Island Inn

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

Island Inn is a quaint, 24-room, all inclusive property 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, it was originally built as the rum store for the British regiment in Barbados in 1804! Take advantage of your free scuba diving demo in the pool before hitting the big blue, discovering an underwater world that’s just as beautiful as what lies above! The swimming pool makes a change from the beach and is a charming place to lounge beside, soaking up the sun or reading a good book. There’s also The Boardwalk Restaurant for eclectic dining, serving dishes regarded as very special by locals and guests alike. Evenings tend to be very low key although there is live music and folklore shows occasionally plus a weekly manager’s rum punch party to meet and mingle with fellow guests.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the Garrison Historic area, just a 2-minute walk away from the beach at beautiful Carlisle Bay, less than a mile from Bridgetown. Local attractions include George Washington House, Brownes Beach and Barbados Parliament Buildings. Transfer time from airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

24 stylish rooms and suites on 1 level. All with air-conditioning, TV, telephone, alarm clock/radio, safe, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and iron and board. Standard Rooms are located in the original historic building and have either garden or courtyard views, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 people or 1 adult and 1 child.

All Inclusive of: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. All local brand drinks except for speciality wines/Champagne and bottled water. All entertainment and activities above unless stated otherwise.

Superior Garden View Rooms are larger and located in either the original historic building or in the southern block of the hotel with views over the garden, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Superior Pool Side Rooms are located in the southern block of the hotel with easy access to the swimming pool, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Junior Suites have a separate sitting area and patio with garden and/or partial pool views. Sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply. More information can be found here

  • Honeymooners: Receive a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 30 Nov '19 to receive up to 30% off the accommodation cost between 6 Jan–22 Dec '20 when staying in a Standard Room for 7 nights or more.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 30 Nov '19 to receive up to 30% off the accommodation cost between 6 Jan–22 Dec '20 when staying in a Standard Room for 7 nights or more.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 30 Apr '20 to receive up to 30% off the accommodation cost between 6 Jan–22 Dec '21 when staying in a Standard Room for 7 nights or more.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking bonus: book by 30 Sep '19 and save up to 35% off the accommodation cost for travel between 22 Aug-22 Dec '19 and 6 Jan-30 Apr '20 and 1 Jun-31 Oct '20 when staying 7 nights or more. Not applicable when booking a Virgin Holidays Supersaver Room.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

The Boardwalk Restaurant (local and International dishes), lounge bar.

Live entertainment 3 nights per week. Weekly manager’s rum punch party.

Small swimming pool. Mini-gym/fitness centre. Free scuba-diving demo in pool (on request).

Babysitting* (on request). Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Complimentary WiFi access in the reception and bar.

Please note: a room levy of $9.63 per bedroom, per night applies (payable locally, subject to change).

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

1 night between 1 Apr-22 Dec '19 and 1 Apr-31 Oct '20.

5 nights between 6 Jan-31 Mar '19 and 1 Jan-31 Mar '20.

7 nights between 23 Dec '19-5 Jan '20. 

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: child ages upto and including 12 years.

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (398)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A very good boutique hotel

Sep 16, 2019 Andrewlinkshr

My family of 3 have just enjoyed a lovely holiday at the Island Inn, and had an excellent stay. The rooms were very good, clean, tidy and spacious with brilliant air conditioning. The food is excellent and varied. Never had the same menu twice, and was cooked to a high standard. The waitresses were excellent, especially Racia, lovely person and… Read more
My family of 3 have just enjoyed a lovely holiday at the Island Inn, and had an excellent stay. The rooms were very good, clean, tidy and spacious with brilliant air conditioning. The food is excellent and varied. Never had the same menu twice, and was cooked to a high standard. The waitresses were excellent, especially Racia, lovely person and great sense of humour. Carlisle Bay is just heaven, a beautiful beach. Earl and H on the bar, helpful people. At times I felt reception could have been more customer focussed, a minor point Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Superb Hotel and Beach

Sep 7, 2019 SamC3371 London, United Kingdom

This hotel is quite small but lovely. The staff are fantastic and so is the food and drinks. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The cocktails are gorgeous and although not many bar staff but well worth the wait. The beach is a 2 minute walk and is one of the best beaches I’ve been to in my whole life. If you get up early (6am) you can catch the… Read more
This hotel is quite small but lovely. The staff are fantastic and so is the food and drinks. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The cocktails are gorgeous and although not many bar staff but well worth the wait. The beach is a 2 minute walk and is one of the best beaches I’ve been to in my whole life. If you get up early (6am) you can catch the horses (with their trainers) bathing in the sea. You could also get on a boat and go swimming with the turtles. The hotel has a small swimming pool but is fairly quiet and on certain nights they had a bbq and a cocktail party. It’s a 5 minute walk to the bus stop which you can go anywhere for 2 bajan dollars, just be prepared for the loud music on the bus which is great. Went to Oistins for seafood and karaoke and a submarine ride in Atlantis. An unforgettable time in Barbados. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not paradise mosquito infested hotel

Sep 6, 2019 Dawn P

My husband and myself had been looking forward to going to Barbados we wanted a chilled two weeks holiday in paradise but this hotel did not live up to what the brochure or some of the reviews on here said ! Yea I know it’s only a three star and it’s not located on a beach but pebbles beach was suppose to be one of the best ! The only thing that… Read more
My husband and myself had been looking forward to going to Barbados we wanted a chilled two weeks holiday in paradise but this hotel did not live up to what the brochure or some of the reviews on here said ! Yea I know it’s only a three star and it’s not located on a beach but pebbles beach was suppose to be one of the best ! The only thing that made our holiday was the fantastic couples we met while staying there . The first week was chilled just couples and no need to get up at stupid o’clock to reserve towels by the pool but going into the second week families with children started to come yes I know it’s not a adult only hotel but why would you bring children to this hotel it does not cater for children No WiFi only in the small bar area the pool was very small just the size to have a dip to cool down not a large pool we’re you could have inflatables !!!! Infact the second week the small pool had two inflatables and kids jumping in screaming ! Plus my 7am all the sun loungers had been reserved. I have been to several other island in The Caribbean but I’ve not been bitten so much the hotel was infested with mosquitoes the manager had that many complaints everyone we spoke too had been bitten in fact one man had 38 bites on his leg she had to get rentokill to fog the entire hotel and ground we had to leave the hotel for one hour so this could be done !!! The hotel could do with closing for three month for an upgrade a lick of paint and general diy . Some of the members of staff was rude the only one that was polite and went out his way was lemer . The food was great no complaints to be fair , we had a superior courtyard the towels we had to ask for clean ones the bedding not changed everyday they ran out of glasses at night at the bar even a few times ran out of some spirits . The gym well you can’t even call it that don’t think it’s ever been a gym ! Since returning I have been ill ( mosquito bites ) yes I did but repellent on everyday in fact twice a day Pebbles beach was not what we thought it would be full of seaweed ! Constantly being hassled my lucky lucky men on there ! No paradise in my eyes perhaps Aruba that we visted in 2017 had spoilt us !! Please just be mindful if your a family with young kids this hotel it’s not suitable for you I don’t think it’s fair on the couples young /older that have paid good money for a relaxed chilled holiday ! Hotel management please look into a revamp as this hotel as some nice quaint features the stigma water features are horrendous and full of germs ! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Loved This hotel

Sep 4, 2019 DelightedCornwall Cornwall

Having just read the review Holiday from Hell I felt compelled to say that when my partner and I stayed at the Island Inn all be it that it was two years ago and in Nov-Dec we had an amazing time. This is not a big flashy Hotel if that is what you want go stay across the road or the Hilton just up the road. We had a Courtyard Room which was fine… Read more
Having just read the review Holiday from Hell I felt compelled to say that when my partner and I stayed at the Island Inn all be it that it was two years ago and in Nov-Dec we had an amazing time. This is not a big flashy Hotel if that is what you want go stay across the road or the Hilton just up the road. We had a Courtyard Room which was fine in terms of size it also had the quietist air con ever. The food was certainly not repetative and in fact was extremly tasty. Earl and Lemar are great barmen and served up amazing cocktails. We found all the staff to be very pleasant and helpful especially after I was stung by a jellyfish they could not have done more for me. Last year when we were in Barbados we called in to the Hotel as we were on a cruise and had a drink. The staff that were there remembered us which was very nice. So all I can say is that we really enjoyed ourselves at the Island Inn and are looking forward to seeing everyone in November this year. Read less
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Sep 4, 2019 rae-xvi

We stayed at Island Inn Hotel as a family of 5 and honestly... it was not what we were expecting at all. I've never wanted to leave a place so badly. Let me start by saying that this hotel completely misrepresented themselves online because when we actually arrived, it was nothing compared to the images we saw online. There were many downsides… Read more
We stayed at Island Inn Hotel as a family of 5 and honestly... it was not what we were expecting at all. I've never wanted to leave a place so badly. Let me start by saying that this hotel completely misrepresented themselves online because when we actually arrived, it was nothing compared to the images we saw online. There were many downsides to this hotel which I will list below: 1) No wifi in the rooms. This was my main concern. Every time I wanted to use the internet I had to sit in the reception area just to get signal, and it was always swarming with mosquitoes. The worst part is there was no air con or fans so I was literally sat sweating just to get some connection. This was an inconvenience because I had coursework which I needed to complete while on holiday and it was almost impossible for me to get it done because of the lack of wifi. In this day and age there is no excuse for not having wifi in the entire complex, especially considering the hotel was small. 2) The rooms felt a bit cramped and small in my opinion. I constantly kept knocking my knee on the edge of the bed. The bedroom door was always jammed and it was a mission to open and close it. Although the rooms were "cleaned" everyday, at one point I found some stains on the bedding which I was unsure where they came from, and a few dead mosquitoes too, and there was a day where none of the towels, face cloths or shower gels were replaced. 3) The food menu was too repetitive and lacked variety in my opinion. It's clear that this hotel barely caters for children as my brother and I constantly had to "pre order" food in advance, and it was always the same chicken nuggets and chips which got very tedious. I also noticed that the food here was recycled and they used food from the previous day again, because things like the french toast and the bajan bakes were so hard to chew into. It was a joke. Some of the waitresses were really nice and accommodating, such as Angela, but all in all the services from certain waitresses was poor. There was one waitress in particular who always looked so miserable as if she didn't want to be there and she constantly got our orders wrong on multiple occasions. 4) There was no atmosphere to this place at all. On the odd day a band would play during the evening but most days were just very quiet and boring with the irritating sound of crickets galore. 5) The gym was beyond a joke. The equipment was really old and rusty with barely any equipment to be used. You could instantly tell that nobody really went into the gym because it was only after my dad complained about the gym that they "attempted" to fix it by oiling some of the equipment to get rid of the squeakiness of it, and they suddenly started replenishing the water daily, but this made no difference. The gym was still abysmal. The lack of air con in there was a major concern for me. What gym doesn't have air con? 6) There are some water features around the court yard purely filled with disgusting, green stagnant water, the perfect breeding place for mosquitoes. I didn't expect to get bitten so much during my stay here. I was covered in mosquito bites from my arms to my legs and had many allergic reactions to them. On top of that there were so many ants crawling on the tables where we ate, and on more than one occasion my brother found ants in the sugar when he was having his tea. 7) The view was a also a huge let down. Where our rooms were situated, all we got was a view of trees. No scenery whatsoever and nothing to actually look at. I was expecting a sea front view or something... HOWEVER, I'd like to give a special shoutout to the bartender, Lamar. He was incredible and so nice to me and my family. He's really good at what he does and it shows. Each cocktail he made me for was amazing and the service was impeccable. My experience here wouldn't have been half as good if it wasn't for him Overall, my experience here wasn't pleasant at all. I don't think I'll be coming back any time soon. Lastly, if you have children this place is certainly not for you. Theres nothing to keep the kids occupied. My brother was literally bouncing a ball in the room, that's how bored he was. Read less