South Gap Hotel
Travel Blogs from St Lawrence Gap
... ocean side” to the road like all of the other islands I've been to. Barbados is so flat. I keep looking around to try to get my bearings and I can't do it by using the non-existent mountain or the ocean that I'm not far enough above to actually see. It's pretty confusing for those of use who are used to navigating using that method.
When I got downtown, I first saw St. Michael's Cathedral, which is cool-looking. Next stop ...
... at the ready, and Michael's first time, I had never actually snorkeled off a boat but rather just waded in water in Hawaii to see the sea. But we had a wonderful time, floating around, touching the turtles, seeing the fish scurry over to join the party. Then after about 45 minutes we pulled the anchor and headed to another beach, where a speed boat ...
... much to that, that just about sums it up.
After we recovered we decided to hire a car and see some of the Island. I had seen some people driving hired Suzuki Swift cars around and got it in my mind we should hire one of those. I'd seen a few in Oz and had considered buying one when we eventually do move there. It looked like a great "around town" car and would complement a Porsche very well. So we hired one, for the minimum time of 3 days.
... Hotel. Now its hot!
The adventure begins immediately. Starving, I quickly changed – ooo, pretty white – to find some food. I headed to the beach and sat down at the bar. In no time 2 guys sat down and we started talking. Turns out one was the doctor on my ship, the other the Director of Operations. Ya! (they bought my beerJ)
Went out to explore the ...
... had the surf and turf as did Eck, of course our wait staff made sure we had more then we could eat. After passing on desert we went back upstairs to change and head out for some fun at the club. Chris and Sara met up with us after dinner and we ended up drinking the night away, in fact I would find out tomorrow just how much Eck would have to drink.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews South Gap Hotel St Lawrence Gap
Fantasic views, ideal location
My friend and i stayed here in May 2004 and had a fantastic time. The Hotel is ideally located for visiting the many bars and restaurants on the gap. The view is amazing, as the pool and dining areas overlook the crystal blue sea. The Bar and cleaning staff were lovely and the room well equipped and clean. We have booked again for the following May and are really looking forward to it
Had a great time at the Ocean South Gap
Just come back from 2 weeks at the Ocean South Gap and had a great time! The room was nice and WELL air conditioned which is always good, had an amazing view of the sea from the balcony and could see the fish swimming in the sea. All the staff were really friendly too. Id definately reccommend this hotel and id certainly go back!
Stayed there for a week end of May 2004. Was very surprised by the excellent conditions of the rooms. Extremely clean, very comfortable. Amazed by the view and kept pinching myself everyday. Staff was extremely friendly and helpfull. Loved the food! Do try the fish cakes! Very clean pool. All in all I loved every bit and have got nothing to omplain about, yes the noise is a bit distracting but everything else is sooo amazing that it doesn't matter at all.
Alright for the money...
Why the "Ocean South Gap Hotel" decided to find the most unfriendly, unhelpful and at times rude reception staff in Barbados still surprises me. It couldn't have been PMT with all of them as we were there for 2 weeks.
Having said that the hotel is pretty good, clean, and well looked after. The view from the room is absolutely amazing and couldn't be beaten. Stitting on the balcony at night was a real pleasure.
Other problems include "the walk" to Dover Beach (the nicest and closest beach) it's only about 5 minutes, but you have to pass about 4 street sellers who can be quite pushy and even rude if you say you don't want to buy anything. In fact, I was called a "fu**ing c**t" when I was asked for some spare change and said no.
Overall the holiday was ok, but could have been a lot better, we certainly wouldn't go back to this hotel though, and would choose a resort further north.
Spent 2 wks at the south ocean gap hotel in august 2003 with my boyfriend. Nice wee hotel. The staff are all very friendly. The view from the rooms are amazing. You can see fish swimming in the blue caribbean sea below!!!!! the rooms are clean and well air conditioned.
The breakfast and meals are good too. There are lots of bars and restaurants a short stroll along the st lawerence gap. The only bad point is that because the hotel is located on the st lawrence gap it is very noisy at night!! On most nights the clubs go onto 6am and beacause alot of the music is outside you can hear it play all night long! Ok if you are a good sleeper and a clubber. Good value for money.
Great if you are deaf
We spent a week at this hotel in March 04. I had a great stay because once I take my hearing aid out I am deaf. My wife got no sleep until after 3 am nights all week despite ear plugs due to the karaoke bar across the street (heavy bass). The hotel goes out of its way to please due to this problem beyond their control. Rooms nice, good kitchen, nice view, nice staff cept one, nice breakfast, good pool, etc. The service is very slow at Breakfast. If in hurry make your own in the room. Great location at the Gap. I really feel bad for them and this noise problem. The owners now are thinking of converting to condos and selling. Too bad. Barbados is very expensive; cars expensive to rent; dinners outrageous - $60 for 2 just for entre; no alcohol or dessert!!!! Food is good but don't go to Sweet Potatoes down the street - I went away hungry for $60. I think Barbados is pricing themselves out - tourism is down. They also need to clean up the junk all over the countryside and cities. People are great however; love em.
Superb Value for Money!
Went 20 Feb for 10 days. I took my husband and two boys (6 and 4) and we had such a great time. Hotel staff were incredibly helpful, agreed to let us change rooms to ground floor and re-arranged furniture etc to accommodate. Opened doors on to swimming pool and terrace which overlooked the glorious sea! Beautiful beaches either side, just walk out of the hotel and round the corner! We booked B&B; good selection on menu, from continental to full English to fruit plate. Great time of year to go, not so busy and didn't hear any noise from hotels and bars along the Gap. Would definitely go back.
Bring your earplugs!
On the whole a great value for money hotel. Rooms were clean (though not spotless) and sheets and towels were changed daily. Each room has a great view of the ocean with a balcony/patio. Even though all the rooms were full at the time of my stay there was no early morning "dash for a sunlounger" exercise occuring. The staff were friendly and helpful (though some more so than others). The only complaint I would have is the noise. The Ship Inn, McBrides and After Dark all have out door karaoke over the course of Mon-Wed and even with earplugs, the noise of the ocean and the air-conditioning on I was woken up on a few nights to some bad renditions of old favourites! That said, you can't beat the location for eating out. If you want somewhere peaceful and quiet then try somewhere else. If you want great value for money and don't mind a bit of noise every now and again this is the place for you.
Just back from 2 weeks at this place and no need to worry about very much. Every room has a seaview with ceiling fan and air con. Just as we were leaving they were getting cable tv fitted to every room. Slap bang in the middle of everything yet very rare to get noise. Across the road there is a pub called the ship inn which has sat tv with football, lovely! We're hoping to go back next year over xmas and new year. A resounding yes to this place coupled with a brilliant holiday. As the saying goes "No worries, you're in Barbados!"
Excellent and Friendly
Just spent 2 weeks there. Oct 2003 Excellent all rooms have a pool and sea view. Excallent Location Staff where very friendly.The only problem is the After Dark accross the road with the karaoke is a bit loud.We are Definaltly going back next Year.it use to be called St Lawrence Apartments East Wing.