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The House by Elegant Hotels
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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“What a place”
Reviewed 20 May 2013

Fantastic doesn't do this hotel justice, i do a lot of travelling and this surpassed my expectations.The feedback is absolutely spot on everything so positive, small extremely friendly hotel that has a touch that i have not come across before. The moment you arrive you are made to feel so special and the personal touches continue throughout your stay. There is no reception,checking in is done in your room and not at all intrusive. All the staff are so friendly without there being an ulterior motive.Safe in the room is included as are beach towels. Tea and coffee facilities in the room and a Kettle. small fridge which is stocked daily. Rooms are lovely very clean and bright. I cannot sing the praises enough of this Little Gem. Breakfast goes on until 10.30 but if you don't make it until 11am NO WORRIES they will sort something out for you. Right on the beach and they bring you bottles of cold water (included in price) also fresh fruit and ice creams whilst you are on the sun lounger. High factor sun protection needed and mossie spray at night. Daphnes restaurant next door is good and you can put it on your hotel tab. You can also use the facilities of the Tamarind hotel next door where they have hammocks you can laze in. Tipping- at the end of your holiday if you want to tip then you can add it to your bill and they document it on the bill and it is shared out among the staff at the end of the month and the staff are advised who the money is from. Out and about tip as you would normally. Karuba across the road from the hotel is a good place to get local food for lunch. Food can be expensive so be adventurous and venture out. Buses are cheap ( 2 bajan dollars or 1 us dollar whenever you go)and regular and it is so easy to get around. The staff at the hotel will tell you places to go. Have a wonderful trip you will want to go back again and again. Got any questions i will be happy to answer. Oh and it is safe to walk around at night. No worries and so stress free. Also a free jet lag massage in the gardens by Alice Wow. Adult only hotel

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely but a garden and sea view is a must
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Derby
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

We have just returned from our honeymoon in the USA but got married at The House on April 18.
Words cannot describe the amazing experience but we'll try. From the minute we got there to the day we departed the staff were wonderfully attentive, warm and friendly. The manager Joanna (a perfect example of how to manage) leads an an excellent team and anything we required was of no trouble at all.
Vanita was our wedding coordinator and did a fantastic job with her team of making our day one that we will treasure forever. (If you need an amazing photographer, Bill Blackman from Colourbox is your man). It was our first trip to the Caribbean and we definately made the right decision to stay at The House, a beautiful ocean front double suite, peaceful surroundings, great staff and Daphnes restaurant next door, what more could you ask for. They even catered for gluten free it was some of the best food I've tasted in years. Thank you to everyone for making our special day and whole stay perfect. We will be back!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

Just back from a week at The House - A lovely little boutique hotel with only 34 bedrooms. At this time of the year it was very relaxing - the staff were faultless and friendly, without being intrusive, and extremely helpful. Breakfast was excellent and Daphne's lunch or dinner, which could be taken either on the hotel Terrace or at Daphne's itself (just a couple of steps away) was always good. The hotel has recently been refurbished - we will return!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

This is our last day here at The House. We have had a wonderful relaxing time in this very elegant boutique style hotel. The staff are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble. From the Champagne breakfast, to mid morning cooling towels, to complimentary water and ice-cream and afternoon tea through to Dinner at any of the Islands recommended restaurants and even night time complimentary canapes and supper delights in the form of chocolates, biscotti's etc... all the little extra's makes this House stand out from the rest!

Room Tip: We stayed on the 3rd Floor overlooking the Ocean (room 363!)
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

This place just gets it! The staff go out of their way to make you feel at home at the House! Apart from the fantastic and beautifully appointed accomodations the extremely friendly staff cannot do enough for you.....nothing is a bother. We stayed in a oceanfront junior suite. The view from our room was second to none....the travel brochure does not lie! We would not recommend the garden view as there is not much to see although those rooms are bigger. The daily champagne breakfast is amazing (full breakfast...whatever you want, unlimited coffee and real champagne!) Afternoon tea is a real treat as well. Both breakfast and Tea are included in your room rate and after looking at restaurant prices in Barbados.....the House room rate ends up being better and better value. Look out for Andrew the English Waiter...he was amazingly friendly and helpful. Full watersports and a beautiful beach. Beach on the small side but typical for Barbados. My wife and I have stayed at many luxury hotels around the world and would rank this place right near the top. Its small size (less than 50 rooms) makes this place extra special. The open air terrace and dining area make you feel like you are at a large private cottage. Will most certainly return here some day.

Room Tip: Oceanfront Junior Suite.....would not recommend Garden View
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wilsonville, Oregon
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Hands down, one of our most relaxing and memorable vacations with special thanks to EVERYONE at The House! We had the pleasure of staying here with a group of my husband's colleagues and their wives/husbands/partners. We stayed at the House for 4 nights, and we would have gladly stayed longer if we could.

From the moment we arrived, the Ambassador staff welcomed us, and gladly asked us to relax and enjoy a welcome drink before heading to our room. With a Banks Beer and Rum Punch in hand, my husband and I headed out to the beautiful patio area to admire the ocean front view and greet some of our group members.

Our suite was beautiful and tastefully decorated, impeccably clean, with an amazing view of the ocean. We had Room 267 - and were right above the main patio/bar/breakfast area. We were a bit nervous about the noise level, but we honestly didn't spend enough time in our room to really notice any noise problems.

Our group dined on the beach, had wonderfully cooked breakfasts each morning, enjoyed plenty of rum punch, piña coladas, champagne, and we also enjoyed lunch at Daphne's (their wonderful restaurant - try the lobster spaghetti!), and a private dinner for our group - 4 courses, free flowing wine, and AMAZING service all around!

Other reviewers have mentioned that the Ambassadors really do go above and beyond to help you fully enjoy your experience and I completely agree. One morning, an Ambassador noticed that I had stayed behind while the group was out on a catamaran trip. When I explained that my sea legs weren't strong at all, this kind Ambassador asked if I had been able to enjoy a massage at the spa at the neighboring Tamarind resort (I hadn't), and five minutes later had organized for a masseuse to come The House so that I could relax with a one hour massage. Perhaps one of the BEST massages I have ever had! Such a treat to settle my anxiety about sailing!

I really can't say enou wonderful things about this amazing place. If we ever are able to travel back to Barbados, I'd love to stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sussex by the sea
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

Having spied The House on previous visits to Barbados,we had thought that we must go there one day. Making a last minute decision to go away from the awful English winter we found a good offer from British Airways Holidays for a nine day stay at the House and off we went. Arriving, you notice this is different. No front desk, no reception, just a warm welcome from the staff anyone of which will do anything for you. We were sat down for a welcome rum punch and then taken to our room. BA had booked us a pool/garden suite which was sumptuously furnished but the window of the sitting room looked out onto the main road to Bridgetown which is a GP race track for the local buses. We asked to be moved and were given the most delightful room on the third floor overlooking the sea, it was perfect, more we could not have asked for. The staff are all called "Ambassadors" and will each do anything for you, fetch a drink, book a car, carry your bags, book a restaurant, whatever, so a front desk is redundant . A nice system, I liked it. The manageress, Joanna was ever present and approachable, she runs a good show. The sun beds both on the beach and in the garden,have thick mattresses, good. Breakfast is served in what I, perhaps unkindly, would call a corridor, which is the only access from the front of the hotel to the back,so people are always walking by. To make up for this you get a glass of champagne with your breakfast. Daphne's, one of Barbados' best restaurants, is adjacent, pity you can't have breakfast there. We had a lovely time and were sorry to leave.

Room Tip: The best rooms are one 3rd floor on the south end
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The House by Elegant Hotels
Address: Paynes Bay, Barbados
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Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Saint James Parish
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Saint James Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The House by Elegant Hotels 4.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The House experience begins when guests enter along an enchanting private driveway, with lily ponds and walls of blossoming bougainvillea, which capture the essence of tranquillity and the promise of pure indulgence ahead. Through the hotel's wooden doors guests are treated to a stunning and unobstructed view of its white sandy beach and the ocean ahead. The open plan lobby is designed to capture the relaxed and inviting charm of the island - one that is sophisticated, yet informal. ... more   less 
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