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Coconut Court Beach Hotel
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Hastings
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“was ok but not again”
Reviewed January 31, 2008

we just got back from 11 nights in barbados,this hotel was our last stay as we travelled the west coast staying for 4 or 5 nights in some beautifull hotels so we spent our last two at the coconut court,we looked in the yellow pages and the picture of the hotel looked amazing,so we rang and booked.
well it was nothing like the photo,realy old and run down, lovely staff and super beach,but the hotel looks like one of those old 60s chalet lines !!plus it was full of yobs shouting across the balconeys etc well i suppose as its cheap what do you expect.
so for two days we coped, stayed on the beach all day and ate in our fav resturant Aqua,so if your in your 20s with friends then its for you.

  • Liked — the beach
  • Disliked — the yobs
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2008

We have just spent two weeks at the Coconut Court in Barbados. We arrived in the dark, and our first impression of the hotel was walking into a clean, airy space and a welcoming smile and greeting from the receptionist. Our room looked just like the picture in Virgin's holiday brochure, Barbadian in style, which is what we wanted.

The next evening (after an exhausting day swimming in the turquoise sea and lying on a sunbed shaded by palm trees on the beach) we went to the Managers welcome cocktail party, where we sampled our first delicious rum punch, followed by a traditional bajan buffet, which we really enjoyed.

The food at the hotel is well cooked, well presented, although the menu a bit limited, however the menus are currently under review. Bajan's like their veggies hot and crunchy, which is a bit different to how we eat them in the UK, however, you get used to it!

The staff are the friendliest, most helpful group of people you could meet, all wanting to make sure your stay is an enjoyable one. The Concierge, Sarah, was exceptional in providing information about various trips and activities, and was always interested to know how we got on with the trips we took.

If you go to Barbados and only go on one excursion it has to be Ted's Tour. Ted clearly loves this island, he gives lots of bits of local history as you travel round, and a couple of bits of gossip too. Perfectly timed stops for refreshments and enjoying views, plus a great Bajan lunch. Ted likes to tell a few jokes and on our trip even sang a song - it was a great day out.

The beach at the hotel is kept clean, and there are plenty of sunbeds. The coconut palm trees on the beach provide welcome shade in the heat of the day. The reef off the beach provides calm water for snorkelling, and there are small fish to see. The pool and spa located on the deck of the hotel are both good. Again, on the deck there is a supply of sunbeds and plenty of chairs and tables.

From our room, which was at deck level, we saw a few small lizards scampering around, and we were fascinated by the occasional humming bird who came to feed on the flowers outside our room. The planting around the complex is very good, colourful, and really well maintained.

The location of the hotel is only 10 minutes or so from Bridgetown on the bus, and about three miles to Oistins. Oistins is where 'everyone' goes, particularly on a Friday night to enjoy good, inexpensive food, and a great atmosphere. Get there by 6pm and you may also see the sunset.

There is a well stocked gift shop on site, and even though we looked around shops on our journeys we ended up buying most of our gifts here, the prices are fair.

If we returnto Barbados for a holiday we would happily stay here again.

Jenny and Geoff Harrisson

Stayed January 2008
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scotland
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Reviewed January 25, 2008

Positives: location good for south coast dining etc
Pool and Jacuzzi on site. Helpful staff..snacks fine and breakfast. Beach clean and quiet. couple of nights with a buffet and some local entertainment.

Negatives.. Basic room. 2 cracked panes of glass in our patio doors. balcony chairs old and not comfy. bedding old and very tired. plumbing problem ..took long time to sort out. Too many children, bad mannered and screaming all day.

Think it would be ok for people with children here.
IMO a freshen up in order..spoke to a lot guests who have been coming for years and say same..they looking at other places next vist.
The beds are not for a good nights' sleep unless you have had much rum punch

  • Liked — Location and beach
  • Disliked — Tired and run down
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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7 Thank heblady
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england
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Reviewed January 17, 2008

just back from a week's stay at coconut court and we were very pleased with our choice of hotel.
stayed room only and ate out all the time.
the room was spacious, bright, very clean with an amazing full sea view. the bathroom was a little dated, but very functional. the shower was powerful with plenty of hot water all the time.
the beach was clean and never crowded and the ocean was turquoise blue and never cold. plenty of sunbeds always available.
the staff were very friendly and their attitude even spread to most of the guests, everyone saying "hello" ...
the bar was well stocked and excellent value. the strawberry and peach daquaris were to die for and only $8 US.
we paid for cooked breakfast once but didn't bother again...not that great and the buffet breakfast certainly wasn't woth $12.50.
hired a jeep as wanted our own transport, but rather expensive $100 a day, and you could easily manage without.
st lawrence gap was a great place to eat out any time of day or night, and only 5-10 mins away.
best restaurants were "flying fish" and "picese". the first was lovely. great menu, great views and fantastic friendly service. the second was very special. right on the water and very romtantic and beautful in the evening. staff there treated you very well. more expensive than most places, but well worth it. still good value by uk standards, around $130 US for 2 courses for 2 people with drinks.
the fish everywhere was gorgeous. would reccommend flying fish, barracuda and our favourite was king fish. just ask for it grilled, there's no need to mask the flavour with blackening or breadcrumbs.
went to crane beach...not quite "one of the top 10 beaches in the world" as it's supposed to have been listed as, but non the less, still very beautiful and really worth going to. the sea was amazing. massive waves, aquamarine blue and very soft white sand. you can rent a brolly and 2 loungers for $30 a day.

finally...if you go to the coconut court...make time to talk to tony the guy who stands by the steps leading onto the beach at the hotel. we were there a whole week and he never tried to sell us anything (he makes and sells jewellery on the beach). each time we passed he chatted to everyone with a huge smile on his face. you wouldn't even know he was selling anything! he is there all day every day. we were so humbled by him after speaking to him for longer on our last day. his attitude to life is something else and made us ashamed at the way we are sometimes and of the things that people from busier parts of the world let get to them in life. tony is a very clever and charming man. we wish we could have brought him home with us just to keep us in his frame of mind when the stresses of life get you down! (not that he would ever want to leave there!)
go to coconut court if your idea of a great holiday is a safe clean friendly hotel, with a gorgeous beach and lots to do and see within 30mins of where you're staying. we would certainly go back there again if we decided to return to barbados.

  • Liked — sea views and staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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8 Thank bradybunchEngland
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Utah, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2008

This is our first trip to Barbados and I had read the reviews on this site and found them to be pretty much right on. The rooms were very comfortable and clean. The view from the rooms are unbelievable! The beach is just incredible! The staff at the hotel are all very friendly and helpful, they will do anything to help make your stay the best. The restaurant and bar are very good. I had read how expensive the food was in Barbados but found that the cost of eating out there is similiar to other resort areas. The price for meals were very similiar to a stay at Disney World or ski resorts in Utah. Yes a little pricey but not over the top. We enjoyed the Seafood night at the hotel and the entertainment was fun as well. We enjoyed our stay so much that we extended from one week to 10 days and Judy was absolutely wonderful at finding us a room for our extra 3 days. The staff are like family by the time you leave and we miss them and the beach. Barbados is such a friendly, safe and beautiful island that more than met our expectations. Don't miss the Heatwave Sunset Cruise, Scuba diving or snorkel with Andrew at Eco Dive all which Lisa at the front desk is very helpful at setting up. Don't miss the fantastic sunsets there on the beach at the hotel. As we traveled the island I was always keeping an eye out for a better beach to stay on and I found that the beach at Coconut Court is the best beach. We will definitely be going back to Barbados and will stay at Coconut Court again.

  • Liked — Beach and friendly staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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7 Thank RLDUtah_USA
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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2007

I've just come back from my second trip to Barbados this year. We stayed at the CC and for us, there are enough delightful things about it to offset any negatives. It's a great hotel for the location and price. I agree with everyone who has pointed out that the Bajuns are extraordinarily helpful and friendly. I've been all over the Caribbean, and the customer service here is excellent on so many levels. The Bajans are not pushy or "in your face", but they are very responsive and respectful. Example: We rented a car for one day, that was arranged by the hotel staff and delivered to the hotel. (I wouldn't bother again, because it is so much easier to get around on the busses.) But, toward the end of the day, we encountered a police road block. They were checking vehicles for "road worthiness", which basically means whether the registration was current. Turns out the there was an issue with the registration on our rental , and the police would not let us carry on. They did however, call the car rental company. Within 15 minutes, the manager came personally to pick us up and drove us back to the CC. He refunded the entire charge for the daily rental, offered us another car free of charge for the next day (we declined, had enough of driving) and apologized up one side and down the other for the inconvenience and "trauma."
Though it's just one incident, it could have been a nightmare had it all gone differently.
I also want to point out that even though the CC sits on a lovely beach, there are dozens of beautiful beachs on Barbados. It's one of the reasons why they aren't very crowded. Try Miami Beach, on the south coast, just a bit past Oistins. It is used by locals more than tourists, but it is almost perfect. There is some wave action, just enough to know you're in an ocean; the water is truly pale blue; the sand is white and powdery; you can literally see the sand beneath you when you're in the water (no rocks) ; there's a food vender there (Mr. Delicious beverages and snacks!); bathroom and shower facility; lovely pine trees for partial shade; a chair and umbrella vender ($10 BDs for the day); quiet and sooooo relaxing. Once we discovered this spot, we were there every day. What more could you ask for? Air/hotel packages in the off season are so reasonable now, we'll be back again next summer.

Stayed November 2007
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11 Thank secondtimearound
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troy, n y
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2007

Just got back from a week long vacation at the Coconut Court. I celebrated my birthday there and it was one of my best birthdays ever. The hotel rooms were a little outdated, but not bad. The view from our balcony was beautiful and the hotel setting on the beach was breath taking. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. Sarah, the concierge was right on the money with her suggestions. The Heatwave catamaran cruise was an exceptional value. Great snorkeling, good lunch buffet and a very attentive crew who kept the pina coladas flowing all day.
My birthday dinner was at 39 Steps, a wine bar/restaurant. It was so good that we went back a second time. It was a short walk from the hotel. Like some of the other viewers mentioned, Mama Mia's, the Italian restaurant/deli was great. Don't miss it !
Worth mentioning is that Kelly makes great Bloody Caesars and I took advantage of that at noon time happy hours. Late afternoon, my friends and I certainly enjoyed the bar's specialty drink BBC (Banana, Bailey's and Coconut Cream). The beach dog that was on the beach and in the water everyday captured everyone's attention and stole my friend's heart, who was missing her dog, 'Benny'. Go for it ....you won't be sorry. The bar/restaurant setting made it quite easy mix and mingle with the other guests and have a good time. And Thanks to Janita for a great breakfast buffet every morning.

  • Liked — proximity to beach and pool
  • Disliked — small shower
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
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Property: Coconut Court Beach Hotel
Address: The Garrison Historic Area, Hastings BB15156, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > Hastings
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Coconut Court Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coconut Court Beach Hotel is a family affair. Owned and operated by the Blades family for over four decades, Coconut Court is unpretentious and full of local character and charm. Situated directly on a beautiful beach, adjacent to the South Coast boardwalk in the World Heritage UNESCO district within easy walking distance to historic sites, shops and restaurants. Enjoy happy service and outstanding value with free added value for all guests including roundtrip airport transfers, a bottle of Pirate Punch on arrival, shopping shuttle service from the hotel to Bridgetown and free WIFI. Recently renovated, with 112 spacious hotel rooms that face the ocean, Coconut Court offers great value and a gorgeous beachfront location! All hotel rooms are comfortably furnished with air conditioning, partial kitchenette facilities, cable TV and private balcony. Full self-catering apartments also available for families and long stay visitors in the Annex. (Located off-site). The beautiful beach is shaded with coconut trees with plenty of room for sunbathing. The large protected lagoon is safe for swimming and snorkelling for all ages. The pool deck features a freshwater pool and outdoor Jacuzzi as well as a separate children’s paddling pool. There are 2 restaurants and a beach bar serving lazy lunches and tasty home cooked meals. Weekly entertainment includes live music, Managers Rum Punch Party, Beach BBQ’s and moonlight movies on the beach. Guests can also enjoy daily cocktail specials and happy hours. Book directly with the hotel and Free breakfast buffet is included too! ... more   less 
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