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“Ok as a base for the island, the rest is very so so” 3 of 5 stars
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All Seasons Resort Europa
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Palm Avenue, Sunset Crest, Barbados   |  
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Peebles, United Kingdom
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“Ok as a base for the island, the rest is very so so”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The hotel consists of a number of self contained bungalow apartments, plus swimming pool, bar area, gym and a restaurant. The apartments are clean and have basic facilities. Air conditioning is provided but it's 10 US dollars extra per night. As a base to explore they are fine. Most of the staff are very friendly and helpful. One or two are somewhat officious and not very helpful. The pool is very clean and good. The bar is expensive compared to other local places and the quality isn't that good, get your rum punches somewhere else! The restaurant is Indian food only. The quality and taste are good, however the quantity of food is quite small, certainly compared to the amount you would get in a UK restaurant or take away. Breakfast in the morning the quality is variable, depending on which member of staff is cooking it.
For location the hotel is a 10 minute walk from the beach and another 5 minutes on top of that to the centre of Holetown. The area is safe to walk around.
So all in all it's ok as a base and the cost is reasonable.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just got back from staying at the All Seasons Resort Europa, Really enjoyed our stay, Kelly and all the staff we meet at the resort we really friendly and helpful. Its located about half way between Sandy Lane and Holetown on highway 1 The resort is located in a nice residential area, its not beach facing but we did not find this a problem at all as its only 10 mins walk to the beach and about the same to holetown which is really useful to be near the town and all its facilities, The resort has a really laid back feel to it, it has a great pool and bar and the restaurant looked nice although we did not eat in it was the apartment had a full kitchen so we made use of that. Highly recommend this place is your looking for great value self catering accommodation without the 5* cost of most places in the area. We look forwards to returning next year!

Room Tip: Room 21 is very near the pool!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Currently staying at the All Seasons for a week. I was a bit put off in the beginning, but for the most part, I am fine. If you are use to 4 and 5 star hotels, this place is not for you period! This is a nice clean property with decent folk.

The property is a bit off the beaten path, but just a quick walk to the main street, no different than the others places I have encountered on an island if not staying directly on the beach. The property has a pool and it is clean. There is also a restaurant that serves primary Mughal food, but they have an American/European breakfast to accomodate guest. If there is a variation, they are happy to accomodate.

The cable TV is a bit sketchy, but when it is working you get a fair amount of cable channels (SHO/CIN/HBO). The other times, USA and FX, Disney, etc. Can't complain. The biggest thing is that they have free wireless, but you need a password to get it to work. It is the best that I have experienced so far at a resort and more importantly, ITS NOT SLOW!!!

The property has a daily shuttle to a 3 mile radius from the property and it leaves twice a day and picks up twice a day. Oh lastly. Be aware that St. James parish is an area for the well to do, so it is expensive. I just paid the equivalent of 11 dollars for Oreo cookies LOL....

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our stay at All seasons was a great one. The rooms were clean and well put together. The front desk staff went above and beyond to ensure that we were comfortable and well informed of the various attractions of Barbados. Special thanks to Roxanne , Kelly and Nyoka. You guys are amazing. Not forgetting the staff and the Asian spice and the bartender. We will definitely be back by God's grace.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We first stayed here in 2010 for our honeymoon and returned this year for another 2 week visit. The hotel was just as it was 4 years ago except the rooms had had some upgrading and redecorating. It's important to note, however, that this is still a 3 star hotel. If you want 5 star luxury this is not the place for you. I've read some of the poor reviews and think that for the most part they are very unfair and actually had people read the resort's website before booking they would have known what to expect. We had the benefit of having been before so we knew what to expect but the information is there to be seen on their website and on tripadvisor - do your research. We did feel it was a bit rough and ready. Yes some of the resort is looking a bit tired and dated. Yes the kitchen and bathrooms could probably do with being renovated but we did speak to some locals towards the end of our stay and the hotel staff and it's clear the whole country is suffering as a result of the recession and difficult decisions have to be made. On reflection I would rather the hotel did the minimum in terms of tarting up and kept the excellent housekeeping and maintenance staff than I would they refurbished the rooms and had to cut back in other areas.That being said - the resort doesn't purport to be 5 star luxury so you shouldn't expect to find that if you're staying here anyway.

The rooms are very well cleaned by the excellent housekeeping staff. Beds are changed once every 4 days and towels every other day. I cannot fault the cleanliness of the rooms at all and I'm pretty picky. I don't know why others have reported they haven't had their rooms cleaned but ours was cleaned every day except for 2 days when, on our own volition, we turned the cleaner away to give her a rest as we were still clean from the clean the day before.

As with our previous visit, the staff are absolutely lovely. One member of staff in particular even helped my husband and I with a few recipes to try cooking while we were there after we had a few disasters in the kitchen - FYI fish in Barbados needs to be soaked in lime juice and water before cooking - unless you want a really salty dinner!

When we were there the country was going through a very dry spell, not having had rain for several months. Whereas when we were there before the gardens were lush and green, this year they were brown but this is not at all the fault of the hotel. It does make the resort look even more tired than usual though. It's something to be aware of though if you're travelling in the next few weeks - the gardens do not look like they do in the photos but when you look around the island you'll see that everyone's gardens are in the same condition and the whole country is trying to save water. The plus side is that unless the rains come soon you'll get great weather for your holiday!

There were a few differences since we last visited. The resort has changed the restaurant to Indian cuisine. We were given a letter on arrival that said that the resort was no longer accepting cash at the bar or in the restaurant. Our UK credit cards charge a fortune for purchases. We could have put it on our room but would have again incurred a charge at the end and we had also brought with us the exact amount of cash we needed for each day and wanted to be able to budget properly, rather than having a big bill at the end. This was entirely personal preference but we opted not to eat or drink at the resort which was fine as we cooked most nights and sampled other places a few nights which was nice. However, a few days before we left we were told by other guests that they had been paying cash so I don't know what happened there. I checked with reception and it seemed that at this time of year (May) when it was quiet you could pay cash so I don't know why we still got the same letter at the start of our stay saying that we could not. It was a shame as we would have eaten at the restaurant and, as other reviewers have noted, it was empty a lot of the time. So, if like us you are travelling on a budget with cash only, check at reception for sure as to whether you can pay cash at the resort.

The only other downside for us this time was that when we were visiting the beach house was closed for refurbishment. As other reviewers have noted this is a great facility to use as the resort is quite a way from the beach. We were disappointed that it was closed and that we were not warned before we traveled and so we asked our Virgin rep why we'd not been warned. There then seemed to be a discussion between the resort and our rep who claimed she didn't know either and in the end we felt a bit uncomfortable as we hadn't wanted to cause a fuss at all - the rep had been trying to work something out but we were worried the resort thought we were complaining. By the time we got to the bottom of it all we were near the end of our stay so it didn't matter anyway. The resort stated that this was out of their control as they do not own the beach house which we do accept to a degree but the resort and Virgin (the company we traveled with) both advertise the facility as part of the provision of services. It did make a big difference to our holiday and we would have just wanted to have been warned. We go to Barbados for the beach (I can swim in a pool in the UK) and loved previously sitting at the beach house, right on the beach front and watching the waves come in with shade provided by parasols and gazebo type covers. There was a pool and loungers for guests to use also. Fortunately we had brought a picnic blanket and beach towels with us so we were still able to lay on the beach and go snorkeling but being very fair skinned we couldn't do this for long so instead spent a lot of time at the resort dipping in and out of the shade. Our Virgin rep also provided us with a parasol which did really help but other guests reported to us that they had only brought small towels with them and didn't enjoy sitting on the hot sand with small towels. I do believe you can rent beach towels at the resort but I don't know how big they are. The beach house is set to be closed for several weeks and one couple we met on the beach told us they'd heard it would be closed for 2 months so if you're travelling soon it's best to go prepared with adequate towels/beach blanket. You can rent loungers and parasols at other local bars and hotels but be prepared to haggle - we were quoted anything from 20BDS to 50BDS for 2 hours! I'd say that the lack of the beach house for us is probably the most disappointing part of the stay so if sitting on a lounger on the beach is important to you then it may well be worth checking with the hotel to see what the status of the renovations is before you book.

The rooms are secured with a padlock but this is how it was when we were there last time so I'm not sure why people are still complaining about that on Tripadvisor as you only need to read other reviews to find this out. I am reasonably well traveled and no hotel room is ever 100% safe; you could have the best lock ever on the door but if someone wanted to get in they could find a way - windows are a good place to start. Granted a padlock doesn't make the job very hard. If you're taking large amounts of cash and valuables (which I don't advise anyway not just for travelling to Barbados but to anywhere), use the safe provided. Housekeeping and resort staff are trustworthy as we didn't use the safe (which they knew) and we didn't have anything go walkies.

Finally, in response to some of the comments about local noise, the resort is in a residential area which we actually really like. It's quite safe walking around at night and, for the most part, it is quiet. The locals do, however, have to go about their business which is understandable. We were in room 49 which was the room we had for our honeymoon and the resort were very kind at giving this room back to us. However, a family has moved in to the house next to this room since our last visit and it is now quite noisy with dogs barking and general family life, including tooting car horns for the school run pick up every morning. It was a bit annoying during the day when we just wanted to sit on the patio in peace but it is genuinely not in the Hotel's control so we didn't complain to the hotel about it. We did get used to it and having reflected it's no different to when we sit in our garden on a sunny day in the UK. We slept like babies in the lovely big bed and it didn't bother us too much (I think we got woken by noise twice during the whole stay) but we had the hum of the aircon to muffle out the noise so if you're a light sleeper it may be worth paying extra for the pool view rooms as these are more within the resort with only other guests either side. We looked at some of the other resorts this time, just having a bit of a nosey and we found that most of them are on the sea front and then back onto the road and you have to pay extra to get a room on the sea front so you'd probably get road noise there too.
All in all we did have a great holiday. The rooms are nicely furnished, clean and staff are very friendly. I hate to use the word because it can sound negative but putting it bluntly this is a "budget" resort. If you want 5 star luxury don't come here. However, if you want a nice, relaxing holiday with a clean room, value for money (more money to spend on rum punch) and the ability to cook your own authentic Barbados food then give this place a go.

Room Tip: Pool view rooms are quieter in terms of generally speaking being further from residential noise.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The word Europa is associated with a Greek Myth. It's a myth that this place thinks it is a resort of any sort.
First off, this place is located away from everything. If you're in Barbados for fun and to experience the culture, this is not the place to stay.
Secondly, they charge you a $89 fee (U.S dollars) for electricity as soon as you step foot onto the property. Depending on how you book your stay, they also charge a fee to use the air conditioner in the bedroom. That is the only room with air conditioning. In a country that averages 90 degree days, the only room you can cool down in is the bedroom. To make things even more upsetting, they attach the key to the pad lock that locks the room to the card you have to insert into a slot for the air conditioner in order for it to run. Yes, you have to put a card into a slot for the AC to run. So, you pay $89 for electricity but with their setup, you can't leave the AC running because if you leave the room, you need the key which is attached to the card. In case you missed what I just said, there is a regular store bought pad lock that protects your room and belongings. If you are sharing the room with someone who plans on being out late, you either have to be locked in the room or leave the door unlocked at night. You can wake up at 3AM to let the person in as well.
Regarding the room itself. It is mediocre and very outdated. The room has a very old smell to it. To make things worst, when you first run the water, it is brown in color and it has a very nasty odor. It smells like a sewer. They tell you to run the water for a while so that the brownish color eventually goes away. The color may go away but the odor does not. It smelt horrible the entire time. In the kitchen, the utensils had chips on paint stuck to them. If that is lead paint, that is a major violation.
Another issue we had was that of simply getting fresh towels for the room. We were informed that we were only entitled to 1 towel per week. Yes, in a 90 degree country where you may shower multiples times a day, you're allowed 1 towel. Even in my own home I use 2 or 3 towels within a week. On top of house cleaning not replacing towels, they do not make your bed when you leave for for the day. I have never been in a hotel or even a motel where the bed was not made. It is normal practice.
The other major issue is the WiFi. There is no WiFi in any of the rooms. You have to go to the pool and bar area for WiFi connectivity. When you first walk in, if you're still brave enough to book after reading this, you'll see the wireless router at the check-in desk. That is what you'll be using. Even at the pool, the WiFi is unstable. I tried using an app on my phone to speak to my family back in the U.S and the call kept chipping out. I had to walk closer to the front desk and at that point, you can't have a personal conversation without the person at the front desk hearing every word. A couple nights i tried standing by the bar but the music from the bar was so loud I couldn't hold a decent conversation.
I was born and raised in Barbados and I desperately needed a room due to a death in the family. This "resort" was given through Westgate. I tried to cancel after 20 minutes on the premises but was informed i could not cancel. I will no longer be doing business with Westgate and I will never stay at All Seasons again. I would rather sleep in my rental car.
I urge you and I beg you to not book this place. My first 2 nights in Barbados I stayed at Infinity on The Beach on St. Lawrence Gap. It is decades ahead of this place. You will live to regret it. That's if you don't drink the water.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Stayed with family last august .hotel staff very friendly couldn't do enough for you really. Location of hotel very good for shops beaches and restaurants .Only negative point was swimming pool at time of visit wasn't clean kids ended up with ear infections luckily insurance covered them for nearby clinic if pool has been sorted Highly recommend to anybody

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Palm Avenue, Sunset Crest, Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Sunset Crest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Sunset Crest
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Hotel Class:3 star — All Seasons Resort Europa 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All Seasons Resort Europa nestled in the heart of Sunset Crest, features 48 elegantly furnished one bedroom suites within cottages. Each room (750sq ft) comprises a kitchenette, dining & living areas, private patio,a Flat scren cable TV, & personal parking space. This 3 star, 2 diamond budget property offers a Indian restaurant & bar; free wireless internet access (only in public areas) & a free scheduled shuttle service to nearby shops & beaches. Hotel charges US$ 14 per night, per room energy charge. Additional charges are applicable for use of safe. ... more   less 
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