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“Just Great Go SoCo” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The SoCo Hotel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Hastings
Certificate of Excellence
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Just Great Go SoCo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

We visited the SoCo Hotel in Barbados last April to coincide with the cricket,we found the Hotel to be one of the best we have visited on the Island. It was clean & friendly .Every meal was served to your table - no buffet to be found. The staff & management all worked hard to make our stay very enjoyable.I would recommend this hotel to any age group- its fun for all, my husband & I can't wait to visit again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

Well after many months of waiting for the official opening of the SoCo to get finished , I was very impressed. Although parking is a bit difficult, during dinner hour if you are staying there , the stff will facilitate that. Anyway the entrance is white modern yet has that easy beachy feel that one wants at a beach Hotel.Right on the beach at Hastings where they have renovated the coastline with new concrete and wooden boardwalks which makes walk along the beach so wonderful.Used to be all rocks and difficult to manage. The pool deck opens into an open area with tables for outside dinning and a wonderful large bar off to the end so not to block the view. Friends and I ate a fix prix dinner which was fabulous,3 course .The rooms were beautiful sleek and the staff were hand picked by the owner to reflect the best of the best of staff. I asked !!The bar has become an meeting place for international business and local celebs, however they made everyone feel like celebs the minute we arrived..A sexy hang out for the evening for sure.The hotel is right in the middle of the south coast so it is easy to get to the airport and close to the night life of Oistins and St.Lawrence Gap but to the west is easy access to Bridgetown.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wickford, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

We were welcomed by the team with cold towels and a rum punch. The hotel was quiet, with only 6-7 rooms being occupied. The rooms are modern, clean and spacious. We had a large flat screen TV, hair dryer, ironing board, safe, coffee machine and fridge. The coffee in the room was better than what was served at breakfast. All rooms come with a balcony and a beautiful view of the sea, however the second floor rooms and below are easily looked into from the pool area. The hotel offers 2 internet connections per room, however the signal is awful and drops out constantly, which was quite frustrating.

The food is very good, though the choice is limited and the menu is only rotated every 3 days. The menu is also then recycled back over a 9 day period. I can imagine this could be quite a problem for fussier eaters, however if we wanted to change anything they were always more than happy to accomodate. The chef is clearly very skilled, so it was a shame the choices were quite limited. On each menu option there are up to three dishes which require a supplement charge, which is higher than the main dishes at the local restaurants. Overall the menu is good, but needs improving in variety and less supplements. Due to the limited menu we chose to eat out at some lovely local restaurants including Tides, Champers, Sandy Lane, Cin Cin and the Cliff. All are highly, highly recommended, with the exception of Cin Cin which we felt visually wowed but the food was average. (The Cliff is the best, just wow.) We were also offered a romantic meal on the terrace away from the hotel restaurant, which we took advantage of twice, though both nights we were joined with another table next to us, which is bit of a mood killer.

There is only an outside bar with no cover, so when it rains this isn't ideal. Though it is advertised as premium drinks are provided, there are none apart from Smirnoff. The bar didn't stock the locally brewed beverages. Rum (Mount Gay) or Beer (Banks). There was a Banks Draft tap, though this appeared to be just for show. There isn't a drinks menu either. Every Monday there is a management cocktail party which all guests are invited to. We went twice and on both occasions there was no management in attendance. That said this is a good opportunity to meet with other guests and we met some great people who really made our trip.

The location of the hotel is very good, away from any noisy bars or busy beaches if you're after that sort of holiday. The rocks near the hotel are home to many kinds of fish, so bring a snorkel mask and save a piece of toast from breakfast. There is also a permanent shallow, natural pool which is great and safe for children. There are plenty of small beaches walking distance in either direction. The boardwalk makes for a lovely walk any time and is an endless source of entertainment.

The pool is quite small but prefect for a dip. The sun beds were very comfortable and of high quality.

Trips. We went on the catamaran (El Tigre) which was a brilliant day which included all drinks, swimming with turtles, snorkelling, shipwreck and lunch. The prices was reasonable at $140US for both of us. We also went to Harrison's cave which is a good experience and very interesting. We hired a local island tour which manly consisted of sites we had asked to be included. It's worth the trip, but the cost at the hotel seemed expensive at $200US for 2, basically for a taxi. Other guests got this in town for cira. $150US for up to 6 people. A couple of good activities which are free are the cocktail testing at the bar with Michelle and also walking along the board-walk, where in the evening you can, if you're lucky in season, see turtles laying their eggs which is a fantastic experience. Additionally on Thursdays and Sundays (Sundays there are apparently more horses) you can watch the race horses being washed at pebbles beach near the Raddison hotel. Be prepared to get there for 6am to see it! Oistins on a Friday night is an absolute must and very easy to get to using the friendly local Reggae buses, who charge only 1 US for any journey. A trip to Bathsheba, Flower Forest and the rocky north of the island is also highly recommended.


Over all we have a brilliant trip and loved Barbados. There are a few teething problems but it is only a new hotel and I have no doubt they will only go onwards and upwards. It was a pleasure staying there, thank you Soco!

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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35 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

A modern, small hotel situated in Hastings on the busy main road from St Lawrence Gap to Bridgetown.
A nice waterfront boardwalk is available for southerly walks to/from Accra Beach.
Northerly walks can be made along the small beaches.
A small modern reception & pleasant staff checked us in.
A good size bedroom with wonderful sea views, all hotel rooms face the sea.
Large TV, I pod/phone/ pad docking system & DVD player, modern interior furniture.
Wi-fi intermittent.
Basic supplies of tea/coffee and toiletries provided.
Bedrooms cleaned daily.
Wonderful comfortable beds, nice bed lined and a small balcony with table & chairs.
Noise from road can be heard owing to horns regularly tooted by taxis/buses, light sleepers ....take ear plugs!
I would recommend floors 3 or 4 for better views or floors 1 or 2 for those who have difficulty climbing steps.
A small kidney shaped swimming pool with very comfortable modern sun beds and plenty of tables/chairs.
All inclusive bar offers local spirits only, would have liked the option to purchase imported spirits or superior wines (particularly at the dining tables) but no option was offered by staff, unsure if this is available?
Nice restaurant with several tables outside, majority indoor.
Very good standard of cuisine and portions ample. Fish dishes limited to turpin and swordfish during our stay.
Breakfast good with table service, limited coffee choices.
Neil who served at the bar was very friendly and charming.
I would rate the hotel as a good 3* hotel. It is nice and modern but lacks the facilities you would expect to qualify the hotel for a higher 4*grading or above.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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17 Thank NIKKI13172
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Christine D, Manager at The SoCo Hotel, responded to this review, 22 September 2014
Dear Nikki

Thank you for the positive feedback on The SoCo Hotel. We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to post your comments on your experience with us and truly hope that you enjoyed your stay at The SoCo Hotel.

Best regards
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

We just returned from a glorious vacation in Barbados and the SoCo hotel was a huge part of the experience. From the moment you arrive you are greeted with warmth, friendly service, and complete hospitality. My friend's bag got lost on the way in and the staff went out of their way to help us work with the airline and get it to the hotel, they were more concerned about the bag than us! The staff goes out of their way to accommodate you, offering you anything you made need from tour bookings to restaurant suggestions. We had to get up early one morning for a tour ebfore breakfast and Andrew was kind enough to bring us a quick breakfast the night before we could eat on the go the next morning. It is the little things this staff will do for you that makes it like no other. From Melanie, Michelle, Shanna, Neil, Dexter, Michael, and anyone else I am missing, they are all fantastic! It is rare to get to know staff on a first name basis and get hugs when you leave, the SoCo truly has best hotel service.

We were on the 4th floor, a perfect view of the ocean. There is really not a bad view in this hotel since it only has 24 rooms and is beachfront. The room is just as described, clean, sleek, and comfortable. The location is great as it is right on the Hasting boardwalk with easy, walking access to shops and restaurants. The pool was also great but we spent most of our time laying on the beach.

The food never disappointed us, Chef Andrew was accommodating and creative with the menu choices. For an all inclusive hotel it was delicious and a la carte was a plus. We enjoyed the food at the SoCo more than many of the places we dined in the country.

The atmosphere is terrific as well, great company, clean hotel, perfect location, and awesome staff, we can't wait to return to the SoCo Hotel soon!

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Jenny_404
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Christine D, Manager at The SoCo Hotel, responded to this review, 19 September 2014
Dear Jenny_404

Thank you soooo much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience during your stay at The SoCo Hotel. We are truly delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Best regards
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Horley, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

I am 36 and I took my mum as a treat to SOCO in June. We travelled upper class with Virgin and SOCO felt like we were still getting the same first class treatment the whole 10 days we were there.

The best assets of SOCO are the staff and their (personalities) personal touch to everything. SOCO’s real ‘Jewel of the Caribbean’ is Michelle. If I can give you one bit of advice go to the ‘Orientation’ given by the beautiful Michelle on your first morning (I went twice as it was so entertaining! She will let you know what there is to do and how to get about.

If you want to know what to do on Barbado’s speak to the people in the know (the locals). Mr Brown (AKA Ian and a few cooler names) looks after you on the beach/pool and if you want to know ‘what time is the best time to see the Turtles just of the shore (broad walk, or from the hotel!)’ or ‘when is the best time to see beautiful fish (because of the tide)’ just ask. They all have time for anyone even though they work so hard to please.

Right the bits you want to know as I did before going:

All alcohol is free AI and served pool side 10am till 11pm and you can take it on the beach. In fact you even get the staff looking out for your gear on the beach when you are in the sea, but best to leave most things in the hotel safe or with the security if you want it to be 100% safe.

Food is defiantly good enough for me but there are lots of Restaurants if you want to go a bit more up market. We didn’t really eat out allot, in fact the only time I can remember eating with was Oisin’s ‘Friday Night Fish Fry. And an amazing meal with Richard the cab driver that took us around Barbados and showed us the real Barbados (recommended by Michelle).

Don’t know why I am waffling on just book and go you won’t be disappointed. I had booked to stay at Almond Beach and another hotel but really glad I changed my booking to SOCO.

I was recommended to stay at the hotel by someone that stayed there a few weeks earlier! I always feel the best compliment you can give is a Recommendation and this is a 10/10 hotel.

I usually stay in larger resorts with all the water sports and buffets (Bermuda, Cuba, Maldives to name a few) but it is defiantly worth booking a little boutique hotel like this with all 24 rooms facing the beach. You won’t be disappointed by the island or hotel.

Another tip is get up early and walk down the beaches to the right about 2k you have Bridge town. I got up the first few days at 5am (10am UK) and you get to see all the locals exercising on the beach and the race horses swimming in the sea. Also did the same the other way past St. Laurence Gap and Oistins but that is further (maybe 5K)
Roy & Chris

Room Tip: We had room 402 and it was perfect for me and my mum. I am 36 she is in her late 70's. It was on...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank Roy M
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Dexter C, Assistant Manager at The SoCo Hotel, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Dear Roy and Chris,

Thanks for choosing The Soco Hotel to enjoy your holiday and thanks for this fantastic review and excellent recommendations.

Michelle’s orientation is certainly a must, since she can enhance your stay in Barbados by ensuring any special plans you have come to an exciting fruition. Soco is located at the beginning of the beautiful boardwalk that is ideal for persons who like to exercise (run/walk etc) or who just want to go for a leisurely stroll. We are located in a turtle nesting area and from time to time our guests have observed these giant turtles in their natural habitat.

We thank you for sharing your lovely experience at The Soco Hotel and we are looking forward to welcoming you once again.

Warm Regards,
Dexter Cummings
Assistant Manager
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Had an amazing week at the SoCo. From the second we arrived and were met by Andrew who took our bags and gave us a welcome cocktail it was fantastic. It was wonderful to wake up every morning and look out at the sea. The walks along the boardwalk every morning set us up for breakfast. Food was lovely and never had to wait long to be served. Each member of staff could not do enough for us from when we arrived until we left. They always had a smile for us and never forgot our names which really made us feel at home. Dexter, Michelle (thanks for the aloe vera), Mr.Brown, Kenrick, Michael, Ms.C our cleaner and Erleen who makes the BEST mojitos I ever had.
All the staff were wonderful and friendly and we even got a bit upset when we were leaving.
10/10 for this hotel. Staying at the SoCo has made us want to visit Barbados again and have started planning our return.
See you all again soon.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank audrina o
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Dexter C, Assistant Manager at The SoCo Hotel, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Dear Audrina,

Thanks for choosing The Soco Hotel to enjoy your holiday and thanks for this fantastic review. The staff is very appreciative of the accolades you have given and sent their many thanks for the lovely thank you card you have left. We are delighted that you enjoyed your morning walk on the scenic boardwalk which is usually a hype of activities.

We are definitely looking forward to welcoming you once again very soon.

Warm Regards,
Dexter Cummings
Assistant Manager
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Property: The SoCo Hotel
Address: South Coast Boardwalk, Hastings, Barbados
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Region: 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 #2 of 9 Hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — The SoCo Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The SoCo Hotel, located in the heart of Barbados’ south coast, offers an 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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