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Review of Southern Surf Beach Apartments

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Southern Surf Beach Apartments
Certificate of Excellence
London
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“It's the people that make the place...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

Have just returned from a 9 night stay and really want to echo the positive reviews on here. Audra and Rachael went out of their way to make our stay the best it could be. The welcoming attitude did not stop at the front desk either, the cleaners and the handyman were also great.

We had a deluxe room that was nice, big and very clean. The kitchen had everything you could want.

The location was a little piece of paradise, the beach was simply beautiful and the sea equally so. I cant wait to go back!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Peroni_half_pint
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Ottawa,
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

We stayed at the Southern Surf for eight nights in early April 2012. There were four of us - two adults and two young children. The staff were exceptionally helpful with everything and helped us arrange our car rental, provided some snacks on our first evening, and even provided sand toys and bed rails for the children. The room was very clean and the entire property was exceptionally well-maintained. The room had a small but well-stocked kitchenette and there was housekeeping every day. The rooms are not luxurious, but quite comfortable. The location, right across from Rockley Beach, was also terrific. Our balcony was at the front of the hotel which was quite noisy given the traffic on the main road. However, the windows satisfactorily kept the noise out so we didn't have any problems sleeping. We would highly recommend the Southern surf for a reasonably-priced, well-located, well-maintained, friendly place to stay near Dt. Lawrence Gap.

Room Tip: Would recommend a room furthest from the road.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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8 Thank hsheehy
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Whitby
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

My wife and I spent a week here in Apr. 2012. Audra at the front desk welcomed us with open arms and made us feel right at home within minutes of chatting with her. In fact all the staff throughout the entire week always greeted us with a smile and were very attentive to our needs. We stayed in room # 6 on the 2nd floor. The room is small (perfect for couples), very clean, with a great view of Rockley beach across the street from the balcony. The pool area is nice and most of the time my wife and I had the pool to ourselves. Southern Surf is ideally located. Restaurants, grocery store, banks etc are all within walking distance. For sports fans especially hockey, Berts Bar is right next door with many big screen tv's and the food is good too. The road in front is very busy most of the day however the noise didn't bother us. Audra helped us with day excursions. I highly recommend Sail Calabaza. This is a 5 hour daytime catamaran sailing trip. The trip includes snorkeling with turtles, great food, open bar (try the rum punch) with a maximum of 12 people only. Well worth the money! Our favourite restaurant was Shakers. Great BBQ ribs & seafood platter. For nightlife, the Gap is the place to go. Its a bit of a walk but not to bad. Dover beach in the Gap is also very nice. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and without any hesitation at all would return to Southern Surf.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank UnionWorker
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Nova Scotia, Canada
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90 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2012

We stayed here for 8 nights in late March and loved it. Our room was clean and comfortable. Had a small but well equipped kitchen, comfortable king size bed, well lit bathroom with a window, great water pressure, lots of closet space and drawers, ironing board/iron, free wi-fi, large balcony with 3 chairs, table and beach view. The room was bright and spacious. We had been told about the traffic noise when we booked but we barely noticed it. Our room was on the 3rd floor and our balcony over looked the street and beach but when in the room and the AC on, we didn't notice any noise. We had breakfast on the balcony every morning and the traffic noise never bothered us at all. After being out in the fresh air all day, once we got to bed, sleep came easy.
There was a pool, which was clean and a good size. Lots of loungers and chairs and there was plenty of choice if you wanted shade or a sunny spot. The pool was surrounded by a little garden and very relaxing and peaceful.The office had lots of books to read and there was information on all sorts of tours, restaurants etc that you could book at reception. Beach towels were available there also.
The staff, Lara, Audra, and Rachael made you feel at home right away and were remarkably helpful, engaging and friendly. They gave excellent advice about what to see, how to get there, where to eat etc. They really helped us get the most out of our vacation.
The location was incredible! Across the street from from the beach and walking distance to bars (Bert's Bar is right next store), restaurants, grocery stores, a bank, shopping, bus stops.
I can see why Southern Surf has a lot of repeat customers. We booked for next year and repeat customers get a discount on the room rate.
If you're looking for 5 star hotel with all the bells and whistles that go with it, you might not be happy here, but if you're looking for clean, comfortable, affordable accommodations with wonderful staff and excellent location, you'll love it here.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Maclor2
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Ottawa, Ontario
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Southern Surf in February 2012. This was our second visit to Barbados and stay at this establishment. The location, accommodation and service is first rate. There are a good number of decent restaurants nearby and the best beach on the south coast is right across the street. The rooms and grounds are well maintained (everything works) and exceptionally clean. We stayed in the standard studio this visit, not quite as roomy as the deluxe that we had last time but certainly adequate for our needs (who goes to Barbados from Canada in February to sit in their room anyway?). If there is a draw back to this location it is the traffic noise which unfortunately the front desk can do nothing about. If you're the type that likes to sleep to the sound of the surf with the windows open you will be disappointed. My wife and I sleep with the A/C on and the windows closed so the traffic noice was bearable.

Room Tip: Rooms here generally book up a year in advance so don't procrastinate. I prefer the deluxe studi...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Parkedintheditch
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Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

It's a cozy charmful apartment right in front of Rockley Beach! You must choose this place to stay because: it's a very nice place with a low cost; it´s well located with a mall just a block away; right in front of one of the best beaches; and last (but not least) the staff.
The staff was really awesome! We couldn't have had such a perfect stay if it wasn't for the staff. They are warm and welcoming people that will do just everything to assure you a nice stay. They get good prices at car rentals, book the nicest rides and only indicate those of their trust. Because of them, all my days were full of nice activities. It's like traveling with local friends!
You wiil thank me (and all of the other guests that wrote these reviews) for your wonderful vacation.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Gulherme M
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London
Level Contributor
309 reviews
148 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2011

Stayed here twice in November and December and simply loved it. An ideal place to stay if you are happy with self catering and driving and do not need all inclusive luxury. The management is extradordinarily friendly and accomodating. The apartments are large, spotlessly clean with everything you might need for an extended stay. The pool area is lovely, although I had no time to enjoy it. Across the street is one of the most beautiful and welcoming public beaches in Barbados. Bridgetown is a 30 minute bus ride away (not worth doing more than once) and a good supermarket is five minutes drive (15 minutes walk). Again, the management could not do enough to assist, from arranging car rental to suggesting restaurants. I will stay here (if I manage to get a reservations), when I return.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank UKbanker33
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Additional Information about Southern Surf Beach Apartments

Property: Southern Surf Beach Apartments
Address: Rockley Beach, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish
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Ranked #24 of 49 Hotels in Christ Church Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Southern Surf Beach Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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