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Tropical Sunset Beach Apartment Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Certificate of Excellence
Penzance, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“What this hotel lacks in facilities it makes up for in its position and friendly staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2011

Sunswept ticks the most important boxes for us good value,fantastic views,a comfy large bed,friendly,kind staff and clean rooms.

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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bellevue, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2011

The air conditioner didn't work very well at all -- running full bore it could barely keep the temperature below 80 F. The ceiling fan wasn't mounted quite right, so it rattled off and on. The staff was completely disinterested in doing anything about it; I guess they're used to the heat and didn't understand what the problem was.

Sheets and bed linens were pretty worn.

The safe in our friends' room didn't work.

The location is pretty good, and the beach right at the hotel is nice. There's a shopping area with a grocery right across the street, and public transportation is very convenient with stops right out in front of the hotel.

Some attention to cosmetics and equipment would help this place a lot.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2011

My wife and I stayed 2 nights here in March 2011, on the 2nd floor. This was our second time in Barbados and we had previously stayed on the South coast in Christ Church, thus we wanted something on the West coast that would provide a more convenient base for exploring that side of the island.

You need to be realistic when evaluating hotels on this coast. Considering one of the most expensive hotels in this hemisphere is located a couple minutes South, you will not find luxury on the "Platinum Coast" for $200/night any more than you would find it for that price in Manhattan, Paris etc.

The hotel is essentially right on the beach. There is a small pool, but I never use the pool when in the Caribbean. You can walk quite a way N. or S. from the hotel along the beach. The water is calm on this part of the island, but there are some rocks on the bottom. It's not the best beach you'll find in Barbados, but it's perfectly fine. There is some boat traffic (people offering jet ski tours, kayaks, small sail boats etc.) but it isn't overly intrusive. There is a fairly lively hotel/bar next door on the beach, and an attached restaurant (Zaccio's, busy, but we didn't go).

All the rooms are fairly large, and face the sea. The sunsets are glorious. The room had a kitchenette with a full size fridge and was very well stocked with pots, glasses, utensils etc. This is very helpful as you can go to the grocery across the street and get stuff for breakfast or anything else if you wish and save some money. The bed was a huge king bed and was reasonably comfy. The bathroom was clean and adequate. Yes, the drainage in the tub and sink isn't great, but again it's not a deal breaker and if you want to spend two grand a night, Sandy Lane is nearby. There was a great balcony with sitting area. TV reception isn't great, but we weren't there to watch TV. The A/C did act up at night one time -- I would test the unit there and ask them to get a technician if there are issues. There is a safe for $6 BDS a night I think, and wi-fi in the lobby. We could not get wi-fi reception in our room.

This place is really about location, both for the views, but also for easy access to other areas. Speightstown is 15min away, and highly recommended. Have lunch at the Fisherman's Inn there, the flying fish is better than in Oistins. There is a mall across the street with a grocery, business centre, and a variety of other shops. There is a collection of other stores a short walk away, and a luxury mall 2 min North, with an impending Louis Vuitton. Gas is nearby, as is a Royal Bank of Canada branch. There are tons of restaurants nearby. We avoided Zaccio's as the menu was not comparatively impressive for the price. The Tides is apparently fantastic, and is a 2 minute walk, but is pricey. The Beach House is further south, also along the beach, and a two course meal is $98 BDS. If you walk North there are a couple streets with 10-15 restaurants on them. We ate at Raggamuffins, and had a well-cooked, very tasty blackened yellowfin tuna meal with drinks etc for about $140 BDS total. The next day we ate at Just Grilling, a place that specializes in surprise, surprise, grilled stuff. It was good and well-priced.

At the end of the day, if you are realistic, don't want/need luxury, it's a great hotel in a fantastic location. You won't get much better for anywhere near this price along this part of the coast. It's close to attractions and there are numerous amenities in the surrounding community. If I was willing to spend $400+/night I'd perhaps look elsewhere, but that wasn't in my budget.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2011

The location is just perfect. The rooms are basic but plenty big enough for 2 adults. We have stayed there 3 times now & will definately go back. The staff are friendly, local facilities in abundance with plenty of restaurants, Surfside bar just around the corner, a supermarket across the road & 1st & 2nd street just a short walk up the road. Indigo cafe was superb for breakfast & the 2 nights that they are open are excellent value for money & good quality food.
Our only real complaint was the company that we booked it through this time, hotel-caribbean.com . They had not paid Sunswept before we got there & had still not paid them when we left. We were asked to pre authorise a card payment by Sunswept which we refused because we had already paid in full but I can understand the reasons why Sunswet were asking us. This didn't cause us a problem with Sunswept but I did e-mail caribbean-hotels.com several times but they didn't even bother to reply. (I have since e-mailed them & informed them that I would be putting these remarks on Tripadvisor). I only hope that they do pay Sunswept. I would reccommend Sunswept to everybody who wants a comfortable hotel, not luxury, in the ideal position in Barbados.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2011

We stayed here mid January for a week and really could not have asked for a better hotel and location for the price we paid. Just steps from lots of restaurants and the grocery store, directly on the beach with million dollar views. Very quiet area...if you are going here for any sort of nightlife, its not the place. If you want to relax and shut it down in traquility, it's a great place.
Very basic accomodations - comfortable beds and a kitchenette which we used the entire time and the hotel is kept very clean every day which nice to see. All in all, if you want to visit Barbados on a budget and relax, I would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wiener Neustadt, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2011

We stayed there for 9 nights, and were surprised in the beginning. The appartement seemed run down, the interieur was old, but everything was clean. We had a good view of the ocean and the pool and enjoyed sitting on the balcony. A restaurant was located right next to the hotel, a supermarket and more restaurants were not far. We really liked the simple, but relaxing stay at the sunswept beach hotel, although it was kind of sad, that there weren't enough deck chairs for every hotel guest. Because of the jet-lag we were up early and the chair-problem didn't really affect us, but we're not fond of "getting-up-and-reserve-a-chair-with-a-towel", so we feel like mentioning it.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Lancashire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2011

If you want a flash hotel with fabulous service and be soaked in luxury then I would suggest you stay somewhere else. If you want basic accommodation which is in a superb location and offers great value for money then you should book in here. The hotel has it's own beach front and there is a bar (Zaccios) right next door which offers great food at reasonable prices as well as a real welcome from the bar staff. The hotel also has a small pool which did get used daily by people with small children but not by me, maybe if they had filled it with Banks the beer of Barbados I may have dived in. I would certainly stay here again in the future

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Tropical Sunset Beach Apartment Hotel
Address: Tropical Sunset Complex, Holetown BB24016, Barbados (Formerly Sunswept Beach Hotel)
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Holetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tropical Sunset Beach Apartment Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our philosophy is to provide the comfort of a home while you enjoy the luxury of a holiday...Tropical Sunset (formerly known as Sunswept Beach Hotel) is situated in Holetown, the west coast's primary hub for visitors and locals alike. Set on the shoreline of the Caribbean Sea, guests can enjoy the breathtaking view from the comfort of their private balcony. ... more   less 
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