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Here at Original Travel we know hotels created from lighthouses, factories, prisons and more, but as ‘creative reimaginings’ go, The Lone Star in Barbados is still right up there. The star in question refers to the Texaco service station that has since become the best boutique hotel on the island, with one of the finest restaurants (once called ‘the Ivy of the Caribbean’) to boot.
A recent revamp has raised the style stakes even higher but with only seven rooms you need to book way in advance. In a nod to the site's automobile associated former life the rooms are named after classic American brands. Cadillac, Buick and Studebaker are spacious rooms with polished mahogany floors, four poster beds and private terrace with views of the turquoise ocean. Corvette and Shelby are in the coral stone Beach House and both rooms have direct access to the beach. Lincoln is a two bedroomed penthouse above these, and for the ultimate luxurious retreat, larger groups of guests can take the four bedrooms in the Beach House in its entirety.
If you can drag yourself away from the wonderfully tasteful rooms, the restaurant offers more taste sensations in the form of a menu of Italian cuisine and Lone Star classics. Breakfasts are now served right on the new beach boardwalk a few feet from the water while lunch sees the wood burning stove cranked up for pizzas alongside perennial classics such as chicken milanese and moules mariniere. Dinner is all about delicious pastas, risottos and seafood after a sunset rum sour or two in the new cocktail lounge.
Go for the Cadillac suite for the perfect terrace overlooking one of Barbados's best beaches and the ocean beyond.
Will, Original Traveller