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Fairmont Royal Pavilion

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed in January in a Suite with a butler. Just swing your legs over a small wall and onto the beach. The staff in the hotel are wonderful, I was amazed at the number of people who come to this hotel year after year and the friendly staff are the big reason. Ryan and the beach staff were great, you must swim with the sea turtles! I cannot understate the relaxation that we had for the week we were there. Good food and a great restaurant along the beach at Lone Star. Comfortable rooms and bed. A good size room, with a sitting area. I think this may have become a yearly event!

This hotel never disappoints do we keep returning as do dozens of others for the friendliest staff who are amazing.Lots of lovely gardens and the gorgeous beach with every room at the hotel facing the beach. To list every good thing about this place would take a long time and I would run out of space.

We were strongly advised that this was one of the best hotels on the West Coast of Barbados and we would agree with that statement, albeit with a one major reservation...but let's be positive first: The location is excellent - a great beach, one very good (outside) restaurant in walking distance (Lone Star) as well as a beach bar. All facilities in the hotel are easily accessible (beach, restaurant, pool and rooms are all close by) but to get into Holetown or Speightown you do need to get a taxi and these are NOT cheap (eg £12 for a two minute drive into Holetown). The rooms are great, sizeable, well furnished with all overlooking the beach and sea with fabulous sunsets. Bathrooms are good with shower and bath. Daily cleaning service is also good and the staff very helpful. Restaurant - we only had access to one restaurant Café Taboras although I think another is available in high season. Buffet breakfast is good and typical of most good standard buffets, nothing exceptional but satisfactory. Dinner is a real let down and this is where the hotel suffers. There is a standard menu that does not change. Each day there is a specials menu that consists of two starters and two main course choices. Frankly it is hard to say anything positive about the food we were served other than it was hot and pleasantly served. Bland is a good description, in the case of the "lobster "evening tough and overcooked more appropriate. This is such a shame, if the chef could sort the food offering out then there would be a huge uplift in the numbers who eat in the restaurant rather than eat out every night (The Cliff Beach Club is almost like the Fairmont Restaurant Number One each evening with so many of the Fairmont regulars eating there and paying roughly the same sort of prices). We spoke to many regulars during our stay and all agreed that the food is the one negative about the hotel. Facilities and entertainment - there are plenty free water sport activities offered at the watersports club. Water Skiing is extra and relatively expensive. There are also plenty of sun loungers on the beach and round the pool (though we hear these get taken very quickly in high season). You can swim out to the turtles from the beach. There is occasional evening entertainment from a singer and steel band etc These are low key and can easily be missed. The main bar is good and well stocked, cocktail prices are high but this not unexpected - I do wish someone had told us there was a happy hour each day between 5 and 6pm though! Concierge services - often overlooked but the staff at this desk were superb and arranged an excellent catamaran trip for us when we were picked up from our hotel beach. Smokers are banished to a lone table well away from the pool, whilst smoking is not allowed on your room balcony albeit smoking is allowed on the beach. Be aware of this before you indulge in some of the islands tremendous cigar offerings. Incidentally and most charmingly the hotel has a family of monkeys living in the trees around the pool - great fun when you see them! Overall we were pleased to have stayed there and would return (in the hope that dinner has been improved) - in our view it is one of the best hotels on the west coast of Barbados!

Good : Great food at the restaurant . Fitness center is larger than other caribbean hotels that we've been to . Friendly staff . Great beach location . Bad : Bed and pillows were uncomfortable AC did not work properly in gym

Well.. we had a fantastic time ! We stayed in an ocean front suite on the ground level... wake up and walk straight on to the beach- highly recommend. Room was good size, all the usual amenities you'd expect ... they even print your name on the daily shampoo / conditioner / body creme etc .. You have your own team of butlers offering drinks etc all day, so your never without what you need. On the beach.. private speed boat hire, water ski, body board, swim with the turtles, or just cruise up the ocean.. jet skis etc also. Everyone friendly made stay very welcoming. On arrival welcome drinks etc, which is a nice touch. Hotel restaurant, food little slow, suppose what's the rush??!! Couldn't fault the whole experience, will be back soon!

We contacted the hotel directly to arrange a speed through at the airport, I don't like standing in a queue, straight through, brilliant added extra! We didn't stay in a beach front suite this time but on the first floor, the rooms are all equally good had a lovely sized balcony. Ryan at the water sports centre spot on as usual! Everyone here from management to gardeners are so welcoming. The restaurant food was all superb and good to see a lot less birds due to the four kittens! Can't wait to come back

We visited this hotel for our first wedding anniversary. Room was large, cool, well appointed with a big balcony looking out over the ocean. Great facilities. Well appointed gym; lovely pool; loads of sunbeds; beautiful gardens; direct access to a fab sandy beach; Michelin trained chef = excellent food. The staff are really friendly and can't do enough for you. The Managers cocktail party was a real highlight. The buffet was amazing. Overall a superb hotel that I would definitely revisit.

Our stay was perfect in every way, from our room with the most amazing view to the service received from all of the very friendly staff. The food was excellent every day, so much so, we only ate once at another restaurant. The beach was fabulous we don't normally swim in the sea, usually preferring a pool, but we both swam in the sea a few times every day. The water sports and activities are too numerous to mention. We will definitely be returning to this little bit of paradise!

I have been in 10 or more Fairmont Hotels in Canadá, México and USA. It is a very good brand. I thought that The Pavillion would be another Fairmont classy hotel. But I was wrong. It is just a good 3.5 stars hotel. It will need and urgently renovation of its restaurants, lobby, an other areas. The quality of food is average. Not good. But it is an expensive hotel ($ USD 550 per night)

The hotel was excellent from start to finish! We were promptly checked in and showed to our room which was superb right on the seafront, our decking and loungers were literally 2 yards from a small wall which you stepped over straight into the beach and no more than 15 yards from the water! The butlers (Edwin in particular for us) looked after us all week, checking if we needed anything, chatting about things to do and places to go and was generally very friendly and helpful. The food across the week was of good quality and plenty of choice and every night water was delivered to our room. The hotel and it's grounds were very well maintained by many staff, all of whom were pleasant, polite and chatty as we walked around. The staff in the restaurant were also really nice making sure we were having a good time. I always need a hotel with good wifi and a gym and both were available to me 24/7 Where the hotel is situated is not far from Holetown and Bridgetown was only about 30-40 minutes away by bus. Talking of buses, the Reggae Ragge buses (they are an experience LOL) and the government buses were both just 2 Barbados Dollars wherever you went. Although very busy and crammed often, it was hard to argue at the cost especially compared to the expensive cost of the taxis. Barbados drivers in general are very courteous and often stop to allow you to cross the road, you don't get that, that often in England LOL. In fairness the people of Barbados generally were all very welcoming and friendly as we travelled around. I would thoroughly recommend the Island Safari tour, that was a great fun trip and you get to see plenty. On our final day, we were due to be collected for the airport at 3pm and our checkout was 11am, we were not looking forward to sitting around in the heat for 4 hours and looking for options of what to do. The kind lady at reception made a fantastic gesture of allowing us a different room to use for that time, which she didn't have to do but it made the day far more comfortable for us and we can't thank her enough for that. Overall we would totally recommend people stay at this hotel I do not have a single complaint, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and in Barbados.

Porters Holetown St. James

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Porters, Fairmont Royal Pavilion is a leisurely stroll from sights such as Folkestone Marine Park and St. James Parish Church. This 4.5-star resort has 72 guestrooms and offers an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and free in-room WiFi. It's on the beach and also near Holetown Beach and Lime Grove Shopping Centre.


Enjoy dining at the resort's 2 onsite restaurants: Palm Terrace specializes in Caribbean cuisine, and serves dinner; Taboras offers relaxing ocean views. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


All of Fairmont Royal Pavilion's 72 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including furnished balconies or patios, minibars, and coffee makers. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and wired Internet, plus TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Pillowtop beds sport premium bedding and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Free newspapers, ceiling fans, and safes are also available.

Property features

At Fairmont Royal Pavilion, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a spa tub. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 150 per vehicle roundtrip. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include outdoor tennis courts, free WiFi in public areas, and 2 meeting rooms.

Room options

Junior Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Beachfront (Butler Service)

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Signature Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Sea View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Non Smoking, 2 Bathrooms

King 2 | Sleeps 6

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, Non Smoking, Sea View

King 3 | Sleeps 8

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1106 reviews