Rex Grenadian

Suzanne Barney on 05 November 2009
This year we decided on a two week holiday staying on the wonderful island of Grenada in the Caribbean.

The Grenadian was our first point of call - it is a 3 star hotel three minutes drive from the airport (what a bonus). You don't get too many flights into Grenada so no real hardship. We stayed in a beachfront room which overlooked one of the two lovely beaches. The majority of rooms are on the hillside and there are no lifts so you need to be reasonable fit to stay here. This hotel is perfect for a chill out if you want to do nothing but laze around. The beaches are always empty and the pool area never appeared to be crowded. The all inclusive consisted of meals in the Cinnamon Restaurant which was buffet and spicers for lunch which was also buffet. There wasn't a huge variety of food but for 3 * it was very good quality. If you wanted a change then you could eat in Indian restaurant and have a credit put towards your meal. It was a combination of Far Eastern and Indian food and boy was it hot! Grenada is not the spice island for nothing! I had to down 2 glasses of water after one mouthful of my starter.

The hotel has plenty of grounds boasting a lake which is nice for a stroll as there is plenty of birdlife and a couple of turtles living there too, giving it a bit of an eco feel. The hotel also has a couple of cats that reside. Apparently Port Saline is where the wild cats live on the island. These cats have impeccable manners and are very clean as well (not grubby like other parts of the globe, in fact they look and act tame).

My favourite place at the hotel was the pool bar where you had the most amazing views of St George, the capital of the island and also where you can see the most amazing sunsets just beyond Pink Gin Beach. St George is a 20 minute drive from the hotel and is worth a visit on Saturdays as that is market day.

We got 'Michael', a local driver we befriended, to take us in his private air conditioned car for $20 each way and were able to browse the spice & fruit markets. The island is know as the Spice island so there was an abundance of different spices to purchase, especially ginger, saffron and nutmeg. There is also an upmarket shopping mall that is linked to the cruise terminal which is air conditioned and a welcome escape from the heat. We also took a trip out to Gran Anse beach, one of the top ten beaches in the world, where we went to 'Garfields Bar' to watch the football. It was nice to get out of the hotel and sample local life - it is so safe to go out and about in Grenada. The carib beer is so reasonable $2 a bottle (£1.50).

So my verdict is that the Grenadian is a great hotel to base yourself if you want to get out and about and see the island. You will find that it probably is in need of a bit of refurbishment, and a coat of paint here and there. But in all honesty you overlook these things because the staff are so nice and the location is lovely. We spent our second week at La Source which is in a different league all together) so if you are on a budget this is a good hotel to stay.