Wow - what can I say - excellent value with the friendliest people. I doubt if you'll find cheaper in the Christchurch area if you book through Expedia ; )
Now I've said that, you won't be getting a 5* room with chocolates on the pillow or an evening "turn-down" for the price. The staff in this hotel are so friendly that any experiences not inline with a certain viewpoint don't really matter. Reception staff are really helpful with any questions & breakfast room staff are very pleasant, although sometimes vacant. For the fortnight (1st -13th Feb 2013) we were there, we had a great room, cleaned every day with fresh towels, new sheets, soap supplied (no shampoo). Beds are comfy, room very spacious & no noise (room 313). I wouldn't say it was basic either; plenty of drawer space, TV for background noise, clock radio, safe (paid), hairdryer & balcony. Wi-fi is hotel wide & free. No problem with signal except when high traffic (6pm).
Beach: 30 seconds walk over from the entrance to a non-commercial small beach with no loungers. You can reach "the Gap" & beaches by walking through the sister hotel "Barbados Beach Club" (3 mins walk) where you can use their facilities. Especially on the last day when you get a key from the desk to shower before you leave, for all you late leavers.
The only downside I can imagine really is the location. You have to walk back to the main-road & then cut in again & walk back in towards the coastline to get into the gap. This is around 20-25 mins walk, but came in handy after those big meals when going back. Private taxi is around BD$20. We tended to walk to the main-road (turning left out of the entrance is shorter & catching a BD$2 ZR sardine bus to the far end of the "Gap" before eating at the great restaurants & walking back. The ZR's come every few minutes - you'll get honked at to see if you need a ride. Have your money ready as trying to reach into your pockets with people sucking your armpits is quite hard. (No ZR's in the actual Gap road). ZR's can also be useful to get to Bridgetown or Oistins (25min walk), same price. Great discovery was the Surfers bar on the way to Oistins that served great coffee & nice atmosphere & view to boot. The Chattel house village in the Gap has a Chinese (where the pizza area is) that serves great vegan food at a very economical price. You will get fed up with the taxi drivers looking for fares.
I'd advise to take a travel kettle (& your own tea) if you're a drinker, although this is provided at breakfast, t-bags there are the weaker type. Coffee... I didn't even go there. Breakfast - Toast is toast. The pastry was made from glue, you may be lucky & get a muffin (thicker glue). Estimated time of arrival for toast is 15mins - bring a book or tablet (maybe a stone one with your name on it, if your elderly). Apparently they have 5 toasters, but only one operator (MIA). We did eat here once in the evening & the king fish was incredible. My vegan wife however didn't have much luck. Bottle of Banks beer - BD$7 - club prices! Breakfast room definitely needs "atmosphere" which could be done quite easily. If you use the gym - open the door for half hour before using - I think they keep the pastries in there.
All in all, Bajans are the friendliest people you'll ever meet (be prepared to give out a few BD$2 to people you bump into), they are always saying hello & generally very pleasant, it was fantastic to feel human again. Check out Oistins on Friday night & Hygraid playing the reggae club every Wednesday. The view over the ocean from the most Northern point is mesmerizing. I'd really like to thank the people of Barbados for making this a holiday to remember. We'll be back.
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