Needham's Point, St. Michael, Bridgetown, Barbados, 11000, Caribbean
We stayed a week at the Barbados Hilton in February. Having spent the previous week in Puerto Rico it was a breath of fresh air to stay at the Hilton. The location is excellent and is close enough to town that we could walk to Bridgetown for an afternoon visit or walk to local restaurants.
The Hilton compares favorably to other beach/spa hotels in the Hilton chain. It is a large hotel and has been extensively renovated very recently.
The advantage of staying at the Hilton is that there are no negative surprises and many favorable ones. The lighthouse has been included in the renovations on the property, retaining local history.
We enjoyed our stay and would return if we were looking for a large hotel experience.
Unique Quality: Great location, decent beach, nice sunsets, good pool etc.
Directions: Needhams Point south of Bridgetown on the water.
Looming Over the Lighthouse
I have been to this hotel, but I did not stay there, and I didn't even go inside. I went to look at the Needham's Point Lighthouse which is on the hotel grounds. Leif drove us to where the Hilton was. We could see the Hilton but could not see the lighthouse - that was because the Hilton was much bigger than it was.
There was a guard at the gate and he told us to go down a road - Leif at first thought the road (between stone walls topped with chain link fence) was too narrow, but the guard insisted that it was OK. It took us down to the Hilton beach, and there in front of the hotel was the lighthouse, which has been rebuilt.
Unique Quality: For your business convenience
* Audio/Visual Equipment Rental
* Business Center
* Business Phone Service
* Cellular Phone Rental
* Express Mail
* Meeting Rooms
* Office Rental
* Paging Equipment Rental
* Photo Copying Service
* Secretarial Service
* Video Conferencing Available
* Video Messaging
* Video Phone
For your family's comfort and convenience
* Babysitting Service
* Child Care Center
* Children's Activities
* Children's Menu
* Family Package Offered
* High chairs
* Vacation Station
For your comfort and convenience
* Automated Teller (ATM)
* Baggage Storage
* Barber Shop
* Beauty Salon
* Car Rental Desk
* Clothing Store
* Concierge Desk
* Foreign Currency Exchange
* Gift Shop
* Guest Activity/Recreation Desk
* Laundry/Valet Service
* Local Area Transportation
* Luggage Hold
* Multi-Lingual Staff
* On-Site Convenience Store
* Room Service
* Safety Deposit Box
* Tour Desk
For your fitness and recreation convenience
* Fitness Room
* Hiking Trail
* Jet Skiing
* Scuba Diving
* Sight Seeing Tours
* Tennis Court
* Walking Track
Directions: From airport, right at the Tom Adams roundabout. Continue on ABC highway to the Errol Barrow roundabout and turn left. Continue straight along Highway 7 via Graeme Hall towards Aquatic gap. Right onto Aquatic gap to the Hilton.
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Nice Hotel with Pool on the Beach
While I stay at lots of Hilton properties during the year for my job, when I vacation I like to stay at smaller, boutique hotels where the emphasis is on service. With that said, the Hilton would not have been my first choice of accommodation in Barbados- but we had 5 free nights and the hotel was recently renovated so we figured it would not be too horrible. Plus, as a Hilton Gold member I was hoping to be upgraded to the Executive floor (which not only did not happen but they did not even give us access to the executive club). Also, we found out the week we were supposed to go that they were doing construction on the beach at the hotel so the entire time there was heavy machinery moving rocks outside our room. Breakfast everyday was a $25 US/person buffet with the worst service we had on the island. They had an omelet station, fresh fruit, breads, cereals and some buffet items. Nothing special for the price. They charge the same amount for eggs and some extras in the room so there is not much choice at the hotel. People working at the Hilton just did not seem to like being there (from the front desk to the maids to the towel guy at the pool). The final straw was that we asked for a 1pm check-out (normal is at 12pm) and they said "no". Obviously the Hilton Barbados does not care about its Hilton Honors members. The rooms were updated yet small. The room and bathroom was painted a bright color and had amenities such as a safe, coffee maker and desk. Strangley, we were only given one coffee cup so we had to share each morning. The multi-level pool was very nice and the little convenience store on site was a life saver. Another of the drawbacks for us was that they had karoke some nights at the pool bar. This meant we could not keep our balcony door open to hear the waves as they were drowned out by the offkey ballads.
The hotel has a separate area for meeting rooms- which makes it a great hit for business conventions.
HOTEL IN BARBADOS
THE BEACH IS AMAZING THE HOTEL BACKS RIGHT ON TO IT. IF YOU CAN GET OCEAN VIEW THEN IT IS SO WORTH IT. THE HOTEL IS NICE AND THE STAFF ARE REALLY ACCOMODATING. THEY REALLY DO CATER TO YOUR EVERY NEED. THE BARBADOS HILTON IS TO DIE FOR. IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO STAY HERE THEN I SAY GO FOR IT!!!
It's worth it!!
I have stay 3 times at the Barbados Hilton for business and every time is better than the last... the facilities, service is like no other Hilton I have been to. It's worth the $$$ Since it's relatively new, everything is impecable.. even the hallways smell like heaven!!
This totally new hotel just opened in June, 2005. The former Hilton was razed and a new hotel occupies the same property, which is out on the point of a small cape known as Needham's Point. On the grounds there is an old lighthouse and colonial-era fort complete with cannons pointing out to sea. This hotel has conference capabilities, complementary kid's counselors and activities, a great (although expensive) breakfast and lunch buffet. The decor is understated Island Elegance. There are two wings and on every floor the two are connected by an open-air breezeway.
very nice hotel
We stayed at the Hilton Barbados over Christmas week 2005. We had a suite which had a large living room, separate bath and beautiful master bedroom with large bath and beautiful ocean views. The hotel has everything an american resort would. The service is ok but better than most Barbados restaurants we ate at. Also since we stayed during the high season eating out for dinner got to be very frustrating-unless reservations had been made months in advance, you could not get a dinner reservation. We did eat at:
Pisces: overrated and poor service
Josef's: very nice and on the beach
The Careenage at the Hilton: excellent for any gourmet restaurant
The Fishpot: food and view excellent for lunch
Mannie's: would not recommend, service and food was average at best
This island claims that tourism is their number one industry but I believe they need to learn about customer service. They have an attitude that seems to make you feel that they could care less that you are sitting and waiting for service. They actually look at you and walk right by until you get rude and ask them to serve you. We have traveled all over and I would not return to the island.
The Hilton is a nice place to stay if you want to go to Barbados. The water and beaches are beautiful, the people and the service are less than desired.
A very friendly island
We stayed at the Barbados Hilton for 7 nights in October. The hotel is clean and new. A few surprising things about our room- no full length mirror, and the lighting in the bathroom was unsuitable to apply makeup. All the rest was as you would expect in a Hilton hotel room. The view was beautiful and the waves crashing all night were melodic.
The pools are lovely but the ocean is somewhat rough on this end of the island. Nevertheless when it was not too windy we enjoyed some wonderful beach time. There was one area with a rock breakwall that does protect you from the larger waves so it is possible to swim at that part of the beach.
The staff were all friendly and helpful. Taxis were plentiful and needed to go most places because of the location of the hotel. But, it was not very costly and you set the prices with the driver prior to leaving the hotel.
A trip to the Earth Works pottery was a highlight day trip for us. We went through some interesting areas of the island but also bought some local pottery to take home with us. I highly recommend letting them box for you. One piece that was not boxed unfortunately did not make it back home with us.
Another day trip we enjoyed was to the Mount Gay Rum factory tour and lunch.
Although we enjoyed the food at the hotel we also enjoyed going to the Gap. In particular, we liked the Pisces restaurant and went back for a second visit. The flying fish was amazing.
Another restaurant we enjoyed was Calabazah, in the St. James area.
Overall, this was a very friendly island and we enjoyed our stay.
Not a 5 star hotel
As with other reviewers we had booked a taxi transfer from the airport to the Hotel arranged with the Hilton. No taxi was waiting for us on arrival. On arriving at the Hotel the first room we were offered was not a King as booked, the 2nd room was smoking and we had requested non smoking, 3rd room was good. They offered us a bottle of wine as an apology - an hour later we even had to chase for this!
Executive lounge is over crowded for the number of rooms that have access to it. At Breakfast they were constantly running out of things and slow to replenish.
Beach and water are good if a little rocky but the cove on the right hand side is less rocky.
Service within the Hotel is definately not what we expected from a 5 star.
Prices at the beach bar vary by the day so watch out.
Excellent Holiday location
We have just returned fromm a fourteen night stay and had a fantastic holiday even though the weather was poor for four days.
Firstly, I would counter the negative comments regarding the beach for the following reasons, all beaches in Barbados are public and what the hotels can and can't do to their beach front is very regulated. The Hilton does keep it very clean with cleaners and sweepers every morning. The beach in front of the hotel is split into three small beaches and depending on the wind can be alittle rough. The beach does have its own lifeguard post and flags are displayed when not not swim. This only happened once during our stay on one of the beaches. There are some rocks and stones on two of the beaches but one appears to be clear.
The pool areas are kept clean and the childrens pool is one foot deep throughout. Within the grounds of the hotel are some gardens which are well maitained which include the old fort which protected Bridgetown.
We found the kids Club to be very good, and the staff Sonia and Antoinette excellent. One eveing a week they have a movie night where a movie is shown and halfway through they have a break and nuggets,fries etc are provided. This ends at 8pm. You cannot leave children on their own until they are 4 years old though. They do have floats, balls etc for the kids to take to the pool.
We stayed in a standard room overlooking the beach. This was well appointed and of a good standard and kept spotless by the staff. All the rooms have a sea view either on to the beach or Carlilse Bay. There is an oil storage facility to one side of the hotel, but the way the hotel has been built you can't see it from any of the rooms as far as I'm aware.
We stayed on a half board basis and therefore ate everynight in the Lighthouse Terrace Restaurant. This suited us with a two year old son. We found the buffet to be excellent with plenty of choice. most nights were themed but there was always something for everyone. There is a chef everynight to cook fresh fish or meat.
The price of drinks we found to match what you'd espect to pay in bars and clubs in the UK. About three pounds fifty a pint of draft lager and four pounds a large glass of wine.
Our only negative comment has been raised before. During our stay a conference took place at the hotel taking it to full capacity. At moring breakfast the staff semed unable to cope and numerous things seemd to take forever to get refilled even down to milk. We are aware that a number of people raised this with the management including ourselves but nothing seemd to be done. I don't think this would have mattered so much if we didn't have a two year old who could'nt wait to go to Kidz club of to the pool.
To close on a high note we found all the staff very friendly and could'nt do enough for you. We had a lovely holiday and would go back tomorrow.
Visiting the island in November
As part of our package for hosting our wedding at a Hilton Hotel in Chicago, we have the option of staying for free for 5 nights at select hotels in the Caribbean - and one it the Hilton Barbados. We are considering visiting for our first anniversary in November. Is this a good time to visit? Will we be close to beautiful beaches? Will we be close to good restaurants? What else would you recommend in Bridgetown? Should we rent a car?
Re: Visiting the island in November
The Hilton is on its own beach at Needham's Point. Great views from most rooms, a built breakwater reef that tempers the waves, and an infinity pool that is spectacular.
500 feet (150 metres) away East is an even more spectacular beach frequented by the locals, on the strip between the Hilton and the Grand Barbados, it is a small bay, the water is extremely calm, and you can walk quite a ways out to sea.
Re: Visiting the island in November
Yes you will be right on the beach, yes there lots of restaurants and yes definitley rent a car and explore the island (if you are happy driving on the left of the road)
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Address: Needham's Point, St. Michael, Bridgetown, Barbados, 11000, Caribbean