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“Lovely small but personable hotel”
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Island Inn Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bridgetown
Certificate of Excellence
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3 reviews
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“Lovely small but personable hotel”
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

This hotel was different to what we would usually go for because it was only small but staff were all lovely, always happy to help. The manageress, Earl and Sharon were both great. Our room was spacious and very well air conditioned. The food wasn't amazing but good enough. To be fair we didn't dine at the hotel all the time because you can't spend too much time at the hotel in a beautiful country like barbados. We was delayed for 24 hours due to the aeroplane fault and they put us up at barbados beach hotel not a patch on island inn. Great location too. Thank you.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Myself and 5 other ladies stayed here for a week, celebrating my 40th birthday. Nothing was too much trouble, the food was great, most of the staff were fantastic! (Only a couple weren't as nice, but it certainly didn't spoil the holiday or mood) unfortunately on the Friday evening we were supposed to be going to oistins but the weather put stop to that, it rained that evening. The hotel was only too happy to let us put our music on at the bar and have a little party, the manageress, barman and security guy all happily joined in and danced with us. It is a fab hotel and you certainly shouldn't be put off by Anne W's review, we heard from other guests about her, who had the pleasure of her company and sounds like she wanted Sandy Lanes service at Pontins prices! The food was lovely, rooms were lovely, staff great and overall a wonderful little hotel. Please don't let that review put you off and read the others...can't please everyone, but they certainly made our holiday a good one!

  • Stayed June 2014
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7 Thank tracey b
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West Yorkshire
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We have recently returned from our 6th visit to the Island Inn, and it won't be our last. We booked a garden view room which we prefer, having a shaded verandah throughout the day.
What can I say that hasn't been said 100's of times. The food was excellent, the staff superb.
A big thankyou to everyone. See you next year.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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3 Thank KD's Mommy
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Redhill, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Gorgeous small hotel, beautiful bedrooms with a hugeeee bed, nice bathroom, walk in wardrobe, safe, air con, etc. Food is tasty with plenty of options. They're stingy on booze measures so ask for doubles! There's only wifi in public areas which sucks, it'd be great if the wifi was in bedrooms. The staff are lovely and friendly.

The beach is a 1 minute walk from the hotel. If you fancy swimming with turtles (which I thoroughly recommend, it's a breathtaking experience!) then ask the lovely man who rents out sun beds and umbrellas for Julian. He is a friend of his. Julian takes you out on his boat and takes you on a guided tour of the shipwrecks and lures in turtles to snorkel with. He's so friendly, reasonable and it's a great experience!

A lot if the locals recommend st Lawrence gap but we went and, in my opinion, it didn't have much to offer. There's some mediocre restaurants and lively bars but for a family holiday it wasn't too special. Bridgetown too is a waste if time, not much to offer but fruit and veg stalls!

Overall I would definitely stay again, it's a beautiful hotel and amazing place.

Room Tip: Don't chose one near the restaurant/foyer area, too noisy!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank kirstieboon
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west calder
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27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2014

was at the island in for two weeks in may.what a lovely little hotel.
we would like to thank everyone at the island inn for making our holiday all the more fantastic.
from the moment we arrived til the moment we left the staff were wonderful.nothing was too much trouble and everything was done with a smile on they're face.
the rooms are small but ample for our needs.they were kept spotless.
its a all inclusive hotel but apart from the buffet breakfast the rest of the meals are picked from a menu and brought to you.you only get a couple of choices on each course but there is always something you fancy on offer.the waitress always kept your glass full.
just around the corner from the restaurant is the bar.again small but with only 24 rooms in the hotel which means only 48 people again plenty of room.
spirits at the bar are all international brands.and I must mention Earl the barman.he is fantastic.as are his cocktails.Earl has a smile and a kind word for everybody.a really fantastic person.
the courtyard is spotless and the pool might be small but in the heat of the day its a cool heaven.
the beach is less than a minute away and its a lovely beach but as with all the beaches in Barbados they are all public beaches which means you pay for sunloungers and umbrellas.two sunloungers with matresses and a umbrella works out to £15 a day so its a costly two weeks on the beach.
we hired a car for 3 days and its a great way to see the island.you can get a picnic hamper from the hotel instead of having lunch.its the best picnic from any hotel ive ever been in.
overall this is one of the best if not the best hotels we have ever been in.
once again a big thank you to all the staff for making our two weeks in paradise even better.
and a big thank you to Sharon on reception.you couldn't do enough for us and your smile is amazing.you were our sunshine,thank you.
we will be back

Room Tip: ask for garden view.a little noisy in courtyard
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bideford, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014

We went to this hotel for our Honeymoon based on the reviews. We had emailed ahead twice in advance to ask for a room upgrade but got no response. We should have known then how we would have been treated. On arrival the receptionist mentioned our email and said we would have to speak to the manager about an upgrade but just see how the room was first. The room was terrible. It was at the back of the building had breeze block walls painted white near a noisy generator on the walk through. There was no privacy so we couldn't even open the curtains. The room was dark and small so not the best start. We asked 3 more times to speak to the manager 24 hours later we agreed an upgrade and moved to a much better room with outside space once we had paid but still no privacy. The next day we were rudely awoken at 9 am by the cleaner who said she needed to do the room. We felt we had to leave as she sat outside the room until we left. This happened twice so we put the do not disturb up sign every night. The reception area was the meeting point for the staff so we felt like we were imposing if we went out to ask a question. The food was meant to be al a carte which may have been ok if it had been cooked fresh. When my husband asked for hot food he was told all the food is pre cooked before service and kept at room temperature. We had a packed lunch. No bottle opener for the beer, no napkins, no cutlery. We also had the night before's lemon cream pie served up in a sandwich package so a yellow slop when we opened the bag. The bar was absolutely terrible. Very slow service if you weren't ignored. Drinks were measured and we were told this was because we were all inclusive! To keep costs down. Cheaper spirits were under the counter and poured so you couldn't see. The bar man listened to football and cricket on his radio while ignoring us. The worst part though was the miserable staff. They were polite in that they would say 'your welcome, when thanked then but that was as far as the level of engagement went. Sour grumpy faces with clearly fed up staff is not welcoming. We spent most of our time away from the hotel to escape the staff. The reason we went to Barbados for our honeymoon was because how friendly the people had been when we stopped on a cruise previously. We thought the locals had been abducted! There was clearly some politics going on between the staff and the manager who had an overpowering school mistress presence. No surprise then when we asked to leave she charged us 100% cancellation fee to move making us feel like prisoners. What a shame this place could have been so much more. A lovely setting, close to the beach but no sun loungers unless you pay £15 a day. With just 16 guests the kitchen could and should have cooked fresh but the lazy can't be bothered attitude was right through the staff team with the exception of Sharon who was lovely. We had to pay to get away from this hotel to the sister resort Mango Bay. This was another world from the second we walked through the door so the company was capable of providing a good service but not at the island inn.

Room Tip: Do not choose the standard garden room they are like prison cells no light, breeze block walls paint...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Anne W
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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2014

We have just returned from this hotel and were more than happy with it for the money. The food was great and the rooms clean and spacious. Beds large and comfy, The staff are always happy to help and the cocktails are great! The pool is small but perfect to cool down in. Only gripes which are very small was no umbrella's at the pool and the towels are not big enough for the sunbeds so you burn your feet as they are black and attract the heat - but very small niggles. I would recommend this hotel for sure. The beach is seconds away and beautiful. we loved it and Barbados is Amazing.

Room Tip: pool rooms are bigger but not really better, nice and quiet the other side.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Island Inn Hotel
Address: Aquatic Gap, Garrison Historic Area | St Michael, Bridgetown, Barbados
Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint Michael Parish > Bridgetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bridgetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Island Inn Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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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