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Old Nov 22, 05, 8:13 am   #1
 
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The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados

I recently stayed for 9 nights at this beachside hotel and was very impressed. It is an elegant resort with a nice location on the beach, with about 70 rooms on 3 floors, all with ocean views. The rooms all appear to be the same, apart from the floor they are on. Service was very good at the restaurants, front desk and concierge. In fact the concierge snagged some tables for dinner at outside restaurants that drew envious glances from other diners as we took our seats. Hotel restaurants are very good. It is not inexpensive, but neither is the general area in which it is located.

In the past I have stayed at the Fairmont in Boston, which I thought was unremarkable, and Banff Springs, in a small room in a nice location. The Royal Pavilion is definitely a good advertisement for the brand.

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Old Mar 10, 10, 7:15 am   #2
 
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Fairmont in Barbados

We're thinking of spending a week there within the next month and wondered if anyone had comments on the property, food, nearby amenities. Thanks in advance
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Old Mar 13, 10, 9:34 pm   #3
 
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Hole Town and Sp'Town are close by, you'll find some good places to dine there. I had a wonderful time on my stay, it's a great little island The concierge was great. Chefette's rotis are the best fast food I've found.

Quick tip: Check in early for your flight then walk over the the Concorde experience. Really cool.
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Old Mar 13, 10, 9:48 pm   #4
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I recently stayed for 9 nights at this beachside hotel and was very impressed. It is an elegant resort with a nice location on the beach, with about 70 rooms on 3 floors, all with ocean views. The rooms all appear to be the same, apart from the floor they are on. Service was very good at the restaurants, front desk and concierge. In fact the concierge snagged some tables for dinner at outside restaurants that drew envious glances from other diners as we took our seats. Hotel restaurants are very good. It is not inexpensive, but neither is the general area in which it is located.

In the past I have stayed at the Fairmont in Boston, which I thought was unremarkable, and Banff Springs, in a small room in a nice location. The Royal Pavilion is definitely a good advertisement for the brand.
You're a AMEX Centurion and stayed in a small room.. or was it before your membership as AMEX Centurion. The card should upgrade you automatically to Platinum in Fairmont Presidents Club.

IMO, book a Premier Deluxe Room or use your suite cert as Platinum Member of Fairmont Presidents Club.. We experienced the 165 sq ft Fairmont Room with View the first time we stayed at the Springs.. but with FPC, you never have to stay in a small room ever again.. using your certs that come with your membership that is.
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Old Mar 14, 10, 12:12 pm   #5
 
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IIRC, all the rooms in Barbados are the same size. I tried an upgrade cert and they said they don't take them because there is no room class to upgrade to.
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Old Mar 14, 10, 11:22 pm   #6
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IIRC, all the rooms in Barbados are the same size. I tried an upgrade cert and they said they don't take them because there is no room class to upgrade to.
My post to mjtoal was about Banff Springs, and the fact he's a Centurion.. Royal Pavilion is another story..

There are only two room types (below) at the Pavilion I guess.. Good to know that you can't use room/suite certs at this property.. or maybe I'm wrong and you can upgrade to Villa? IMO, total score, but doubtful.

Fairmont Deluxe
Each of our luxury Barbados hotel’s Deluxe rooms has a private balcony or terrace (14' x 6') with a stunning ocean view, along with lounges and a dining table ideal for a quiet in-room dinner. Elegant touches such as marble bathrooms with separate shower, luxury toiletries and fresh flowers, complete the residential feel of our St. James resort in Barbados. All rooms have lounge chairs which create a comfortable seating area, fully stocked mini bar, iron and ironing board, and high speed internet access. Some rooms have the ability to interconnect, providing the ideal environment for guests or families travelling together. Rooms can accommodate two adults. A child can be accommodated on an extra bed (as necessary) between the April 01 - October 31, each year. From November 01 - March 31, our beach hotel in Barbados features an adult only environment.
Bed Type: one King (two Twin beds
are available upon special request)
Size: approximately 500 sq. ft.
View:

Three Bedroom Villa
The Three Bedroom Villa is located next to the tennis courts and overlooks the pool, Cafe Taboras and the sea. The villa specialty suite offers two bedrooms and a sitting area on the ground floor with views of the lush gardens. Spiral stairs lead to another bedroom on the upper level, which has an ocean view from the balcony. The villa can accommodate parties of six traveling together.
Bed Type: one King bed (upstairs bedroom);
one king bed and two twins (downstairs bedrooms)
Size: approximately 1100 sq. ft.
View: Ocean and garden



Common Amenities
In addition to the above description, the Three-Bedroom Barbados Villa offers the following hotel room amenities:

•Air-conditioning
•Alarm clock-radio
•Balcony/terrace (14' x 6')
•Bathrobes
•Coffee/Tea maker
•Color cable television with remote control
•DVD / CD player
•Hair dryer
•Refreshment center
•Safety deposit box
•Iron/Ironing Board

Amenities on Request
The following amenities may be available in selected Barbados hotel suites and specialty rooms. Please indicate the request in your on-line reservation St. James hotel reservation, or ask one of our reservation agents.

•Crib (April 01 to October 31 only)
•VCR rental ($15 USD/day)

Please Note:
There are no specifically designated non-smoking rooms, and the following amenities are NOT available at the hotel:

•Whirlpools in guest room
•Kitchen facilities
•Refrigerators
•Sofabeds


* Please note, the photos above are representative of the Barbados hotel room and suite categories at The Fairmont Royal Pavilion. Actual hotel rooms may vary from what is shown.
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Old Mar 15, 10, 8:09 am   #7
 
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You're a AMEX Centurion and stayed in a small room.. or was it before your membership as AMEX Centurion. The card should upgrade you automatically to Platinum in Fairmont Presidents Club.
Only the Canadian Centurion would be comped FPC Platinum. Centurion members of other countries don't get FPC Plat. This is probably the only one thing that makes Canadian Centurion special.
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Old Mar 15, 10, 10:25 am   #8
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Only the Canadian Centurion would be comped FPC Platinum. Centurion members of other countries don't get FPC Plat. This is probably the only one thing that makes Canadian Centurion special.
Thanks for the info, Jarusoba.. Do you know of any other program around the world that would comp FPC premier or plat outside of the Canadian program?

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Thanks fo the info, Jarusoba.. Do you know of any other program around the world that would comp FPC premier or plat outside of the Canadian program?
Not that I'm aware of. You can refer to this for more info.
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Old Mar 15, 10, 5:58 pm   #10
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Not that I'm aware of. You can refer to this for more info.
Thanks for the comparison chart.. This is great and helpful.. So what's the draw for Canadian Centurion for you? I remember you mentioned that its' worth it.
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Old May 1, 10, 3:47 pm   #11
 
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So I checked into the Royal Pavilion and the comments about nice staff online are true. They are just beginning a reno to add suites the mock up boards look good but they always do. Offered rum punch's on check in which was nice and many things are complimentary, english afternoon tea( sandwich's and pastries), all watersports including a catamaran, canapes at the cocktail bar ( the drinks arent).

Welcome amenity is a bottle of Piper Hiesdick Champagne. Which is the nicest welcome I have so far gotten. Seems all the Fairmonts in canada are getting cheaper and cheaper but Barbados must have some loyal clientale as champagne doesnt come cheap.

Then again my Friends and Family rate was $300ish. So I am paying in the end, but very happy to be here.
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My Brother is thinking of honeymooning here in November. Can anyone tell me if I use my suite upgrade cert for his stay would he get one of the junior beachfront suites? Would people who have visited recommend this place for a honeymoon destination? Any information is most appreciated

Also does anyone know if it is possible to stay in the beach front ocean junior suite, if I booked into the villa delux king, and used a suite upgrade cert would that work. Or if I booked into the oceanfront deluxe and used a room upgrade, would that also work?

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My Brother is thinking of honeymooning here in November. Can anyone tell me if I use my suite upgrade cert for his stay would he get one of the junior beachfront suites? Would people who have visited recommend this place for a honeymoon destination? Any information is most appreciated

Also does anyone know if it is possible to stay in the beach front ocean junior suite, if I booked into the villa delux king, and used a suite upgrade cert would that work. Or if I booked into the oceanfront deluxe and used a room upgrade, would that also work?
I haven´t visited the Royal Pavillon, so can´t say too comment except that

1) according to the Limited Access site you can neither use a room upgrade cert nor a suite upgrade cert at the Royal Pavillon.

2) Contacting FPC will most likely be useless, so I´d recommend contacting the hotel directly and ask whether they may be able to accept a cert for a 1/2-category upgrade

Alternatively you could check whether the hotel is affiliated with Virtuoso/AMEX FHR/etc. who usually offer a comp. one-category upgrade when booking through their agents.
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Old Aug 22, 11, 9:09 pm   #14
 
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My Brother is thinking of honeymooning here in November. Can anyone tell me if I use my suite upgrade cert for his stay would he get one of the junior beachfront suites? Would people who have visited recommend this place for a honeymoon destination? Any information is most appreciated

Also does anyone know if it is possible to stay in the beach front ocean junior suite, if I booked into the villa delux king, and used a suite upgrade cert would that work. Or if I booked into the oceanfront deluxe and used a room upgrade, would that also work?
Hi -- Just returned from the Royal Pavillion this week. I can confirm that, yes, this is a great honeymoon destination. The beach is vast and inviting and responsive to your requests. I would caution that the room category titiles are a little misleading. The "villas" are the lowest room category -- furthest from the beach and not recently updated. All of the rooms on the ground floor are now considered junior beachfront suites and the middle category of rooms are those located on the second floor.

Being new to the President's Club, I can't with certainty which upgrade option would be fool-proof but judging from the layout, I would think that by booking a beachfront room you should be upgraded to a Junior Beachfront Suite.

The beachfront suite is well worth it (ask for one with an awning) especially if on honemoon. A representative met us as we de-planed, escorted us to the Diplomatic line at immigration, secured our skycap and arranged our cab upon arrival. Being able to come out of our room, lounge 20 ft from the beach, dial 0 to have a butler cater to any request 24 hours a day and have canapes delivered nightly was also a nice touch.

If you're looking to add value, I also consider giving the couple meal certificates $80 a day for breakfast adds up rather quickly. Hope that helps.
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Old Aug 22, 11, 10:16 pm   #15
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Buy 1 Get 1 Free - Limited time at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion

http://www.fairmont.com/royalpavilio...NightOffer.htm

Click on the link for the limited time feature special as advertised on www.fairmont.com
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