Barbados Beach Club
23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"I have recently returned from a two week holiday at the BBC with my family. Having read previous reports here, it was with some trepidation that we arrived at the hotel but expecting the worst, i was pleasantly suprised. The hotel is, undoubtedly, a bit tired and could do with some TLC but its location on the beach is lovely, the food is good and staff are friendly and efficient. As others have said, some of the locals do offer you drugs on the beach but we were never pressured and always had a friendly chat with them.
My sister and I had some brilliant nights out. I would definitely recommend McBrides and the Mexican Bar in St Lawrence Gap and Harbour Lights a bit further towards Bridgetown. A new bar called Thomo's has just opened up next to the hotel, owned by a lovely English couple from London. They are showing all the football there and it's a fun, chilled atmosphere so definitely pop in for a drink.
The catamaran trip on Tiami was excellent and swimming with the turtles was an experience not to be forgotten. If you enjoy snorkelling, a trip to the west coast is well worth the drive - Mullens beach is lovely.
The BBC is not luxurious by any means but for a relaxing holiday close to Bridgetown and the nightlife of The Gap, it's a great spot."
- Travel date: Wed 29th of September 2004
Calm during the Storm
"Having read both the excellent reviews and the less than complimentary ones, we were slightly anxious at our choice of holiday hotel. I am pleased to report that we had no need to be and we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the BBC.
The rooms are an average size, clean, serviced daily and have air conditioning. The views vary depending upon which one you are given but I would suggest a stay at the 'penthouse'. The are two on the 7th floor and although the actual room is the same as all the others, the balcany is excellent and comes with a fitted kitchen (handy for a cup of tea when you can't be bothered to go down stairs). The view from the penthouse balcony is the best in the hotel and if you can wangle a free upgrade as we did, you won't be disappointed.
We found the staff to be efficient and generally friendly and some of the staff could not do enough for you. We were particularly impressed that during Hurricane Ivan they were still able to keep the bar open and serve hot meals despite there being no electricity.
The food was better than we expected and there were some really excellent fish dishes on offer.
There are two a la carte menus - Venito's, the Italian, I wouldn't bother with but you must go to the Sea Rocks. They have made a real effort to serve restaurant quality food and so make sure you go as often as possible.
Overall, we were happy with the hotel and feel we had good value for money. Would we go back? I'd have to say no but only because we are going to go for the full on luxury holiday next time."
- Travel date: Sun 19th of September 2004
"My girlfriend and i stayed at the BBC for 2 weeks between 29th August - 12 September 04. We are both in our mid 20's and found the BBC to cater well for all our needs.
Despite reports to the contrary we found the food to be of a good standard in the main restaurant. There was plenty of variation and we found the staff to be helpful and friendly, however there is not much of a choice for kids. The food at the other 2 restaurants is of a high standard, but there is little choice on the menu.
Although there is only one main bar (pool bar) there is a good choice of drinks and the staff are quick and friendly, you never have to wait long to be served. There is a cocktail menu, but you need to ask for it.
The pool at the BBC is quite small and could of done with being cleaned a bit more often. The beach is small and there are locals there who will try to sell you drugs etc, however a 2 minute walk will take you to a much nicer beach.
Whist we were at the BBC we were unlucky enough to hit by hurricane Ivan, this is when the staff at the BBC really impressed us. Although there was only a small amount of staff still working, they did all they could to ensure that things ran smoothly as possible. Even when there was no electricity the staff were still working in the dark to make sure we were all fed. The staff that worked through Ivan are a credit to the hotel.
If you are planning to go on any trips, we recommend the catamaran for a good day out.
In terms of nightlife we recommend Harbour Lights, The Boatyard (Fat Tuesday's) and McBrides. There's always plenty of taxi's which cost around 12-15 b$ to St Lawrence.
All in all we enjoyed our stay at the BBC and although there are classier hotels on the island, you certainly get your money's worth at the BBC, just don't go expecting 5 star quality and you won't be dissapointed.
I would also recommend you take plenty of mosquito repellent as we got bit to death!
Enjoy your stay."
- Travel date: Sat 18th of September 2004
"We've just returned from our 2 weeks honeymoon at the Barbados Beach Club and can't fault it in the slightest. Like other reviews have said, don't expect 4 or 5 star because it isn't! The food was amazing, especially Sea Rocks, the rooms were immcaulately clean and were cleaned every day! A couple of people were bothered by mozzis but we never got bit once, and a couple that we did know that were bothered with them got their room sprayed. The hotel guest services did free walks to oistins and the gap and free shuttle services into bridgetown and back. I never noticed the beach being small, we used to walk to the next beach along (2 mins ) and swim there, we even saw some turtles .. we couldn't fault the hotel in the slightest and as for the locals on the beach yes they might offer you weed as well as aloe vera but they were harmless, and were really good fun! Let's face it where these days can you go and not be offered drugs! The local lads played footie and volleyball etc on the beach with lads and youngsters from the hotel, and actually increased the atmosphere of being in Barbados! Even though it was fully inclusive we made use of being close to The Gap and The Boatyard where we had some really amazing fun nights out!!! Like another reviewer said, the fully inclusive should include wine and also you should be able to get drinks after 12, we don't all want to go to bed at 12 on holiday!! We used to go out to a pub opposite that stays open 24 hours! We had a fantastic time and will be recommending the BBC!!!"
- Travel date: Sun 5th of September 2004
"We stayed in June and like the previous reviewer are shocked by the good reviews on the board.
We found the hotel to be in a bad state, the food was awful. We have been in all inclusives before and have had a lot of choice, here you got 3 salads, 5 hot dishes and a bbq where the food was reheated several times. The dining room and servery are open so full of flies and birds who go all over the food. Needless to say we left the hotel with suspected food poisoning.
The pool had lights floating out of the wall and the chairs were broken. The room we had was full of rust. Some rooms have been refurbished and are better, if you go and get a kitchenette i suspect you have a room that hasn't been refurbish and i suggest you ask to move rooms.
We found the staff to be friendly if you talked to them."
- Travel date: Thu 19th of August 2004
What a dive
"I was amazed to read good reviews of this hotel when I got back - we were here only two days in August en route back to the UK from Antigua, and felt so sorry for people who had booked their whole holiday here. There are some positives - well, our room was decent - good size, comfortable bed - that's about it. Staff were almost all sullen and unresponsive, no matter how friendly we were. Food was absolutely awful, and we've stayed in 3*s in Kenya and Dominican, so weren't expecting a lot. A la carte is a waste of time, and you have to pay extra for over half the menu. Pool is small and beach tiny. Overall decor is very shabby. If you have a room overlooking the pool (that's half of them), don't expect to sleep before the "entertainment" finishes. We were kept awake until midnight by excruciating karaoke that was probably funny if you were plastered, but if you needed some sleep as we did...
Basically, it's a dive - you can get so much more for your money, and much better standards in other 3*s if you look around. Don't be wowed by it being Barbados - you may as well be in Benidorm."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of August 2004
"Just had two weeks at the Barbados beach club with my husband and sons aged 16 and 19.It was a good holiday. The food was excellent in all three restaurants, although the menu in Sea Rocks got boring after 4 visits.
The lads who lived in the house next door regularly kicked a ball about with my sons on the beach and never offered them drugs.
Take advantage of the facilities. The captain was happy to take us out on his catamaran. Damien the entertainments officer does quite a lot but you have to seek him out. He organises walks to Oistins and St lawrence Gap. There is a huge number of books in his room to borrow or exchange.
The hotel island tour booked through him was half the price of the Thomson one and had the same guide, just a different day.
We were troubled with mosquitos in our room but there is a tiny corner shop next to the hotel and some spray solved that problem.
Only downside is that wine is only available with dinner. My husband isn't a great spirit drinker and there is a limit to how much Banks beer you can drink in the evening. Solved the problem by taking plastic poolglass in to dinner empty and smuggling out a couple of glasses. This was on the advice of Dougie one of the managers!
Must mention Oneill the barman at Searocks. He is a little reserved at first,as are a lot of the staff, but great to chat to when you get to know him.
Please E-mail me if you want to know anything else."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of August 2004
Excellent for value and staff
"We have returned from an excellent 2 weeks. Don't go with your expectations too high - this is not 4 or 5 star by any means, but for good value, spacious accommodation, good (not exceptional) food, and great staff and service (if you chat to them and treat them as equals, they will certainly look after you - they are great fun), you won't be disappointed. It's not perfect but the pluses definitely outweigh the minuses. All inclusive is great for a family with two ravenous teenage sons! Special mention to Dougie, Michelle, Morri and Toyah - they are the star staff!"
- Travel date: Tue 13th of July 2004
"We stayed a the BBC in June this year, and we really enjoyed our stay. It is a 3 star hotel so we werent expecting to much, but i have to say it was alot better than we thought.
The food was lovely and always varied, the quality of the food is alot better than some 4 star hotels we have stayed at. The staff in the buffet resturant are not that friendly but they are polite. The other 2 resturants, Sea Rocks and Venetos are lovely and the food is yummy, the staff are alot more chatty.
The beach is small but its not overcrowded, the sea can get a bit rough at times but thats nothing to do with the hotel :-) You will see the locals on the beach asking you to buy this and that but they are harmless, a couple of them were quite funny!
The pool area to be honest let the hotel down, the pool was small but again it never got overcrowded, there are plenty of sunbeds but the areas round the pool were abit gruby and could do with a lick of paint, we spent all our time on the beach.
The hotel put on entertaiment everynight, mainly a band and DJ. The DJ was rubbish but we had a good laugh.
The rooms are a good size and we had a lovely view over looking the pool and sea. The air con in the room was fantastic and very much needed. The rooms got cleaned every day and the cleaning girls are lovely.
All in all i can say that we really enjoyed our stay the BBC."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of July 2004
Good value resort
"Bardados Beach Club (BBC) is a good value all-inclusive resort. The rooms are clean and spacious and all come equipped with a TV, fridge, phone and remote controlled A/C - the place looks like it has been renovated very recently. Don't expect to pick up many channels we found we could only pick up CNN. The bathroom was a bit poorly lit and not as modern and fresh as the rest of the room but importantly clean. The pool is OK in size but I found there was never more than 3-4 people in it at the same time so size was not an issue as most people prefer to relax on sun lounges again there were enough to go round. Local calls are free so you can even bring your laptop and sign to a local ISP to get access to catch up on email as long as the wife doesn't find out!!
The food was very reasonable. Breakfast (7:30-10:30), Lunch (12:30-14:30), Afternoon Tea (16:00-17:00) and Dinner (19:00-22:30) all included as well as free drinks throughout the day. There are 2 a la carte restaurants Sea Rocks (for fish and steak etc) and Venetos (Italian) you get to go to Sea Rocks twice and Venetos once. There are supplements for some of the dishes. The rest of the time dinner is served at the buffet. You have to book in advance as only one of the restaurants is open on a particular day so its best to plan the week ahead. We actually found the buffet to be better than the a la carte restaurants as you can help yourself and eat as much as you like just depends if you are greedy as me!!
The staff are helpful and polite but they take a little working on to get a conversation going as they are a little quiet and timid but once they get to know you they are a good bunch. There is a shop on site that sells English newspapers as well as water, snacks and sun cream etc.
If you fancy a change in the evening you always catch a cab to St. Lawerence Gap which is only about 10-15 mins away and costs around 15-20 BDS dollars. THere is always entertainment in the evening be it a DJ or local band and the quality varies but its a good laugh!
The only real disappointment was the beach as it was quite small. Between the BBC and the neighbouring hotel there is a small shabby house which some reviews say it is a drop in centre for drug addicts. I am not sure that is the case and certainly they do come around selling jewellry and alike but if you strike the right accord they learn to leave you alone so I never had any problems. Having read mostly good reviews and some really bad ones I was puzzled by the mixed reviews the Barbados Beach Club was getting but I see why this may be annoying for some. The sea is more alive on the South Coast (where BBC is) due to the Atlantic currents as oppose to the West Coast which is very still, I found the South Coast more refreshing with the waves."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of June 2004
Another fantastic holiday at Barbados beach club!
"This was our fourth time staying at the Barbados Beach Club Hotel ! We have traveled to Barbados many a times, and we love going back and staying at this hotel, the staff are amazing, and nothing is too much trouble, some to name , Akeem , Morris , Sanjeen, miss Kelly, Norman , Douglas , KellyAnn , Krystal , Krystal , Raquel , and Mr Broome ! Food is fantastic , freshly cooked, hotel exceptionally clean , just very welcoming! We will be back next year! "
- Travel date: Fri 9th of September 2016
"This hotel is a dump. We we ditched here overnight after the Virgin flight to St. Lucia we were on broke down in Barbados. It,s dirty, unkempt, unprofessional, in desperate need of a major face lift, in a rubbish area and the food was lousy (made us both ill). twenty four hours late we arrived at The Bay Gardens Beach resort in St. Lucia and it was what a great hotel should be a complete change from This Barbadian slum."
- Travel date: Wed 30th of October 2013