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Hilton Barbados Resort
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Fabulous Family Fun!”
Reviewed May 16, 2010

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.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 12, 2010

Although this is my 7th or 8th visit to the island of Barbados, I always find myself going back there for some reason or the other. It has always been my favourite island. I always love the fact that the island is so peaceful and safe and that the people are genuinely friendly. This time through God's blessings and our hard-work of course, we(my husband and I) were able to witness the ICC 20/20 Cricket matches. The Barbados Hilton was really wonderful and truly spectacular for me. The suites are spacious; the hotel is located on the beach with dynamic swimming pools (there is even a children's pool); there's a Fort on site and a lighthouse; a care centre for children; restaurants; gift shop; in-room dining; tennis; it's located in Bridgetown, the capital, close to the oval etc. If you love this type of setting then you have to visit. For those of you who drink a lot, there's also a poolside bar with lots of snacks (mind you I do not consume alcohol but it's just general information). The food generally in Barbados is a bit expensive for people like me who live in the Caribbean but worth it. Depending on where you are coming from, only you can determine if it's expensive or not. The hotel rates are high but if you want quality and comfort, then I would recommend it without hesitation. The only thing I didn't like was at times the service was a bit poor but I would 'let that slide' because the hotel was the temporary home for most of the international cricket teams, so it was very busy. Nevertheless, staying at the Barbados Hilton was most rewarding because we met all of the cricketers from all of the teams who stayed there-it was a very memorable trip for me (we were so fortunate to have had that experience). For those of you who love shopping, there's a lot to shop for... ha ha. The location is also private. The view is spectacular - I've always been a 'sucker' for that 'blue aquamarine' coloured water and the white sands. TRULY A GEM, TRULY A MUST, TRULY MAGNIFICENT!!!!
Nadeira Y. Khan - Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
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Old Tappan, New Jersey
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Reviewed May 11, 2010

Stayed at Hilton Barbados for the week of 4/10/2010 - very nice hotel - pool is beautiful, the beach is rough but if you walk down to the beach where you rent jet-ski & snorkel equip (I am not sure if this is part of the Hilton but it's a 2 minute walk), you will die & thought you went to heaven - truly paradise - the water was warm, no waves and just about every shade of turquoise imaginable - I could have stayed on that beach the whole week. My two kids did not want to leave that beach either. Hotel rooms were typical Hilton - nice. We ate at "Brown Sugar "- the best meal I thought - authentic and you can walk there from the Hilton. "The Cliffs", most expensive restaurant on island, was so expensive - food was very good, but I could have done without the termites, literally diving on our butter, bread and food - I think they were termites - blact ants with white wings ?? Boy, do you pay for that view - spectacular - but very very expensive so brace yourself. If you go, tell them immediately to move the huge candles from your table and every table around your table - termites freaked me out . Also went to Bridgetown - capital of Barbados - don't waste your time if you are American - duty free is nonsense - still so expensive for Americans and it's like every store had chinsy stuff or your typical Ralph Lauren, Billabong stuff that you can buy for 1/4 of the price in USA. Too hot and not worth going cause there are no bargains! Definitely swim with turtles - can't miss out on that. Hilton Hotel offered a Fish Fry one evening and and Carribean Night - again, not worth it - take your $10 - $15 dollar cab-ride and go to "Black Pearl" or definitely take a cab to St. Lawrence Gap, we ate at "Pisces" - another nice place and nice view - walk around and apparently, all the restaurants there are good, according to other people that we met at the Hilton who tried a few different restaurants there. Hilton breakfast was again, "Hilton" - we liked the breakfast - big selection. Pina Coladas and drinks were really good but expensive but worth it - food absolutely sucked at the bar - seriously - no other way to describe it - horrendous - so please eat breakfast late and have an early dinner - don't waste your money on the bar food - horrendous - ordered 3x and gave up - totally gross ! Hotel has no nightlife - very quiet so for a family, it's really nice. For a couple without kids, it's nice but don't expect to do the "Limbo" at night - you'll be cabbing it everywhere. OMG - lastly, definitely try "Aussies"- very casual - the food was sooo good - and they pick u up from hotel for free. Enough about food, over all the island was very very nice. Lots of Europeans; English and German folks - not too many Americans go to Barbados but they should !

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 9, 2010

The Hilton is a wonderful place to stay and if you are there for more than a week it just gets better. Don't rush in from around the world and expect everything to be instant in a very hot climate. Things need to be done more slowly

Appreciate it and enjoy it

The hotel is spotless...the cleaners work from dawn till dusk. Our room was kept spotless. The sea and views are there to be enjoyed and soaked up....Breakfast is great. Pools are large and varied. Windy...yes but these are the Windward islands after all.
It is easy to walk from the hotel and local transport (number 11 minibus) are numerous. They take you anywhere for 1.50 BDS dollars. Hire a car...we chose STOUTS....brilliant, simple and cheap.

You may meet one waitress from hell at the pool but give her a wide berth and all will be well because the others are fab...Bubba especially

Form reception, room service, foyer etc etc, staff were all friendly, especially kind and above all passionate about there guests having a great holiday.

We stayed sea view, standard room, 2nd floor...........wonderful

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2010

Hubby and I stayed here 2 years ago but just noticed that I haven't written a review. Having stayed at the very upscale Sandy Lane on Barbados a few years earlier, I was afraid I had been totally spoiled. The Hilton, however, proved to be a clearly less expensive yet still wonderful alternative.

Rooms: Very basic but superbly clean and comfortable. We stayed on the Bay Side and liked the view.

Beach: Spotless and loved swimming there. It did, however, have a bit of a man made feel.

Breakfast: We had the buffet included in our package and it was great. svs was so-so but nothing offensive.

Gym: Perfect, clean and modern. Great view while on treadmill.

Major drawback: We had both our beach and hot tub experience spoiled by totally wasted, out of their mind drunk guests. Maybe this was just a one time thing. One woman was throwing up at the beach for an hour before her friends took her back to her room.

Bottom line: This is a no frills property. Rooms are spotless. We would def return but wouldn't spend more than $250 per night.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2010

It was perfect from the welcome at the airport to the steel drums being played when we arrived at the hotel! The hotel is set on a ridiculously beautiful beach and has stunning pool area with waterfalls and infinity pool. It was perfect for a romantic break, we spent 5 nights in a room with a fantastic ocean view. All the staff were attentive and helpful, partiularly Christian at the front desk that secured us a last minute reservation at Pisces late at night and got the kitchen to stay open for us!!
We only ventured out from the hotel 1 night as the dinner selections were wonderful at the hotel. We had a great seafood buffet and a romantic room service dinner on our balcony with the amazing sea views. Breakfast was delicous with many healthy options and omelettes cooked to order. Eating breakfast looking out at the ocean was a wonderful way to start the day.
This is a fantastic hotel that I would reccommend to anyone the facilities are great, the staff sweet and attentive and the beach a paradise.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed May 4, 2010

Hubby and I stayed at this location on points mid-February. We went with an open mind, but honestly, not a lot of expectations due to the great number of seemingly negative reviews. Our stay was absolutely fantastic. We rented a car, therefore, were not subject to being stuck at the hotel for food. We were granted free Continental breakfast as a HHonors Gold memeber. The breakfast issue would be my one and only complaint, as they certainly didn't offer it - we did have to ask. Also - the way they "get you" when they check you out can be rather tricky. If you are granted a free Continental breakfast, just stick with anything that's NOT HOT, and you will have no additional charge. WARNING: The breakfast coupons say you will pay difference between Continental and full breakfast if do the full buffet, however, the cost just does not add up. They charge in American $10, not Barbadian. It's crazy - the cost of breakfast here is like $40 Continental and $60 full buffet! Seriously! LOVED the access to the beach, and options for playing in the waves. We snorkeled directly off the hotel beachfront, and saw a huge, beautiful Leopard Ray! We snorkeled on the Fort side, behind the snorkel shop, and saw numerous Sea Turtles of all sizes. Definitely recommend renting a car - just beware of driving opposite lanes on opposite side of the car. This can be a challenge when you've spent your whole life looking left to pull out, and now you need to look right! Yikes - watch the round abouts. We were quite successful, and drove around the entire island. Signage was definitely limited, but we had no problems finding our way. The biggest challenge was finding Zed's Surf Shop, which I highly recommend for some lessons. We were able to take advantage of many beaches with the beauty all to ourselves! Foul Bay, Crane Bay (go left for privacy, right for people and a neat jump off the cliff), Bathsheba (definitely hit the Round House for lunch or dinner - GREAT food, GREAT view and very reasonable prices. Pisces restaurant highly over-rated (except for the view if waterfront). Champs Restaurant was well worth every penny - make reservation well in advance, and ask for one of the exterior waterfront tables - the waves crashing up are phenomenal. Harlequin awesome! If you rent a car, you won't need to pay for a tour to see the Green Monkeys ... they roam freely on the Northern and mid-part of the island.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hilton Barbados Resort
Address: Needham's Point, BB 11000, Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint Michael Parish
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Saint Michael Parish
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Barbados Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 350
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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