Booked a holiday at short notice with little information beyond that on the Virgin booking site.
Then read the negative reviews and were more than a little apprehensive that we had made a huge mistake. How wrong could we be!
We have just enjoyed a fabulous two weeks in this most friendly of hotels. Yes, the area around is a little shabby, but so is much of the south coast. Never felt at risk, everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. Want directions to the bus station serving the west coast? I will take you and get you to the right service. Cars even stop when you stand on a main road to let you cross.
Glorious beaches moments away, swim and walk back to the hotel for a meal and drink in your towel. Cuzz's fish shack an absolute must, just 50 yards or so away, even though the all inclusive menu is varied and good. Went to Cuzz's little short of cash for two cutters and two beers. No problem. "I know where you live. England."
Good location to explore the island, by taxi or by bus, with the latter a price of two dollars per ride - about 70p. Good tours too. Would recommend the Island Safari and the three in a day - Harrison's Cave, the Mount Gay rum distillery, and the sunset cruise. Would not go to Mount Gay as a one off visit. Just a bottling plant. Spend you money on a bottle of duty free rum - will cost you around £7 - and read the history on the Internet!
Cannot praise the hotel staff highly enough, in the restaurant, bar and room service. As others have commented, the Wednesday night barbecue is great fun. When the management learnt we were there on our anniversary we returned from a day trip to find a bottle of bubbly on ice in our room.
Very tempted to change personal habit of not returning to the same place twice. Next Easter, perhaps? Close to clicking the button!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Island Inn is a quaint, 24 room, all inclusive property with meeting and function facilities. Situated less than a mile from the centre of Historic Bridgetown and within the Garrison Area – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel is footsteps away from the beach at the beautiful Carlisle Bay and Pebbles Beach and is conveniently close to shops and restaurants. Island Inn will amaze you with its disarming simplicity and old world charm. Whether you’re here alone, with the family, or with a group, travelling on vacation or on business, the Island Inn Hotel offers an unrivaled warmth of atmosphere, with contemporary trappings and a true Bajan experience. Originally constructed in 1804 as a Rum Storage facility for the British Regiment, Island Inn Hotel is now part of the historic Garrison area of Barbados. The building was designated a national treasure of Barbados. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Hotel Bridgetown
- Island Inn Barbados
- Island Inn Hotel Barbados/Bridgetown