The Best Budget-Friendly Hotels to Book in Barbados

Budget hotels in Barbados like the Sugar Cane Club will help you save your dollars for the incredible Barbadian cuisine
Budget hotels in Barbados like the Sugar Cane Club will help you save your dollars for the incredible Barbadian cuisine | Courtesy of Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa / Expedia
Jo Fernandez-Corugedo

This Caribbean island has picture-postcard beaches, upbeat nightlife and world-class spas from Bridgetown to Speightstown. You won’t have to break the bank to enjoy this popular holiday destination either, with plenty of cheap hotels in Barbados to choose from. Here are our top picks, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. ECO Lifestyle & Lodge

Hotel, Guesthouse

The living is easy at this eco-friendly beach pad, a vision of cream shiplap, soft linens, upcycled mahogany furniture and lively local art. The 10 rooms all face the Atlantic with verandahs where you can relax in an Adirondack chair, cooled by the eternal sea breeze. Further relaxation comes from the saltwater baths and the sauna, made from clay, sand and straw. Breakfast each day on coconut yogurt mixed with local fruits and granola before a 10-minute walk along the coast to windswept Bathsheba Beach – made for surfing more than swimming.

2. Infinity on the Beach

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

Outdoor pool at Infinity On The Beach with an adjacent covered bar and the beige hotel building with midnight-blue railings behind it
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Welcome to the south coast, the most happening area of Barbados. The boutique Infinity on the Beach likes its 66 rooms on the simple side, dressed with wicker, wood and tile. One whitewashed building overlooks Dover Beach, while the other sits slightly inland. Both circle two sparkling palm-tree lined swimming pools. Talcum-powder sands lapped by multiple shades of blue are a short stroll away. The rum shacks at Saint Lawrence Gap – the heart of Barbados’s entertainment scene – are a walkable quarter mile away. But first try Oistin’s Friday-night fish fry, a party atmosphere around stall after stall of fresh-caught seafood.

3. Round House

Budget Hotel

Cosy bedroom at Round House, Saint Joseph, with dark wood two-poster bed, off-white tile floors, area rugs and small framed artworks
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Once a train stop on the Barbados Railway in the 1850s, this is a uniquely designed B&B close to Bathsheba Beach, home to four individually decked-out rooms. It’s all about original features here: simply styled whitewashed rooms, cooled by ceiling fans whirring overhead and trade wind breezes. Tummy rumbling? Under rattan lanterns, you can dine al fresco on organic eggs and warm salt bread for breakfast, and flying fish and breadfruit cou-cou, Creole gravy, Bajan cucumber pickle and fried plantain for dinner. Take time to tour the Andromeda Botanic Gardens, six acres (2.4ha) of flowering blooms and towering trees a short drive away.

4. Savannah Beach Hotel

Budget Hotel

King room with four-poster bed, dark-wood desk, blue-and-white couch, tile floors and light-blue French doors at Savannah Beach Hotel
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The Savannah is a budget hotel in Barbados all about cool Caribbean relaxation – from the welcome rum punch sipped in a tree-shaded lounger to the shallow ornamental pool that snakes through the tropical flower-filled grounds. This 92-room restored plantation house has shuttered doors and wrought-iron verandahs. The plantation rooms have mahogany half tester beds (but no balcony) and Deluxe Pool Access rooms walk out to the pool. This southerly spot is home to the Garrison Savannah racetrack, part of a Unesco World Heritage Site, an easy walk away.

5. South Gap Hotel

Budget Hotel, Apartment

Outside deck at South Gap Hotel right on the ocean
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The ocean beckons at this laid-back beachfront hotel, close to Dover Beach on the south coast. Sea-inspired studios and suites – with turquoise and dark-blue accents – come with kitchenettes (useful if you like home-made breakfasts of saltfish and ackee the Bajan way). One-bed suites have separate living spaces, and there’s the constant lapping of the sea to lull you, up to the edges of the ocean-facing fresh-water pool and terrace. This is a meditative space indeed, with turquoise parasols, tropical foliage and tiki torches after dark to keep things atmospheric.

6. Ocean Spray Apartments

Apartment, Budget Hotel

Lawn with curved reclining chairs and palm trees outside Ocean Spray Apartments, Barbados
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Whitewashed and sugar-cube-like, these apartments are places for peaceful relaxation more than party pads, while remaining one of the best hotel deals in Barbados. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments come with kitchens and seaside views. The residential location keeps the vibe calmer than the choppy ocean on this side of Barbados. Pretty, breeze-cooled gardens are the perfect location for a yoga session before a trip to the Foursquare Rum Distillery, a 10-minute drive away. Here you can end the tranquility with a fun tour and taste of the famous sugar-cane spirit.

7. Yellow Bird Hotel

Budget Hotel

Outdoor pool area striped blue lounge chairs shaded by umbrellas with the ocean in the background at Yellow Bird Hotel
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This is a charming south-coast boutique hotel with an equally charming location overlooking the crescent of Saint Lawrence Bay. It woos guests with its relaxing outdoor pool, poolside bar and all-day restaurant – although just around the corner you’ll find some of the best nightclubs, fun bars and gourmet eateries. Ocean-facing studios are simple and relaxed with porcelain tiles, granite countertops and wooden furniture – and bright touches of tropical color are present in the soft furnishings and local Bajan artwork. If you fancy trying your hand at preparing local dishes you can whip them up in the granite-topped kitchenettes.

8. Sugar Cane Club Hotel And Spa – Adults Only

Suite Hotel, Hotel

Lobby area with rustic log-beam cathedral ceiling, dark tile floors, tropical-style furniture and artworks at Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa
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This adult-only spa retreat is a budget hotel in Barbados wrapped in well-watered gardens, centering on a lagoon-like pool on the island’s chichi west coast. Beamed ceilings stand out against fresh white walls, with Mediterranean-inspired olive green and orange furnishings mirroring the lush surroundings. The 46 one- and two-bed suites all have a balcony or a terrace and kitchenettes. There’s no need to cook on Thursdays as there’s a Caribbean barbecue buffet to the sounds of a steel band. Then you can slide by the hotel’s rum shop for a tot of the island’s famous hard stuff. Spa treats have a firmly Bajan twist (Barbados rumba massage, anyone?) Make sure you stroll along the sands to coastal Speightstown, an evocative place lined with historic buildings, shops and galleries.

For more options, discover our guide to the best hotels in Barbados. Or, if you’re after that little bit of luxury, check out the best spa hotels in Barbados, bookable with Culture Trip.

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