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.
- 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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