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.

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.

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. 

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 The amazing Island Inn

May 10, 2022 Travel07520762795 Seaford, United Kingdom

We have just returned from 10 days at the island inn. What an absolutely amazing time we had. Yes the hotel is a little tired but that adds to it charm. Are experience was 5 star from the moment we walked through the door, Carol and Sharon on reception were so lovely and arranged car hire, restaurant reservations and taxis when needed. My… Read more
We have just returned from 10 days at the island inn. What an absolutely amazing time we had. Yes the hotel is a little tired but that adds to it charm. Are experience was 5 star from the moment we walked through the door, Carol and Sharon on reception were so lovely and arranged car hire, restaurant reservations and taxis when needed. My partner fell ill whilst we were there, and Carol went out of her way to find a Doctor for him, they arranged for us to move rooms as the air conditioning in our original room didn’t work properly, without any question. All the bar staff Lamar and Tre were so fun and always happy to make whatever cocktails we wanted. The food was amazing and they even made some soup for my partner even when it wasn’t on the menu one night, when he was getting his appetite back. The hotel isn’t on the beach but is literally a 2 minute walk from pebble beach, where you can go down early in the morning and watch the racehorses take their morning swim in the sea, which is an absolute must do. You can go to their other two hotel Mango Bay and Sands and use their facilities whenever you want. All I can say is we can’t wait to go back next year, we understand now why so many people return their year after year. Thanks everyone at Island Inn you will see us again soon ❤️ Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic family holiday couldn’t ask for more

Apr 27, 2022 Enty61 Altrincham, United Kingdom

We went here a little unsure due to the fact it’s only 24 bedrooms and a small pool. However being only 24 bedrooms means you get to meet everyone and have lots of interesting conversations with people from all over the place. The small pool worked great with our 4 year old granddaughter as very easy to monitor her and all her followers ( fellow… Read more
We went here a little unsure due to the fact it’s only 24 bedrooms and a small pool. However being only 24 bedrooms means you get to meet everyone and have lots of interesting conversations with people from all over the place. The small pool worked great with our 4 year old granddaughter as very easy to monitor her and all her followers ( fellow guests who loved her !) we’re on hand to help. The food was unquestionably brilliant and the drinks amazing using top shelf brands and great measures. The manager Ms Brown makes this place her life and is always on hand with a smiling face even late at night dancing. In all we will return here and it’s not often you say that Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous Hotel

Apr 24, 2022 YorkshireHelen Leeds, United Kingdom

We’ve just returned from our stay at this gorgeous hotel. It’s in a lovely location on the historic edge of Bridgetown but a very short walk to Pebble Beach, Carlisle Beach and for the people who search solitude Drill Hall Beach. The hotel encourages pre dinner drinks - we’re pretty antisocial but ended up enjoying chatting to other guests… Read more
We’ve just returned from our stay at this gorgeous hotel. It’s in a lovely location on the historic edge of Bridgetown but a very short walk to Pebble Beach, Carlisle Beach and for the people who search solitude Drill Hall Beach. The hotel encourages pre dinner drinks - we’re pretty antisocial but ended up enjoying chatting to other guests during our stay. The food is really good - can be à la carte on quiet days or buffet if the hotel is busy. Hygiene/covid standards are really high. What really sets this hotel apart is the staff. Every single one takes care to make sure your stay is superb. Tre, the ever efficient slightly mad barman, Doris just so conscientious and Ricia who was lovely. You can swap - day to the Mango Bay a sister hotel and do a catamaran trip which is well worth doing. We’ll be back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Small Gem

Apr 18, 2022 Adrienne_sail Cardiff, United Kingdom

Great small, personal hotel, 24 rooms, bar and dinning area, in a UNESCO area, in the Rum storage building of the Royal Navy. Perfectly positioned few minutes walk to Pebble beach and Carlisle beach, close to race course, garrison and other historic buildings, sort bus trip to Bridgetown, lovely beach walk into town. Room was spacious, bed soft… Read more
Great small, personal hotel, 24 rooms, bar and dinning area, in a UNESCO area, in the Rum storage building of the Royal Navy. Perfectly positioned few minutes walk to Pebble beach and Carlisle beach, close to race course, garrison and other historic buildings, sort bus trip to Bridgetown, lovely beach walk into town. Room was spacious, bed soft comfortable, air-con good situated in the court yard over looking bar and restaurant area. Not noisy as entertainment stopped at a reasonable time. Cleaned daily, bathroom large but shabby could do with updating, few probs with water, quickly sorted by staff. Food was great, delivered with a smile by servers. Great position, good value, small and delightful. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Better than expected!

Mar 22, 2022 AngieC1111 Derbyshire, United Kingdom

This was our 1st stay at this hotel & having read the reviews we weren't sure how good it would be. In the event the hotel was better than we expected & we had a really enjoyable stay. We booked a junior suite through Virgin Holidays (I wouldn't use them again but that is a different story) & our room was close to the pool. Other reviews… Read more
This was our 1st stay at this hotel & having read the reviews we weren't sure how good it would be. In the event the hotel was better than we expected & we had a really enjoyable stay. We booked a junior suite through Virgin Holidays (I wouldn't use them again but that is a different story) & our room was close to the pool. Other reviews mention the noise from the live entertainment & we were far enough away for it not to bother us. Nor did we hear any noise from the other guests using the bar area. The room was large, clean & comfortable but, as others have mentioned, a bit of refurbishment wouldn't go amiss. The towels were changed daily, the sheets every 3 days & the toiletries were replenished as needed. There was a kettle plus tea & coffee (no decaf). The room was air-conditioned. We left it on the setting it was on when we arrived & it kept the room at a comfortable temperature. We kept the door to the terrace closed as much as possible to keep the biting insects out - if we wanted to be warm we sat outside & if we wanted to be cool we sat inside. Even so, we managed to get bitten so take plenty of insect repellent! I don't know if the beds are the same in all the rooms but ours was a sort of 4 poster & it was ridiculously high! I discovered some steps under the bed part way through the holiday - if you're not very tall & find getting on to the bed difficult, look underneath for the steps. The bathroom was enormous - it had a bath with shower plus a separate "rainfall" shower. However, we didn't use the separate shower as it sprayed water all over the bathroom because the glass screen isn't nearly wide enough. The wifi in our room was fine, apart from one day when it stopped working for a couple of hours. The signal was strong enough for the things we wanted to do, including filling out the dreaded passenger locator form! The food overall was excellent - very good quality & enough so that we never got hungry. Our only complaint was that the vegetable portion with the main courses is tiny - not even 1 of 5 a day for a 2 year old, let alone an adult. Breakfast is a buffet with a good selection of hot & cold food. The fruit juices are very good - not watered down like they often are in Europe. Lunch is a buffet some days & table service other days. We only had lunch a couple of times as we were out most days but what we had was very good. Tea is help yourself - 2 kinds of sandwiches plus small cakes. Tea & coffee are also available. The evening meal was mostly table service but there were a couple of buffets. None of the portions is overly large but by the time we'd had 3 courses plus a bread roll, we'd had enough. All the staff we came in contact with were very friendly & helpful. A couple of other things that weren't good - first, the check-in procedure. You have to scan a QR code to get into a form to check-in online. They tell you to use your phone but I don't use my phone much & I didn't even know if it had a QR code reader on it so I used my iPad instead. The form is not particularly intuitive, especially when you are tired after travelling all day & the lady on reception didn't seem to have much more idea than we did about what to put in some of the boxes. Also, it asks for a contact number & an emergency contact number but will only accept phone numbers in a US format, so UK numbers don't work. The other thing was that, although we didn't arrive until about 17:30, our room wasn't ready. We only got into the room about 20mins before dinner (19:00). The reception area is open to the outside & is full of biting insects so by the time the room was available we'd both been bitten to bits. The hotel is in a good location, only a very short walk from Pebbles Beach. The hotel pool is very small so if we wanted to go for a swim we went in the sea instead. The sea temperature was around 24-25C, so very pleasant for swimming. We are hoping to go back to Barbados next year & we would be happy to stay here again. The problems we had were minor & wouldn't put us off using the hotel again. Covid - at the time we stayed (early March) Barbados still had Covid protocols in place. Masks were required in all indoor public places so we had to wear them in the bar & reception area. Although the dining room is outside, masks were required when walking about & plastic gloves were provided for buffet meals, to be worn when serving food. Read less