How would you like to pay USD195.- plus 17% service and tax to get a room with no view, situated on the ground floor under the kitchen of the restaurant with no hot water in the bathroom basin, an old shower, worn out bed sheets, very noisy A/C and Fridge and loud people of the staff screaming and laughing at all times?
Yes! We were very disappointed by what seems to be one of the best hotels on the island of Bequia. I have lived in the Caribbean for 3 years now and I have been travelling around quite a bit. Hotels are expensive but most of the time you get more or less value for money. Not this time!
I had visited the Gingerbread Hotel earlier and I had found the rooms quite nice, all facing the ocean with a nice balcony, and the price of USD 195 plus 17% felt almost reasonable… So I decided to spend the week-end with my wife on the island and called the Gingerbread. I was told the hotel was fully booked and I had already found a room at the Frangipani next door when the Gingerbread calls me back to say that indeed they have a room available. With the remembrance of what I had visited in mind, I immediately cancelled the Frangipani and confirmed at the Gingerbread, looking forward to a honeymoon week end…
The Gingerbread told me that they would charge my credit card in advance in order to finalise the reservation. I had no objection of course.
When we got there, we understood why they had charged in advance. My wife and I would have left immediately otherwise. The room was situated on the ground floor with no view, under the restaurant kitchen. We could hear every step of the staff in the kitchen and also their laughter and screams (we’ll never know why they had to shout at each other) simply very loud people. We were flatly told that there was no hot water in the bathroom basin but that we could use instead the basin of the kitchenette. You should have seen the kitchenette; simply very old and somewhat dirty. The shower was quite old as well and my wife could hardly turn the taps on and off. At first the A/C was not working but they fixed it and then we realised how noisy an old A/C unit can be, not to speak of the fridge that we had to unplug as those two were competing to see which one could be overheard. The nice thing about a noisy A/C unit is that it sort of covers up other disturbing noises.
When we uncovered the bed at night, we thought the sheets were stained but a second good look showed that they were just worn out… We decided we had enough for a day and switched off the lights (yes they worked).
The next day we go to the breakfast room. The breakfast was decent but we were only surprised when we asked for butter and were told that the toasts had already been buttered… We did not have to pay extra for the breakfast. Was it because we had complained about the price of the room? We’ll never know.
If you ever go there, avoid room 7 at any cost.
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- Also Known As:
- Gingerbread Hotel Bequia/Port Elizabeth