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Blue Orchids Beach Hotel
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
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“Fantastic Location”
Reviewed 26 January 2014

Our apartment had everything we needed, the air-con was quiet, good shower and the apartment was thoroughly cleaned every day. We were on the corner of D block 4th floor and although there was some road noise and a barking dog - the views were fantastic from our balcony. We found all of the staff to be very helpful and friendly. The beach and garden areas are private, with lots of room for everyone to spread out - but the sun loungers could do with a refurb/more comfortable cushions. The hotel did look a little bit tired but the staff were always doing/tarting things up. Considering the location right on the beach, open to all the elements I thought the property looks pretty good. We didn't eat at the restaurant or use the bar as we were never really sure whether it was open, what was going on/was available as there was no info about it anywhere. It is very nice not to be hassled by staff and left to your own devices - but I think the hotel could try and promote the restaurant/bar area a bit more. The sunsets are fantastic form the beach so why not have a happy hour/sundowners?? All in all a wonderful holiday and a great base to be able to walk to SLG, Rockley Beach and loads of bars and restaurants locally.
We didn't hire a car but went everywhere on the reggae buses which run outside the hotel. $2BD set fare - whether you are going to Oistins, Bridgetown or just into SLG - great fun but a bit crowded at times -the most passengers we counted was 17 in our bus!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

Excellent place to stay, lovely clean rooms, staff are very nice. The beach is right on the doorstep, the location is great. It is central for all the shops, clubs and other beaches, is ideal for any family or couples.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We recently stayed for 5 nights at Blue Orchids. While we had an enjoyable holiday and the accommodation is pleasant enough - it could improve loads with some small improvements.
The location is great, lovely beach (waves sometimes pretty large so nearby Accra Beach is easier for swimming) The rooms are spacious and well enough equipped, could do with a freshen up particularly in kitchens and bathrooms, however the view overlooking the ocean from the room was fantastic! Free Wi-fi was useful. Front desk staff were touch and go, sometimes pleasant, sometimes not! Other staff members such as security (Joseph) and gardeners etc are very friendly lovely people.Restaurant - tried breakfast once and it was very good. Unfortunately no-one seemed to use the restaurant at any other time. Free loungers to use on the beach but the cushions are really grubby.

Neighbouring restaurant Champers is the best in the area and The Coffee Bean (opposite hotel) is good for breakfast, lunch, coffee. Mojo Bar (also opposite) good for drinks and music.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

Blue Orchids is in a fantastic location and has great staff, the 2 reasons for our 'very good' rating - right on a beautiful, white sand beach where there are no other hotels, meaning it is practically private for the Blue Orchids & Coral Mist hotels, and a great spot to watch sunsets. We had a studio in Block D which backs onto the road - as in previous reviews, there is some traffic noise, and incessant barking in the evenings from a neighbouring dog was a bit annoying, so I think C is probably a better choice as it is between the main hotel building and the sea. Our room was OK, 2 beds pushed together and all a bit tired/shabby looking but roomy with good storage facilities; we had some problems with the air conditioning unit (which is very old and surely in need of updating) and TV, but staff are always willing to help sort things out. Cleaners work hard to clean rooms every day, but it just seemed there was so much old, ingrained dirt (especially in bathroom) that the place never really looked clean despite their efforts. It is great to have the kitchen, as there are 2 good supermarkets within walking distance to stock up; it was lovely to eat on the balcony every morning. We tried Champers (excellent), Mo Jo (hit and miss; 2 good visits, one poor), Tiki Bar (very good) and the Brazilian restaurant in St Lawrence Gap (bit pricey for the quality), Oistins Fish Fry on a Friday (excellent, don’t miss the ballroom, old-time dancing at the back of the market), hired a jeep to see the island (the north and east coasts are interesting, very different from the built-up south-west and west coasts); went on the Jamming catamaran (very good; excellent crew, great atmosphere and fun; you get to stop with the turtles, snorkel etc); easy to get a bus into Bridgetown. Barbados is generally a safe island, but don’t be too off your guard on the beach – one lady had her bag grabbed from the pool area while she was sitting there, and security did seem to be stepped up after that.
Blue Orchids reception staff were very helpful, but there seems a bit of a pecking order with Coral Mist Hotel. On a couple of occasions Blue Orchids had run out of beach towels, and Coral Mist refused to give us any as we ‘weren’t staying there’ – all a bit petty really, we were only asking for 2 beach towels … perhaps another example of where ‘customer service’ is lost sight of.
The one main let-down for the hotel is the restaurant – we had a real problem there on New Year’s Eve with the service / food, which we raised with Blue Orchids manager, who very kindly helped sort things out for us. One example – it is almost unbelievable that on a Caribbean island, when you ask for an orange juice or fruit punch, you are served cordial (yes, squash!!!!!!). There really needs to be some thought as to providing service / menu which matches expectations of guests, as this restaurant given its location could be a real winner – as it was, it was empty most of the time. We know ours was not an isolated complaint, as 2 other guests told us they had been ill after eating their burgers, and many others never even tried to eat there.
Thanks to Reggie (your boundless enthusiasm is infectious!) and Liverpool, one of the security guards, who was so kind as to track us down to let us know that some baby turtles had hatched on the beach; it is great how these guys really look out to protect these little creatures and try and ensure they at least make it to the sea.
Location is almost unbeatable for this hotel, but I don’t think they can be too complacent; I don’t know how good the rooms are in Coral Mist, but Blue Orchids could certainly do with a little bit of an upgrade to make it an excellent hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Weymouth
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

We stayed at the Blue Orchid again for two nights prior to a Windward Island Cruise on the Royal Clipper and two nights after. Checking in was like coming home for us. We were upgraded to a two bedroom apartment overlooking the pool and sea, which was very welcome.
Blue Orchid and Coral Mist have such a relaxed atmosphere and the Staff are so friendly and laid back.
We love the local Tiki Bar on Accra Beach to have a beer (or two) and watch the sunset in the evening. We got a take away from "Just Grillin" one night, five minutes walk down the the road and had a romantic meal on the balcony of our room. 8 oz new york strip steak, salad and coleslaw and mahi mahi, potatoes and coleslaw came to around US$34. Can't beat that in Barbados.
We have stayed in Blue Orchid and Coral Mist five times and will return again for sure.
Thank you to Margaret Carrington and Staff for the very warm welcome, friendly and excellent service. We will definately return.

Room Tip: All rooms have a sea view. Not saying which are better, they are best kept secret
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2013

Two of us booked a get-away to Barbados. We wanted little but beach, water, sun an relaxation. Blue Orchid was a great choice for us. We forgo getting the all-inclusive package and opted instead of eat-in by frequenting the local grocery store and nearby restaurants. We were upgraded to a two-bedroom suite on the 4th floor, as they had run out of single bed rooms, which spanned the width of the hotel; the entry way was on the street-facing side, but our balcony facing the beautiful beach, where we frequently had our breakfast.
The beach is great - the hotel provide umbrellas and chairs and towels. The water was roughly 30 degrees C (brilliant!) as was the air. There was a pool as well, but didn't use it as the ocean was perfect (waves and some currents were a bit stronger on some days, but manageable). We journeyed out to a couple other beaches and were quite pleased with the one at the hotel. There are a couple reefs down the beach where some local turtles were frequenting - quite amazing to see! We journeyed out to the west once, but the south seems a bit more relaxed.
Definitely recommend this hotel - the staff were very helpful, the room was basic, but had all the necessities and the kitchen was well-equipped.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver BC
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76 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2013

Back from I believe stay #16 at the Blue Orchids.. Surprise. as of Dec 15,they are getting new furnature.. Was getting alittle run down but some new furniture and fresh paint looking pretty good again. Clean rooms, friendly staff, Pool still needs work but great beacks all around who needs the pool

Room Tip: D building can be a little loud with street traffic, C is great if you don't mind the stairs
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Blue Orchids Beach Hotel
Address: Highway 7 | #18 Worthing, BB15130, Barbados
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Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Christ Church Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Orchids Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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Hotel Blue Orchids Beach
Blue Orchids Beach Christ Church
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