We have just returned form the Island Inn on the 10th January 2011. This was a late booking due to the snowy conditions at home, we had some concerns that this hotel was only graded at 3 stars but only going for a week we decided to take the risk.
How wrong we were, and delighted at the hotel when we arrived, what a find and I reluctantly write this review as I would like to keep this place a secret and ensure availability for the next time we want to go.
The hotel has been refurbished recently and has a modern boutique apperance, the bedrooms are spacious and decorated to a high standard. The air conditioning is the best yet, quiet but very efficient and easy to use. Whilst we were there , there were only 26 guests in the hotel which lent itself to being a house party, the ambience was relaxed and friendly with all the guests mingling easily around the bar or courtyard in an evening. The service was personal and attentive, the staff really could not have been better and the humourous banter was an added bonus. The food was simple and not much choice , but it was always cooked and presented well, breakfast was served buffet style and you could order omletts , poached or fried eggs if you wished. Other meals were mostly served to the table and you choose from a menu that gave two choices for each course.
The bar stocked most drinks but closed at 11pm, this was not a problem for us as we ordered two drinks before it closed and then went to bed around 12 ish. If you like a party holiday this is not the place for you , or if you have teenagers! Most of the guests were middle aged. The beautiful beach is a 3 minute stroll away, but there are no sunbeds to hire and this was a bit of a problem, if only the hotel could provide a folding chair or sunbed to hire for the stay it would be perfect. I have made this suggestion.
However I am a fequent visitor to the Carribean and was delighted with this hotel the staff and the location and will definitely be going back. In my opinion this hotel has been under rated.
- 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