The Club Barbados Resort & Spa
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Just returned from another fantastic holiday in Barbados. This being our eighth return visit to the Old Almond/The Club Barbados & can honestly say it saddens me to say this was my last Club visit. The Bar/restaurant staff are a jewel in a somewhat unsupported management ladder system. 1st. Internet is now chargeable to your rooms if required. Elsewhere in the hotel it's free & sometimes it works too. 2st. Our AC leaked twice in four days pouring water over electrics, fridge & our phones/IPad. 8hrs to sort us with another room.Reception staff, showed no empathy or concern and lacked an ability to process or priorities situations.The Mount Gay Rum (my favourite Island Tipple) ran dry on several occasions (3 days to re-stock) as did the white wine and breakfast with no coffee because someone couldn't fine a key.Visiting Group manager was present on our arrival for a few days but stayed well clear of the managers cocktail party and guests in general. Probably a good move on his part.
It says a lot when we met many people who had returned to this place numerous times. Given the cost of eating and drinking at restaurants and bars in Barbados, this place is tremendous value. However the rooms are dated and tired although the beds are comfy and the rooms generally clean. The staff are great but at mealtimes they always seem rushed. The food I'm afraid is monotonous and lacks variety but at least its good that evening meals are sit down and not a buffet ( except 2 nights a week) . The pools and gardens are well kept but the whole place just lacks any spark. There are daily activities like walks and yoga and a small but decent gym. The hotel is also 10 mins walk to Holetown and on a bus route ( everywhere is!). So if you want a great value hotel this place takes some beating but overall it is barely 3*
Staff at the hotel have been so warm and friendly. Special thanks to Tracy-Ann in the Sunset Restaurant who's looked after us and is always smiling. Everywhere we've gone on the island people have been so welcoming. It's made visiting the island a pleasure and we've felt safe wherever we've gone. The hotel is very good with a lovely sunbathing area raised above the sea, giving fabulous views especially at sunset. The food has been excellent although some other dining options would make it even better. Rooms are clean and comfortable.With a little investment this could easily be a 5 star rating. Our suggestions are:-1) Construct a board walk to access Sandy Lane beach. This would transform the hotel and could be easily bolted to the existing wall.2) Provide Wi-Fi in all parts of the hotel. No one expects to pay for Wi-Fi anymore.3) A small supply of drinks in the fridge in the room would be appreciated 4) Keep the beach bar open later rather than the piano bar. Everyone wants to stay by the ocean not in a freezing cold room at the front of the hotel Thanks to all the staff at The Club for making this a great experience.
I will always check reviews of previous travellers before going myself and was very undecided with the club, as there was very mixed feelings coming through. Having now stated there for a week, I would recommend this resort with no doubt. I feel that some of the reviews are unfair as the resort is clean, tidy and with a good standard of food. The staff on the whole are friendly and helpful and have a variety of activities available in the area of water sports if you choose to. The people selling the extra activities on the beach are often around but accept a No and won't bother you again. There are more than enough sunbeds on the beach front if you are happy to move them, the pool area does fill up first and there are the typical sun bed reserves and would encourage this type of behaviour to be challenged rather than accepted and moaned about. There are the odd members of staff that are not as friendly as others but again, this can be challenged through constructive feedback at the time.On the whole a pleasurable holiday to not be forgotten and may well return one day
Club Barbados and spaDo you love the Harvester or Toby carvery? Well this is the resort for you. You will not die if you stay here but the endless canteen style food quickly gets on your nerves. The quality of the food is on the cheap end of the culinary scale. Interestingly their own gift shop sells pepto bismol medication. The only sanctuary is in the evening you can have something from the right side of the menu at an extra cost. When we got there the hotel was absolutely full. This was ( like us) fallout from hurricane Erma and people had to find alternative accommodation. Unfortunately the hotel hadn't put in the right resources to accommodate their guests. Not enough towels both in the rooms or pool towels. We couldn't get a lounger for three days. People were allowed to put towels on them and the claiming behaviour was tolerated by the hotel. There is a culture of encouragement of locals who peddle goods to the hotel guests. Also the jet ski boys hang around the steps ( and only entrance to the sea)Every day we got asked if we wanted to go out on the jet ski. While we were there there was the edge of hurricane Maria that caused a storm. The power went off at 1am, we were left in darkness for 6hours with no assistance from the hotel. No night porter seeing if everyone was okay. We were left with a candle and damp matches that didn't light. The waves were coming over the sea wall and pummelling our overhead canopy. It was very scary in the pitch dark with no light or help. The power was on and off all day after the blackout. The hotel knew the storm was coming they should have put a note in every room stating that we shouldn't worry and if we needed help to call a mobile number. However they chose to do nothing. Also why hasn't the hotel got a back up generator. The room it's self is clean and comfortable it has a TVs in the lounge and bedroom. The bathroom is of a good size and has a good shower pressure. There is air conditioning units in the lounge and bedroom but are not very effective. Many of the staff work very hard especially housekeeping but water sports are quite often rude. This resort was billed as luxury ( implied 4 star more like me 2-3star )Will we be going back NO WAY
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 3 meals daily plus snacks
- Room service
- Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
- All drinks (International brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 10am-2am)
- Sunfish Sailing
- Pedal Boat
- Banana Boat Rides
- Introductory scuba diving lesson
- Tennis with instruction
- Golf green fees and mandatory golf carts
- Exercise classes (Aerobics, Cardiovascular workout, Step aerobics, Water aerobics)
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- Manager's cocktail party
- 161 rooms in seven 3-storey buildings.
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 161 Rooms
- Buffet and a la carte restaurants (Reservations required, dress code)
- 2 bars
- Evening entertainment
- 3 outdoor pools, free form
- 1 lit tennis court on-site
- Shopping on-site (Souvenir gift shop)
- Fitness facilities (fee)
- Exercise classes
- Scuba diving nearby (fee)
- A range of watersports available
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Spa (fee)
- WiFi in lobby
- 1 king or 2 twin beds
- Ceiling fan
- Cable/Satellite TV
- In-room safe
- Full Bathroom
- Coffee/tea maker
- Max occupancy 2
Oceanview Deluxe Room has same as above & Balcony or Patio with ocean view.
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The Club Barbados Resort & SpaBridgetown,Barbados
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