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July 1, 2008
Bedford, New Hampshire
March 6, 2008
West Haverstraw, New York
February 11, 2007
From journal Only the Best at the Crane
Camp Springs, Maryland
September 26, 2006
From journal Dream Caribbean Vacation
Los Angeles, California
May 7, 2006
I came to Barbados for a little peace and quiet. My place in Los Angeles has become a war zone since there is construction disturbing all peace and quiet at all hours of the day. I knew that The Crane was undergoing some reconstruction, however, the hotel site claimed the construction would be completed in early 2006 (It's now May 2006); furthermore, the concierge said assured me that the little construction that was still taking place was in a small part of the hotel and was not causing any disturbance to guests.
Now I'm going to give you the facts. The construction is, indeed, still in full force everywhere around the hotel. I awoke the first morning to the sounds of drilling, pounding, and large tractor motors directly outside my window. Naturally, I thought I must still be back at home. The Concierge had deliberately lied to me when I checked in the previous night ("Oh, no sir. I promise that no construction is taking place at that part of the Hotel".) I was upset. The main purpose for this trip was to get a rest from the daily construction back home.
When I confronted the woman that morning, she acted as if she had no idea who I was and had no recollection of the conversation we had. It was a truly convincing performance, but obviously one she had given many times. So, I just said that I wanted to change rooms to some place where I wasn't literally on top of the construction zone. She replied in a bored and patronizing tone "Sorry, we're totally booked." An outright lie since the hotel looked as if it was lucky if it was half-full. At this point, I didn't want to ruin my trip and planned to spend most of the time doing activities so I just asked if they would be working all week. "Oh, of course not," she replied.
They don't work on Saturday and especially on Sunday since it's a day of worship." Well, guess what? Another blatant lie. Not only did they work both days of the weekend, but they started before 8 am and went way past 7pm. I was able to find out that the actually estimated completion for the reconstruction is 2011 (not 2006)! The staff at The Crane Hotel have no interest in the comfort of regular guests and making their stay pleasant. They primarily focus on people looking to purchase time shares (who would have to be completely out of their minds to even consider buying at this point!). In fact, I noticed that the staff was only courteous with me when they were giving tour to potential time-share customers. This has been one of the worst trips I've ever taken. And a total waste of money (It's very expensive everywhere on the island). Truly awful!!
From journal The Crane Experience
Palmyra, New Jersey
February 1, 2005
From journal Barbados, The Crane
by Chatin Cat
January 1, 2005
The dishwasher had been removed for repair, which left a gaping, not very clean hole in the kitchen where it should have been. The resort did not have another to put in its place. The refrigerator’s ice-maker was in need of repair, which was accomplished after two telephone calls to the desk, asking for it to be repaired. This resort is located on the eastern side of the island. It is away from the tourist area. Taxi fare was at least $25-30 (one-way) from the resort to any tourist area restaurant or attraction. A rental car is an option; however, they drive on the opposite side of the road from us "crazy Americans," so be prepared for that adventure in itself.
If you stay here, make sure that you grocery shop in the tourist area stores. The nearest grocery store, which the resort runs a shuttle to, is very much for the LOCALS! Finding American-type food, i.e. pretzels, was impossible. Liquor, except rum, on the island is EXPENSIVE. The resort restaurants are expensive, even for lunch. The famous "Crane Beach" was BEAUTIFUL. There is NOTHING close to this resort. But for the amount of RCI points that were used to stay here, I don't believe it was worth it.
From journal Vacation in Barbados
by Vern's Travels
Peekskill, New York
October 19, 2004
There IS construction of a new building taking place as well as construction to beautify the landscaping. They start promptly at 8AM. It didn't bother me too much since I was up anyway with my 2 year old; however Friday was extremely loud.
We stayed in building 3 on the 4th floor. Great view!! We had a two-bedroom suite which is a combination of an A and B unit. The A unit which is larger has the private pool and faces the beach. The B unit faced the entrance and plenty of landscaping construction. Both rooms had king size beds, TV, DVD or VCR. The A side also had an additional big screen TV with DVD. The unit consisted of 3 total bath rooms, 2 bedrooms, living room, dining room, full kitchen in A, partial kitchen in B. Not to mention 2 of the bathrooms have Jacuzzi tubs, A unit also has spa shower. Pretty nice place. Has some wear and tear but what do you expect. The beach and pool chairs need to be replaced.
There is a restaurant located at the resort. We had dinner one night there (Chinese food) and it was pretty good. Lunch there was just ok. I was told Barbados was expensive. I had no idea just how expensive. Lunch for 2 was over $50 US.
FYI...Most dinner spots including the one at The Crane require men to wear slacks and a shirt. Some restaurants required shirts with collars. Needless to say not what you normally pack when visiting a tropical island so be prepared and pack extra dress clothes.
Service is very slow. If you order an appetizer they will not bring your meal until you are done. If you are hungry tell them to bring everything all together.
This resort is located on the Atlantic side of the island. White sand and blue water. The waves are strong but not too bad. Please note there are many, many, many steps you must go down in order to reach the beach. If you look closely you can see the resort is on a cliff so you have to walk down to reach the beach. It is worth it but be prepared.
Overall the accommodations were very good. We were able to take in a couple of tours, Harrison’s Cave, Mount Gay Rum and Malibu Rum. We traveled by car since this resort is not located near anything. Surprisingly Traffic is very heavy and there are few street signs that match the maps. Rush hour will drive you to drink. It is as bad as most cities. Speaking of drinking, the rum punch and other alcoholic beverages are not for light weights. Remember they make the rum on the island. One rum punch made me, as they like to say, Rum-bunctious.
From journal A Week in Barbados