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Worst vacation ever
I visited Time Out at The Gap last year also. However, the trip this year was a total disaster.
It started of when we asked the front desk if we were able to get the four or even two rooms in succession on the ground floor as we requested. The said, no...They did not check or even pretended to check for availability.
The service stunk, beach towels were never available o.k...However regular towels were difficult to come by also..I had to use my T-shirt on one occasion.
OOPS, they forgot to mention the heavy construction around the hotel...Don't take your slippers..rain,mud,slippers...get the picture.
Did I mentioned the phone calls to our rooms to verify which person is in which room...
Anyway my stay was supposed to be from July 26
to Aug 2nd ..I checked out on July 29th and the rest of the crew left on July 30th..
Barbados no more...
i can only disagree with the review i hav just read, i stayed for 14 nights and found the staff to be helpful, polite ,and courteous. The beach was truly amazing not murky or diirty,the cleanliness of the hotel was fine i didnt experiance bugs or dead frogs in the room. We can,t please everyone and americans need to view there own hotels before writting reviews.....
I loved ot!
I went to Barbados for cropover and I stayed at Time Out, all I can say is that it was the best vacation I had in a long time. The staff was friendly and the place was beautiful. The great thing about the hotel for me is the loction, the nightlife was fantastic. I could just walk do the road to the Ship Inn or After Dark and the good thing is that it is not too close, so if you want to have a quiet night in you won't be disturbed by the music.
Great Stay at Time Out
We recently stayed at Time Out from 9/23-27. The staff was very courteous, and took time to answer questions regarding what to expect at certain locations, like the capital and Bathsheeba. Having read some negative postings regarding Time Out prior to our arrival I was concerned but found them to be unwarranted. The room was very clean, and maintained on a daily basis. There is a nice pool footsteps from the rooms. The adjoining restaurant, Whistling Frog, is nice and the prices are typical tourist oriented.
The beach, Dover, is across the street from the hotel and is very nice. The water was tourquois, warm, and waves were moderate. There were plenty of people out and about, and I never saw anyone being bothered.
There is a construction project involving large scale plumbing on the street, but is only an impediment if you are driving and even then there are minor detours. If anything it's safer to walk because of the street closure. There is a convenient food mart three blocks away that is open late (possibly overnight). There is also a souvenir shop two blocks away that should not be overlooked, especially if you forget to buy items in Bridgetown. There are some local males which hang out after 9 PM by the beach entrance which may startle some, but we were never approached nor harassed by them.
Apart from the Whistling Frog, there are several restaurants near the souvneir shop but we never ate there. There is a nice Chinese restaurant 5 minutes away by foot on the main highway, #7, which I recommend. There is also a gas station/food mart a hundred yards south.
If you wish to head into Bridgetown, catch the Bridgetown-bound bus at the stop across from the Chinese restaurant for the 20 minute ride. There is also a wider selection of restaurants 5 minutes away from the bust stop along the highway 7 route, including a mini mall.
Overall, Time Out was worth the stay and I would clearly stay there again.
GAP IN TIME
booked hotel for 4 wks !!. lasted 3 days.. a total disaster area. beware of dirty rooms ,road works,you name it.. moved to hotel up the road (rostrevor) and it was brill.
so if you have booked time out, do yourself a favour and un-book it.
This was our first trip to Barbados and didn't really know what to expect. The hotel was adequate but pleasant. I personally feel that as long as the room is clean and you have air conditioning there is not alot to moan about. We were very surprised how quiet it was! We were there for the first 2 weeks in August and there wasn't an awful lot to do in the evenings.
The entertainment was brilliant however in the bar. The restaurant staff could have been a bit friendlier - I did feel that the younger members of staff in particular seemed to resent us in some way, however the reception staff/housekeeping and security staff were all very pleasant and helpful. The food in the Whistling frog was good as was the breakfast. I would also recommend using the street vendors for a real taste of Bajan food. Leroy's van was parked up the road towards the Ship Inn at 1pm every lunchtime, he's such a nice guy, and very cheap. I don't think we ever finished a meal as he just piled it on and even gave the kids free drinks. Dover beach was lovely and if you walk past the rocks on the left you come to a smaller beach with a few loungers and there's a bar right there where a guy called Mark is very helpful (He's a Manchester United fan!) - You can also get to this beach if you turn left at the front of the hotel and just before you get to the supermarket there is a little alley to the right where a guy sells fruit. Go down that alley and there is the beach. Without a doubt the best day we had was going on the Safari. Andrew our guide was hysterical. From the time we got into our jeep to the time he dropped us off (exhausted) we didn't stop laughing. He showed us Barbados with great enthusiasm and was obviously very proud to do so, the kids really enjoyed it. From the hotel you can get a complimentary taxi that takes you into Bridgetown and back twice daily. We would visit Time Out again.
Time out for a great break
Myself and three friends stayed at time out for one week at the end of September and none of us can understand why other site users had so many complaints about the hotel. Time out provided us with a clean and ( very ) friendly base for our stay in Barbados. The rooms are basic but clean and well equipped with t.v, alarm clock, fridge, phone,air con and a safe. Neither I nor any of my friends had any bother getting beach towels or face cloths from reception at any time during our stay. My one complaint would be that the bar staff were very slow and seemed to resent having to do any work, all that is except Margaret, an extremely friendly and helpful english lady who now lives in Barbados, she always seemed to be doing the work of three people.
Dover beach is just across the road from the hotel and is perfect for relaxing or for trying your hand at the many watersports available there. There are drug peddlars both on the beach and around the gap but if you just say you are not interested they don't hassle you in any way.
My one recommendation for anyone going to Barbados is to try snorkelling with the turtles, this is an amazing experience not to be missed. However, a catamaran trip to swim with the turtles will cost approx $120 each but you can hire a moke at MJays and drive to Mullin bay where you can hire captain Rumpy Pumpy and his boat to bring you out to the turtles. The moke costs $120 and after some negotiating Captain Rumpy Pumpy brought us snorkelling for an hour and a half for just $20 each, we then toured the rest of the island in the moke which we had for 24 hours. If you are in a group of more than 2 or 3 this can save you quite a bit of money and allow you to see the rest of what is a beautiful island.
I've just come back from 3 weeks at this hotel and had a fantastic time, no complaints. Okay so it's fairly basic but what do you expect from a 2*. Has everything you need though, nice pool area, clean rooms, lovely restaurant and bar, and good entertainment every couple of nights. The staff were great and very helpful. Great thing about the hotel is the location. It's at the bottom end of the gap, so you're far enough away to have a peaceful holiday but 5-10 minutes stroll away from numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Would definately reccommend it to anyone looking to stay in Barbados
Very dissappointed with Time Out
I have just returned from Time Out (18th-31st Dec 04) and was very disappointed. I booked a superior room and it is the only time I have paid extra for the privilage of having no balcony. OK it was a bigger room but with 3 beds in it the extra room was lost. The beds smelt so badly of stale perspiration that I slept on top of the bed for the whole holiday. Staff at Reception didnt even look at you when you spoke to them. The hairdryer was of the type usually found attached to the bathroom wall but it was in the wardrobe and you had to put the holder on the floor squeeze between the tele and fridge unplug the lamp and plug it in then lean over to the mirror hoping not to pull the plug out. Same with the kettle but of course once it had boiled you had to squeeze between the fridge and tele avoiding getting scalded to unplug it. Every time I switched the bedside light out using the wall switch I had to reset the clockradio. If I had been paying 2* prices I would have accepted it but being as it was only £30 less than Southern Palms where I normally stay I think somebody ,either the Hotel or Virgin Holidays are grossly overcharging people. I have already booked my next Xmas break at Southern Palms to make sure that I dont get left with this hotel being my only choice next Xmas.
Staff were really friendly and helpful. Rooms were lovely and very comfortable. Good location for beach and entertainment in a quiet setting.
Chattel Hourse Village
myself and MC
The sea at St Lawrence Gap