Went with husband and toddler aged 2. Soon into our stay I was very sorry that I didn't choose somewhere else. Bottom line: if you are elderly and British, you will probably be treated as a paying guest with common courtesy. However, for the rest of us, we were treated with contempt and disdain by the server/wait staff. By day 4, we asked the waitress if we had done something to offend her. She said no and was marginally nice after. (You will notice that most positive reviews are written by older Brits)
We arrived from Toronto hot and tired at 4:30pm on Saturday and were told that no one is here to carry our luggage. Bad first impression. Then the receptionist found a worker who she said she thought had gone home.
Room was very small but bathroom refurbished (poor workmanship though for those who notice). They never changed the bedsheets in the 7 nights. However, the housekeeping ladies were most kind and affable. Thank God the room is air conditioned. Nowhere else in the hotel is; dining has no a/c option and no breeze, useless ceiling fans. The reception and lounge area for reading/computer/wifi has NO a/c or fans and the air is hot and stagnant. It was miserable to try to enjoy that area because of it. Of course, Madam Receptionist always had a standing large fan directed at her only.
The pool is tiny and is crowded if more than 4 people get in at the same time. Same with the lounge chairs, you are almost sitting in someone's lap or in their room due to the proximity and limited space by the pool. The hotel brochure picture looks nicer than it is. Tough to get new beach towels so you don't have to use the same sopping wet ones. Beach is nice and close but you must walk through 50 feet of dingy parking lot. (not a big deal for most) No beach chairs or umbrellas, no shade.
The rude service was offensive and marred our vacation for the worse. We were the only ones to complain. They are incompetent in taking table orders and should stick to the buffet style. The women Cyrilene and Jeannette in the dining room treated us like dirt. Others saw it too and we were shocked. Two young servers Akira and Jason were exceptionally nice compared to the others.
They will make breakfast to order for only certain guests. We weren't them. Once I asked for pancakes and they took 45 mins w/ no apology but in the interim served people arriving for breakfast after us what they ordered!! I am so sorry and sad that we wasted our precious time and efforts there.
The reception/lounge is steaming hot all day and evening. So wifi was not possible b/c that's where they have it. It was so miserable that only the air conditioned room was an option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Island Inn is a quaint, 24 room, all inclusive property with meeting and function facilities. Situated less than a mile from the centre of Historic Bridgetown and within the Garrison Area – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel is footsteps away from the beach at the beautiful Carlisle Bay and Pebbles Beach and is conveniently close to shops and restaurants. Island Inn will amaze you with its disarming simplicity and old world charm. Whether you’re here alone, with the family, or with a group, travelling on vacation or on business, the Island Inn Hotel offers an unrivaled warmth of atmosphere, with contemporary trappings and a true Bajan experience. Originally constructed in 1804 as a Rum Storage facility for the British Regiment, Island Inn Hotel is now part of the historic Garrison area of Barbados. The building was designated a national treasure of Barbados. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Hotel Bridgetown
- Island Inn Barbados
- Island Inn Hotel Barbados/Bridgetown