Barbados to get a Wyndham

On the heels of this week’s announcement by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy that Barbados will soon have a Hyatt, Barbados TODAY has been reliably informed that another major international hotel brand is tipped to operate the former Sam Lord’s Castle in St Philip.

Informed sources say the Wyndham, which is one of the world’s largest and most diverse hotel companies with over 7, 000 hotels and more than 50 brands worldwide, is about to get Cabinet’s nod to operate the 58- acre property.

Construction of a new 450-room/suite hotel and restoration of the 9-bedroom castle is expected to begin by the middle of next year with a targeted completion date of early 2018.

The $200 million project, which will be funded through the government of China, is also expected to generate at least 1,000 jobs, including 400 in the construction phase.

When contacted today, the chief executive officer of the Barbados Investment Inc (BTI) Stuart Layne would not confirm that Wyndham would be the operator.

However, he told Barbados TODAY “we are close to making a decision, but to name someone now would be premature of me. The Cabinet will have to make the decision and they are close to making that decision”.

The approved plans for the redevelopment of Sam Lord’s have been in place since 2008.

On Tuesday, the Minister of Tourism told parliament that work is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of next year on a spanking new Hyatt hotel with two 12-storey high rise towers on the site of the old Harbour Police Station and Detco Motors on Lower Bay Street, the City.

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14 Responses to Barbados to get a Wyndham

  1. Simon Gooding
    Simon Gooding October 24, 2014 at 4:44 am

    …ASHAMED…..ASHAMED……when ever i see this foto of the once icon of Buhbaydus tourism….both goverments are to blame …what a disaster….

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  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 24, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Well lookout taxpayers you all folks gine be subsidizing this just like Scandals with very little to show in return,such a joke struggling to fill hotel rooms that are already here stupes.

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  3. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 24, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Well lookout taxpayers you all folks gine be subsidizing this just like Scandals with very little to show in return,such a joke struggling to fill hotel rooms that are already here stupes.

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  4. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley October 24, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Another building that will go to ruin, why the hell open yet another hotel when hotels already have so many empty rooms throughout the year and put staff on short hours, Richard Sealy and the BTA are such a joke, do any of them have a brain cell between them ?

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  5. Lindsay Farmer
    Lindsay Farmer October 24, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Of the 400 jobs in the construction phase, I wonder how many will be Chinese Nationals.

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    • Kourtney James
      Kourtney James October 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Well if the Chinese work with complaining I don’t see why not. Bajans too damn lazy and does want wuk til dem get em.

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  6. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne October 24, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Drian Xyers the building burned a couple of years ago.. what would you like them to do with it having no money?!?!?.. I can only hope that Wyndham keeps their end of the bargain. . The hotel is finished and enough advertising goes into it to keep it filled

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley October 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Why should this hotel get filled when so many have countless empty rooms ?

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  7. Beverley St John
    Beverley St John October 24, 2014 at 9:04 am

    When will any of these ventures come to fruition?! Just constantly puffing hot air where no wind is blowing.

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  8. bernard and india walker October 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

    4 months ago . You were asking how to put people to work. I said I blog for Rihanna . She put me on your mail list . Notice how she has fans around the globe . Barbados does also. keep them happy and comfy when you say hi. Then they never really leave . Nice ad slogan. Tip Rihanna half what you are tipping me !!

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  9. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne October 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    All of them should be filled.. advertising should be done.. good flight rates to encourage visitors to come.. better connections. . And then good hotel rates to get them to stay…. people don’t want to visit barbados when it expensive to get here, expensive to stay here, and then the restaurants and attractions are expensive as well.. but that’s because the government has made it that way

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  10. Mary Hamilton April 13, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I was born and grew up in Barbados. Left in 1971 to go to college in the USA. So glad I got to take my husband and 2 sons back to Barbados in 1994 to see where I grew up. We stayed at Sam Lord’s Castle – at that time it was still a beautiful place and I’m so glad we got to stay there and my family got to see it before it became a ruin. Soooo sad!!!

    I’m happy to hear that it will be beautiful once again as a Wyndham – the Wyndhams I’ve stayed at here in the States are beautiful places! It will be wonderful to see pictures of the transformation!

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