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.

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.

This hotel has a Tourism Levy fee of $9.63 per room, per day (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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic hotel

Jul 14, 2019 enjoyinglife1984 Lincoln, United Kingdom

We visited as a family of two couples for two weeks in early July. From initial arrival the service was fantastic. The team is huge compared to the size of the hotel. The bar staff are entertaining, the restaurant team go above and beyond and the maintenance team never seem to stop keeping the hotel in good condition. Admittedly there are things… Read more
We visited as a family of two couples for two weeks in early July. From initial arrival the service was fantastic. The team is huge compared to the size of the hotel. The bar staff are entertaining, the restaurant team go above and beyond and the maintenance team never seem to stop keeping the hotel in good condition. Admittedly there are things that could be improved, but for the price you pay and the service you get the hotel surpasses all three star expectations. It’s probably not a hotel suitable for children, the pool is on the smaller side, and there is no child menu or entertainment. The entertainment they do have is limited to a singer on a Monday, disco on a Wednesday and a duo on a Saturday, although most times the bar was empty by 10/10.30pm. The food was great. Buffet breakfast, simple lunch offer, afternoon tea and a 3/3/3 evening menu. Although it’s not on the beach a 2 minute walk outside the front door and you are on the golden sands (although if you walk for about 10 mins there are much better beaches). If you are there for race day at the Garrison try and make a visit, I think almost all the guests visited whilst we were staying. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What a place

Jul 8, 2019 35Dave Newcastle, United Kingdom

The Island Inn is a little gem of a place. It's classed as 3 1/2 star but delivers a 5 star service. Yes we know it's only got a small pool. After all it's only for cooling off in, not like your going to do Olympic time trials. The sea is just around the corner. And what a beach. The food the hotel serves is top end. and the choices changes daily.… Read more
The Island Inn is a little gem of a place. It's classed as 3 1/2 star but delivers a 5 star service. Yes we know it's only got a small pool. After all it's only for cooling off in, not like your going to do Olympic time trials. The sea is just around the corner. And what a beach. The food the hotel serves is top end. and the choices changes daily. The staff are as friendly as you can get, in fact they become very good friends. This is the 2nd time we've been here and it just gets better. Infact we have already started to plan to go back in 2021. We would be back next year but for other commitments. If you go and don't like the Island inn hotel, well you just don't get it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Just a quick visit for lunch

Jul 7, 2019 Andres1 Consett

My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent holiday in Barbados, staying all inclusive at Mango Bay. We arranged to have lunch one day at the Island Inn, due to it being the sister hotel of Mango Bay, and enjoyed our brief visit. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, and were made to feel very welcome by the small number of staff that we met at the Island… Read more
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent holiday in Barbados, staying all inclusive at Mango Bay. We arranged to have lunch one day at the Island Inn, due to it being the sister hotel of Mango Bay, and enjoyed our brief visit. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, and were made to feel very welcome by the small number of staff that we met at the Island Inn. Its a small hotel, but we were quite impressed with it as it was small and intimate, and did have some appeal. Looking forward to returning one day!! Read less
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Jul 3, 2019 Claire N Reading, United Kingdom

We stayed at the island inn for 10 days back in May and had a great time. The hotel is lovely and we were lucky to have a great room so spacious and a beautiful veranda by the pool ...we also had great neighbours in fact all the guests were lovely. My partner was really poorly for a few days and the guests , ladies on reception and house keeper… Read more
We stayed at the island inn for 10 days back in May and had a great time. The hotel is lovely and we were lucky to have a great room so spacious and a beautiful veranda by the pool ...we also had great neighbours in fact all the guests were lovely. My partner was really poorly for a few days and the guests , ladies on reception and house keeper were amazing so helpful friendly and couldn't do enough for us both. the pool area is small but brilliant you can relax there or go to the very lovely beach !!! the food was great but we prefer traditional bajan food so didnt eat there much also we had family to visit but it is lovely food. All the staff were great and if you want a cocktail ask which ever guys behind the bar for their speciality well worth a try. we spoke to the manager a few times and shes so down to earth and just wants the best for her guests even stopped to chat with us on the beach. Def fo to the beach and JJ will do you some great beds, Cuz fish place is another nice place for a snack ... the guy doing the jet skies can help with so much more too between him and JJ they work a great double act.... you can get coconut cocktails from Hakeem or Chris both very tasty ....you may even get to see Becky the monkey on the bike ! we've been to Barbados a few times and highly rate Island Inn and would like to thank them for everything especially when my other half was sick .... we will see you all again and hopefully soon Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Laid back Approach to All Inclusive

Jun 28, 2019 Rhys E Brighton

Perfect place to rewind your Body clock .Dont come here looking for all night Parties and Roll up entertainment . Come here if you want to connect with your fellow Guests and have a chill. low key personal service in all aspects , Not a sign of the grumpy ness of other posters perhaps they are not treating the staff with the respect they deserve.… Read more
Perfect place to rewind your Body clock .Dont come here looking for all night Parties and Roll up entertainment . Come here if you want to connect with your fellow Guests and have a chill. low key personal service in all aspects , Not a sign of the grumpy ness of other posters perhaps they are not treating the staff with the respect they deserve. They are here to help you enjoy not an on demand service. This is a low key venue and rooms are certainly functional and practical if not luxurious. But the quirkiness and home feel over the bar area and excellent meal times is perfect. The small pool is practical and functional and the beach is a small walk away . This is supposed to be an off grid location so what if the WIFi is slow, you owe it to connect with your partner not the outside world. This is not a resort for families or clubers do yourself a favour and go else where and pay more money If you want peace, good food and good company over a cold beer than this is your place. Read less