We stayed in one of the apartments owned by the hotel (Le Paradis, probably 30 seconds walk away!)
- location was excellent in terms of the sights
- nice view from the balcony
- very well maintained apartment with almost all the extras (some oddities eg given how upmarket the apartment is, strange that they do not provide a filter coffee maker; no wifi)
- it wasn't actually the apartment we had booked (which we only realised once we were in it) - no warning or explanation given - so for example we didn't have wifi as we had expected
- the hot water ran out very quickly - the geyser is apparently not even big enough for 2 consecutive showers. For an apartment that sleeps 4, this is rather a drawback, and even after an hour and a half the water was not properly hot yet.
- The bottom floor is on street level and facing the main beachfront road, so it's not very private when you are sitting in the lounge. (The bedrooms are a floor up so no problem with privacy there.)
Re the hotel in general (as far as we interacted with it):
- we found staff generally helpful and friendly, especially the gentleman who took us to the apartment (I am afraid I forget his name) to show us how to use everything
- we used the breakfast room mainly for convenience. It is very crowded because it's very small so we constantly had people bumping our chairs etc. Staff seemed to get slightly harassed when it was full for example forgetting a request for a coffee refill. Also re another guest mentioning being charged extra for hot chocolate - we also somehow ended up with a filter coffee charge on the breakfast bill. Didn't quibble, but did feel that it seemed a bit mean. The breakfast selection was OK, not as good as other (chain or boutique) hotels I have stayed in for continental breakfasts, although to be fair the cost is also cheaper than usual.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Harbour House Hotel enjoys the most prominent of positions in the heart of the Old Harbour area, flanked by the seaside and the bustling centre of this holiday town. The magnificent Lookout Terrace invites guests to revel in the soothing surrounds of the ocean ahead and enjoy a lunch from Selkirk's restaurant inspired by abundant local produce and fresh ingredients, alternatively savour a sundowner from the Wine Bar in the Pavilion. Guests are offered a choice of accommodation from the historical architecture of the thatched roof seaside Manor House built in 1920, to the contemporary New Wing and Harbour Square. Rooms are luxuriously appointed with sophisticated modern décor, all within easy walking distance of the town’s top attractions, whale watching sites, markets, restaurants, street cafés and an abundance of reserved natural splendour. ... more less
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