A solid 3.5 to 4 star hotel. I was pleased with our overall experience at the Hilton Barbados (9 nights in March 2010). For the most part, everyone is hard working and wanting to make your stay special. At check-in, we were greeted with a cold beverage and towel, and steel drum music (daily during certain times only though - I think it was 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
Room – standard oceanfront double on the fifth floor. Average room but had everything we needed. The bathroom was a good size with both a shower and separate tub (handy to use the clothes line and hang wet clothes in the tub). The two double beds were very hard and uncomfortable. We had to ask for a mattress pad/topper, which they provided (made it bearable). In room safe was handy but there is no fridge. We were told we could rent a fridge for $ 25/day. This would be a good idea if you wanted to buy yoghurt or make sandwiches to save money. We were brought a styrofoam cooler with ice by housekeeper Maria, which was very much appreciated. The view was amazing, facing the Caribbean ocean. Table and two chairs to sit on the patio and enjoy the sunsets. Ample storage for clothes.
Housekeeping – Maria is the absolute best. A beautiful, hard working lady. We sure noticed the difference on her day off. She always left enough towels and left the room clean.
Grounds – The grounds were well maintained but I would recommend more flowers in general. There are some plumeria trees and palms. The pools were fairly well maintained but getting a poolside lounger was very difficult. If you want a prime spot, plan on being down there to ‘reserve’ (by dropping a towel or book on the spot) by 6:15 am. The issue of loungers is a problem at most resorts in the world. The beach has lovely large umbrellas and loungers too but again, get there early. Pool staff was generally slow and unfriendly. Some good and some bad.
There are unattractive decommissioned oil storage tanks near the property but that didn’t bother us as we were facing the ocean. Make sure to check out St. Ann’s fort. Very interesting.
Surf/Ocean – The waves were rough and respect must be given to the ocean. A man was wave diving during our stay and crashed into the rocks, breaking his collar bone. We also heard that a young girl drown there recently. This is not to deter you but give a stern warning to be careful. Despite a red flag one day, we saw children playing unsupervised. This is just downright stupid. It is not an area for swimming but rather for playing and jumping in the waves.
Location – The location is fairly isolated. Other than the restaurant Brown Sugar, you will have to take taxis everywhere. About 20 minutes to the St. Lawrence Gap and 5 minutes to Bridgetown. St. Lawrence Gap? Full of restaurants (many rather ‘run down’ looking) and not exactly as ‘happening’ as we thought it was going to be. We had Mexican at Cafe Sol which was alright and dessert at Pisces (service was mediocre).
Oistins – we came on a Friday that had the Merrymen playing (local favourite band). We ended up leaving because it was way too busy. We would go back again but on a less busy night.
Champers restaurant – glorious sunset, with food, drinks and service that was satisfactory (way too much ice in some drinks).
Hotel food – We had the buffet every morning at the the Lighthouse Terrace. Nothing special but good selection which included an omelette station. The service was not consistently good. Dinner options are very limited. Again, service was very sporadic and the kitchen slow (remember they are also preparing meals for room service so don’t expect a quick dinner). The food at the beach buffet was not good at all (110 BBD). Don’t order the nachos (pool service) – horrible. I wasn’t aware cheese came in that colour. The pina coladas tasted like chemicals. Tasted like they were made from a pre mix loaded with preservatives.
Children of 5-12 yrs receive breakfast free and 50% off all other meals. 15 % VAT and 10% service charge will be added, which could account for the sporadic service.
We would recommend Calabaza Sailing Cruises – THE BEST catamaran experience. We also had a lovely visit to St. Nicholas Abbey.
Overall, good family location but if you want a quiet, romantic experience, I would think elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The upscale Hilton Barbados Resort, winner of the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, boasts a prime location on the lush tropical peninsula of Needham's Point in Barbados. Each of the 350 beautifully-appointed rooms & suites offers a private balcony and beautiful ocean views. Hilton Barbados Resort offers amenities tailored for couples, families, and all kinds of travelers, plus it's 100% non smoking and fully accessible, becoming versatile paradise for all. Conveniently located, the resort is just five minutes from the island's capital, Bridgetown, 20 minutes from Grantley Adams International Airport and walking distance to the newly listed UNESCO World Heritage site of The Garrison. Some of the facilities include a sparkling pool complex with whirlpool, on-site scuba diving center, three tennis courts, four restaurants and a Fitness & Health Centre with spa treatment rooms overlooking Carlisle Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Barbados Hotel Saint Michael
- Hilton Hotel Bridgetown
- Hilton Bridgetown
- Barbados Hilton
- Bridgetown Hilton
- Hilton Barbados Resort Saint Michael Parish