A wonderful, welcoming, comfortable, boutique hotel. Accommodation was spacious and very comfortable with more than adequate air conditioning. The food (all found) was fresh, varied, well-cooked and delicious. The staff were friendly, treated us like family rather than guests (hugs and kisses all round when we left), and went out of their way to ensure we had a good time.
The hotel is not on the beach, but only 50 metres from the beach, a great swimming spot. It's not in the heart of Bridgetown but is a comfortable 2 km walk from town.
It's not your usual slick, glass and stainless steel hotel. It's single storey built round a central courtyard. A lot of it is outdoors: sitting in the courtyard listening to the evening tree frogs sipping a local rum drink (us, not the tree frogs); meals were on the verandah, under cover but still outside. The pool was at our room's doorstep and was welcoming and cool. If the heat and humidity got too much it was easy to escape into the air conditioned comfort of a large bedroom.
In a month long trip from Australia taking in Los Angeles, Barbados, St Vincent, Toronto, New York, Scotland, London, and Singapore this was definitely the "Best Hotel".
The downside? Local green monkeys galloping across our room's metal roof at dawn (a bit like possums at home); and three cooked meals a day threatening waistlines!
- 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