I've actually stayed at Walmer Lodge twice, both long-term rentals, i.e. for periods over six weeks. I freely admit to loving my home comforts - I'm an all-mod cons kind of gal, and have low tolerance for low standards. So the fact that I returned to Walmer Lodge would be sufficient for anyone who knows me well to appreciate that it is not as bad as some of the reviews claim. Yes, the decor and furnishings are tired, but not shabby, and certainly not decrepit, though yes, an upgrade would bring much needed new life to the apartment (I am speaking here only of the apartment that I stayed in, as I can't speak for any others). The cleaner did a thorough job and I appreciated coming home to a clean and tidy apartment after a long hard day on the beach - ooops!, I meant at work (both visits were actually work-related). I'm very much a self-catering person, and the kitchen met all my requirements. The owners were very quick to respond to any issues raised (though yes, email responses could take longer) but they generally always dealt with any problems politely and as quickly as they were able to do so. The apartments are not luxurious by any means - if you want luxury on Barbados, then you have to pay the appropriate costs. But they are of a reasonable standard, clean and have many other advantages. First of all, location. Location is everything and the apartments are situated practically on an almost deserted but safe beach. There are a good few shops in the immediate vicinity - the gas station on the corner sells a wide range of food, drink and other items, as well as hot coffee, hot patties etc...and its open quite late. As well, a few minutes walk will bring you to other grocery stores that are perfectly adequate for replenishing your everyday stuff. If you want to buy familiar European/western foods, then yes, you'll have to make the 20-30 minute journey into Holetown - and you'd have to be a real old grouch not to appreciate the joys of the journey to Holetown. The journey hugs the coastal road, providing a fantastic vista of blue seas, fishing boats, palm trees, and flowerings of heartbreakingly beautiful bougainvillea, hibiscus (and poinsettia in season) and the cutest little beach-side villas (as well as not so cute large hotels). It's best done by bus - taking here about the government buses rather than the independently owned ZRs which can be very cramped, and you might have to share your seat with a couple of hens..a few yards outside the Walmer Lodge is the bus-stop where you can.catch the blue and yellow government bus - time it right, i.e. outside rush hour, the right time and it will be practically empty (the return journey is not always the case). Walmer Lodge is also terrifically located for anyone visiting the Barbados Archives (which are located in the Lazaretto, no more than 5 minutes walk away ---a lovely cool building with interesting views (and great staff)). It's also ideal for visitors to the University of the West Indies, as the Cave Hill campus is in very short walking distance (cut through the Lazaretto grounds for a short-cut, don't worry about the cows, they're tethered). Either way, it's an uphill walk which will leave you feeling virtuous having had your day's exercise. (If you do go to the campus, take the opportunity to find the viewing points that overlook the harbour ...it's really very special and some of the best views of the island can be had from here...a very well-kept secret). Aside from that, the owners are friendly and helpful, and yes, do make use of the roof-top terrace...great for quiet chilling during the day or night. Another reviewer mentioned the noise...I've always found that area to be pretty quiet....I was there on a work and research visit and spent many evenings working in solitude in my apartment - I don't ever remember being disturbed or woken up by noise from traffic, though if you are there for Foreday morning, you may well be woken by the early morning start to the festivities - Walmer Lodge is also ideally situated for many of the carnival events, another of its great selling points. It's really important that visitors (and this doesn't just apply to Barbados) remember that these tourist destinations are the homes of local people, who have to go about their daily business, and unless you're on one of the big exclusive all-inclusive, you should not expect to be shielded from these realities - you wouldn't go to London and complain about noise! (But then most visitors to London wouldn't be staying anywhere near 'normal' Londoners!). I'd certainly stay there again for a short visit, but no, it's not, in my view, somewhere that I would want to stay with my family - simply because they and myself would want more mod cons, huge tv screens, a pool and beach bar on their door steps etc fora real chilled out family holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A serene and peaceful vacation on our beautiful West Coast is yours for the taking at Walmer Lodge. Just 50 yards from your balcony is a lovely white sandy beach, a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea and our tropical garden setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Walmer Lodge Apartments Hotel Bridgetown
- Walmer Lodge Apartments Barbados/Bridgetown