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Fairmont Royal Pavilion
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Porters
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 14, 2014

We decided to visit Barbados for our 5th wedding anniversary and following a recommendation from friends, we decided on the Fairmont. We were not disappointed!! The hotel isn't too large so it has a lovely homely feel to it. On arrival we were greeted with an ice cold towel and a gorgeous rum punch which started the holiday off nicely!! We were on the 2nd floor in the block nearest the reception area. I would say this is the better block to be in as it's just more convenient and prettier surroundings. All rooms have an amazing view of the beautiful beach so you can't go far wrong. We pondered over whether to pay the premium for the ground floor suites and while they look lovely, I don't think it is worth the extra money. All ocean rooms have great balconies with chairs and fully reclining sun beds with amazing views so we certainly didn't feel short changed!
Staff are great - extremely helpful and friendly. They brought a bottle of champagne to our room for our anniversary with a card which all the staff had signed, together with a plate of strawberries dipped in chocolate! Very thoughtful. They bring you cold towels every day and cold smoothies which are lovely touches.
Breakfast was great too and is served until 10.30am so you can relax on your balcony with a coffee rather than having to rush down for an early breakfast.
Take advantage of the free snorkelling with turtles - it's amazing!! We went on the Cool Runnings catamaran which we couldn't fault - it was great fun and a nice number of people. We also did the jeep safari tour which was a great way to see more of the island if you don't hire a car.
Holetown is just a 15/20 min walk from the hotel and has a good supermarket and shops, bars etc. We had a fabulous night at The Golden Anchor which is on the main road into Holetown - if you get chance to go to the reggae night then you must give it a go!! Great way to mix with the locals.
I could write forever about this amazing hotel and island. I think this is the first time we may actually return to the same destination! We're in love with the place!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the block nearest the reception. Also, if you are paying the premium for the groun...
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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RoyalPavilionHotel, General Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2014

Happy Anniversary and thank you very much AngeCB! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us and appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.

We love hearing that “the staff are great - extremely helpful and friendly.” Our team impresses us each and every day and we are so happy when other people take a moment and share their compliments. The team could not be more worthy of them. We’re also glad that you enjoyed all of the amenities available to our guests!

Thank you again. We look forward to your next visit,

Adam Knight
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

Great place with very friendly staff. The poolside restaurant has beautiful views of the beach and good menu. Overall what one imagines when vacationing in the Caribbean. Great high end mall & outstanding golf course close by.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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RoyalPavilionHotel, General Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2014

Thank you kindly Sven P! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and are glad that you had such a wonderful visit to the island.

Your tips will prove invaluable to future travelers and we are grateful that you shared them. We value your recommendation and thank you again for leaving a review,


Adam Knight
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Third visit and once again the friendliness of the staff make s the total ambience of the place improve with age. There is everything you need to totally chill out for your stay, from the breakfasts, to the beach front, the pool area all is excellently managed with complimentary water sprts available, you can swim with the turtles if you wish.
Rooms are of a good standard with free wifi on offer, all in all a great hotel.

Room Tip: Still believe that the upper rooms are better from a privacy basis to the beach friendly rooms.
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Steve2551
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RoyalPavilionHotel, General Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2014

Thank you kindly Steve2551 for continuing to stay with us and for your great review! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. Reviews like yours are invaluable to future travelers and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Your compliments toward our team are much appreciated. We agree one hundred percent that they are the reason this is such a special hotel!

Thank you again for taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you again soon,


Adam Knight
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

Loved the Royal Pavillion ! Great location, gorgeous beach, everyone is just so friendly and happy. You must see Ryan at watersports, take a swim with te turtles, he's very kind and caring. You have to take a boat ride with Sean and Sherlock, it's so much fun. Also big thankyou to all the lovely staff especially to Rosella, she always had a smile on her face and made you feel so welcome.. This is one hotel i will return too.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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1  Thank Bettybecks
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RoyalPavilionHotel, General Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2014

Thank you very much Bettybecks! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and are so happy that you “loved” the hotel. That is quite a compliment!

Our team is our greatest asset and we are grateful that you recognized them in your review. Ryan, Sean, Sherlock and Rosella are incredible and we are glad that you had the chance to get to know them.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again soon,


Adam Knight
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

Lovely location on the platinum coast of barbados. Beach was incredible, waters crystal clear and sand very soft. Virtually every room has incredible view of the beach, and we could hear the sea during the night which was a great backdrop for a good nights sleep.

The staff are great, lovely people. Like most holidays it is the people that make it and they were all good eggs at the fairmont. Especially Ryan & Pearce. Sounds a bit cheesy but with both of them you felt you'd left a friend upon departing for the airport.

Room was excellent. Bed was huge and very comfortable, TV in room did not get any action, which was a good sign. Many evenings we made a later dinner reservation just do enjoy the view from the balcony which is utterly unparalleled. Can not overstate how amazing the view from the room is, it does not get more relaxing than this.

Not one day was there a fight for a sun bed by the pool or the beach, and all were comfortable and had ample shade which was essential.

This is an expensive place to visit. But that is the west coast of barbados rather than this hotel, which is in line with local prices.

My only small gripes are twofold. The clientele I found to be a bit irritating. A lot of Brits and Americans who were just dying to brag to one another (and staff) about how wealthy they are, which just felt completely at odds with the energy of the island and the resort. Average age comfortably 50+ whilst we were there.

The buffet could have had a little bit more variety also, e.g. Some salami/cold meats would be a welcome addition to the fresh croissants, cheeses etc. Aside from that buffet was very good, and fruit in particular was exceptionally fresh and appetising.

But these are absolutely negligble points in the bigger memory of an fantastic holiday in a lovely part of the island.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
3  Thank AndyWCHY
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RoyalPavilionHotel, General Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2014

Thank you kindly AndyWCHY! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. Reviews like yours are invaluable to future travelers and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Your compliments toward our “great, lovely” team are much appreciated. We agree one hundred percent!

Thank you again for taking the time to write a review. We hope to welcome you back in the future,


Adam Knight
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

We had a fabulous holiday here and will definitely come again. Barbados was really great, people very friendly. Rooms lovely with fantastic views!! Staff here were very efficient, nothing was too much trouble!! Food very good, both restaurants were very good. They made valentines evening meal very special!! Managers cocktail party really nice and buffet after superb!! Guests very friendly too, we made some lovely friends that we have kept in touch with!! Afternoon Tea was a lovely touch, we had a big breakfast and then lasted until afternoon tea!!
We will definitely go back to Barbados and probably back to The Fairmont!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Bessie_7
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RoyalPavilionHotel, General Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2014

Thank you very much Bessie_7! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us and appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.

We love hearing that “the staff arefriendly and efficient.” Our team impresses us each and every day and we are so happy when other people take a moment and share their compliments. The team could not be more worthy of them. We’re also glad that you enjoyed the food - especially Valentine's Day.

Thank you again. We look forward to your next visit,


Adam Knight
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Wow!

From the greeting to the departure one will be pleased with the professionalism and friendliness of the Fairmont Royal Pavilion staff.

The Palm Terrace Restaurant is beautiful, elegant and food delicious. Try the warm chocolate dessert. Incredible.

Everything is done to perfection and class.

Loved it.

Room Tip: All rooms face the sea (ocean) and are incredible.
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jill C
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RoyalPavilionHotel, Director of Operations/F&B at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2014

Dear Jill C,

Thank you for sparing your valuable time to share your feedback on your recent stay at Fairmont Royal Pavilion. I am pleased to note that our services and facilities were up to your satisfaction. Your positive feedback about the hotel is deeply appreciated and has been communicated to all the members of our team.

It is of great importance to us when a guest takes time to let us know about our product and services which he recently experienced and more so from regular global travelers like you.

Once again a big thank you and we look forward to see you back with us soon.

Kulbhushan Tyagi
Director of Operations/F&B

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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
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Porters
Price Range: $381 - $2,136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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