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Reviewed 20 December 2007

Very friendly staff, make sure you book a room on the executive floor as the benefits are worth the extra you pay.

The lighthouse Tower is best for sea views, though can be a little noisy in the evenings if there is an event on the beach.

Perfect base for the business traveller as well as tourist, all in all a very pleasant 10 day experience

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled on business
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2  Thank Collette J
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Reviewed 18 December 2007

We were in Barbados on a work trip and so did not choose to stay here. But it was fine and definitely a better deal than some of the really fancy places on the island. We loved the views of the ocean and the efficiency of the staff in the executive floor. But it's a big, impersonal hotel and the food and decor is very average. It's a bit expensive for what it is but so is everything in Barbados. Meals out cost far more than they would have in New York and were not nearly as good. The best meals we had were at Champers and also Brown Sugar which is just down the road from the Hilton. We loved the Orchid garden, Sunbury plantation and the museum in Bridgetown. Would go back again to Barbados, quite happily. Might try and stay somewhere smaller.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank newyorkanya
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Reviewed 13 December 2007

We have just returned from 10 days at the Hilton, our second visit. We were warned about the beach restoration project and were very dubious about the noise, smell, and general disruption. It was fine. OK this time we spent more time around the pool but partly because it was more convenient for the rest of the family.

We just love the location of the hotel. There are beautiful hotels on the west coast but they seem more crammed together and the beaches are narrow. Whereas the beach at the Hilton is lovely, the sea can be rougher at the Point but this makes it more exciting. The under-current can be strong at times so common sense must prevail.

There are parts of the hotel that we feel need a little attention. Some of the bedroom furniture is a little shabby and needs replacing. But the bed was just heaven. Huge!.

Service in the Lighthouse Restaurant is 'relaxed' and after a couple of days you just accept this as part of being in Barbados!
The themed evening buffets were great and changed each night.We also ate in the Carneege Restuarant which was just lovely and run by a very efficient lady called Karen. A wonderful dining experience.

We did get fed up with the lunch menu at the poolside bar. Huge portions - so we shared a plate between two! It did get to the point where we craved for a simple sandwich!

The staff generally are very friendly. Check-in and out for us was a little chaotic but it was all sorted out in the end. I agree with a previous comment that the lady on the tours desk did not appear to be very welcoming. We organised a car through our BA tour rep! We spent three days touring the island (and a lot of that going around in circles due to the lack of signposts - you have to be patient and just laugh!!)

We experienced result of the earthquake in Martinque during our stay. The hotel had to be evacuated. This was a unique experience for guests and staff. The situation was handled very efficiently. All was OK. The General Manager and her staff spent a lot a time afterwards talking to and reassuring guests, We were very, very impressed.

Would we return for a third visit...........Definitely

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank Fred20Herts
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Reviewed 12 December 2007

We loved every minute of our experience at the Hilton. Despite the fact that due to a computer glitch at check-out, my credit card got double-charged, we still have nothing but excellent memories of our time at the Hilton Barbados.

The open-air lobby is gorgeous, looking out over the immaculate grounds, pools, and powdery white sand beach. You can borrow snorkel equipment and boogie boards for free, sign up for a sea turtle snorkeling trip that leaves right from the hotel for $50 US per person, rent a jet-ski for $25 US for $15, enjoy a heavenly massage, partake in a great nightly Happy Hour (most drinks around $4 US at this time, otherwise closer to $8 US during non-Happy Hour). I could go on forever.

Our room was perfect, with a well-stocked mini-bar, new television, gigantic, comfy king-sized bed, luxurious bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the gorgeous Caribbean. Our view was called "Bay view," but you see plenty of ocean too. We booked early at a rate of $200 US per night.

The food at the hotel eateries is mostly quite expensive, but if you choose a la carte breakfast over the buffet, buy your drinks during Happy Hour, and have several appetizers instead of entrees at the Careenage Bar for dinner, you can survive on less than $50 per day. Additionally, at the entrance to the hotel property, there is a man who sells "cutters" (Bajan for sandwich!) made with fried fish fillets, delicious cheddar cheese, and egg for less than $5 BDS.

At check-out, I recommend using a credit card over a debit card. Unfortunately, internet is not as reliable in Barbados as it is elsewhere. The internet lost power while they swiped my debit card and even though the hotel didn't show the transaction going through, my bank account did... twice! The hotel worked tirelessly to help resolve the issue with my bank, and as I said, this shouldn't deter anyone from staying at this gorgeous, bustling hotel.

It is a ways away from the Gap and other popular destination on the island, so if you need to get out to see a lot of sights, I suggest renting a car. We didn't, however, and we filled our days with activities near the hotel. Also, the beach construction was 99% complete when we left on Dec. 8, so it should over any day now. It really wasn't much of a bother, and it's only underway to make the beach even more spectacular for future guests.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank ChicagoBrettski
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Reviewed 10 December 2007

Our first time to Barbados and we lucked out the entire trip!

Upon landing, we stumbled upon a Hilton rep outside the airport. She flagged a nice taxi for us and gave us a brief overview of the taxi system. (Flat rates, no meters!)

Upon checkin, we waited for about 10 minutes, but we were extra nice to the checkin lady and she upgraded us to a fantastic corner suite. (BTW, my girlfriend's gold status and the fact that we were using HHonors points probably helped w/ this as well.)

The 4th floor suite was great. It was 2 rooms converted into 1. We had 2 balconies -- one ocean side, another bay side, 2 full bathrooms, a sitting area, amazing views, access to the Exec lounge, flat screen tv, nice robes, high-end Le Source(?) bath products and extremely soft towels.

The weather was great every day. About 85 w/ a nice breeze off the ocean. The online weather in the US predicted rain every day. Luckily, we only had 30 minutes of rain on 1 day at 5am.

The only negatives: the restaurant service @ the Lighthouse was on "island time". But once we realized it was very slow, we planned accordingly. The food was a little lack-luster, but acceptable.

The woman at the tour desk was really unhelpful. Getting any information out of her was like pulling teeth. We found the staff in the Exec lounge (Jillian!) to be much more enthusiastic about the Island and they provided great recommendations.

Renting a car was also an "adventure". The car we rented from the hotel was great. It was a convertible Jimmy w/ AC and a CD player. But there were practically no street signs on the entire island and the map only included every 3rd street. Be sure to bring lots of patience on any self-guided journies. In hind site, we're glad we did it though.

I'd definitely stay here again if I go back to Barbados.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Sacra-cago
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