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Rock House
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Corner of Hill and Bay Street, EL-27234, Harbour Island   |  
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Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Harbour Island
Mount Dora, Florida
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“Perfect Trip - Lovely Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Our stay at the Rock House was perfect. The staff were so friendly and helpful, the room was lovely, and the food was excellent. The bed was awesome - very comfortable. The location is great - not on the beach, but right in town with easy access to shops and restaurants. There is a special area on the beach for Rock House guests with chairs and umbrellas, and the hotel provides beach towels, water and chair covers. The beach is an easy walk from the hotel and the sand really is pink. We also really loved Harbor Island - everyone was very friendly and we felt safe even walking around the island at night.

Room Tip: We stayed in Seahorse, which is pool-side. Lovely room - plenty of room and a great bathroom. It i...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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london
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I've been meaning to write this review for a while, so forgive me for not remembering all names. we booked as 3 girls with high expectations. we stayed in the 1 bed suite. my friend had recently torn her calf muscle and the staff were very accommodating of this, bringing ice, assisting with carrying things, moving to shade etc. it really is a wonderful place. even after just a day, one feels so welcome and at home. names are remembered, preferences are remembered, its those touches as well as a fabulous setting and attention to detail in décor. the staff are genuinely warm, friendly and accommodating. there's nothing at all contrived. they really do enjoy making wonderful memories with guests in this incredible place. even the house dog is an absolute sweetie. Don and Eric, the manager are super nice and anticipate your every need. Marta was an incredible woman. we even partied with her at the local goombay (street festival) again just so warm and friendly.
everyone we met who was also staying there was on a repeat visit - 3, 5, 10 times back! we felt like we had discovered an amazing secret club.
the food is absolutely fantastic and that's from an extremely fussy vegetarian. the homemade yoghurt at breakfast is certainly not a diet aid, but who cares when you're on holiday! even the gym is well equipped says my friend who was an international athlete for 20 years.
the restaurant is excellent - every dish is great flavours, beautifully presented - you can see why it is completely full every night. yet Don and Eric always make sure they can accommodate guests. the wine is excellent, served at correct temperatures, glassware etc. the service is as good as I've had in 3 Michelin starred, yet in an unpretentious island way that is difficult to describe.
all of this excellence does come at a price, but you really do get what you pay for and therefore for me it was excellent value.
the goombay smash cocktail just cant be recreated. i still dream of it.
absolutely cannot wait to go back. thank you again to all of the staff at Rock House for a spectacular week. whilst Harbour Island itself is a wonderful place, Rock House is truly special.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Key West
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24 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

It had been five years since I last visited the Rock House but the memories were as clear as a bell. My first visit was so good but this visit was perfect and I don't think I can resist visiting again sooner than later. This is a beautiful property and is maintained immaculately.........every detail has been carefully though out and fine tuned over the years. Each and every employee I met during this trip were wonderful...........genuinely caring and friendly. So, on to the details. We stayed in the Citrus room which is located to the rear of property adjacent to the pool. The room was good sized with high ceilings, recessed lighting and tile floors. The bathroom was nicely finished with a large walk-in shower and came supplied with Aveda bath products. Also, the room had a walk-in closet with plenty of storage, plenty of hangers and a mini fridge stocked with beer, soda and snacks. There is an onsite restaurant which is very good with a beautiful terrace overlooking the harbor. I have nothing but praise for this beautiful little hotel and would recommend all to visit Harbour Island.............very special!!

Room Tip: There are three rooms at the front of the hotel with harbor views and I have stayed in one of those...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

This was our third trip to Harbour Island and our first stay at the Rock House. In my opinion, the Rock House is the best place to stay on the Island. The staff makes you feel welcome and really wants to take care of your every need. They are friendly, happy, and are so helpful and not intrusive. The Rock House is beautifully decorated and well-maintained, with all the amenities of fine establishment. I appreciate how much the owner Don and manager Erick are around to secure the best stay and experience.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We loved everything about Rock House.

Well managed by its owner Don, Erick the manager and an excellent staff all of whom were most friendly , welcoming and most helpful, the positive reviews we read all hit the mark.

We stayed at the Asian room ,the farthest room from the main lobby and were disturbed only by the crowing of the local roosters ...indeed wherever we went on Harbour Island, roosters could be found on posts and even on grave yard crucifixes.

The Asian has its own wifi and we thoroughy enjoyed its spaciousness ...for smokers( which we aren't) it has its own cabana.

The swimming pool was pleasant and most inviting....and not busy...particularly inviting when the ocean was turbulent.

The food and wine were ambrosial, we sat each evening on the balcony overlooking the harbour enjoying the spectacular vista and the setting of the sun ....the perfect setting for romantic couples.

The famous pink sands are only minutes away by golf cart with a specially designated and well maintained area for Rock House customers.

Above is Sip Sip a convenient and popular restaurant for enjoying lunch.

We musn't forget Don's dog Rocky ,the hotel mascot ,who we suspect runs the whole show....just don't disturb his bowl.

Room Tip: We can only comment on the Asian room...the farthest from the action, which is what we wanted...pres...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Falls Church, Virginia
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was our third trip to Harbour Island and our second stay at the Rock House. In our view, the Rock House is the best place to stay on the Island. The staff’s primary goal is to make you feel welcome and take care of your every need. They have the right balance of friendly helpfulness and not intrusive.

The Rock House is well-maintained and has all the amenities of fine establishment. We love being on the Bay side of the Island – we stayed in the Pineapple Room which has a nice porch overlooking the Bay. We did not rent a golf cart but instead walked everywhere we went. The Rock House is in easy walking distance to the beach and shops as well as good food at Sip Sip, The Landing, The Pink Sands, The Dunmore, Runaway Hill, Coral Sands, and Arthur’s Bakery. It is a short stroll to Valentine’s Dive Center as well.

We had two dinners at the Rock House and they were the best meals. (We did enjoy the others and variety is nice, but the Rock House is the best!) We also enjoyed lunch one day at the Rock House.

We will return to Harbour Island and will return to the Rock House. Don and Eric know how to take care of their guests!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

From the first moment you walk in to Rock House it takes your breath away. The décor is stunning and the staff is very friendly. Rock House is a boutique hotel that has 10 rooms in the property. Each room is carefully decorated differently with beautiful décor and all the amenities you need to make your trip enjoyable.
My husband and I originally booked the reef suite but were surprisingly upgraded to the Asian suite. Our suite had a living room, dinning area, two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
We had complementary breakfast every morning. Dinner at the restaurant is amazing.
They also pack a beach bag with towels and water. The drive to the beach is 5-minute drive in the golf cart.
If you are looking for a romantic or even a relaxing place to stay I would highly recommend staying at Rock House.
Thank you Don for the upgrade and thank you for making our vacation one to remember.

Room Tip: Romantic, quite, relaxing, excellent food, excellent staff
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Corner of Hill and Bay Street, EL-27234, Harbour Island
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Harbour Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Harbour Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rock House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rock House is a luxury 10 room boutique hotel on Harbour Island, Bahamas. Our fine dining restaurant has one of the best sunset views of the bay. Personal service and unmatched attention to every detail.Rock House has been a vibrant and colourful feature of the Harbour Island landscape since the early 1940's. Originally a private home, then a Bed and Breakfast and for many years a rental property, Rock House today has evolved to become the standard for elegance, island sophistication and superior service. Fodor's Choice, Condé Nast, Travel & Leisure and Tripadvisor award winner.In July 2002, Rock House caught the interest of the well-known South Florida builder J. Wallace Tutt III. Tutt and business partner Don Purdy, who had already created the successful Hotel Impala in South Beach and worked on commissions for Cher and the late Gianni Versace, had a vision of transforming the property into a luxury boutique hotel. The bar and dining experience at Rock House warrant special and distinct mention offering fine dining under the stars on the pool patio, at our select Chef's Table or on the Terrace overlooking the bay - you can be assured of the perfect cocktail, a superb wine list and delectable menu choices, all served by an attentive yet unobtrusive staff. ... more   less 
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Rock House Hotel Harbour Island
Rock Hotel Harbor Island
Rock House Bahamas/Harbour Island

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