Contrary to what you might think, Barbados doesn’t actually have many chain hotels, so the Hilton is an interesting exception. The two massive hotel towers have a grand total of 350 guest rooms including 77 Executive Rooms and 33 suites. Thanks to the hotel’s location on the Needham Point peninsula, it has beaches on either side, and all the rooms have ocean views. Some even see all the way to nearby Bridgetown.
Our plain (white and beige) but still beachy room was actually on one of the Executive Floors, so it had free high-speed wired internet access, and two-story ceilings, as well as features that come in all the rooms like separate bath and showers and in the bathrooms, a private balcony, and cable TV with international news and movie channels.
We also appreciated the little in-room coffee maker, the tiled floor for keeping things cool in the tropical heat, the two-line telephone, the easy-to-operate branded Hilton Alarm Clock, and huge in-room safes that fit our laptop and all our other valuables.
It also came with access to the small Executive Lounge with an internet-access computer and printer, and where the hotel served a small continental breakfast and snacks throughout the day, though in our rate was also included a buffet breakfast at the downstairs Lighthouse Terrace restaurant. Other than that, there was also the maritime-themed Grille Bar and the fancier signature Grille Restaurant, and the poolside Waters Edge bar and restaurant.
The hotel sits on the site of a former fort (which George Washington visited as a young man) with two small beaches (though there were quite a few rocks in the water), one of which has a water sports shack with free rentals. There are also two pools including one with an infinity edge, a spa jacuzzi, and a Kidz Paradise Club for when you want a break from the tykes. It also has over 10,000 square feet of meeting space plus a gargantuan Grand Ballroom, so it’s a popular destination for conferences and weddings. Finally, there’s a small fitness center and spa tucked away at the end of the sixth floor.
Standardized accommodations and friendly service, a good location near Bridgetown and the island’s airport but out of the hectic bustle, and a variety of restaurant options make the Hilton Barbados a good choice and a nice experience for a trip to Barbados. Rates here start at $309 in January.
Full disclosure: Eric Rosen was a guest of the Hilton Barbados for three nights while on assignment for another publication.