Open since 1887, our resort is on the pristine sands of Crane Beach. We feature a 1.5-acre pool complex, shopping at Crane Village, tennis, yoga classes, and a spa. Oistins Fish Fry and Barbados Golf Club are 20 minutes away, and your stay includes discounted golf rates. Discover water sports and island-wide activities with the help of our concierge.
The Crane Resort Saint Phillip Barbados 18079 Caribbean
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Not recommending The Crane anymore. And this is against my best interests as an owner of 10 weeks at the crane. It’s management has declined precipitously. “Daily” maid service is episodic. Lamp without a knob to turn it on. Painting outdoor furniture right at the unit next door with acrid smelling paint, instead of at the shop. Easier for the crane but made it impossible to enjoy our unit. For a unit that costs $1500 a day they gave us a $20 bottle of wine to say sorry, and continued working. had to ask the workmen not to play the radio when we were there. But the reason I write is this. Beach party on Tuesday night last year was a blast. Grandkids enjoyed the singer and entertainment immensely. $50USpp cost for mediocre BBQ but that is not why we went again this year. It was for the experience and the precious memories. Told on arrival that the entertainer would be there by 630. Never showed up. When I complained next day “guest relations” told me they tried to reach her for confirmation but when they couldn’t they sought another entertainer. But by then it was too late. So when we arrived at 530 it was clear there would be no entertainer. Not told otherwise. The polite word for that is misrepresentation. 10% of the bill offered, which is less than the tip. AND only equivalent to the mandatory 10% service charge. The grocery store is under stocked. They have “supplier problems”. When we order from outside we have no problems with delivery. Hmm. Elevator to the beach out of order for 5 months. Good thing_ still a beautiful location. Super Bowl set up in 1887 was great. Trips to Harbour Lights Beach was a good substitute for local beach which is awash in seaweed. Long term employees continue to be fabulous.
First time for a week’s stay in Barbados at The Crane. The grounds are a photographers dream. Spacious, stunning sculptures in several places and although a large resort, it has so many buildings that walking the property is interesting and fun and never seems very crowded. It is set atop cliffs so the view from the main restaurant is incredible and the food was very good at the daily breakfast buffets. A wonderful Asian restaurant is on premise as well as a small bakery/ice cream store, an excellent Italian restaurant (had to eat their twice!) and an indoor/outdoor casual bar with tapas. A small grocery store is also on premise with alcoholic beverages as well so staying put for a long time there is also an option. We didn’t use their spa services and building, too busy seeing the island! There is an elevator that takes you 3 stories down to their beach but it wasn’t working all week so we hoofed it up and down the stairs. Since the resort is on the northeast side of the island, the water is not for children or inexperienced swimmers. We found fabulous beaches on the other side of the island for swimming and snorkeling. There is easy accessible transport to places via cabs and hotel operations. We would recommend NOT renting a car. Leave the right-hand driving to their friendly, skilled cabbies. Traffic and small twisting roads are crazy with locals zooming about. There was a clear advantage in using a driver familiar with how best get to different places on the island. Our condo-type room was like new with excellent air-conditioning and spotlessly kept clean. We’ll definitely be back but we think next time we might book a room on the ground floor that has its own private pool!
The Crane is a beautiful resort and it was our fourth time staying there. The grounds are lush and well maintained, restaurants are pretty good, coffee shop has excellent espresso, and the views are amazing. It's the windy side of the island so the ocean is always a bit choppy and the wind is constant. Usually we stay in a traditional suite but those have old windows with large cracks so this time we chose a 2 BR contemporary one, and it felt much quieter. I booked it three months in advance and then called the hotel asking for high floor but our request wasn't honored. The suite was modern, nicely decorated and very clean throughout including outdoor area and windows. It has 3 AC units in the LR and each bedroom, all pretty quiet and with both AC and heat settings. All contemporary suites are in buildings P51 and P52— sheltered from the wind but without much views. There is a building under construction next to P52, the work is very slow, mid-morning to mid-afternoon, and not that noisy. It looks like it will likely continue for few more years. The negatives: first and foremost, the beach needs maintenance. There's often some seaweed in the ocean, and it's easy to clean it if done on daily basis. Some years ago, Crane Beach was ranked one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but somehow the hotel stopped taking care of it. Now it's covered with seaweed (which brings little flies too) and you can barely see the sand. They used to rake it with a little tractor that's still standing nearby, probably broken. Beach and pool chairs has seen better times. Beach elevator doesn't work either. It wasn't a problem for us but we saw elderly couples struggling to walk up the long stairway. Another minor issue was the washing machine in our unit that was broken, however we were offered complimentary laundry service. Housekeeping requests are fulfilled on island time, sometimes it takes few hours just to get an extra towel. The resort has a good size gym but the equipment is pretty ancient and needs to be upgraded.