14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We have just returned from 2 lovely week...
"We have just returned from 2 lovely weeks in Barbados, nay 2 fantastic weeks! We have been to Barbados 3 times now, 1998, 2006, and 2008. Each time having a fantastic time. Barbados if you want a lovely, safe place to chill please donât be afraid to go. We stayed at South Gap hotel right on noisy end of THE GAP, thatâs all you ask for on very frequent boogie bus and local blue government bus > each one charges 1 and a half Bajan dollars about 34P for as far as you want to go ,a good day out is catch big blue bus to Speightstown on the west coast, Barbados 2nd biggest town, busses run 10 past and 20 to the hour from Oistins 4 k away, while in Speightâs town eat brunch at THE FISHERMANS PUB on the sea front, 7 mins walk from bus station ,cost 2 meals and 2 beers 27 Bajan approx 6 pound 50 p. Oh a good one to go for ,eat where locals eat for low prices. The hotel we stayed in was lovely on 4 floors you walk in street level then down to pool and bar and sun deck very nice and quiet ,bar closed on average 9.30 at night ?? the rooms on these levels could Not hear noise from street behind hotel BUT on other 2 levels apparently v/noisy. Staff were great .. rooms very comfortable. We had studio with kitchenette as you walked in . Fridge freezer v/cold, microwave with clock, toaster ,kettle coffee maker 2 ring moveable hob, adequate cutlery for 2 .?? sharp bead knife ,good tin opener ,BOTTLE openner. No cork screw??. into bed area - large wardrobe with safe iron and board. Mirror doors on wardrobe.2 comfortable single beds ,specify if you want them, some rooms have not so comfortable double beds. dressing table with 4 draws and a mirror. 20 inch TV on wall a few channels to watch but not a lot .one channel fox.com soccer showing premiership footie mostly repeats. One ? lounge chair and coffee table ,AIR conditioning and big ceiling fan with lights . Double patio doors that slide right open to balcony with 2 wicker chairs large table to eat brekkie off. slatted railings so you get full view of sea etc. Oh you get sun on balcony by about 7 30.and goes off about 5 50. Then you get to see some of the most fantastic sunsets in the world. The bar and restaurant below us on deck level is franchised out by hotel and does not really know what to charge yet so we found it a trifle expensive?? banks beer half pint bottle and a rum and coke 10 Bajan dollars aprox 2pounds ,70p ok not expensive ?? but you can find local bars or sheds as they seem to be where you can get drunk for20 dollars!!! they do happy hours 12.30 to 1.30 and6 to 8 where you get certain drinks 2 for one. As do most bars and restaurants on the gap , and you can usually find one at most times of the night ?? restaurants around you serve nothing spectacular fare but appear to charge about 130 Bajan for 2main courses and a bottle of wine. We did eat in off the street outside a few times where food sellers set up every night where you could buy a mix of chicken, fish ,macaroni pie, rice and peas etc. just to finish off there are 2 large supermarkets within a 20 minute walk off the gap selling 6 bottles of banks beer for about 10 dollars bottle of You rum from 8 to 12 d0llars wines slightly more expensive 25 to 35 dollars a bottle . You can drink Barbados water as it is coral filtered naturally and is some of the purest water in the world."
- Travel date: 17th January 2008
This hotel is only 20 minutes away by co...
"This hotel is only 20 minutes away by coach from the airport in the south of Barbados. It is located up a one way street that is in the slightly more up beat part of St Lawrence Gap. There is a night club and a few pubs across from it and hotels either side. The hotel itself was very nice, nice but basic. It had everything you would expect from Self Catering appartments. The room had a sink, fridge/freezer, toaster, small hob for pans, TV, balcony, hairdryer and shower. As you can see from the video the room was very clean, and tidy and came with built in wardrobes for storing your clothes. The hotel itself didn't have a restaurant but you could order food from the bar at the pool which was very nice. The bar had most drinks but I would recommend the local rum and beer (Mount Gay and Banks). The pool was good, temperature was fine, although some days it gets cleaned and you can't really get in til Midday. The back of the hotel looks onto the sea, so its quite impressive seeing the waves batter off the wall. This lead to an abnormal amount of crabs too, but they always ran away when you tried to go near them. The only issue I had with the location was the noise at night from the clubs, I don't easily fall to sleep. However it wasn't really an issue on this holiday as most nights I had had quite a few rums and conked out within 5 mins, but if you find it hard to sleep with noise none of the hotels along the street are likely to be suitable. On the street outside the hotel at nights is also loads of people with BBQs (street meat). The food is fantastic and costs peanuts. The locals were very friendly, although you can get harassed quite a bit for a taxi, even if you are only walking across the street. All in all, we had a pleasant stay. If you are looking for a place to crash or a stop off point while you are there this hotel is ideal. For families I would recommend going somewhere quieter!"
- Travel date: 16th August 2006
St Lawrence Gap itself is a little area ...
"St Lawrence Gap itself is a little area off the main highway - packed with bars, clubs and restaurants that caters for most holiday requirements. It tends to be quiet during the day when most people head off to the beach about 1km away, but at night it is a very lively, active and noisy place! The South Gap Hotel is a perfect base for the younger holidaymaker with entertainment only a stoneâs throw away. For families however I would imagine that there would be alternative places that would cater more adequately. If you are after a few quiet nights, ensure that your room doesnât back onto the main road. The swimming pool and surrounding areas are very clean and well looked after. Staff in all parts of the hotel are very friendly. The bar has 2 happy hours â from 12.30 â 1.30 lunchtime and 5.30 â 6.30 dinner time which makes drinks very competitive in the area (although this works out to be non-tourist prices when it is 2-4-1.) All in all a great spot. "
- Travel date: 7th July 2006
A group of 27 us were lucky enough to be...
"A group of 27 us were lucky enough to be based at the Ocean South Gap Apartments during a business networking event. Based right in the heart of the St Lawrence Gap, these apartments provide you with immediate access to everything you need to enjoy your holiday in Barbados. Opposite the hotel is the famous Ship Inn, and a 2 minute walk will take you to McBrides - both providing a great place to enjoy a night out. Although these apartments are in the busy part of town, you don't notice any noise at night, as all rooms face the ocean. The facilities within the hotel are relatively limited, but as a base, you could not ask for a better location. All amenities such as convenience store, beach and internet cafe are only a short walk away. The food at the hotel is cheap and cheerful and the pool and surroundings are always spotlessly clean. The hotel has a bar next to the pool, where some of the friendliest and most helpful staff I have ever had pleasure of meeting are based - especially 'Captain T'. The room I shared with 2 other adults, was always clean and had ample of space. A microwave, electric oven, fridge freezer, kettle etc were found in the kitchen area and we had a balcony big enough for 4 people. Don't be put off because the hotel isnât located on the beach, as it's a pleasant 5 minutes stroll away during which you will come across bars, restaurants, shops and dive centers. I would recommend this hotel to anyone going to St Lawrence Gap who wants to be close to the nightlife and at the same time, can escape the sounds in the early hours of the morning."
- Travel date: 6th July 2006
decent hotel right on the sea
"Stayed at this hotel from 11th nov - 25th nov. Very impressed with this hotel and the surrounding area. Rooms very clean and comfortable. Food in restaurant reasonabally priced and tasty. Service in all areas excellent. Pool well maintained, warm and clean. Very deep at one end and you are even able to dive in. From each room you can sit on your balcony and watch the fishermen, feed the birds and just listen to the waves crashing against the wall. You are so close to the sea it is truly unbelievable. Although it is a small hotel there is still plenty of room for everyone. Happy hours twice a day but prices are good anyway. Many reviews go on about the noise from across the road so we took our earplugs just in case, but needless to say we didn't use them. We stayed in room 220 on the first floor and used to sit outside on the veranda watching the world go by and listening to the music. If you are tired you will sleep through the noise or just go and join in. Many great restaurants catering for all budgets. We enjoyed the buffet breakfasts at mikes and their evening meals were really nice also. Food at ship in directly across road is also good value, you do not need to spend excessively. Cheapest and strongest drinks served at after dark next to the ship. Best place to watch the sunset is left out of the hotel and walk around the corner to the right and get a beer and watch. Get there about 5pm, lovely views. Oistens fish fry on a Fri evening really good although dont go too early, livens up later in the evening.make sure you do the island safari. Great fun and you get to see virtually all the island in a day. Cool runnings catamaran trip to swim with the turtles is a must do. Drinks all day and a lovely lunch. You can get around the island pretty easily on local buses or the little boogie buses. Very cheap. Taxis are also good value. All in all, a great holiday and did not spend as much money as i thought we would. Very safe place around the gap area and not far to stagger home after a few rum punches...wish we were still there. happy holidays to anybody out there getting ready to go soon."
- Travel date: 28th November 2005
Home from Home
"My wife and I stayed at the South Gap for 8 nights, it was our third time in Barbados but first time in South Gap. We recieved a very warm welcome from Deonne who handled our booking. A very comfortable hotel with spectacular views. Its location is ideal as St Lawrences Gap is the heart of Barbados. Most of the islands great restaurants are within walking distance as public transport can be a bit of a lottery. Discos and pubs close by, very central. While we didn't eat in the hotel restaurant, it was very reasonably priced and had friendly bar staff. Rooms large, well kept with comfortable furniture all with views of the ocean. Stay at "The Gap", you won't be dissapointed."
- Travel date: 28th November 2005
Great views, great people
"This is a great hotel! The staff are very friendly, and the rooms are very clean with beautiful views of the Caribbean sea. The hotel has a very central location and is a 5 minute walk from Dover Beach and a 10 minute walk from the very beautiful Worthing Beach. There are some great bars and restaurants near the hotel, all with happy hours for those all important 2 for 1 cocktails - very important! The hotel itself also has a happy hour and the restaurant there also serves good local food. The close proximity of the hotel to the bars and clubs means you can hear the music at night in your room, but it's not loud enough to keep you awake at night. I would recommend this hotel to anyone going to Barbados, particularly younger people who want to enjoy the nightlife and sleep off their hangovers on the beach the next day!"
- Travel date: 8th November 2005
Superb time - great accommodations - nice people
"What a pleasant surprise! I'm a seasoned U.S. traveler with many nights in many hotels per year - and I'm an avid scuba diver. The South Gap Hotel was perfect for my 8-day stay. The accommodations were clean and well-maintained with an extremely friendly staff. Every in/out was met with a friendly salutation - and after my first day, they all remembered my name and room number. OK, this is not a high-priced Marriot or Hilton hotel, but my bed was appropriately firm, the tile floors were lovely, the outdoor furniture (balcony and poolside) was comfortable and in good repair, restaurant recommendations and travel suggestions (bus, taxi) were accurate, bath/toilette facilities all worked well and were spotless, the air conditioner and TV were fairly new and worked properly, and, all of the appliances in the kitchen were perfect. The location is right in the middle of the St. Lawrence Gap night life scene (restaurants, bars, bands, etc.). It is within walking distance of all these places and a short 3-minute walk from the bus and taxi stops. From there, it is a 10-minute ride to downtown Bridgeport. OK, their breakfasts need a little help (too British?). But that is the only place for improvement that I can suggest. (The restaurant and hotel have different owners). Overall - I highly rate this intimate jewel. I'd go back to the South Gap Hotel in the blink of an eye. Glen Lowry"
- Travel date: 31st October 2005
Every room with a view of the Caribbean!
"This was our 3rd visit to South Gap Ocean Hotel and because we love Barbados so much, we stayed for 5 weeks. All the rooms have air con and tv and there is a gorgeous view of the Caribbean which you can even see from your bed. It's so lovely to wake up to it. All the staff are really friendly especially Rose and Trevor who work in the Bar (dont miss the happy hour cocktails) and Dionne (hope I spealt that right) on reception. The pool is huge, always clean and less than 10 feet away from the clear blue Caribbean waters. Throwing a few pieces of bread in the sea attracts all kinds of tropical fish within seconds. Something else important to me about this hotel is the fact it is right on the south coast. The sea breezes help provide a bit of cool as it can get quite hot. The hotel is centrally located in the popular St Lawrence Gap with plenty of nice bars and places to eat at any time of the day. If you are a beach person then Dover beach is only a short walk away. We are due to go back to Barbados in Novemer 2005 for 6 weeks and we have chosen to stay at South Gap once again. I'm sure it will live up to our expections again."
- Travel date: 9th October 2005
Not a good hotel for anyone who would like a good nights sleep
"We have just returned from a two week holiday staying at the south ocean gap hotel. This hotel has some serious problems, I cann't say it's particualy dirty but very shabby. The rooms were not a bad size but the fittings were a disgrace, air con not working, hairdryer not working, film channel not working, sun beds falling apart, after many requests to some very surley staff some things were sorted out but no one can sort out the noise from the bars right opposite the hotel. The music goes on until 4am every night, it's impossible to sleep, needless to say we moved after the first week, we went to the Sea Breeze hotel 5mins away by car and it was really great, we felt like we only had one weeks holiday because the first week was toatally spoilt and nothing can give you that time back."
- Travel date: 6th October 2005
Room with a view
"After paying only 380 pounds for a weeks holiday to barbados I wasn't expecting much in the way of our hotel but I was pleasantly surprised. The best thing about this hotel is that all rooms have a sea view. You couldn't beat sitting on our balcony with a cold bottle of banks watching the sun go down, bliss. The staff at reception were very friendly and helpful and the whole hotel has a very laid back atmosphere which was nice. It's true about the noise from across the street but I had already read about this before we went and was expecting it so we took ear plugs. Barbados is all about the beaches and the chilled out atmoshere so don't worry about your hotel just enjoy the experience. It has to be one of the best holidays I've been on and would definately go back"
- Travel date: 10th September 2005
"I stayed at this lovely hotel for two weeks and I must comment on the staff at reception they were wonderful,everyday smiles, it was always a goodmoring,how are you today always asking how stay is going so far and always willing to help if we needed any help with trips or about the night life. the rooms are great all facing the lovely ocean view,the bar staff were also wonderful my husband and I love them all and we will return. So before I go I must say thanks to Tevor(barman) also known as badhabits the watiers nicky and rose(lovely)and the reception staff Monqiue,Catrina and Alisa job well done."
- Travel date: 23rd June 2005
South Gap Hotel is also called
- hotel south gap
- south gap christ church