Island Inn

Barbados, Caribbean

Virgin rating

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 where the horses come and bathe early morning, 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 storage facility 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 three times a week plus a weekly manager’s rum punch party to meet and mingle with fellow guests.

Amenities

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

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, iron and ironing 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.

All Inclusive of: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. All local brand drinks except for speciality wines/Champagne. 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, with 1 king-size bed, 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, with 1 king-size bed, 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, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

  • Book by 31 May 2024 to receive up to 30% off stays between 01 May – 22 Dec '24. Terms and conditions apply. Blackout Dates apply. Applies to certain room types.  

The Boardwalk Restaurant (local and International dishes for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner). Bar (open 10am-11pm daily).

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). Lounge with TV and board games.

Babysitting* (on request). Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Complimentary WiFi access.

A Tourism Fee will be charged per bedroom, per night and will be collected at check out. The rate is subject to change by the Government, and varies by hotel room. Fees currently range from 8.75 Barbadian dollar (approximately £3.90) to 35 Barbadian dollar​ (approximately £16.00) per bedroom, per night. 

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. 

5 nights between 6 Jan-31 Mar. 

7 nights between 23 Dec-5 Jan. 

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: at the Boardwalk Restaurant (year-round) the evening dress code is smart casual which means that gentlemen may wear smart dress shorts and short sleeved shirts (polo shirts are allowed). Please note that no sports replica shirts or club branded merchandise are allowed at dinner.  Smart jeans are allowed. No flip flops or trainers are allowed in the evening in the restaurant.

Cover-ups are required in the restaurant for breakfast and lunch and footwear is required in the restaurant at all times.

Please note: although the dress code has been relaxed at this hotel, there may still be some occasions at the hotel and on the island where long trousers and shirt sleeves will be more appropriate or compulsory for gentlemen, so it is highly recommended to still pack some.

Please note: child ages up to and including 12 years.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best hotel in Barbados

May 22, 2024 sallymM1589BZ

Our 3rd visit to the Island Inn. From the moment we arrived it was am amazing experience. A great welcome from Sharon on reception, a lovely rum punch from Terry on the bar just what was needed after a long flight. As always room was spotless, air con was great to. We had 2 weeks of amazing service and food, even getting to enjoy mothers day… Read more
Our 3rd visit to the Island Inn. From the moment we arrived it was am amazing experience. A great welcome from Sharon on reception, a lovely rum punch from Terry on the bar just what was needed after a long flight. As always room was spotless, air con was great to. We had 2 weeks of amazing service and food, even getting to enjoy mothers day festivities with the locals. A great big thank you to each and every member of staff who all made us feel like family. Will there be a forth visit. YES of course. Read less
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May 14, 2024 Julie1958 SURREY, ENGLAND, UK

This was our second time staying at the Island Inn, the first time was just before the covid lockdown. If you like large complexes with lots to do then this isn't for you. to be honest, its certainly not luxury but there is something about it that draws you back. Our room was very tired, but big and functionable. The food is excellent and freshly… Read more
This was our second time staying at the Island Inn, the first time was just before the covid lockdown. If you like large complexes with lots to do then this isn't for you. to be honest, its certainly not luxury but there is something about it that draws you back. Our room was very tired, but big and functionable. The food is excellent and freshly cooked. More traditional Barbadian . The bar offers premium brands and lovely cocktails. The staff are friendly and some are fun, and enjoy the evenings where they can join in for a dance or two. Entertainment is only three nights a week but we have always found that the other guest all sit together of an evening and become friends. No one is left out, especially solo travellers. The lovely pebbles beach is just at the end of the road, Bridgetown and the horse racing track are within walking distance. We had a great holiday, we meet some lovely people and were sad to leave. In fact we have all booked to go and meet up again next year. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We will be back

May 6, 2024 Busted65 Pershore, United Kingdom

The Island Inn is not a clinical 5-star luxury spa hotel with sea views – instead it is a small, quirky, historic hotel located just 200m from Pebbles Beach, with friendly and accommodating staff. We prefer smaller, more intimate hotels with character, and The Island Inn did not disappoint. We had a premium poolside room which was large and very… Read more
The Island Inn is not a clinical 5-star luxury spa hotel with sea views – instead it is a small, quirky, historic hotel located just 200m from Pebbles Beach, with friendly and accommodating staff. We prefer smaller, more intimate hotels with character, and The Island Inn did not disappoint. We had a premium poolside room which was large and very comfortable. The bathroom was big too! Aircon worked a treat and was essential. The only minor comment would be less furniture (although some drawers would be helpful), and more accessible power outlets for phone chargers etc. The room was cleaned daily, wi-fi worked well and toiletries replaced as required, along with beach towels if needed. A special effort was made by everyone for my big birthday, which was truly appreciated. We didn’t use the pool area as we prefer the beach. Pebbles Beach and Carlisle Bay are a 2 minute walk away and race horses can be seen swimming every morning (early). The bar staff were fun and welcoming. Terry, Akil and Trey all make superb cocktails, and have a laugh with you as they do this. All drinks were excellent quality, which is not always the case with an all-inclusive deal. The all-inclusive restaurant is not the usual buffet style, rather you get a table d’hote menu for lunch and dinner, with a buffet breakfast with cooked extras (omelettes, poached eggs etc) on request. Good quality packed lunches are available for day trips out. The restaurant staff are excellent, particularly Elsie who’s dry sense of humour and singing and dancing while working made us giggle, while remaining well organised and efficient. Evening entertainment was laid on for several of our 7 nights. This was relaxed, easy listening and was suitable for dining as well as after. All the singers were talented artistes, and the disco that followed one night was fun. We got on well with other guests, but you can choose to mix, or not. There didn’t seem to be any undesirable loud mouths, thank goodness. All in all we would highly recommend – though would not want to shout too loud as this hotel IS A DEFINITE FIND!!! Read less
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Apr 19, 2024 Scenic727706

We have just returned from 10 days at Island Inn Hotel, We chose this hotel because we prefer smaller hotels and the reviews were good. It did not dissapoint, the staff are lovely (especially Elsie) and the food was great, plenty of choice for breakfast, lunch & dinner served most days, we had a premium room near the pool, it was huge with a… Read more
We have just returned from 10 days at Island Inn Hotel, We chose this hotel because we prefer smaller hotels and the reviews were good. It did not dissapoint, the staff are lovely (especially Elsie) and the food was great, plenty of choice for breakfast, lunch & dinner served most days, we had a premium room near the pool, it was huge with a very comfy bed, TV, great air-conditioning and a fridge. The bathroom/dressing room was also huge. The location is around 25 mins from the airport and 200m from Carlisle Bay, which is beautiful. Local buses run along the main road so visiting the rest of the island is cheap and easy to do. Island Inn is one of 3 hotels in a group so you can visit the other two hotels for the day with no extra cost, Mango Bay & The Sands, a great idea. We would highly recommend this hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Needs improvement

Apr 19, 2024 PhilipH544 Manchester, United Kingdom

Not for us. Hotel and rooms are tired and whilst I accept that the hotel only has 3 star rating, facilities could and should be better. Overall the hotel has a tired feel and is in need of some TLC. Food at this all inclusive hotel is bland and repetitive e.g. grilled or fried fish most nights, usually without a name or description. The menu lacks… Read more
Not for us. Hotel and rooms are tired and whilst I accept that the hotel only has 3 star rating, facilities could and should be better. Overall the hotel has a tired feel and is in need of some TLC. Food at this all inclusive hotel is bland and repetitive e.g. grilled or fried fish most nights, usually without a name or description. The menu lacks creativity or quality in my view. Whilst some staff were excellent - such as young Akil behind the bar, too many were simply lacking warmth and some were downright rude. Whilst Barbados has beautiful beaches and gorgeous seas, my overall imagine of the island was one of decay and dilapidation. One guest said to me “I thought it would have been more idyllic” and I couldn’t agree more. I’m sure many will live the island but not one for me. Read less