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“Cheap Place, Perfect Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Rio Guest House
1.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Paradise Village, St Lawrence Gap, Barbados   |  
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Halifax, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Cheap Place, Perfect Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

I went to Barbados in December with a group of friends- We're all in our early 20's. We wanted a budget place to stay close to the action and a nice beach. The Rio guesthouse ticked off all of the boxes! Rooms are clean and quaint. Staff is super friendly, relaxed, and helpful. Location- across the street from Dover beach (long white sand beach, perfect for afternoons catching some rays and amazing sunsets). Cheap places to grab meals nearby. Steps away from the night life action. If I'm ever in Barbados again, I'm heading here- all for about 20 USD/ night.

Room Tip: Studio room- if you want to share with friends, we squeezed 6 in this room one night. Just for fun...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

Loved my stay at the Rio Guesthouse! The location was beautiful! Even though it is not located on the beach, you only have to cross the street & you are standing on beautiful Dover Beach! All kinds of restaurants, shops, banks, convenience stores... everything is walking distance from the guesthouse!

The staff was very friendly & very accommodating! A very pleasant stay! My room was very small, but the bed was very comfortable & everything was clean!

Best small restaurant located 2 minutes walk from the Rio is called Pablo Donte's! Maureen & Paul are just so nice & friendly! Local Bajan food & fresh fish on the grill outside on the patio! Very intimate & calm to have a nice dinner outside!

45 minute walk from the Oistins Fish Market, where they have the famous local Fish Fry on Friday nights! Great ambience & fun! Fish is delicious & very affordable! An enormous fish plate for about US$12! Fantastic!

I recommend this place to all low budget travellers! You get your money's worth & again, the location is perfect! About 20 minutes from Bridgetown airport (US$16-17 taxi fare 1 way), it is very easily accessible!

Room Tip: Do not take Room number 5! The window is located on the outside pation (2nd floor). People go on t...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

Stayed at the Rio Guest House with a group of friends for 2 nights on the way to St. Vincent. For a group of 20 somethings it was fantastic. The owners are awesome and are used to having young people come in and out, partying to the wee hours. The place is nothing fancy, you get what you pay for and the price is reasonable. Nice and close to the beach and some awesome restaurants and bars. About a 15 minute cab from the airport which will cost you about 15 USD. If you just need a place to lay your head the Rio Guest House is spot on!

Room Tip: There is a bigger room on the main floor with a dedicated washroom. The rooms upstairs have a commun...
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Split, Croatia
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42 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Rio GH is really me second home! Stayed there 2 months this year. Don't know where to start:
1. Paula and Dennis are amazing hosts
2. location is amazing, everything in Gap is close and you can have fab night life without worrying how to get home
3. rooms are great, there is big variety to choose from
4. you can also stay in "pebbles" house next to Rio, it has 4 bedrooms and if you have a group, you can book the whole house
5. kitchen is fully equipped and cooking can be done any time
6. communal terrace to hang out
7. they have little things that make GH pleasant, like: special box in the kitchen where people can leave groceries while departing and these things can be used, fridge is divided in sections, each room has one, same applies for kitchen cabinets. simply amazing!
All in all, this is definitely BEST place on the island if you're looking for budget accommodation.

Room Tip: all rooms are great, depends what you need
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Canada
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

The Rio Guesthouse is not fancy but it is unbeatable value. I travel as a solo woman and I haven't once felt unsafe at the Rio. I generally select a 2 person room so I have a private bathroom which I prefer. The beds aren't that comfey but really...you should be spending all your time on the beach or up the Gap so don't complain. :)
The rooms have safes, air conditioning (for additional $) and wireless internet. You meet the most wonderful people when you stay at the Rio!

When travelling as a solo woman I always use one taxi driver, don't tell people where I'm staying and even though I feel safe walking from the Rio up the Gap in the evening I always take a cab home even though it isn't that far. lol

A wonderful place with local fare and economical prices is Christines Just Stop. If you leave the Rio and turn left down to the sports field & Red Rock. Turn left at Red Rock and walk up to the end of the sports field and it's on your right hand side. Christine is awesome! (Support Local, Eat Local)

Whenever I come home from the Rio back to Canada I miss falling asleep to the sound of the frogs and waking up to the sound of people on the tennis court. :)

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

Paula is a very nice person. The location was great, near Dover beach and St-Lawrence gap where you can eat out in nice restaurants. The room are very spacious, the bed is good and the hostel is very clean. The bathroom was clean and there is hot water.

I travel a lot and i can strongly recommend this hotel. I will go back next time i go to Barbados.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Cairo, Egypt
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

Had a good stay at the Rio Guesthouse.
However, had a single room that had no facilitates, just a bed which was find except that the particular room I was in had no mosquito nets and I got mauled all night.
The walls are pretty thin, luckily there are not many guests there at a time.
Good location in St Lawrence Gap however, just a short walk to the beach and bars.
Recommended for a short weekend away on a budget.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Paradise Village, St Lawrence Gap, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > St Lawrence Gap
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in St Lawrence Gap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Rio Guest House 1*
Number of rooms: 8
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