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Blue Horizon
Reviewed January 22, 2008

My friend and I spent 2 weeks at the Blue Horizon hotel in Barbados in January 2008. It is a good basic hotel with fairly nice rooms, good service, and in an ideal location.

Rooms: We stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment which had all you could need: a separate bedroom with queen bed and TV, living area with pull-out queen sofa bed and another TV, table with 4 chairs and the full kitchen with coffee maker, kettle, microwave, stove & fridge, and all plates, utensils etc). The room we had was 314 which is on the top floor (of three) with two terraces, one facing the hotel parking lot, the other facing the street and beach that was great for watching the Bajan life go by. Both had excellent views of the ocean across the street. The street is quite busy so there is a fair amount of noise from the traffic but it did not bother us.

Food: Our included Continental breakfast consisted of juice, coffee or tea, toast, jams and some local bread (banana or coconut). This was fine for us to start the day off. We did not eat any other meals at the hotel.

Service: The service at the hotel was good, both the front desk in helping us change rooms, and the daily maid service which was friendly and efficient.

Pool: There is a pool near the restaurant. We did not use it preferring the ocean.

Grounds/colours: The hotel is quite small but well kept. The only real complaint is we felt the colours of the buildings (bright greens, yellows, pinks, blues) make the hotel appear cheaper than it really is. We felt that more subtle colours would make it appear more upscale. This goes for the colours in the rooms also; they are cheerful but maybe a bit much (dark pink closet doors!).

Beach: The Blue Horizon is located across the street from what we believe is the best beach in Barbados: Accra beach (also called Rockley beach). We swam there just about everyday – wonderful! Beach towels are provided by the hotel.

Location: Perfect. Besides the beach, there are many restaurants you can walk to, all prices from local inexpensive to expensive. Hotel is right on the bus route to Bridgetown or Oistins in the other direction.

Restaurants: We tried several restaurants for dinner including Champers, Josephs, Tides (all had excellent food but expensive) and Wispers (good food but outrageously expensive and not worth it). They all had amazing atmosphere with fantastic views of the sea. Also did Oistins on Friday night which was great (eat at George’s, don’t be put off by the long line up, it is worth it). For lunch, Just Grillin very close to hotel is an excellent choice for local fish, especially the tuna.

Nightlife: Not much near the Blue Horizon. We had a rented car so we went to Holetown most nights. There are many bars and restaurants on First and Second Street. Very lively.

Summary: All in all, we feel the Blue Horizon is a good choice for a hotel in Barbados where you are in an ideal location and can save on the room and spend the saved money on other things such as eating out well.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 22, 2008

I would like to post a review for Blue Horizon Hotel located in Rockley Christ Church in Barbados. Our company travel coordinator booked 2 rooms for myself and my colleague for business. We found our original rooms totally unacceptable upon arrival. My colleague's room smelled like a smoking room. My room had rusty bathroom faucets and dirty toilet. Our replacement rooms weren't any better either. We still had rusty faucets. My room's air conditioning remote control was missing. Service was totally slow at the hotel restaurant, if you can call it that. The food wasn't any good. Housekeeping doesn't replace all the towels you use up...even when you put the towels on the bathroom floor. They do not replace or clean the drinking glass and coffee mugs either when they're used. We each paid $10 US for Internet access for each room daily and bandwidth was throttled down to 10kb/s! This is even slower than dialup! We will not be returning to this hotel and would suggest others to avoid this hotel at all cost. This hotel isn't worth the money. If there's an option to give 0 stars for hotels, I would give this hotel all zeros for each category.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled on business
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2  Thank OdyMan
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Reviewed November 13, 2007

Our flight just got in last night from Barbados. We stayed at the Blue Horizon for seven nights. We had a very peaceful time. This place is very quiet. We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast that came with our package. The provide beach towels, which was fantastic! The beach is literally across the street. Keep an eye out for all kinds of different crabs at the beach, especially the little ones that pop up from the sand as the sun sets. Also near the rocks, you can see more crabs and fish swimming in the water. Some guests actually saw monkeys come right up to the property's vegetation. Monkeys were a great surprise at many of our locations visits in Barbados. The whistling frogs at night are spectacular. Take advantage of their complementary rum during the manager's hosted happy hour once a week. I highly recommend eating at Sweet Potatoe at St. Lawrence Gap and visiting the weekly fish fry on Fridays in Oisten. We enjoyed eating at Bellamy's stand. The macaroni pie, rice and flying fish were excellent. Compliments to mom's special gravy poured over the rice and macaroni pie. I truly enjoyed my stay. Just don't eat at the Light house cafe in Bridgetown. TOO pricey and poor service.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Pink9847
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Reviewed October 16, 2007

My sister and I stayed in this hotel from 10/3 thru 10/10/07 and we both really liked this cute little hotel. True it doesn't have an elevator but we spoke to the manager and he is seriously thinking about installing them. The room was clean and the a/c worked wonderfully especially since it was about 90 - 95 degrees and full humidity. There was a safe, iron & ironing board, small fridge - everything we needed. We had a great breakfast every morning - loved the coconut pancakes - and everyone there was very friendly and helpful - especially the hotel manager. The hotel in centrally located and across from Rockley beach which we both loved. A very nice beach with the most beautiful/pristine aqua water. The hotel is in walking distance of some very nice restaurants in all price ranges (we loved Bert's about 1 block down) along with a drug store, souvenir store and a grocery market. All in all - I would stay in this hotel again. If you are looking for a nice budget priced hotel - then I would recommend the Blue Horizon.

Stayed: October 2007
5  Thank MoMoCh
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Reviewed October 10, 2007

Now when you think of a hotel in the Caribbean’s you expect something small and a bit dingy but Blue Horizon was far from it. It was a very nice hotel with nice size rooms and bathrooms and there are balconies in every room which is a plus! The best thing about the hotel is that it is literally 10 steps away from the beach... Yeah 10 steps and it is within a 3min driving distance from St Lawrence Gap (this is where all the clubs and bars are located). There were numerous shopping areas and resturants across the street from the hotel.

The staff was absolutely wonderful and very helpful. We had breakfast at the hotel every day and the portions were very filling that we didn't bother to eat lunch on a few occasions. I did notice that no one was ever at the pool and it did close at 6pm :(

Trust me if you want to stay in a good hotel and be surrounded by all the hotspots( shopping area, beach, clubs, bars, resturants) this hotel would be ideal.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank ladykill2
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Reviewed October 1, 2007

I went to Barbados for weekend visit. The room at the Blue Horizon was ok, the low mark is because of the bathroom it needs to be completely redone. The bathtub tiles were broken and the shower did not work. I had to wait for the warm water. The staff was friendly especially the restaurant staff and the night security. And the proximity to the beach is incredible, just across the road. Not sure I would stay there again, but it was a was a good value for what I needed at the time

Stayed: September 2007
2  Thank jamdowngal
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Reviewed August 1, 2007

My mother and I booked our four night stay at the Blue Horizon through Travelocity's last minute deals package, so I didn't know what to expect--but after our stay, I would definitely go back to this hotel again. If you are looking for a small, comfortable, clean, pretty, Bajan-style hotel that is a stone's throw from one of the best beaches on Barbados, then this hotel is for you. It is not a large, posh resort, and don't stay there for the swimming pool. (They have one, it's just nothing unusual) However, it fit our needs perfectly:
1) The staff was very friendly and helpful. My mother spoke to them several times about arranging trips around the island. They even started making calls for us at 7 in the morning.
2) The lobby, room, and premises were clean, bright, and have an island flair. The buildings are painted bright colors, and our room had a lovely beachy feel to it.
3) The hotel is literally right across the street from Accra beach, known as one of the top beaches on the island. It was a pleasure to walk to the beach in the morning or evening without having to lug a huge bag. The beach is laid-back, family oriented, and boasts that white sand and aquamarine water you've been hearing about.
4) The Blue Horizon is also in an excellent location on the island. There were many, many restaurants within walking distance (read: less than 5 minutes) of the hotel, on a lively street which feels safe because of all the people and shops. Next door there are two fast food restaurants if you want quick and cheap; two minutes in the other direction is Champers, a very expensive, very beautiful location with extremely good food. The hotel is also right on a major bus route that takes you easily to Oistins for Friday's famous fish fry or to Bridgetown. There is even a small shopping center next door where you can pick up anything you might need.

Potential negatives or "eh"s:
1) Our room was on the third floor, and there isn't an elevator in our part of the building (where the rooms faced the ocean. Cool view!) There may be one in the other part of the building. If you have limited mobility, it may be hard to get around. That being said, my 62 year old mother did fine.
2) Continental breakfast is included, but continental breakfast was some juice/ coffee and a basket of toast. Not very filling. But, if you're willing to pay just a little bit you can have pancakes, eggs, etc etc.
3) This is not a fancy resort with water sports or a happening restaurant and bar. But if you're looking for relatively cheap (don't know how much exactly because we got it with the package), clean, pretty, well situated hotel-- then come check out the Blue Horizon!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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Address: Rockley Beach 1, Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #39 of 50 Hotels in Christ Church Parish
Price Range: $151 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Horizon 3*
Number of rooms: 70
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