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 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

  • 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.

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. 

5 nights between 6 Jan-31 Mar. 

7 nights between 23 Dec-5 Jan. 

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: Boardwalk Restaurant (year-round): the evening dress code is smart casual. 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: child ages upto and including 12 years.

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Oct 20, 2021 Loraine R Stafford, United Kingdom

I was a little nervous before arriving due to negative reviews we had read on TripAdvisor however they must have experienced a different holiday to mine. We had a lovely 2 weeks at Island Inn. We had booked a Superior garden room which is a large bedroom, bathroom with shower over the bath. Toiletries are provided together with tea, coffee,… Read more
I was a little nervous before arriving due to negative reviews we had read on TripAdvisor however they must have experienced a different holiday to mine. We had a lovely 2 weeks at Island Inn. We had booked a Superior garden room which is a large bedroom, bathroom with shower over the bath. Toiletries are provided together with tea, coffee, hairdryer, bath & pool towels. There is also a TV, ironing board and safe in the room. I didn't use the iron/safe or watch TV so cannot comment on channels offered. Air Con is very good in the room & excellent black out curtains means you have no idea of the time when you wake up as room is so dark. The rooms are a little dark - no overhead lights instead table/floor lights illuminate the room. The room also comes with a terrace with 2 x chairs & an airer to dry swimwear which is very handy. We were lucky to secure a fridge - tip speak to reception upon arrival to secure a fridge as not enough fridges for every room. The hotel only has 24 rooms which are sited around the pool, garden & restaurant area. It is nice to chat and pass time with other guests during the day - gave the hotel a nice community feel. I have stayed in a number of hotels and never have I chatted to guests so much as I did here. The hotel operates an la carte menu &the meal quality was excellent. 3 courses offered at lunch and evening meal with a choice of meat/fish and vegetarian option. Not once did I have a meal that I could find fault with. For breakfast there is an extensive list of items to choose from. No problem if you want something else on your plate or to ask for extra portions. The coconut ice cream is delicious. COVID did mean that some times they ran out of things but Barbados is an island and a number of items have to be imported. One point to note is that Bajan time is not like English time. You can ask for something which will appear but not always straight away. There is a very relaxed approach and nothing is done in a hurry. It takes a while to get used to - but keep an open mind, after all we are not talking 5 star service here. The Staff are lovely - Tricia, Toria, Sharon, Lamar, Tre, Richia, Ramone, Angela, Miss B to name but a few of the staff who all made our holiday something to remember. Covid restrictions were in place during our stay and a nightly curfew meant that the hotel bar had to close at 21:00. The staff simply doubled everyone's rounds on the last round before leaving to go home. Slight niggles but not major issues - The Wifi not available in the rooms - means you have to sit up near the restaurant area or hotel reception to catch up on your daily news. The room needs a little TLC - the bath needed replacing in our room - it was functional but the bath was cracked. Suggest a replacement or have a walk in shower instead of bath over shower. A few tiles have come off the side of the swimming pool. The pool area could do with a refresh - some of the paint was flaking away. Not major issues and can be remedied with a little outlay by hotel owner. Overall we enjoyed our stay. The beautiful Pebbles Beach is just 2 minute walk outside the hotel. Seeing the racehorses swimming in the sea is something I will never forget. Because of Covid, a number of bars & restaurants have yet to reopen. It is quiet in the immediate area of Island Inn, however a jump on the Reggae Reggae bus will take you to the more lively areas. The little Reggae buses will pick you up from the street - you do not have to be at a bus stop & it costs only USD 3 for a ride wherever you are going. Would I go back??? I most certainly would so please do not be put off by negative reviews. You are not paying for 5 star quality so why do you expect it? Read less
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Oct 16, 2021 736bevt Rochdale, United Kingdom

Could there be 2 Island Inn Hotels??? Arrival reception - disappointing welcome - no offer of refreshment, keen to take payment of taxes, no information offered regarding the following; hotel facilities / where to locate Virgin Holidays information/folder... Room - Upgraded to Superior Garden View; Allocated Room 6 - Garden View?? No garden to… Read more
Could there be 2 Island Inn Hotels??? Arrival reception - disappointing welcome - no offer of refreshment, keen to take payment of taxes, no information offered regarding the following; hotel facilities / where to locate Virgin Holidays information/folder... Room - Upgraded to Superior Garden View; Allocated Room 6 - Garden View?? No garden to view No privacy - the only source of natural light is via French doors next to neighbouring room 5, outside seating area Internally extremely poor condition; mould in bathroom all around the edge & base of bath, extractor fan broken, skirting boards bowed away from wall, broken electrical/telephone sockets, poor lighting - all lights orange?? faulty air conditioning - chose not to delve further to avoid additional disappointment. Housekeeping/Front of house service - no bathroom towels supplied after housekeeping, requested towels at reception 3pm advised " the laundry van hasn't been yet" returned 6.30pm requested towels again and waited at reception until they were handed to me Bar - mostly very slow service, no drinks/cocktails menu readily available, ran out of; Mango syrup 3-4 days, tonic water 2x evenings, mint (for cocktails) not available, vodka 2x days Bar staff rota 3x guys - 1x particularly slow, the others Ramon & Tre very good, friendly service Restaurant - attended mainly for breakfast & dinner only; food quality varied daily from adequate to good, extremely small portions on occasions, service very slow in general, front of house staff lacked interest with exception to 1x waitress; Sharon Example of lack of interest - bar closed at 9pm each evening as a result of the curfew - seated in the restaurant no staff available from 8.50pm - manager walked by at 9.03pm - I asked for 2x glasses of lemonade and informed the bar is now closed and locked.. As a result we had to wait until 7.30am the following morning for a chilled drink - unacceptable Overall cleanliness of general facilities poor - external courtyard seating area; dirty tables, cigarette ends on floor, seat cushions left outside during heavy rainfall and never replaced - often damp/wet Seating area far side of reception area - white seating cushions soiled. To summarise The hotel staff lack direction, no evidence of management guidance or interest. We would not recommend this hotel to anybody Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Holiday of lifetime ended as soon as we booked in

Oct 14, 2021 iansR8784OF

What should of been a holiday lifetime turn into a average holiday firstly the room were given suppose to have a garden view more like waste ground even if we could see it but the blind was broken one look from wife and I knew we have to move so I paid for an upgrade over $650 we moved next day this room was nice but still had issues leaking water… Read more
What should of been a holiday lifetime turn into a average holiday firstly the room were given suppose to have a garden view more like waste ground even if we could see it but the blind was broken one look from wife and I knew we have to move so I paid for an upgrade over $650 we moved next day this room was nice but still had issues leaking water in w.c. from the roof so we got on with are holiday then the fun began an average wait of 40 minutes for breakfast nothing special cornflakes and toast after the first time I ordered a cook breakfast came out stone cold I sent it back and it came out hot but then it seemed how dare you complain so every meal they seemed a delay between courses as I said an average of 40 mins it got to the stage we missed meals as it was ruining our holiday, the pool had scum line around it and pavement was covered in mildew, the first week no gin second plenty of gin no tonic as you had to pay for bottle water so everybody was drinking tonic water the bar staff were great and so were the reception staff but the meal times was very poor, the food was lovely but when you got it don't complain as you went longer even for a cup of coffee or pot of hot water.if it wasn't for the great friends we met the holiday would of been a disaster. Read less
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Oct 10, 2021 Iain F Wirral, United Kingdom

Small boutique hotel. Staff attentive, Rooms very clean. Food very good. Small swimming pool. Location close (within 200yds) to lovely beach. Bridgetown within walking distance or be adventurous and get on a "Reggae Bus" or ZR bus.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Chilled Two weeks

Oct 1, 2021 niceyticey Bromley, United Kingdom

Staff amazing, friendly and kind. Thora is an amazing lady. Carol on reception is a blast, and the boys behind the bar are a credit. Trey loves to sing and dance and boy can he sing. Venessa is an amazing chef, if you pay extra she makes an amazing Lobster Linguine pasta. AMAZING. Cant wait to see everyone again next year with all our family… Read more
Staff amazing, friendly and kind. Thora is an amazing lady. Carol on reception is a blast, and the boys behind the bar are a credit. Trey loves to sing and dance and boy can he sing. Venessa is an amazing chef, if you pay extra she makes an amazing Lobster Linguine pasta. AMAZING. Cant wait to see everyone again next year with all our family and friends. Read less