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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Traveller rating

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May 15, 2019 stephen r Chester, United Kingdom

6 professional adults stayed for a week in may , staff rude , could not get served at the bar and if they did it was with attitude , rooms are tired and dirty baths, the size of the hotel makes it a bit claustrophobic we had to climb over people on sun beds to get to our pool room, the manager after i asked to see her done nothing and the staff… Read more
6 professional adults stayed for a week in may , staff rude , could not get served at the bar and if they did it was with attitude , rooms are tired and dirty baths, the size of the hotel makes it a bit claustrophobic we had to climb over people on sun beds to get to our pool room, the manager after i asked to see her done nothing and the staff acted with attitude and contempt, the food is excellent and the location good but would never ever stay again , why go on holiday to be treated badly Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very good but not worth 5

May 11, 2019 Dawmar southampton

We spent a week at the Island Inn in April, this was our first visit so I consider this to be a totally unbiased review seeing it from a newcomers point of view. RECEPTION - Hit and miss here, friendly enough but not as warm and welcoming as described in other travellers reviews. One of the staff was quite brusque with our friends as they were… Read more
We spent a week at the Island Inn in April, this was our first visit so I consider this to be a totally unbiased review seeing it from a newcomers point of view. RECEPTION - Hit and miss here, friendly enough but not as warm and welcoming as described in other travellers reviews. One of the staff was quite brusque with our friends as they were checking out and often they were using their mobile phones. However when we mentioned that we'd like to move to a different room they did try and help us but unfortunately nothing was available ROOM - We wanted to move from our room (9) as it was right opposite the restaurant and bar seating area, we had to keep the curtains closed the whole time as we felt like we were in a goldfish bowl for all to see. However the rooms around the pool looked nice. The garden view rooms at the back were terraced and facing bushes and hedges with a narrow wooden walkway between them.. We were glad we didn't have one of these rooms as they would have been very oppressive and lacked privacy if you wanted to sit outside. The bed was really comfy as were the pillows. The aircon was fab as you could barely hear it. No complaints about the cleaning and the shower room. The wardrobes were quite dark inside and could have done with an interior light. RESTAURANT - Again a little hit and miss, there was always something nice to choose from the menu but some meals were smothered in sauce that was fairly salty, we were disappointed with one of the starters - raisin salad, literally lettuce with a few raisins on the top and no dressing! The majority of the waitresses were lovely and we had a laugh with them but there were one who definitely didn't want to be there, got our orders wrong and ignored us when we called her, she didn't smile once and communicated with us as little as she possibly could. Despite what is mentioned on the website THERE IS NO DRESS CODE in the restaurant - some folks dressed up (we did) but many were eating in the evening wearing shorts (not tailored) and flip flops. I didn't see anyone being challenged about their attire so don't worry if you hate wearing trousers! BAR - good service, some of the cocktails were not as good as I thought they'd be but the bbc cocktail was fab. ENTERTAINMENT - This was a let down, started way too early and by the time we'd finished eating there wasn't much time left to enjoy it. I liked the disco as that went on a bit longer. Only 3 entertainment nights in all. BEACH - Fab we loved it the sand is so soft and the water was lovely and clear. Literally 2 minutes walk out of the hotel so to me as good as a beach resort. MANGO BAY - this is the sister hotel and we decided to go there for the day. Firstly it would have helped if the reception had a little slip of paper to give to guests so they know exactly where the bus stop is to get there. We got a vague idea but had to ask several passers by on the way. For anyone wanting to go there - walk out to the main road, turn right, keep walking until you see a blue police station, turn left here keeping the racetrack on your left, just keep walking until you see a bus stop. The Mango Bay was lovely felt way more luxurious than Island Inn but then again it's much more expensive but definitely worth the bus fare for a nice day out. All in all this is a very different hotel than the norm, small and quirky with mostly friendly staff and pretty good food compared with larger hotels. Would we stay there again? No probably not, I know some people love it and return year after year but it didn't hold the same attraction for us. If you like a small, quiet friendly hotel this is the one for you and don't let my opinion put you off as you can see from previous the majority love it! Read less
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May 9, 2019 jacow High Wycombe, United Kingdom

We returned to the island inn in April the staff are fantastic and we felt immediately welcome and back with our bajan friends. The hotel and rooms are kept clean and tidy by the hosekeeping and maintenance teams, and in the bar and restaurant menus have ample to satisfy the majority of peoples tastes. JJ on the beach will provide beds and… Read more
We returned to the island inn in April the staff are fantastic and we felt immediately welcome and back with our bajan friends. The hotel and rooms are kept clean and tidy by the hosekeeping and maintenance teams, and in the bar and restaurant menus have ample to satisfy the majority of peoples tastes. JJ on the beach will provide beds and brollie, and seeing the horses swim each morning is a must, as is the racing, such a good day out. Great location to get out and about either bridgetown or south coast restaurants and nightlife. Do take a good mosi repellent as you'll need it . The ladies on reception are great and extreamly helpfull. All the team are great but our special thanks go to Hassani on the bar and Sharon on reception for making this visit so special. Thora you have a great team. See you all again soon. Read less
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May 4, 2019 acornfalls Southampton, United Kingdom

We returned last week from a fantastic holiday at the Island Inn. It was our first time so we did not know what to expect. We had a great holiday the food was terrific with plenty of choice. For us the staff really made it special from Sharon, Carol and Angela on reception, Errol, and Lamar behind the bar and Ricia and Doris who were terrific… Read more
We returned last week from a fantastic holiday at the Island Inn. It was our first time so we did not know what to expect. We had a great holiday the food was terrific with plenty of choice. For us the staff really made it special from Sharon, Carol and Angela on reception, Errol, and Lamar behind the bar and Ricia and Doris who were terrific waitresses! Apologies for any missed names. We upgraded our room to a suite and felt it was worth the extra - but that’s a personal preference, all rooms were clean and tidy. We hired a car via reception and enjoyed exploring the island, even if we did get a little lost! It was my birthday whilst in resort and the staff decorated my room which was very kind of them, plus the bbq that night was great! We also visited the sister hotel Mango Bay which is also lovely and located on the beach, but for us the Island Inn has that something special which is added to by the fact that it is smaller and has a great team of staff! We will return. Read less
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Apr 25, 2019 mike1367 East Grinstead

Recently returned from my 14th stay at this quirky but excellent 24 room "all inclusive" hotel. Although not a beach resort, the Island Inn is arguably closer than many so called "beach properties." The superb Pebbles beach is just two minutes walk away! Staff very cheerful and friendly throughout. Rooms cleaned to a very high standard. Food… Read more
Recently returned from my 14th stay at this quirky but excellent 24 room "all inclusive" hotel. Although not a beach resort, the Island Inn is arguably closer than many so called "beach properties." The superb Pebbles beach is just two minutes walk away! Staff very cheerful and friendly throughout. Rooms cleaned to a very high standard. Food and drink quality first class. Unfair to name favourites but top marks to Vanessa, Julia, Cherie and the rest of the kitchen team who must be complimented for their very hard work. A quick shout out too for legendary barman Earl. He will sadly be missed when he retires! One minor grumble. I am in agreement with a recent reviewer in that dress code should be enforced at dinner! Staying at a nearby hotel in January ( the Inn was full ), anyone non compliant was refused entry to the main and Asian style restaurants! Evening entertainment low key with live music twice a week and bbq and disco on a Wednesday. All in all the Island Inn Hotel fully delivers. I look forward to my return. Read less