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“Lots of Plusses but Hard to Rate” 4 of 5 stars
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Silver Point Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Silver Sands Beach, Silver Sands, Barbados   |  
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“Lots of Plusses but Hard to Rate”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2010

This is a smallish hotel on a nice stretch of beach. It is not far from the airport and is reasonably quiet, has decent security and lots of places to sit out in the sun on the deck near the ocean. The minuses are that at least my room was only airconditioned in the bedroom, the service is casual and the free wireless is spotty in terms of how well it works. The swimming pool is also small and there is little in th neighbourhood. However, the beach is really nice and the hotel is set up nicely. It is a really good place to chill out for 2 or 3 days but not much more.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2010

We stayed at Silver Point for a few days in Jan 2009.

Barbados is a wonderful island with sweet, endearing kind and gentle people.

The island's tourism seems to be focussed more for European travelers than North Americans. The two groups have differing tastes, service and value expectations.

For this reason, I highly recommend that readers from North America focus more on the hotel reviews from fellow North American's when traveling in Barbados, as well as St. Lucia and St. Vincent.

Years of travel experience in the region has proven over and over that Canadians and Americans have very different tastes and expectations when it comes to hotel properties. What appears "brilliant" for our cousins across the pond is often far less so for the folks from the colonies.

Silver Sands was perhaps 1/3 occupied when we visitied so we were offered a unit at ground level on the ocean. I wouldn't even consider staying in the the building on the opposite side of the, albeit very quiet, road.

The rooms / suites are fairly dark, with the bedroom area being windowless. Great for sleeping, especially with the good air conditioning system.

Wireless internet was available at the bar area gratis.

The staff were pleasant, the service was good, the place photographs nicely......but.......something just wasn't quite right there.

The hotel lacks soul. It is antiseptic. There is very little character and frankly, not particularly memorable.

It is most definitely not kid friendly, which was fine by us, but should be pointed out to those with youngsters.

It is out of the way with no amenities or restaurants of any sort within anything approaching normal walking distance. I recall that the food was good, but pricing was tailored more for European sensibilities than North America values. They have a captive audience.

Oistins is the nearest urban area and is a 10 minute taxi cab away. Oistins is fun for a night, maybe two. A little goes a long way. St Lawrence Gap, the Tommy Tourist hangout is about 25 mins away, and a fairly steep taxi fare. Bridgetown is about an hour by bus. It's probably worth going to say you've been there, but frankly, there's not much in particular to see or do, other than to simply soak up the atmosphere.

The local buses are B$1.50 a ride, safe and great fun. Bear in mind that you'll need a bit of a sense of adventure riding them, but that's part of the fun.

I don't recall if they go to Silver Sands hotel. If they don't, they likely are fairly close by.

Although the hotel is immediately adjacent to a beach, the beach is a mecca for kite surfers and windsurfers. And what do they look for in a beach? Wind. Lots of it. All the time and steady.

Silver Point is absolutely, unequivocably THE place to say if you are a windsurfer or kite surfer. It is unlikely you'll find a better set up anywhere in the Caribbean if that is your passion. Watching them work their magic is very impressive, but you can only stare at them for so long....

So.....if that's not what you are looking for on your holiday, I suspect you may be a little underwhelmed / disappointed with the property. To be clear, there is nothing particularly offside about the property, nor did we have any specific complaints. It simply wasn't particularly memorable. There is no WOW factor.

We relocated from the property after a couple of days and moved to another boutique hotel about 5 mins away towards Oistins. It is perpetually reviewed as the #1 or #2 property in Barbados Tripadvisor hotels, and for good reason. If you are researching hotels in the area, you already know which property I refer to.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2009

I stayed at the Silver Point Hotel in late October of this year. I was a little nervous as I had never been to Barbados or down south before. Let me tell you one thing, if you have booked this place you have found a little piece of heaven. The resort is located next to a public beach that was not at all busy. The local bus is a 5 min walk away.
The food was great, prices were on par with what you might pay for hotel food else where, but it was really nice. The cabanas are beautiful, the pool was just right and the service of course was on island time, but very friendly. Come here if you are looking to zone out. The rooms were beautiful, the air conditioning worked extremely well and was needed. I'll be back :)

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2009

I stayed for an afternoon/evening and half day, stopping over from London en route to another Caribbean Island. We booked a partial ocean view room which was located on the ground floor in the block across the road from reception. The partial sea view (from the ground floor) was non-existent, obscured by the trees in the garden area. We compained but it took a while for reception to concede. Eventually, after telling us there were no other rooms available, we were offered one of 2 rooms next door to apartment originally offered which provided a glimpse of the sea. I imagine the upper floors provide much better views.

The bedroom and bathroom, although very pleasant were somewhat smaller than expected and dark. The bedroom overlooked the drive into the complex and would have provided all passer-by residents with a clear view into the bedroom had we left the curtains open. The living / kitchen area was spacious with a flatscreen tv. The small patio area with very limited partial sea view, overlooked the entrance to the block, secuirty post and road, therefore not very private. As mentioned by others, there are no lifts so bear this in mind if you are planning to take one or more full suitcases. Even some of the ground floor apartments have a small flight of steps leading to the front door. The apartments in the same block as the reception looked larger and the sea view looked amazing.

Check-in was speedy, but check out was very slow.

The restaurant service was incredibly slow although staff were pleasant and the food was good.

We arrived mid-late afternoon and (probably because it was low season - 7/8 December 09) we had no problem getting one of the beds / settees by the seafront. However, they are not particularly pleasant to lie on if other couples have been doing likewise for hours beforehand.

This is a very convenient hotel if you are in transit, looking to stay one or 2 nights as it is only 15 minutes or so from the airport. A taxi cost Barbados dollars 25. Otherwise it is rather isolated, but getting round the island by hire car is not difficult, in fact is recommended.

Overall, this hotel is convenient for a stopover stay. For longer stays, this would suit those into watersports but would recommend a sea view apartment in the main block.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2009

We stayed at the Silver Point Hotel, and we got the deal through Orbitz. The hotel offers Best Of Barbados which are coupons that give you discounts on things you do there. For example, they give you seven days of free breakfast for two. The breakfast was good. It included fruits (Melons on the first two days, Oranges on the next two day, and followed by a banana). You can also choose to have juice with your coffee. Cappucino are not included. Then the main course includes eggs( scramble, poached, boiled, Benedict, but not omlets), toast/ English Muffin, and (optional but not always included) bacon and sausage. Yes, all this food for free. The lunch and dinner costs $25 US each, but you can take a taxi into town for I guess cheaper food at the supermarket. (We didn't do that. So, I have no idea if the food is cheaper in town or not. The cab ride into the nearest town, Oistin, is $10 US.) The lunch and dinner are excellent and artistically presented. There is a choice of chicken, beef, fish, and lamb. We only had two meals a day. Lunch and breakfast. One day, our last day, we ate all three meals. The coupons include percentage off tours. We went on a snorkeling tour with Tiami Cruises and a Safari tour. There is an agent at the hotel to help you with all this. On Friday night we went into Oistin for the fish fry festival, and the coupons let us eat for free at one of the restaurants. The whole town was packed! We also went to St. Lawrence's Gap which was hopping. Attached are pictures of the hotel, and us surfing with the World Champion Surfer Brian Talma. Yes, he has a shack right next to the hotel, and we were lucky enough to catch him on the day that he worked there. Pictures eight through twelve are of Amy surfing, and yes, she actually stood up on the board. I couldn't push myself up. Need more push ups I guess. And no, I do not have a share in the hotel. Though I wish I could afford to.

Stayed May 2009
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2009

This was the first holiday we have been able to take in the last 5 years so we spent a lot of time looking at a lot of information to make our decision on where to go. We read a lot of reviews on trip advisor so we felt it only fair to write some reviews on our recent trip.
We decided on Barbados as its somewhere we have always wanted to go to. We decided on silver point hotel, partly because i love to wind surf and we wanted something a bit quieter.
The resort was a lot quieter than what we expected, but that was fine with us as we had our 3 year son with us and wanted to spend quality time together.
The rooms were nice, a bit old but very clean and very comfortable.
We managed to secure a lovely beachfront cabana nearly everyday.
HOTEL LOCATION
The hotel itself is quite remote and out of the way, so hire a car as the taxis were quite expensive. The hotel is located on the beach though quite choppy and windy

THE ROOMS
The rooms were very nice. Comfortable beds, cleaned everyday, nice big bathroom.

RESTAURANT AND BAR
We ate at the restaurant twice only as it was quite expensive and the quality was only average. We hired a car and bought some groceries from BB in Oistons, We also ate at several restaurants around Barbados

Friday at Oistons is a must, even if you only do it the once. Line up 20 mins for overpriced fried fish and dance to cheesy music with thousnads of other people.
Visit the flower caves
Visit the Crane hotel. Beautiful Beach and a great view.
Visit Aussies Beach House in The gap. New Australian restaurant and Bar with the best food we had out of all the restaurants we went to. Had a great band playing on the Friday night. We also went back on Sunday night.. Highly recommend the calt and pepper Calamari and the Tenderloin Steak
Also went to Piscies, Harlequin and Davids..
Aussies was the best for food, Piscies for view.. but very expensive.
Overall, Barbados was amazing, the people were brilliant and the staff at Silver Point were wonderful. We cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2009

Overall, I really liked this hotel and for the value - it it was an outstanding deal for us at less than $100/night. However, this hotel is missing some of the special details that would elevate it to a true boutique status.

Details of our Deal
We had the Partial Ocean-view Room with CheapCaribbean Best of Barbados deal, which Included free breakfast (which upon arrival, was not going to honored, even though we had paperwork & receipts showing that we should. After 2 visits to the front desk, they finally decided to honor it. What a way to start a trip).

The Room
Overall, we liked our room, but I do feel that it was not big enough for a seven night stay.
It was also very dark, even with all of the lamps on, so that cheapened the experience. Loved the little patio off of the room with the partial ocean view. Housekeeping was thorough (although we had to ask how to replace our beach towels, probably pack an extra if you travel here, as they aren't exactly plush). Also, there was really not enough storage in the room, or even a hook to hang your towel in the bathroom. They could really use a nice bureau or dresser here to store more items. Also note that there is no elevator, which could be a problem if you're on the 3 floor.

The Grounds
Excellent grounds with canopy daybeds - Beautiful landscaping, complete with blooming flowers and swaying palms. Very comfy beach loungers, but really could have use the extra pad to lay down like I had seen at other beaches. I completely agree with other travelers that the Towel Game in full effect here, you really had to get there at 5-6 AM to reserve your daybed, and this wasn't even during true high season. One small, annoying thing was that everyday, towels and garbage were just left laying out on the floor through the hotel as housekeeping cleaned the rooms. I thought that this really cheapened the experience here again as well. Very spotty internet and only 1 computer to "check-out". So plan to be pretty much off-the-grid.

Restaurants
From other reviewers, I will agree that the food was very expensive here (we saved a ton by eating the free breakfast). But the portions & quality were outstanding. We also saved by visiting the corner grocery mart a couple of blocks away to stock up on ALL of our lunch items to store in the mini-fridge: Bread & Cold Cuts for sandwiches, snacks, bottled water, beer, etc... So this really worked out for us. In short, we only had one dinner here. Again, the barstaff could have been more friendly as well, but they did offer a couple of nights where they served free cocktails & rum punch (excellent!). So that was a nice touch. Prices for mixed drinks were very reasonable.


Staff
Overall, the waitresses & staff here really need to go back customer service training. A smile would have gone a long way for me during my stay here. For the breakfast service we learned that you had to get there right when they opened for breakfast at 7:30. If not, it would take them 15 minutes just to get you a menu, or acknowledge your presence. I went to other beaches where the service staff knew guests by name and waited on them hand and foot, we were practically ignored here.


The Beach (& Pool)
Like other reviewers mention, the sea is very rough, but free entertainment every morning at breakfast to watch the kitesurfers. I would probably stay at another hotel on the island that had a more relaxing beach. Some of our favorites included the Crane beach, Mullins Beach & Paynes Bay. These all would have a more beautiful, relaxing beach. I really like the little pool, which was perfect for a little cool-off dip. Did feel a little crowded at times, esp. if there were kids jumping around.

Location
Also of note, this hotel is located in a very remote, residential location on the island, where you will absolutely need a car & a GPS. Our GPS saved us a million times driving around the island. You may feel that the hotel is in a bad neighborhood, for for the most part, the residents would wave and smile at us, so we had no real problems. Overall, our favorite part of the trip was leaving the hotel to go & set out on a new adventure everyday. Most places on the island were at least 30-45 minutes away by car, mostly with modern 2-4 lane highways (which kind of did surprise me, compared to where Silver Point is located) Of course, the airport was right nearby at a mere 15-20 minutes, so that was handy.

Would I recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes, ONLY if it were not for a honeymoon or specials occasion, I would. But other than that, I would suggest something with better service and a more calming beach on the West Coast of the Island

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Silver Sands Beach, Silver Sands, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > Silver Sands
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Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Silver Point Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 58
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