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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
... time, when I grabbed lunch at one of the nearby beach bars. I'm still surprised and a tad upset that nobody here seems to ever have any local drinks, but the macaroni pie was decent.After lunch, I went to Barry's Surf School, which is a short walk up the road. A family of 4, including 2 under-10 kids and I were signed up for surf lessons. The dad already knew what he was doing. ...
... to the place where we could swim with the turtles. Unfortunately we only had less than an hour before we had to rejoin the ship so we said no. As we we leaving the beach some of the other tourists told us that if we had just swum offshore about 50 metres we would have been at the place where the turtles are. So really the boat trip was a bit of a scam and had put us off visiting the turtles. Sadly we ...
Marty - When I originally booked Barbados, the plan was to come to the final of the cricket, then Ness would stay here in an apartment for 2 weeks while I flew back to London for a necessary 3 monthly check-up/MRI for the drug trial I was on. Shortly before I left London it was evident that I was not going to be able to stay on the trial for one reason or another, so I rescheduled my and Vanessa's return leg of our Around the World Flight to Feb 2011 ...
A detour from Central America landed me in Barbados for the 20/20 world cup. My first english speaking country in 14 months if you can understand the accent. Barbados has the most friendly people in all the places that i've been, everyone is so happy and colourful.
Went to 5 days of cricket overall which was a great atmosphere. There were alot of indian supporters more than everyone else ...
... to another time so I can work in some monkey-watching.I decided to have dinner at the hotel, not quite ready to venture into the Gap alone. I am quite shy on my own and think I'll need a few days to get into things before I build the courage to go out to a place alone. In general, I don't like people--I like to watch and judge them and I love my friends--but I don't like being in an environment where I am prey to them or not in control. So, I'll need to ...