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“Like Family” 5 of 5 stars
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Rockley Beach, Barbados   |  
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“Like Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2010

The Southern Surf was just an amazing place with great wonderful remarkable people.
Rachel & Staff were great. We forgot a swimsuit for our child they sent us to a good place up the road for a good price. They had a stroller that they offered to let us borrow. They were knowledgeable and kind to parents traveling with 2 kids under 3. I gladly would stay there again. Thank you Southern Surf for taking care of us like family.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

Bruce and Maureen From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Just returned from our eighteenth trip to Barbados. Our first staying at Southern Surf Apartments from October 6-20, 2010. Without question this property will be our choice on future trips.
The entire staff is fantastic. Just can't do enough for their guests. The rooms, grounds and pool are very clean, actually spotless is the term. Greatest accommodations ever with all the furnishings and equipment in excellent working order. For cleanliness this hotel is second to none and their rates are affordable. The delux studios are very spacious, absolutely fabulous.
The location is number one directly across the street from the famous Rockley/Acurra
Beach and centrally located to resturants, grocery stores, banks and bus/taxi services.Only fifteen minutes from Bridgetown and the airport.
My wife and myself look forward to returning to Southern Surf sooner than later. Friendly and customer oriented, this is where it's at.
Look no further, this is the place to rest and relax. Hats off to the staff: Laura, Rachel, Audra, Summie and the rest of the crew. Great Job!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

We wanted a place with a kitchen so we could cook some of our meals, especially breakfast and lunch. We picked this place based on reviews and also to try a different location.(Last time stayed at Bougainvillea). Well we loved the location, 15 min walk to the Gap, 15 min bus ride to Bridgetown. 2 min to convenience store in a little plaza with an outside grilling restaurant, and also a coffee bar, an outdoor food court that had Greek, pizza, Chinese, ice cream shop, pastry shop. Very handy and busy little hotspot. It was a 5 min walk to a larger supermarket with large selection. Beach is right across the street, and closer than most resorts we have stayed in. Chairs can be rented at the beach. One spot gives you bar credit for your chair rental at only USD$5 per day. The apt was very clean, and we could see the beach and ocean from our bed! Staff are super friendly and helpful. Now lets talk about the noise. Yes its noisy from about 6 am. For us this did not matter because we were asleep most nights before 11 and woke up at 6-6:30 (our normal work schedule). So the noise was irrelevant. The tree frogs chirp from dusk to dawn but that is all over the entire island. So all I can say is that if your are the type that wants to sleep in and if you sleep lightly then maybe this is not the location for you. But if you are like us, the noise was not an issue. We will be back!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trinidad
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

We live in Trinidad and usually go to Barbados for a week each August and usually stay in the Rockley area and SS apartments were recommended to us by relatives. It was pretty much a last minute decision and we secured a ground floor room at a very good rate. All rooms are studios of varying sizes and are very well equipped for breakfast/lunch etc. The front desk team (Lara, Audra, Rachel and Summie) couldn't have been more helpful and cheerful and we loved them all. The apartments are situated across the road from one of our favourite beaches and although situated on a fairly busy road, our room was farthest away and we barely heard any traffic. Rockley is a good area in which to stay and there is a good choice of nearby restaurants. We will definitely be booking for next year.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Essex, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2010

Stayed at the Southern Surf Beach Apartments for approximately 10 days.
Basic Apartments, but I found it to be noisy, was often woken by trucks driving past in the early morning, which is not what you want on holiday.
The staff are very helpful as stated by other contributors, but not exceptionally better than other hotels/apartments that I have stayed in Barbados.
The location is excellent for getting to Restaurants and bars, so if you are looking for a location that is central, it is a good choice. Accra Beach is just across the road and is beautiful.
Also note that the rooms do not have telephones, so there is a communal phone on the stairway, which can be used. The Management also provide Digicel mobile phones which can be topped up, which proved useful as I was in a quite large group and had friends staying in other parts of Barbados.
We were offered a late check-out, which was a nice gesture by the management.
Personally I prefer to stay in a Apartment/Hotel that faces onto the beach. I tried Southern Surf due to the reviews, but this has helped me confirm what type of accommodation I prefer. If you are looking for a very reasonably priced apartment/hotel in a central location this is the place for you. Just be warned about the noise levels.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

I stayed at Southern Surf in March 2008 and again in March 2010 and both were fantastic. This place is a great value on an otherwise expensive island. The rooms are clean and exactly what I'm looking for. I absolutely love the fact that they're right across the street from Rockley Beach, about a block or so from a convenience store, and about 3-4blocks from a larger grocery store. The ladies running the front desk are all friendly and attentive. It's so easy to catch the ZR's running either north or south; makes it so easy to travel to Bridgetown or Oistins. I look forward to another stay at Southern Surf in the future!

Tyler

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

A nice clean apartment but not really up to the reviews here.
The staff were pleasant but not outstandingly nice although they were helpful when booking taxis and they let us checkout an hour late. As it rained frequently, we spent rather a lot of time in our room but ended up being pestered daily by the housekeeping staff.

They kindly told us about the proximity of the road before we booked but the noise was definitely louder than we'd expected. There was wi-fi but it was a bit flakey unless you sat on the balcony.

However, it was value for money and the location near Rockley Beach was excellent. Great eating places really nearby are Bar Kan'ei, Ackee Tree, Just Grillin', and the New York Pizza place which are all cheap and good quality. It's walking distance to St Lawrence Gap, and the bus stop to Bridgetown is right outside. A nearby 99c minimart has all the essentials if you wanted to cook at the apartment. If you wanted to splash out, the very expensive (but worth it) Fusion is just beyond the Chefette fast food place.

Having visited friends' apartments (such as Magic Isle hotel down the road), we probably wouldn't stay at Southern Surf again as we now know of places which are quieter, more spacious and more luxurious for a similar price.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Southern Surf Beach Apartments

Address: Rockley Beach, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Christ Church Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Southern Surf Beach Apartments Hotel Christ Church
Southern Surf Beach Apartments Barbados/Christ Church Parish

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