Hotel Review: Pirate’s Inn- Browne’s Gap, Barbados

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While traveling, my favorite places to stay are hostels, inns, guesthouses and simple hotels. I don’t want to break the bank on a room when I won’t be spending much time there. I am not saying that I don’t like fancy hotels but to me they are just not worth the money.
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I like that these kind of properties are often in prime locations offering affordable and fair prices. The rooms are pretty basic but we always take private rooms, not shared dorms. I also feel that when I ask for info like where to eat, the staff is usually pretty honest and won’t just point us to the hotel restaurant.
Pirate’s Inn

For our first time traveling with our baby Lucas, Kim and I initially considered staying in a resort style hotel. Since we were using our Capital One points to pay for the trip, we thought it would be a good time to splurge a little.

About a month in advance we started looking online and making calls. Many of the places in our price range were sold out for the dates needed. We even considered staying at the island’s most popular all-inclusive (they had babysitters available!) but we couldn’t justify spending what we would normally pay for a week’s stay, on just one night (we also didn’t really think we’d actually be able to leave Lucas with a stranger.) 

Security at the Inn
After we looked online some more, Kim came across an apartment hotel called Pirate’s Inn.
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I immediately said let’s do it. With that kind of name, it’s got to be awesome! All joking aside, the inn was reasonably priced (around $117 per night), was in a good location, had air conditioning, a pool and was available.
We decided to go ahead and book the room feeling good about what we had found.
View From Our Terrace

The Pirate’s Inn has a nice open, common space which features a pool, restaurant, bar and lounge chairs for its guests. We only used the restaurant one time, having breakfast our first morning. The pool was very nice and clean. Every day we saw the staff cleaning and taking care of it. Kim really wanted a pool at the hotel we chose, but we only got to use it one time.

The Pool

Our Terrace- top floor, right side
We were all pretty happy with the room. It seemed like a good value (for Barbados) and was very clean. The room was a decent size and had a large closet with shelves within the bathroom.
I found the bed to be comfortable but on Kim’s side the mattress sagged while sitting/ laying down close to the edge.The pillows were also very good and this was one of the few  times that I did not need to use my travel pillow on a trip.
The room also had a small kitchenette area. It was set up along the narrow hallway that led into  the room. We did not cook while at the Pirate’s Inn but we did get a lot of use out of the refrigerator, dishes & utensils. There was also a good amount of space to store dry goods on some shelves. We bought cereal and drinks at local supermarkets and ended up sitting outside on our terrace for breakfast (asides from the first one). We had some guests each morning- a bunch of local birds.
The Kitchenette Area
The room had a small flat screen TV with a decent selection of channels to choose from.
WiFi was included and worked very well in the room, terrace and pool/ common areas.
Entertainment Center
Pirate’s Inn is located in Browne’s Gap, Christ Church.
There is a KFC, gas station with convenience store and small shopping mall about a 2 minutes walk from the inn. The mall had a bunch of restaurants, some shops and a pharmacy/ grocery.
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There is a very nice boardwalk right by the KFC. It’s a nice place to take a walk along the coast and you’ll pass some restaurants along the way.
 Getting around the island from Pirate’s Inn is very easy. There is a bus stop up the road about 2-3 minutes away where you can catch the local bus or min-van. They both cost $1 per ride. The inn can also help you get a rental car which we did for 3 days during our stay.
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Some Points of Interest:
  • Grantley Adams Airport (BGI)- 15-20 minutes by taxi- $20US
  • Bridgetown- 20 minute bus ride
  • Oistens- 15 minute bus ride
  • Rockley Beach (one of the nicest beaches)- 10 minute walk
  • Harrison’s Cave- recommended to rent a car- 35 minutes drive
I’d definitely recommend Pirate’s Inn if you are heading to Barbados. The friendly and knowledgeable staff helped to make the stay enjoyable. If we ever go back, we’d consider it for future stays!
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