The Best Hotels in Bridgetown, Barbados

Enjoy a relaxing stay at the all-inclusive Sugar Bay resort on Barbados
Enjoy a relaxing stay at the all-inclusive Sugar Bay resort on Barbados | Courtesy of Sugar Bay Barbados / Expedia
Lydia Picknell

Barbados may be famous for its golden beaches and clear turquoise sea, but there’s plenty to do away from the sand. The capital of the Caribbean island, Bridgetown, will keep everyone entertained with top-class dining, fascinating historical attractions, thrilling water sports, a dramatic rainforest and even limestone caves for exploring beneath the earth’s surface. Whether you’re travelling with a young family, yearning for a romantic getaway or hoping for a relaxed trip with friends, there’s a hotel to match your demands, so you can get on with your holiday of a lifetime. Book your stay now with Culture Trip.

1. Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown

Business Hotel

A terrace area at Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown, with a pool, sun loungers, bright blue parasols and plants
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Business travellers don’t need to be stuck at their desk all the time at this contemporary hotel in the centre of Bridgetown, only 8.6 miles (13.8km) from Grantley Adams International Airport. When duty calls, there are pre-bookable meeting rooms and ergonomic workstations at the onsite business centre, but it’s easy to switch off with the hotel’s gym and pool. There’s also a restaurant serving breakfast and dinner in the lobby, while shops and a lovely sandy beach are within walking distance for some proper downtime.

2. Island Inn Hotel

Hotel

A stylish bedroom at Island Inn Hotel, with a cushioned bed, a brown headboard, bedside lamps, an armchair and windows
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Think all-inclusive means queues at the breakfast buffet and a shortage of sun loungers? Not at the Island Inn Hotel, a charming 24-room property on the south coast of Barbados, steps away from Pebbles Beach. The hotel, within the Garrison Historic Area, was built in 1804 as a military rum storage facility but has now swapped the barrels for a 24-hour lounge, a pool with a soothing fountain backdrop, a bar and a restaurant. The all-inclusive package includes three daily meals, traditional afternoon tea and live entertainment. The staff will even pack you a picnic if you’re spending the day at the beach.

3. Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados

Resort

A birds-eye view of Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados, next to a sandy beach, palm trees and a bright blue sea
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There’s no need to hunt down a decent beach when you stay at the three-star Radisson Aquatica, right in the centre of Bridgetown. The hotel is located right on one of the best stretches of the seafront on the island, so you can torture friends stuck at home with photos of vanilla sand lapped by bath-clear water. If you can drag yourself away, there’s also a sea-facing pool, a snack bar, a restaurant and a fantastic cocktail bar with a daily happy hour.

4. Coconut Court Beach Hotel

Hotel

An outdoor area at Coconut Court Beach Hotel, with tables and chairs sheltered by tree branches, beside a sandy beach
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Prefer the personal touch? The Coconut Court has been owned and managed by the Blades family since 1975 and is still known for its welcoming hospitality, with many guests returning year after year. The spacious rooms overlook palm trees and the Caribbean Sea from a private balcony and come with a refrigerator, microwave kettle and toaster for a homely feel. There are apartments, too, if you prefer fully self-catered accommodation. Otherwise, head out, and enjoy the freshwater swimming pool, weekly entertainment and nearby South Coast Boardwalk, which is lined with shops, bars and restaurants.

5. Hilton Barbados

Resort

An outdoor swimming pool at Hilton Barbados, with palm trees, orange sun loungers and parasols looking out onto the beach
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There’s hardly any need to leave this fantastic resort, which offers just about everything you could need for a holiday to remember. Built on the 17th-century ruins of the Unesco World Heritage Site Charles Fort, every room has a sea view, and the hotel has direct access to two dreamy white-sand beaches, tennis courts, outdoor pools, a spa and even free water sports to keep you busy. Exhausted just thinking about it? The hotel has a top kids’ club, too, so you’re guaranteed at least some time to relax while your little ones are having fun.

6. Sandals Barbados

Resort, Hotel

Balcony bedrooms overlooking an outdoor swimming pool at Sandals Barbados, with plants, trees and sun loungers
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If a holiday isn’t complete for you without total indulgence, book your room at Sandals. This couples-only all-inclusive paradise promises to spoil you rotten, with luxurious rooms, three pools, premium wines and spirits, free land and water sports and unlimited fine dining at 11 restaurants, including a French patisserie, a New York-style steakhouse and an Indian restaurant. Want something even more special? Plump for a swim-up room by the largest river pool in the Caribbean or a suite with a soaking tub on the balcony.

7. Waves Barbados

Spa Hotel

A birds-eye view of Waves Barbados next to a sandy beach and blue sea, surrounded by trees
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Come back from holiday feeling even more refreshed than usual when you stay at Waves, the very first all-inclusive mind and wellness boutique hotel on the island. Unlimited food and drinks are available, but it’s the thoughtful complimentary extras that really set this resort apart, including motorised water sports and lessons, island tours, yoga and fitness classes, water taxis and even spa treatments. And, did we mention it’s on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean?

8. Savannah Beach Hotel

Budget Hotel

An outdoor swimming pool at Savannah Beach Hotel with a bridge arching over the pool and an island of plants with a palm tree
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Forget about the final bill, and get on with relaxing at the Savannah Beach Hotel, an intimate all-inclusive hotel, where you won’t be sharing space with hundreds of others. There are less than 100 simply elegant rooms at this four-star property, set within a 19th-century plantation house on the island’s south coast. You’ll also find three restaurants, two swimming pools, a full-service spa, a gym, a kids’ club and even a teen den here to keep everyone happy.

9. Rostrevor Hotel

Hotel

A sandy beach, blue sea and palm trees next to an outdoor swimming pool at Rostrevor Hotel, with parasols and sun loungers
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Think a holiday in the Caribbean will take a lifetime of savings? Not at the budget-friendly Rostrevor, where you can enjoy all of the perks of a Barbados break without the eye-watering bill. You won’t even need to splash out on restaurants, as all the self-contained rooms have kitchenettes for whipping up meals. There are two reasonably priced restaurants on site as well though, with not one but two daily happy hours. The bars, shops and convenience stores of St Lawrence Gap are right outside, too.

10. Divi Southwinds Beach Resort

Resort

An outdoor swimming pool at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, with blue sun loungers and palm trees
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Families will love this all-suite resort right in St Lawrence Gap, where there’s zero chance of holiday boredom setting in. Spend days lounging at three freshwater swimming pools plus a child-friendly wading pool, or spend time at the playground, tennis court, nine-hole mini-golf course, basketball court or spa. If that’s not enough, energetic families can rent everything from bicycles to jet skis or join in poolside activities before some well-earned time on the sun lounger.

11. Sugar Bay Barbados

Hotel, Resort

A cream and modern room at Sugar Bay Barbados, with a small table and chairs, a bookshelf and wall lights
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Relax completely at the Sugar Bay resort knowing a final bill won’t ruin your holiday glow at the end of it all. Within walking distance of the South Coast Boardwalk in Bridgetown, the all-inclusive hotel is close to nightlife, shopping and attractions, including the Garrison Historic Area. Although, with a tranquil spa, kids’ and teen clubs, four restaurants and even its very own pub, it’s sorely tempting to never leave the hotel itself.

12. Sweetfield Manor

Boutique Hotel

A rustic seating area at Sweetfield Manor, with cushioned chairs, a coffee table, a mirror and plants next to a garden area
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History buffs will be in heaven at the Sweetfield Manor, a colonial building built at the start of the 20th century for a local merchant family. It has since been sympathetically renovated, so guests can glimpse at the past while enjoying the relaxing spa, yoga classes, lagoon-style pool and alfresco fine-dining restaurant. Keep your eyes peeled to spot one of the hotel’s 15 peacocks, who wander freely around the grounds, too.

13. Yellow Bird Hotel

Budget Hotel

An outdoor swimming pool area at Yellow Bird Hotel, with white parasols, navy sun loungers and chairs facing the beach
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There’s no need to go far to sample the best of Barbados when you check into the Yellow Bird. This 22-room boutique property in St Lawrence Gap offers guests a more intimate take on island life, with recently renovated rooms and a poolside restaurant serving local Bajan dishes such as the hearty macaroni pie. Head out to the bay in front of the hotel to swim with turtles during the day before partying with locals at nearby bars once the sun goes down.

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