(WARNING: Do not click "preview" submission, unless you want to risk losing your review. I had to rewrite this. )
This review was a long time coming!
I had/have been really busy, so when i was invited to my friend's wedding, I was excited at the prospect of a pseudo-vacation, and my first trip to Barbados.
As I was working within a preset budget, I was floored when I saw the prices for some of Barbados' ritzier hotels. I just wanted someplace clean, safe and reasonably priced. My friend suggested that I look at guest houses on the Barbados travel website (barbados.org), and that is how I found Coral Lane Beach Apartments.
The reviews on TripAdvisor were overwhelmingly positive, and after viewing the hotel's website, I started liaising online with the owners (Dawn and Jeffrey Thompson). They were eager to answer my questions, and provide booking information; which made me feel even more confident that I had made the right choice. Also, at US$85 per night for a standard room with ocean view and A/c (a must have for anyone living south of Canada), I considered it a steal!
On arrival to Coral Lane, Dawn came out to meet me. They were finishing some renovations, and told me to give them a few hours, and I would be in for a surprise when I got back. Sure enough, I discovered that they had constructed private balconies for each of the rooms, so instead of staring out the window, I could now sit outside and enjoy the view. I was ecstatic - it was indeed welcome!
The room itself was what i expected; clean and cozy with the basics of home (electric range, fridge, microwave and an iron - no ironing board though, and a flat screen cable TV). Did I mention the FREE prepaid local cell phone loaned to me during my stay?! A great money-saver and you could get minutes (phone card) from most shops including any gas station.
There was also a hand-held jet shower head that I was not used to, but it quickly became a really good friend of mine.
(I will note though, that the room i stayed in is suitable sized for a couple or solo traveler only. If you have kids, I recommend you opt for one of the larger suites.)
My first morning in Barbados I awoke to... virtual silence. Ahhhhh...
The view was great! To the left was a small church facing the ocean. Below me was a rustic house undergoing its own renovations, and... chickens!!! It reminded me of my early childhood, and gave the place an even more earthy, laid-back feel. Ahead were lush trees, and then the pale blue ocean sparkling in the morning sunlight as sloops and ferries bobbed up and down. My cup of cocoa never tasted so good.
If you plan to laze about for a few days, you are guaranteed to appreciate the serenity.
(Fortunately or unfortunately, my itinerary was packed.)
Dawn (the more vocal one) and Jeffrey (the "strong silent type") were outstanding hosts!
From troubleshooting the TV remote, to adjusting light bulbs, to complimentary housekeeping, they were definitely service-oriented people who catered to their guests and cared about the impression they and their hotel left on us tourists.
So, if you are looking for reasonably priced, quiet accommodations with the basic necessities of home, then Coral lane is the place for you!
- Also Known As:
- Coral Lane Beach Apartments Hotel Saint James
- Coral Lane Beach Apartments Hotel
- Coral Lane Beach Apartments Barbados/Saint James Parish