Hilton Barbados Hotel, Bridgetown
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A breath of fresh airfrom travelisgreat
wonderful people, wonderful relaxing vacationfrom fp new jersey
Great Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Poor service, awful beach outweigh new roomsfrom AnonymousLondon
Now the bad stuff - BEACH: Sea is rocky underfoot and less inviting than on the West Coast of the island. Not enough parasols as they keep getting blown away by very high winds! Guests were literally fighting for them.
LACK OF AMENITIES: Sounds trivial, but when lots of little things aren't there it gets irritating. For instance, no bath slippers as the hotel under-ordered. Shower gel etc not replaced in the bathroom.
SERVICE: Room service takes an hour - that is, if they don't forget! We had this happen every single morning.
CATERING: In the executive lounge, complimentary drinks and food are laid on for guests. But the milk for the tea was sour!
As for a previous reviewer who loved the Grand Opening, yes it was nice. But the rehearsal for the band took place all afternoon on the beach. It was so loud you could still hear it in the room. I feel I lost a day of my holiday because of it.
Fantasticfrom A TripAdvisor Member
However taxis at Grantly Adams are 10 a penny & all have set fares (be sure to agree price before travelling though) and so we got one to take us to the hotel. As soon as we arrived we experienced service & hospitality unsurpassed in the Eastern Caribbean. The check in staff were extremely apologetic about the non-arrival of the transport & wished me a happy birthay (partly the reason for my stay).
Every room has a sea view looking either across the bay towards Bridgetown or down the South Coast. They are also all air conditioned with a silent system. The furnishings and decor are Caribbean in style but well put together and modern.
All of the staff were extremely friendly and asked how we were, etc, unprompted at times in passing.
On going to breakfast one morning, which was included in our rate, we found that there was little hot food available & what food there was was cold. Upon complaining to the staff, they were extremely apologetic & the chef himself was pulled from the kitchen to survey the wrongdoings. New food promptly arrived and upon finishing breakfast we were offered a complimentary dinner.
We ate in all of the restaurants and the food was 1st class, especially the silver service Careenage Grille. My only complaint about this, their feature restaurant is the location stuck at the end of the hotel with little outlook. That said the waiting staff were excellent and food was great as was the piano player.
The biggest downfall of the hotel is the beach (or lack of it really) as the waves are too strong to go swimming and the watersports are located on the beach on the other side of the hotel's parking lot, a very short walk away.
In all it was a weekend of excellent service in fantastic suroundings & can't wait to go back.
Good stay at the Hiltonfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is immaculate, the food excellent and the swimming pool and beach alongside one another give you the chance to swim in the sea and pool without having to move your towels and chairs. Various entertainment is laid on, salsa dancing by the bar at happy hour, singing acts in the bar in the hotel on various nights and a Manager's cocktail party held at dusk over on the historic fort alongside the hotel.
A car is needed to make the best of your visit to Barbados as the Hilton is more than a walk into town, St. Lawrence Gap, in the other direction, is about a ten minute drive with some of the islands best restaurants, Pisces and Josefs. A lot of guests we met had not bothered to leave the hotel, feeling they had all the amenities they wanted on site.
One thing to bear in mind is that the beach is not all that great. The water is rough with many stones and coral making swimming a little difficult. If you want a perfect beach with calm water, go to the West Coast. This beach is a cross between the caribbean ocean and Atlantic.
The food, staff and rooms are fantastic and its worth staying on the exec level with the breakfast, drinks and evening drinks.
The hotel is very very quite at night as most people seem to disappear after 7pm. Bars and restuarants were empty.
We learned on the last day that you do not have to have the full buffet lunch or dinner which is quite expensive if you like a lot of food at $80 barbados dollars each excluding tax. There is the option to just have the main course $45, desert etc. The pool and a la carte menu is very limited and can become boring.
Finally to eat out, theres a good range of restuarants at St James Gap, a 10 min taxi ride for $20 barbados dollars. Definately try the Harlequin where all food is made to order and to your exact liking. There are also seafood, Italian, a pub type place and many others to choose fro
First time in Barbadosfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Can't give much feedback on the island as we stayed close to the resort and relaxed most of the week. Bridgetown was ok, with some shopping. Had dinner at the Waterfront Cafe and it was very good. For our anniversary we went to St. James and had dinner at The Cliff. It was absolutely fabulous. I scored many points for that evening. The view, service, food, atmosphere were wonderful. I would recommend that establishment to anyone. I have had the opportunity to eat at many of the finer restaurants in US over the years and The Cliff was as good or better than most. Getting back to the Hilton, it is a great place and we hope to return sooner than later.
Awesome Service Excellent Hotel!from jimintucsn
We noticed immediately that the service at this hotel was outstanding! Every single staff member went out of their way to assist and were extremely friendly, many took the time to address us by name.
We were only 20 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from St. Lawrence Gap (great nightlife and restaurants) and 25 minutes from the west coast (great beaches and restaurants). It would be hard to walk anywhere from the Hilton, best to drive or take a cab.
We stayed in a one bedroom executive floor room and it was nicely sized with a balcony overlooking the beach area. The room was tastefully decorated and the highlight was the bathroom which had a walk in shower as well as bathtub. The entire facility was gorgeous and well designed. Much nicer than average US Hilton properties. It helps that everything was brand new and in great condition. The only downside was the bed- not as plush as some of the US Hilton properties and the mattress cover seemed to slide around a lot like it was made of plastic. Don't miss the historic Fort Charles area that is on the Hilton property- fun to walk around and explore. The fitness center was huge with numerous machines and free weights. The spa was nice and my wife enjoyed her facial.
Executive lounge was complimentary and offered a continental breakfast (pastries, fruit, coffee, tea etc.), afternoon tea (cookies and cake), and evening hot/cold hors d'ouevres and cocktails. This was a nice perk and the beautifully appointed lounge overlooks Carlyle Bay and downtown Bridgetown. There was a separate TV lounge as well. Charmaigne and Ingrid in the lounge will take excellent care of you. They were extremely helpful and helped us plan island activities and gave us advice on local restaurants.
Beach Bar- we had several excellent lunches here, the steak sandwich, shrimp and vegetable salad and chicken Tikka salad were the best. They also had awesome frozen drinks. Look for O'Neill and John the two best bartenders! The beach bar had nightly entertainment ranging from music to kareoke and also had a great happy hour.
Lighthouse Terrace- we only ate breakfast here and it was great but buffet style only.
Careenage Bar and Grill- the bar was fun to hang out and also had some great appetizers. The fine dining restaurant was pricey but the food was awesome! The tenderloin filet was one of the best we'd ever had.
Room Service- actually the room service menu had a great selection and service was quick.
Beautiful white sand with some man made rocky reef areas protecting the beach. This made for calmer water but took away from the ideal caribbean turquoise blue view! There is a nice long stretch of beach for walking just to the left of the hotel. There are two main pools, one on the upper level and a lower level lagoon style pool with waterfalls. There was a kiddie pool and one jacuzzi. Both the beach and pool area had plenty of chairs and umbrellas so we never felt crowded.
General island info:
Transportation-We rented a car from Stoutes (---) and had a small 4 door for about $330 US for the week. Stoutes met us at the airport and we left the car in the airport parking lot upon departure. Driving the island was fun but a little hair raising at times! Traffic in Bridgetown could be crazy during the afternoon/evening and there was a lot of road construction during our stay so detours were common. We did taxi service with Vernon King (246-237-0532) and he was great, he gave us a mini tour and island history which made our rides fun.
Activities- while we spent most of our time on the beach we did take our own island tour, west coast had calm beautiful beaches (hard to access the beaches as most are hidden behind hotels), the north side of the island is beautiful with green rolling hills and sugar cane plantations; east coast has the rougher Atlantic beaches. We stopped at the Crane and had lunch (slow service so so food) but the view and beach were spectacular. We did the Mount Gay rum tour which was a lot of fun.
Cost and Tipping- In general this island is very expensive, meals ran $15 US for an entree in the least expensive restaurants to upwards of $60 US / entree in the nice places. Add drinks, appetizers and salads and you'll spend $200 US on a nice dinner out very quickly. Most restaurants/bars add on a 10% service charge but giving an extra 5-10% is very much appreciated.
Definitely the friendly people- Once when driving we got lost and a guy stopped to help us, he ended up letting us follow him back to our hotel a 30 minute drive out of his way! This would never happen in the US!!!
The Cliff Restaurant- the best night on Barbados! food was absolutely out of this world, the ambience was oustanding, service excellent and definitely the most special and romantic spot on the island. We wished we would have come earlier just to hang out in the bar area. Very very expensive but worth every penny!
Mount Gay rum tour- tour was interesting but the real highlight was the bartender Calvin. He was so much fun and gave us all kinds of info on the island everything from beach bar advice to local politics. I'd recommend going to the tour early on in your trip and spend some time after the tour talking to Calvin. He makes GREAT drinks too but our favorite was the Lime Fever.
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Excellent hotel, friendly staff and great foodfrom coffeencream
I do advise if you go on the round the island trip, that you don't do the 80 mile round the island coach tour. We did paying for food and drink. We got a tiny cup of coke twice during the seven hour trip, and ended up buying our own drinks. We stopped at the Atlantis for lunch, they served up salad that looked two weeks old (I cook bajan food better than them), we didn't touch the food, nor did the local dogs! Couldn't wait to get back to the Hilton and eat some decent bajan rice n' peas and chicken. Apart fromn the Atlantis the food in Barbados was great! We had a fantastic time at the time and will be going back!
Top Local Tips for Bridgetown
Bridgetown The capital of Barbados - really it's just a town and nothing much to see there. There is a lot of shopping - duty free stuff but really not that interesting. Go on a rainy day when there's nothing else to do.
don't bother Don't bother with Bridgetown.
Island restaurants Check out The Tide, The Cliff, & Aqua. All have excellent views, food, and great service. Champers is highly overated. Service was very poor!
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- Address: Needham's Point - Bridgetown - BB 11000 - Barbados
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