Just got back from a very enjoyable holiday in Barbados, at the most unusual of hotels. The Island Inn has only 24 rooms, all on one level in mostly chalet form. Most meals are served on a set menu basis with a choice of two starters, main courses and desserts all changing on a daily basis. From reading Trip Advisor reviews before booking it was obvious that many people returned year on year.
All these things concerned us before we booked, would the food quality be ok being All Inclusive, would it be a little to "cosy" with many people already being aquainted, would we miss the sea views we have become accustomed to, plus a number of other concerns relating to a very small venue.
It is fair to say none of our worries materialised in anyway, the food was some of the best we have had at any hotel in the world, the service was generally very good with wine from the bottle being continuously topped up. We found the bar service very efficient, hardly ever having to wait, and after dinner it was nice to relax in the courtyard area,
Our fellow residents were generally very friendly, and we could either join in or be on our own if we wished, in a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Managers Cocktail Party every Wednesday provided an pleasant dining change in the form of a Barbeque with dancing afterwards.
The beach is only two minutes walk away and provides an change from the small hotel pool and courtyard experience. We had a Superior Poolside Room which met all our requirements, was comfortable and kept very clean.
It is difficult to find much to fault, the Bar area could be improved to provide better seating and table arrangements but this didn't cause any major issues. Any minor problems that did occur were swiftly sorted out either by the hotel Manager Thora Browne or one of her excellent members of staff.
This is definately not you're normal type of hotel, if you want the more traditional type try their sister hotel The Mango Bay in Holetown, but if you want a completely different experience the Island Inn is worth the risk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Island Inn is a quaint, 24 room, all inclusive property with meeting and function facilities. Situated less than a mile from the centre of Historic Bridgetown and within the Garrison Area – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel is footsteps away from the beach at the beautiful Carlisle Bay and Pebbles Beach and is conveniently close to shops and restaurants. Island Inn will amaze you with its disarming simplicity and old world charm. Whether you’re here alone, with the family, or with a group, travelling on vacation or on business, the Island Inn Hotel offers an unrivaled warmth of atmosphere, with contemporary trappings and a true Bajan experience. Originally constructed in 1804 as a Rum Storage facility for the British Regiment, Island Inn Hotel is now part of the historic Garrison area of Barbados. The building was designated a national treasure of Barbados. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Hotel Bridgetown
- Island Inn Barbados
- Island Inn Hotel Barbados/Bridgetown