Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
A hotel that appeals to the masses -- ideal for business travelers and families in search of an easy holiday
The Hilton is a sprawling white-and-teal high-rise property that sticks out in Barbados, surrounded by smaller hotels in the area. The entrance, with a team of porters ready to assist, is impressive and has beautiful views of Carlisle Bay. Check-in could take some time, but the open-air lobby looks over the pool complex, hinting at the amenities guests will soon enjoy. The beach area is spacious with several lounge areas and sunset vantage points, but watch out for the obnoxious beach vendors.
Needham’s Point in general is good for mid-sized waves, and boulders are strategically placed to prevent erosion. The poolside bar serves lunch on the terrace, and is lively during happy hour where guests tend to enjoy a rum punch before dinner. Karaoke nights are especially popular and go well into the evening. The crowd at the Hilton is mostly a mix of business travelers in town for a meeting in the hotel’s facilities, and families who take advantage of package deals.
On Needham’s Point and close to the capital city of Bridgetown
Situated on the small peninsula of Needham's Point, the Hilton is just five minutes from the heart of Bridgetown, the island's capital and commercial center, with a population of approximately 80,000. In addition to having major historical and cultural sites, Bridgetown is a major duty-free port with a compact shopping area. St. Lawrence Gap or “The Gap” -- a one-mile long area of restaurants, shops, and nightlife -- is within easy driving distance.
Attractive rooms with modern amenities
Rooms at the Hilton are up-to-date, fresh, and bright with crisp white linens and colorful accents. All rooms include modern amenities that please business travelers, such as flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, stocked minibars (with locks), work desk and chairs, and separate tubs and walk-in showers.
Large resort amenities make the Hilton popular with conventions and families
A few restaurant and bar options with prices that add up fast
The Careenage Bar has a fun laid-back Caribbean vibe, but The Water’s Edge, next to the beach/pool, is the most popular place in the resort, serving a limited but decent menu. Lunch can be ordered from lounge chairs with “flag up” service, and at night, the happy hour vibe becomes quite lively. This is the spot for weekly events such as Karaoke night.
The Lighthouse Terrace offers buffet breakfasts, lunches, and themed dinner buffets. Meals can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco with views of the ocean and the Hilton lighthouse.
The Grille is the hotel’s fine dining restaurant for dinner serving signature steaks and “Catch of the Day” specialties.
In-Room dining is available to guests all day and night (limited menu after 11 p.m.), and includes vegetarian and made-to-order dishes.
Located in the capital city of Bridgetown, the Hilton feels larger than its 355 rooms -- likely because of its high-rise structure and the fact it holds the biggest hotel meeting facility on the island. Sure, it checks all the boxes of a reputable chain hotel, but it lacks a certain charm synonymous with Barbadian hospitality. Rooms are modern and appeal to both leisure and business travelers, but free amenities are rare. Don’t expect a welcome drink, and Wi-Fi comes with a fee; therefore, hotel tabs add up fast (beware of the lounge chairs with “flag up” bar service). For those seeking a big hotel chock-full of American conveniences, though, this is the place.