This is a very good place to stay on the beautiful Island of Barbados. But it is not ideal for everyone. If you are looking to save a few bucks and still be on the beach and close to a lot of interesting places then this could work out well.
My girlfriend and I stayed here in April of this year and at first we were a little turned off. The place is old but relatively clean and the people are friendly and helpful. It also rained more than we expected at first, but no days were ever rained out completely. We were on a tight budget so we walked quite a bit and took advantage of the bus system (public and private - and only a buck each way...that's 2 bucks Barbados). We were expecting a little less of the 3rd world impression the infrastructure gives you, but we never felt threatened or fearful in any way. Walking along Barbados' dark streets at night with run down shacks that serve as bars or even restaurants and the shabby streets seems intimidating at first. But we always felt safe and had no incidents to take away from our memorable stay.
After a couple of days, my girlfriend was saying she definitely wanted to come back to the island and also to Nautilus. We did have a problem with the refrigerator as it did not work and the freezer was only cold (not quite able to make ice). We reported it and the staff got a repairman there in short order. Unfortunately, he did not fix the problem even after replacing a part and de-icing the evaporator. But, we just kept perishables in the freezer and made do. We are not your typical complainers. As we checked out, we let them know the repairman owes them a completed job.
The location, again is excellent. You could go to other beaches on Barbados but you don't need to. Carlisle Bay has a super beach and you can snorkel right from your room. The walk to Bridgetown is long but doable and if you like to exercise, recommended. And the Oistins Fish Fry is a short bus ride down the road. You can't miss this event on Friday nights!
I would also make sure you take the tours of the Agapey Chocolate Factory (small but impressive) and the Mount Gay Rum bottling plant. These help you get a feel for the Barbados experience and are loads of fun.
We definitely want to return to Barbados and would seriously consider staying at Nautilus again.
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- Nautilus Beach Apartments Hotel
- Nautilus Beach Apartments Barbados/Bridgetown
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