So many reviews saying the same thing it's hard to add so I shall summarise our trip.
Arrival: Greeted by the lovely Carrie who seemed so genuinely proud of her dad's (Robin) development, we instantly felt valued guests.
Room: We were taken on a tour of the grounds by Robin and then on to our room, spacious, immaculately clean, beatuful view. Great quality furnishings with every detailed considered, even down to the furniture on the HUGE balcony. The kitchen was complete, no "kitchenette" here. This was a fully equipped modern spotlessly clean one, it even had a blender.smoothie maker.
Grounds: Lovely, well maintained gardens and clean pools, with loads of sun loungers and parasols, beware though, the parasols provide only limited shade and you WILL burn, like I did in one hour on our first day - doh!
Location: Short few steps across the road (which is no problem at all) to a lovely stroll on the great beaches. Fish market yards away with fresh fish caught and sold daily. Bus stops both directions outside the grounds with frequent services ( we never waited more than 5 mins). Minutes by bus or car to Holetown (try Relish for lunch - great or buy in from Posh Nosh at Holetown fro great food without the prep). I would have awarded five stars for location if it had been directly on the beach and feel a bit mean knocking a star off but I'm being honest.
Staff: Everyone incredibly polite and friendly and willing to help with advice on where to go and what to do, from the adorable Oliver on security gate (he's a wise guy!), Carrie and Natalie and the guys on reception, to the lovely ladies in housekeeping.
Beach View is just excellent value, we'd return without hesitation and plan to do so as soon as we can.
Tips: I can't imagine there is a bad room or bad view in the whole place, we stayed in 305 which is top floor in one of the two middle blocks, our block was called Sea Grape. Beware the limited protection from the parasols. The Roti Den a few yards down the road is great for a quick snack. Don't buy Lays crisps from the Esso station, we paid almost £5 (approx US$8, BDS$16 for a large bag - ridiculous). The Orange Street Grocer in Speightstown is worth the bus trip for lunch in lovely surroundings, it's only 2 dollars on the bus although sadly Speightstown has little to offer otherwise. Some people say Jordans supermarket is cheaper than SuperCentre but I guess it depends what you buy, I didn't find any difference to speak of but Jordans is nearer to Beach View, about one minute on the bus but a hot walk so I wouldn't walk!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beach View is a family run self-catering hotel, located on Barbados's beautiful West Coast. All suites feature full kitchens and open plan living and dining areas offering fantastic ocean or garden views. A large communal pool area with separate adult and children's pools, bistro style cafe, rooftop bar, in room grocery stocking, airport transfers and a range of other convenient services combine to provide all the ingredients for a totally hassle free holiday. Winner of Traveler's Choice award for 'Best Service' 4 years running! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beach View Saint James
- Beach View Hotel Saint James
- Beach View Barbados/Saint James Parish