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This hotel was a real mixed bag for me. I booked this hotel based on location and price. I booked the regular room. They gave us a room right at the back of the property, on top of the restaurant and backing onto a service area with a dumpster full of garbage...not so nice. The room itself was very basic, although it appeared to be somewhat renovated. A king bed, a desk, a small fridge, a TV and efficient A/C but no ceiling fan, no coffee maker and no safe. The room rate included a 'continental breakfast'. We tried it one morning and just left. The wait staff was rude, the coffee undrinkable, the OJ was 'Tang', the 'assorted fruits' were a couple of bananas and apples and the so called 'pastries' included a few pieces of stale banana bread. And for this luxe spread I had to sign off on before we left. I guess the management is worried that some people might eat breakfast twice..haha. Luckily at the Quayside Mall right next door, there is a nice little Italian coffee house where the coffee is drinkable.The other hotel staff were all very pleasant and accommodating.The hotel itself is very clean and public spaces very neat and tidy. The pool is smallish in size, but during our stay it was empty. The bathroom near the pool area was kept locked most of the time (?) Rockley beach is right across the street, and there are several vendors who rent beach chairs and umbrellas. We paid 30BDS a day for two chairs and an umbrella. There are also some food vendors where you can buy some decent local fare such as fish cakes and flying fish and rum punch, and also the standard hot dogs and fries. There are several restaurants in the area as well as a food court, all within walking distance. I am not sure if I would return to this hotel. If so, I would definitely book a better class of room, depending on price, b/c at that rate, you can pick a much better hotel, such as the Accra across the street.
The reservationist was a delight when I made my booking over the phone. 10/10Location is very good- close proximity to both cheap eats and fine dining (walking distance, convenience store also very close by, ATMS very close & though not quite beach front the beach is less than a minute away. 9/10When I arrived the initial reception I received from the front desk staff with lukewarm to say the best but they were professional and did their jobs. 5/10Bellman was very friendly and helpful. 10/10Housekeeping left a bit to be desired; strands of hair on towels, dust on the over head lamp and the tiled floor was also a bit dusty. 4/10Wi-fi Signal came and went 7/10A/C worked nicely. 10/10Maintenance, had to call the morning because there was no hot water (let it run for a few minutes before calling.), the guy arrived almost immediately after I called fiddled with the tap and said that he would be back in 5 minutes- he never returned. 1/10Check out- the friendly bellman from check in was present and asked how my stay was etc, the front desk staff took a call during my check out (did not bother to say excuse me) & stayed on it for the duration of the check out. 0/10Pool looked clean but we didn't use it or the bar so I can't speak on that.We stayed on the top floor- room 427 I think...I personally like it to be dark when I sleep and this was unattainable as there is a portion of glass/window high above the door that can not be covered so the moonlight and then sunlight came through.At intervals during the night there was a loud mechanical sound but turned the tv on and we were able to drown that out.Definitely won't be staying again, there are several hotels in the area that are a much better value.
Staying here while in Barbados for business, I once again enjoyed the superb location of the Blue Horizon hotel. Just across from my favorite beach, Accra/Rockley, I knew that I was but a short walk away from different places where I easily could get dinner, whether elegant such as Champers or more casual such as one of the several in Quayside Center or the Tiki Bar across the street on the beach. But the hotel itself is more than adequate for someone who has to work in Barbados, too. I had the best room yet in my several stays at Blue Horizon, one on the top floor with a high vaulted ceiling and skylight besides a balcony that overlooked the pool area and interior courtyard. The spacious room with a hot water pot, a medium-sized refrigerator, and a desk area perfect for nightly work on my computer with the free wi-fi. But work was a pleasure when I could wake up to sit at the table on the patio with my morning coffee and plan my day while awaiting the colors of the sky when the sun rose. I could then go right across the street for a morning jog along the Allamanda Beach Boardwalk. Had I the time on this trip, I could also have easily swum or snorkeled right off Accra Beach as I have before. After returning from the jog and cleaning up for the ride to work, I enjoyed the breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant area, where the servers were excellent—attentive and friendly, remembering my preferred hot morning beverage after the first day. A couple of evenings when I returned to the hotel, I took advantage of the restaurant area to enjoy a tasty adult beverage as well. Although several construction workers who worked at night also were staying at the hotel besides a couple of us who were working on an academic review team at the University along with couples on holiday, I never was disturbed by noise from other guests of the hotel—I could easily sleep as I needed to for the full days of working at UWI but also enjoy the friendly Caribbean banter with other guests that I know as part of the warmth of Barbados. For those who wonder about public transportation, the bus stops right in front of the hotel basically so one can go readily to anywhere desired, and taxis are across the street as well. A stay at the Blue Horizon is always relaxing—even for those of us in Barbados for work. You don’t stay here for pampering as you might get at a top tier hotel, nor do you stay here and feel as if staff and safety are nonexistent: you stay here for a safe, clean hotel with solid room amenities (including soft towels) and friendly staff with well maintained grounds. It’s Barbados—you’ll be spending most of your time outside your room and enjoying its natural and historical sites or socializing with friends if you’re visiting on holiday anyway.
I am a local and I usually stay in villa homes for birthdays and for little get aways but this time around I decided to try a hotel, from the time I made the booking until I checked out the service was very good. Even though I stayed for just 2 nights I was very satisfied I surly will be making another booking in the near future.
We booked three double rooms for only one night after 9 nights at another hotel. The first thing was that I noticed that there was 10% Service charge, I asked the receptionist what it covered, she told me free tea and coffee and cleaning of the room etc. I then asked to speak to the manager who eventually phoned me. she said the service charge was for cleaning the room, when I said that I did not want my room cleaned and did not want to pay the 10% service charge and surely i should pay at the end of my stay once I had received the service. She then changed her story and stated that the 10% Service charge ($36 per night) was fixed by the Unions "so we have no choice in it". My Barbadian friend informed me that this was a blatant lie. She was rude and totally dismissive of my complaints. I told her that AC did not work in one of the rooms, the lights were flickering in the second room, all she said was that should not have happened I will investigate. When we got to rooms after four flights of stairs as there was no lift in our wing of the hotel we found Wi fi was so slow that it took 20 minutes to send 25kb e mail. Our friends had the same Wi fi issue and were told it is the local infrastructure, yet across the road at Accra hotel there was no such problem. In the room there was a kettle and two cups, no tea or coffee or sugar at all. I asked receptionist she said that all these were available next to water station, which they failed to inform us. When I checked for tea bags, at 5:00 pm, there were TWO tea, no coffee *see photo). I asked about her supplying more tea / coffee, she said it will be done soon, at 11:00 pm there were only two tea bags! A service that was meant not to be used. The Television signal was so poor in room 424, that it reminded of the old TVs from the seventies, 30 inch screen too. I sat on the bed to read and when I rested my back against the head rest (the wall) the bed started to roll away from the wall and the pillows fell behind the bed. I plugged in my lap top into the sockets and found both sockets did not have proper cover plate, which is dangerous. Finally in the morning the toilet stopped flushing! POOR POOR POOR
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