The property is breathtaking, on a hilltop along the ocean. Ocean views from many rooms and from common outdoor areas. A large property in a gated community, with a beautiful beach (small, but lovely) below on the north end of the property. We stayed in the "historic hotel" section, in a 2 bedroom suite that was oddly configured (lockout bedroom but you can't lock the whole suite from the outside). The shower in the master suite was completely broken on checkin, someone came to look on Sunday and said it needed a part they didn't have but it would be fixed Monday. It didn't get fixed until Tuesday and we left Wednesday. By the time the shower was repaired we realized there wasn't enough hot water to last a full shower. But we had a lovely view from the balcony and were able to shower in our friend's bedroom. Their toilet didn't work too well. We met people in an adjoining room who didn't have air conditioning, so I was thankful that ours was working.
The restaurants were not bad, we preferred Azure for food and views - we had a few excellent meals there. We had one "ok" meal at Zen, most things were fine but the lobster was very overcooked. We got several apologies but were charged full freight. Lunch at the Carriage House was fine, nothing special, but the views from there are also stunning and worth it.
Checkin was an ordeal. They served us lovely rum punches (the best we've ever had), but we could still tell time.
The beach elevator was out of service the first day we arrived, but was back in service after that. Power went out in the coffee shop the next day so no coffee. The General Store onsight is fine for basics and beverages.
The beach is public but security guards keep the local hustlers within limits during the day. I would have loved to go down for a walk at night but didn't feel quite safe without the gendarmes.
There is almost nothing to do at night. There's a lovely indoor/outdoor pub but any entertainment (minimal while we were there) shuts down at 10 pm.
There was construction noise outside our room several days, waking us earlier than we'd have liked.
Still, despite all the negatives, we had a lovely, relaxing, romantic getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched dramatically on the cliffs of Barbados' pristine south-east coast, The Crane Residential Resort, established since 1887, is the island's oldest operating hotel. Transformed into a world-class luxury resort, The Crane features ultra-spacious, fully appointed ocean-view one & two bedroom suites and three bedroom Penthouses, many with their own private plunge-pool. Facilities include the acclaimed Zen Restaurant serving classic Thai and Japanese cuisine and the consistently popular L'Azure Restaurant. The casual Carriage House Pool Side restaurant is another favourite along with D'Onofrio's Trattoria located in 'The Village' which offers duty free shopping, a General Store, Bar 1887 (with nightly live entertainment) and The Village Cafe. Last but not least is Crane Beach voted by Lifestyle's of The Rich and Famous as one of the Top Ten most beautiful beaches in the world, now with a fabulous Beach Grill! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Crane Residential Hotel Saint Philip
- Crane Hotel Saint Philip
- Crane Saint Philip
- Crane Barbados
- The Crane Barbados
- Crane Hotel Barbados
- Crane Resort Barbados
- The Crane Residential Resort Barbados/Saint Philip Parish