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“An Unexpected Oasis”

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The SoCo Hotel-All Inclusive
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Hastings
Certificate of Excellence
West Sussex
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11 reviews
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“An Unexpected Oasis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

This was our first time in the Caribbean and we are so pleased we spent in at The SoCo Hotel. This is a small, boutique hotel right on the boardwalk by the beach. There are just 24 guest rooms over 4 floors, all sea facing (apart from rooms 101 and 102 where the view is interrupted by the pool bar). Our room was on the top floor which was just perfect. The room was very tastefully furnished with a sumptuous king size bed, two units (which looked like limed oak) flat screen TV and couch with glass doors to the balcony which was furnished with a table and two chairs. There is a generously sized shower room/toilet. We have stayed in 4 and 5 star hotels in the past and always took shampoo/conditioner and shower gel with us but on this occasion we decided not to bother which was a mistake because the only toiletries provided were one small container of shampoo and one of body lotion + two small bars of soap. When we were shown to our room I did ask the young man about this and he said he would come back to me but never did. So, we had to find a local supermarket to stock up. It is a small criticism and only one of two I can make about this hotel.

A short walk from the hotel there is a small shopping centre where the supermarket is located and a wonderful Hagen Daaz ice cream parlour where we occasionally stopped to cool off. In the opposite direction, a short walk away, is a racecourse and George Washington's House which is well worth a visit. Also, if you are interested, they hold a candlelit dinner there every Monday where you can "dine with George Washington". If we had known about this, we would certainly have booked. Bridgetown is a short bus journey away and, again, is worth a visit, especially for the duty free shopping but remember to take your passport and evidence of your return flight. There is a bus stop right outside the hotel and it only costs US$1 or BD$2 (both currencies accepted everywhere, but if you pay by US$ you are given change in BD$).

The staff were all most attentive, particularly Michelle who was such a character. Always smiling and ready to help with any problems we had and encouraging us to sample the local alcoholic offerings. She really helped to make the holiday the success it was. Richard also offered great service, particularly in the restaurant and at the time of departure when I got a big farewell hug - it made me feel more like a member of their small family rather than a guest.

The hotel has only one restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served by the staff. I was expecting a buffet for breakfast and lunch with formal dining in the evening but it was all waitress service. There was a good choice of food with the menu changing every 3-4 days. Afternoon tea was served on the terrace every afternoon which I found rather disappointing - one choice of sandwich filling and one type of cake with a selection of tea/coffee (my second crticism).

Once a week there is a "meet the staff" event at the pool bar prior to dinner where we enjoyed some lovely canapes while chatting to the owner and senior management, as well as welcoming the opportunity to meet our fellow guests.

All in all, we had a wonderful holiday and want to say a big "thank you" to everyone at The SoCo Hotel for making it so enjoyable, from senior management to room attendants.

Room Tip: Request a room on floors 2, 3 or 4 which will give you unrestricted sea views.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

Fab position sea side but noisy road. Need to sort out positioning and availability of sun beds. Too close and too few, best spots quickly snaffled up. Food average and not massive portions. No branded booze at all, and definitely weaker than you would expect. No rose available by the glass, and only one red and white, so choice limited. Can buy a bottle but why should u on all inclusive. Rooms lovely , clean and bright. Bar when Michelle is on, a lively spot, when she isn't no character. Bar needs an extended canopy for the rain and bright sun, for the staff too not just the punters. Good value for money at the moment, but you definitely don't get more than u pay for. And if the prices go up as indicated by management. Then will the service , food and drink package? No mint all week for mojitos , very formulaic, you get what you get. Reception staff(not Christine) need a lot of work!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

Everyone has said about the staff and how they want to be great and that they are an asset, Michelle and Erllene, Kerry, and William, also Shannon strive to be great and are always happy and helpful. The food we found was great and all meals were tasty and ample, and if you did not like something or wanted to mix and match you could, I can never understand how people say about the food as it states on the web site that they are al la carte, so why would you expect a buffet? the rooms are modern clean and very tidy, cannot say it is tired, but I can only comment on our room and the common areas, whilst we were there they re decorated the toilets by the pool.
In the time we were there the sunbeds were never full and there was always some available, a lot chose the beach which left spare beds around the pool.
Every Monday the owner hosts a cocktail party to seek feedback, if customers do not tell him then they should not write about it as they have not been given the chance to rectify, they do need to address an area to drink under cover when it rains, but I think this is in hand.
The reason I say that this will be fantastic is that they are new and are having teething problems, but they are sorting them out and have the will and determination to sort them out, we had a great holiday, and I think it will get even better, GO it is a good hotel, in a great location with great staff, and management that want to improve.
There is no lift and there are 4 floors so bear this in mind?

Room Tip: We were in room 405 on the top floor , great view but a lot of steps.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

As soon as we arrived we knew we had picked well with the bonus of being on the South Coast close to everything. Rooms were excellent, pool area and just an amazing beach, boardwalk, food was very good along with the wine at lunch and dinner, service really good overall, breakfasts sitting over looking the beach were a spectacular start to the day. Being so small it is friendly and sociable unlike larger hotels. Recommend using the bus to get around, Oistins on a Friday night is fun and the East Coast is worth a visit. Staff all really good, Michelle, Shannon, Dexter and the pool/beach bed guy were all exceptional. Most negative comments we had read did not bother us the road noise wasn't really an issue for us the only negative I thought of which has been mentioned before was lack of a good cup of coffee but then I personally appreciate a real good cup just found it very weak, perhaps a coffee machine would be good for people like me. There are so many positives about hotel and location that you can not fail to have an amazing time at The Soco, so just book it. Would definitely go back if decide to visit Barbodos again, great Caribbean island.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

We spent a week at the Soco Hotel for New Year´s with our two small children and the grandparents and we loved it. The rooms are modern, clean and all have a beautiful view. (it really looks like on the website). Staff is very friendly and they really treat you like you have been a guest for many years. The food is outstanding. A lot of fresh fish which we enjoyed. Although not the typical family resort the kids were very welcome. The beach right in front of the hotel has a sandbank and is actually perfect for kids. Shallow water and lots of fish. So much fun. We will try to come back next year. It was one of the best vacations we have had
in a very long time. Thank you Soco. It just felt like family.....

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Herts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

Just spent 2 weeks at the SoCo and I can only echo the comments from the previous reviews.
If you're dithering about going, don't. Ignore all ( and I don't think there are many) negative comments - some people always have to find something to moan about.
The accommodation, staff and food are all excellent. Great cocktails. Lovely beach - take your snorkels + goggles!
Great location. Easy to get anywhere. The reggae busses are great fun. Good trips are St Nicholas Abbey, Huntes Gardens, the caves and many more. We also had afternoon tea at Sandy Lane ( you have to call to book but it was amazingly reasonable - approx £40 for 2 of us but there is a cheaper and more expensive option). It has a beautiful setting and was lovely but a bit pink for us!
We would recommend the SoCo Hotel to any couple who wants an excellent value, easy, relaxing
holiday.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

We are a middle aged couple ( like quite a few of the guests staying there!) and went for a one-week holiday in January 2014.

The SoCo is an attractive looking boutique style Hotel.. Our room was light, clean and spacious, very comfortable beds with the best linen . We had great views of the Caribbean sea. Highlights were the restaurant service, quality of the food, they make everything from scratch.. The staff are friendly , fun and helpful.
Next to the Hotel is " The boardwalk" basically decking that gives you a 20 minute walk by the sea without getting stuck in the sand! I enjoyed a great walks before breakfast watching the sun rise and sparkle on the sea. A treat after rainy old Britain!
We will definitely return and I highly recommend this Hotel to you
Caroline UK

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
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
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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