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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
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“A gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We spent the first two weeks of February 2013 at the hotel and we are just preparing to leave as I write this. We really enjoyed our holiday, the food, staff and atmosphere were generally excellent, there were only one or two niggly points that lowered the standard.

A typical day at Savannah Beach is to be woken early by the birds chirping. We were in room 123 on the ground floor of the Emerald block so sometimes got woken even earlier by service trolleys rumbling along the corridor. The room was excellent; two large comfortable beds, large patio area with cushioned furniture and direct access to the pool only a couple of steps away. We had a problem with the safe (free to use) which was fixed within minutes by the maintenance guy.

It’s up to Rachel’s for breakfast. Rachel’s is on the 5th floor and there were 78 steps between our room and the restaurant; great for keeping fit (there are elevators if you’re not so mobile). Breakfast is more or less the same each day, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and beans – unfortunately nearly always cold! There’s also cereal, pastries, fruit etc. We had a couple of bad experiences; being served sour milk and finding the supposedly clean juice glasses still filthy from their previous use (petty maybe but these things shouldn’t happen), worse was the 2 inch piece of metal from a scouring pad which we discovered in our scrambled egg. We got an immediate apology but this could have been very dangerous and I wonder how the egg can have become contaminated with washing up materials.

Next it’s back to the room to slap on the sun block and down to the beach which is all of a minute’s walk away. Martin is always there to set up your sun bed. There are ample beds and plenty of space so no-one rushes down to reserve them. The beach is a little scruffy but only because of natural things like tree roots and leaves, any manmade litter is cleared away before the morning rush. While away a few hours listening to the birds, watch the sea eagle fishing and watch out for the turtles bobbing their heads in an out of the sea, they come in quite closely when the tide is in.

Jackie will be round to take your drink order several times a day. She is missed on her day off because none of the other staff bother to come around. It’s not a problem however since the bar is only a few steps away.

Lunch is at Drifters. There was a good choice of salad, meat, fish, pasta, make-your-own sandwiches, etc as well a burger and chips if that’s your preference. Sweet is always ice cream, a mousse dessert, tinned fruit or cake.

Back to the beach for a snooze, watch the surfers just along the beach and have an afternoon swim. There is quite a change in the sea conditions depending on the tide, the waves go from small ripples to several feet high. Time to Skype home – the free wi-fi was available from our room right down to the beach.

Just in case you are still hungry, tea and sandwiches are ready at 4pm. This is a good time to meet new friends and to watch for the monkeys.

Then back to the room for a shower and a rest before dinner. Dinner is either at Drifters or Rachel’s. Rachel's always seemed to be over-booked for the middle-sitting; you know if there is going to be a long delay when the bar man asks if you want some crisps! Rachel’s is the only restaurant on Wednesday and Sunday evenings; you have to book to say which sitting you want. The evening meals at Drifters were excellent during the first week, succulent meats and plenty of vegetables. Sadly there were a couple of bad days during our second week when the food all looked and tasted like warmed up left-overs from the day before – it was dry, unpleasant and there was very little choice. Fortunately it is now back to it's former excellence.

There was usually some pleasant entertainment at Drifters in the evening. Time for bed and to be lulled to sleep by the chirping of the tree frogs.

There have obviously been a lot of improvements since the current management took over the hotel in December 2011, there’s only a little more to be done to make this a truly great hotel. Despite the minor disappointment with Rachel’s, we had a wonderfully relaxing holiday, we would certainly return to Savannah Beach again and we would recommend the hotel to our friends.

Bring deet because there are quite a few mosquitoes
Bring reef shoes
Leave your diet at home
Book early before everyone else realises what a gem this hotel is.

  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Accommodation – We arrived at the hotel to be greeted by friendly staff that from the word go wanted to make our holiday extra special and our stay at their hotel as stress free and relaxing as possible. Our room 171 was located beachfront and had all the facilities you could require. Very spacious, great mirrors, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, fridge, super king bed and plenty of space for storing clothes. A lovely balcony and a great view being located practically on the beachfront.
Food/restaurants – Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and evening dinner were plentiful and lots of different choices and variety each day. Everything was constantly replenished so there was no rush to eat your meals before everything had gone. Lovely to try some of the Bajan dishes and I will never cook my corn on the cob any other way than their way from now on.
Beach bar – Excellent service from Drifters in particular from Jacqueline who insisted we didn’t get up from our beds and were there to relax and enjoy our holiday whilst she brought over whatever drinks we required. Some nice cocktails, rum punch and rum sours.
Entertainment – A good all round mix of entertainment and some really great vocals from some of them. Enjoyed the Manager’s cocktail party, accompanied by music played on steel pans which gave you a real Caribbean holiday feeling.
Beach – Ok so as you may have read from other reviews the beach at the front of the hotel is on a coral reef so small rocks are dotted around; however this does not prevent you from wading in for a cool off in water that is the temperature of a warm bath. Also if you walk to the corner of the beach practically 100 metres away begins a stretch of white sand with stunning views and a lovely stroll. Then there is the free shuttle bus to Carlisle Bay with beautiful white sand and crystal clear water. The bar there is included in your all inclusive package and the hotel will provide a packed lunch which you can store in the fridge at the beach bar. Beach towels are provided by the hotel and renewed every day.
Staff – We never met one member of staff who didn’t say good morning, how are you and could they help you in any way. What a lovely group of people from the Management, bar staff, kitchen staff, grounds men, beach guys, even your security staff. Savannah Beach you should be extremely proud of your entire workforce!!
Island – We hired a car through Virgin and recommend you do this. It took us near enough a full day to drive the whole island but it was so worth it, there are some stunning beaches, beautiful churches and breathtaking scenery to see. There are also some lovely restaurants within a short distance from the hotel and it is really cheap to dine on some excellent food overlooking the sea if you fancy a change for dinner. Wildlife is plentiful. Green monkeys in the hotel trees and playing on the beach, turtles that bob up and down close to the shore. Lots of lovely fish and birds and some beautiful flowers. There is also the racecourse to see across the road, where you can see the horses training and in their stables being groomed, where you can chat to the very friendly staff there. Taxi’s are cheap but there are also local buses which will take you anywhere on the island for 2 dollars.
Would we recommend and return? Most definitely. The hotel totally exceeded our expectations, the weather was fabulous, and the island has so much to offer and see but the biggest asset of Barbados is the Bajan people. The most polite, friendly and helpful nation we have ever met and some really great characters.

Room Tip: A room near the pool or the beach would be ideal
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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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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This was a beautiful hotel staff were brilliant and couldn't do enough for you the food was excellent .rooms very big clean and lovely veiws .I will definitely go to this hotel again thank you to all staff for a lovely relaxing holiday

  • Stayed February 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We're currently staying here at the Savannah Beach Hotel, Barbados. The hotel and staff are great, very accommodating, very pleasant and courteous, not afraid to help in anyway.
The only "but" we have is, The Entertainment. Whilst the variety of evening entertainment at the Drifters Bar, so far has been very good, the only criticism is, by 10.30pm, everything has finished, and whilst the bar stays open until 1.30am, there are not many of us left, as it is very quiet. Could be as the average age of the guests seem to be of retirement age, and we are not quite there yet!!!

If you are a beach person, the beach is not one for swimming, but don't let that put you off, as the hotel puts on complimentary shuttle to a fantastic beach a few minutes away, also, whilst the pool is only 3.6 metres throughout, it is a great place to lay around, chill and unwind and cool down in.

Otherwise, cannot fault this hotel, it is a 3.5 star hotel, and you get what you pay for. It is well kept, well managed and good value for money.

A "must" is, get on the local bus, just 2 local bucks will take you anywhere, and quite an experience...all good fun!
We have another 10 days here, and certainly look forward to it.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SavannahManagement, Manager at Savannah Beach Hotel, responded to this review, February 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. As always, we value your input as it allows us to gain a first-hand knowledge of our guests' experiences. We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed our live entertainment as we diligently try to provide bands and varied types of entertainment that offer different music genres, amusement and enjoyment. As our guests often travel from varied parts of the world and are oftentimes on different time schedules we try to establish a balance which serves to have everyone's interest at heart. The established entertainment time-schedule allows everyone to partake in the entertainment whilst ending at a suitable time that will allow those who may want to retire early to do so.
We are happy to learn that you also had time to experience the island using our public transportation~ this is truly an experience as you get to indulge and explore the island's scenery, culture and our people. There is also a great late-night experience in St. Lawrence Gap where they are nightclubs and street vendors that serve up more Bajan culture, eats and drinks. We definitely look forward to welcoming you back home with us; where our friendly staff can cater to your every request while you relax around our pool.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Just returned from The Savannah Beach. Had a lovely holiday.

Flight out with Virgin was excellent.Transfer was 30 mins. Check in 5 mins. Taken direct to room by reception staff. We had a Pool View Deluxe Double , and bought Club direct from the Hotel. The room was spot on. Massive comfortable bed, large room and balcony, adequate bathroom. Very quiet except for the birds to wake you up, and the tree frogs to send you to sleep.
Two main restaurants Drifters ( on Beach) for lunch and buffet dinners. Rachels for breakfast and Waiter Dinner. Service is what you would expect in barbados, laid back and with a smile but not quick. You just go with the flow.
Food. Bearing in mind that this is a 3 Star Hotel the quality is good...however there is no excuse for the food being cold , which more often than not it was. The Head Chef is responsible and I would replace him because it drags the repute down. That is my only grouse.
If you are interested in Bajan history this is the prefect base, within easy walking distance are The Garrison/ Racecourse/Parliament/Presidents House etc. Racing is every fortnight and was great fun ( 800 yards away). If you walk to the other side of The Hilton, early in the morning, you will see the boys exercising the horses in the sea.
Club upgrades give you a Club room with fully stocked bar/fridge. Club decking on the beach, with deluxe beds served with drinks by the very hard working Dexter and Jacqueline, every 30 mins and other treats. Please tip them!
The Beach:- had I believed some reviews I would have worried. All beaches in Barbados are Public. The "Savannah" beach is protected as it is a Turtle area ( in season) . Forty feet to the left is a warm beautiful swimming area ( just outside The Amaryllis Hotel) There are tides of over 8 feet in Barbados, so you can see rocks!
The Hotel swimming pool is adequate, but the lazy river pool is perfect. Cool and clear.
We booked a Catamaran/swimming with Turtles trip from the Uk with Silver Moon. Fantastic. Only twelve passengers. All Inc.

Overall if you want a 1,000 bed Resort, with all day entertainment this hotel is not for you. It is 80 beds with good evening entertainment, good facilities and rooms. It just needs improve its food husbandry.

Room Tip: The House rooms are basic, but very cool and not so quite. The new building rooms are excellent and...
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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We stayed at the Savannah Beach Resort in January 2013 for 1 week on our Honeymoon and had an excellent time.

The Resort is a half hour drive from the Airport, 10 mins drive from St Lawrence Gap (Restaurants & Beaches) & 5 minute Drive from the centre of Bridgetown (Boat Tours & Diving).

We stayed in a Delux Garden view Room at the top of the complex, overlooking the Gardens and fountains and it was perfect. As you can see in the photo's, the rooms are very spacious, well decorated and have a LARGE four poster bed. Everything was spotlessly clean and the friendly housekeeping guys came in everyday.

It's a nice quiet are of the resort at night and the view from the balcony overlooking the fountains and gardens is beautiful. It's also a good distance from the Beach Club at the bottom of the resort so you if you want to get an early night, you wont be able to hear the Live Bands playing down there. (although I would recommend going to watch the live music as it's a great night and the guys at the bar make great cocktails).

There's also free WIFI throughout the Resort, and although I didn't get good signal in the room, It was perfect out on the Balcony. There is also a computer with free Web Access in the Main Reception area of the Hotel.

The beach at the bottom of the complex is a little small and the sea can be hard to navigate due to the large amount of Coral in that area. It's not great for swimming, but it's still a very nice place to be. We hired a Mini-Moke for the week, so we spent a lot of our time exploring the hundreds of other beaches on the island.

I cant really comment on the food a the Hotel as we ate out everyday in the local restaurants which are excellent and well worth a visit.

Overall, The Savannah Beach is a fantastic, quiet little resort which is in a great location if you like to spend your days out and about. We had an excellent time there, due in no small part to the friendliness of the Staff who are always happy to help. I would definitely recommend this as a great place to stay in Barbados and We will definitely make our way back there soon.

  • 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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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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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
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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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