The House by Elegant Hotels

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

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, crisp white love seats and ambient torchlights 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 complimentary jet-lag massage, a round of golf at nearby Apes Hill Golf Course, spa treatments in a beachside cabana, or try your hand at the complimentary water sports. The service extends down to the beach and The Deck, with complimentary afternoon tea and evening canapés. Why not take advantage of the new Romance Concierge programme, where a dedicated Romance Ambassador is on hand to customise a surprise romantic event you vision if you are celebrating a birthday, proposal, honeymoon, or, just because.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Safety Deposit Box

Where is it

Beachfront location at Paynes Bay in St James. Bridgetown is a 20-minute drive. Transfer time from airport: 35 minutes.

Hotel information

All 34 suites with custom-made wooden furniture, French doors, graciously appointed baths that feature exquisite rain showers and body jets. All suites have either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds and all sleep maximum 2 adults, with air-conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV, iPod dock, aromatherapy candles, bathrobes and luxury linens. Garden View Junior Suites have a private balcony or patio with views of the gardens or pool area.

Half Board option: available at a supplement.

Ocean View Rooms offer beautiful views from a balcony, as well as a comfortable living area. 

Garden View 1-Bedroom Suites have separate living area with TV and DVD player, spacious balconies and lovely views of the tropical gardens, some suites have a plunge pool (plunge pools can't be guaranteed).

Ocean View Junior Suites with comfortable living areas and a private balcony or patio with a beachfront view.

Ocean View 1-Bedroom Suites are spacious with spacious balconies, separate living area with TV and DVD player, 2 bathrooms and stunning Caribbean ocean views.

Please note: all Ocean View Junior Suites and Ocean View 1-Bedroom Suites include an extended jet lag massage, 1 hour, per person per stay.

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply.

  • Booking bonus: book by 31 Jan '20 and save up to 40% off the accommodation cost for travel between 5 Jan '20-2 Jan '21, black out dates and minimum stays apply.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

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 provides complimentary Champagne breakfast and afternoon tea along with canapés served every evening. Beach dining (available on request). Taste of Elegance Dine Around Programme* at select sister properties (meal and drink supplements apply). 24-hour room service.

Freshwater swimming pool and whirlpool. On site brand new boutique spa* offering a variety of treatments, massages and facials. Fitness centre and tennis (at sister properties). Complimentary water sports offered next door at Tamarind including water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, boogie boarding and snorkelling. Nearby, there are scuba lessons*, parasailing*, boat cruises* and deep-sea fishing*. Complimentary WiFi access in each room and throughout the property. Library. Weekly interactive cooking demo with Daphne's Executive Chef. Weekly yoga and pilates classes. Golf is available nearby at Ape's Hill or Royal Westmoreland courses*.

Daytime water taxi service (subject to availability and weather conditions) to select sister properties on the West Coast.

Ambassador service includes:

  • Champagne breakfast daily
  • 24-hour Service Ambassador to cater to guests every need
  • Complimentary jet-lag massage
  • Afternoon tea and evening canapés
  • Complimentary water sports snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and complimentary motorised water sports
  • Beach and pool Ambassador service providing scented cold towels, refreshments and sorbets throughout the day
  • Preferred tee times at Apes Hill Golf Course*
  • Personalised, boutique-style service and attention to detail
  • Complimentary WiFi in-rooms and throughout properties
  • Complimentary fitness centre and classes
  • Complimentary pillow menu offering alternative pillow choices
  • Enhanced turndown service including a selection of infused teas and light bedtime bites menu*

Please note: a room levy of $17.50 per bedroom, per night applies (payable locally, subject to change).

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

1 night between 5–31 Jan and 1 Mar–18 Dec.

5 nights between 1–28 Feb.

7 nights between 22 Dec–2 Jan '19.

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: smart casual after 6:30pm (no shorts, T-shirts or flip-flops please).

Please note: this is an adults-only hotel, guest under 18 years old are not permitted.

Please note: the dine around programme is only available at select properties and may be subject to an additional cost dependant on the board basis booked. A complimentary water taxi to select West Coast Elegant properties is available during daytime only and subject to availability and weather conditions.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great small Hotel in Barbados

Jan 28, 2020 MCFCfollower

This boutique Hotel is unique. Staff are excellent and a big part of the attraction. They are called Ambassadors and look after everything to ensure a very pleasant stay. Breakfast is very nice with unlimited premium champagne. A truly memorable holiday and we will be returning this year for our fourth consecutive visit Sandra , the Manager is… Read more
This boutique Hotel is unique. Staff are excellent and a big part of the attraction. They are called Ambassadors and look after everything to ensure a very pleasant stay. Breakfast is very nice with unlimited premium champagne. A truly memorable holiday and we will be returning this year for our fourth consecutive visit Sandra , the Manager is first class Read less
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Jan 11, 2020 swainy1957 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We noticed the recent review from "Paumart" Dec 19. We also stayed at The House over the same period. There is no doubt that if you stay there you will have a fantastic and relaxing holiday, we met some magic fellow guests from Cumbria, Toronto, Epsom,London, California and Scotland. The staff are also terrific with Andrew, Agnes and Wayne… Read more
We noticed the recent review from "Paumart" Dec 19. We also stayed at The House over the same period. There is no doubt that if you stay there you will have a fantastic and relaxing holiday, we met some magic fellow guests from Cumbria, Toronto, Epsom,London, California and Scotland. The staff are also terrific with Andrew, Agnes and Wayne standouts. The restaurants are as good as ever with Tides, Lone Star and Scarlet all still going great guns but the Hotel property is very very tired and badly needing investment - I guess Marriott will deal with this. The net result of all this is that it feels way way overpriced. There are a group who return every year and they must receive significant discount to the first timers. Finally allowing these people to book sun beds before they head to bed the night before is an embarrassing joke - get a grip!! In summary a great trip helped hugely by the team at The House and the guests that we met but this property is past its sell by date. Read less
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Jan 8, 2020 julesl314 Leicester, United Kingdom

This place came recommended to us, it certainly wasn’t what it said on the box. We were put in a room with a connecting door which wasn’t an issue for the first night as no one was in the connecting rm. this soon changed at around 6pm the following evening when people arrived with booming levels of voice control, and kids, yes, kids, shouting,… Read more
This place came recommended to us, it certainly wasn’t what it said on the box. We were put in a room with a connecting door which wasn’t an issue for the first night as no one was in the connecting rm. this soon changed at around 6pm the following evening when people arrived with booming levels of voice control, and kids, yes, kids, shouting, mum, dad. , phone conversations going on ect The hotel moved us to another rm, apparently an upgrade. This was all fine and sorted of which we were grateful. The service and consistency of quality service from staff was very inconsistent. The Ambassadors, Andrew & Agnes we felt require recommendations to have promotions to management services when Marriott finally take over, along with Shane , these three people should run and manage this place, they would , could make this place first class. Between these three staff members they have years of quality experience, they know what guests expect, they know what is required to improve this place and bring it up to the standard guests are paying for, they are on the front line dealing with guests 24/7, they are experienced, professional and most importantly have incredible people skills The general manager we felt was also good, but then we witnessed her drunk and drinking, taking selfie’s on the beach, yes it was New Year’s Eve, but when you’re in a professional capacity, You Don’t Do It, The place is in desperate need of upgrading, a good cleaning and disinfecting, we saw a staff member chasing a cockroach around attempting to squash it, then we sat down in the dining/sitting area to find a dead cockroach on its back, this was also a food area, The sun lounger issue is just a nightmare, we actually got up at 6am. Every morning this was a necessity as guests were leaving towels on sun beds all day and not actually using them, one set of 4 guests actually reserved 8 sun beds whilst other guests couldn’t sit on the beach as no sun beds were free, no staff member on duty at the time were prepared to deal with these greedy selfish guests, despite the hotel’s policy of no reserving sun beds. A lot of the staff appeared as though they had just given up. Shame would have dealt with this if he was on shift. The food the hotel provides actually comes from Daphnies next door, this food is appalling, over priced and disgusting, again the staff here we felt had just given up An extremely disappointing place to stay, certainly not worth the cost. On saying this, we did achieve the relaxing, book reading break by a beautiful beach Read less
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Jan 4, 2020 Humarock_Seth Boston, Massachusetts

My wife and I arrived a few days before the New Year and spent a lovely 7 days in an ocean facing suite. While we really didn’t take advantage of the suite’s second room which contained a sitting area, it was nice to have the two bathrooms. The breakfast was reliable each day with a choice of breads (english muffins, bagels, toast), a good… Read more
My wife and I arrived a few days before the New Year and spent a lovely 7 days in an ocean facing suite. While we really didn’t take advantage of the suite’s second room which contained a sitting area, it was nice to have the two bathrooms. The breakfast was reliable each day with a choice of breads (english muffins, bagels, toast), a good selection of fruit and yogurts as well as a warm food station with bacon, sausage, pancakes and eggs to order. It definitely looks like folks come down before 8 AM and reserve the chaise on the beach for the day leading to a shortage on sunny days. The room was nice, as mentioned. The bathroom showers were just tubs with rain shower heads installed. The showers could certainly use some modernization / updating to better match the rest of the accommodations. One of the more annoying things was the large king bed is two mattresses. This made it very uncomfortable if you want to be close to your partner and one of you inevitably ends up in the crevasse. One interesting thing to note is that there is no hot tub. It never even occurred to us to check that first. I love hot tubs and was somewhat sad not to have one available. I suspect this could be a British vs US preference. We also had some difficulty scheduling massages, especially a couples massage as it appears that the slots are limited and book out several days in advance. May want to get those booked several days in advance. Overall, the experience was quite nice and very relaxing with no significant issues or surprises. The staff was very pleasant and ready to help although I wish they would cruise the beach more frequently to take drink orders. The whole Elegant Resorts being bought by Marriott thing was what most of the guests were discussing although it doesn’t seem to have resulted in any material changes yet. If you are looking for a non all inclusive, kid free experience in a smaller hotel, The House would be a very good choice. If you found this review helpful, please don’t forget to tap on the thumbs up icon just below. Read less
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Jan 2, 2020 AFJ2013 London, United Kingdom

We didn't check-in. We were shown a room in The House after refusing to stay at Treasure beach. I know the House has a healthy number of loyal, returning guests and we did not experience their famed ambassador service but we wre quite shocked by the whole Treasure Beach, Daphne's, The House complex. It appeared tired and in dire need of… Read more
We didn't check-in. We were shown a room in The House after refusing to stay at Treasure beach. I know the House has a healthy number of loyal, returning guests and we did not experience their famed ambassador service but we wre quite shocked by the whole Treasure Beach, Daphne's, The House complex. It appeared tired and in dire need of investment. Might explain why they sold out to Mariott ?. Read less