Oceanfront location with unobstructed views of the Caribbean
A variety of rooms, catering to various budgets
Two on-site restaurants, including the popular Harlequin
Beautiful oceanfront pool and roomy terrace with lots of space for lounging
Walking distance to the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs
of St. Lawrence Gap
Studios and apartments with kitchenettes, ideal for
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Beach is small and the water is rough, not the best for
Rooms in the original hotel building are dated and lack air-conditioning
Noise from nearby bars and nightclubs reaches some rooms
Small gym with older cardio equipment
Small with little private space to lounge
Set in the heart of the bustling St. Lawrence Gap, the
Rostrevor Hotel is a 79-room, lower-middle-range hotel with a beachfront location,
two restaurants, and a large pool. The hotel offers a variety of studios and
apartments ranging from dated, worn rooms without AC to renovated spaces with Caribbean style. All the rooms come
equipped with kitchenettes and most offer ocean views, but the street-facing
doors make them prone to noise from the nearby nightclubs. While the hotel faces the
sea, the beach is small and the water is rough. Guests seeking a more peaceful
beachfront stay might want to compare rates with the Coral Mist Beach Hotel or the
quieter Dover Beach Hotel.
Oceanfront value hotel with a huge terrace with an infinity pool, two restaurants, and a small beach
The Rostrevor Hotel has somewhat of a spilt personality. The property consists of two distinct
buildings, one modern and one trapped in a 1970s time warp. The older
structure, built in 1977, has a collection of budget-rate rooms in need of
updating and a major style makeover. They also lack air-conditioning (except for the Pool Deck Studios) , instead
relying on ceiling fans, standing fans, and doors open to the ocean breezes to
cool the rooms. Rooms in the newer, modern
building include a modern cooling system.
The hotel’s location also displays two distinct sides. The
ocean side of the hotel is fronted by a huge, perfectly coiffed terrace with
neat patches of green grass, rows of blue and green lounge chairs, white
Adirondack chairs tucked beneath tall palms, and a rectangular infinity-edge
pool. Steps lead from the terrace to a small section of private beach bordered
by rocky sea walls, offering just enough space for guests to take a dip in the
waves before retreating to their lounge chairs. Reading, napping, staring
at the shifting colors of the Caribbean, and lunching poolside on flying fish sandwiches (a Barbados favorite) at the cozy and casual
Almond Tree restaurant are all popular ways to spend the day at the Rostrevor.
the sun sets, the focus turns to the hotel’s other, street-facing side. By day,
“the Gap,” short for St. Lawrence Gap, is quiet with bars and nightclubs
shuttered to the strong sun and few people wandering the one-way, one-mile
stretch of road. When the sun sets, however, activity in the Gap stirs as
visitors and locals alike fill the terraces of open-air restaurants, food truck
proprietors fire up their grills, and the roads become thick with partygoers en-route
to various bars to listen to live music or try their voices at karaoke. When dinner wraps up, the nightclubs take over and the thumping of
house music reverberates along the Gap, easing under the doorways of nearby
hotels. With room doors opening to the street, light sleepers beware -- the incessant noise will likely disturb your slumber, and that's something to consider before
booking a hotel in the area.
In the heart of St. Lawrence Gap on the southwest side of Barbados, facing the Caribbean,
about a 30-minute drive to the airport
Set on the island's southern coast, the Rostrevor faces the
crashing waves of the Caribbean on its oceanfront side and the action of St.
Lawrence Gap on its street side. Guests are close to many restaurants, bars,
and nightclubs along the one-mile stretch of St. Lawrence Gap. While there is
a small beach on-site, the longer stretches of Dover Beach can be reached via a
Five-minute walk to Dover Beach
Five-minute drive to Accra Beach
Five-minute drive to Rockley Beach
Eight-minute drive to Oistin's Fish Fry
10-minute walk to Worthing Beach
15-minute drive to Bridgetown
18-minute drive to Grantley Adams International Airport
A variety of studios and apartments that cater to varying budgets, most with ocean views, terraces, and kitchenettes
The Rostrevor Hotel's 79 rooms are in three hotel wings, appealing to a variety of travelers and budgets. Traditional Wing studios and
apartments are set in the original (1977) building and rely on ocean breezes
and fans to keep guests cool, as they do not have air-conditioning, but they do have lower rates. They include white wicker furniture, ceramic-tile floors, closets with mirrored sliding doors, and king-size beds finished with basic
linens, standard pillows, and older hotel bedspreads in varying shades of blue
to coordinate with window treatments and beach-inspired framed artwork. The kitchenettes have white cabinets and blue countertops, and come with the tools for a self-catering vacation. Bathrooms in the non-air
conditioned rooms are basic, offering single vanities with lots of counter space and walk-in stall showers. The Pool Deck Studios are the only rooms in
the Traditional Wing that have air-conditioning. They offer
direct access to the poolside terrace and a more refreshed design scheme.
Studios in the Superior Wing are more modern, with air-conditioning and a Caribbean-inspired design palette with blue bedding and window treatments and white-wood furniture. All the rooms include direct ocean views from their terraces. The Deluxe Wing, which is the newest part of the
hotel, offers studios and apartments with ocean or garden views. Rooms feature natural woven sea grass style furnishings, kitchenettes and bathrooms with granite
countertops, and king-size or two double beds finished with bedding in shades of turquoise or coral that coordinate with matching window treatments and modern artwork.
Most of the rooms at the Rostrevor include terraces
with small tables and two chairs overlooking the Caribbean. Most of the rooms
also have kitchenettes with microwaves, two-burner stovetops, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and all of the equipment needed to prepare and
serve meals. Flat-screen TVs, closets with safes and iron/ironing boards, and
basic toiletries are also standard.
The hotel’s largest room is an Oceanfront Penthouse Suite.
Located on the top floor of the hotel, it features a large, private balcony
with ocean views, a full kitchen, a spacious granite bathroom, a large
living/dining area with a pullout sofa, and a bedroom suite with a king-size
bed and custom artwork.
Two restaurants, one poolside and the other overlooking the action of St. Lawrence Gap
Harlequin's colorful outdoor terrace awash in repetitive shades of yellow,
orange, green, and blue is a lovely spot to have dinner and
watch the night of St. Lawrence Gap unfold. The restaurant is one of the most
highly touted in the area, offering locally caught fish such as king fish and barracuda, along with thai curries. The
Rostrevor also has a more casual poolside restaurant, Almond Tree, that serves breakfast and
lunch, including the local favorite -- flying fish sandwiches.
The Rostrevor also has a small gym with a
long rack of free weights, two treadmills, and an older elliptical
machine. There's a small market a
few doors down and other nearby hotels offer spa services.