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“Perfect hotel with one of a kind staff!” 5 of 5 stars
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The SoCo Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   South Coast Boardwalk, Hastings, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Hastings
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Perfect hotel with one of a kind staff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We just returned from a glorious vacation in Barbados and the SoCo hotel was a huge part of the experience. From the moment you arrive you are greeted with warmth, friendly service, and complete hospitality. My friend's bag got lost on the way in and the staff went out of their way to help us work with the airline and get it to the hotel, they were more concerned about the bag than us! The staff goes out of their way to accommodate you, offering you anything you made need from tour bookings to restaurant suggestions. We had to get up early one morning for a tour ebfore breakfast and Andrew was kind enough to bring us a quick breakfast the night before we could eat on the go the next morning. It is the little things this staff will do for you that makes it like no other. From Melanie, Michelle, Shanna, Neil, Dexter, Michael, and anyone else I am missing, they are all fantastic! It is rare to get to know staff on a first name basis and get hugs when you leave, the SoCo truly has best hotel service.

We were on the 4th floor, a perfect view of the ocean. There is really not a bad view in this hotel since it only has 24 rooms and is beachfront. The room is just as described, clean, sleek, and comfortable. The location is great as it is right on the Hasting boardwalk with easy, walking access to shops and restaurants. The pool was also great but we spent most of our time laying on the beach.

The food never disappointed us, Chef Andrew was accommodating and creative with the menu choices. For an all inclusive hotel it was delicious and a la carte was a plus. We enjoyed the food at the SoCo more than many of the places we dined in the country.

The atmosphere is terrific as well, great company, clean hotel, perfect location, and awesome staff, we can't wait to return to the SoCo Hotel soon!

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christine D, Manager at The SoCo Hotel, responded to this review, September 19, 2014
Dear Jenny_404

Thank you soooo much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience during your stay at The SoCo Hotel. We are truly delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Best regards
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Horley, United Kingdom
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I am 36 and I took my mum as a treat to SOCO in June. We travelled upper class with Virgin and SOCO felt like we were still getting the same first class treatment the whole 10 days we were there.

The best assets of SOCO are the staff and their (personalities) personal touch to everything. SOCO’s real ‘Jewel of the Caribbean’ is Michelle. If I can give you one bit of advice go to the ‘Orientation’ given by the beautiful Michelle on your first morning (I went twice as it was so entertaining! She will let you know what there is to do and how to get about.

If you want to know what to do on Barbado’s speak to the people in the know (the locals). Mr Brown (AKA Ian and a few cooler names) looks after you on the beach/pool and if you want to know ‘what time is the best time to see the Turtles just of the shore (broad walk, or from the hotel!)’ or ‘when is the best time to see beautiful fish (because of the tide)’ just ask. They all have time for anyone even though they work so hard to please.

Right the bits you want to know as I did before going:

All alcohol is free AI and served pool side 10am till 11pm and you can take it on the beach. In fact you even get the staff looking out for your gear on the beach when you are in the sea, but best to leave most things in the hotel safe or with the security if you want it to be 100% safe.

Food is defiantly good enough for me but there are lots of Restaurants if you want to go a bit more up market. We didn’t really eat out allot, in fact the only time I can remember eating with was Oisin’s ‘Friday Night Fish Fry. And an amazing meal with Richard the cab driver that took us around Barbados and showed us the real Barbados (recommended by Michelle).

Don’t know why I am waffling on just book and go you won’t be disappointed. I had booked to stay at Almond Beach and another hotel but really glad I changed my booking to SOCO.

I was recommended to stay at the hotel by someone that stayed there a few weeks earlier! I always feel the best compliment you can give is a Recommendation and this is a 10/10 hotel.

I usually stay in larger resorts with all the water sports and buffets (Bermuda, Cuba, Maldives to name a few) but it is defiantly worth booking a little boutique hotel like this with all 24 rooms facing the beach. You won’t be disappointed by the island or hotel.

Another tip is get up early and walk down the beaches to the right about 2k you have Bridge town. I got up the first few days at 5am (10am UK) and you get to see all the locals exercising on the beach and the race horses swimming in the sea. Also did the same the other way past St. Laurence Gap and Oistins but that is further (maybe 5K)
Roy & Chris

Room Tip: We had room 402 and it was perfect for me and my mum. I am 36 she is in her late 70's. It was on...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dexter C, Assistant Manager at The SoCo Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Dear Roy and Chris,

Thanks for choosing The Soco Hotel to enjoy your holiday and thanks for this fantastic review and excellent recommendations.

Michelle’s orientation is certainly a must, since she can enhance your stay in Barbados by ensuring any special plans you have come to an exciting fruition. Soco is located at the beginning of the beautiful boardwalk that is ideal for persons who like to exercise (run/walk etc) or who just want to go for a leisurely stroll. We are located in a turtle nesting area and from time to time our guests have observed these giant turtles in their natural habitat.

We thank you for sharing your lovely experience at The Soco Hotel and we are looking forward to welcoming you once again.

Warm Regards,
Dexter Cummings
Assistant Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Had an amazing week at the SoCo. From the second we arrived and were met by Andrew who took our bags and gave us a welcome cocktail it was fantastic. It was wonderful to wake up every morning and look out at the sea. The walks along the boardwalk every morning set us up for breakfast. Food was lovely and never had to wait long to be served. Each member of staff could not do enough for us from when we arrived until we left. They always had a smile for us and never forgot our names which really made us feel at home. Dexter, Michelle (thanks for the aloe vera), Mr.Brown, Kenrick, Michael, Ms.C our cleaner and Erleen who makes the BEST mojitos I ever had.
All the staff were wonderful and friendly and we even got a bit upset when we were leaving.
10/10 for this hotel. Staying at the SoCo has made us want to visit Barbados again and have started planning our return.
See you all again soon.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Dexter C, Assistant Manager at The SoCo Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Dear Audrina,

Thanks for choosing The Soco Hotel to enjoy your holiday and thanks for this fantastic review. The staff is very appreciative of the accolades you have given and sent their many thanks for the lovely thank you card you have left. We are delighted that you enjoyed your morning walk on the scenic boardwalk which is usually a hype of activities.

We are definitely looking forward to welcoming you once again very soon.

Warm Regards,
Dexter Cummings
Assistant Manager
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Just returned from the So Co hotel in Hastings , all I can say is wow what a great holiday, the staff , Dexter, Andrew Michael, the waitress's, karen,, erleen shannon, the incomparable michelle, neal ,mr brown the coolest pool man, the chefs , everybody so polite , we enjoyed very high standards here, and met great people in a very relaxed but upmarket all inclusive , al a carte , chlldren free environment, thank you , Diana and Tony, room 404

Room Tip: All rooms have the great view
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Dexter C, Assistant Manager at The SoCo Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Dear Diana and Tony,

Thanks for choosing The Soco Hotel to enjoy your holiday and thanks for this great review. The staff is very appreciative of your recognition and commendation as they continue to exceed our guests expectation.

We are definitely looking forward to welcoming you back again to The Soco Hotel.

Warm Regards,
Dexter Cummings
Assistant Manager
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exmouth
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Came back last friday after spending two weeks at the Soco. Great situation, views and rooms. The thing that made the hotel extra special was the incredible hard working happy staff, who go above and beyond to make your holiday perfect. Big thanks to Michelle, Shannon, Vicky, Arlene Neal, Andrew, Dexter to name a few sorry if i missed someone you were all amazing. Must also mention the chambermaid who always wore a smile and kept our room immaculate. The only improvement i would suggest is to give the hardworking staff a fan or better cover whilst tending the bar!!!! Hope to see you all again soon.

Room Tip: High floor for best views although all rooms sea facing.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Dexter C, Assistant Manager at The SoCo Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Dear luvhols48,

Thanks for choosing The Soco Hotel to enjoy your holiday and thanks for this fantastic review. We are extremely happy that you enjoyed our hospitality and service. We do have amazing staff that ensures customer satisfaction is our number one priority.

All the staff send their regards and are all looking forward to welcoming you on your return.

Warm Regards,
Dexter Cummings
Assistant Manager
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Tampa, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My husband and I spent a week at the SoCo Hotel and it was absolutely amazing. We enjoyed the beautiful view from our room each morning when we opened the blinds and taking walks on the board walk just steps away. The hotel is modern with simple decorations. The entire hotel was kept clean and maintained extremely well by the pool and outdoor seating. The only downside to this hotel is the repetitive menu and while the food was good it wasn't not amazing. However this was made up for with the top notch service and friendly faces of the staff. We highly recommend this hotel as we came back very relaxed and full of rum!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dexter C, Assistant Manager at The SoCo Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Dear Brooke G,

Thanks for choosing The Soco Hotel to enjoy your holiday and thanks for this wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and thanks for the commendation you gave to our staff and the service we provided. We will continue to work to improve our menu selection.

We are looking forward to welcoming you once again to this "Slice of Paradise".

Warm Regards,
Dexter Cummings
Assistant Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We spent everyday of our vacation on the lounge chairs soaking up the sun, cooling off in the ocean and just relaxing. What else would you do on a Caribbean vacation?

Pros:
Hotel: is an all inclusive boutique style hotel that's very intimate, trendy and modern. There are not many hotels in Barbados that offers an all inclusive package but this hotel is working on getting it right. The dining experience is what makes it different because all meals are served a la carte.
Beach: is literally a few steps away. The beach is pristine! The coastline can be admired along the boardwalk that starts right in-front of the hotel.
Staff: great team especially the following - Neil, Victoria, Melanie, Michelle, Shannon, Andrew, Benita, Erlene and of course Kenrick!

Cons:
We did express our opinion to Dexter (assistant manager) on things we encountered during our stay such as no fresh mint leaves for mojitos (during our 7 day stay), inconsistent supply of Banks beer, no Mount Gay served at the bar, the cleanliness of the bathrooms, stained blankets, menu variety, mis-communication between the staff that resulted in a ruined birthday surprise and NO wifi in the guest rooms. As I said these things were very minor and in no way impacted our stay.

Would we stay here again? Absolutely! Highly recommended!!!

Please feel free to send a message if you have any questions.

From the Island Vacationers
Husband, Wife, Mom and Aunt

Room Tip: Any room above the ground floor will have an amazing ocean view
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dexter C, Assistant Manager at The SoCo Hotel, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Dear Lilly0508,

Thanks for choosing The Soco Hotel to enjoy your holiday and thanks for this wonderful review and constructive comments that aim towards improvements. We appreciate that you recognize we are working assiduously to make continuous improvement.

I would like to apologise once again for the mix-up regarding the birthday celebrations, which we have adequately addressed internally, along with the other areas that you had brought to my attention.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you all once again

Warm Regards,
Dexter Cummings
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Address: South Coast Boardwalk, Hastings, Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > Hastings
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The SoCo Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The SoCo Hotel, located in the heart of Barbados’ south coast, offers an all-inclusive holiday in a boutique environment. Ideal for the discerning traveller looking for a modern, high quality hotel facility, The SoCo Hotel provides an uncluttered, chic holiday. Great food and drinks, friendly service, and one of the best views in Barbados are all part of The SoCo Hotel experience. ... more   less 
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