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  • Intimate, contemporary chic for adults only
  • Champagne breakfast daily
  • Fine dining
  • Ambassador service

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

5.0

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The House by Elegant Hotels

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Set on a pristine stretch of white sand on Barbados’ West Coast, The House is the beachside version of a hip downtown hotel. On a design front its combination of smooth lines of teak, curved lanterns and modern lighting set a mood that is suitably exotic. Yet it’s a beautifully intimate place with plenty of privacy for romantic dining. For food lovers The House itself may be one of the best hunting grounds on the island, because the most acclaimed addition to the Barbados restaurant scene is the adjacent Daphne’s. Located bang on the beach, this satellite of the famous London restaurant serves a metropolitan version of Italian dishes, with an emphasis on seafood and is regarded by many as better than the original. Let your Hotel Ambassador organise your arrival massage, a round of golf at nearby Sandy Lane, spa treatments in a beachside cabana or next door at the sister property, Tamarind or try your hand at the complimentary water sports. The service extends down to the beach and The Deck with complimentary afternoon tea and Daphne’s all-day dining menu.

Where is it?

Beachfront location at Paynes Bay in St James. Bridgetown is a 20-min drive. Transfer time from airport: 45 min.

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Room information

All 34 suites have recently been refurbished with custom-made wooden furniture, French doors, graciously appointed baths that feature exquisite rain showers and body jets. Junior and 1-Bedroom Suites spread over 3 floors, each providing contemporary simplicity and comfort with your choice of ocean or tropical garden views, recently refurbished with custom made wooden furniture, french doors and graciously appointed baths that feature exquisite rain showers and body jets. With either 1 king-size bed or 2 doubles all suites sleep max 2 adults, with air-conditioning, flatscreen satellite TV, iPod dock, aromatherapy candles, bathrobes and luxury linens. Gardenview Junior Suites have a private balcony or patio with views of the gardens or pool area. Oceanview Junior Suites with comfortable living areas and a private balcony or patio with a beachfront view. Garden View 1-Bedroom Suites have separate living area with TV and DVD player, roomy balconies and lovely views of the tropical gardens. Oceanview 1-Bedroom Suites are spacious with roomy balconies, separate living area with TV and DVD player, 2 bathrooms and stunning Caribbean ocean views. Suite Dreams Programme: All 1-Bedroom Suites now include: • Increase jet-lag massage to 1 hour • Nespresso™ machines in all 1-Bedroom Suites • Meet & Greet at the airport • Luxury VIP meet and greet transfer one way • Upgraded bathroom amenities

Eats and drinks

Daphne's Restaurant situated next door to the hotel, offers all-day menus* and serves dinner and a light snack lunch menu (Italian/Bajan fusion; à la carte), and The Deck lounge bar providing complimentary afternoon tea and canapés served every evening.

Fun and games

Freshwater swimming pool, whirlpool, Spa services* (in room, poolside, or in beachside cabanas), fitness centre, tennis (at sister properties), free water sports offered next door at Tamarind: water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, boogie boarding and snorkelling; Nearby: scuba lesson*, parasailing*, boat cruises* and deep-sea fishing*. Free Internet access in some public areas. Library. Golf is available nearby at Sandy Lane or Royal Westmoreland courses*.

Handy stuff

Ambassador service.

Additional information

Dress Code: Smart casual after 6.30pm (no shorts, T-shirts or flip flops please).

Under 18s are not permitted.

*Denotes local charge.

Minimum stay

5 nights: 01 Feb '15-28 Feb '15 

7 nights: 19 Dec '15 06 Jan '16

Accessibility

Good general access around the property: properties that offer good general access for those guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. There are 2 steps at restaurant and bar. The Virgin Holidays Special Assistance Team can be contacted by e-mail at special.assistance@virginholidays.com or call us on 0844 557 3998, Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.30pm.

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The House by Elegant Hotels

  • What to Expect:
    • 5.0 Location
    • 4.5 Sleep Quality
    • 4.5 Rooms
    • 5.0 Service
    • 4.5 Value
    • 4.5 Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (207)
    • Very Good (24)
    • Average (3)
    • Poor (2)
    • Terrible (0)

We have been to the house five times in all & every year we go we always say we will be back & we always do as there is no hotel like this one the staff especially Agnus & Chris nothing is to much...

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5 of 5 stars
Oct 30, 2014 - carg0 - Gloucester, United Kingdom

We have been to the house five times in all & every year we go we always say we will be back & we always do as there is no hotel like this one the staff especially Agnus & Chris nothing is to much... Read more trouble.The rooms & pool area need some up dateing but everything else makes up for that.We always feel so relaxed it is like being at home it is WONDERFULL. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Oct 26, 2014 - Anna L - Manchester, United Kingdom

This was our second stay at this wonderful hotel. It's laid back, elegant, informality truly makes you feel instantly relaxed and at home! There is no necessity for a reception, the exceptional staff... Read more are on hand to attend to your every need, and they do! The location is perfect, sea view rooms a must! Champagne breakfasts, afternoon teas, evening canopes...midday ice creams... The staff will even arrange dinner on the beach, lit with torches under a canopy, and all the food prepared by Daphne's Restaurant & the wonderful chef Marco. Our room was beautiful with quite a large balcony, and as it was our second visit, we had a complimentary bottle of champagne waiting for us! Which was a lovely touch. Also an addition from our last visit was an espresso machine in the bedroom! Great idea! There are many great restaurants to tempt you away from The House! The Cliff lived up to all 'the hype', and was a great experience, not just a lovely dinner! Daphne's food was equally as good as The Cliff, just without the 'theatre'... Scarlett's just across the road from The House was a great find for really great food at a reasonable price & not far to wander 'Home' after a few rather good cocktails! My memories from our stay this time will be, snorkelling with the turtles.... (And no need to book a trip... You can swim out to where the tourist boats moor & find the turtles yourselves!) Being cooked lobster at our table by Chef Marco at Daphne's, watching the stingrays being fed at The Cliff prior to our dinner, (book a railside table), and feeling all life's stress float away as we made ourselves at home in The House! To be fair, if you are looking for pretentious perfection, with formal dining and dress codes, then the informal small boutique feel of The House may not be for you! But if you want pure relaxation in a perfect location, surrounded by like minded people, with the friendliest of staff, who genuinely care for you, then let The House become your home! Thank you once again to all at The House! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Oct 26, 2014 - Paul S - Wokingham, United Kingdom

We have just spent 2 relaxing weeks at the House. It was like returning home as nearly all of the staff were the same that we had met when we stayed in December of last year.This was great as most of... Read more then even remembered us!! As we knew the format, layout and what was available we immediately relaxed and felt settled although the complimentary Rum Punch helped with this too. My wife and I love the small boutique type hotels and the friendly atmosphere and attention of the staff at The House are excellent. We found the weather a bit hot and humid at this time of the year (preferred it in December or May) but hey we are in the middle of the rainy season. The staff made the stay special again and everyone is always eager to help with anything including recommending restaurants, trips and activities for if and when you want to leave the complex. Having been to Barbados a few times before we mainly spent our days on the beach lazing around and being waited upon and the occasional swim or complimentary water sports to cool off. Our evenings were usually spent mingling with other guests on the deck whilst having a cocktail before being picked up by taxi to dine in one of the many fantastic restaurants in the area. We would usually return and spend an hour or two (sometimes more) at the bar and have a laugh with other guests and staff alike. We plan to return when we can but it is expensive but then again thats why they are called luxuries. A few members of staff that stood out on this visit were Wade, Christopher, Kerrie, Andrew and Allana and of course Joanna the general manager who is always on hand should you need anything and just to check that everything is good. Everyone we met working at the House was really nice. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Oct 26, 2014 - AlanB_Usa - nyc

We had a wonderful experience for a quick long weekend away from new york. The hotel is great value for the price point. In fact, i am not sure there is better value in Barbados. It is not 5 star... Read more , but nor are your paying 5 star prices. Upon arrival enjoyed a delicious rum punch while relaxing on couch in main lounge as breeze blows and the waves crash, waiting to be shown to the room. Beautiful and relaxing. When directed, we were disappointed to be shown to a room about 4 steps away DIRECTLY attached to the lounge/breakfast area/etc......so you can hear everything. We were not pleased and the staff took immediate action--showing us two other rooms and even their sister property next door so we could have a room we were happy with. This was all accomplished relatively fast and effortlessly by the staff/management. We were grateful. Settled on an ocean view just 3 or 4 doors down, but the privacy and peace gained was monumental. The room itself is nice, basic, but large and well appointed. The pitcher of rum punch was awesome! I would recommend requesting a 2nd floor room. The first floor ocean views are really NOT ocean view; they are a view of the pool and pool chairs. A slight let down if you are expecting a gorgeous view from balcony. If you are on the higher floor i suspect you get much nicer views of the sea. But they were sold out. We found staff to be great and friendly. The overall feel of the property is open, airy, simple, and relaxed. Its also small, so at times feels like you have the place to yourself. But be aware there is very little beyond the main lounge area, pool, and beach. Fine for us who were looking for 3 days of sun/sand/sea and nothing else but others may be seeking more. A week may have been too long here, for us. Restaurant next door (Daphne"s) truly incredible food and ambience. Also do go to The Cliff restaurant, amazing views, dining, experience!! The beach is small, but beautiful and the sea very inviting. At full capacity it might feel a bit crowded or that beach chairs are piling up on one another, but this was not our experience. The one disappointment was just how aggressive and rude some of the locals selling items on the beach were. It is off-putting, and at times quite offensive. They are streaming through all morning and afternoon...which is fine, and my wife and i certainly spent money with 4 or 5 of them in only our few days stay. But they simply will not leave you alone. Every 5 minutes someone else is trying to sell you something. Even a guy selling "foot massages" who we bought from the day before, just to be nice. We thought he would let us be, but then EVERY day after he would aggressively pester us about getting another one. Sometimes just hovering around our chairs for 10-15 mins even after we said no thanks. At one point he started yelling at a British couple for "not spending". It was uncomfortable. I LOVE locals, meeting experiencing their thoughts and culture, on every destination we go to. I also always make a conscious effort to support them and spend money with them. I am not one of those people who wants to be "left alone" or secured in the private gates of some resort. But in this case, it was simply too much, and far too aggressive--many were angry and not kind. Simply, it begins to impede greatly on relaxation and just laying by the sea. Might be nice if the House found someway to control it a bit. Anyway, not a complaint, just a comment. Overall, we loved our stay, loved the House. We would come back and recommend to others. I would say though if we were there for a full week it might be a tad long, with the very limited options. 4 days/long weekend was perfect though! Read less

4 of 5 stars
Oct 21, 2014 - Tony T - Liverpool, United Kingdom

Just returned from The House and I have to say I'm very split on this hotel some excellent bits some average and some you would just not expect of a Hotel with such a good reputation; Good bits... Read more ; location is fantastic right on the beach, rooms were very nice front suite overlooking the bar and beach area. Rooms always kept clean and tidy. Earl the driver/Taxi was great like our personal chauffeur for the week. Lovely complimentry massage as good as we've had anywhere. Average bits; Breakfast was nice but very basic and never changed, one choice of yogurt & minimal choice of everything else ! I've never stayed in a hotel of this calibre with so little breakfast options. Staff Ok but not great onlyAndrew and Earl looked like they enjoyed the job. Pool area is small but as your right next to the sea it's no issue, the issue is the pool is not great tiles missing all over and needs a complete make over. Bad Bits; Firstly my wife has a cat phobia and as soon as we arrived I was horrified to see 1 and sometimes as many as 3 roaming around. Nothing was done to help this in anyway which resulted in us trying but not being able to eat or drink in the main areas. We took breakfast and even tea up in the room ( which we were charged for). I'm not sure that any hotel or restaurant serving food could ever hope to keep customers if they have wild cats roaming around, but that's us , I imagine there are plenty of people who this does not bother at all. Our room supplies of tea and coffee were NEVER replaced during the whole weeks stay I had to go and ask each time we wanted a cuppa ( which was quite a lot with the cat issue). We even had to ask for Cups which were taken but not replaced. Bar service like another reviewer has mentioned was pretty poor, you had to go to the bar to ask a waiter what you wanted rather than being asked and waited on ! Painting and maintainence was going on for 2-3 days on our landing , why was this not done in the off season ? We had maids knocking on the door with the Do Not Disturb sign on the door. Come on .... One of the days was very stormy and a lot of seaweed was thrown up on the beach which made for a pretty poor sight. My wife and I walked along the lovely beach and outside every other hotel or apartment complex they were out picking up and cleaning the beach not to my surprise when we returned The House was the only one that never bothered. While we really enjoyed our stay I would say that the staff training and attention to detail is poor to non existent , location is brilliant and I'm sure if they worked on the things that make a holiday special I would stay there again because at the moment it is just pretty basic. Read less

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