Historical Traveller Reviews of Island Inn Hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
Just a twenty minute drive from the airport. Real value for money. This hotel was fab! It has so much character and atmosphere. Food and staff are wonderful special thanks to Earl, Michael and Tony who made our stay extra special. The rooms are really clean and comfortable and I would recommend this hotel. I travel all over Europe with my job and stay in hotels all the time Island Inn offers guests a friendly atmosphere which you cannot get from a larger hotel. A great chance to get to know people and the staff really look after you. They booked anything we wanted to go to such as shows, taxis and bars. The age range of guests was huge but everybody really got on. A little more entertainment would be brilliant but other than that I cannot fault this hotel. All I can say is GO! I certainly will be back really soon! Thanks again to all the staff. Collette and Amy x
A Truly Wonderful Stay
We have just returned from a two week stay in Barbados, the first week of which we spent at The Island Inn. I can't recommend this hotel highly enough, the staff are great. Food is excellent, surroundings are terrific. It's the type of hotel where one feels immediately at home and more importantly, at ease. We have stayed in many larger and more highly rated hotels but without hesitation I would say that The Island Inn beats them all. We have never been so sorry to leave a hotel as we were this time, and bear in mind we are talking about Barbados here. The beach which is literally just seconds away across a minor road is excellent, lovely soft white sand leading gently into warm blue Caribbean waters. No crowds here, just a few well informed people who know a good thing when they see it. If you want good old fashioned service and hospitality with a smile in peaceful, friendly surroundings, look no further.
Best Value for the Money
Wonderful hotel in a historic setting. Food and open bar were an excellent value, and meals were very well prepared, local cuisine. Free internet access (one terminal on a first come, first served basis) was nice. If you aren't staying up 'till the bar has last call at 11 p.m. you may wish to ask for a room that doesn't open on the courtyard (or turn the air conditioning on "high"!). Sights in the Garrison historic area are walking distance, but you'll want to take a bus or cab (or rental car) for anything further. Overall we enjoyed the helpful staff and tremendous value for the price.
from A TripAdvisor Member
If you are looking for the Hilton, that's only 3-4 blocks up the street. If you are looking for a local place with some character and a sense that you are somewhere other than the US or Western Europe, the Island Inn is a very fine place indeed. The rooms were very nice, very clean and very comfortable. They have lovely grounds with a great pool. The patio area, where you eat and sit around for a rest, was very nice. The lobby area is large and nicely decorated. The people at the Island Inn are pleasant and helpful. First impression, especially if you arrive at night, may not thrill you, but I felt "well taken care of" the whole time we were there. One example of this was the night we arrived. We (a tour group of 18) got in late at night and were tired and hungry. The staff had made up a large plate of delicious sandwiches for us. What a sweet and thoughtful thing to do. You are less than a city block from a beautiful beach and just a block or so from a dive shop that can take you out scuba diving or outfit you for snorkeling. The Island Inn is not in easy walking distance to Bridgetown. The one issue was the showers. For some reason if you were in the shower too long, the water went cold. I never had the problem with this personally, but other people in the 18 person tour group did. There was one other extra that we enjoyed - a resident monkey which put in an appearance one morning right outside our room.
Great service, good food, excellent value
Great service, good food, very clean, overall excellent value. Downside - rooms/bathrooms and pool could do with updating and it is not directly on the beach, but these minor drawbacks were more than compensated for by the friendly staff, exceptionally good food and Michael & Mr Cane's bartending! This was our 4th visit to Barbados and having previously stayed at 4 star all-inclusive establishments on the West Coast we can honestly say this was by far the best (if not the most luxurious) hotel to date. Having stayed at the Island Inn for 2 weeks over the Christmas period, we found that we got far better value for our money, it was a great base for travelling around the island, being able to walk to the Savannah for the racing on Boxing Day was a bonus, Carlisle bay which is 2 minutes walk away is probably one of the best beaches on Barbados and the Hilton beach is only 5/10 minutes away - so just take a packed lunch and while away the day (you can see how the other half live!). Mind you if you are like us, we couldn't wait to get back to our little 'sanctuary'. Needless to say we will definitely return......plans are already underway. December 2005, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK.
Good but needs refurbishment
We visited this hotel in mid november 2005. Location is not very good, about 100 yards to the beach with no outlook. Reception area is reasonable but the rooms are pretty shabby and in need of update and refurbishment. The staff are about the best I have come across in the Caribbean and actually seem pleased to see you. Service at the bar was pretty good most of the time. Food was good but the choice was limited. We liked the setting for the meals around the courtyard. The pool was only to cool off in as it was very small and not inviting. While we were there there were only a couple of young children, which was fine. I don't think this would be a place for kids as there are no facilities or entertainment for them and I would think they would get bored. Most of the people there were after a quite time in the sun with nothing much to do but read a book and have a few drinks, which it was about ideal for. Sort the shabby rooms out and it would be OK for a relaxing few days in the sun with some rum.
from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is not in a very good spot.From the outside it looks like a farm outbuilding.Inside is a nice reception area,with very friendly staff.The courtyard area is alittle rough,and so are the rooms.The pool is small and very uninviting.The plus point is the fantastic food,infact the best i have ever had in 25years of holidaying on the island.Only stay at this hotel if you are not bothered by where a hotel is or what it has to offer.
ll be back
from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Island Inn while in Barbados on business in February, on the recommendation of my client. What a wonderful place! It was great for business travel if you need to stay a week or more, and I will be back some day for R&R too. The other guests were quite friendly and there was always a happy mixed-age group of mostly British guests willing to share a meal or drinks.
A nice beach where you can rent chairs at another hotel is a 5-minute walk away, and I saw sea turtles playing (well, I suppose feeding) in the waves.
The Hilton, which shares the same beach, should be finished now, but I can't imagine it will ever have the Carribean charm of the Island Inn. I guess if you need all of the outlets in your room to work or need to have a bellman who is able to figure out the remote controls for the TV on the first day, you might prefer the Hilton. Personally, I found those "deficiencies" unimportant. More memorable is the fact that the staff were attentive in a way that I have never before experienced. Other guests told me that the staff remembered them and their preferences years after a weekend visit. The room was clean, food was tasty and authentic, and atmosphere was lovely.
What a Wonderful Place
We just returned from two weeks at the Island Inn Hotel, Barbados. Where do I begin... the hotel is great, small, cosy and all the staff are extremely friendly. Within days the atmosphere gets you talking to other guests and feeling part of the family. The food is great and varied, the bar (say hi to Earl) is well stocked and the cocktail menu is just fantastic and resulted in a few sore heads before the end of the holiday. The manageress is lovely and had a great cocktail party (though one of them did get rained on a bit). It is not the ultimate in luxury, but is a wonderful setting and base for everything you want to do.
The receptionists (say hi to Sharon) will book anything for you and all the staff are great. The barstaff and waitresses are extremely kind and will amend your meals to suit your taste (we began mixing and matching the breakfast menu after a few days which may explain all the weight we've put on). Rooms are clean and well presented (we were lucky enough to get a four poster) and latin american cable keeps you busy for at least 3 hours(don't worry it's in English).
The beach (Carlisle Bay) is right round the corner and you can walk right into Bridgetown along the beach if you want. The free Glass Bottom boat tour was one of our highlights, snorkelling off wrecks with hundreds of fish was fantastic.
Hiring a car and getting completely lost on the island was amazing. Bathsheba, North Point, Speightstown, Holetown and everywhere else is either 20 minutes or 3 hours away depending on what routes you take. Don't worry too much about a map, they're only useful for about 5 minutes.
The Jolly Roger 'pirate ship' was brilliant fun and the guys there made sure you had a great time. Bajan Roots & Rythms was a great show (see if you can spot the obvious advertising...it added to the entertainment). Oistins fish fry on a Friday night is an experience all of it's own DO NOT MISS IT. Crane Beach is beautiful and worthy of it's tag as one of the great beaches in the world. The Boatyard is down the beach from the hotel and is great fun during the day or at night (Tuesday's, they have a great band)
St. Lawrence Gap is well worth a visit on a night time (especially Saturday) loads of pubs and clubs for everyone though it doesn't pick up till late. We also went to Pisces restaurant there...food is great and right on the sea (not cheap).
Thing's we didn't do but other guests informed us of... catamaran's (the more civilised version of the pirate ship) were great. The jeep safari was somewhere between awe-inspiring and mad, the shooting ranges were great fun and good value, scuba diving was well worth every penny.
We absolutely loved the hotel, the people and the island. We will be returning (we are currently in deep depression about having had to leave) and can't wait to sample all the rum punch and Banks Beer we can get our hands on when we return.
Comfort and Value
We have just returned from a 10 day stay at the Island Inn. I can only echo the praise of the few previous contrbuters. The hotel is clean the food is excellent the staff are friendly and very helpful. It is ideally situated for Bridgetown[which is a very pleasant walk away] Or a short bus ride takes you to St Lawrence Gap where all the nightlife is. I would highly recommend BAREFOOT TED'S ISLAND TOUR.It can be booked through Coconut Court Beach Hotel-----.It is a day well spent with an informative,entertaining and interesting journey around the island punctuated with stops for rum punch sightseeing, lunch, sightseeing more rum punch and finally delivery back to your hotel.We had a wonderful time and would certainly return to the Island Inn.
Top Local Tips for Bridgetown
agree a price and use them for island sightseeing. Cheaper then organised tours and they know local info. Buses are good value but get hot when the traffic is heavy.
Explore the island
Don't be frightened to get on the bus and explore the island. Everyone is friendly and helpful.
Always agree a taxi fare before you get in, because otherwise they will take full advantageand charge whatever they like.