We stayed here for 4 weeks in Jan/ Feb. 2012 after reading all the rave reviews. I will try to keep my review as factual and honest as possible, without repeating all of the great recommendations. We generally enjoyed our stay, but with some reservations.
Room. We stayed in the Andrews Room, (205, no names on doors) on the upper floor. It was very spacious, with a lovely large bathroom which had 2 wash basins and a super large glass- walled walk in shower. The hot water failed on a few occasions, but improved after some repair work was done, but nothing was said to us about it. The walk in closet was useful as a changing room when we did not wish to cover the windows and shut out the fresh air. The drawback with the veranda was that there is no privacy unless the blinds were down and a thin curtain pulled across our window. When that is done, no fresh air can enter the room. The bathroom window is also quite small. The air conditioning worked well and was reasonably quiet, but of course it only cools the same air. We much preferred to have our bedroom window open at night to let in the cooler air. However that was a problem. After our first 3 nights, Pamela asked my husband that we keep the windows closed at night because of bugs. Since we had not seen a single bug, even around the lights outside our window, I asked Trevor the reason and he said that it was for security. He said “no problem but the country is catching up with the rest of the world, and I do not want any problems". He showed no concern for our lack of fresh air at all, and apparently it did not bother anyone else, but we did not come to the Caribbean to cope with a stuffy room every night. We put the room shutters across the windows instead, which was very secure as they bolt into place, but virtually no air movement took place. On the outside of the veranda there are more opening shutters, but even when open, and our window unencumbered we were unable to see out. As there were only blank cream coloured walls in our room (no pictures at all) I felt very shut in, whenever we were in the room. We have travelled to many Caribbean islands and have never had this trouble before. I think that the rooms on the ground floor would not have felt quite so shut in, or on the side facing the front of the house. In addition, there were lights on the veranda which stayed on all night, so our room was too light. (No blackout curtain) The in- room fridge is a good size, (empty thankfully of expensive drinks to sell) and a kettle 2 small plates, glasses, a small chopping board and knife, and cutlery were provided. A 24 hour mini mart is within easy walking distance. Our room had 2 twin beds put together as a king bed. Although it was soft, with a pillow top mattress, I did not find that it gave enough support- I usually like a soft bed as I am not a heavy person (130lbs). There was nowhere to dry swimwear.
The Hosts. Trevor and Pamela have lived in Barados a long time. Pamela was born and bred there, with a family history in Sugar. They were rather quiet, and kept in the background most of the time. We really did not find them particularly friendly- sorry! We were known by our room number, not our first names, even after 4 weeks stay. Trevor was eager to help with our luggage, but we felt as if it was supposed to be a privilege to stay there, and we did not feel particularly welcome. However the other guests were very welcoming, and we very much enjoyed talking with them. If we needed anything we had to ask, (no handy restaurant menus in folder, or info regarding local events ready) and then the hosts would help. We are used to outgoing friendly hosts at Bed and Breakfasts, but this experience was rather different. Jason their son, who works there 5 months of the year (his family is living in UK) was much more friendly, with a ready smile, and a good morning. To be honest, when we first met Pamela while she was taking breakfast orders, we thought she was a weekend employee - her attitude was one of boredom. Often she would stand at our table to take our breakfast requests, pen and pad in hand, without so much as a word, and I would find myself saying good morning to her, and asking how she was! At the end of our stay, we were talking with our hosts when we met them one evening, and unfortunately Trevor made a joke about homosexuals which we both found most upsetting and inappropriate. Pamela could not understand why we were not laughing loudly as she was.
Meals. Trevor is really into portion control. His background is in catering. I understand the recent reviewer who felt uncomfortable asking for cereal and fruit! Breakfast was quite good, but there was no generosity apparent. Fruit was always 4 slices of banana, 2 of grapefruit, 2 of orange, 3 small pieces of pineapple, and 1 small piece of cantaloupe, all beautifully presented. Unchanging. One day I dared to request an extra piece of tomato- the daily ration was a half tomato fried, together with 2 eggs, (or cheese omelette) bacon, sausage, if required. I did not want some of these ingredients, but my request for extra tomato instead was greeted by Pamela with laughter. No extra tomato appeared. One day we were asked if we would like mushroom- wow! One small mushroom appeared on our plates, but it was never offered again. I would have preferred a buffet breakfast where yogurt and a bowl of fruit, muesli etc. is usually offered as well, but not here.
Trevor’s dinners were well presented and in the mid price range compared to local restaurants (3 restaurants are available locally) and generally tasty, but lacked variety. Pureed bean soup (usually delicious) or shrimp cocktail, appeared often, followed by the inevitable mashed potatoes, with a different roast meat or casserole, and a decoration (only) of vegetable. We would have enjoyed a decent serving size of vegetables, and requested green vegetables for our last dinner, but 2 tiny pieces of broccoli did not do it. Deserts were always delicious, but there was no fruit, and bread pudding was frequent.
Cleaning. Public areas were kept well cleaned, but our room was only of average cleanliness. While the bathroom was clean, and the general daily cleaning was fine in the room, under the bed was not touched (it had small items from the last guests) and there was plenty of dust on various ledges, also on the baseboards, and in corners. The area around handles on door frames were quite dirty. Towels were changed daily except on weekends, when the same towel lasted 2 or 3 days. Soap was provided, but that was all. To my surprise there was no shampoo.
Weather etc.. We enjoyed frequent heavy rain showers, which added humidity. The weather pattern is changing in Barbados like everywhere else. Trevor has a problem with some new loungers and umbrellas which are stuck indefinitely at the port, but the 4 newer loungers are comfortable, and there is shade in the garden in the afternoons. The beautiful garden extends just past the pool area, but lacks colour.Don't think Barbados is any safer than anywhere else- we met 2 guests who narrowly escaped being mugged one night near Speightstown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities include a restaurant, bar, fresh water pool and complimentary WiFi connection. The wide and breezy wrap-around verandas on both ground and first floors have clusters of comfortable chairs making an ideal location to relax, read or just soak up the tranquility of the surrounding tropical gardens. Our colourful landscaped gardens with seasonal flowering trees also include mangoes, bananas, plaintains, fig bananas, limes, avacado and grapefruit. These attract a variety of wildlife including the Barbados green monkey. Arrangements have been made for our guests to use the Spa and Beauty Treatment facility "Indulgence" operated by Royal Westmoreland which is just a four minute walk away. On Mullins beach there are chaises and umbrellas for rent and a variety of water sports. Mullins Beach Bar & Restaurant is an ideal spot for lunch, dinner or maybe a sunset cocktail. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bayfield House Hotel Mullins
- Bayfield House Barbados/Mullins