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“What a shame” 2 of 5 stars
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Harmony Hall Boutique Hotel
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   Brown's Bay, Freetown, Antigua   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Freetown B&B and Inns
France
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“What a shame”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2011

To quote our friends "the best thing is to come, eat the appetisers, drink the wine and leave before lunch."
A lobster pasta full of shell and bits triggered a complaint. The Maitre D' didn't seem worried, he sat down with a table of friends and eat his lunch in the middle of service. Two trips to his lunch table to solve our problem didn't help. No doubt he enjoyed his lunch, shame we didn't.enjoy ours.

Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2010

We didn't stay here - but went for lunch and it was so wonderful we went back again two days later. The views were fabulous - we felt like we were in a lovely cafe on the Italian coast, complete with prosecco and (a rarity in the Caribbean) crusty Italian bread and delicious pasta. The place seems popular for visiting Europeans and sailors who anchor right below near their tiny beach. If you go for lunch you can also take their boat to nearby Green Island for snorkeling - unfortunately the water was unsettled and we couldn't see anything, but it's a pretty beach stop for an hour. There appeared to be a few rooms there, but no views from them and they don't serve dinner.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2009

This place is great BUT it is on the other side of the island and away from it all. If you want to be in the action then don't stay here. English Harbor is about 35 minutes away as well as the airport. For us, we did not mind. The rooms, service, little beach, and food were all phenomenal. We will be back!!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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twix gatwick and heathrow
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18 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2007

Our guests loved Harmony Hall, the location, food, ambiance and as usual worth the 2 mile journey along unmade road. But returning after 2 years we noticed the change of management. No warm welcome, no gentle classical music playing in the background, 3 big awnings erected and inhibiting the complete view, and no Ricardo conducting the staff and enquiring about your happiness. Why do some very very good things have to change ? We like a bit of fuss if we are paying that much !

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2007

Stayed here a couple of years ago - a big birthday with a zero on the end! Had stayed at a couple of different places on the island - and this was the highlight - my birthday - and the last couple of nights.

There was no restaurant on the night that we arrived - so they left a FANTASTIC dinner for 2 waiting for us in the room. 10/10.

Following morning was my birthday - breakfast was a dream, and then lunch on the terrace............boat over to Green Island for an hour snorkling in the shallows (hubbie doesn't like deep water so was perfect for beginers)...... followed by cocktails in the old tower - watching the sunset........and then a lovely dinner on the decked area. What could be better?

Room was a bit more basic than I was expecting - but the shower was a treat (and is a new benchmark to be compared to!).

2 or 3 nights was perfect for us.

  • Liked — Peace and solitude - with fantastic restaurant
  • Disliked — Room itself was a bit basic
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bristol
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2007

Plus
- nice enough villas, recently refurbished
- great restaurant (lunchtimes only)
- beautiful location

Minus
- overpriced - and there are a few annoying little problems with the villas (insect screens don't fit, sliding door broken, "king-size" matteress was just 2 singles puched together) which you don't expect at over $400/night
- no beach and the coral at green island is almost all dead, making the free shuttle boat service there fairly pointless
- also, the shuttle boat driver was incredibly rude
- there is nowhere to eat in the evenings except Tamarind bar just down the road, and this is closed on Mondays so next option is 40 minutes away in English Harbour

The total isolation of this place - having only the security guard for company after 5pm - could be a plus or a minus depending on what you want. They are planning new villas and a spa in the future so this may change.

  • Liked — lunch
  • Disliked — most other things
  • Stayed December 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Norfolk, Nebraska
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9 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2005

With my busy exec lifestyle, I do not want to be near a TV, computer or phone. At Harmony Hall, there is none and that's the beauty of the place.

This is not a hotel, it is an upscale B&B. The rooms are spacious as well as the bathrooms. Each one has a relaxing patio looking onto an open field. The free breakfast is filling and the eating area overlooks the bay. The staff are incredibly accomodating and unlike some places like this, the owner has included the tips in the price of the accomodations.

The restaurant is Italian-Caribbean Fusion and well know on the island.

The location is on the east side of the island, away from the tourist areas, but only 10 minutes from the best beach.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Harmony Hall Boutique Hotel

Address: Brown's Bay, Freetown, Antigua
Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Phillip Parish > Freetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Freetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Harmony Hall Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful and secluded retreat located on the South East of Antigua near uninhabitated Green Island and beautiful Half Moon Bay that soothes and charms the soul with stunning vistas over Nonsuch Bay . The Historic sugar mill at its heart host the Harmony Hall Yacht Club. It is surrounded by the open areas of the restaurant which serves an eclectic Italian cuisine..... Let our expert chef surprise you transforming fresh ingredients into a gourmet's delight ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Harmony Hall Hotel Saint Philip
Harmony Hall Boutique Hotel Antigua/Freetown

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