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Overall excellent relaxing time
During early February I spent a weekat Silver Point Hotel - travelling alone from the USA to do some surfing - and had an overall outstanding experience. Here are some observations that may be of interest to others:
Location - It is very close to the beach (technically not beachfront but close enough for me - 1 minute walk.) I stayed in one of the top-floor units, which had an incredibly awesome view. It is true that the surrounding neighborhood may be a little run down, but so are many parts of the island. I had no problems whatsoever, the hotel security was excellent, and I felt completely secure on the hotel property. I also liked the fact that the hotel was "off the beaten path" and close to great surf spots. It had a more authentic island feel to it, instead of the stereotypical cloistered touristy resort. In my opinion, a rental car is a must if staying at this location, unless you don't mind very long walks or numerous cab rides everywhere. Yes, there is construction on the phase two of the hotel going on across the street, but it didn't bother me much because it's daytime activity that's not going on within the phase one property.
Restaurant and Bar - EXCELLENT. First-class food at the restaurant and for room service. The service was absolutely outstanding and very friendly. Rochelle and Brenda were extremely friendly and helpful (so were others, but forgive me for not recalling all the names.) The restaurant is open-air, casual, and upscale all at the same time.
Pool/Fitness - Yes, it is small; however, there aren't large crowds of people hanging out by the pool because there are only 15 units in the entire hotel (at least this initial phase.) The only way in which the pool may be a problem for some is if you expect to swim laps for a workout. There is no fitness center on the property, but most people staying there seem to go for water sports at the beach and ocean, so, again, not necessarily a problem.
Rooms - The rooms were impeccably clean and comfortable, and the housekeeping service was outstanding. The bedroom has A/C, while the living area does not, but that is not a problem, because there is almost always a great breeze to be enjoyed in the living area and on the balcony/porch.
Atmosphere - It was also excellent. It can work well for single travellers or couples, although it may be more of a challenge if you're bringing children, because this part of the island doesn't really cater to activities for small children.
Price/Value - I was able to get what I thought to be a very reasonable rate through Expedia. Overall some may consider it to be expensive, but it was much more affordable than some of the big island resorts than the Hilton and much more unique.
Nightlife - the bar at night was a great place to relax. I didn't spend all 7 nights of my time there, but maybe 3 or 4, and it was a great laid-back atmosphere. If you are looking for a massive party scene, this is not it, and you will have to drive 15 minutes or more to St. Lawrence Gap for that, but that didn't bother me. I asked around to other surfers about good places to go, and I was able to find a few within walking distance or less than 5 minute drive, and there's even a "surf bar" across the street as well as another restaurant/bar just a few hundred yards down the street. All of these places were friendly and had an authentic feel, catering to a lot of European surfers.
The only minor problem I had was that the phone in my room had difficulty making outside calls, but I didn't need it much, and the few times I did, the hotel operator kindly assisted me.
I would definitely recommend this hotel for anyone looking for a more secluded location very close to the beach and for an authentic island surfing/beach/water sports/adventure travel experience. If you are looking for the typical American hotel/resort experience - loud, large crowds, modern conveniences and dozens of stores and markets within and surrounding your hotel, then it's probably not for you, but you'd miss out on a unique travel experience.
Very nice hotel, not so nice neighborhood, ridiculous pool
The Hotel is very nice. The rooms are beautiful, clean and the service is excellent. Everyone is nice and helpful. They don't go by the book - they offer a customized service. But 2 major problems: First, the hotel is in the middle of nowhere unless you're a kite surfer. The neighborhood is pretty bad and the beach is OK, but you can't really swim. Second, the pool is ridiculously small. It's not a pool, it's more like a bath. Overall, it's a nice hotel if you like to be off the beaten path, but not if you're a resort type of person who wants to enjoy the pool. I would certainly go back for the quality of the room and the service, but I would only recommend the hotel to certain type of people. It's not a hotel that fits the majority.
A bit overpriced but nice
We had a ocean view room, well sort of...the ocean was mostly blocked by phase two of their hotel across the street..The staff was very nice, room was spotless, food was great..You had to climb through a hole in the gate across the street and walk through the construction site to get to a very nice beach..I probably wouldn't stay there again due to the high room prices, I think there are alot of other hotels in Barbados with better accomodations at the price they charged me.
Great time at Silver Point
My wife and I had a great time at this fairly upscale hotel. Our room had an ocean view as advertised and the surf and wind on the south side of the island is very refreshing. The beach is a couple doors down and across the street from the hotel. It was perfect for us: plenty of wave action, clean beach and perfect conditions for kite surfing. This spot on the island is quiet, with little traffic and noise.
The hotel room was first class and the service very friendly. The food at the hotel is very, very good. But the menu is a little limited, if you're staying for a week and there aren't many other restaurant choices nearby. Also the wireless internet setup is iffy; our room needed a "range extender" which only helped when it was set up on the balcony. These minor caveats aside, we had a great stay.
Boutique hotel in Barbados
An excellent example of a small, boutique hotel with friendly service, a good restaurant on the premises and reasonable priced through an internet booking site. All suite accomodations, the hotel is across from the beach and partially blocked by the previous Silver Rock Hotel, now under complete renovation and thus a construction site. The beach itself is located on the S.E. point ,windy and favored by kite boarders and windsurfers. It is somewhat isolated, you can walk to Oistins but better to rent a car. Minutes from Lawrence Gap and all the activity. It is not for everyone, if you like nightlife, a more sheltered beach or the vistas of the East Coast than this is not the place for you.
great but definetely misleading!
When our car pulled up at Silver Point we were totally shocked as this was not what we were expected. The website is very misleading. We were "led to believe" that the hotel is on the beach in a secluded location! It is accross the road directly behind a construction site. The secluded area is in the middle of a run down neighborhood. We would have left straight away but we were too tired. The pool is the size of a postage stamp!
That aside our room was lovely and had an ocean view (with construction site accents!). The best things about Silver Point are the service which is definetely the best in the Caribbean (& we have travelled extensivley). All of the staff are incredibly friendly & happy to help. The food is fantastic. A couple of times we dined out at some of Barbados' best restaurants & without a doubt the food at Silver Point was better. The only thing was the menu was a bit limited if you were staying for a while & could benefit from some daily specials. Our room was also very large & nicely appointed. Strangely there was no air conditioning in the living area however this was a minor point.
Without a doubt once the beach front section is finished the hotel will be lovely & I just hope they can maintain the high standards they have at the moment.
This is a true gem - i'd recommend it completely.
The service is superb - all of the staff are friendly, and nothing is too much trouble. The bar/restaurant area is nicely furnished with a nice outlook across the pool [yes it's small, but perfect for cooling off and relaxing in.
The room was lovely, spotlessly clean. A good size living room with surnished terrace which has sea views. Bedroom was nice and simply decorated with a/c.
The hotel is hidden away, but just a short taxi ride to St Lawrence Gap or the airport.
Loved it, and will be returning soon.
GORGEOUS hotel, WONDERFUL staff
My boyfriend and I had an excellent time at Silverpoint. The hotel is beautiful and the staff is incredibly helpful, friendly, and fun.
The accomodations are great-the furniture is nice, there's a flatscreen TV, comfy bed, kitchen. There is free wireless internet and the hotel even has a laptop you can use. The restaurant is wonderful for lunch and dinner especially-with some of the best prices for great food. In addition, the bartenders are exceptionally nice and whip up some awesome drinks.
The hotel is located right across from the beach-less than a minute walk away-and the beach is beautiful. (The hotel supplies beach towels). There aren't too many people around whereas in other more touristy areas the beaches get packed.
We would definitely stay at Silverpoint again!
Hidden Caribbean Treasure
The Silver Point is not easy to find (if you are driving), but the search is definitely worthwhile. A mad influx of cricket fans into Barbados forced me to search for a hotel rather than return to any that I had previously used AND I thank them for it. The hotel is a beautifully refurbished apartment building, very tastefully done, bedroom, bathroom and spacious lounge with large flat screen TV and with full kitchen facilities and just steps from the beach and ocean (on site small pool and sun-bathing area currently). The staff and management offered an exceptional level of service and friendliness. When I could not get the free wifi internet in my suite they immediately produced and indeed offered to come and set up an expander which worked perfectly. The restaurant, though currently small, offered very good food at good prices. What more could a traveller want. Apparently the management think, just a little more because the building opposite which actually fronts the beach (you walk through the side of it currently to the beach) is being refurbished in like manner and here there will be a much grander ocean front restaurant as well as more rooms and a great sun deck and swimming pool. I can't wait to return. Terry UK (World traveller).
Down with the Bajans
"Boutique Hotel and Food"
We found a great deal at the Silver Point Hotel in Christ Church Barbados, and what we found was lovely!
Having been remodeled and renamed from the former Silver Rock Resort this place is a great getaway from the partying scene in Barbados and not nearly as pricey as the Crane.
The hotel though can make some additions, which would make it virtually perfect - change the lighting the bathroom - they have that dreary white flourescent lights. Add full lengh mirror and some additional mirrors in the room. The only mirror was in the bathroom and it wasn't full length so picture three women trying to share this mirror! An a/c unit in the living room area, some additional bedding for the pull out bed, TOWELS!!!!
What was up with the towels, not very good quality and not enough!!! They have LCD TV in the Living Room but the reception was poor. They definetly need to have someone from the front desk all night, and not turn over to the sleeping gate keeper. But these details can be fixed and the hotel can becomed WONDERFUL!!!!
What they do have now that is absolutely the best the Chef Craig I believe was his name. ABSOLUTELY THE BEST IN BARBADOS!!!!!! We ate everywhere in Barbados - Naniki (super disappointing a rip-off), The Restautant at Sea (super expensive and the food mariginal), by far the restaurant at the hotel was the BEST!!!! We ate brekkie, lunch, and dinner, and there was not one disappointing meal. The Chef has studied in a culinary institute in Canada, and it shows. The brekkie, OMG the potatoes were lovely, the Coconut Shrimp came with a seaweed salad. ALL THE FOOD WAS THE BEST!!!! This is coming from some picky women who have eaten all over the world from cheap to high end, and this was of the best, topped only by Europeo Restautrant in Santiago, Chile and Fish in Hong Kong!!!! In an island of expensive restaurants, the place to eat is in the Silver Point Hotel Restaurant. The menu is not extensive, but I am sure Chef Craig and conjure up a special menu upon request in advance for your candlelight dinner.
View from Catamaran
Fantastic views even on a horrible day
Street art showing the Jeep Safari
How is Barbados weather in October?
I booked a trip for October in Barbados. We are staying at Christ Church (Silver Point Hotel.) I realize that it's rainy season, however, I don't know just how bad the rain is there. Any input? Thank you kindly!
Re: How is Barbados weather in October?
The weather during this season varies from year to year, but generally October is a reasonable month when it comes to weather usually not a lot of rain unless a late tropical depression is forecasted but more sunshine than anything especially going in to November.