A few mixed reviews, and I can see why, this place is well past it's sell by date. Would like to meet the photographer who put together the hotel brochure, maybe he could make me look 20 years younger too.
Arrived here in late November, after reading a review on the place in a British travel magazine, for a holiday with my wife. Nice drive from the airport, and to this hotel. First impressions was that it clearly catered for an older type of traveller, not a younger person, and very conservative. We arrived in early evening and the place had a theme evening, except nobody was taking much notice of it, and the main restaurant was empty - more on the reasons later.
Room was on the second floor with a view to the sea. Major disapointment $600 a night for a small room, and this room was far from luxury. Comfortable? yes, but hardly a $600 a night room. It was clean, and the bathroom ok, but hardly any space and one tatty wardrobe.
The beach was just about ok, narrow but clean, but absolutely no privacy. Sun beds were at a premium, and like another reviewer stated all the beds were 'reserved' at a very early hour. The sea though was warm and clean.
Breakfast was ok, but hardly a $600 experience, lunch limited and the price just nonsense. We went B+B, and this is the way to go, at least to get out of this place in the evening for something with a bit of life. Best of the restaurants are The Cliff and Tides, but expect to pay top dollar. Absolutely no real partying whatsoever, and everywhere seemed to shut very early. Tried a place called Zoots, but food was desperate, although the bar was ok.
Staff, were in the main ok, but some were really rude, when questioned just replied 'relax you are in Barbados' which seemed an excuse to offer really poor service. We found out why the Evening dinner was so empty - simple, no atmosphere, bad service, very average food and very expensive. Why would anyone want to stay?
The hotel is tatty, desperate in some areas for a refubishment, including our room. Pool seemed constantly shut for cleaning and maintence and when the rain came the place leaked.
Major hassle from the traders who bombarded you with the local beads and bracelets and massage etc. Really had enough of them after a few days. I complained to the manager who seemed not bothered, and stated that the beach was a public beach and there was nothing she could do. Again we got the 'relax you are in Barbados' speech.
Now, the good point - the watersports, ok this was good and the guys who ran the watersports were good value. Very happy to take you out watersking, banana boat, sailing etc. Great fun.
Had a good couple of days in a hire car, went to Bridgetown which was disapointing and also an evening to St Lawrence Gap which was really disapointing. However went to the east coast which was spectacular.
All in all very disapointed with Barbados, yes an evening out was good, but this island is much different to other carribean islands in that there is no local life, and absolutely no chance of some late night partying.
The Colony Club is terrible value, somewhere that pretends to be luxury hotel, but is no where near. I think once apon a time Barbados was seen as a luxury location, now it is not and is just simply one of the many islands, any glamour has gone and has been replaced with the 'on a budget traveller'.
Would never return, and infact would even not even recommend Barbados - a place well past it's 'sell by' date.
- Also Known As:
- Colony Club Hotel
- Colony Club Hotel Porters
- Colony Hotel Saint James
- Colony Club Barbados
- Colony Club Barbados/Saint James Parish
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "An exclusive retreat with elegance and colonial charm." A magnificently restored former gentlemen's club, where old world charm meets new world standards of quality and comfort, the 96-room Colony Club is the Elegant Hotels Group's flagship property in Barbados. Ideal for couples and honeymooners seeking an exclusive retreat with impeccable service in a stunning location, Colony Club tempts guests back year after year. ... more less
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