I went to Barbados to scout locations for a marine archaeology program and was lucky enough to find Chi Guest House. I dive all the time and don't really want to be on the water so this was perfect. Great garden, interesting guests and then there is Christy, the hospitable hostess! She drove me to the dive boat every day and even helped me with my dive gear. We had a blast on our island tour, definitely go to the Animal Flower Caves and have lunch above the cliffs! Loved the little apartment and kitchen for coffee and cooking. The bed was the most comfortable I have ever encountered while on the road and I travel all the time. Wish I could go back!
I stayed at the Chi guesthouse during a work trip to Barbados back in February as it seemed the closet hotel to Bridgetown for the most reasonable price. Upon arrival I was immediately greeted by Christie, the owner of the guesthouse, who saw how tired and weary I was and responded by getting me a coffee and making me feel welcome from the word go. She even took time out of her day in order to take me to a shopping center to get food and drove me to the beach a few days later!
My room was brilliant and the calming influence I needed, helping revitalize me and make me feel ready for my meetings. The garden was beautiful and a great place to unwind after the day in the shade. Everything about the place was superb and I will most certainly be staying upon my return to Barbados next year, so thank you Christie for a great stay!
I am finding it hard to reconcile my experience with the one of the reviewer below. It is not a hotel and there is no attempt to pass it off as one. It was extremely hot when I went, only a month after the reviewer and I saw no cockroaches, everything seemed clean. No-one made you buy the breakfast and if you thought the price was steep, what prevented you from using the kitchen facilities to cook your own meal.
What you have at the Chi Guesthouse is a quaint, lovely little oasis with friendly staff which provides a nice, welcome relief from the sterile environment of big hotels or the noise and disruption of a big resort.
Given the amazingly high cost of staying in hotels in or near Bridgetown, Barbados, I tried the more reasonably priced Chi centre with four apartments. I chose the single one, Palmetto. . Christy the landlady helped me by arranging Cameron's taxi to transport me from airport to Centre, and I used Cameron for the rest of my stay - very satisfactory. But the acommodation was not what I needed. The "apartment" was one bedroom with access to a shared kitchen through a door directly into the kitchen so that kitchen noises, conversations, were as if you were in the same room The room had an area outside for sitting on, but that area was also used by staff as a path to other bits of the house, so I never felt private. I signed up for the "lovely Bajan breakfast" but wished I hadn't, as the bits I liked were beans and fried eggs, not the extra bits. But after eating what I liked and leaving the rest, the second morning - less eggs!
None of the above is very terrible, and just reflects the difference from living in an extended area of somebody's house as opposed to a hotel run as a business.
I had to wait for access to the room until the toilet was fixed - ("23 years without a problem then kaput the day I arrived!). But I had a seat on the verandah and access to the internet so - OK.
But, really important. . . I had a sleepless night the first nght as the landlady's dogs ran the garden at night, and barked a lot, sometimes right outside the wiindow so it sounded as if it was in the room. I said what had happened, and the neighbouring property dogs were blamed. But it was the dogs in the garden! Second night was much better, and no sign of dogs in morning, so presumably something had been done to meet my concerns.
The low light, the excess of ornaments and furnishings, the what felt like obligatory garden tour to see various trees and plants, the lack of air-conditioning, the extra charge for "maintenance" not part of the original booking fee - this was not a good booking for me.
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From the moment we arrived we were treated as friends of the family. Christy goes out of her way to ensure that her guests are comfortable, well fed with the most amazing homemade breakfasts and that they discover the best Barbados has to offer. Her garden is ideal for lazing away an afternoon whilst reading a good book.
If you want top end 5 star luxury this is not the place to go but if you want a genuine welcome from a long term resident of the island who is eager to share the beauty of Barbados this is it.