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Butterfly Beach Hotel
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Reviewed 10 April 2007

I arrived in Barbados last week and was scheduled to stay at Butterfly. After 20 minutes there, I knew there was no way I could remain at this establishment.

For starters, the room was dirty. Stains on the sheets, the bathroom looked like it hadn't been cleaned in weeks. You were given two small towels. We told the front desk about the sheets, and also requested more towels. The sheet was not changed and they informed us you had to pay for extra towels. We ended up paying $14 for two beach towels. I have never heard of such an absurd requirement.

Do not be fooled by the website - there is no access to a beach here. Well I take that back, there is access but you have to risk you life attempting to reach the water. Let me elaborate. We asked the management how to get to the beach. They told us to walk through a gate on the side of the hotel (by the way this gate is locked at 6pm daily). When peering over the gate we saw that you had to physically jump down to the sand which is minimal. At high tide the water was basically coming up to the gate. No beach chairs, no way to swim. No beach! We told the mgmt this and they suggested we approach the beach from the other side of the hotel. There was a small path that we followed down, when we reached the end and looked out we saw jagged rocky boulders. In order to swim you had to manuever your way over these huge rocks and I guess jump in the ocean from there and hope that someone could help you climb back onto the rocks when you were done? No thanks! The point of going to an island is to be able to enjoy their beach setting and at butterfly it is just not an option.

We spent hours online researching other available hotels in Barbados. By the way - you are charged to use the internet! We lucked out and found a hotel with vacancy and checked out of there the next morning. I do not understand how the Butterfly has been written up in a positive manner. There was not one positive thing about this experience.

Stayed: April 2007
9  Thank tiggaNewYork
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Reviewed 6 April 2007

Stayed here for two weeks recently, on a package with First Choice Ltd.

This is a small, friendly hotel, in a very good location, right on the beach (although a small strip of beach, sea could be a little rough at times).

We upgraded our room to a superior ocean view at the time of booking and were pleased that we had. We were in the "new block", a large room with balcony overlooking the sea. The room had a small, but very adequate kitchen, with 4 ring hob and full-size fridge, also plenty of crockery/cutlery etc. A large k/s bed, lot's of hanging and drawer space and a nice dining table and chairs.

Our room and all the common areas were spotlessly clean, our bedding was changed every 3 days and towels and tea-towels changed daily.

Staff were very friendly and helpful, but never over-bearing. they were happy to chat and pass the time of day, or leave you alone as you wished.

The pool/jacuzzi's and sunbathing decks were very tidy, there seemd to be plenty of sunbeds to go around. Would have been good to have a few umbrellas as well.

We didn't eat in the hotel, but believe from others that it was very good. The bar was fine, with a good selection of beers and cocktails. The T.V. wasn't annoying! The Karaoke night (Thursday) was tedious, but over by 10.30pm at the latest. Please note that there is a small dwelling-house located right next door to the hotel which has a note stating it is available for rental. During our stay it was used once on a Saturday night for a private party (for local people). It consisted of a large BBQ, bar area and very loud disco (complete with DJ). this was the only annoying night of the whole 2 weeks, as it went on until 3.30am.

There is a small supermarket over the road from the hotel which sells essential, but much better to go to the supermarket in Oistins for value and choice.

The road outside of the hotel is quite busy and I can imagine it could be noisy depending on the location of your room. though this is a plus if you want to catch a bus as the stops are right outside.

The Reggae busses are the local mini-buses and are fantastic!! They stop anywhere for you, are incredibly cheap and cheerful $1.50 Barbados for any journey. They are used by locals and tourists aike and are a "must". the Government buses (same price) are bigger and go a lot further distance, like to Bridgetown, speightstown, Holetown etc. They are fantastic for getting around. We also hired a car for a couple of days, which is great for the freedom it allows.

Food is marvellous in Barbados, we ate out all of the time and were spoiled for choice! We can recommend: Bellinis, Pisces, Sol, Luigis and the Chinese over the road from the hotel... and many more. Please give McBrides a miss for food, it was awful! Friday night at Oistins is a must!

We would definitely return to Barbados and the Butterfly Beach. If anyone would like any further information on our time in Barbados, or a few pointers/specifics, please don't hesitate to contact !

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank esstenn
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Reviewed 21 March 2007

We just returned from a short visit to Barbados. We stayed at Butterfly Beach hotel which is a casual airy hotel,sandwiched between the south coast main road and the beach. In truth, there is not much of a beach directly in front of the hotel, but to the side of the hotel, passing through a quaint little gate, you access the beach -waters too rough for swimming, but nice enough for sunseekers and picnickers. The problem with being this close to the main southcoast road, however is the noise level of the passing trucks, buses and other motorvehicles, which we had to endure throughout our stay, particularly since we were located on the side closest to the roadway. Sleeping in the late afternoons/early evening or mornings became impossible. Having said that, the service was wonderful. Candace, the receptionist who seemed to be almost always there -late evenings, early mornings, was particularly pleasant. The restaurant staff was also wonderful. Even the giftshop manager was hilarious and very helpful, as was the security officer. The hotel is relatively small, but that adds to its charm. Our room was clean and maintained, with kitchenette, plates and cutlery. Cable tv was not much to speak of - very few channels. Oistens fishfry is a short walk away, and enjoyable on a weekend. All in all, a warm inviting hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled with friends
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8  Thank Kenn_P
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Reviewed 20 March 2007

The hotel is fairly small which we prefer as it makes it more personable. The facilities are fine, food fine and the staff are all very genuinely nice. Schofield one of the supervisors in the bar is a real charecter and ask him to sing. A few loud Brits working for Sky sports cricket coverage loved to hear themselves scream at the weekly karaoke, and were always very ignorant but we didnt let them spoil the superb holiday. We were married at a hotel a short walk down the beach which made things even more special. A great island, great people and hotel we will return.

  • Stayed: March 2007
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7  Thank charnley
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Reviewed 14 March 2007

I cant understand some of the bad reviews given about the butterfly, as we found it a perfect hotel. Over the years we have stayed all around the Carribean, but even Sandals came nowhere near the butterfly. The location was ideal, right on a perfect beach and just miutes away from the nightlife of the Gap. All the staff were helpful, one of the maintainence staff even came to our rescue when a case burst open 1hr before we were due to leave by stitching it back together even though we only asked for parcel tape. The food & drink at the hotel was good and well priced compared to the Gap, especially during the two daily happy hours. The room like the rest of the hotel was spotless, and we got a sea view at no extra cost. Outside the hotel are a few bars and a small store for essentials. Julie and Allen run this store and are very helpful in telling you where to visit or eat. I called in most days for a couple of air conditioned beers and a chat with Allen or the locals who used it frequently. As is normal in this part of the world these chats could be quite animated, especially when the subject turned to cricket. Afew metres up the road brings you to Charlies bar and grill which provides entertainment when you need a change. We didn't use this bar much as across the road was Pablo Donte's bar. Pablo (paul) and his mother Maureen only opened a few months ago but the place is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. As soon as you walk in you are greeted like old friends, all the staff are great and are happy to talk or not depending on what you want. The food in Pablo's was excellent, freshly cooked and half the price you'd pay in the Gap, don't miss for a great night out as the hotel bar closes at 11pm.

Stayed: February 2007
9  Thank Furdy
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