The locatation is outstanding, within walking distance to whatever you need. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. The best part is the price. Unbelievable value for the dollar...If your travels take you to Barbados and you want clean, comfortable and a great location I would hight recommend a visit to Meridian Inn. I will definitely be back.
Value for money & clean
I stayed here in November 2003 for a friends wedding (she was staying at Turtle Beach hotel right next door-I couldn't afford to!)I found one of the owners Mary-Margaret to be extremely helpful & friendly. The hotel was basic but very clean, with AC, TV 7 cokking facilities in the room. It was 1 mins walk to the beach, beautiful. Overall I would recommend it to anyone on a tight budget
Average Hotel - Horrible Owner
I stayed at this hotel over the Christmas Holiday season. This was my 10th trip to Barbados, but my first at this hotel. While the location was fairly convenient, especially to the beach and nightlife, the treatment that we received from one of the owners, Mr. Bayley was horrible. He was uncooperative, argumentative, and rude. Rather than treating us with respect, he told us that if we had any problems with him, we should just stay somewhere else. He also said some very rude and disrespectful things to myself and my family.
In short, if you are looking to stay in the St. Lawrence Gap area, there are quite a few other options. The rates are similar, the rooms are likely to be somewhat better, and the owners of those hotels are likely to truly value your business.
Great value, great location
I stayed at the Meridian Inn for about 5 days in September 2003. It's located at one end of St Lawrence Gap, which has great nightlife/dining. The walk from the hotel to the gap was less than a 1/2 mile - and Barbados is very safe - I'm a female traveling alone, and had no problems wandering around at night. There's a breakfast restaurant diagonally across the street from meridian inn - pretty good breakfast, as well as an internet cafe. There were about 15 rooms total at the Inn, which is great - you really get to know the other people staying there. The beach (turtle beach) was about 100 yards away, down a sandy path. It was gorgeous - great to be so close to the beach in case you need to go back to your room for something. There is no restaurant, no pool or bar, but they do sell beer in the office. The rooms all have a kitchenette - refrigerator, microwave, stove, sink, dishes, etc. The room itself was very nice - colorful walls, tile floor, queen size bed, full shower/bathtub, air conditioning, TV with cable, desk, and balcony. Meridian inn is safe, secure, clean, economical, and the staff was very friendly. I would definitely stay here again.
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Travel Blogs from St Lawrence Gap
... She didn't like it because she said the people were pushy and always trying to sell her stuff. I've also been told that the landscape is pretty flat and boring... AND... on the internet I found some pretty nasty crime stories...
Oh, and to make it more complicated, I'm arriving late at night with no guesthouse reservation. I figure since, there is plenty of accomodation, I should be able to find it on my own--rather than trying to negotiate with a ...
... ocean side” to the road like all of the other islands I've been to. Barbados is so flat. I keep looking around to try to get my bearings and I can't do it by using the non-existent mountain or the ocean that I'm not far enough above to actually see. It's pretty confusing for those of use who are used to navigating using that method.
When I got downtown, I first saw St. Michael's Cathedral, which is cool-looking. Next stop ...
... directions. We quickly acquired the Ipad and asked the clerk for directions to the Jewish Synagogue. Supposedly it was "just down the street" but I didn't hold my breath.
A short two blocks later we arrived at the site of the oldest Synagogue in the Western hemisphere. The original structure, built in 1654, was destroyed but a "new" one now stands in its place. Over the years, the Jewish population left the island, so there were few here by the ...
... We enjoyed some breakfast prosecco and livened up the morning orange juice with a few generous shots of vodka, whilst relaxing and waiting in excited anticipation for the holiday to come.
Eventually the flight was called and we boarded the A330 Airbus which would take us to Bridgetown, Barbados. It always reminds me of that 1974 "Typically Tropical" song that goes like this:
Whoa! I'm going to Barbados
... br> On Tuesday, we saw some karaoke (some horrible karaoke), and I was a bit tipsy after all the rum. Oh, and Dree's mom, Jewel, was there lol.
On Friday, we went to Boo's where we got some ribs, which is where dad goes every Friday. I had it with macaroni pie, which was okay, but I like the macaroni pie from Dick and Jean's Bar better.