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Tropical Sunset Beach Apartment Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Certificate of Excellence
UK
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Incredible value in the rich man's backyard”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

We stayed here for a fortnight in July 2012 - and could happily have stayed for another few months! We had a room on the second floor with incredible views out over the Caribbean - even better than the views at the exclusive Sandy Lane resort less than a mile down the coast. I must've spent at least an hour each day just gazing out onto the water.
The rooms are very well equipped with a slightly-dated but perfectly functioning kitchenette, a ceiling fan in the main bedroom area, an excellent, modern air-con unit and a really good powerful shower in the bathroom. We had a couple of issues with the loo not flushing properly, but any problems were fixed immediately by the helpful staff. The hotel also arranges a weekly cocktail party with entertainment and nibbles for all guests, which was a nice touch.
An in-room safe with electronic combination lock is available for a small fee, and fresh beach towels are available daily for a $20 returnable deposit. There is also free wifi available but only in reception, so take your iPhone or iPad with you.
Bath towels and bedding is changed every 48hrs by the fantastic cleaning staff - we had Avril looking after us and she was just brilliant. The hotel staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful, especially Shakeera, Lisa and Justin.
My only quibble is that the pillows were not very comfortable, but it didn't stop me enjoying a good night's sleep - in fact, the only thing that ever kept me awake was the sound of the waves lapping against the shore.
The best thing about this hotel is quite simply its location - right in the heart of Holetown with a vast array of bars and restaurants nearby. The cost of living here is high, but there is still good value to be found at some of the local bars such as One Love on First Street and the Golden Anchor at Folkestone. Our favourite restaurant was the Beach House, just two minutes walk away, where a fantastic three-course meal for two, plus a bottle of wine, cost around $200BDS (about £35 per person). We also drove down the coast for lunch at the swanky CinCin, which came in at a similar price including drinks.
Happy hour in Zaccio's next door to the hotel became a bit of a habit, with bottles of Banks at reduced prices from 4-6pm. We also enjoyed an unexpectedly brilliant meal at the local beach bar, Surfside - someone in that kitchen definitely knows how to cook!
There is a supermarket across the road from Sunswept Beach, but even here prices were occasionally eye-watering. Despite this, we tended to buy our breakfast and lunch there (they do pre-packed salads for around £4, whilst six bottles of Banks cost around £5).
Five minutes walk away is the LimeGrove Shopping Centre with stacks of designer shops, and a lovely bar in the middle where you can get decent cocktails.
But the real entertainment is on the beach - look out for big Mark Jackman when you get there, he has a boat called Karamar moored just off the beach and he runs terrific snorkelling trips to a nearby shipwreck and to swim with the turtles, which was a brilliant experience - I also hired a jetski on a couple of occasions, again right off the beach. The jetski costs around £30/hr. Mark is a real character and he really looked after us brilliantly during our two weeks on Barbados - he is one of the funniest guys on the island. A lovely guy called Trinny also runs a great little beach shop next to the hotel, selling snorkels, ice creams, etc.
There is no rush for sunbeds in the morning, so take your time enjoying breakfast on your balcony and take in those stunning sea views.
We understand that the hotel is closing down in April 2013 for a refurb, only to reopen next summer as an all-inclusive (or semi-inclusive) resort, which is a bit of a shame, because the current set-up certainly encourages visitors to get out and about, to meet the locals and to sample the hospitality of Holetown.
We hired a car via Drive-a-Matic (based at the airport) which came in useful on a couple of days when we had a bit of rain, as it allowed us to head out further afield and explore more of the island.
This was the perfect beach holiday for a good price in an amazing location, but it is the people we met on Barbados who really made this trip special for us. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We checked in at the hotel, and everything seemed fine, and it was. The room was okay, we got a room at the first floor. There were no internet, no breakfast, and the room needed a renovation. But everything negative turned positive because of the location. The beach 20 yards away, lots and lots of resturants nearby, a golfcourse to jog/run along not far away, bus stops and a supermarket just across the street. In a brief; everything you needed just around the corner. And the lobby did have internet, so we got online. And I'm pretty sure that those who had rooms upstairs had a beautiful seaview! The beach was also beautiful, with calm, crystall turquise water, and an aura like nothing else than paradise. Just wonderful! And I've also heard that they're going to rip the hole hotel apart, and build a new, better hotel.

Conclusion: Simple standard on the hotel itself, but the location makes nothing of that care, and it definately worth a stay! :)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Easingwold, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Where else could you get an affordable hotel in this part of the world. Right on the beach, view the sunset from your room or enjoy Happy Hour in the bar next door!
Professionally run and kept very clean. Lacks some of the newer places modern trimmings, but we thought that was a positive.
Been twice and planning to go again in January 2013.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

Stayed here in june 2012 on two separate occasions.
with my family(2adults 2children aged 4 and 1year).
And we had a very nice stay.
Very friendly staff.
Perfect location and it's right on the beach with lovely sunsets.
Has a good kitchen and very clean rooms.
I can only recommend this!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Lovely apartments on the beautiful west coast. Perfect location, excellent size room, comfy bed and fantastic sunsets, what more could you ask for.

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Reviewed June 30, 2012

This hotel is very nice. At reception we were greeted with excellent and professional service. The room I stayed in was very spacious and had adequate amenities. We stayed on the top floor which had an amazing view of the sea.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 28, 2012 via mobile

We have just returned from 2 weeks at the sunswept hotel. We are a young family of 5 and found everything we needed in our interconnecting rooms - well equipped kitchette, comfy beds, air con and views to dead for!!! The staff are so lovely, hardworking and really friendly to our three daughters. The beach is beautiful, we went nearly everyday and swam in the clear warm sea. We saw lots of fish with a snorkel we bought from the little shop on the beach. Zaccios the restaurant is next door and fab for something to eat or drink whilst sunbathing. We meet lots of the locals on the beach who try to sell you a variety of things but who are so friendly and who we looked forward to seeing each day. Amongst these was a man named mark who organises boat trips to see the turtles at a very good price. It was an excellent trip that we will never forget!!! The only thing negative I can say is that the rooms could do with a lick of paint but this did not effect our holiday and didn't bother us at all, they were cleaned everyday by the lovely maids - who did an excellent job. We hope one day we get to return to this beautiful island and friendly hotel. The reception staff, manager and young guy Justin who is the handyman and who gets your parasol everyday for you were excellent and made our holiday even more enjoyable - Thank you for a fabulous holiday!!!

  • Stayed June 2012
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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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