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Fairmont Royal Pavilion
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Porters
Certificate of Excellence
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Honeymoon paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2014

Recently returned from 7 nights here for our honeymoon. From rum punch and cool towel on arrival, the Royal Pavilion maintained its high standards for the entire time we were there. We booked a Beach front junior suite which was worth every penny. To be able just to nip back in to our room from the sun loungers on your private terrace is ideal. The staff coming round with cool towels and sorbets throughout the day was also a blessing. The staff were terrific also with Kevin greeting us on check in to all the bar staff and waiting staff. A special mention to Andre who was a legend always greeting us with a smile, handshake and a quick dissection of the days World Cup action (I hope France do well in the World Cup for you pal). Swimming with turtles is a service they offer which you need to do. It's breath taking. We met some guests who have returned every year for 14 years. If my numbers come up on the lottery I can safely say I'd be there for the next 14 years too. Thank you to everyone there for making our honeymoon so amazing and memorable.

Room Tip: Beachfront junior suite was perfect for nipping in for a breather from the sun if you needed it. Als...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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RoyalPavilionHotel, Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this review, June 23, 2014
Dear JonnyH 1980,

Thank you for your kind words and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

Kevin and Andre are a great asset to our team and we appreciate your positive feedback about them. It will definitely be a big motivator.

We look forward to see you back soon and join our 'repeat guest club'.

Kulbhushan Tyagi
Director of Operations & F&B
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2014

We absolutely loved this hotel, grounds are beautiful staff are amazing - if anything they are under appreciated by other guests. Rooms are very nice we stayed on an upper level room amazing beachfront view. The Fairmont Rum Punch is the BEST on the island.. there's no compare.

We visited a local school (St. Albans) and took donations of supplies which were very much appreciated! I highly recommend if your going to that area, to do the same. The teacher was so thankful – we talked about the schools need for a covered area for prayers etc. so the children don’t have to huddle or run from the rain. Stay tuned for a possible donation campaign to help them fundraise!

I must disclose that I did win this hotel stay - and it's much more per night than I could ever pay, It's also on the West coast, and it is the "more expensive" side of the island. In fact Barbados in general is at par - not like other Islands we've visited. We did have spending money and used it on taxis and tours! again I had vouchers for food which we totally went through and thoroughly enjoyed the food and indulged quite a bit on room service :) We did the Safari Jeep tour of the island and a Catamaran "party" boat cruise where we got to swim with turtles (highlight for me!) and snorkel around drink and dance and had an amazing time! The Jeep tour took us all over the island it was very nice and informative – I highly recommend BOTH! Definitely money well spent. We also grabbed a taxi to head to Harrison Caves, it was really cool, I also recommend seeing this site, it was very informative and you’ll never guess how Barbados was formed.. go and you’ll find out!

I would say if you're a "frugal" traveller or used to all inclusive - this is a different experience. We absolutely LOVED this hotel, but did find it on the quieter side (which is a plus for some) as for us we brought music to the pool in the evening I do wish they played more local music, but again this is a 5 star so the music probably suits the high percentage of the clientele that stays there. I found it a little "quiet" so if you want to really just relax and read a book on a stunning beach it's perfect. I felt like we were the "rowdy's" haha which was fine.. I found most guests stuck to themselves and relaxed - which again is fine :) we did run into some other Canadian's at one of the shows so I wasn't the only one clapping and cheering on the live band which was amazing! singing some old reggae and blues.. yes this hotel has entertainment and shows..

We felt very safe the entire time, absolutely loved our vacation, saw monkey's had the best rum punch on the island amazing food TIP Fri, Sat & Sundays going toward Holetown there is a fish stand on the left side of the road, opens around 7pm, and has the BEST food (aside from the Fairmont) we had Dolphin - yes Dolphin they even serve it in the Airport, and it was delicious.. flying fish is good but small.

Oistins on a Friday night (or the weekend) is AMAZING live music and bars, about a $40 taxi but totally worth it! it's a little hard to get to by bus (which we also took the party bus is so much fun!) there's 2 types of busses both safe and inexpensive!

Aside from our tours and course the pool and beach we really relaxed and enjoyed the wonderful food, drinks and staff at the Fairmont. I wish I could say I had the kind of money to go back, but who knows maybe I’ll win another trip! That would be incredible and I’d be there in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: EVERY room here is amazing as they're all beachfront. Just stunning, we did love the upper level...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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RoyalPavilionHotel, Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this review, June 23, 2014
Dear Christine W,

Thank you very much for your detailed review. Your kind gesture of school donation will go a long way in making a difference in our young student’s lives.

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 was indeed a pleasure having you at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion and we look forward to welcoming you soon again with your favorite Rum Punch.

Kulbhushan Tyagi
Director of Operations/F&B
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Alcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

Having stopped at Sandy Lane several times we wanted to try a different resort - and this hotel was a great alternative. The property and the rooms are a little 'tired' but everything worked well and the location is fabulous. All the rooms are ocean front and the beach is fantastic. The staff are naturally friendly and helpful and the breakfast choices were excellent. We would definitely return!

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RoyalPavilionHotel, Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Dear Patti B,

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 you loved our staff and breakfast selection. We are continuously investing in our Room product to ensure that we offer world class facilities to our discerning travelers.

It is of great importance to us when a guest takes time to let us know about our product and services which they 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
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Manhasset, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

Staff are friendly and very informative about their island
Foods are descent and a great complimentary afternoon tea
Exterior decor requires a immediate face lift
Beautiful beach with various water sports activities

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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RoyalPavilionHotel, General Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this review, June 17, 2014
Thank you very much Andy H! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.

We love hearing that “Staff are friendly and very informative.” 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.

Thank you again. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

Adam Knight
General Manager
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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RoyalPavilionHotel, General Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this review, 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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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

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 review, 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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RoyalPavilionHotel, General Manager at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, responded to this review, 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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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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