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Southern Surf Beach Apartments
Elmhurst, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Save Cash and stay at Southern Surf Beach Apartments”
Reviewed 14 December 2007

Should have wrote this 4 months ago--Southern Beach Apartment Hotel- Most hotels are large and crowded, but not this one. We much prefer a small hotel away from crowds, and this one was perfect. I had reviewed the hotel on line so I knew what to expect. If you are looking to travel to a gorgeous beach and not spend too much. This is the place ... It is on the bus route to town or in the opposite direction to St. Lawrence Gap or Ostien's beach for fish fry...Rockley Beach is located directly across the street, where you can rent beach chairs, boogie boards and other beach related items...Rockley Beach is 5 Stars in my book and I've been to a few of Barbados Beaches. I've traveled to Barbados 6 times in recent years, stayed at various Hotels in this price range and this has to be the greatest value out of them all...nice staff, everyone was very helpful, super clean room and the kitchen is fully stocked, large refrigerator, oven, microwave, coffee pot, tea kettle and every kitchen utensil you left at home...everything, bottom line this a very nice inexpensive Hotel Apartment with a very nice and helpful staff...It's close to markets, restaurants and bars everything's within walking distance...the bus stop to town is right there, no need for taxi's...hotel is a great value and I'll return if it's not booked. All the rooms have terraces and sitting out there in morning and at night was most enjoyable. Like I said in opening sentence I should have wrote this months ago...were coming back folks.

Thanks for a great stay,

Eric and Earnie H.

  • Liked — Near the beach..Clean room ... excellent staff
  • Disliked — Everyting was just fine
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2007

My husband and I stayed at the southern surf December 1-6, 2007. Its close to the airport which was great, cost $18USD by taxi.

Pros
- staff is nice - we did not find them overly friendly though
- location is great for ameneties- walk to supermarket, beach and restaurants - we liked the To Go wrap place and the Just Grillin'.
- clean rooms
- nice to have a pool also
- housecleaning was good
- View from room very nice

Cons
- very busy street - it is a little loud but if you have the AC on you can't really hear the traffic. However, crossing the street to get to the beach was a bit challenging.
- the food is expensive in town
- I don't suggest renting a car..unless you are ok driving on the other side of the street..plus the streets are narrow and everyone drives fast..
- TV in the room was very small and only a few channels worked.
- shower pressure was not good

To Do:
- Dover beach is very nice..worth it.
- Relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches. Some of the nicest I have ever seen.
- go into Bridgetown

It was relaxing...we enjoyed staying at the Southern surf. I saw the ACCRA hotel that looked realy nice..We might look into staying there if we come back.

Stayed December 2007
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Yul
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2007

Southern Surf welcomes you like family members....
We felt welcome and well taken care of. Appartments are very well kept and extremely clean! Each guests are respectful of the property and others around. The beach location is the best. Only cross the street and you are on a quiet part of Rockley beach.
You can rent a Longchair with Sabio on the beach...And he has some great advice on the best locations to go visit and eat...Do Not miss Oistins night on Friday & Saturday...The best fish EVER!
Thank you Racheal, Laura, Tony and of course Sandra who kept our room Spotless...Southern Surf is Amazing...

  • Liked — Staff, Cleanliness and Location
  • Disliked — N/a
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with family
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6 Thank Cyndae
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Ontario
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2007

Southern Surf Barbados was once again our choice of stay for
a quick R&R. Who needs all inclusive when you have Southern surf?
My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed our stay there (our third time staying here from 2005). These apartments have anything you can possibly need on a holiday. The poolside is very private, we had it to ourselves for our entire stay and the location is close to all the action. The welcome greeting by Lara, Rachel, Tony and the housekeeping staff Marlene,Cheryl, Sandra made our stay even more comfortable.
Southern surf Barbados will always be our choice of stay and we will recommend it to anyone.

Stayed November 2007
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Slidell, Louisiana
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2007

You'll read lots of positive, glowing reviews on this property. Read and believe them all. I'm always a bit of a skeptic, but after staying here in July/August 2007 for about 12 days, I can tell you that everything written that is positive about Southern Surf is spot on. The MOST impressive thing is the staff. Lara, Tony, Rachel, and even security guard Sammy were the absolute best at making sure we had every question answered and every need fulfilled.
They were by no means pushy, but if you expressed an interest in ANYTHING, they were quick to offer every bit of help they could. For example, we didn't know we'd prefer to navigate around the island (buses, Zed R's, taxis, or rental car) and they gave us the most accurate information about each choice, even offering to do the legwork and get us the best rate on a rental car if we wanted. We ended up using the buses and zed R's mostly, but when we needed a taxi, they were quick to get us a quality driver and car instantly.

I cannot say enough how helpful they were. I almost feel as though they were part of our family by the time we left the island and we'll truly miss them.

All the best is literally within walking distance...Beach is across the street - how convenient is that?! St. Lawrence Gap is about a 10-15 minute walk down the street. Even for an out-of-shape fart like me, it was no problem. Grocery stores (2) are within a 10 minute walk, Duty-free shopping at Cave Shepard is a bit closer than that, taxi stand within 3 minute walk, convenience stores within 3 minutes, coffee shops and such all right there. Heck, Bert's is practically next door! So if you need a quick bite or cocktail, you can run over there and still be within very good sight of your hotel room door! Read that again: Not just within sight of the hotel, but within sight of the DOOR to your room!

Yes, there is noise from the busy street in front, but once the air conditioning is on, you cannot hear it inside your room. If you must have total peace and quiet, go and stay at the Crane and spend you entire vacation budget in one night. We'd prefer the perfect location, ease of access to everything we needed (the buses run right past Southern Surf. Total convenience!) and the great feeling of family and security from the staff at the hotel.
Some folks may prefer all-inclusive hotels, and if so, go ahead, this is not the place for you. But if you enjoy mingling at the grocery among the locals (the friendliest people I've found on Earth!) and cooking up a few meals (let's be honest, you'll likely only make breakfasts and a few lunches while on vacation/holiday. You'll eat dinners out mostly), then utilizing the fully stocked kitchen with utensils and cookware will work as perfectly for you as it did for us. Okay, one thing we didn't end up needing, but wasn't in our apartment - corkscrew. And I'd be willing to bet that there was one available at the front desk if we really needed it, right Lara?

I could literally go on and on about this place and the staff (Rachel also makes the most wonderful cheesecakes and VERY reasonable prices). I could probably warn you that grocery items are probably more expensive than you expect so only buy what you'll truly consume, but the selection is pretty extensive. But we found NOTHING lacking is this hotel/apartment building. We practically had the pool to ourselves the entire duration of our stay (which kind of makes sense, the normal tourists were across the street at the beach!) and if you want a very breezy and shady spot for a nap and a swim, the hotel pool is perfect. (I wonder if the staff heard me snoring from poolside?)

I would recommend this property to everyone wanting great value for their holiday dollar, and anyone who isn't overly picky. (yes, they had some roadwork being done in front of the hotel at the end of our stay. It wasn't the least bit inconvenient for us and the hotel couldn't have prevented if they wanted to!) So if you must have everything just so, you'll find fault with wherever you stay. But you'll have to really dig deep to find any problems with Southern Surf.

Laid back, but very energetic and helpful if you needed anything. The Southern Surf makes the top spot in my "Best Vacation accommodations in the world for the money" list!

Gordon and Jannette, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

  • Liked — Location was excellent! Apartment outfitted with everything you need for a week or more stay.
  • Disliked — Very Little - perhaps the number of steps up to the apartment (top floor), but the views made up for that.
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, England
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2007

After experiencing a week on a star clipper cruise following the cricket world cup we were unsure of how good this place was really going to be.

On arrival we were pleasantly surprised with the welcome we received from Tony, the positoning of the apartment and the general look of the building. We arrived before midday and our room was being made up for us so we had to wait a few hours, which was not a problem as Tony kindly held our bags whilst we spent time over the road at the fantastic Rockley Beach.

We had read a previous post suggesting a top floor apartment is best for the least noise and we were happy that our requests were granted. The room was very spacious with a nice balcony looking over the beach, the kitchen was very clean and tidy and had all the necessary cooking utensils and the bathroom was also good although water pressure was dissapointing.

The noise was not an issue for us on the top floor however I could see it being a problem if you were on the lower floors as the road outside can be very noisy from the number 11 mini bus operators roaring up and down the coast tooting their horns to try to pick up customers. Its also still noisy at night so if you don't like air conditioning on whilst you sleep you will not get much sleep if you leave the balcony door open for a breeze. The pool is nice and clean and the area surrounding it is also nice to eat a prepared meal etc if you are sick of your room.

A few places to look out for nearby are Berts which is a sports bar next door which makes amazing Banana Daquiri's, Flindts Patisserie about 600 metres down the road towards Bridgetown serve great coffee and excellent cakes and pastries. Also if you head towards Bridgetown and turn right at Bubba's sports bar and head up the hill for about 2km there is a place for lunch called 'The Ackee Tree' which is a locals secret selling great Roti's and West Indian curries for about BDS 30 for 2 people. Finally a great place with out too many tourists is called the Carib Bar. Its located down a little street opposite Club Xtreme (heading towards The Gap) and they have a great chilled out bar on the beach with some excellent seafood without the price tags of other places in the nearby St Lawrence Gap. There are loads of grocery shops, retail shops, bars and restaurants within walking distance of the apartments so you will never go without.

Stayed May 2007
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19 Thank Lucja L
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Beacon, New York
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2007

A very well run apartment- clean, comfortable and opposite the best beach in Barbados

Accra-Rockley beach across Southern Surf is a beautiful white sand level beach, warm turquoise sea with rolling waves that are a lot of fun.

Big B supermarket and Tri-mart are nearby where you can find all type of grocery. Lady C – spa right across Southern Surf is excellent. Ask for masseuse Rena- excellent massage.

  • Liked — Rockley beach right opposite the apartments
  • Disliked — Hand shower
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Southern Surf Beach Apartments
Address: Rockley Beach, Barbados
Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Christ Church Parish
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Hotel Class:3 star — Southern Surf Beach Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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