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Very clean and cozy. Nice friendly staff. They will go out of the way to make you feel special. They palnned a surprise b-day party on the El Tigre cruise for my dad. Close to the St. Lawrence gap night life and action but not too close. The Dover beach nearby should be avoided if you are not a strong swimmer.
The Gap area is very cool, a great walking area. The hotel was less than a block from the beach on a side street. It is your standard Caribbean hotel, pretty spartan. Our flight left at 7:30 am and there was no clock in the room, however, the owner volunteered to come knock on our door at 5am. It's a nice homebase with a small kitchen.
The hotel is close to the beach and in a great location for restaurants. The front desk has limited hours. We arrived at the hotel at midnight. The check in process was actually easier than some hotels that have front desk personnel 24 hours/day.
I very much enjoyed my stay here. The hotel does not have many amenities but its cheap price makes up for it. It is small, rooms were a good size and had a full kitchenette and balcony with table. The sheets and towels were a little worn, but everything was very clean and the cleaning ladies did a great job. The staff there was helpful and helped us set up a few excursions. The air conditioner was my only complaint, it wasn't cool and was like a second fan in the room. The area the hotel is in is great- the St. Lawrence Gap if filled with other hotels, many restaurants, small shops, nightlife and the beach is a 2 minute walk away. This hotel is at one end of The Gap so it never got too noisy. The Dover Beach hotel is next door. They have a nice balcony by the pool (just walk straight through the hotel) overlooking the ocean. Next to the balcony is a small restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is reasonably priced. Our trip was topped off when we checked out and the owner drove us and our luggage to the airport because he had to go nearby. I highly recommend this hotel for a cheap vacation!
You WIN staying at the MERIDIAN INN! WHERE TO STAY?? I asked myself this repeatedly while researching for my recent visit to Barbados.I knew I would need a secure place within my budget, close to the action and beaches . The previous reviews lead me towards the Meridian Inn. Although still hesitant and skeptical; I made my booking for two and headed there on 03 Jan 2012. I was met with a vision of a yellow/cream colored hotel that oozed rustic comfort much to my delight. The small lobby area, opened 8am to 5pm, was staffed with one of the most helpful and friendliest person I had ever met in my long travel history. We got armed with all the relevant tips for a fun filled stay at the island. Then we were directed to our room. Although it is not 4-5 star high end, it is equipped with more than the bare essentials for comfort, utility, and security. At a glance I could see a brand new A/C unit, a kitchenette with microwave, fridge, ring burner stove, a neat bathroom, and a king size bed. Outside my room from the balcony, furnished with a table and two chairs, I approximated 15 other similar rooms at the Inn. Even the cleaners, who ensured a well tidied and spotless room daily, were helpful to answer any questions or give advice. Back at the lobby, I was assisted to plan my excursions, book my car rental based on their reference, and was provided the numbers of two reliable cab drivers. Points to note: 1) The Merridian is located in the St. Lawrence Gap which makes for walking distance access to great restaurants, a grocery, pubs and clubs. We walked comfortably and safely to and from the hotel to experience Bajan nightlife as late as 2:00am. 2) The adjourning restautrant, The Dover Hotel, is also great and outfitted with a pool and restaurant which can also be used at reasonable costs by Meridian guests. 3) The Dover beach is a 2 min walk from the hotel, which is a beautiful view. However, the ocean was too undulating on those days for our liking and so we took public transport for only BB$2 each to the nearby west coast beaches which were amazing and very picturesque . The manager/owner of the Meridian is a true gentleman but is overshadowed by his staff complement of cheerful ladies. I summarise with my caption; a cheap hotel which is cozy and so very conviently located! My girlfriend and I felt like winners staying at the Meridian Inn having our 4 nights Barbados experience.
This hotel does not have many amenities, but is a very good hotel for the cost. Each room has a balcony with table and chairs, TV, full kitchenette, soap, towels (none to take to the beach though). The room has a fan and AC, but the ac is not good and like a second fan. This was the biggest problem I had. The towels and sheets are not great quality, but they are clean. We were only supplied with two thin pillows- but we didn't ask for more, we may have gotten more had we asked. We got full maid service every day. One thing I really liked about the hotel was that it was very clean, no bugs etc. The outlets in the room are the same as in the US and we had no need for the adapter or converter we brought. The office is not open all day, but they were very helpful in setting up tours and activities. They also have drinks and sunblock for purchase in the office and a lending library. They keep at least one cat in the office. I am allergic, but it did not bother me. The hotel next door- the Dover Hotel also has a concierge who can help, a pool you can use for a fee, a very beautiful balcony overlooking the ocean and a small restaurant by the pool which offers reasonably priced breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are a good option for breakfast. There is beach access very near to the hotel- about a 2 minute walk. Beach there is beautiful, clean, has activities like boogie boards, jet skiing and catamarans etc., and you will most likely be able to grab a few lounge chairs for free. Surfing lessons are available 5 minute walk from the hotel. This is a good location for a hotel. You can walk to about 20 different restaurants, different beaches, small grocery stores, souvenirs, bars, clubs, karaoke, street vendors, etc. There are taxi drivers everywhere. There is also free wifi in the hotel. You have to ask for the code. Most of the time the wifi worked very well. At the end of our stay the owner of the hotel was kind enough to take us to the airport since he was going somewhere nearby. It was very kind of him and a nice ending to our stay.
If you operating on a budget on this beautiful Island this is the place, comfortable, a/c, cable tv and a few yards from the beach and the action of St. Lawrence Gab. A clean, convenient, secured Inn.