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.

  • Kids Stay Free: 1st child, up to and including 12 years, stays free and the 2nd child, up to and including 16 years, saves up to 50% off the accommodation cost when sharing with 2 adults, for travel between 1 May-22 Dec '19 when staying a minimum of 7 nights, book by 31 Mar '19 (not applicable when booking a Special Offer Room)

    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.

This hotel has a Tourism Levy fee of $5.50 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

  • Excellent (377)
  • Very good (196)
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Mar 22, 2019 253DougC Bristol, United Kingdom

Thanks again to Mrs Brown and all the staff for a fabulous stay. It was great to see Earl behind the bar. Try his banana daiquiri or rum punch also mud slide. And All just minutes from the two best beaches Pebbles and Carlisle Bay. See you next year.
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Mar 19, 2019 jGinger Dereham, United Kingdom

This Hotel is small and intimate with only 24 rooms you meet all the residents and without exception all are friendly, and all enjoy a chat with all the likeminded guests who enjoy holidays in small friendly hotels like the Island inn where service and quality are at the forefront. There is very little I can add to a previous review I made, the… Read more
This Hotel is small and intimate with only 24 rooms you meet all the residents and without exception all are friendly, and all enjoy a chat with all the likeminded guests who enjoy holidays in small friendly hotels like the Island inn where service and quality are at the forefront. There is very little I can add to a previous review I made, the rooms are always clean and are adequate. Whilst the rooms are not ostentatious they are charming and reflect the history of the building but include all that is necessary for a comfortable stay, Tea and coffee facilities are available along with hairdryer, TV Safe Ironing board with Iron and the quietest efficient air conditioning you will experience anywhere. ensuite Bathroom with all amenities included. What really sells this hotel is the staff and the food quality both of which are great. The staff from reception through to kitchen waiting bar and room operatives are extremely welcoming, this I find is indicative of Barbados, Bajans love to welcome you to their beautiful Island and beautiful it is full of wonderful people. The food at the Island Inn is exceptional the quality and wonderfully created menus will really enhance your stay with flavours of the Caribbean that you will not forget and will be keen to return to !! beach towels are provided and the beach is only a 100 metres away so enjoy. There is very little more I can say please enjoy this small friendly establishment. most do and most like us return. Should you be looking for a hotel which includes late night bar and activities until the early hours do not book here. However if you are looking for a hotel which provides great service a friendly bar until 2300 which services great drinks and is geared towards its residents having a great time with great staff food and service then this may be the place for you Read less
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Mar 14, 2019 carole b Little Snoring, United Kingdom

2nd visit to this lovely, friendly hotel. Only 24 rooms so you get to know everybody (if you want to) The room we had was immaculately clean at all times, the hotel should be proud of their cleaners level of work they are a credit to the hotel. I don't want to pick out anyone in particular for praise as all of the staff were fantastic,… Read more
2nd visit to this lovely, friendly hotel. Only 24 rooms so you get to know everybody (if you want to) The room we had was immaculately clean at all times, the hotel should be proud of their cleaners level of work they are a credit to the hotel. I don't want to pick out anyone in particular for praise as all of the staff were fantastic, friendly, helpful, but I will just mention Earl on the bar always so friendly and polite and Ricia a waitress always with a smile and ready to put up with my husbands leg pulling!! but all of the staff are great I wish I could remember all of their names, but thankyou one and all, once again a credit to the hotel. Cannot fault the food, we were there for 2 weeks in this time were never offered the same dinner or the same soup. Steaks so tender, shrimps so big, great choice of food, not the great big choice you get in larger hotels but enough choice and all freshly cooked, beautifully presented. Hotel is just 3 minutes walk from the beach and if you want the kitchen will make up a picnic for you if you don't want to go back to the hotel for lunch. Hire of 2 sunbeds and an umbrella is 30 barbadian dollars for the day. Go down to the beach early, about half six and see the race horses enjoying a swim in the sea. If you want a noisy hotel with entertainment every night avoid this hotel like the plague but if you want freshly cooked food, friendly staff, attention to detail, the odd evening of entertainment and if you want to make friends you can sit and have a great evening of chatting to and having a drink this is the hotel for you. One again thankyou Island Inn for a wonderful relaxing, friendly and all together lovely hoilday Read less
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Mar 3, 2019 ICUDHOL4EVA Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Our Newcastle trio loved this place. All staff from reception, cleaners, bar, restaurant, kitchen and maintenance all work very efficiently and in a friendly manner. The packed lunches ordered the day before had a choice of triple decker sandwiches; ham, cheese, tuna or other fish: apples or bananas, beer or pop and cakes. You tick the boxes hand… Read more
Our Newcastle trio loved this place. All staff from reception, cleaners, bar, restaurant, kitchen and maintenance all work very efficiently and in a friendly manner. The packed lunches ordered the day before had a choice of triple decker sandwiches; ham, cheese, tuna or other fish: apples or bananas, beer or pop and cakes. You tick the boxes hand it in then collect after 10am. There was more than we could eat and we are good eaters, the cheese were my fave with salad and mayo on. We had a junior suite number 16 right next to the pool. It was a very large room with a bath and separate shower, the toilet also had a door from inside the bathroom. Hot water was never a problem, clean towels and toiletries(shampoo, conditioner, shower gel & body lotion) every day and plenty of loo rolls. The bed was very comfy and large, the bed for my daughter was a full size and also comfy. It was kept immaculately clean as were all areas of the hotel. Entertainment was a female singer, a male singer and dj for bbq on Wednesdays. The food was good quality and exceeded our expectations nothing repeated in a fortnight. If you’re not sure what a menu item is the staff will explain. We ordered fried eggs and omelettes at breakfast and banana splits at dinner. Yes at breakfast you do book your lunch and dinner times, we didn’t find it a problem. Reception provided us with a preferred driver Mylee, and he was superb. We went to the sister hotel Mango Bay at Holetown Festival day 16 Feb,it was a popular place to be. Staff and food here were good, but the beach was steep into the sea and not as nice as Pebbles beach near II. Hotel pool is very small and cold but a welcome cool from the sun on the one afternoon we stayed there. We generally went 2 mins to Pebbles beach which is powder soft sand and very gentle incline into the sea. JJ the sun bed guy was there from 8am or 9am Sunday’s to put your towels on and pay for the day $b50 for 3 beds & 2 umbrellas. We went back to the hotel for lunch and back to our beds after. JJ is great. There is a shower in both the men’s and women’s toilets at reception. I wish I’d known this as we wouldn’t have paid for Virgin Departure Beach (we were worried in case we couldn’t get a room extension). We did see the monkeys on the roof a few times, lovely, and lizards, tiny frogs in the pond and a humming bird. We did enjoy the scones at afternoon tea and Tanqueray gin in the evening, and mean Margaritas and plenty of pina coladas. Nothing was a trouble to the staff here they genuinely wanted to make your holiday wonderful. We met some lovely people, including Judy and Terry Ripon, The Dundee York couple and Ian & Sue who took our daughter on a boat trip, the couple who gave us Aloe Vera for sunburn, thank you to all these fantastic friendly people. Too many to shout you all out. If we have the opportunity we will return in a flash. Read less
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Feb 20, 2019 smalesy Leeds, United Kingdom

Just got back from island inn a what a fantastic little hotel.how anyone can complain I don't no because our stay was excellent.the rooms are spacious a cleaned every day a fresh towels put In the maids do a grt job all the bar staff are very good at what they do and all make amazing cocktails the beach is 2 minutes walk away and is pure… Read more
Just got back from island inn a what a fantastic little hotel.how anyone can complain I don't no because our stay was excellent.the rooms are spacious a cleaned every day a fresh towels put In the maids do a grt job all the bar staff are very good at what they do and all make amazing cocktails the beach is 2 minutes walk away and is pure white sands a lovely blue sea .sharon on reception is just grt a also very funny and most helpful she's perfect .the food is amazing their is something for everyone's taste a the chefs a waitresses are just grt nothing is too much trouble .we celebrated our ruby anniversary whilst we was their and island inn made it so very special for us both they trimmed our room up with balloons a flowers and even a bottle of fizz as well thank you to all staff for an amazing stay we will definitely be coming back to visit you all soon elaine a tim room 16 Read less