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Yellow Bird was built by Olaf Jorgensen circa 1980. He was born in Denmark of a Swedish father and a German mother and came to Barbados in the early 1960’s.
In 1978 Olaf purchased the land and construction finished in 1980 in time for the winter season. The name of the hotel was chosen by Pat Blackwell; she thought it was fitting for the property and the location. Olaf sold some of the rooms as condo units and lived in the Penthouse. He used to windsurf every day in the bay.
The first season was great, however there was a downturn in the economy and airlines stop coming to Barbados. Hotels were struggling and charging US $29 a night and in 1986 Olaf gave the property back to the Bank.
When asked if he was proud of the Yellow Bird he sees today- he replied, “yes, I wish I was the owner, it’s beautiful!”
On Jan 01, 1997, our Yellow Bird story began with 8 of the guest rooms. With our fabulous location and a great team providing five star service, we were blessed with high occupancies. Between 1997 and 2017 we acquired 9 more rooms and added the two suites next door, as well as South Gap Hotel with 34 rooms.
Our 22 room boutique hotel underwent a US $1.25 million refurbishment during the summer of 2015. The extensive project included a total facelift to all guest rooms and public areas including the building’s exterior, lobby & reception, public rest rooms and restaurant. The new guest rooms have been renovated with porcelain tiles, granite counter tops, 42” LED TVs and original artwork done by a local Barbadian artist, to ensure that our guests enjoy their stay with us in chic & stylish surroundings.
The response to the “new” Yellow Bird has been phenomenal. My grateful thanks to our staff, some who have been with us for more than ten years, for their dedication and loyalty to our hotel and our guests.