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Savannah Beach Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Hastings, Hastings, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Hastings
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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“What a great holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here mid to end November 12. We had a fantastic time, the hotel is as chilled and relaxed or as manic as you want it to be, we were incredibly lucky that from the time we boarded the plane we had already 'jelled' with fellow guests, each individual and all great fun. I think this helped with the check in that could have been better, but it gave us all something in common to laugh about. The staff were all lovely and interacted very well with everyone. Food was good, however as with all all inclusive holidays it gets repatative, As many of the reviews say the beach really does let this hotel down, although Savannah puts on a free shuttle bus on a Tues, Thurs, Sat and Sun....the two T's and two S's :) to a beautiful beach nearby ( 10 mins ride away) and they put up a very good packed lunch (on request) that was put in the fridge on arrival at Copabana beach... this bar was then all inclusive to Savannah until transport took you back or 6pm for those of us who stayed!! :) I was very impressed with the overall holiday, met some great friends a couple of whom we have stayed in touch with :) Had lots of fun, laughs and drink!! on this holiday would defo recommend it.

I also need to mention Donna the Virgin rep, she was fantastic in every way, the concierge contacted us 3 times before we went and Donna took over fantasticly, she really is a gem :)

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We visited this hotel 14 December for two weeks, from the moment we arrived three hours late .... the hotel were fantastic. Firstly I am going to manage people's expectation's as i was very frustrated with some others expectations, most people where so so happy but a few .... i paid this and want food all day .... bla bla .... etc, this hotel is a virgin 3.5 stars, I have previously holidayed 5 star gourmet for example el dorado seaside suites to mention one in Mexico or jamaica, They are of similar price possibly Mexico cheaper, however you are paying because you are going to the fabulous island of Barbados, safe to hire cars and walk along its many beaches which are breath takingly beautiful. The staff are such polite, helpful people there were so many hugs we wanted to give when saying goodbye when we left, everything is expensive in Barbados, staff hire more expensive than many islands and they have so many staff for such a small hotel. This hotel exceeds its 3.5 stars and is exceptionally good value for money in Barbados. Just remember virgin probably pay them peanuts compared with what we pay!!!

The hotel is so well layed out and pretty, lots of steps though, think approx 100 rooms, the plants are being nurtured and flowering in all the flower boxes throughout the property. Starting to look fab. There is a plantation house where there are some of the less expensive rooms, nice rooms and very good value, everyone who I spoke to who stayed in these had a very cheap Barbados all inclusive holiday and were happy, same facilities as all.

We had a delux courtyard room, lovely verandah and furnishings, the rooms are a lovely size and nice furnishings, beds comfy, plenty of space for storage, they are as they are on their web site so take a look. The rooms are kept very clean, bathrooms could do with a refit some time in the future but but by no means an issue or a reason to knock reason the hotel, they are kept clean and towels and bedding refreshed. Rooms have free wifi access, although like at home a couple of times that access was intermittent !! All the common area's including the beach have Wifi which is a nice bonus!

Food is of a very high standard, less selection than in big hotels for obvious reasons, breakfast is in Rachel's, approx, 7 am to 10 am, various, cereals, pastries, fruit (melon, apples, banana and oranges, prunes etc), egg station, scrambles eggs and a selection of other hot dishes, beans bacon etc. lunch buffet in drifters approx 12/12.30 to 3pm, always salads (4-6), items to make rolls, hot dishes fish, chicken, pasta, fries and other items vary daily, the view of the ocean is fantastic from this area. Plenty of water and drinks refilled often!! could sit and laze at drifters for hours, lovely sea view for hours, sunsets fab, Dinner most days a choice of places drifters, Rachel's, and chop stix. Drifters themed buffet no bookings, Rachel's and chop stix a booking needs to be made, the food in the Rachels is way above what's expected!! As well as a new VERY GOOD menu all included in all inclusive, choice of prob approx. 8 mains and 8 starters there is a daily menu which has another 2/3 selection for each. Every a'la carte meal was superb.... Way above what I would expect of a hotel of this rating. Well done to all the head chefs (who are around to meet) lovely food, a couple of times in the buffet when loads of people came all at nice we ran out of plates or people had to wait for chips for a for a minute or so, some people got mad grrrr!! but when brought to staff attention they soon came and replenished, We are on holiday not in a rush! But equally it was a very efficient service.

Service and the people well it's outstanding from management to every worker, they are so so polite and friendly it is astounding. You ask you get ....... If As sometimes happens something is forgotten (you remind them it's soon put right), I wish people would treat all the staff with respect they deserve, I heard people talking them in a way they think is normal I thought degrading. Every day every one we met good morning / afternoon how are you ... how was your day ... It was obvious the majority take pride in working in this team. The friendliness and facilities are here are so good so embrace this.

Beach yes it has rocks and not good for swimming, however often you see turtles heads bobbing up and down! Yes saw them four times!!! But very easy to walk left or right to better swimming or body boarding parts of the public beaches, or there is a free shuttle 4 times a week to Carlisle bay the nicest sand ever Like powder, drinks included and you can take a pack lunch from the hotel or buy food reasonably at the beach!! You can walk to Carlisle bay about 20 mins.

The green monkeys come running through the grounds most days, they are so funny ..... Sometimes they put a show on and pose others just jump through the trees .... They go home at night via the empty block next to the hotel behind the club terrace.

Yes you have it monkeys in the trees turtles bobbing in the sea all in their natural environment.

We did the club upgrade and loved it, had a wooden deck with lovely sun beds and good service from Dexter. Got cold towels and their was a club menu you could order lunch. Club gave you priority bookings at Rachel's if busy and also in your rooms 500 ml bottles of diet coke, coke, sprite, soda, tonic,ginger ale, 2 beers, a 200 ml bottle of vodka, gin, rum and whisky all branded and replenished every two days ... If you like a nice drink on your balcony after dinner well good value !!

Drinks and entertainment, drinks all local, rum, gin vodka, cocktails, beer and wines good, and refilled so often !! Always something you would fancy, there is a payable option payable and i am sure they would get anything,the evening entertainment is good and varried. There is a management BBQ, quiz and games one lunchtime which is fab fun !

All inclusive is a fab option even if you go out like we did, supermarkets and restaurants are not cheap.

Well I have tried to give a full picture, this is a fabulous hotel (I was worried as we have never done 3.5 start all inclusive), but it was an exceptionally good value for money option for visiting Barbados, this hotel for obvious reasons is becomming very popular, many barbadians visit the restaurants. This hotel stole our hearts as they have made Barbados all inclusive at a fab standard for the money. We will be back hopefully twice next year. Thanks you to all the management and staff for the best holiday of our life, it was fantastic, but made by everyone at the hotel, Sally and Jan room 315 14 dec 2 weeks x

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SavannahManagement, Manager at Savannah Beach Hotel, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Hi Sally and Jan,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We truly appreciate you taking the time to give such a detailed overview of our property and for outlining all the amenities and features we offer. Reading reviews like yours is always rewarding to us as it keeps us motivated and eager to over-exceed our guests expectations. We know you will have very fond memories of Christmas 2012; from the monkeys under the Christmas tree at Drifters, to the children's holiday party, and the Christmas day visit from Santa Claus with his treats. You are correct, no requests within reason is ever too big for any member of our staff to fulfill. It is always those guests smiles that we aim to see, and we don't want you to leave until we have taken all your smiles!!! We look forward to your two visits later this year and many more in years to come. You are always welcomed to your new 'home away from home' as you are now and always will be part of the Savannah Beach family!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Sat having last cocktail before flight home. Have heard negatives comments while here but to us this place is a bit of paradise. Some people expect British standards wherever they go and should stay at home if that's what they want, didn't they realize they hadn't booked the Sandy Lane hotel. Rant over, the staff were fantastic and very friendly and welcoming. Rachel's was our restaurant of choice and tasted true Bajan flavours. Rm 328 was large with lovely views over the grounds and beach view. Previos comments about the beach being rocky are true but this meant we could watch the turtles bobbing up from our sun loungers I'm sure they were playing hide and seek with those who ventured in to get a closer look. Finally thank you to everyone who made our silver wedding celebration special on Christmas eve despite the weather. See you next time

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 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 28, 2012 via mobile

There were a lot of little things that could be improved about our stay here and a few big issues that needed to be handled. We arrived and had to cart our own luggage down steep stairs to our room. Only to see the next day they did have a lift and a trolley!
Our room smelt mildly of damp, but I thought maybe it will pass! Only to find a few days later that our bathroom was leaking after some heavy rain. We had 2 large leaks and clearly it had leaked before hence the damp smell! Phoned reception didn't apologise of give much advice! Had to find a maintenance lady and get a mop bucket ourselves. It was Christmas Eve, so that ruined our night.

The food in Rachael's restaurant from the al a carte menu is good. A lot of the locals spoke highly of it. The buffet night food wasn't as great. Breakfast is a nice idea with the birds flying around, but practically a bit annoying when you have to watch your back on the chairs in case of bird poo. And don't leave uneaten food unattended as the birds will be at your plate.
Drifters beach restaurant serves buffet food and is hit and miss. On the whole ok for lunch.

The service from the staff is what could have made a real difference to the holiday. I would say 5 out of the 30 or so staff that we encountered were approachable and seemed happy to help. The rest all need serious training on Customer service skills. To me they didn't seem like they wanted to be there and gave off a bad vibe. They don't know how to deal with complaints, small gestures can turn a situation around.

The beach strip is long, but the bit for savannah hotel specifically is a bit cramped, and at about 3.30-4.30 near the kitchen area of the beach,there was a nasty sewage smell everyday. The beach staff for the loungers were really helpful though. Make sure you get some protective footwear for when you go in the sea, as it is very pebbly and rocky underfoot.

The room size is ok for a couple. The bed is big and the room size is ok. Decor is a bit dated, especially the bathrooms. Our bed was a bit uncomfortable also.

When we complained about our room, they did offer to move us, but we only had two nights left. I believe they only had smaller rooms to offer us. But when it came to check out they still charged us for the 2 bottles of water we had. It would have been a nice gesture to waive this at least! This is where I think they do all need serious training in customer service. It would make the hotel ok then.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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SavannahManagement, Manager at Savannah Beach Hotel, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. It is feedback like this that allows us to identify and address any shortfalls in our service delivery. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and for the leak in your room upon arrival. We sincerely regret that this would have ruined your Christmas Eve night with us and left a less than favorable impression of our property. After a long day of travelling we can definitely understand how frustrating and upsetting this would have been. We are glad that a housekeeper was able to assist you in getting settled into your room, however, we will look into why the reception wasn't more helpful or did not provide additional alternatives to help you get comfortable. It is always our intention to make sure that we create fond memories every day of our guests' vacation; from the moment they arrive all the way up to the last second they depart the hotel. Be assured that every concern you expressed will be thoroughly looked into to prevent any reoccurence in the future. We appreciate you rating us 3 out of 5 stars despite the dissatisfation you expressed in certain areas. Although we understand and acknowledge your dismay with some aspects of your stay, we hope, that the areas which you enjoyed would be suffice to give us another opportunity to regain your confidence and provide the ultimate experience to you in the near future.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

We stayed here the first two weeks in December and decided to upgrade to the sea view suite.. These rooms are two story with the living area downstairs and the bedroom upstairs the rooms were kept spotlessly clean for the duration of our stay. There are two places to have your meals breakfast is at Rachels and lunch is at drifters for your evening meal you can use drifters or the al-a-carte. The al-a-carte has a varied menu which was superbly cooked and beautifully presented by the ever attentive staff. the evening meal at drifters was buffet style and again the selection was varied and Delicious. Some people have previously commented that some staff were less than helpful and moody we found that if you make the effort to talk to them they are very warm and have a wicked sense of humour. Bear in mind the staff are having to deal with all kinds of guests some less helpful than others and still maintain a professional demeanor. To sum up our holiday at the savanah yes it could do with a lick of paint in places and have a better beach but the location the food the staff more than make up for this. If you want perfection there are plenty of hotels on this beautiful island that will accommodate you but at a price. This hotel provide a great package for a very reasonable price don't go with any pre conceived ideas just go and enjoy. One last thing we hired a car for the day and covered the whole island in the day. There are so many things to see to many to mention just ask the rep and they will point out the places of interest.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

What a great holiday hotel. Was there Sept & so enjoyed returned some 8 weeks later. Been to barbados 8 times before but this hotel takes some beating. Such good value for money. food, accom, & the friendliness of all the staff makes it so worth while. Great entertainment, especially Kimberley Innis & gang.
I have never felt so welcome on return to hotel.Nothing is too much trouble. Staff made our hol.From Manager to bar staff to cleaners to gardeners & all.Craig & management team always around if u need anything.
Am now looking to return to SAVANNAH BEACH HOTEL in feb 4 my birthday.

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Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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SavannahManagement, Manager at Savannah Beach Hotel, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Hi Angie,

Thank you for taking the time to share the details of your memorable experience with us. We were happy to have you home again with us! Just so you know, we no longer consider you as one of our guests, but part of the Savannah Beach family. It is always fun to see how involved you become in our beach activities and games, especially your hula hooping! We can't wait until your return in February, where we will pamper you for your birthday, and make sure your every need is fulfilled. As always, we look forward to your return home!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Firstly, I only write a review when I've got something relevant to say so please read. If you're looking for a impressive looking sprawling mass of a hotel with 8 restaurants, 16 bars, 55 choices for dinner and total perfection then you don't want to be at the Savannah. The Savannah Beach is a unique, welcoming, friendly hotel with a historical, personal and almost homely feel. All the staff (including management) make a huge contribution to the welcoming feel of this beautiful hotel and this will be a major factor in the enjoyment of your holiday. Ok so you've read about the beach - these are not rocks but a coral reef so it can't just be 'moved' - accept it for what it is and if you feel that's not enough take advantage of the hotels shuttle bus to the nearby (3 minutes drive or 15/20 minute walk) Carlisle Bay beach which is one of the most pristine beaches you'll ever see. Savannah provide a really nice freshly packed lunch or there is food available (extra charge) at the Copacabana Beach Bar on the beach, drinks are still included as part of your All Inclusive package at the beach. Lots of boat trips are available from this beach to snorkel over wrecks & swim with turtles, cost around $20 (US $) per person for about an hour. Food at the Savannah is very good quality in both Rachels restaurant (Al la Carte) and Drifters Beach Bar & Grill. The buffet in Drifters is usually themed with a choice of about 7/8 dishes which are always good quality, hot & fresh. If you book with Virgin, they add some good touches to make your holiday a little more enjoyable such as their check in and chill out service and no boring welcome meetings! Their Rep Donna is local and has all the knowledge you need about the island. Barbados is a beautiful island, small with lots of history, the locals are lovely - so friendly.
In response to the previous review to this - you need to get out in the sun, be looked after by the lovely Savannah staff and don't spoil your well earned holiday moaning on Trip Advisor (with the free hotel wi-fi) on your first day!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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: Hastings, Hastings, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > Hastings
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Savannah Beach Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 92
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated near the historic Garrison Savannah on the pristine coastline of Barbados, Savannah Beach Hotel is a beachfront four-star resort that easily ranks as one of the most idyllic destinations on the island. It is a Caribbean paradise that simply must be experienced! Forget everything you’ve ever known or experienced about all-inclusive hotels… Savannah is distinctly different. It is an all-inclusive hotel with style! Dive in… Savannah is an excellent choice for a relaxed Caribbean holiday. You are just steps from the beach, ensuring a blissful holiday in the Caribbean sun. Spoilt for choice, there are 2 swimming pools, 1 that meanders through the garden courtyard and has a 4-storey waterfall, the other is located down by the beach. When it comes to family holidays, children and teens are extremely well catered for at this hotel, there is an extensive family entertainment centre (opening Easter ’12) to keep even the most energetic children entertained! For those romantic moments, why not go down to the beach for a moonlight romantic stroll before heading to the late night bar. Live entertainment 5 nights per week, including themed nights and floor shows. Weekly manager’s barbecue party. Three restaurants; the main restaurant has a twist on Caribbean gourmet dining, open for buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The Beach restaurant and bar is open 7 days a week for lunch and 5 days a week for dinner serving a wide range of barbecue, pastas, grilled fish and burgers for lunch and in the evening a themed dinner including Mexican, Indian, Chinese as well as Caribbean cuisine. There is also an Asian fusion* restaurant open 5 nights a week for dinner (16 years and over only, a supplement of $25 BDS per person will apply). 4 bars including a late night bar that opens from 11.00pm – 1.00am. Afternoon tea is served daily. ... more   less 
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