The House, Barbados hotel review Visited: March 2004
Posted by sbaffone
My husband and I did extensive research on where to stay in the carribean and what a major disappointment!! We were expecting clear water, white powdery beaches and first class accomodations. The ride to the hotel left us thinking, this is supposed to be one of the islands that is less poverty stricken??? YIKES!! We had confidence on the ride that we would eventually hit a "beautiful island environment" and it never happened. Our driver turned the corner and said here we are and I almost cried. It was at the edge of a run down area and the gate was locked to get in. The pool area looked like it hadn't been painted or touched since they opened and the "white couches" were dirty. The only redeeming quality was the bed and how friendly the service was. This was no tropical island get away and I've seen clearer water on the gulf coast of Florida. We were expecting a "ritz-carlton" four-seasons experience and it was far from it. The beach was tiny and the sand was hardly white and powdery. If first class and clear water is what you are looking for...this is not it!!! Overall, there was no plastic in sight but what was in sight was no better. A true let down.
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An excellent accommodation!
The House, Barbados hotel review Visited: June 2003
Posted by kkmerv
We went to Barbados for our honeymoon. The House provided us with first class accommodations--from the chauffeured limousine from the airport, to the personal concierge/ambassadors tending to our every need.
The place was modern and elegant, but not splashy. Not a plastic chair in sight! It was furnished in all dark wood and white couches, with evening torches and chunky candles floating in locally made pottery.
There were also lounge chairs and free books, nightly hors d oeuvres and live entertainment. We also enjoyed the ice cream brought to us on a silver tray while relaxing on the beach and the morning buffet with local favorite food such as pumpkin fritters.
It was a very mellow place and we loved it!
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It was blissfully relaxing at The House.
The House, Barbados hotel review Visited: April 2003
Posted by ssandercock
The House is reckoned by many Bajans connected with the tourist industry to be the best hotel on Barbados. To truly understand why, you need to go and stay there.
The mood is chilled out, the surroundings are modern and designer, but best of all, the service is attentive while being ultra-relaxed and most of all natural. When they say nothing is too much trouble - they really mean it.
When you arrive, you are greeted by your 'Ambassadors' elegantly dressed head to toe in white. They introduce you to their mini-paradise known as the House. You are then left to wind down and find your own pace. Your Ambassador is always in attendance to suggest and book restaurants, arrange taxis, iron an outfit or just bring you cool towels and drinks on the beach.
The House doesn't have a golf course, or even much of an exercise room. There are watersports available on the beach, including jet skis, however most guests at the House are too horizontal to do much more than sunbathe, cool off in the pool and sip rum punches.
The 30-minute complimentary 'jet lag' massage was one of the best massages I have ever had.
Returning to reality comes as quite a shock after being so insulated during your stay. I don't remember being so completely relaxed - ever. I will definitely be going back.
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