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“Great Little Hotel and Great Staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Savannah Beach
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Hastings, Hastings, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Hastings
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Great Little Hotel and Great Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for ten nights in January. Being a three star hotel, we didn't have unrealistic expectations and so were able to enjoy the hotel very much. On most levels it exceeded our expectations. Rooms are very spacious, big half tester beds, nicely furnished large balconies and spacious, if dated, bathrooms. Hotel is kept really clean. Food was much better than we expected, the A La Carte at Rachel's was normally delicious. Portions are on the small side, but with the overall volume of food consumed during the day, that is quite welcome by the evening!
Drifters beach cafe was fine for lunch a good buffet selection of hot and cold dishes, but I don't understand why people would choose to eat there again at night, when Rachel's offers a much nicer evening experience, it feels like going out for a proper dinner, rather than the canteen like atmosphere at Drifters. Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment. Although there is the egg station, which is fine, it's baffling that a Carribean hotel should rely so heavily on tinned fruit and carton juices, when there must surely be an abundance of fresh fruit available? We have stayed at similar quality hotels on other Carribean islands and been delighted with the fresh fruit on offer.
Staff are generally excellent, friendly, professional and very hard working. The only exception were some of the reception staff, who seem to have forgotten how to smile. The hotel,is well positioned, it's lovely to be able to stroll along the beach in both directions, to the right you can walk to the Hilton Hotel, cut through the lane just before it, skirt round onto Carlisle Beach, and walk all the way into Bridgetown if you want (about 45 mins). This walk will take you past the other beach that the hotel shuttle runs to, by the Cococabana Bar. Many reviewers have preferred this wider beach to the one outside our hotel, but we like the more intimate feel,of the Savannah beach area. It's handy though to be able to use your all inclusive tag to get a drink at Cococabana whilst on a beach walk, but remember, they will,only honour this on the days the Savannah shuttle runs (Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun). Walk to the left on the Savannah beach and you are soon on the Boardwalk, we enjoyed the stroll right along to Accra Beach ( about 30 mins), and rewarded our efforts with a nice cocktail at Champers, high up,over the beach with wonderful views.
There are a few little niggles about this hotel that stop it from getting the full 5 points. They seem to have a problem with their bathroom linen, getting hand towels in your room was a bit of a lottery, no one knew from one day to the next if they'd get any, and housekeeping would just say they'd run out, surely an easy thing to fix? The one adjective we used repeatedly was 'happhazard', the weekly entertainment and dining list was always wrong, something that was scheduled to happen never did, but then a completely unscheduled act would turn up elsewhere ! It kept us guessing, so no chance to get bored!
On the whole through, this is an excellent little hotel, the charm and friendliness of the staff seem to rub off on the guests, we have never had such a nice time on holiday chatting to so many other couples.
A final word about trips out, as its so easy to stroll from the hotel we only did two proper trips, a one day car hire ( beware at peak times it's quite a struggle to organise car hire) to tour the island, a great day out and really nice to see the very different character of each coast. We did a catamaran trip (Cool Runnings) which was amazing - see separate Trip Adviser review. And - being just across the road, we sauntered over to the Race Track for a Saturday afternoon meet, at about £3 a head for a seat in the stand, fantastic value and great fun.
It's a great little hotel and a lovely island with very friendly people, a perfect holiday destination!

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Maidenhead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Like most I read but don't review. Having read some of the negative reviews I felt I had to put fingers to keys.

We had a deluxe courtyard view room, these are nearest to Rachel's restaurant but aren't noisy. As an upper room they get either morning or afternoon sun on the balcony, something you don't really get with the poolside rooms.

We found the staff at the hotel brilliant, speaking to people that had been before, over the last year or so since Virgin took them on they've come on leaps and bounds. They were all well informed, friendly and reasonably efficient.

The food - breakfasts, a good mix of traditional english cooked, cold meats, and the star being the 'eggs to order' bar where great omlettes were made.

Drifters - For lunch there was plenty of choice and variety each day, if you stay more than a week you'll get repetition but always 3 or 4 good dishes to choose from which incorporate Bajan as well as world favourites like Lasagne.

Rachels - we ate from both the a la carte and set menus and thought the dishes were great, perhaps a better rotation of dessert would be my only criticism. Less Coldplay though please!

The entertainment in Drifterswas better than the dodgy club singers you usually encounter too. If you want a lazy beach holiday with really needing to leave the hotel you'll be well set. If you want boring corporate, stay at the big name hotel down the road, if you want a little quirkly but clean stay here. We will definitely be back.

Criticisms - The pool could be open a little more than it was. Drifters at night was occasionally not as well staffed as it could be leading to a bit of a wait for a drink (this was the exception though). Also, towels especially face cloths in the room was a bit hit and miss.

Room Tip: Deluxe Courtyard view on the Garrison side have afternoon sun on their balcony.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We only stayed here for 3 nights as part of a cruise and stay holiday and were sorry to be moving on so quickly as were enjoying it so much ! The room was lovely it was really big with a big comfy bed we had a patio with a rattan sofa outside which was nice and could be used if there were showers to sit and read in peace and quiet (we had no rain so were lucky except on the day we arrived back to Barbados)
The beach area is lovely you can walk either way from the hotel and its so peaceful , there are turtles in the sea and they lay their eggs in the sand not far from the hotel. There were lots of beautiful birds flying round and no hawkers on the beach which was good ! The hotel food is quite good . We went to the managers BBQ on our return to Barbados we went back the day of our flight, this was a really lovely way to spend our last afternoon before the coach came to take us to the airport.(note we did have to pay extra for the last day but was worth it rather than sitting 5 hours in the airport)
The night time entertainers were good we had 3 girl singers the one night who were really good and 2 other acts the other nights but all were far better than you would expect in such a small hotel. We also had quizzes which were fun.
I did not use the pool as I was quite happy sitting on the beach looking at the waves crashing in and trying to spot the turtles ! All the staff were friendly and helpful , they are all laid back and what you would expect in such a lovely place why rush round ? we have enough rushing round here in England ! The hotel was like being in an old colonial club and was great ! I would love to go back next time I go to Barbados . A great place for rest and relaxation with enough going on at night to keep you happy.

Room Tip: we had a room on the ground floor which was great for access to the beach and the beach bar/restaura...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We have been to barbados before and had a brill time we went again jan 14 2013 with our very good friends and had an equally brill time at savannah beach hotel not going to write a book like the people who had a worst hotel experience because they must be extremely difficult to please or just utter snobs you could not wish to be in a better place with wonderful people to look after you we had the most fantastic holiday and we are booking to go back next year but this time for longer just brilliant roll on jan 2014

Room Tip: Pool access room and balcony great
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Just arrived back in the UK,after two lovely weeks in the Savannah.We first booked a room in the large main building,room210,but there was a slight problem with the shower,and after a nice chat with the staff,they offered us room number 326 EmeraldWing.We over looked the small winding pool,and our access to our room was by lift or two flights of steps.No problems.The service and food,was for us,enjoyable,and the choice was good,even by UK hotel standards.Listen,if you are going abroad and want a full english,dont expect it to be like the one you get down the road,but boy,do they try to make you feel at home.Cannot fault this hotel in the attitude to you regarding any problems that may occur.Yes,it can take time,but hey,this is the Caribbean and things are more laid back than back home.Just one request management---In the Drifters bar in the evening,you could really do with some crisps and peanuts on the tables to help wind away the lovely warm rum filled nights!!!---Savings up already to come back to see you all,Susan,Tricia and everybody-------------GARY&DINA

  • Stayed January 2013, 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 January 23, 2013

This was my first time in Barbados and some where I have always wanted to go. So for my 50th birthday on January 18th 2013 my husband & I stayed at the Savannah. We arrived on the 14th January and the hotel and the bedroom for perfect. We had a four poster deluxe room number 364 which is just in the right location quiet and not to far from Rachel's where you have breakfast in the morning and from Drifters where you have lunch and evening meals. Drifters is right by the beach and although there is coral there you can walk left or right to find your perfect spot. The staff are all friendly at the Savannah and the bedrooms and bathroom are cleaned everyday. Although this was our first visit to the hotel we are definitely going back there again as we both loved the location. We used the Reggie buses all the time and it was 2 barbadian dollars per person every time and they do give change not like the normal buses that don't. They play Reggie music as they drive along and drop you door to door. We booked it all through Virgin and everything was perfect. Thank you Savannah and Virgin for making all holiday and Virgin so special. Wish we could have stayed longer than a week.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the beach are great but nearer to the music at night. A pool view is the best.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This was our 7th visit to Barbados and this is the best hotel we have stayed at. We had a deluxe pool access room which was great with a big comfortable bed and a flat screen TV and a good shower over a bath in the bathroom. There are plenty of sun beds around the pool area and the beach which is small but you don't feel crowded, and although there is some coral rock in the sea if you go to the left you can swim in front of the Amaryllis. The pool has a swim up bar where you just ring the bell to get a drink whist still relaxing in the water, the lazy river pool is great too. The food is great with lots of choices at the buffet at Drifters bar or a la carte at Rachel's ( you have to book a table but this can be done at breakfast). The staff are all friendly and like to inter act with the guests, keep wearing those shirts Wayne and next time I'll bring some more for competition!
Another bonus at this hotel is the free shuttle bus (book with reception for the bus) to Carlisle Bay Beach with drinks included at the Copa Cabana Bar and sun beds with umbrellas.
In the evenings there is usually some local entertainment laid on at Drifters, it stops before midnight, and if you are lucky like us the baby turtles hatch and when the rescue people come along you can help release them back into the sea away from the bright lights of the hotels, over 400 turtles released in our 2 week stay.
We would always return to this hotel. Thanks everyone Bob & Carol

  • Stayed October 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
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Savannah Beach 3.5*
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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