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Island Inn Hotel
Great place to stay as its a small complex and you get to know everyone very quickly. The staff are so helpful and friendly it was excellent.
The beach was only a 5 minute walk away too :-) ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE
Air-conditioned Room with Private Bathroom
Personal Safe in Room
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner daily
All Brand Name Drinks including House Wine with meals
Picnic Baskets on request
One Dine Around for every 7-day stay
Manager's Cocktail Party
Several nights of live entertainment
Sailing, wind surfing, snorkeling
Free Scuba Lesson in pool
Two-hour cruise per person, per stay
Day-time tennis nearby
One round-trip into Bridgetown per stay.
Just returned from the island inn hotel barbados this morning and,forget any doubts you had about this place ...Staff , food, rooms ,beach all great. Will tell you this much its Bardados in a nutshell, and its best kept secret.
The manager of this hotel and all of her staff, are so hands on as far as the running of this hotel is concerned , they want you to have a great stay, and will make sure you do have a great visit.I spent half my life in hotels, and this one is chill chill chill !!!! .
A great beach is 30 seconds walk away and is very clean and very safe, and best of all no hoards of tourists, just the locals I was on the beach at 6 in the morning and it was perfect.
Going back to this hotel no question about it loved it
"Best two star hotel on the island"
We have just returned from a two week break at this hotel and it has been one of the most enjoyable holiday hotel experiences we have ever had.The staff have been wonderful, Sharon on reception went out of her way to help us. We wanted to book dinner at "The Cliff" Sharon rang and reserved a wonderful table overlooking the sea, she booked a taxi to pick us up and return us to the hotel, but never have we had a receptionist phone the taxi driver whilst we were on route. She was checking he had picked us up and then she had a chat with us, she just wanted to wish us a happy evening and she hoped we would have a great time, all this on her evening off!! Earl, Cane Micheal, Anthony and Angela were all welcoming, laid back and very happy to help you. We loved the hotel, the guests were great as well, you really get the benefit of meeting and getting to know people, many of which return again and again to the hotel, that says it all. Thankyou to everyone that made our holiday great fun from start to finish, the tips for the Sandy Lane Gold Cup were rubbish but we had a brilliant day losing money as well.
Sian and Ivan Watling Suffolk
Great Place for a bit of R and R
31st March 2006 - 7 nights, Couple. 32yrs old.
We've just returned from the Island Inn and what a lovely traditional place it is. Having previously stayed at larger hotels whilst on holiday this was something different for us and how wonderful it was. Perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries.
Our room (17) overlooked the small pool and was great to cool down. Room was big with air con and the bed was lovely and comfy.
Food was from a limited menu but all tasted really good and really enjoyed each evening meal we were given, the waiting staff were very friendly.
Earl and Michael were friendly at the bar also look out for the Morgan Freeman look-a-like.
Sharon on reception was excellent and arranged for us a catamaran cruise and even handed out medication for my mozzie bites.
Hotel is located 5 min walk from Carlisle beach, which is lovely though they don't have beds or shade.
We hired a car for 3 days and ventured off around the Island. Don't worry about the tooting of the horns - not everyone suffers from road rage - it's just them being friendly.
As mentioned before went on a Cat (Cool Runnings II) This was a great day out, swam/snorkeled with the Turtles and viewed a wreck, the crew were excellent and the food was good and free drinks. Just make sure you have plenty of sun tan lotion - we were on factor 45 and still burnt, but I am fair skinned. They even arrange transfers to and from the Island Inn.
Night outs - we went to Harbor Lights this was good but felt it was a little expensive for what it was, also went to St Lawrence Gap, had the BIGGEST burrito ever at the Sol restaurant opposite the church, - so BIG that I couldn't eat it, was gutted!
Whilst at the Island Inn the horse racing was on which is happens every odd Saturday, This is only a 5 min walk away from the Inn, sadly only won on the 1st race. beginners luck !?
The Island Inn has a sister hotel, Mango Bay which you are able to visit once and use their facilities, this is in Holetown/St James area and was nice, completely different to the Island Inn, but lovely located as right on the beach.
The Island Inn is great for couples of any age, though it does not have great evening entertainment - 3 times a week, but this really wasn't a problem as your able to chat with other guests or as we did start a new hobby - playing draughs.
I probably wouldn't recommend this for people with Kids 11-17 old as they would get bored, but as mentioned before it's a great place to relax and appreciate the surroundings and friendliness of the staff.
We really enjoyed our stay and will probably return again. Oh and look out for the resident monkeys.
Good as a base for exploring
Just returned from a great trip. Island Inn was a great place to stay if you are a couple or single - no teenage kids and you want to explore the island and like variety of beachs.
Caveat - I've traveled worldwide and stayed in some of the best (literally top 10 global) and some pretty poor hotels in many countries in the last few years, so I know both good and bad hotels.
-- Dinners were fantastic, truly elegant
-- Lunch (we had them pack us lunch for our drives) were very good and more then enough food
-- Breakfast had a good choice of Bajan, US/UK, continental options -- all very good (loved the bajan fish)
-- Hotel had a faded elegance that reminded me of New Orleans (pre hurricane). Note - this is not a negative as I love(d) New Orleans, and I suspect the faded part will change since they are upgrading/painting, etc for next years cricket matches. But again - it is not the Hilton - which is next door.
-- Staff was extremely friendly and helpful
-- Price was about 1/2 of resort hotels in season
-- Rooms were good, with AC that kept us cool
-- monkeys and tree frogs were fun to watch
-- Environment is very conducive to meeting other people staying at the hotel. We meet a number of fun people. We were the only Americans in the place - mostly people from the UK.
-- great location - easy to get to anywhere on island (by car, bus or taxi)
-- Beach across street -- very close but only shade in the morning. This wasn't too bad as being on the southern part of the island we did get some decent breezes.
-- Parking - in alley, was ok once you got use to it and learned the trick of driving all the way thru to get out. (turning around in alley was very tough)
-- Free glass bottom boat/snorkleing tour. My wife and I enjoyed ourselves -but I don't think it was too fun for an older couple who were not athletic. Hard to get into boat for them.
-- heard some TV from the jetlagged brits (at 2 am), but I always carry earplugs since most hotels will have this problem.
-- Red Wine - Merlot, was extremely poor. Bring your own from duty free.
Barbados is a very interesting island - I would say there are 4 distinct areas - tropical beaches on the west side, unique areas like Crane's beach on south, little Scotland on East and Northern cliffs. If all you are interested in is the tropical beach I wouldn't recommend the Island Inn. If you want to explore however and don't need to spend every minute on the beach - Island Inn is an excellent value. Save your money for a rental car. If you need a car - contact Elsie Clement - she gave us excellent service and advice when we rented from her. firstname.lastname@example.org She even called my cell to let us know where she would meet us at the airport.
1. "Tropical Carib. Island - St. James area" Beautiful beaches, nice resorts (see Mango Bay - somehow management is same/related to Island Inn)
While Mango Bay was very nice and good food - I don't think I'd go to Barbados for this. The beaches in St. james look a great deal like other tropical islands many of which are a great deal closer to Boston (Bahamas, DR, Puerto Rico, etc)
2. Western beaches -- "little Scotland" area - very remote and empty beachs (not for swimming) but great for exploring
3. Southern area - Crane's beach -- a must see, beautiful beach but sun goes away after 4:30 or so. Impressive view of the Crane Hotel on top of the cliff
4. Northern side - excellent cliffs, sea caves
Bottom Line -- Excellent Value (except for the wine)
Great stay.... unfortunate circumstances!
The Island Inn > If you are reading this, then you are doing the right thing, and researching before you go. I did some researching and read some of the earlier reviews and it did help me to know what to expect. I went with the expectation that when we would arrive at the Island Inn we would feel a bit " not so sure" about the hotel, and we definitely did get that at first. We rented a car right after arriving at the airport, and driving there for the first time; I'll just say that it was scary, especially if you are used to being on the right side of the road instead of the left. But anyways, if you make it to the hotel you've done well. The parking is definitely the first place we didn't feel so sure of the hotel, you park beside the hotel on a half-run down alley type thing, along side the garbage disposal, and if you have anything bigger than a small car, the turn around is very tight. So, we went through the hotel to our room, and we still weren't to sure. At first yes, i was a bit frustrated with the feeling that I made the wrong decision, but then dinner came. And let me tell you, the food makes up for it all! The hotel might be standard, but the food is exquisite. The way they set your table, to the way they serve your food, makes you feel as if you are in a five star restraunt. With full bellies, our minds started to relax and enjoy our stay. The room was decent, I think everything seemed to feel as if it was...what is the word....outdated. It is nice, and you have everything you need for the stay, but don't expect any extras. The entertainment, well that was ok, if you like karaoke. It is not the type where there is horrible singers or anything, but that is the ensemble; speakers a singer, mic and background music. So, it wasn't really our thing and we went to bed early, although the speakers were so loud, that it didn't matter if we were watching them or not, it was just as loud. Drinks from the bar were great, Michael the bartender and his wife who served the food, were one of the highlights of our trip and they were so caring. There wasn't too much to do at the hotel at all, so if you are there and enjoy to just sit and talk, it might be your place, or if like us you want to spend most of your time exploring the beaches or island, and save some money, this is most definitely a good pick. I would not point a family to this spot unless they again were exploring most of the time. We had two little girls beside our room, and let me tell you the walls even though they were stone didn't block there britney spears songs....ughh. And, the most unfortunate part of our trip was having one of the roaming cats have there kittens above our room, (6) and they sure know how to meow, night and day...24/7. So, if we were to go back to Barbados, we prob. wouldn't stay at the island inn, but we would go there for supper, and to visit with the kind people there....so yeah... hope you know what to do!
Lovely vibe at the Island Inn but a bit run down.
Loved the feeling of the hotel. The staff are terrific - it is a great deal for the money. Rate includes all meals and drinks. The food is fine. Though if you want to spoil yourself have dinner one night next door at the Sugar Reef (or is it Bush?) Or go right out the hotel and try the roti stand on the corner of the main street - tremendous - no wonder the locals line up 10 deep at lunch time.
My husband and I were in the honeymoon room and our only complaint was that the walls are very thin. We could hear the next room sneeze, cough, chat, etc. Luckily they weren't in their rooms much. The pool and patio area could use some updating. But the monkeys outside our door and the easy walking distance to the beach and into Bridgetown - about 20 minutes by way of beach. Made it ideal for the 2 days we were there.
Fantastic hotel - we loved it
We have just returned from the Island Inn and had a fantastic time!
Having read all the previous reviews, we had high expectations, and it fulfilled them all. The hotel is charming, small and intimate, the food is incredible (no need to eat out at all), the room was nice with a comfortable bed and pillows and above all the rooms were kept very clean. However what really makes this hotel stand out is its friendliness.
Earl's (the famous barman) first words to us on our arrival were "Nothing to do here but relax", and the Island Inn is designed to help you do exactly that. Every member of staff was happy, friendly, helpful and above all, impeccably polite. Nothing was too much trouble, from organising hire cars, tours and taxi's to rustling up a late ordered picnic lunch.
The beach is very close by (about 70 yards from the hotel) across a very quiet road (leading to the Hilton Hotel only, so not very much traffic). It's a small, soft white sand beach with very calm, clear waters. As such it's perfect for swimming and the sea is beautifully warm. It is probably one of the best beaches in Barbados for swimming as the sea can be quite choppy around a lot of the coast (North, East and some of the South). The Grand Barbados Beach Club Hotel sits on the beach but they have no umbrella's, although they didn't seem to mind you using the loungers. In the morning, trees shade a large part of the beach, but it is very exposed to the sun from about 11.30am onwards. The Inn does have a small plunge pool to help take the sting out of the afternoon sun.
Bridgetown is a short busride ($1.50 BD), but to be honest doesn't offer a lot in the way of shopping unless you want to buy jewellery. St Lawrence gap is a 15 minute taxi ride away, and is probably the best bet for a night out. The Island Inn is situated in a quiet part of the island, but again, this is a place for relaxing - not partying.
Finally, we have to tell you about the food. It was superb, we didn't have a single bad meal, not even an average one. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all delicious, with plenty of choice, and were cooked to a very high standard. The dress code is 'casual-smart' for dinner, i.e. no shorts, but you'll be too relaxed and happy to care! Sit back, relax, and ask Michael or Earl to mix you another cocktail.
Give it a go!
After reading the reviews on this website we were slightly worried about staying at this hotel as some people had rated it quite low but it was brilliant! We arrived in Barbados at 8:30am and upon arriving at the hotel asked if we could leave our luggage as check in isn't til 3pm. The receptionist was amazing and arranged for us to go straight into our room. We were also offered breakfast and lunch which we weren't officially entitled to. It was the same upon checking out, lunch was still offered after the check out time.
The hotel rooms are small and basic but the welcome you recieve from staff and other guests is great. Many people we spoke to had stayed in the hotel before and we would definitely recommend this hotel to everyone we know and return ourselves.
The food, as other reviews have said, is absolutely out of this world. We have stayed all inclusive many times before but never have we been presented with a menu from which to choose our breakfast and evening meal.
A fantastic place to base yourselves for a beautiful bajan hoilday.
A person - not just a guest
We booked our holiday through 'Tropical Sky' (---) who were helpful throughout, kept us informed by e-mail and were flexible with our booking.
Myself, my wife and my daughter (20) stayed for a 10 night break, Sept 3rd-Sept 13th. From the moment we arrived the staff made us feel at home.
The hotel is classed as a 3* and I would suggest this is probably right but the Manager, her staff and the food are 5*.
The hotel is not for those who want night life, partying and organised games. If you want to relax in pleasant surroundings with nice people - perfect.
The hotel is a converted Naval rum store and therefore is dated, looks dated and feels dated - herein lies its charm. It is not trying to be a modern swish hotel, here you are remembered as Mark, Alison and Emma and not Room xxx.
The rooms are cleaned daily and kept spotless. They have the facilities you would want, satellite TV, aircon etc. The bathrooms are a little basic but I understand these are all being refitted in the near future.
Outside on the Board Walk the monkeys are 10 foot away from you picking the mangoes off the trees.
Earl and Michael run a tight bar and you will always find a drink whisked up for you as soon as you sit down. Their repertoire of cocktails is great, or if like me you just want a Scotch, just fine. The best part it's all included in the inclusive prices.
I can't even begin to describe the food. There are normally three or four selections at each dinner and these will suit everyones taste. You also invariably have a mix of European or Bajan food.
The food is excellent. Starters, main courses and sweets all excellent. Breakfast and Lunch were also great with a wide choice from fresh fruit, pancakes, omelettes, traditional English or Bajan for breakfast.
There is then a Buffet lunch normally with a choice of two main course plus salad, vegetables, potatoes followed by a choice of sweet.
The waiting staff are attentive, friendly and always helpful.
The beach is literally just a minute away and was clean and sandy. We spent hours here snorkelling under the pier and off-shore. We photograhed angel fish, shoals of tropicals and urchins.
Many of the other guests staying at the hotel at the same time were 'return visitors' to the Island Inn - some between 3-6 times - this speaks volumes about the hotel and staff.
This was our first trip to Barbados, we will be back and we will be staying at the Island Inn.
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