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“The essence of heaven”
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The Crane Resort
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Baltimore, Maryland
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53 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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“The essence of heaven”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

The essence of The Crane experience is not just about the accommodation, the service, the restaurants. It is a whole experience about natural beauty of the sea and the foliage, warm hospitality, serenity, tranquility and ultimately luxury. The beach itself is so beautiful, pink sand and azure colors, not for calm swimming, the waves are not for the tame but invigorating. An evening at Zen or L'Azure overlooking the beach will fill you with awe. If Angus shows up on the menu it is distinguished, very spicy and reserved. Follow that with a walk on the grounds under natural foliage, sounds of the rain-forest and a glimpse of the stars. Don't forget to stop at the cafe for a treat, (ask Keke for Dawn's coconut cake next time). I made my reservation on a whim and will be back next October for another spell. The resort has families and many young couples but you will be comfortable solo (just dress nicely and smile). If you want nightlife arrange a taxi to The Gap or downtown Bridgetown.

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet and luxurious. If you want a beach view select that but the garden views are l...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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CraneGM, General Manager at The Crane Resort, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Dear biarritzblue,

We couldn’t have said it any better! The very essence of The Crane experience is indeed the natural beauty of the sea and foliage, warm hospitality, serenity, tranquillity and ultimately luxury.

It certainly sounds as though you have fallen in love with The Crane and everything it offers. We were especially pleased by your wonderful comments about our food & beverage offerings, specifically Zen, L’Azure and The Village Café.

Thank you for taking the time to post this terrific review. It was truly a pleasure to welcome you and we look forward to your return in October 2013!

Warm wishes,
Michael Phillips
General Manager
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

The room, facilities, staff are all top class. Easy decision, we will go back. The crane beach is just a lift away (yes an actual lift to the beach), the restaurants are first class and they even have a town hall.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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CraneGM, General Manager at The Crane Resort, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Dear Iain C,

Thank you for taking the time to post this brief but fantastic review. We are thrilled you enjoyed many of the physical features of The Crane – the Beach Elevator in particular!

We are pleased your decision to return is an easy one and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Warm wishes,
Michael Phillips
General Manager
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Trinidad
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

I had the good fortune to attend a four day workshop hosted by The Crane in Oct 2012 and my husband and 2 yr old daughter tagged along. The room we stayed in was one of the older rooms and a junior suite. It was large and comfortable and on the ground floor. There was a large bedroom with access to the patio and a large bathroom with; an enclosed toilet, a double vanity, a Jacuzzi type tub and a separate shower. The was also loads of storage closets and drawers in the bathroom.

There was a full (but small) kitchen, with full sized appliances, that was open to the living/ding area which was also connected to the large patio. The entire room was beautifully furnished and decorated.The was also another toilet with a small shower in the living area and a fold out couch.The patio had a great view and its own plunge pool.

The AC in the room did not work well, but we survived with sea breeze and a ceiling fan. There were mosquitoes and my daughter (age 2 yrs) was covered in bites from head to toe by the second day. Even with these inconveniences, the property and rooms were still a pleasure to make use of. In addition to the plunge pool in our room there were a few large pools around the property at least one with a shallow area for toddlers. The beach was off a cliff that you could take an elevator down if needed. Beautiful to look at with white powdery sand, but with some rough waters.

The property is out of the way, not around the city or other hotels, but is nicely self contained with a general store, a bar, three restaurants,a coffee/dessert shop and stores like Colombian Emeralds and Cave Sheppards on site. It is also a timeshare property, but there was no harassment at all to buy.

All in all a great stay, and I'm sure we'll be back.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good- I hear some have been recently updated- so you may want to ask for one of th...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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CraneGM, General Manager at The Crane Resort, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Dear Caribwoman,

Thank you for taking the time to post this great review. It certainly sounds as though you were pleased overall with the physical features of The Crane and of your suite in particular.

However, we do apologise for the minor inconveniences presented by the AC and mosquitoes. We do wish you had informed your Residence Manager, as she would have provided mosquito repellent and nets as well as additional standing fans or a portable AC unit if the problem could not be rectified during your stay.

Crane Beach is indeed beautiful to look at and you’ll be pleased to learn that it is also the safest swimming venue on this side of the island with a natural encircling coral reef which breaks the waves.

It was our pleasure to welcome you and we do hope you’ll return soon – next time, for a pleasure trip!

Warm wishes,
Michael Phillips
General Manager
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Temecula, California
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Our 2nd night in room 941A which is a 1 bdrm with plunge pool in BLDG 9 next to the elevator to the beach and a stones throw from ZEN and L'Azure restaurants. Both restaurants rate a 4 out of 5. The furnishing and fitting couldn't be better and the service we've received is top shelf. Cudos to everyone from the taxi shuttle (Junior of JR's) to the front desk staff who made our check-in after a long flight very smooth and easy. They are eager to please and will do well with a couple like us or a small group arriving for a memorable wedding event.

The beach is a delight and easy to reach in the elevator. The staff is helpful and ready to please.

Cudos also to the maintenance, housekeeping and grounds staff who work tirelessly to keep the property in 5 star condition.

This is officially my wife's NUMBER ONE in the Caribbean so far.

Room Tip: Get a room with a plunge pool. Stock up the fridge off site at Crystal City market.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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CraneGM, General Manager at The Crane Resort, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Dear CaptainTar,

We are thrilled your wife holds us in such high regard! It was our pleasure to welcome you to The Crane and we are delighted you enjoyed your smooth check-in process with our Front Office team. From check-in to check-out, each member of team strives to ensure that our guests have fantastic vacation experiences.

Thank you for taking the time to post this rave review of our property and our staff! Everyone was delighted to be recognised for their contributions in maintaining the beauty of the resort.

Don’t become strangers! We all look forward to a speedy return.

Warm wishes,
Michael Phillips
General Manager
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Elmsford, New York, United States
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

My husband and I came here for our honeymoon. We stayed a week and was not ready to leave once our time in Barbados was up. The staff at the Crane was great! Everyone was so warm and friendly. We had the best service staying at The Crane. We will definitely stay there again when we return back to Barbados!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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CraneGM, General Manager at The Crane Resort, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Dear Trena H,

Congratulations on your recent nuptials and thank you for your glowing description of our staff. All employees here take a genuine interest in the well-being of our guests and often go to great lengths to ensure that their needs are met and surpassed!

We were sorry to see you go and look forward to your return – next time for a longer stay.

Warm wishes,
Michael Phillips
General Manager
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United States
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Stayed here a month ago for 12 days while we got married and honeymooned. Can not say enough about the process of getting married there in regards to the easy of planing not to mention how amazing the event was for us and our friends. The beach wedding was beautiful and could not have been done better. Everything we asked for was done and then some... we could not be more thankful to the staff who made the event so special. We can't wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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CraneGM, General Manager at The Crane Resort, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Dear Robert P,

Congratulations on your recent nuptials! It was our Wedding Coordinator’s pleasure to ensure everything was fantastic for your wedding on Crane Beach. Each year, many couples choose The Crane for their destination weddings due to our famed naturally beautiful surroundings and the extreme friendliness of our employees.

Thank you for choosing The Crane. We look forward to welcoming you back – perhaps for your 1st anniversary celebration!

Warm wishes,
Michael Phillips
General Manager
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Bridgetown, Barbados
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We spent a week at The Crane and stayed in a ground floor unit with it's own magical garden, jacuzzi, pool and gazebo. Great service all round. A variety of restaurants to chose from. A little home away from home. Can't wait to return!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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CraneGM, General Manager at The Crane Resort, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Dear Camille H,

Thank you for this brief but fantastic review. It is always our pleasure to welcome Barbadians to The Crane. We have definitely created a “home away with home” here on the island’s beautiful South East coast.

We look forward to your return!

Warm wishes,
Michael Phillips
General Manager
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Property: The Crane Resort
Address: Crane Beach | Bridgetown, BB18079, Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint Philip Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Saint Philip Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Crane Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 252
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1887, The Crane Resort has overlooked the pink sands and turquoise waters of Crane Beach - one of the top 10 beaches in the world as rated by the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and most recently named the "Best Beach in the Caribbean" by USA Today's 10Best Readers Choice 2015. Set on Barbados' beautiful South East coast, the oldest operating hotel in the Caribbean has effortlessly married the old-world charm of its past, to all the 21st century amenities and services expected by today's most discerning travellers. Guests are spoilt for choice with ultra-spacious one and two-bedroom suites, and three bedroom penthouses, many featuring lush gardens, private pools and rooftop terraces. There are also several fantastic dining options, including Zen, the No.1 Zagat rated restaurant in Barbados, which features Thai and Japanese cuisine, L'Azure which offers Caribbean delicacies with an international flair, The Carriage House which offers poolside favourites, D'Onofrio's, the Italian restaurant and The Grove Bar and Grill on Crane Beach which offers light grilled fare. The centre-piece of it all is The Crane Village - 55,000 sq. ft. of retail space complete with duty-free shopping, a Jazz bar, open-air dining, a fitness centre, day spa, an art gallery and the newly opened Calypso Kid's Club catering to younger guests. Guests also enjoy complimentary WiFi in all guest rooms and around the resort - even on Crane Beach - and complimentary long-distance calls to most international destinations. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Crane Residential Hotel Saint Philip
Crane Hotel Saint Philip
Crane Saint Philip
Crane Barbados
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Crane Hotel Barbados
Crane Resort Barbados
The Crane Resort Barbados/Saint Philip Parish

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