We stayed at the South Gap hotel April 6 to 13, 2006.
Almost all the reviews here have been good to the hotel but I'll cover a few points. The room could be brightened up a bit with a few pictures on the walls and a skillet would have been nice.
There are no carpets. Most everywhere in Barbados has tiled floors and twin beds are the norm for hotels. Hydro costs a lot of money so any hotel with air conditioning is going to be more money. That is a point we learnt from the last time we were there as some places charge more money for the AC. There is tv with a good selection of channels but no inroom movies. The room safe has a charge but you can leave things in the reception safe for just a fraction of the cost. Reception has stamps and you can leave mail there. No postcards but you can get them just about anywhere including a lot of free ones and since you are in the Gap itself you don't have to walk far to find some. Local phonecalls are free from the room phone. There were no filters for the coffee maker so I bought some and left them in the cupboard. The kitchen is well equiped but again, there was no skillet. I looked but average price was 40 bajan. We improvised and did fine or I would have bought one and left it there too. If you are going to leave a tip for housekeeping leave a note. We noticed any money left would not be touched unless it had a note. The rooms were cleaned everyday and she does a wonderfull job.
Room also comes with tea towels so you can wash dishes. We brought some dishsoap with us but any dishes we forgot about were cleaned when we came back. They didn't have to do this.
OK that out of the way...
We had room 121 and it was prepared for us.There was a crib in the bedroom and a single bed in the livingroom. Sofa was placed on the balcony for us. Nice touch to have a livingroom outside for morning coffee and play area for the kids. We could be wrong but maybe we had some envy from other patrons.
We never really used the bed but it was nice to help put our 18 month old to sleep while we watched a bit of tv. The balcony, they are all the same size which we thought different when we booked online. Let's just say they are big enough to hold a ratan sofa, coffee table and 2 cottage style chairs.
Kitchen cabinets were hand built, we watched the guys building some. They were also building simple bedside tables.
Looks like as a room is empty for a few days or week they go in and redo it. kitchen cabinets, crown molding everywhere and closet all looked handbuilt. It looks as only about half the rooms had the new style french doors to the balcony and the rest had older style patio doors. I'm guessing pretty soon the entire hotel will be renovated at the speed these 2 guys were building.
Pool was great. Crabs walking the pooldeck in the mornings. This was great for picture taking and was a great experience for our kids who had never seen them. Some have mentioned pool was never busy but that was great too. There were always people there.
The Flying Fish restaurant was awsome. Simple decor but the food was great although we only had a few meals there. Make a note if you're going to order a basket of fries you might want to share it. Massive portion. Breakfast is great and so are the prices. Get the pancakes you won't be dissapointed.
We read a few reviews that didn't seem to make sence. The second and third floor hallways are outside and the vents above the door and the windows might be what allows street noise in at night. We didn't have that as rooms 118 to 121 are in an enclosed hallway. The only part letting in noise is a small window in the bedroom but we drowned that out with just the ceiling fan.
Room 121 is above the bar yet we heard no noise. Next door to our room is Harlequin's, another bar. Still, never a noise. We did listen to some pretty bad kareoke one night. Just the direction of the wind, it's the only night we actually heard it. The sound of the water is more pronounced and peacefull. By the way, drunk people can't sing...yours truly included.
Another review mentioned the police caravan/trailer parked outfront. The gap is very busy at night. As a tourist I am happier to know there is police protection if you need it. Shouldn't be an issue if it's a trailer or a building or where it is so I am throwing in a picture because no other review had one and the one that mentioned it could be misleading. I thought it was in the hotel parking lot.
There was a mouthwatering smell that eminated to our room at night was nothing short of unbelievable. I finally had enough one night and went on the hunt. There are 2 BBQ's outside. One at the entrance to the hotel parking lot is a good old charcol and the one across the street by the ship in is propane. Had to get some food from each to narrow it down to which one was causing the smell. It was the closer one. Awsome BBQ sauce and good prices. Try it!
There is a Royal Bank across the street so an ATM/ABM. A convenience store/ mini supermarket just 2 hotels down. We were buying anything from beer to groceries and produce and even a pack of diapers when we were running out. However, just leave the gap and turn left. A quick 5 minutes down the road in a ZR bus you are at the supermarkets, 2 of them, and bought some fresh chicken to cook up in the oven back at the hotel and picked up some wine and vodka coolers for my wife.
All in all, don't be afraid to book there, you will be happy. We met people who come here yearly. Staff will remember you and always smile and talk with you. We've prerequested the same room next time we go back. We were both very happy there and will return. Our 4 year old also didn't want to leave.
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