Orange Hill Beach Inn Hotel, Nassau
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Almost like home...from A TripAdvisor Member
The ride from the airport was fast and not expensive (8$).
Arriving at the Orange Hill we were welcomed heartily and we easily got the keys to our room. The room was furnitured simple but functional.
To be honest, who needs a great room beeing on the bahamas? Even in february we had an unbelievable weather. So why would somebody stay in his room...???
The meals were not expensive - in consideration of the general price level on the bahamas - and mostly really delicious. The staff was friendly and low key.
The beach direct in front of the hotel is nice, but as a lot of other reviewers allready mentioned not state-of-the-art for the bahamas. But the nice staff at the office allways has really good hints where to go on providence island.
Two beaches that I totally can recommend is the so called "love beach" (not even 5min by bus from the orange hill) and the "South ocean beach".
The first is not easy to reach because of private houses in front of the beach (just ask the bus driver where you can reach the beach, he will know) but delivers total loneliness 10min away from Nassau.
The second recommendation was also a quite and lonely place with an outstanding "shallow" water. You can walk up to 100 feet into the water still standing.
Finally I would like to recommend an unbelievable trip, which we made to the great exumas. The trip was organized by "island world adventures" whose flyer´s can be found at the reception of the orange hill. Allthough the day- trip is quite expensive (around 160$ per person) it was worth every dollar. Starting with a ride on two powerboats, the trip included the visit of
- the nicest beach spot I have ever seen
- an island with iguans
- the visit of un unbelievable sandbank
I really do not like to mahe commercial for these guys, but the trip was really great!!!
In conclusion, orange hill is a great place to be as long as you are searching for nice affordable accomodation on the high priced islands of the bahamas. The hotel is clean, the staff is friendly, and the bahamas offer the greatest beaches of the world. THX for a great time.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask me via e-mail...
All You Needfrom A TripAdvisor Member
re over 40from mpressive
I'll start with the practical facts. The hotel was a $10 ride from the airport, only about 10 minutes away. It costs $1 to Cable Beach and $1.25 to Downtown on the pleasant Jitneys, although the journey to downtown can be around 20 mintes. It costs $2 on an evening bus and $20+ with a taxi. This can prove expensive if you plan on regularly experiencing the nightlife.
The hotel room was by no means squalid, but I do think they were slightly overpriced compared to the rooms at the Nassau Beach Hotel (see my other review). I had a poolside room which contained 1 double and 2 single beds. All the beds were decent enough and I never had a bad nights sleep. The room was furnished with a large TV (only a few channels), Fridge (cool rather than cold), air con, a microwave & coffee maker. There was a decent sized cupboard for hanging clothes. The room has a telephone that offers free local calls (great for finding out where's open or ordering pizza).
The bathroom was small but totally adequate, however the bath did feel like it was going to fall apart everytime I got in for a shower. Happily there was always hot water and good shower pressure.
The pool area was ok. I didnt use the pool myself but a lot of the other guests did. There is a lot of lounging furniture but it is quite old and could do with replacing. The grounds are very well kept even though I never saw a gardener.
The eating area and bar is intimate and pleasant. I found the food to be too expensive after eating their on my first night. Alcohol is also quite expensive. Sodas are $1.50; water sml $1, lrg $2. They work an honour bar system.
I found the hotel to be geared towards families looking for a quiet getaway and older people. Its a quiet location with a wonderful beach across the road but is too far from Downtown/Cable Beach. The amount of money I spent on nighttime travelling was over $100!
Nevertheless, Judy, her family, and the staff are second to none. They go out of their way to help you and are always friendly about it. If it were not for them I would have given this place a Terrible rating.
My advice: if you are looking for somewhere secluded and quiet, and dont have plans to party all night, then this is the place for you. If you want to be close to the nightlife (and daylife for that matter), like to see people, and are of the younger generation - stay at Cable Beach or Downtown.
It was quite nicefrom san_uk
The hotel is simple but fairly clean. I have read of other flashy hotels having bugs etc. in the bed but there is no such problem here. There is a beach opposite the hotel, across the road. The beach is virtually empty and not bad. There is sea weed on the beach here and there and its not as good as the other beaches (Cable Beach etc.) but its still quite nice. You can catch a no. 10 bus into Cable Beach or downtown from outside of the hotel.
Judy and her family who run the hotel are incredibly helpful.
Basically the hotel itself is ok, the only problem we had with it is the location. It is 8 miles from downtown. Its ok during the day when you can get a bus into town (price is only $1 per person). However buses virtually stop running after 6pm so you have to take a cab. Cabs are quite expensive. My mate and I would go out to clubs every night and pay $20 to return to the hotel by cab each time from downtown.
So in summary,
if you want to stay somewhere quiet, out of the way, where you can relax, this is the place for you.
if you want to go out and about all day and hit a few bars/clubs you would be better off staying at Cable Beach or closer to town.
Should be called Orange Hill Motelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The Orange Hill is a motel. The grounds are extremely run down. The pool is an average backyard swimming pool. Our room was classified as poolside. It is true that we could see the pool from our room, but the alternate view was of the back of the property which resembled a junkyard. Our room was dirty. There was a huge cob web that hung from the ceiling for our entire stay. The bathroom is in rough shape. The shower curtain was absolutely filthy. We cringed when it brushed against us in the shower. The beds were creaky, lumpy, and had a plastic mattress pad!
One of the nice things about the Orange Hill is the daily grocery run they offer. We took advantage on day 2 and bought some staples for our stay. The rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster and coffee maker. We attempted to use the toaster, but decided against it when we saw how dirty the inside was.
The beach across the street is lovely. It is private and for the most part very clean. It was a definite highlight of our stay. We picked up the bus right across the street. During peak hours, it comes pretty regularly, but it can be really inconsistent. We once waited an hour to catch the bus into town. We spent a good deal of money to get back to the hotel at the end of the evening. The buses stop running "around" 7 pm.
We consider ourselves budget travelers, but even with that in mind, Orange Hll was a disappointment. We will not be returning.
great atmoshpere, a nice quiet place to stay!from A TripAdvisor Member
the rooms at orange hill were simple and clean, we had no problems with bugs, like so many of the other "big name"(wyndam, holiday inn) resort reviews stated. the maids clean the rooms everyday. we never had to ask for clean towels, the garbage was always emptied. the room also had a convenient kitchenette. they offered a ride to the grocery store every morning at 10.30am when they went on their grocery run. you could also just ride with them if you wanted to be dropped off near the start of cable beach, since the store was right there.
the place is family owned and the owners kids were super nice and helpful with any questions we had about anything. the one day, a lady and her family were checking out and she gave the lady working the desk a big hug and a kiss on the cheek and told her she'd see her next year. so it was definitely a very personable place and there were some long time returning guests. that was nice to see. i'd say it was the mark of a nice little establishment.
the food the restaurant offered was a lot less expensive than the places downtown and was quite good. breakfast was about $7 per person compared to about $16 at wyndam. our first day there, we arrived after they stopped serving lunch, but they had offered to make us lunch anyway.
the beach is right across the street and is very big, with not a lot of people. it was clean with beautiful reefs not too far out. somedays there was seaweed washed up a bit, but guess what, most beaches had that. on that note, we went to the hilton beach for the heck of it one day - not that great! first of all, the beach is roped off so if you wanted to snorkel out further you couldn't. orange hill beach you could go out as far as you'd like. the beach at hilton was small, and sewage was dumping into the water right next to the beach! so i guess you can pay big bucks to swim in sewage(literally), or you can discover a nice hidden, off the beaten path, family owned hotel for a great price. it's a very accomodating little hotel. we are definitely planning on returning to orange hill again!
rundown placefrom A TripAdvisor Member
noisy at night with loud music
not a place to go
had booked and confirmed an oceanfront room,
had to argue to get it !
Very relaxed!! Great!!from A TripAdvisor Member
only avaerage, not very impressedfrom scully9712
You get what you pay for..from A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Nassau
pricing Always check the price to your destination before you get into the cab. Jitneys are much better value and a fun way to travel during the day, but they do stop around 6pm so perhaps get a jitney into town and a cab back.
Car Rental Counters Close Early at Airport If you are flying into Nassau after 6 p.m. and have rented a car, you will be out of luck. The counters at the airport close by 6 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending on who you ask. Either way- have cash on hand or a credit card for a limo driver to take you where you need to go. A cab fare to Orange Hill Beach Inn should be less than $10, as it is about a 3 minute ride.
The Personal Touch Definitely sign-up for the People-to-People Programme through the Department of Ministry. It's free and you can do it before your trip, or upon your arrival at the airport. They will match you with a local with simiar age, background, interests. If you're travelling solo, this is definiately a highlight!
Other names for Orange Hill Beach Inn Hotel
- orange hill beach nassau
- orange hill beach inn
- orange hill beach hotel
- Address: Orange Hill, West Bay St - Nassau - Bahamas
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