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Hilton Barbados Resort
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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“Relaxed at the Hilton Barbados”
Reviewed 7 January 2008

We travelled with our 2 children for the first time to Barbados. The Hilton was selected fron several offered by the tour operator. Before we travelled I did have some concerns after reading some other postings. I really wasn't sure what to expect.

Upon arrival we were offered welcome drinks. We loved the open-air feel of the lobby straightaway. Having been to Dubai and stayed around the beach hotels we were a little disappointed with the lack of marble all around us but to be honest the hotel started to grow on us as our weeks stay progressed and by the end we felt very relaxed and comfortable by our surroundings.

Our room was on the second floor in the tower directly facing the sea and the light house. The room was large and spacious. The fridge didnot really get that cold for our liking. The TV was a litlle dated but did the job in keeping our 11 and 4 year olds occupied and distracted them sufficiently to give us a little respite. There is a kids club on the beach level and the staff seemed friendly enough. We only used it the once for our 4 year old who enjoyed herself at the Christmas party organised fro the chiildren where Santa surprised the kids at the end.

The room lacked enough storage space for clothes in our view for a family of 4. The balcony was nice if little used as we ended up on the beach or around the pool. The bathroom had a walkin shower and a bath.

House keeping were fine other than on one occasion when she completely missed cleaning room despite leaving the sign on the door but they apologised and at least gave us fresh towels for the evening. Bed turn over service was only offered when requested by us. They then left 4 bottles of water and some chocs for all of us. I could not understand why this could not be just done automatically and one had to call them to request it.

We only ever eat at the light house tower lounge for our breakfasts and by the poolside cafe/bar. Breakfast was fantastic and we didnot get bored with the choice of the good quality. We always requested and got a table outside because of the lovely weather. Food at the poolside was burgers, chips etc.The smoothies and the milk shakes are nice. They had a lunch buffet on Christmas day near the pool which was nice.

The beach is nice and wide. The sea is I think a little rough with the waves crashing in and most of the time the flag was on red and you needed to be careful of how far you went into the sea unless you were a good swimmer.

We found the staff to be friendly and warm and service good. Indeed we found the local people to be very courteous and nice where ever we went on the island.

There is bags to do in Barbados or you can easily spend the whole day around the pools or the beach at the Hilton. There are 3 pools and a hot tub/jacuzzi so it never got over crowded in the pools which I thought was really good.

I would recommend hiring a car - which we did for 4 days from the desk in the lobby, perhaps a little expensive than other hire companies but due to Christmas the other companies we tried had no vehicles left.

All in all had a really relaxed and enjoyable stay at the Hilton. I'm sure there are other good hotels in Barbados but we all said that we would return to the Hilton and that is the acid test in my view. If you stayed here I'm sure you would enjoy it although it is obviously a very personal choice at the end of the day. Have fun!!!

  • Liked — space and calmness
  • Disliked — choice of evening meals poor
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2008

We were 13 (plus 1 elephant to make 14): 2 over 60, 7 25-35, and 3 under 5 - the toy elephant was too small to count!
Most of us stayed 6 or 7 nights (2 of us stayed 12).
I cannot think of any way that the hotel could have made it better for such a diverse group.
We variously swam (2 beaches and 2 pools immediately available), snorkelled, dived, cruised, skied, and rode horses. The hotel (surprisingly for a Hilton?) had some of the cheapest hire car rates on the island (we were not fussy about the state of the cars provided they were fully roadworthy).
Under 5's eat and drink free (non-alcoholic!).
Probably the only real quibble all week was when the hotel was very full over the Thanksgiving weekend and the restaurant staff couldn't cope (normally they were quick and helpful - that weekend they were agonisingly slow - but still helpful).
Concierge and Reception staff couldn't have been more helpful and efficient - as were all the various people around the pool (the girl handing out towels was delightful - the children loved her), travel desk, etc.
The Babysitting service was excellent (she even offered to bath the children so we could leave earlier for the evening). There are so many places to eat in Barbados, we almost always went out for restaurant meals.

  • Liked — Young children well catered for so that they enjoyed themselves without getting in the way of everyone else.
  • Disliked — They were rebuilding part of the beach while we were there
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with family
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Boston
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Reviewed 31 December 2007

We stayed at the Barbados Hilton over the Christmas Holiday and were highly impressed. On arrival at BGI we were greeted by a Hilton rep who summoned our cab. At the hotel we were greeted with a drink and were checked in rapidly. My diamond status earned us an upgrade. The room we had was in like new condition and very comfortable. There was an issue with hot water some days in the early evening.

We were on the executive floor which allowed use of the lounge which offered free breakfast, evening drinks (inc. beer/wine, etc), appetizers and free Internet (wireless and one computer). Some of the appetizers were substantial enough that dinner wasn't needed.

The beech has just been renovated by the government and it's fantastic - very wide with one area that has excellent waves for body surfing or using a board. The staff were very helpful in setting up chairs and umbrellas on the beach or by the pool. The two pools were also nice with the upper pool more quiet.

The food at the Lighthouse Grill was good - not gourmet but enjoyable. The breakfast was also very diverse. The barbeque on the beach was very enjoyable with good food and a pleasant environment.

We did some diving with the Barbados Blue dive shop and the staff there were fantastic. The dive sites were varied with a number of wreck dives, walls and drift dives. Their equipment may need more maintenance, however, as I had one regulator had a low pressure leak and another regulator blew a HP hose right after we got back on the boat.

All in all a great place to stay.

  • Liked — Great beach, new hotel and friendly staff
  • Disliked — No hot water some evenings for an hour
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 December 2007

We have just returned from 2wks at the Hilton Barbados.........and yes, there is no getting away from the fact that it is a very large hotel. We were undecided as our preference is usually boutique style hotels, romantic dinning etc. But our gorgeous daughter (age 5yrs) was foremost in our decision. On arrival we were greeted with fruit punch and a very friendly smiling service. The hotel lobby was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Rooms were a great size, very clean, modern with great view over the bay. We were upgraded to the 8th floor which mean't that we had free breakfast, afternoon tea and free drinks and nibbles between 6.30pm to 10am (plus late night brandy and chocolates). We thought the beach to be one of the best on the Island, yes, it the sea is often rough (but perfect for wave jumping and great fun) whilst still calm enough for little one to paddle around. Good pool area with choice of two pools, plus free towels. The sand on beach is white (most other beaches are gold and cramped) very large bay which mean that everyone can spread out and enjoy some privacy. The only criticism would be the food........fairly expensive and not great. However, there are some fab resturants within a 10min taxi ride. We ate out most nights and experienced amazing food and locations. Would recommend Josef's for location and Pices for good price menu plus chance to feed turtles bread rolls. Lobster alive was great, with good food and jazz on a beach setting. Buffet breakfast at the hotel were very good. Plus our daughter ate free whilst at the hotel. We had everything we could have asked for and shall be booking up for next year.

Stayed December 2007
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13 Thank issiewizzie
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London
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Reviewed 23 December 2007

We have just come back from a very enjoyable stay at the Hilton in Barbados. From the moment we were dropped off at the hotel it was great. We were met by a very helpful porter who collected our cases and bags and helped us to the check in desk. The manager checked us in with no problems and after our issues with Expedia in the previous week we were relieved!! Whilst the manager was checking our room was ready he took us into the bar and we had a cocktail each on him! This was just what we wanted after a delayed 8 hour flight and a long wait of hour and half wait for our luggage at the airport.
We were taken up to our room and were amazed at the views and the comfort of the room. The bathroom was great a big walk in shower and separate bath with Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries. The bed was a big king size bed, a little firm for me but was not uncomfortable. The views were spectacular across the beach and the beautiful azure blue ocean. We stayed in the Lighthouse Tower, i think this is where the rooms have the best views as all rooms face the ocean compared to the other tower which has views over the front of the hotel and the parking lot.
The pool and beach area were fantastic, very clean and always a sun bed available whatever time of the day. Pool and beach towels were available and a waiter would also come round for your drinks and snack orders.
The Lighthouse restaurant was nice, we only ate there once on our first night and had the BBQ buffet. The Careenage bar was very friendly and we started most evenings off in there before getting a cab to St Lawrence Gap (BDS$20/ US$10). We took the advice of a previous reviewer and often had breakfast on our balcony as it was more economical and you could have as much or as little as you wanted but still cost less than the breakfast buffet fee.
The hotel offered various water sports and had someone on site to organise any day trips.
We were expecting a bit of noise from the beach restoration but when we arrived (6/12) there was no construction going, we did see a digger up the beach but this was never being used.
The only bad points was the adjoining room being separated but 2 wooden doors so sometimes you would get some disruption from talking/ tv noise etc. Also the location meant you had to get a cab everywhere or hire a car.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend others to stay here as the private beach meant you didnt have distractions of the beach traders and the staff were very helpful and was very peaceful even though the hotel was at it's capacity.

  • Liked — Beach, pool, cleanliness, room
  • Disliked — isolation, adjoining room spearation
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed 19 December 2007

Very friendly staff, make sure you book a room on the executive floor as the benefits are worth the extra you pay.

The lighthouse Tower is best for sea views, though can be a little noisy in the evenings if there is an event on the beach.

Perfect base for the business traveller as well as tourist, all in all a very pleasant 10 day experience

  • Liked — Spacious Room, good restaurant and bar selection, well appointed business suite
  • Disliked — Not being able to extend my checkout
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled on business
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New York City
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Reviewed 17 December 2007

We were in Barbados on a work trip and so did not choose to stay here. But it was fine and definitely a better deal than some of the really fancy places on the island. We loved the views of the ocean and the efficiency of the staff in the executive floor. But it's a big, impersonal hotel and the food and decor is very average. It's a bit expensive for what it is but so is everything in Barbados. Meals out cost far more than they would have in New York and were not nearly as good. The best meals we had were at Champers and also Brown Sugar which is just down the road from the Hilton. We loved the Orchid garden, Sunbury plantation and the museum in Bridgetown. Would go back again to Barbados, quite happily. Might try and stay somewhere smaller.

  • Disliked — not being able to swim in the water in front of the hotel beach as it's too dangerous
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hilton Barbados Resort
Address: Needham's Point, BB 11000, Barbados
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Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint Michael Parish
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Saint Michael Parish
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Barbados Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 350
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The upscale Hilton Barbados Resort, winner of the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, boasts a prime location on the lush tropical peninsula of Needham's Point in Barbados. Each of the 350 beautifully-appointed rooms & suites offers a private balcony and beautiful ocean views. Hilton Barbados Resort offers amenities tailored for couples, families, and all kinds of travelers, plus it's 100% non smoking and fully accessible, becoming versatile paradise for all. Conveniently located, the resort is just five minutes from the island's capital, Bridgetown, 20 minutes from Grantley Adams International Airport and walking distance to the newly listed UNESCO World Heritage site of The Garrison. Some of the facilities include a sparkling pool complex with whirlpool, on-site scuba diving center, three tennis courts, four restaurants and a Fitness & Health Centre with spa treatment rooms overlooking Carlisle Bay. ... more   less 
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