Grand Barbados Beach Resort Hotel

, Bridgetown, Barbados
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Grand Barbados Beach Resort Hotel

, Bridgetown
Aquatic Gap - Bridgetown - Barbados 246-426-4000
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Reviews - Grand Barbados Beach Resort Hotel

7/10
Great Staff and great service
Submitted by: Stanley in 03/02/11
  • Age Group: 60plus
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I only stayed one night because I was envited to stay with friends for the rest of my stay. The service and staff were good. The manager, Mr. Victor Medina was very understanding, helpful and accomodating. As a busines person, I thought that there could be some improvement in being more accomodating to business clients, such as; not charging for local telephone calls and not charging a daily fee for the use of the internet. These adjustments will bring in more business individuals and groups to the resort.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Grand Barbados Beach Resort Hotel

Very Good All Inclusive Resort

from Oldcrow1
We've just returned from our 7 day stay at the BBC (7-14 Feb 04) and we agree with those reviewers that enjoyed themselves and would return to both Barbados & the BBC. We went there having previously reviewed the comments below & understanding that this is not a luxury resort. We are very happy with the value that this resort provided when compared to the other all-inclusive resorts on this island. Book early to take advantage of bargain rates. Great location, wonderful staff and clean facilities. What more could you ask for? Dining out is expensive in B'dos and this resort provided a very good alternative to the more expensive non-inclusive resorts next door. The food quality was good to very good and the excellent variety of food made it easy for us to maintain our Atkins Diet. (We were led astray a couple of times by the tasty deserts). The on-site Sea Rocks & Venetos restaurants were a nice change from the buffet style Poolside Restaurant but had to be booked in advance due to limited seating. The rooms are basic but clean and comfortable. It would have been nice to have a coffee maker and clock radio in the room. The evening entertainment was very good, enjoyed by most, and not excessively loud. If sleep is a problem prearrange a room on the opposite side of the building. Most rooms have an ocean view and a good sized balcony. The beach and poolside facilities were very good and continually maintained. Activities were well advertised and varied. The staff was very polite and friendly when treated with the same respect. At the poolside bar, Michelle & Morris were especially good and helpful people. With the other staff, we noticed minimal conflict and when we did, it was with those guests demanding 5 star service. For other activities, we recommend the L.E. Williams Island Tour and Wildcats snorkeling excursions. Oistins Fish Fry on Friday nights is well worth it for the local food experience but get there before 6:30 pm as it gets crowded with both locals and guests. Overall we found our stay very pleasant and would gladly return and recommend the BBC to others. Northern visitors would also be advised to do as the Bajan?s, slow down, relax and enjoy yourselves. If you are in the market for 4-5 star service, pay the addition costs and go elsewhere. Sue & Gary

A nice place to relax

from babymagic
Returned January 2004. Having previously stayed In Barbados before we decided to visit again and this time chose the Barbados Beach Club. The food was good and the rooms clean having been recently re-furbished.
However be warned that there is nothing superior about a superior room, it is basic. The restuarant staff were pleasant especially Kelly-Anne,Lena,Jennifer and Erol the barman. Don't be put off by others comments about the staff, just chat to them, they appreciate it.
Breakfast is good and on Sundays there is Roast Beef and yorkshire pudding. The entertainment is live bands and steel pan music, also limbo & fire eating & Karaoke. On alternate nights there is music, easy listening, none of your loud rapp. There is also a weekly managers rum punch party, Not worth attending and the manager never even put in an appearance. The beach is small but adequate for the amount of guests, It is also extermely hot on the beach and you will burn! The sea is also quite rough. The pool is very small and on occasions does seem to be a bit cloudy in the shallow end. There is a shop on site but one of the girls is extremely unhelpful, the other very nice. Also the man who takes you out on the Hobie Cat is very unapproachable. will hardly say a word and never smiles. One thing that did annoy me was the constant seperate imprints of my credit card for towels and safe and electricity plugs etc, and I agree with the previous reviewer that guest services office is unprofessional and poor. On the whole we enjoyed our holiday but you have to remember this is a three star hotel and you get three star service. If you have children this is not the place as there is nothing for them to do at all. Would we stay there again? probably not...

Would go back !

from A TripAdvisor Member
We've just come back from Barbados Beach Club Jan 2004 and having stayed at the Coconut Court Beach resort in Jan 2003, we were a bit dubious to stay anywhere else. For a three star hotel this resort was fine, if your are going to the island this year and read all these reviews, do not be put off unless you are really fussy.If you are the fussy type then pay more for a four or five star hotel.All four of us were worried before we went out but overall we had a great time and would go back to the same resort again. Oistens on a Friday night is worth going to,its basically a massive fish BBQ but beware do not expect to be waited on when ordering food,if you do not chase them up you may not get your order (they're that laid back!).The staff at the hotel were fine,some of the reviews stated that some of the staff were rude but all we found was they were mostly happy people,of course there are some that did not look so happy but I think you find that the world over ! and it certainly didn't put us off. If anyone wants any more info please email me as I could not get this type of feedback before I went out.

Shabby Hotel Food Not that Good

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I have have just returned 2 February 2004 from this hotel and although we got a good deal from an auction site £620 per person all inclusive two weeks the hotel although rated 3 stars was disapointing. If we had paid the full brochure price we would have done a very serious complaint.The food was not that good and the hotel itself needs a complete refurbish. Our bathroom had cracked and dirty tiles the guests services office was a disgrace and in whole the hotel was very shabby. The tables and chairs in the pool side restaurant were also very shabby looking. The food in the italian restaurant was awful although we heard that in the searocks resturant the food was ok but you had to pay a supplement for steaks prawns and lobster. The pool was not cleaned properly and some days was so cloudy you could not even see the bottom of it. Although the hotel is next to a beach because the sea is from the atlantic side some days it was so rough it was too dangerous to swim in.Entertainment was very low key and there was not much activity in the hotel during the day. Barbados the island is paradise and the bajan people are so friendly . We went on the atlantis submarine and dived 150 feet below the sea the fish and corals were amazing we even saw a turtle and the catamaran trip was good aswell but dont go on the heatwave catamaran the other catamarans cool runnings or tiana were newer and the people looked to be having a much better time.We cannot fault Barbados as an island it is truly paradise but we would not return to the Barbados Beach Club ever.

Perfect Beachside Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife & I recently celebrated our anniversary at Barbados Beach Club.
The locaion is fantastic right alongside the beach, has good watersport facilities including boogie board & free catamaran trip around the bay!
Accomadation was comfortable andfood to a reasonable standard. The on-site Sea Rocks resteaurant was sadly underused as the cuisine was superb - 2 free sittings per week !! Guests should be made more aware of its availability. All in all a wonderful holiday destination. We'd love to return !!

Excellent budget All-Inclusive combo

from A TripAdvisor Member
I am quite bemused at the variation of the feedback listed by the various holidaymakers at this hotel. I feel that the negative comments are more a reflection of shattered expectations rather than a terrible resort. Don't let the negativity put you off.

My wife and I travelled to Barbados in the last week of Nov 2003 on a last minute deal where Allocation was on arrival. We were allocated accomodation at the Barbados Beach Club!!! I remember from this forum that it ranked at about 80 in the list of hotels on this forum. I actually hoped that we would be allocated the Silver Sands, but ho hum!

All that I can say is that you get what you pay for. If you are expecting five star treatment, excellent service, gourmet cuisine and a place where the staff are at your beck and call - I think that the Sandy Lane is for you. With the Barbados Beach Club, you get what you pay for, and I believe that even though the place is a bit rough around the edges, it offers a lot for your money. Looking at things that could be improved, the asthetics of the hotel pool / bar and restaurant areas could be greatly improved. The rooms are basic but functional. You've also got to visit the gym for a laugh too!

Taking a look at what you have got, the rooms are clean and secure.
Cable TV is a plus point, - I spent siesta times in the afternoon watching Chuck Norris on cable! You have some of the most beautiful beaches and views on the Island in the immediate vicinity. Mealtimes are absolutely fantastic with an excellent choice of local cuisine to stimulate the tastebuds (even at lunchtime where some hotels have the tendancy to skimp!). Note, if your idea of eating out abroad is to find the nearest local restaurant with the biggest posters covered in pictures with steak and chips, All Day English Breakfasts etc, this is not for you. In fact, Barbados is not for you. Stick to Benidorm! The restaurants seemed to be open for a long time too, so no need to rush for mealtimes! The nightlife, bars and restaurants of St Laurence Gap a short cab ride away (even though we remained rooted to the complex the week that we were there). And the bar - open from 10.30 in the morning till late at night served an array of cooling cocktails and beverages.

I doubt that we will come back to the Barbados Beach Club, but that is because we like to try new experiences on our holidays. But if you get a last minute deal for a few hundred quid at the Barbados Beach Club when it's p*ss*ng down at home and no-frills is your style, I'd definitely recomemnd it!

Clean Hotel...food sucks!

from RIUOchoRiosBride
The hotel is not bad...however the food is terrible. In my opinion Barbados is not the place to go for all inclusive. There are so many great places to eat that you would not want to stick to the hotel for your entire trip. The hotel rooms are very clean and the staff are okay...not overly nice but not rude either. The hot water situation is not great but you can live with it.

MEALS

Breakfast: stick to the omelette. Do not get the pancakes because birds like to sit on the syrup container and feast. The orange juice is Tang.
And it's warm. They serve rice with breakfast (usually whatever was leftover from the dinner the night before) The banana bread is covered with a cloth but under the cloth you will find flies.

Lunch: we skipped it all together and went to town to eat. Try "Just Grillin' in front of Accra beach. Excellent.

Dinner: Dry chicken. Hard rice. Wilted lettuce. Stale bread. Soggy cabbage. Dry fish.

Alcohol: yes the alcohol is included with your package but they only serve a limited amount of drinks (ask for the list). If you go to any of the local clubs you pay one price and the drinks are free all night.
My advice: skip the poolside restaturant and find something to eat in town...try the seafood restaurant at the hotel for a change of pace.
it's okay.

disgusting hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
we stayed at the beach club for 2 days that was 2 days too long i was so disappointed with it as i had chose it out of the brochure .the staff were un friendly the room was dirty and very basic i paid for an upgrade to a deluxe room this was a joke.the pool was to dirty for the kids to go in and the food was inedible.the dining room was also dirty.we begged to be moved and paid £200 to move.we then stayed at the coconut court and had a fantastic time.if you have already booked i feel sorry for you.

An Amazing trip

from cherryd
My boyfriend and I just returned from a week stay at the Barbados Beach Club. Overall, I have to say that we had an amazing time. The hotel is very clean, the staff friendly and the view is great. I have no complaints about this resort.

The food was great (we both gained a few pounds). The hotel's island bus tour was alot of fun and is recommended.

This was our first trip to Barbados and we will definitely go back. We brought home alot of good memories and will be talking about it for a long time to come. We will be recommending this resort to friends and family.

going back for a third time this xmas

from Joe_Coates
my wife and i are going back for the third time in dec 03 for 3 weeks.
my daughter & partner are joining us from ausie, my son is joining the
party also from london.
i have read some of the poor reviews here. all i can say " i have travelled the world exsensively. and where can you spend £4000 for 3 weeks all incl. with nice & helpfull staff, excellent accommodation, & great food "AT XMAS & NEW YEAR. in barbados.??

yes there are better hotels, better resorts in barbados, but DOUBLE your money to stay there.

i would recommend you hire a car via the staff, they will get you a better deal than yourself and go off and enjoy this heaven on earth. be polite and you will find how realy nice the bajan`s are. ENJOY

Top Local Tips for Bridgetown

Can be quite expensive! I would advise travelling whenever possible by the public bus systems, as they only charge $1.50 BDS to get anywhere on the island, whereas the taxis tend to charge a flat rate - usually around the $30 BDS mark!

St Lawrence Gap Great location only few mins in my car for the lively and varied night life at St Lawrence Gap, Oistins equally very clost to the hotel. Very good surgry just at end of road..which I needed after jumping of jet sky(smile).

Taxi If you haven't arranged transport to your hotel, make sure you use official taxi's. A taxi from the airport to the BB Club should be around 30 Barbados dollar or US$15. If you negotiate, the driver may accept 10 GBP.

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