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“A perfect week at the Island Inn!” 5 of 5 stars
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Island Inn Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Aquatic Gap, Garrison Historic Area | St Michael, Bridgetown, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Bridgetown
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Hertford, UK
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“A perfect week at the Island Inn!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We had a lovely week at the Island Inn. The staff were so friendly and helpful and we really enjoyed the food. It is nice to have the meals waitress served, which is quite unusual in an all-inclusive hotel, and we found this to be much more relaxing.

We had a standard courtyard room, which we were completely satisfied with. It was kept very clean. Good quality toiletries are provided, as well as a free in-room safe, iron and ironing board, and a kettle and tea/coffee tray (even though there is a tea/coffee machine available 24 hours a day).

As previous reviewers have said, the manager's BBQ party on Wednesday evenings is a nice touch.

We were lucky enough to see the monkeys in the hotel grounds on a couple of occasions, which was a lovely experience.

One minute's walk away is Pebbles Beach which is absolutely lovely, and probably the best beach in the area.

Thanks to all the staff who worked so hard to make us feel welcome.

Room Tip: The standard rooms are great, so anything above would be a bonus
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Having read a previous review I wonder whether we went to the same place. From the minute we arrived I could hardly find fault with anything at the Island Inn.
We wanted a quiet, relaxing holiday and that is exactly what we got. Having read previous reviews and the history of the location we knew the accommodation wasn't going to be seven star luxury. However, it was extremely comfortable and kept wonderfully clean. That also extended to the outside areas of the courtyard and swimming pool. You could always find someone cleaning or clearing up somewhere throughout the day.
I have to take a different view of the staff from a previous review. We found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful. They all seemed to be enjoying their work too, unless every one of them put on an act for ten days. In fact it was great sitting in the bar and hearing music and laughter coming from the kitchen. People don't usually laugh and sing at work if they are unhappy and miserable with their job. In particular I think Ceciline, Ahmal and Earl deserve special attention (along with the manager). They all made our holiday one to remember.
The close proximity to the beach meant we could take a stroll down and enjoy the sunset and return for a drink in the bar before dinner.
Would we return to Barbados? I think a resounding YES.
Would we return to the Island Inn? A resounding YES, especially if the same staff were there.
I think a number of named brand hotels could learn something about customer service from this small hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Island Inn and was delighted with the ambiance of this wee little gem. Tucked away in a side street and just a few minutes walk from the beach where we swam and snorkelled every day. If you want to get up really early (like 6am) you can share the sea with the local racehorses who are exercised there. The racecourse is only a short walk from the hotel and definitely worth a visit if the races are on. We walked into Georgetown and back although there is a local bus service you can hail down from the roadside. We would recommend a tour of the island and that can be organised through the hotel reception. Great value for money and very entertaining. The hotel rooms were spacious and very clean and the (very necessary) air conditioning was a very needed relief from the heat as it was still very hot in September.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I just got back from staying at this property and it was wonderful. I went to celebrate my mums 50th and I know we both thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact our only regret is not staying longer. All the staff were really nice Angela Imani and the manageress but I want to give a special appreciation to Carol in front desk who really went the extra mile to make our stay special and nothing was too much and her patience with us through a misunderstanding. I have said she is my new Bajen mum. The hotel is small but it's so lovely all the personal touches they do to make you welcome, you don't feel like your another guest, you feel like family. I loved the little invite we got to the managers cocktail party and it's hand delivered and very personal. The food is really nice and it is a good variety of local and international meals. It's a very short walk to the beach and the beach is wonderful. The rooms are spacious, with nice decor. Again I want to say thank you to all staff at the Island inn and I cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This hotel was different to what we would usually go for because it was only small but staff were all lovely, always happy to help. The manageress, Earl and Sharon were both great. Our room was spacious and very well air conditioned. The food wasn't amazing but good enough. To be fair we didn't dine at the hotel all the time because you can't spend too much time at the hotel in a beautiful country like barbados. We was delayed for 24 hours due to the aeroplane fault and they put us up at barbados beach hotel not a patch on island inn. Great location too. Thank you.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Preston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Myself and 5 other ladies stayed here for a week, celebrating my 40th birthday. Nothing was too much trouble, the food was great, most of the staff were fantastic! (Only a couple weren't as nice, but it certainly didn't spoil the holiday or mood) unfortunately on the Friday evening we were supposed to be going to oistins but the weather put stop to that, it rained that evening. The hotel was only too happy to let us put our music on at the bar and have a little party, the manageress, barman and security guy all happily joined in and danced with us. It is a fab hotel and you certainly shouldn't be put off by Anne W's review, we heard from other guests about her, who had the pleasure of her company and sounds like she wanted Sandy Lanes service at Pontins prices! The food was lovely, rooms were lovely, staff great and overall a wonderful little hotel. Please don't let that review put you off and read the others...can't please everyone, but they certainly made our holiday a good one!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We have recently returned from our 6th visit to the Island Inn, and it won't be our last. We booked a garden view room which we prefer, having a shaded verandah throughout the day.
What can I say that hasn't been said 100's of times. The food was excellent, the staff superb.
A big thankyou to everyone. See you next year.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: Aquatic Gap, Garrison Historic Area | St Michael, Bridgetown, Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint Michael Parish > Bridgetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Bridgetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Island Inn Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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

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