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“Discovery Bay” 4 of 5 stars
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Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   St. James Beach, Holetown, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
West London
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“Discovery Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Have just returned from my trip. I agree the hotel needs a bringing into 2013 by changing the bright blue 80's decor and perhaps the walkways to the rooms could do with modernising, but the fabulous location, glorious sunsets and very friendly staff do compensate.
The food is home cooked, and sometimes a bit hit and miss, and, I think the bar ought to stay open past 11. People are on holiday after all. I'd have liked to see a cocktail menu. However, the drinks are very generous in alcohol. I had to tell them 'easy' whenever I ordered.
If people want. 5* experience they ought to pay 5* prices and not search for bargains then be disappointed - I was fully aware of the kind of hotel it was and it exceeded my expectations.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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English first
Buckingham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Must say fellow travellers...u go away to enjoy peace and simply enjoy the sunshine really. here my husband and i, was caught up in so much back and forth with the hotel, reporting problems with the rooms and so on. shower handle came off, sliding door needed fixing, no phone services etc...roof leaking and just a really run down hotel. outdated and ridiculous.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Having spent 11 years at this hotel with my husband this year i came on my own as my husband passed away. i found the staff very simpataic friendly and kind the manager was very aware of my situatation and personally looked after me exceptionally well for which i thank him, the food this year was very good and good choices and the bedrooom was very comfortable. i would like to wish this hotel well in the furture.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Myself and two friends went to the Discovery Bar Hotel for 8 nights over New Year. Not by choice as the original hotel we booked didn't have a room for us when we arrived.
I have never ever stayed in a hotel like this. The bathroom was dirty, no drawers to put your clothes in, telephone and tv didn't work. Very rarely could you get wifi, food was awful, one evening I ended up having cheese and crackers for my main meal and no I'm not a fussy eater.
We had to crawl under the table to put a plug into the socket to make a cup of tea.
Wouldn't go back again even if it was free.

Room Tip: A room with a sea view
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We stayed here 10 days for our honeymoon in one of the Beachfront club rooms. It was one of the less expensive resorts on the island and although it needs some work, it was perfect for our needs. I got a little nervous after reading some of the reviews given just before we were about to go but figured it was too late to change hotels. I am so glad we didn't change. Our flight was delayed so we called ahead so someone could check us in and upon arrival they had a clerk waiting for us with 2 plates of sandwiches and fruit which we were so grateful. They knew we we would probably be hungry. The clubroom was in a seperate building, off the main hotel and it was roomy, clean, private, and everything worked including the A/C which seemed to be new. The bed was comfy and the comforter was luxurious. Because we had food in the room the previous night, we had ants but told the desk and by the time we got back from the beach they were gone. Having a balcony that looked right upon the water was awesome. Part of the beach here was rocks which was actually good as passerbys were not right outside the door. The beach was clean and sometimes we would get a local vendor selling their goods but if you told them no they usually moved on. We really liked having a bar and grill right out there as we got hungry being on the beach all day. We had the all-inclusive package but the food wasn't that great (My husband got sick one night) and there are way too many great restaurants around to eat mediocre food. Food is expensive in many restaurants but you can find bargains all over. (Don't miss Friday night's fish fry in Oistins!) There is lots of shopping close to the hotel and a grocery store in the mall a few blocks south across the street. The worst thing about the room were the dresser drawers. They were moldy and didn't really open and close but we hung everything in the closet or kept some other clothes in our suitcases. We didn't have a fridge in our room either. We met a few people who stay here every year and said it's not the best hotel but it's the best for the price. The room and hotel were perfect for us for the price especially because we didn't plan on staying in the room except to "sleep", shower, or change.

Room Tip: Try to get a beachfront room, especially if you can get in one of the clubrooms. They are very priva...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Stayed at the all inclusive property for a week, never saw the general manager, hardly any staff to handle the peak periods, i mean the food is good, service in the restaurant is remarkable. think their a new restaurant manager who is very helpful really and the service staff.

But the problems in the rooms is endless, toilet leaks, no phone service, shortage of towels, bathroom door don't shut, no wireless internet and the list goes on and on. one person on front desk, hotel flooded it is absolutely ridiculous.

The general manager apparently hides himself away from the guests and staff might i add. they just seems to be no general leadership.

Maintenance and housekeeping services is absolutely inappropriate. We spent to much pounds traveling to Barbados and its not worth it.

I wont recommend this hotel at all.

Structure and leadership is badly needed mates.

No entertainment, no water sports, bar closes at 11...

Go to Barbados, but don;t stay here at Discovery.

Room Tip: beach front is generally quieter, once no jet ski passing by
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Just got back after spending 10 days over the xmas period, was very dissapointed with the food so dined out for a few nights the food at the next door at the Sandpiper hotel was not cheap but fantastic & beatiful surroundings ,sadly no effort was made at all to make xmas night a memorable one there was no music in the evening (they apologised said it was due to a admin error im not so sure), so if your looking for a wow factor (every other hotel we been to for xmas had fantastic xmas nights) this hotel is not for you if i went back again would definatly book xmas night out somewhere else as it was so boring and to quiet. Our room was clean but looking very very tired and in need of a major facelift as having stayed here a few time a approx 15 yrs ago it has really been neglected and people were having a few problems with one thing or another and some times the service was lax maybe due to not enough staff. That said great location most of the staff were friendly would i go again if i did would certainly not want to eat there, so I say get your finger out Rex why you are letting this once lovely hotel go so downhill and not spending some much needed money on it im at a loss to know quiet sad really.

Room Tip: Sea view 2nd level nice and quiet
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: St. James Beach, Holetown, Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Holetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts 3.5*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique hotel situated on St James Beach, the Discovery Bay consists of charming plantation-style houses set in beautiful landscaped gardens. Located on the fashionable West coast, days at this resort are centred around the beach and the pool, the upscale Limegrove shopping mall and nightlife on Holetown's first street a short walk away. The resort is all-inclusive and family friendly, popular with couples also. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Discovery Bay By Rex Hotel Saint James
Discovery Bay Barbados
Discovery Bay Hotel Barbados
Discovery Bay By Rex Resorts Barbados/Holetown

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