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“Barbados excellence” 5 of 5 stars
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Fairmont Royal Pavilion
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Porters
Certificate of Excellence
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Barbados excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

From the moment we arrived, we could tell by the attitude of the staff and the beautiful surroundings that we were in for a real treat. We arrived at 10am and were offered a suite of rooms to use whilst our room was prepared. Things only got better! The happiness in this hotel is infectious. Much better value than Sandy Lane where we stayed a few years ago after it was refurbished. Our bedroom was double + double + double, with south facing balcony overlooking the ocean below. The setting and overall ambiance was second to none. Breakfast was amazing - have never seen so much fresh fruit and freshly squeezed juices and mountainous seafood buffets. Absolutely loved the live entertainment - danced during dinner as you really couldn't sit still! Our only criticism is that we really should have stayed longer!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Essex
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32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed at this hotel in March 2012 and found it absolutely lovely. The service, room, setting and overall ambience was second to none. The Palm Terrace restuarant, food, service and music entertainment was excellant.
We are planning to come back to Barbados this year but have opted for a villa this time but purely due to cost, however we will go back for a meal.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Jacqueline O
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Helsinki, Finland
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28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Fairmont Barbados is a luxury property in the Bajan peer group. Therefore, I cast aside any price/ quality review - you pay for luxury, you get it.

The staff/ guest ratio is very good, and the middle/ upper management is on board and on duty and available, which helps a lot in maintaining standards, especially if you have any issues to be resolved.

The property is great. It becomes evident if you take the walk on the beach, like we did, all the way down to Daphne's. You begin to appreciate your own lovely, clean, quiet and spacious beach. The restaurant facilities are fantastically located right on the beach front, including the breakfast terrace Taboras.

The breakfast is very good, perhaps add on some green salad and fresh vegatables and it would be perfect. Berries and fruits are delicious.

The staff is friendly. The service is extremely personal. The Beach Club team comes on top with their friendly and active approach. We had a turtle excursion just for our family, and one the Fairmont trump cards is the proximity of the turtles, it was very nice to feed them without all the other tourists who have to arrive here on the big boats and catamarans to experience the same. The complimentary water sports activities was very good.

Rooms are tidy and all are well located to experience the sea. Aircon in our other room was a bit too loud at times.

Concierge services were up to the expected standard.

There is local live music during lunch and dinner, which may not be to everybody's liking, we could have done well without it.

There are many good restaurants in the neighbourhood, please, make sure you book them well in advance, we missed Cin Cin, Tides and Cliff completely. FishPot will be reviewed separately, it was our favourite. The hotel food was good, especially the BBQ lunches were delicious, Mahi-Mahi and other local dishes are well represented, which is really great.

Overall, a very good choice, for a very special outing over Christmas holidays - Fairmont is unpretentious luxury in a great property for a grown up holiday experience!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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St. John's, Newfoundland
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242 reviews
120 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stayed at the property for two nights before continuing on to Grenada for ten days. The welcome to the hotel was warm and very accommodating (a very nice personal touch, including chilled towels and rum punch). We had a room on the third floor overlooking the beach -- it was very comfortable, spatious, and had the usual Fairmont amenities (including complementary internet). The cleaning staff and front office staff were friendly and provided for all needs. We had dinner one night at the main restaurant and the second night the Italian night at the "beach" restaurant. Meals were reasonably priced (not inexpensive, but not out of line); breakfast, too, was very good.

The hotel is located a ways north from Bridgetown -- it is on a relatively wide and long beach by Barbadian standards ... among the two best beaches I have experienced in Barbados. The grounds of the property are nice-manicured and well-kept, and rooms and facilities are well-maintained. We can be picky and had absolutely no complaints.

Room Tip: By our standards, the beachfront junior suites were not worth the extra cost -- rooms on the second...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Following a break here in 2009 we decided to come to the Royal Pavillion again. The hotel is great, the beach and water sports excellent but just a couple of things have let them down: staff in the restaurant and bar are not as attentive or personable as 3 years ago, whilst the beach team have been very poor at looking after their guests. Overall I'd say 9/10 but for a west coast Barbados hotel at this price it should be 10/10

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Robdvet
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Montreal, Canada
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321 reviews
95 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I stayed in one of the top floor ocean view rooms and I found it to be of slightly lower quality than I've seen at other Fairmont hotels. it didn't feel like "luxury" Air conditioning units may need to be cleaned/filtered , and matress was soft. Food was not great on Location, beach food was good. Location is great, right on the beach, turtle are not to far. Still enjoyed my trip, but will not come back to this Hotel

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank JPN65Montreal_Canada
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Los Angeles, CA
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Service at the Fairmont is exceptional. Many of the staff have been employed by the Fairmont for 15-20 years. As a result, staff are experienced and empowered to solve issues, and additionally have a sense of ownership with respect to the hotel. Highly unusual to find this level of service.

Having sought out the best restaurants along the Platinum Coast, we decided to dine at the Royal Pavilion one night of our visit. The food was extraordinary. This was not your typical hotel restaurant that gets by as a result of having a captive audience. The preparation of of the butternut soup was to perfection, as were the two fresh fish dishes we enjoyed. The restaurant was on par with, and I would even venture to say, superior to, the best fine dining establishments we visited on our trip.

We also attended the manager's cocktail party. It was at this event that you come to appreciate that the Fairmont truly is a community of loyal and long serving staff, and loyal and long term guests. Many of the guests were repeat visitors over a 10+ year period, and the staff knew them personally.

Wayne Kafcsak, the general manager, does a fine job of keeping this finely tuned institution running like a well oiled machine.

We will return.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Fairmont Royal Pavilion
Address: St. James, Porters BB24051 , Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Porters
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Porters
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fairmont Royal Pavilion 4.5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the sought-after Platinum Coast, on a 1/2 mile long beach and 11 acres of lush tropical gardens, you'll fill your sun-kissed days and starlit nights with unforgettable moments. All 72 rooms and suites offer magnificent, unobstructed views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Several included services will make your stay even more memorable, including daily afternoon tea, WiFi, fitness room, tennis courts, a freshwater pool, non-motorized water sports, swim with the turtles, a weekly manager's cocktail and garden tours. Indulge your senses with innovative Caribbean-inspired menus at 2 beachfront restaurants. In-room dining available 24-7. ... more   less 
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