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The SoCo Hotel-All Inclusive
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Hastings
Certificate of Excellence
milton keynes
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful boutique hotel.”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Last month we stayed 12 wonderful nights at the SOCO. We had spent a lot of time researching hotels before our trip and we were not disappointed with our choice.

Having previously stayed on the west coast we wanted something different and that is the SOCO. It is beautifully boutique in the best sense of the word. It does not offer buffet food with birds hovering or endless rowdy activities, it lets its guests enjoy freshly cooked, delicious meals in an air conditioned restaurant (1 of only 3 on the island) and, in a grown up way, choose their own activities.
We got to know nearly all of the staff who, unobtrusively, made us so welcome. If we asked for help with arranging trips they were a mine of information. (They even ordered a female taxi for our 2 daughters when they were heading off to Harbour Lights!) There are so many examples of the hotel's individual service.In true boutique style, when we returned from a day out ( with a delicious hotel packed lunch) they asked us all about it and involved us in menu changes by letting us sample possible additions. We were also witnesses at their first ever SOCO wedding (thanks Mark and Charlie!). When baby turtles hatched on a nearby beach one evening they telephoned our rooms to let us know, as we had expressed an interest earlier in the day. They remembered our favourite drinks our menu preferences....nothing was too much trouble. When my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary Alicia and her wonderful team made us feel so special with another delicious meal from chef Andrew, Renee and Danny. Every day,Felix, Michelle and Erleen were on hand to tempt us with delicious drinks and advise us of any interesting local events taking place. Their kindness and humour meant every day was fun.

The SOCO gives you the choice to sit in elegant surroundings looking out at a fabulous view ( delicious cocktail in hand!) or decide to head out for the day and explore the beautiful island. We felt it was one of the most relaxing holidays we had experienced because we made all the choices. There are so many staff I have not mentioned that made our stay so memorable but I will write to them. Ralph, the owner, who is keen to chat and dine with his guests, has chosen some very talented staff.

The SOCO is exactly what it says it is: a beautiful boutique hotel. If you want an exclusive, grown up holiday visit it! You will not be disappointed.
Thank you everyone at the SOCO!

Room Tip: As all the rooms have sea views and balconies it is hard to make a comment, however we had rooms on...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Teething problems but otherwise a nice friendly hotel, Staff very willing to help, Rooms clean and tidy and have stunning views, food is Ok but not reliable, bar is stocked and Michelle and Erleen good at the cocktails, Would go back for another visit.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Having stayed at the 4 star Anse Chastenet in St Lucia the previous summer we had expectations of what a 4 star Caribbean hotel would provide. I can't understate our disappointment with the Soco which is not a 4 star hotel in any way. This could be a great hotel and the problems are solvable however there doesn't seem to be an appetite to sort them out.

On a positive note Michelle is amazing. The time, care and attention she gives to the guests are all exceptional. We travelled with 2 children who loved sitting at the bar talking to Michelle - it was as if they had a best friend! Michelle could utilised by the hotel to do so much more than make cocktails - her talents in making guests feel at home and understanding their requirements would make her an exceptional manager.

On a less positive note the most disappointing aspect of the holiday was the food. We were pleased to read before we travelled that the menu was changing twice a week. When we arrived we realised this wasn't true. Management explained this by telling us that it was their PR company that was responding to comments on TripAdvisor and not them. We repeatedly complained and "specials" were added to the menu - this meant a piece of chicken instead of fish with the sauce from the fish... 5 items to choose from for 8 days in a row (which was our experience) was simply not acceptable and neither the chef nor the manager could sort this out (in spite of repeated feedback).

Management lets this hotel down. At the manager's cocktail party we asked why there were no umbrellas on the beach where it was impossible to get any shade. Management told us that they appreciated our feedback and would order some umbrellas (which would unfortunately take a month to arrive from the US mainland) - does it take guest feedback to realise you need to offer shade on the beach in the Caribbean? Likewise the rooms have no fridges in them, again we were told our feedback would be taken into consideration and fridges ordered - where the temperature is regularly above 30 degrees cold water in your room is essential (and the tap water was constantly warm and on several occasions not hot enough for a shower).

We hired a jeep and explored the island. Whilst the south coast has much to offer we soon realised our mistake in not booking a hotel on the west coast where the beaches are much nicer. We loved the island and had a great holiday but sadly were let down by the Soco.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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The frozen north.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2013

We spent a fantastic week here in July/August and had the pleasure of being the first couple married at the SoCo.

The hotel itself is intimately sized (perfect in my opinion) and when coupled with the low occupancy during our stay, made for an incredibly service orientated experience. We got to know all the staff, from the kitchen to housekeeping, the vast majority by name. As the first wedding couple we were very much made to feel the 'local celebrities', whilst having our privacy respected at all times. Nothing was too much for the staff. The one thing I noticed was the way that each member of the SoCo team was an individual who had a personality and skill-set perfectly suited to their role within the hotel. Whether that be the super-friendly and effervescent Michelle behind the cocktail bar or the professional Alecia, keeping a watchful eye over dinner service with the kind of attention to detail and easy charm only a true professional can combine. I can't mention everyone but to the last they were helpful, friendly and went about their business with a warm easy-going caribbean charm, that was relaxing to be around. Thankyou all.

The accommodation was great. The room size was good and furnishings light, modern and very comfortable - fantastic king bed, leather couches, big-screen tv etc. Bathroom was pleasant enough if not amazing. There is room for the pedants to pick holes in areas like final finishings, but the overall feel is one of a good sized, high spec room with a balcony that offers some of the most amazing sea/beach sunsets and views over the pool. Wonderful.

The wedding was organised simply but beautifully and surpassed what we had wanted. If anyone else is looking to get away from the modern 'circus-wedding' philosophy and get back to basics against a beautiful relaxing backdrop, surrounded by people who are dedicated and really care, then you too might find what you are looking for at the SoCo.

I have read the critical points raised by others and whilst, there are one or two I recognise as being issues for some (menu variety maybe but menu standard was very high throughout our stay), we were very happy at the SoCo. For couples wanting a relaxing, intimate, and 'grown-up' week away, with beautiful beach surroundings and the ability to explore Barbabos and return to great service, food and drink, the Soco and its amazing team are for you. Thanks guys.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Yes we had a fantastic time in Barbados, a beautiful country with the most stunning beaches in the world and the bajans are so friendly and helpful.
Now where do I start about Soco hotel?
Lets begin with the good:-
Nice welcome from Andrew, elegant reception area followed by free rum cocktail and wet towels.
Rooms modern and good size
Amazing view from balcony.
Management team, Andrew, Alicia, Christine and Nicole very attentive and ready to accommodate.

Bar staff and waiters
Michelle the "queen of cocktails" Felix the chatterbox, Neil just funny. We like Erline, Victoria, Melanie and Benitta too.

We chose the Soco because it was small and expecting a lot more for the package we paid for.
As mentioned by other reviewers, the hotel lacks in so many for a 4 star complex.
The menu selection is poor so was the food.
Entertainment nothing at all except for the one bar, which is ok if you like lots of alcohol
Recorded music same over and over, we got to know what song will come next after so many days.

The complex itself is not that spacious, it will be overcrowded if the hotel was full.
There is no secluded area or shade to go to.

If it was not for the staff( especially Michelle) Soco hotel would be lost. It would be good if the owner could take his cook to see what other 4 star chefs are offering in the area and how often do they change their menu! Changing a menu every 4 days is not on especially when you expect to experience Barbadian food fusion.

We will be revisiting Barbados one day in the meantime, we would like to wish Soco all the best and many thanks to all the staff that made our holiday enjoyable despite the negatives.

Room Tip: All rooms are sea view but a room on the right will be away from the bar and a bit quieter
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2013

We have not long arrived home after a 12 day stay at the Soco hotel in Barbados. It was definitely one of the best holidays we’ve had. Not only is the hotel in a beautiful location - right on the end of the board walk with a beautiful (very quiet) beach out the back and only minutes away from Bridgetown - but it also has some of the friendliest and kindest staff. The staff is what made our stay at the Soco so great; we would even go as far as to say they are what made this holiday the best.
There are so many names we would list here and know there are many working tirelessly behind the scenes too. So many names will be missing but it does not mean we did not appreciate their going the extra mile for us.
The food in the restaurant was exquisite and we looked forward to every meal time. Andrew the chef created 3 delicious menus that we thoroughly enjoyed and his team, including Renee, ensured we got what we wanted every time, always accommodating any small extras or changes we wanted.
The staff in the restaurant serving us - Neal, Benita, Melanie, Sabrina to name a few - all went out of their way to have a laugh with us, making each meal time great fun. The service they provided was also brilliant. Not forgetting of course Alicia, the manager downstairs who worked tirelessly whilst we were there. Her high standards and hard work are evident but yet she still manages to do even more for you. It is those little extras that make the stay at the Soco personalized and special.
Andrew working upstairs on the desk was always bubbly and checking that we were having a brilliant holiday; we really recommend taking the time to chat with him, he made us laugh daily! Albert too made many kind suggestions for which we were very grateful.
Finally, but definitely not least, are the three bar staff: Michelle, Erleen and Felix. These three continually ensured we had a truly Bajan experience. Rum was a regular in all of our cocktails and they made us so many; mixing many things together until they found out our favourites and then continually topping them up whenever the glasses got low. Further to this, however, they spent a lot of their time chatting to us, checking we were comfortable, having fun and making brilliant suggestions for places to go out and see. One of the best suggestions being Harbour Lights, and between them they ensured we got their safely and had a great time. What more could you ask for? I hope you can see from this post that the Soco hotel is not only a hotel in a beautiful location. If it is a truly Bajan experience you are looking for and the opportunity to meet kind people who will ensure you have a fantastic holiday, then the Soco is for you. We were heartbroken to leave and hope to return again in the future.
Thank you everyone at the Soco for a truly special holiday!
Jessica & Rachel L

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stayed for a week in May this year and booked a very competitive last minute deal. The SoCo hotel is stylish but small in comparison to others we have stayed in the Caribbean. Although It did have all the facilities we wanted. With a perfect size pool, pool bar, beach with sun loungers and an amazing restaurant serving the best food I've tasted in Barbados. We went for an all-inclusive meal plan which included unlimited al a carte cuisine from the restaurant. Wow what a fantastic chef! There were some items on the menu which for a small extra charge you could try for dinner but these were not included in the all inclusive meal option.

The waitresses and bar staff were so friendly and chatty we really enjoyed each meal we ate at the restaurant. The pool only had 10 sun loungers so we had to get up early everyday to make sure we got 2 of them, if your not an early bird you may find yourself without somewhere to sunbathe for the day although there seemed to be plenty of chairs and tables, just not sun loungers.

A special mention has to go to the lovely bar staff, the ladies who made us the most amazing cocktails. There wasn't a cocktail menu when we stayed so they were very creative in making us delicious cold cocktails which we sipped by the pool each day. My friend loved taking lots of photos and they were so kind to take so many for us!

The rooms were stunning, every room had an amazing sea view, state of the art TV and iPhone docking station, a very comfy huge bed and new bathroom. We loved sitting on the balcony in the evening listening to the sea and enjoying a drink before dinner. It was such a relaxing holiday I will be coming back soon!

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone, its a top class, boutique chic, Miami vibe hotel on the beautiful island of Barbados!

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent as they all have the same sea-view, next time I would ask for a room on...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The SoCo Hotel-All Inclusive
Address: South Coast Boardwalk, Hastings BB15156, Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > Hastings
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The SoCo Hotel-All Inclusive 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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The SoCo Hotel, located in the heart of Barbados’ south coast, offers an adult 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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