The Crane

Crane Beach Bridgetown | Christ Church BB18079  [SEE MAP]Christ Church  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Historic property with delectable cuisine and an excellent beachfront location
Pricey, dated accommodations, according to some visitors
With roots stretching back to 1887, The Crane is the oldest resort in Barbados and one of the oldest in the Caribbean. Occupying some prime real estate on the world-famous Crane Beach (on Barbados' southeast coast), the resort offers 200-plus suites with garden or ocean vistas. Amenities vary depending on which accommodation you choose, but standard Junior Suites offer four-poster beds, balconies or terraces, minifridges and marble bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs. Recent guests had mixed feelings about the property's accommodations. While some raved about the spacious layouts, others said the dark, dated interiors did not justify the high room rates. If you need some vitamin D, go for a dip at the beach or lounge by one of five outdoor pools. The property also features the 55,000-square-foot Crane Village, which mimics a historical Barbadian town with cobbled streets and features a duty-free boutique. Dining options are plentiful as well: You'll find a cafe, a bar and five restaurants, including Japanese- and Thai-inspired Zen, the southern Italian-focused D'Onofrio's Trattoria and L'Azure, a fine dining establishment that serves contemporary Caribbean cuisine. Past diners heaped praise on all of the property's food and beverage outlets.
Christ Church
Hotel Class
Property Type
All-inclusive resort, 252 rooms
Primary View
Traditional, Historic



  • 4.5Hotel Class


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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 3230 have reviewed the The Crane, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3230 reviews 4.5 (based on 3230 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Crane's accommodations are situated in several buildings spread throughout the property. Standard suites in the historical residences feature four-poster beds, cedar shutters, balconies or terraces and marble bathrooms with dual sinks and separate showers and tubs. Additional amenities include cable TVs, minifridges and two-person dining tables.
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Suites offer garden or ocean views
  • Some accommodations have private plunge pools

Standard room size739 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Crane is situated on the southeastern coast of Barbados, right on scenic Crane Beach. The first resort opened in the country and one of the first in all of the Caribbean, The Crane is home to the 55,000-square-foot Crane Village, which is lined with cobblestone streets and tropical gardens and features a duty-free shop. A few boutiques and restaurants also sit within walking distance.
  • Car rentals available
  • Shuttle to off-site beach (charges apply)
  • Grantley Adams International Airport sits about 5 miles southwest
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The property's signature restaurant, Zen, serves Japanese and Thai cuisine and overlooks Crane Beach. L'Azure dishes up fresh seafood with Caribbean flavors and offers buffet-style breakfasts and lunches on Sundays. In Crane Village, D'Onofrio's Trattoria serves southern Italian fare; the poolside Carriage House, which was once the stable of the historic hotel, specializes in grilled dishes and tropical drinks. And at The Grove Beach Bar & Grill, guests can savor casual Barbadian items on the beach.
  • Cafe and bar
  • Room service available between 7 and 11 a.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. daily

Number of restaurants5

Cuisine TypesBuffet, Asian, Italian, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The Crane is home to five swimming pools. The adults-only Historic Pool, located at the top of a cliff overlooking Crane Beach, is flanked by a row of classic Doric columns. The Lagoon pool area can be found on the side of a cliff and offers four pools, including one with a waterfall and a children's wading pool. Guests can also take a dip in the public Crane Beach, which is right next to the resort. Free umbrellas, lounge chairs and towels are available.
  • Some suites have private plunge pools
  • Glass elevator down to the beach for mobility impaired guests
  • Beach offers 24-hour security; lifeguards are occasionally present
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The on-site Serenity Spa features three treatment rooms and uses its own line of organic treatment products. The spa offers many different types of massages, facials and body treatments, as well as salon services like nail care, waxing and hand and foot treatments.
  • In-room hair services
  • Kids services include hair braiding, manicures, pedicures and facials
  • Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Spa open daily from 9 or 9:30 a.m. to 4, 5:30 or 6 p.m.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The Calypso Kids Club keeps the little ones ages 4 to 12 entertained with supervised activities like arts and crafts, talent shows and sandcastle competitions, and babysitting services can be arranged for an additional fee. Cribs are available for all suites except those in the property's older buildings.
  • Kids club open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Children's wading pool
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The resort's 3,000-square-foot fitness center offers cardio and weight-training equipment. There are also Zumba and yoga classes available through the on-site Serenity Spa for an extra fee. What's more, guests can pay to use the property's two lighted tennis courts.
  • Personal training sessions (charges apply)
  • Fitness center sits in Crane Village complex
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


The resort offers about 5,000 square feet of meeting space that is spread throughout several rooms, including the Pavilion Room and the Town Hall. The property's outdoor event venues feature ocean vistas.
  • The Town Hall can accommodate theatre-style events for up to 250 guests

Number of meeting rooms5

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Crane is a popular wedding spot because of its location on Crane Beach, which is considered one of the country's best beaches. Outdoor wedding venues include the beach, the historical garden and the Cliff Pool. Indoor options include the Pavilion Room with coral stone walls, a high ceiling and a partial ocean view, and the Town Hall, which overlooks Crane Village. The resort offers a variety of packages, and event coordinators will take care of all the details.
  • The Town Hall can accommodate receptions with up to 280 guests and banquets for up to 180 people

Maximum wedding guest capacity280

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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