This 2nd generation, family run beach restaurant/hotel is truly special! But, as I read through some of the negative reviews on the Road House and more specifically the service, I have to ask the question - what do people expect from a remote and very old surfing village that doesn’t even have an ATM or gas station? I am not from Barbados and this was my first trip to this magnificent island, but I have travelled extensively around the world in style as well as in just board shorts/sandals. I feel that I have an absolute understanding to what is proper accommodation and service for the location/price. In my personal opinion, it comes with the territory that the ultra-relaxed attitude of local worker is part of the experience when you are in this type of environment. I think it’s a bit ridiculous to be so harsh on an establishment that is priced very reasonable in comparison to other restaurants/hotels on the island.
With all of that said, I stayed at the Round House in room 4 for 7 nights in late August 2012. I can honestly say that my experience could have not been more pleasurable. My room was particularly clean and comfortable for the modest price I paid. I never felt that my passport, wallet, computer and iPad were ever at danger to be stolen, which is something I can rarely say in other remote regions I have previously travelled. The views, beaches, surfing and sunrises/sunsets were all awe inspiring. The staff felt more like a group of friends rather than the sometimes awkward hotel staff you find at hotels. They were very accommodating to my every need. The restaurant was absolutely fine for the price, sure they were sometimes slow but who cares…seriously?! This is not a 5 star restaurant in New York. I also chose to eat at a few high end restaurants during my stay and can say that the increase in service was not relative to the increase in price.
If you are considering staying at Bathsheba, then the Round House is a fantastic option. If you are just stopping through on a day trip, then be prepared to relax, soak up the calm energy and have a nice simple meal with a few banks beers or your favorite libation.
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