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Rock House
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 22, 2014

I cannot say enough good things about this divine little gem of a hotel! The most special part being the people who take care of you there. What a wonderful group of folks who completely understand why you are there. To forget about where you came from and enjoy! The atmosphere is relaxed and super friendly. You need something? They will organize it. The food is beyond yummy! Eat here even if you don't stay here! Other small hotels could take lessons from Don, Eric and all the staff on how to do it right! We will be back. Count on it.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

We just spent five fabulous days at Rock House at the end of March 2012 and have to share that the entire Rock House experience exceeded our expectations. Outstanding, customer service-oriented staff that treated us like royalty. Don and Eric have thought of just about everything one would need for a relaxing, romantic carribean escape including an air conditioned & well-equiped gym facility, day at the beach care-package, and a continental breakfast worth getting up early to enjoy. We were thrilled to find out that Rock House restaurant is the best on the island. Arugala salads, grilled octopus and keylime pie were all to "die for". Can't wait to return for another visit!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

If you are looking for the experience of a tastefully designed, incredibly well managed small hotel that truly makes you feel like you are a special guest, this is your place. Don and the staff understand that attention to detail in all things is what makes any experience top notch. The food is the best on the island, the rooms (especially Commodore) are lovely and the views to the harbour and sunset - perfect. Located in the heart of town its an easy walk to most things, or ask for a golf cart rental. The beach is short jaunt away with dedicated chairs and umbrellas and happily located right under Sip Sip, one of the island's best lunch hot spots. Harbour Island exudes laid back charm and the Rock House understand and channels that vibe perfectly.
Having one day down with a bug the staff treated me like family with many kind gestures.
It rightly belongs on all the "Best" list which it frequently appears. Many thanks!!!!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Eric F, Owner at Rock House, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2014

Thank you for the positive review. Your feedback is shared with our employees. We all appreciate every-time our guest recognize our work. It was great meeting you and we will be seeing you very soon.
Don Purdy

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Rock House for a week last March for our honeymoon (sorry for the late review). We cannot say enough about Eric, Don and the entire team at the Rock House. From the moment we arrived, we felt like we were "home". The team really makes you feel part of the family. We stayed in the Pineapple room and it was amazingly beautiful. We enjoyed having our coffee/breakfast out on the balcony and looking out at the water. It was so peaceful and relaxing.

Our entire dining experience at the Rock House (dinner on our first night and our last night) was amazing. After dinner, we enjoyed hitting the town, whether going for a walk on the beach, or going to Gusty's for a drink.

So many things to do. We loved driving around the island in our golf cart and sightseeing and then coming back and taking a dip in the pool or just chilling in a cabana.

Truly magical place!!! Thank you to the entire Rock House team for making our honeymoon so special.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank JandCMcBee
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Eric F, General Manager at Rock House, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Jason and Claudine,

Thank you for your review. Its nice to hear that year later you still have wonderful memories from your vacation/honeymoon. I am glad to hear your Honeymoon was perfect.

Looking forward to see you back at the Rock.

Eric

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Reviewed February 26, 2014

The staff here is outstanding. Great conversation and tips about the island. The restaurant is top notch.....the best we had on the island. There is always someone looking to help out if you need it. Rooms are comfortable, clean and quiet. The location is very convenient, you can easily walk from here to many restaurants and shops. Also if you wish, it's an easy walk from the government dock. To see the whole island, rent a golf cart. We did so through Rock House, and they took care of everything. Our cart was ready and waiting when we arrived, and for only a small fee over the normal cost. Save yourself running around and do this. Beach access is very convenient with the cart, but one could also walk there easily. After looking around the island, I would stay here again.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

This was our first time coming to Harbour Island and we were fortunate to have stayed at the Rock House. Amazing!!!...the rooms are beautiful and the attention to every detail is impressive. The staff couldn't have been friendlier. Dinner was truly fabulous!! It is a VERY special place !! Thank you Don, Eric and staff for a wonderful vacation!

The Rock House rocks !!!
Brian & Michelle

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Michelle H
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We just returned to Australia from the Bahamas. My husband and I visited 3 islands out of the 700 in the Bahamas and Habour Island was our favourite. Habour Island was particularly special because the stay at the Rock House was faultless.

Location is easy to get to: To Rock House from Eleuthera Island
(a) 5 mins taxi ride from North Eleuthera Airport to Three Island Dock (Total US$10 for 2pp)
(b) 5 mins water taxi from Three Island Dock to Habour Island Dock (Total US$10 for 2pp)
(c) 5 mins walk from Habour Island Dock to Rock House hotel; you can see the hotel from the dock, ask the water taxi driver to point it out to you (We had one suitcase each with 4 wheels so it was easy to walk there.) There is a staircase from the road to Rock House. Let someone from Rock House know when you get there and they will send someone down to help you right away!

As soon as we arrived. The Manager, Eric, welcomed us and showed us our room and facilities. He also provided us a map and circled places he would recommend to visit/dine at. Throughout our stay, Eric was extremely helpful and as busy as he was, he never rushed. We met Don, the owner, a bit later and he was extremely friendly and very generous. Thanks Don.

Room & Facilities were immaculate: We stayed in the Nautilus room. It was large and very clean. Wifi was complimentary. No views in this room. If you would like to have water views, perhaps stay in Commodore or Pineapple room.

Beach was an easy walk: Rock House provides a beach bag containing beach chairs towels and dry-off towels and bottles of water. Once you collect it, you are set for the easy stroll to the pink sand beach! We preferred to walk rather than hire a golf cart. We have eaten too much for the last month and need to walk it off! Seriously though, everything is walking distance and did not think a golf cart was necessary.

Food was amazing: Every morning we had a good breakfast of toasted banana bread, bowl of fresh cut fruits, yoghurt with mango pieces and coffee. There were home-made muesli bars, cupcakes, cereal and juice too; all complimentary. You can order hot breakfast, but not sure how much it costs. We loved what they served already, so did not order hot breakfast. Every morning either Marva or Flo greeted us and other guests. They made time to chat with us and their service was exceptional! If you have a chance, try having dinner at the Rock House. We had dinner twice there and their food was just amazing!!! The highlight of my stay in Bahamas (food-wise) was their stone crab claw! Apparently it is not always available, so hopefully the night you go, they are serving it! We have dined at The Landing (just next door to Rock House), The Dunmore (also at Habour Island), Graycliff hotel (New Providence Island) etc. We would say that Rock House still produced the best food out of all.

Hospitality, food and service........Solid As A Rock!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Eric F, General Manager at Rock House, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2014

Hi Kelly and Andrew,

Looks like you have made it back home safe and with a suitcase full of memories. It was great meeting you during your stay at the Rock House. We feel honored every time guests decides to come to the Bahamas for their vacation and chooses to stay with us, specially someone like you traveling across the whole world.

Thank you for such a detail review which I believe will be helpful to other visitors that have never been to the Bahamas.

Greetings from everybody.

Eric Franz

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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
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
Price Range: $309 - $680 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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