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11 Fine Days at Savannah
Spent 9 Feb through 19 Feb, 2005 at the Savannah Hotel, Barbados. Good location just outside Bridgetown near Barbados Museum.
Paid full high season rack rate of $300 per night for a "deluxe" room in the renovated garrison building: one flight stairs necessary to get to the main level and subsequently use the elevator but porter available for luggage. Received a corner road frontage room but it was enormous, with queen sized bed with excellent mattress and linens, high ceilings, superior airconditioning and high windows with little traffic noise. Huge bathroom with tub and hair dryer as well. Furnished also with mahogany chaise, room safe, minifridge, table and chairs, reading lamps, shelved closets with louvered doors, basic cable, etc. Since all hallways are open to the tradewinds the sisal hall rugs were a bit stained but the decor was appropriate. Contrary to prior reviews, the room (from bedlinens to bath) was immaculately kept.
The pools and lush plantings were the highlight. The paint and sweeping brigades were out every morning touching up the inevitable weathering and raking the foliage off the beach sand. Small beach with nice shade but shallow and rocky--while good splash pool for kids, definitely bring tevas and be prepared to take a short walk for deeper swimming. Lovely garden by outside bar to lunch in unless it's Sunday and the Bajan weekend warriors are taking rifle practice at the garrison next door. Well-prepared and reasonable tropical drinks and Banks Beer! Pools were immaculate and included very nice metal chaises with cushions and a good number of umbrellas. Could walk out of the higher priced rooms onto your porch or balcony and into the serpentine pool.
Used the free Internet access in the business section and had a Swedish massage with Sirius at the Spa, who was very competent. Continental breakfast was a bit thin: juice, cereal, toast and small pastries. Should have been some fruit offerings in the fruit capital of the hemisphere. Hot breakfasts were available at extra cost and included some excellent Bajan fish and 'bakes." Some of the breakfast staff didn't seem to want to be there.....Dinners were very good, especially the cold soups and fish selections. Service was improved in the evenings and room service was fast and reasonable. Free manager cocktail party and wine and cheese tastings, as well as "theme" nights and some Bajan specialty lunch buffets.
Gift shop was open hit-or-miss and expensive; did not use exercise facilities and main visitor complaint seemed to be lack of beach towels provided. I used my oversized room towel without question or problem.
Taxi rides into town and to St. Lawrence Gap were readily available--taxis either lurking in the parking lot or a phone call away by the staff ($15 Bajan seemed to be the usual rate). Bajan and US dollars accepted in any combination.
Staff answered about 17 minutes of my many day trip questions and made some good recommendations (they get no commissions). They also contracted with Carson, who had an airconditioned van and great personality, whom I used for a 7 hour comprehensive driving tour of what I wanted to see on the island ($30 per hour American). Worth it to circumnavigate and criss cross a small island with minimal street signs and got a lot of political and social commentary also. Staff was also very good in relaying messages from my off-island tours.
Sure, sometimes I had to wave down a waitress for some cream or watch the fountains for a few minutes until I could do a room charge for lunch. But I found that in almost every restaurant and shop. The closer is: say something nice about Barbados and you'll get plenty of attention.
One last thought: wish Gems of Barbados would negotiate reduced rates for long stays, even if it is high season. Didn't require maid service every day and tended to eat in every third day, which should have been a trade off.
A relaxing experience
We stayed at the Savannah in March 2004. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. The staff are friendly and efficient, the view from the restaurant is wonderful and the whole experience was so relaxing - the lack of children probably had something to do with that. It was certainly not like a holiday resort type of hotel, being extremely quiet and low key, just what we like. We could find very little to fault it - even internet access was free!
Quiet and relaxing
We made a mistake by not getting a Deluxe room when I made the reservations. The furniture needed to be updated. I imediately asked for an up grade to the newer section of the hotel, which luckly was available. These rooms were very nice, but the bathrooms did not seem clean, there was mold around the tub and walls. From the ouside of the hotel it is dissappointing, but once inside it is like you are in another world. The beach is small, quite but relaxing. Most of the staff were nice.
Spent 8 days here Nov. 14-22. Very disappointing hotel (2.5 star at best) on a very disappointing island. The "deluxe" room in the new section (we had read warnings about the old section) was nicely decorated. The bathroom was small and dirty and badly in need of renovation. Service was inconsistent - sometimes very good, sometimes non-existent. I've seen nicer lobbies in 30-year-old Holiday Inns. View of pool (also dirty) good from every room but beach view very limited. Speaking of the beach - very tiny and often found to be dirty. Outside of the hotel restaurant the only other decent place to eat within any reasonable distance was the Brown Sugar. The next best choice was a KFC (they do deliver but an 8 piece bucket is $30.00 US). The island, in general, can best be described as a third world country- not a vacation resort by any stretch of the imagination. Squalor is abundant. By mid-week we were counting the days to return home.
If one had to stay on Barbados, there are many worse hotels. But if choosing a vacation destination, I would not recommend this island.
We spent five nights at the Savannah during their low season (end of May 2004). Overally, we were impressed by our room in the new wing. It had a great view of the pool with a nice breeze. The rooms had cathedral like cielings with much attention to detail. However, our sofa, chair and decoratvie pillows were stained. The service was fair and a bit slow at times. There is a great gym with cybex cardio and weight equipment but it is very cold in the gym. The hotel is centrally located and was close to shops, restaurants, the Gap and Bridgetown. There is also a horse race track within walking distance where you could watch Saturday races or walk around the track with the locals for exercise. The restaurant has a stunning view of the ocean and pool. It can make for a romantic atmosphere. Continental breakfast is good but service is slow. We would stay there again for the rooms and its central location.
Do not ignore the bad reviews-they are ALL TRUE. My fiance and I were so excited to go here since the pictures we saw of the hotel were beautiful and we were confident it would be pleasant since it was rated four stars. But our stay at The Savannah ended up being the absolute WORST hotel experience ever. The service was TERRIBLE all around. The hotel staff was unbelievably rude. We had so many problems with our room. The bathroom was digusting. The bathroom tub did not drain! By the time you got out of the shower the water was up to your knees. The toilet did not flush and got so clogged up that we resorted to using the public restrooms!!! The pillow covers smelled like wet dog. The air conditioner did not go above 78 degrees so it was always rather warm in the room. We reported all these problems to the staff numerous times both via phone and in person, but nothing ever got fixed. Their continental breakfast was a huge JOKE. It took forever to get seated in an empty restaurant and the staff was so rude and slow. Don't count on even getting a glass of water-you are lucky if any staff even looks your way. By the time we finished eating, we still had not gotten our drink orders. DO NOT STAY HERE-YOU WILL DEFINITELY REGRET IT!!!
This hotel is the classic "bait-and-switch" - the rooms and facilities look great on the Web but it is another story when you get there. It is far from everything, the beach is tiny and gross, the room is small, the bathroom is dirty and the service is poor. The gym is in a small windowless room, and most of the machines were broken. We were so looking forward to this vacation and were sorely disappointed. We ended up moving to the Fairmont Glitter Bay (at significant expense) and salvaging the rest of our trip - the Glitter Bay was beautiful. I didn't understand why anyone would say Barbados was nice until we moved to the Fairmont - then I thought it was one of the nicest places I'd ever been. If you are looking for a bargain hotel, the Savannah is probably a good deal - but if you are really looking for a resort with a beach and facilities, go elsewhere.
Stylish and friendly hotel
We stayed at the Savannah in March and enjoyed a comfortable stay in an excellent room in one of the new wings. In contrast to some reviewers we found the staff efficient and friendly especially bearing in mind the hotel was full during the West Indies v England cricket. The restaurant was perhaps a bit expensive although the food was perfectly good. There are plenty of good restaurants nearby however. I am puzzled to read some of the reviews which seem to me to tell me more about the reviewer's attitudes and less about the hotel itself. What it isn't is a "resort hotel" however.
Loved the savannah
Savannah was our first trip to the caribbean and we loved it. We stayed in the newer wings, rooms are very attractively furnished, with balconies and sea views - definitely recommended we saw some of the older rooms in the main house and they were nowhere near as nice. Very high standard accommodation in the newer rooms. Fantastic location on a stunning and normally deserted beach, clear sea (strong tides) and a wonderful location to sit with a cocktail and watch the sun set - bliss! Hotel restaurant had lovely views over to the sea. Food good, service slow as you would expect everywhere in caribbean. Managers cocktail party was fun! Staff very friendly. Hotel is just a short bus ride (yes we braved the local buses- crammed in with 15 others!) or taxi ride away from fantastic restaurants - the food was exceptionally good everywhere we went, restuarants on boardwalks overlooking the sea, balmy evenings, potent cocktails (careful with the rum punch!) but the food is expensive in the top restaurants although well worth it. The food in the hotel was of a good standard. We went on a jeep safari around the island - excellent. The island does have some vacant lots, litter issues etc but it is well worth getting out and exploring. Also did introductory scuba dive - good but you could probably see just as much snorkelling. Did boat trip to see turtles - excellent snorkelling. We loved barbados and the savannah was perfect - 100% recommended.
Ignore the bad reviews
We booked into the Savannah and THEN read the reviews, and to be honest we were pretty worried but there was no need to be. Our room was in the new section on the ground floor, and it was perfect. We had a great view of the ocean, and we were a stone's throw from the pool and the bar. This is not like a "cookie-cutter" hotel, so don't expect every room to be identical, but it has great character. As for the complaints about the speed of service, slow down! You may not get your drink as quickly as you would like, but look around you at the white sand and turquoise sea and you'll wonder what anyone could possibly have to complain about.
Me with a full glass.......it doesnt last long....
The Savannah Hotel
We are traveling to Barbados in April and have booked the Savannah Hotel. Can anyone give us any feedback? Two adults, no children.
Also looking for a romantic fancy place for dining out; any suggestions?
RE: The Savannah Hotel
You should read the reviews on tripadvisor.com
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Thanks, I have, getting mixed reviews. Any ideas for restaurants at night?
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No. I too am in the planning stages of a trip to barbados. I have never been but that place dosen't get very good reviews.
Tripadvisor is a useful tool to screen places, I think. When there are so many bad reviews it raises a red flag for me.
But, I have been to great hotels that got one or two bad reviews on trip advisor.
RE: The Savannah Hotel
I've never stayed at Savannah, but have been advised to make sure you get a "new" room (not one in the "old" part of the hotel.
As for restaurants.. fancy and romantic, I would suggest The Restaurant at SouthSea in St. Lawrence Gap. Or try The Cliff on the west coast.