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“Business Hotel that lacks any Caribbean Character”

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Courtyard Bridgetown, Barbados
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Bridgetown
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Business Hotel that lacks any Caribbean Character”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2011

This hotel probably deserves 4 stars and was comfortable enough, but given the choice i would rather stay at one of the beach front hotels over the road even if they are perhaps less clinical but certainly make up for it with some West Indian character.

In the Marriot, the lack of a balcony confines most guests to their rooms and the air con unit was louder than most power stations which was perhaps my biggest problem.

Only two bottles of water for the whole duration a bit of a pain too and the anorexic swimming pool was definitely an after thought from the Marriot hotel bosses. Annoyingly, the bar was not in anyway comfortable or welcoming, that said, the staff were helpful and pleasant, straight out of Marriot Hotel training college.

If you come to Barbados and choose to stay at a Marriot then I suppose you won't be disappointed, plus with the TGI Friday's next door you can close the door on the Caribbean and pocket yourself a little bit of America on the island! If that's what you want from a trip to the West Indies!?!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2011

Just ending a P&O cruise when we hear flight is to be 12-24 hours delayed. P&O - as you would expect of them - got us a hotel for night at their cost. We got Courtyard. They were"hit" by 3 bus loads of us all at once. They laid on coffee etc. for those who wished to wait in lovely lounge rather than queueing. Regular apologies for delays which to be honest were not of their doing. Nice evening meal - a little delayed as they had this influx of unexpected guests.
Rooms excellent except that the aircon could not have fan reduced from strong blow to gentle blow and so on noisy side.
Recommend hotel to anyone.
Whilst not part of "deal" they laid on a snack type breakfast for us at 4am when we had to leave.
These people understand "going the extra mile"
Thanks

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2011

This hotel is new, just opened in February and is a welcome addition to the Barbados hotel options. It is absolutely perfect for business travelers. Quiet location, spacious rooms, business center, and plenty of room to spread out. the staff here is amazing.

The pool is little more than a lap pool, which makes this hotel not the best for families. And the location is across the road from the beach and several blocks from an accessible boardwalk, so not too great for beach-goers either.

The fitness center is amazing! I felt like I had struck gold, probably one of the best fitness centers I have used in a long time.

Plenty of restaurants in walking distance. And if you don't feel like walking, the food in the hotel restaurant is actually pretty good. I ate breakfast here every day, most days with just a simple breakfast sandwich, but on Saturday I enjoyed the Locals Breakfast and wished I had selected it every day. YUM!

only downside is the beds seem to be rock-hard. I have actually found this to be true of every Barbados hotel I have stayed at. You can ask them to supply an extra duvet and they will put that on top of the mattress to help make it a bit more comfy.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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RReyHotel_GM, General Manager at Courtyard Bridgetown, Barbados, responded to this review, April 21, 2011
Dear "Road Warrior",

I really appreciate your comment about your experience with us. Thanks for your review.
...and the bed issue is been attended, we are sourcing some cover mats to to work on the hardeness feeling.

Thanks, on behalf of the Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown Team!
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Trinidad
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2011

Our stay at Marriott spanned 13 nights.The hotel is not situated on the beach but one can view the beach depending on the room that you are allocated and its only two minutes away.
The hotel is brand new with all the basic necessities for the business traveller .The inhouse restaurant is affordable but don't except luxurious meals-lots of sandwiches ,salads,wing combos and fruit salads are available.In house laundry as well as do-it-yourself washer and dryer is on premisis.The cable however is poor -lots of news stations ,TNT and USA which show lots of re-runs and cartoon network .Although HBO and MovieCity is available ,most of my colleagues who are also young travellers would have liked to see some MTV/BET/Lifetime and preferably for me a little Encore Western.
Wire-less and dial up is available which worked beautifully.
An in-house gym is available for those who like to work out -two treadmills ,two exercise bikes ,an eliptical ,weights and bench press -all brand new and the latest hi-tech .
The pool however is small and located on the second floor;it's about 3 1/2 feet and spans about 10 rooms.
Rooms are average size with LCD television,a shower and a juccuzi tub -at least on the fourth and second floor .Complimentary shampoo and conditioner however are quite small and I would recommend that you bring your own for those who plan to use the pool as I did everyday.
Overall hotel was quite clean and comfortable with plesant and willing staff .
For families on vacation with young children ,i would not recommend this hotel ,but for the business traveller ,young adults and couples ,it meets all your expectations when it comes to comfort ,service and ammenities .

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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RReyHotel_GM, General Manager at Courtyard Bridgetown, Barbados, responded to this review, April 15, 2011
Dear Customer,

Thank you for your detailed review and comments about your experience with us. We value your feedback and look forward to welcome you back in Bridgetown. On behalf of the Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown, "Thank you for your Business"
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2011

At last Barbados has a hotel that caters for business travelers. The service was excellent - very friendly - and the rooms and common areas were very nice. The location makes it very convenient for business in Bridgetown and there are several nice restaurants within walking distance.

Please, please, please Marriott don't let the standards drop (or the rates go up!)

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2011

New hotel, fantastic staff, great service, great rooms. It would be perfect if there would be a breakfast buffet, instead of ordering it from the in-house bar.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2011

This is a brand new hotel. I won't repeat what everyone else said, it's all true!
The hotel is not on the beach but you can get there by walking. he staff seems to have gotten things together and it all flows nicely.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Courtyard Bridgetown, Barbados
Address: The Garrison Historic Area, Hastings | Christ Church, Bridgetown BB15156, Barbados (Formerly Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown)
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint Michael Parish > Bridgetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Bridgetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Courtyard Bridgetown, Barbados 3.5*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The all new Courtyard by Marriott, Bridgetown is a contemporary 118 room Barbados hotel opened in 2011, featuring well appointed guest rooms accommodation with spacious work areas, plush bedding and complimentary high speed internet access. The hotel is located within the well known Garrison district,and across the street from the beach offering beach access to the Coconut Beach with complimentary lounge chairs for guests. The hotel features an outdoor pool, business center, and restaurant. TGI Fridays and a Spa are located next door. The Courtyard is also a short drive from the famous St. Lawrence's Gap. ... more   less 
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