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“Lovely”
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Rock House
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
Certificate of Excellence
York, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Lovely”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

Husband and I stayed for a long weekend in February for our "babymoon". We love searching for exceptional places to stay, but are in our late 20's and with moderate income, so don't have as deep pockets as the typical HI clientele. For us there is nothing more important than a fabulous place to stay, and found you can save some money other ways on HI.

Room: Stayed in the Parrot Room and loved that it is in the section behind the pool area (outside of the main house), which is much quieter and secluded. There is not a view from the room, but that didn't matter to us, and the inside decor and amenities were lovely.

Property: Easy stroll from the water taxi dock. Lovely hotel, pool area with comfortable seating options, and wonderful service. Everything is so clean and impeccably decorated which I truly appreciate! Although we were the youngest guests at the time, we were treated wonderfully by the staff and other guests. Given the occasion, we were there for a relaxing time and had the perfect amount of socialization with the staff and other guests (definitely many returning guests!). The bar area was vibrant at night if you are interested in the social scene. The gym was well kept and cool.

Beach: We visited on an unseasonably cold weekend, but still enjoyed the pool and beach. Given we were only there for a long weekend and budget conscious, we opted to walk to the beach. If I can do it 5 months prego and in moderate shape, you can too! It was about a 10 min walk with moderate hills. I would splurge for a golf cart at least one day to travel the island. The beach bag they give you with water and towels is a nice touch, and chairs set-up on the beach were great. The beach is just beautiful.

Food: We were prepared for the high prices, but you swallow the cost easier given the wonderful food. Rock House was truly amazing for dinner. The complimentary breakfast was just adequate with fruit, yogurt, breads, etc. Lunch and drinks...per my husband :)..were also great. We also enjoyed meals at The Landing right next door and the Dunmore (you can walk here if you are up for essentially the walk to the beach...recommend only if light out). We dined at Aquapazza and thought it was marginal, but I know many seem to love it - this is definitely a cab or golf cart distance. Of course we also shared the decedent lobster quesadilla at Sip Sip. I would have loved to try some of the more "local" places but was being conservative since dining for two. You can take a quick stroll to the Piggly Wiggly mart for things like bottled water, crackers, etc.

We couldn't be happier that we stayed and dined at Rock House, and highly recommend it for just about anyone!

Room Tip: Four or five of the rooms are located behind the pool area - quieter if you like to go to bed early.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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donpurdy, General Manager at Rock House, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
Dear PoolLovinFoodies,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive and comprehensive review. We are all happy to hear that you were not disappointed with your stay at the Rock House. We look forward to see you back in Harbour Island.

Eric Franz
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Telluride, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Long overdue review... The Rock House is the quintessential boutique hotel experience. Everything seems perfect there: the location the staff, the food, the rooms, the decor, the cocktails. The vibe is a perfect mix of feeling right at home and being at a members only hot spot. We are always sad to go and always planning when to go back.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2013

A wonderful place to stay and eat. If you are the at the right time you may run into some model's or celeb's.
The food here is top notch but on the high end of the price list. Great location on the island but I recommend a gold cart so you can get around to the beach and much more.
I have been going to the island for 20 plus years and love the place. A good romantic spot to visit with it's pink sand beach!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2013

We have been escaping to Rock House for about 6 years now - and it keeps getting better. Starting with the staff - that remembers your name and what you like for breakfast, the bedding (which I had to buy for my home), the attentive service that is no where to be found until the moment you think of something - and then they are on it. Then there's Chef Jenny's ridiculous pork tenderloin (which followed a sublime spinach salad and stone crab claw)! The homemade espresso ice cream (yes, really home made) - tough to choose over the "Hokey Pokey" house flavor - but you can get hokey pokey when you order their turtle for dessert (yes, I know that's two desserts. Oh well - vacation, remember?) In fact, there's a third, some kind of dark chocolate and creamy dream bar that rivals the turtle and the ice cream. Then there's the Rock House beach - with chairs, towels - and water, just waiting for you to watch the sunset as the sand turns the famous pink color in the late afternoon sun. Come back to the crystalline pool that is always perfectly clean to relax on comfortable lounges (really closer to a bed), with intriguing music in the background. By the way, the owner of the Rock House makes a killer bloody mary. Yes, we love it. It's only an hour from Fort Lauderdale or Miami and even has a quick water taxi ride from North Eleuthra to get you in the right frame of relaxed mind. The taxi drops you at the common dock on Harbour Island - or Briland and we who love the place call her). Please don't tell too many people

Room Tip: This boutique hotel has but 10 rooms. Cannot go wrong with any of them.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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East Windsor, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2013

My husband and I just came back from a 4 day stay/"babymoon" at The Rock House, and it was one of the most relaxing vacations we have ever been on. It was our first time to Harbour Island and I have to say we fell in love with the island. With the spectacular beach, friendly locals, delicious food, and amazing stay at the Rock House, we are already hoping to go back in the future. The beach is pristine and the island life really is unique. Everything was in a walkable distance, but renting a golf cart was fun to really explore the island (going down the narrows on the north end was an adventure but worth the view in the end). The staff at the Rock House were so accomodating and made great recommendations for things/places to see and eat on the Island. Don and Eric were very friendly and made us feel welcome to be there. They really have thought of everything- the beach umbrella and chairs, beach cooler, and beach bag were awesome! We stayed in the Seahorse room and absolutely loved the pool veranda. I loved reading in the morning on the veranda as I would listen to the roosters and soothing Rock House music. We did not mind the noise at night and it really quiets down by 10:30pm. We also loved the location on the harbour side, so much more to see than by the beach. For food recommendations, the Rock House is a must (by far the best on the island), the Landing for dinner, Sip Sip and Queen Conch for lunch can't be beat. Also, try Brian's BBQ on fri or sat night for the best ribs (and cheap too). If you are even considering what hotel to stay in, go to the Rock House. You won't be disappointed..the pictures on Trip Advisor do not do it justice!

Room Tip: Seahorse Room- pool veranda awesome!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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donpurdy, General Manager at Rock House, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
Dear Michelle F

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It makes us all smile when people leave back home relaxed and filled with great memories from Harbour Island. We are opening for season 2013/14 in two weeks and your positive review will be shared with our staff as an inspiration to provide exceptional service everyday.
We are looking forward to see you back at the Rock House.

Eric Franz
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 561 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2013

I can only echo all the previous glowing reviews. This is a great hotel; extremely well run, tasteful, luxurious, and with particular attention and thought put into anticipating guest's needs. Don and Eric are both lovely guys, friendly and helpful, but respectful of your privacy too. We were especially lucky to be upgraded to the Commodore Suite, which is is delightful, with a large balcony and separate living room. Long stretches of beautiful sandy beaches are close by, as is the Main Street. You can walk easily to both, but adopting the local practice of driving golf carts around is a lot of fun. A beach bag and small cooler are provided, so you can set yourself up perfectly on the hotel sun lounges at the beach. The hotel's pool and lounging area is very inviting and there is a well appointed gym. An outstanding restaurant rounds off a superb hotel. There is something very special about Harbour Island and it is infectious. Laidback locals and an air of friendly happiness pervades, and the visitors seem to respect this, making local life and tourism seem to co-exist fluently. We could not have enjoyed our stay any more!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mount Dora, Florida
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2013

Our stay at the Rock House was perfect. The staff were so friendly and helpful, the room was lovely, and the food was excellent. The bed was awesome - very comfortable. The location is great - not on the beach, but right in town with easy access to shops and restaurants. There is a special area on the beach for Rock House guests with chairs and umbrellas, and the hotel provides beach towels, water and chair covers. The beach is an easy walk from the hotel and the sand really is pink. We also really loved Harbor Island - everyone was very friendly and we felt safe even walking around the island at night.

Room Tip: We stayed in Seahorse, which is pool-side. Lovely room - plenty of room and a great bathroom. It i...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rock House
Address: Corner of Hill and Bay Street, EL-27234, Harbour Island
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Harbour Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rock House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rock House is a luxury 10 room boutique hotel on Harbour Island, Bahamas. Our fine dining restaurant has one of the best sunset views of the bay. Personal service and unmatched attention to every detail.Rock House has been a vibrant and colourful feature of the Harbour Island landscape since the early 1940's. Originally a private home, then a Bed and Breakfast and for many years a rental property, Rock House today has evolved to become the standard for elegance, island sophistication and superior service. Fodor's Choice, Condé Nast, Travel & Leisure and Tripadvisor award winner.In July 2002, Rock House caught the interest of the well-known South Florida builder J. Wallace Tutt III. Tutt and business partner Don Purdy, who had already created the successful Hotel Impala in South Beach and worked on commissions for Cher and the late Gianni Versace, had a vision of transforming the property into a luxury boutique hotel. The bar and dining experience at Rock House warrant special and distinct mention offering fine dining under the stars on the pool patio, at our select Chef's Table or on the Terrace overlooking the bay - you can be assured of the perfect cocktail, a superb wine list and delectable menu choices, all served by an attentive yet unobtrusive staff. ... more   less 
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