Which is really better? Hilton Curacao or Hilton Barbados?
March 31st, 2016, Posted by travelwith2ofus
Nikks and I have similar taste when it comes to hotel rooms. However, one of the major selling points for her is a bathtub and preferably one with jets, known as a whirlpool tub. Mine on the other hand is a good inclusive breakfast and preferably a kitchenette. However, we both agree that there is nothing like a clean bathroom, a made bed and a hearty breakfast. Yes! There is a point! Read on!
We stayed at the Hilton Curacao in 2014. We stayed at the Hilton Barbados in 2013. Now you're probably wondering why we chose those two hotels? The main reason is that they are surrounded by the most breathtaking views and the price is not too shabby either.
For weeks we've been listening to radio advertisements announcing Rihanna in concert in Barbados. We got our tickets online as soon as they went on sale. We were excited because we always wanted to attend one of her concerts and we thought it was ideal to do it in her home country. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled, but we had already made plans and paid for both our flight and Hilton Hotel booking. After a short conversation with Nikks, we decided that we would go to Barbados as planned.
Yo, Rihanna, when is the next Barbados concert?
Who wants to have to hustle to get breakfast?
First thing I must point out is that the entrance to the Barbados Hilton is really beautiful. Anyway, we got to the front desk and checked-in, it was pretty quick. Got up to our room and it was the standard Hilton room with all the amenities. Normally when we stay at Hilton we would choose the option with breakfast included, which we did. I just think it is a good idea. I mean who wants to have to hustle to get breakfast first thing in the morning, when you can sleep a little later, but know that its there waiting for you.
Party, submarine dive, bedridden, but some soup will do!
So, we settled in and unpacked, we were pleased with the room and the interior color scheme. The room had a nice feel, was clean and we were happy. However, when we pulled the blinds, the view took our breath away. From our personal balcony we were staring into the turquoise water of the beach at Needham's Point. We were so overwhelmed by the beautiful scenery that we used a photo of that scenery as the cover picture on our home page when we started our travel website one year ago. Now, we were overjoyed with the room, but wait, it gets better.
During our stay we attended a couple parties, made a couple beach trips, sailed on the Jolly Roger around the island and took an underwater tour aboard the Atlantis submarine. It was one of the highlights of the trip, the other being the Jolly Roger cruise. We had a blast on that cruise.
Unfortunately, on one of the days Nikks fell ill. She came down with a virus of some sort and was bedridden for a day or so. I was concerned, but not in panic mode. I asked her if she wanted something to eat, but she replied with a faint voice in the negative. Maybe some hot soup I thought?
I headed down to the restaurant and met one of the serving staff and she asked me for Nikks. Yes, we are friendly, so people remember us. I explained that she was a little under the weather and if there was anything they can do. She thought for a while and then said “The kitchen is about to close, but I can make some hot soup for her.” Remember I told you it would get better? And that is what service is about. At that moment I felt special and overjoyed knowing that she was willing to go out of her way to help. About thirty minutes later she brought the hot soup and Nikks was delighted she got it.
The next morning, Nikks was feeling a little better, good enough to try to have breakfast. We met another member of the serving staff and she asked Nikks how she was feeling. She replied "a little better." The staff member then offered to make a cup of her special brew which included ginger and a couple of other ingredients. Would you believe that a couple of hours after drinking the concoction Nikks was on her way to a full recovery.
That act of kindness, the bathtub and the great view is some of the reasons that Nikks and I enjoyed our stay at the Barbados Hilton. Oh and the killer rum and rum cocktails we had at the bar was an added bonus.
We arrived in Curacao a couple hours before check-in time at the Hilton. We were a bit tired and wanted to get up to our room immediately. We had requested early check-in online a couple of days before our arrival date. When we got there it was really busy at the hotel, but the front desk clerk was hilarious, had us laughing all the time and said he would try to get us in the room ASAP. What I appreciated about this guy was the fact that he was honest. He said they were preparing the room and as soon as it was ready he would give us a shout.
He suggested we have a couple drink at the bar or maybe get something to eat. Trust me, it's never too early to have a couple cocktails with the beautiful turquoise Curacao sea as your backdrop while the golden rays of the Caribbean sun caresses your face. Bliss!
We were in Curacao because we were going on our first cruise and that was the boarding port we chose. We decided we would go to Curacao a day in advance so we can spend some time checking out the place. Curacao we love you!
Chocolate, wine and a great view. Thank you! Oh and Cocktails
After a short wait, some tasty wings and a couple cocktails the clerk brought our room keys and we were in the elevator in a flash heading to our room. As we entered we fell in love with the Caribbean feel of the room. Again, as in Barbados, when we pulled the shades we were overwhelmed by the beautiful view from our balcony.
After mulling around on the balcony for a little while we came into the room again and saw a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine. Now we were astonished, excited and soon gulping wine and eating chocolates. To this day we don’t know if that was part of a promotion or something else. But if it was, Hilton Curacao thank you! OK!
This amazing view facing into the ocean
I am going to be honest! The entrance to Hilton Curacao is not as beautiful as the one in Barbados. It's a bit drab, but boy do they make up for that when you get to the back of the hotel. Its beach front view is really breathtaking with rooms on that side of the hotel having an amazing view facing into the ocean and looking down into the beautiful coconut palm lined pathway to the swimming pool, bars and access to the beach. Priceless!
So, the hilarious clerk, chocolate and wine and the breathtaking view are some of the reasons why Nikks and I enjoyed our stay at the Curacao Hilton. Now, to answer the question, is Hilton Curacao or Hilton Barbados better?
After we discussed it over and over and over, Nikks chose Barbados.
After she made her decision, I looked at the photos and videos we had over and over and tried to remember how I felt at both hotels.
Eventually I came back with a verdict. I Loved the Curacao Hilton.
So, it's a draw.
Which one do you like, Hilton Barbados or Hilton Curacao?
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