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Coconut Court Beach Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   The Garrison Historic Area, Hastings BB15156, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #4 of 7 hotels in Hastings
Minchinhampton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Last minute family holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We booked this trip on 13th October and arrived in Barbados on the 17th, so it was very last minute. On arrival at the hotel we were exhausted, my first impressions weren't amazing but probably just due to being hot and tired. Initially the staff were quite friendly but they were very busy. We were taken to our room, at which point I became extremely anxious about where we were staying. We walked down a dark dingy corridor, down lots of stairs to our room..... It was a shame they had not taken us round past the pool to our room, as it was far more attractive and gave me a negative initial impression to our room.......... However in the end it turned out the room was GREAT for our family. Yes it did need an update, especially the bathroom, but it was cleaned everyday by room service. It was great to have a kettle and a microwave as we prepared our own lunch most days.

The beach was great for the children (and beautlful) as there were only gentle waves and we could watch them from the sunloungers. The beach was kept clean and there were always plenty of sunloungers.

The pool area is ok although one of my most negative points with the hotel was the strength of the chemicals they must use in the pool, I went to Barbados with a cough and this really really aggravated it and made me wheezy.

Unfortunately the thing that I felt was the worst was the breakfast. It was awful, but we ate it everyday because it was the only meal included in the price.

The staff were friendly most of the time and the family who owned it were great and very down to earth. The staff at reception were great and helped me out when my daughter need medication at 5pm on a Sunday afternoon, they calmed me and reassured me.

We went on Ted tours which was great to give you an insight into the island, but I would not necessarily recommend it with young children. It would be fab if it was only half a day. Saying this my children were fine just got a little fed up after lunch. Ted was lots of fun and informative.

There were lots of great little places to eat, although became careful with food for the children as a lot of food is spiced up. Our favourite place to eat was the 'Tapas'on the boardwalk and on our first visit we walked along the beach and were even lucky enough to see and hold baby sea turtles who had been stranded on the wrong side of the board walk. The food was great and they catered for the children perfectly.

We used the local minibuses lots.... The kids loved them and rated them on speed and noise!

THIS WAS A GREAT LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY ON A BUDGET and we always say we don't like to go back to the same place twice as there are so many places in the world we would like to go to..... But BARBADOS is an exception!

Room Tip: We were a family of four with 2 children (aged 3 and 5) we had a great ground floor room, with (supp...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My girlfriend and I just came back from a week stay at Coconut Court in Oct/Nov 2012.

The good:

The hotel is centrally located and is a short bus ride to tourist destinations like St Lawrence Gap, Oistins, Bridgetown etc. Also is walking distance from the Lantern mall and the boardwalk.

True beach front property. We stayed in an oceanfront room and the view is absolutely spectacular! We were just a few hundred feet from the water and can clearly hear the waves from our balcony.

The beach, though public like all beaches in Barbados, is like a private beach with plenty of palm trees for shade and tanning chairs.

The rooms and bathrooms are very clean and the a/c in the rooms works well.

Staff are mostly courteous and very helpful with a few exceptions.

Rooms are quiet. We did not hear any of our neighbours throughout our stay.

Happy hour at the beach bar from 12-1 and 5-6pm. The rum is delicious and the drinks are real drinks, not watered down. The prices are very good for drinks even at regular hours.

Free Wi-Fi, though slow and choppy, is a great feature to have throughout the property and on the beach.

Our room had an electric kettle, microwave, toaster and fridge. Very convenient! It also had a hair dryer and iron.

The bad:

The food at the hotel, though reasonably priced, is sub-par, even for a 3 star hotel. You're better off eating at St Lawrence Gap or any other location. The burger at the beach bar had nothing to do with a burger, it was some mushy piece of meat that was falling apart (though I ordered it well done). Dinners were also below average quality.

The breakfast is very limited even for a 3 star hotel. They should add some cheeses and fruits (other than just bananas). Also a selection of fresh breads other than just toast would be nice.

The beach, though nice, is a bit rocky once you get in the water. It's a little annoying trying to walk on pointy rocks when you want to go for a relaxing swim. One positive point though is that they have wave breaker rocks that make the area immidiately in front of the hotel quite calm for swimming.

The king mattress in the room was extremely hard, it was sleeping on a wooden plank! Too bad, becasue otherwise the room was great.

No room service.

Other comments:

If you're looking to party, this hotel (and Barbados in general) is not for you. The town is dead by 11pm. I didn't mind because my gf and I were looking for a relaxing vacation and the hotel and Barbados was perfect for that!


I certainly recommend this hotel for anyone looking for a clean, fun and relaxing stay without luxury or breaking the bank. I would hope they would improve the hotel as per my comments. Then it would be paradise!

Room Tip: Paying a bit extra for an oceonfront room was definitely worth it!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 November 5, 2012

Yet another excellent return to this idyllic beach hotel on Barbados. The rooms were excellent, and the upgrades being undertaken will really make it even more worthwhile trying to get back there again sooner rather than later! I could not find any fault with any of the staff, from cleaning to restaurant, reception to bar, they really are as you wish all hotel staff were, just friendly, approachable and nothing too much trouble. Great food, good entertainment and make sure you check out the stalls at their managers party for some real bargins on local art and jewellery. It's an ideal base to explore from and be sure to use their trip booking desk for good advise on where to go and value you'll find hard to match. Breakfast is more than enough to set you up for the day, and the early start and late finish times a welcome change which give you so much freedom to relax and enjoy without having to rush each morning. Never feel so relaxed as when here, and that all down to how well this hotel functions and values it's guests.

Room Tip: Higher rooms give slightly better views, those to the far right are slightly restricted due to the a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Kent, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

First time in Barbados and very pleased with our choice of hotel. We would definitely go back to Coconut Court when returning to Barbados, and learnt that many people we met at the hotel had stayed there before.
The hotel enjoys an enviable position right on the beach, and what a lovely beach it is too ! It's also a short trip into Bridgetown, Oistins for a Friday evening experience, the nightlife of St Lawrence Gap, or to many of the high quality restaurants dotted around the whole area. You can't help but get into the Bajan spirit using the ZR vans to get around.
One of the key hotel strengths was their staff, who were always really friendly, courteous and helpful from the cleaners, groundsmen, restaurant and bar staff, receptionists through to Margaret. A special mention for Antonio and Mark.
The breakfast was good, with a wide choice and set us up nicely for the day. We enjoyed many lunches ( and drinks !) at the beach bar, and were never disappointed on the occasional evening when we ate in the hotel restaurant. Don't miss the curry night ! !
Ok so some of the rooms are a little dated, although please note that the hotel is in the process of renovating many of the rooms. However they were a great size, clean, very comfortable and perfectly adequate. The bed was large and really comfortable, and the air-con worked a treat, which is essential in Barbados ! ! We had a superior beach front room, which had a nice balcony and beautiful view. Even the beach got a sweep clean every morning.
Practical tip: there are a number of banks in close vicinity who will give you a much better rate of exchange than buying your barbadian dollars at home, commission free.

Room Tip: Recommend the superior beach front rooms. If you're not on the ground floor then the view more t...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Courtice, ON, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

My wife and I returned to Barbados for our second time. We saw a great deal through our travel agent for Coconut Court Beach Hotel so we decided to give it a shot. After reading the reviews we felt it was a good choice and arrived on Oct 22 for our 1 week holiday. Upon arrival to the hotel, the check-in process was fairly quick and painless. We were advised that we had a standard room, however that was fine by us. We had read a number of reviews on this site advising to pass on ocean-view upgrades because if you ask for a standard room on a higher floor, you would get the same experience. Our advice would be to book the upgrade. When we were taken to our room, we were both quite concerned as it was a very tired looking room, with a partial view of the ocean but a full view of a dirty metal roof over the restaurant kitchen and the smells that go along with it. The room itself was what we would call "below standard". It had a terrible smell of mold/mildew/chemical, as well as a toilet that just would not flush. My wife has significant health issues and the musty smell was a huge concern. We went to speak with the front desk staff and they sent a manager and houskeeping supervisor out and both agreed that the room was unacceptable but they didn't have any other rooms available. We were both visibly upset and when they noticed this they worked hard until they found us another room (at no additional charge).

The second room was 1000 times better with a beautiful, full view of the ocean, beach and pool/spa. We did have a problem with the AC which was fixed within an hour, and the fridge packed it in one morning, but that too was fixed promptly. What started out as a complete disaster on our arrival day, turned completely around and the rest of our stay was amazing. The staff are incredible and friendly. The Blue Room across the street was a nice bonus. Start at the deck restaurant or beach bar for happy hour from 5 to 6, then walk across the street to the Blue Room for happy hours from 6 to 7, 9 to 10, and girls drink for free from 10 to 11. The meals at the hotel and the Blue Room were very nice. The breakfast, although included with our accommodation was very repetitive but the inclusion of hot items was a bonus.

The location is perfect. Walk or take a bus or reggae van to Rockley for more restaurant options, groceries, beautiful beach, etc. Oistins, The Gap and Bridgetown are close by. The boardwalk is about a 5 minute walk from the hotel on the beach, and is great for a walk in the early evening for beautiful sunsets. Make sure you eat at Tapa's on the boardwalk...it's amazing.

Overall, our stay at Coconut Court turned out to be fantastic after a shaky start, and I must commend the management on their successful effort to make something that was bad, right. When a hotel can do that, it says a lot. We will definitely be back again (but will book an upgraded room from the get-go).

Room Tip: Upgraded ocean-view rooms will get you a better quality room in addition to a lovely view. Don'...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

we have been to this hotel 3 times and have booked again to go in april and this time we are taking our daughters for their 18th and 21st birthdays.....they are both really excited.... we really love this hotel and wouldnt stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

Having stayed in both neighbouring hotels and paid an awful lot more than I did at coconut court I have to say the other hotels have a lot to learn from this friendly place. The rooms are not plush but spacious and clean the staff are friendly and helpful and there is a feel good factor the minute you walk in , I loved it so much I gave already booked for Feb 2013 . My down points are that there is rocks peppered around the waters entrance which can hurt your feet, the air con units outside you front door is like walking into a hot oven especially if you are at the end of the block having said all that this is a great family run hotel with a great family feel I can't wait to get back

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Garrison Historic Area, Hastings BB15156, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > Hastings
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 7 hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Coconut Court Beach Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This award winning family owned hotel is located directly on a lovely white sandy beach in the heart of the South coast. The beach is secluded and quiet with plenty of free beach lounges and shade under the coconut trees. The large protected lagoon is safe for both swimmers and snorkelers of all ages, year round. Coconut Court is the nesting beach to over 300 critically endangered Hawksbill marine turtles each year from July to November. The South Coast boardwalk connects the Coconut Court beach to Rockley beach with Lanterns Mall, shops, bars and restaurants along the way.Coconut Court Beach Hotel is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site district of the Garrison Historic Area. Within easy walking distance to the Barbados Museum, George Washington House, the National Armoury, the and the famous Garrison Savannah Racetrack. The capital city of Bridgetown with excellent duty free shopping, St. Lawrence Gap, Harbour Lights nightclub and Oistins Bay fishing town with its popular "Friday Night Fish Fry" are a short bus or taxi ride away. Rockley Golf course is also close by the hotel.The hotel offers 112 studios and 5 self-catering apartments. All studios face the ocean and enjoy beautiful sea views from a private balcony or terrace. All guest rooms have free WIFI, air conditioning, ceiling fan, electronic safe, cable TV, telephone, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, hairdryer, and iron and board. The Island View Apartments are located off site in the Annex (directly across the street from main hotel entrance) and are fully self-catering with separate kitchen, lounge area, private balcony, bedroom(s) with ensuite bathroom(s). Please note that the Island View Apartment bedroom(s) are air conditioned only. Hotel facilities include 2 full service restaurant and bars with live entertainment and Manager's Cocktail Party weekly and daily happy hours, a lively beach bar serving lunches and cocktails right on the beach, a fresh water swimming pool, a whirlpool, a kiddies paddling pool, activities desk, gift shop, currency exchange, 24 hour security and front desk service, taxi and island tour services. Coconut Court is a Travelife GOLD award winner for their continued efforts to protect and preserve the environment. The hotel was also honoured with the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for achieving consistently outstanding traveller reviews. The Blades family has owned and operated Coconut Court Beach Hotel since 1975 and their passion and commitment to customer service and to hospitality excellence is evident in the welcoming, relaxed atmosphere of the hotel. Coconut Court truly offers Simple Charm and Bajan style! ... more   less 
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