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The House by Elegant Hotels

5.0 V rating

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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.

At a glance

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

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 (232)
    • Very Good (28)
    • Average (4)
    • Poor (2)
    • Terrible (1)

My wife and I loved our stay at The House one year ago, so we had to come back. We were not disappointed. The House once again was fantastic. Joanna, the general manager, is wonderful. She sets a...

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5 of 5 stars
Dec 16, 2014 - JagC4 - Ontario, Canada

My wife and I loved our stay at The House one year ago, so we had to come back. We were not disappointed. The House once again was fantastic. Joanna, the general manager, is wonderful. She sets a... Read more perfect example for the rest of the team, and as a result, they are all wonderful as well. They are very attentive and friendly. We love the location. Lots of great restaurants are close by, and Daphnes located next door is great as well. If you are looking for a small boutique hotel for adults only, I would strongly recommend you consider The House for your next vacation destination. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Dec 16, 2014 - Putney_resident - London, United Kingdom

We loved our stay at The House and were very sad to leave. We stayed in a garden view room with a plunge pool. The hotel is a great choice, simply for its laid back way, its small size and the... Read more quality of the staff. Yes breakfast is great and the gardens lovely (watch out for the hummingbirds!), but I suspect that is true of many places. It's a great base to simply do nothing or to get out and about. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Dec 10, 2014 - jackson35 - uk

Stayed at The House which was superb! Most of the staff were fantastic! Special mention to Andrew and Sheena! Sheena is a lovely lady who gives a fantastic massage! My husband had the other girl who... Read more wasn't up to expectations but we both had massages with Sheena which we highly recommend!! The afternoon tea was ok but could've improved! Breakfast really good! The Ambassadors were very helpful and friendly! We will stay at The House again and look forward to a Massage from lovely Sheena!! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Dec 6, 2014 - Denise H - Esher, United Kingdom

This was our first visit to Barbados and we couldn't have chosen a better hotel to stay in. We loved the island and the hotel. The House has it all. We loved our garden room suite, the communal... Read more areas were very comfortable, it was never crowded, everyone was very friendly, the service was excellent and the sun loungers were very comfy. We are just about to book it again for next year. Read less

3 of 5 stars
Dec 5, 2014 - johneil - Bourne End, United Kingdom

Barbados is a most attractive tourist destination with its fine beaches, interesting capital and historical sites, and best of all, its welcoming, friendly, smiling population. “The House “is located... Read more on the fashionable west coast in St James Parish. It is part of an “Elegant Hotels Group” complex together with Daphne's Restaurant and the larger Tamarind Hotel. It is a “boutique''' hotel with 34 rooms and it is “adults only”. We booked a “junior suite”. We were allocated #264 which turned out to be two regular bedrooms, complete with two full bathrooms and clothes closets which had been “knocked together”. The bed had been removed from one bedroom and a settee and one chair substituted. There was nowhere to write or work. There was no dressing table. There were two balconies which did not interconnect. Breakfast is a well-stocked buffet and eggs are prepared on demand and champagne is served as well as the usual beverages. There is no restaurant, but dishes can be ordered to be brought from the popular and well known Daphne's restaurant immediately adjacent to the hotel. Public areas are not lavish, but they and the adjacent beach are well provided with comfortable furniture. The lazy sun-seeker is in his or her element. For the more active a wide range of water sports are available at the larger “Tamarind Hotel” next door. The young staff are extremely friendly and want to provide a high level of service. But there does not seem to be a great level of management support for this. In fact during our 10 day stay we saw no real management presence and involvement in day to day operations. One evening we got an invitation to join the “management team” for cocktails. It was a very pleasant event, but there was no “management” in attendance. Staff happily engage in conversation with guests. This is super and much appreciated, but it is often at the expense of delivering service to other guests. There is no sign of any supervision to help the staff set priorities. Equally we found room service somewhat erratic. The room might be serviced at any time between 9 a.m. and 5p.m. without reason. Sometimes towels would be missed. Sometimes water bottles would be removed without reason. It is all simple stuff to fix, given management will and determination. Without that both staff and guests are being let down. The House is ideal for the easy going who seek a relaxed beach holiday. But it is not for the more demanding client who imagine “Elegant” implies a high level of service Read less

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