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“Great location, friendly staff, clean and basic - perfect budget accommodation!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rio Guest House

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Rio Guest House
London, United Kingdom
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“Great location, friendly staff, clean and basic - perfect budget accommodation!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

I stayed here based on previous reviews and they were all spot on. I had a twin room to myself in one of the annexes, with three other rooms occupied and a lounge, kitchen and two bathrooms to share. Warm and helpful service from the people running the guest house, superb location minutes from the beach and all shops and restaurants made this a perfect choice. The perfect place for a budget traveller.

As a bonus for solo travellers, the balcony is the perfect place to meet other travellers and start an evening with a cold beer or two. The fact that it closes at 10pm meant that nothing got out of hand, just a good place to meet people and start an evening. I met solo travellers, couples and groups at Rio and had an excellent 4 days!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2013

Just got back from a five night stay in Barbados and we loved our time at Rio Guesthouse. You really do get what you pay for, so if you're looking for fancy frills, this place is not for you. But if you're travelling alone or with some friends, the Rio Guesthouse offers you just what you need. We stayed in a private double room with its own ensuite. It was clean and comfortable. Shower pressure was hit and miss but it worked. Paula and Denis were super nice and always there to help and answer our questions. The room is not cleaned daily; it's cleaned about every third day. It's located very close to some great restaurants and you can easily walk across to the beach. We had no problems with noise at night and felt perfectly safe. Overall, this is a great place to stay if you're on a tight budget.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Bern, Switzerland
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2013

We stayed in a double room ensuite with its own kitchen (consisting of a sink and a rudimentary electric stove). Everything was simple yet nice and clean. The location is good, close to the beach and restaurants and yet quiet. Until 4am that is - then the rooster on the tree in front of the guesthouse starts crowing until the sun rises. If you don't have a very deep sleep this will wake you up, even with ear plugs. All in all I would stay there again.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2013

I was very reluctant to stay here as I didn't know what to expect. I was told it was good, but still had my doubts.... Ok...if you are picky, detail oriented and stuck on your ways type of person/traveler, please don't stay here; do your self a favor and of course your fellow housemates. The house is simple but has everything you would possibly need. The staff is easy going, kind, informative and relaxed. The house is clean and tidy at all times. The rooms are cleaned every other day and towels replaced. I was concerned about noise from other travelers but was pleasantly surprised. Everyone I encountered was a solo traveler or couples, so no group craziness or drunkenness AT ALL....the house shuts down pretty much at 10pm everyday, the balcony is closed at that time as well, so there is no party going on inside the house. The rooms are basic, we stayed at a double twin which has a private bathroom, very comfortable...yes the beds are not the best but you are in a guesthouse not at the Sheraton. I will recommend this house to anyone that needs a nice, clean place to stay while in a budget holiday and needs the ocean to be a few steps away. The money you will save on accommodation you can spend on great food, tours and water activities. oh the roosters!? yes, earplugs are a plus :) I didn't mind them, they were part of the experience! pictures coming soon!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2012

Very nice guesthouse very close to an amazing beach. Simple but clean. The best thing is the balcony where you easily meet other travelers. Great for a solo traveller!
If you are easily waken up, where earplugs due to roosters and fellow travelers - I didn't hear anything with my earplugs in

Room Tip: Stayed in room 8 and was very happy
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2012

The good:

•The price is great at $35/£27 per night
• The location is perfect: it is right in the middle of St. Lawrence Gap which is the hip strip of Barbados filled with restaurants and clubs.
• Dover Beach is right across the street, through the pink hotel. Dover is one the better beaches on the warm Caribbean Sea side of the island with very gentle waves.
• Oistins which is a fishing village that is the place to be on Fiday and Saturday nights is a short cheap bus ride away
• It's only fifteen minutes to the airport
• The place is quiet in the off season (can't speak about peak times)
• The staff are helpful and friendly
• I was able to use the phone to make local calls free of charge
• There is a safe in the room

The not so good:
• Some of the towels and sheets could be in better condition but were usable
• There is a dodgy area adjacent to the location, if you turn right at all times and walk in The Gap only this area can be avoided. I say dodgy, but I doubt there is any significant danger as all the Barbadians I encountered were super friendly and willing to leave me alone if I asked them to.

Tips:
• Take the bus or route taxis. It's $2BBD equivalent to $1/£0.60 and it's safe.
• The locals are NOT trying to con you. If you're one of those annoying people who distrust everyone who doesn't look like you, stay home.

Room Tip: I was in room 5: single room with shared bathroom out in the hall. It was off season so I mostly had...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

For the travelling backpacker in Barbados the Rio is a hands down winner. Paula and Dennis are wonderful to deal with and embody the true Bajan style of life.... Relaxed to the max! Dont be in a rush and dont stress here as they will take great care of you. Rooms are Private so its not a dorm set up spare a room or 2. Bathrooms with Hot shower and cleaned every day. Well equiped Kitchen down stairs and its Location is just off the main drag at St Lawrence Gap and is all of 3/4 mins walk to Dover beach!. Well Recommended to all :)

Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Rio Guest House
Address: Paradise Village, St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados
Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > St. Lawrence Gap
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in St. Lawrence Gap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Rio Guest House 1*
Number of rooms: 8
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