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Island Inn Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Bridgetown
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 August 2014 via mobile

After an eight year absence, we finally returned to Barbados and The Island Inn. We decided to return to the hotel because it is clean, comfortable, small and intimate. We don't like large resorts and as much of the hotel is part of a heritage building it has more of an 'eco' feel to it.

We enjoyed a fantastic three weeks on the island, using the hotel as a base for breakfast, most lunches and some dinners. We were around for evening drinks most days and it's the kind of hotel where you meet all sorts of people to sit and chat to, as well as the the great staff on the bar.

I'm trying not to compare the experience too much to our first visit as this is still a warm, welcoming hotel that provides excellent value for money but there were a few things concerning the food that we thought had impacted negatively. Breakfast is now a buffet and the main components are English breakfast items. I imagine the hotel came under some pressure to serve this type of food this way at some point. We used to like ordering fresh food from the breakfast menu and now, if you are 'late' to breakfast which is 7-10 it's pretty slim pickings. However, any eggs or pancakes can be freshly cooked if you just ask.

Lunch is from a menu on the majority of days but people rarely ordered three courses. As a vegetarian, out of 21 days I had 16 cheese sandwiches - a bit hard-going.

Afternoon tea was not as varied as last time and on the few occasions that we were around for it there were rarely any vegetarian sandwiches.

Evening meals are mainly al a carte and are still tasty, modest, quality portions of food. Vegetarian dinner options were excellent although the BBQ night didn't provide more than salad and potatoes for veggies. We went out to eat on two of these.

We went out or to the beach most days but on a three week holiday it was inevitable that we would use the pool. The new loungers are great but there are still no umbrellas which bothered some guests on very hot days. Pool cleaning seemed a bit hit and miss and there was no skimmer to hand to get rid of leaves and flies which did not seem to be sucked through the filter on days the fountain wasn't turned on. There was also an incident with the ground at the pool area being bleached while we were sunbathing.

So apart from a few veggie-related gripes we had a first class holiday. The staff at the hotel made us feel at home and we really didn't want to leave. If I'm being honest, the only genuine downside were the few moaners we encountered; they were being rude to the staff and complaining about the weather (in rainy season!), food, drinks and anything else they possibly could, whilst rolling their eyes at those of us who were having a good time. These people remain anonymous in large hotels but in a 26 room property you're pretty much stuck with them!

Just a few tiny tweaks and this hotel could be THE boutique property of the island. I think it beats the sister property (Mango Bay) hands-down on atmosphere, staff and environment but it's still worth going over there once or twice to use their beach and go on the boat trip.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Tom C
10 day stay with my wife
Rooms immaculate.
Service superb and all done with a smile.
Food, limited choices but excellent quality.
All inclusive drinks, good range of known brands.
Beach small but perfectly formed

Thanks to all at the friendliest hotel we have ever stayed in.


Room Tip: Try Oistens fish Friday ....don't miss the reggae bar for a real local night out.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Tom C
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Just return from a family staycation ,we had an enjoyable time at the resort.On arrival the front desk clerk Carol greeted and check us in and we was taken to our room.
On entering it was afternoon tea so we enjoyed that then hit pool.
The staff in all departments were friendly and helpful especially the waitress can,t remember her name and barman Jamal who my step son met and enjoyed his milkshakes
The meals were great thumbs up to the chef and his team for wonderful work.
We had a superior garden view room from bed to bath was perfect,spacious and lovely decor.We had a lovely king size bed and 2 twin beds for kids.On arrival to room it was spotless to t and up to standard.Keep ip the good work housekeeping staff,we loved our room only fault was no wifi in it.
The kids enjoyed the pool, thats all they kept nagging bout if they could stay in it hold day and night they would.
Our weekend was a bomb me and my boyfriend enjoyed it,would love to treat him alone for bithday in September .
What a ball thanks again to all the staff ....... see you all soon again.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
6  Thank rina r
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We had a lovely week at the Island Inn. The staff were so friendly and helpful and we really enjoyed the food. It is nice to have the meals waitress served, which is quite unusual in an all-inclusive hotel, and we found this to be much more relaxing.

We had a standard courtyard room, which we were completely satisfied with. It was kept very clean. Good quality toiletries are provided, as well as a free in-room safe, iron and ironing board, and a kettle and tea/coffee tray (even though there is a tea/coffee machine available 24 hours a day).

As previous reviewers have said, the manager's BBQ party on Wednesday evenings is a nice touch.

We were lucky enough to see the monkeys in the hotel grounds on a couple of occasions, which was a lovely experience.

One minute's walk away is Pebbles Beach which is absolutely lovely, and probably the best beach in the area.

Thanks to all the staff who worked so hard to make us feel welcome.

Room Tip: The standard rooms are great, so anything above would be a bonus
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Janet2158
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Having read a previous review I wonder whether we went to the same place. From the minute we arrived I could hardly find fault with anything at the Island Inn.
We wanted a quiet, relaxing holiday and that is exactly what we got. Having read previous reviews and the history of the location we knew the accommodation wasn't going to be seven star luxury. However, it was extremely comfortable and kept wonderfully clean. That also extended to the outside areas of the courtyard and swimming pool. You could always find someone cleaning or clearing up somewhere throughout the day.
I have to take a different view of the staff from a previous review. We found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful. They all seemed to be enjoying their work too, unless every one of them put on an act for ten days. In fact it was great sitting in the bar and hearing music and laughter coming from the kitchen. People don't usually laugh and sing at work if they are unhappy and miserable with their job. In particular I think Ceciline, Ahmal and Earl deserve special attention (along with the manager). They all made our holiday one to remember.
The close proximity to the beach meant we could take a stroll down and enjoy the sunset and return for a drink in the bar before dinner.
Would we return to Barbados? I think a resounding YES.
Would we return to the Island Inn? A resounding YES, especially if the same staff were there.
I think a number of named brand hotels could learn something about customer service from this small hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank 21clyde
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Island Inn and was delighted with the ambiance of this wee little gem. Tucked away in a side street and just a few minutes walk from the beach where we swam and snorkelled every day. If you want to get up really early (like 6am) you can share the sea with the local racehorses who are exercised there. The racecourse is only a short walk from the hotel and definitely worth a visit if the races are on. We walked into Georgetown and back although there is a local bus service you can hail down from the roadside. We would recommend a tour of the island and that can be organised through the hotel reception. Great value for money and very entertaining. The hotel rooms were spacious and very clean and the (very necessary) air conditioning was a very needed relief from the heat as it was still very hot in September.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Keith H
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

I just got back from staying at this property and it was wonderful. I went to celebrate my mums 50th and I know we both thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact our only regret is not staying longer. All the staff were really nice Angela Imani and the manageress but I want to give a special appreciation to Carol in front desk who really went the extra mile to make our stay special and nothing was too much and her patience with us through a misunderstanding. I have said she is my new Bajen mum. The hotel is small but it's so lovely all the personal touches they do to make you welcome, you don't feel like your another guest, you feel like family. I loved the little invite we got to the managers cocktail party and it's hand delivered and very personal. The food is really nice and it is a good variety of local and international meals. It's a very short walk to the beach and the beach is wonderful. The rooms are spacious, with nice decor. Again I want to say thank you to all staff at the Island inn and I cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Address: Aquatic Gap, Garrison Historic Area | St Michael, Bridgetown, Barbados
Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint Michael Parish > Bridgetown
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Bridgetown
Price Range: £167 - £352 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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