I agree wholeheartedly with the previous review. The Round House Inn enjoys the most fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean but seems to rely solely on this advantage.
Our original email enquiry was dealt with in an un-business like manner but the only other hotel close by, The Atlantic, was full and we particularly wanted to stay on the East coast of Barbados.
Our room (room 3) was on the shabby side with a bed far too large for the space. Manoeuvering round the bed was difficult and there was no space for our luggage (one small suitcase). An oldish fridge was sitting on one of the bedside tables and the shower cubicle was virtually in the bedroom. Any electrical appliances had to be run from an extension cable found under the bed. There was an acute shortage of hot water and the bed and its linen had seen better days.
The large deck was not private, it could be accessed by guests from other rooms and it did not have any sunloungers on it as shown in the pictures on the hotel website. The dipping pool was a foot bath (please see photos). The deck had some wooden chairs on it which were adorned with old clothes that must have been left by past guests. On the floor were some unsavoury items such as used Q tips. It obviously had not been swept for a while and did not get swept while we were there.
The rate does not include breakfast and the breakfast provided was adequate, no more. Dinner was fine, not memorable.
The whole place felt unloved and uncared for. Locals were drinking in the bar at 9.00 am. The owner hid in the office, never once coming out to say 'Hello'. The check-in and out was slow and unprofessional. Our room did not get cleaned during our stay. The staff was adequate but could do with more guidance and training with regard to service.
What was most disappointing is that this small hotel could be so much better. It only requires a really good clean, some better linen and some better trained staff. It seems as though the owners have lost their enthusiasm and it shows big time.
What did we like? the wonderful sea breezes, the magnificent views, its location away from the touristy side of the island and some of the old furniture in the reception area. Would we recommend? Unfortunately, NO.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched atop the ruggedly beautiful Bathsheba beach on the untouched East Coast of Barbados, this hidden retreat is a must for those seeking surf and relaxation a little off the beaten path.Located in historic Bathsheba on the rugged east coast of Barbados, Round House has been a popular destination for locals and visitors alike for over 100 years. Built in the early 1800’s, the property offers commanding views of the entire Atlantic coast, a unique scenic environment and an undisturbed stretch of beach studded with natural tidal pools located just a one-minute walk down the sand to "Soup Bowl", one of the world's premier surf spots.Round House houses a historic inn featuring four architecturally-unique rooms with unparalleled views, and a bustling restaurant and bar serving Continental Caribbean cuisine with indoor and outdoor seating and some of the best views on the island. With its unique history, great food, friendly people and mellow vibe, Round House is a locals' favourite year-round and the spot frequent travelers to the island return to again and again to be greeted like old friends... with its unique hilltop perch providing a breathtaking panorama of Bathsheba and its pounding surf, it is also a “must-do” part of every first-time visitor's Barbados experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Round House Inn Barbados/Bathsheba