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.

  • 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 11 Feb '20 to receive up to 35% off the accommodation cost between 1 Jan–22 Dec '20 when staying 7 nights or more.

    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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Jan 19, 2020 J0hnF09 Rossendale, United Kingdom

Taking a journey into the unknown with our fist winter break in Barbados made us a little apprehensive but as it turned out we had no need to worry. Great flights with Virgin Atlantic. Island Inn Hotel was all we had hoped for, quaint, quite, great food, friendly service, particularly Angela, Doris, Dana, Ricia and Lamar; and a very approachable… Read more
Taking a journey into the unknown with our fist winter break in Barbados made us a little apprehensive but as it turned out we had no need to worry. Great flights with Virgin Atlantic. Island Inn Hotel was all we had hoped for, quaint, quite, great food, friendly service, particularly Angela, Doris, Dana, Ricia and Lamar; and a very approachable manager, Thora. WiFi coverage could have been better but, hey, you’re on holiday! The Hotel is only a minute’s walk from the idyllic Pebbles Beach in Carlisle Bay where JJ did a great deal on sun lounger and umbrella hire. We will definitely be returning. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great food and friendly staff

Jan 12, 2020 mr2828 Niagara Falls, Canada

Stayed here in mid October for a week and after reading reviews about not being directly on the beach and a very small resort, we knew what to expect. The Island Inn is charming, very quiet and was exactly what we wanted. The food was some of the best we have ever experienced on any all inclusive vacation. The staff were very helpful and… Read more
Stayed here in mid October for a week and after reading reviews about not being directly on the beach and a very small resort, we knew what to expect. The Island Inn is charming, very quiet and was exactly what we wanted. The food was some of the best we have ever experienced on any all inclusive vacation. The staff were very helpful and accommodating - don't hesitate to ask Sharon at reception for any info you need. The hotel does not have beach chairs on the beach, however you can rent them at a cost. You can snorkeling without having to pay for a tour just head left when you get on the beach and at the end of the rock point there's plenty to see. I would have loved a king size bed and balcony or view from the room but very few rooms have a view. Would recommend the Island Inn if your looking for a very quiet relaxing vaction. Read less
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Jan 7, 2020 Avisius Manchester, United Kingdom

This was my fourth time at the Island Inn and it never disappoints. The trip started badly with a lost taxi driver, not good at 13 hours flying but when we finally arrived it was like coming home. Some people might not like the small intimate nature or even the location (which is actually perfect for the beach and racing) but we love it. Back in… Read more
This was my fourth time at the Island Inn and it never disappoints. The trip started badly with a lost taxi driver, not good at 13 hours flying but when we finally arrived it was like coming home. Some people might not like the small intimate nature or even the location (which is actually perfect for the beach and racing) but we love it. Back in 2020 can't wait. Read less
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Dec 30, 2019 Cruiser39563836927 Chesterfield, United Kingdom

We had a two week holiday at this amazing hotel great food service and beautiful people nothing was too much trouble manager lady was great it was a pleasure to meet such wonderful staff all included not far from a beautiful beach and easy to get around on zr or Reggie bus we will see yo u all next year 😎
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very good hotel

Dec 14, 2019 C7513HDwendym Waterlooville, United Kingdom

We had a great two weeks having fun in the sun at the island inn. Our room was a superior pool side room. It was large & clean. Bathroom was large. When we came back to This is a great little hotel. We would 100% recommend. the room every day the room had been cleaned. This hotel did what it said on the tin (if you know what I mean). You get what… Read more
We had a great two weeks having fun in the sun at the island inn. Our room was a superior pool side room. It was large & clean. Bathroom was large. When we came back to This is a great little hotel. We would 100% recommend. the room every day the room had been cleaned. This hotel did what it said on the tin (if you know what I mean). You get what it is advertised. A nice small hotel, with good facility’s. Great food and great drinks. This is a lovely small hotel, in a very good location. From reading other reviews I thought the pool would be smaller, but it was okay. You could swim in it, it was deep. It was cold, but it was lovely once you were in. Which is what you want in the heat. It was clean. Because there is a water fall during the day into the pool there is what seems to be at first glance dirt by the raised flower beds very near the water fall. People this is not dirt, it is a form of algae. Yes I suppose it could be jet washed, but think this will be a never ending job and when do the staff do that? Which day do they pick for the pool to be out of action? People would complain they can’t us the pool. So it would be difficult to manage. While we are talking about pools... there are three water features with lilies & fish in, the fish are guppies, people have said they are the cause of mosquitoes. Let me put you right, they are not! The guppies will eat any mozzie eggs in the water. We did have a problem with bites. Our normal plug in device was not heating up with the local wattage. So we purchased a local one & had better results. We saw a very large number of people with bites. These people were not staying at the island inn as it only has twenty four rooms! It is a problem in general in Barbados. The locals also get bitten. Location was spot on. The beach was only two minuets away, truly. And Carlisle bay I would say was one of the best beaches we found, to have it on our door step was great. Pinkish white sand. Yes get up early one day to see the horses swim, it is amazing, they walk past the front of the hotel every morning. They really swim out a long way with them! Taking about animals we saw lots of green monkeys in the hotel grounds. Little tree frogs, they do make a lot of noise! Ear plugs needed. We had humming birds, which were so much fun to watch. There was a feeder hanging up for them, although it was taken down which I was really disappointed about. They are not pests, they would not eat food from the tables as they drink nectar! So I think encouraging them adds to the enjoyment for people. On a down side, most rooms over look each other and as there are no blinds or net curtains there is no privacy. This is a big issue as I don’t have the curtains shut at home all day and do not want them shut when I’m in a room on holiday. Think you should do something about that. We visited the sister hotel and they had nets at the front of their balcony’s, so why not at the island inn? We found it was a very friendly hotel, you get to know the staff, they get to know us, you also chat with other guests and it’s nice. We liked it better than the sister hotel. By the way, all the furniture must of been renewed as all good quality through out the hotel. Read less