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Gaithersburg, MD
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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“Excellent Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

The Turtle Nest Inn is an excellent place to stay. The room had all of the expected amentities and more. The location is central on the island so it's no more than 20-25 minutes away from any point on the island. The staff was excellent and the owners made a great effort for their guests' comfort. Truely a great place to stay. We're going back.

  • 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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Pemberville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Turtle Nest was booked for our birthday weekend in Feb, so the Turtle Nest management offered us Fox Den. What a wonderful, quiet, romantic getaway it turned out to be! Wonderful hostess, CLEAN, Pool to ourselves, and the MOST BEAUTIFUL PRIVATE GARDENS! The only reason I didn't give a five point rating is because I was under the impression that it was on the beach and it was not, but we were able to use the facilities at Turtle Nest just down the road. Wonderful, private, setting. Was short distance to seven mile beach, but also close to many local eateries like "Fish on the Beach"

Room Tip: Fox Den is a converted pool house that is just down the road from Turtle Nest Inn. Sleeps two very c...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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TNI_Mgmt, Owner at Turtle Nest Inn, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
We thank you very much for staying in Fox Den Cottage, and for taking the time to post a favourable review. We're delighted that you appreciated this lovely property and its beautiful grounds. However, we do feel it unfair to dock a point because you were "under the impression that it was on the beach and it was not". It's clearly stated at our website that, unlike Turtle Nest Inn & Condos, Fox Den Cottage is not on the beach. We describe the Cottage as accurately as possible: "While not on the sea, you'll have full guest privileges to all common facilities at the Inn including the beach, pool, washrooms, terrace, kayak, snorkelling equipment, etc." We do feel it unfair that we're penalized for not having what we don't claim to have. But, we are happy that you enjoyed the facilities at the Inn, located less than a mile down the road.
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We stayed in beachfront apt. #4 (April 2013) and could not have asked for more. While palm trees partially obscured our view of the water, they also provided very welcome shade. We could sit on our patio and enjoy a meal or one of the hotel's excellent pina coladas just about any time of day. The rental car that was part of the deal was small but was enough for the two of us and its gas mileage was appreciated. Most of the "action" was closer to 7-mile beach but we preferred the quiet of the Turtle Nest Inn pool and beach and the drive was not that far. Snorkeling off the beach was very nice and, though the beach was a bit on the rocky side, that was not an issue. The kitchen was well-equipped, bed was comfortable and the whole apartment was clean. We would not hesitate to stay there again.

Room Tip: Beachfront view and patio is worth the extra expense if you can swing it.
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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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Newark, Delaware
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Our stay in the Castaway Cottage couldn't have been better! The owners (Thom, Susan and Koda) and the Turtle Nest Inn Staff were amazing. The Cottage is close enough to the hotel to take advantage of the amenities but still private to feel like your own little home. The house is right next to the main road and it has direct access to your own private section of beach. Having breakfast in the deck behind the house is the perfect start for a day... and even better because of Thom's rum cake!

The house was spotless when we arrived and it has a fully equipped kitchen in case you want to cook your own meals. You can also use herbs from the garden behind the house, and the BBQ. Just make sure you bring some bacon for the lizards :D They would pose for pictures for as long as you feed them.

The house is located just far away enough from the busy (and touristy) beaches on the west, but close enough to visit them if you feel like it. There are also other things to do on the less populated east side of the island. You can have lunch or dinner at: Grape tree (only on weekends), Chester's (better for take out) and South Coast.

We can't wait to have the opportunity to visit again. You should do it, too!

Room Tip: If you want the privacy choose the cottages. If you want convenience get a room in the hotel.
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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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appleton, wi
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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We stayed here at the end of March 2013 and loved the place! The condo-style accommodation is so nice to have, can eat in whenever you want to. It's a nice quiet place, has a wonderful beach with Absolutely Excellent Snorkeling out front. In fact, one afternoon I saw barracuda, peacock flounder, file fish, queen angels, peacock fish, huge crab, lobster, etc, etc. with an easy snorkel out front! This is a definite Favorite Stopover for us.

Room Tip: We stayed in room #7 and loved it.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This was a fabulous vacation for our family of five...three of which were teenage boys. We stayed at the Moon Bay condo #2, which is an affiliate of the Turtle Nest Inn located about 2 miles up the road from Turtle Nest Inn. It was a very clean and spacious 3 bedroom/2 bath condo on the ground floor with the most incredible view ever! Literally three steps from our private patio was a beautiful white sand beach that we practically had to ourselves the whole week. The water is crystal clear and good for snorkeling, but you will need water shoes as there are sharp rocks leading into the water and a fair amount of turtle grass. There are iguanas, lizards, and even a friendly cat named Jessie who visited us daily. The condo was well equiped with a full kitchen, plenty of towels and a washer/dryer combo. It was plenty of room for our family...very safe and quiet with a refreshing pool as well. The booking included a rental car which is a must! While Moon Bay condo is located in quaint Bodden Town with a few shops and local eateries nearby (I highly reccommend the Grape Tree Cafe), you will want to explore the island and drive to larger shops and restaurants for more variety. It is a quick 15-20 minute drive to a larger grocery store (Fosters Food Fair) in Savannah and just 30-40 minutes from most other large attractions like George Town, Seven Mile Beach or the East End.
Overall this is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a quiet, beach house feel far enough away from the tourists but close enough to enjoy all that Grand Cayman has to offer!

Room Tip: Moon Bay #2 is in a better location than the other affiliate rental unit in this complex.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Stayed here with another couple in March. The condo unit is large, well equiped, clean and well laid out for two couples. Beach is just about perfect and very quiet with great snorkeling in crystal clear water running no more that 10-12 feet deep with a nice reef right at your doorstep. The pools are nice but you don't need them. Staff is exteremly nice and helpful. They know just about everyone on the island so they can easily arrange dinner reservations if you need them and can also recommend places if it is your first visit. You need a car to get around the island but it is included and had enough trunk space for four bags - much to everyone's surprise. Great place and I would definitely stay again and again. Oh, and the island is also great!

Room Tip: Be sure you get ocean front as there are other rooms with no view which I would not recommend.
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  • 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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Address: 166 Bodden Town Road, Grand Cayman
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Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Grand Cayman
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cayman hotels' exotic beachfront lodging offers Caribbean elegance, pool, superb snorkelling, and full luxury apartments costing less than most Grand Cayman hotel rooms. Located on its own sandy beach, only ten miles from George Town and the airport, the Inn is away from the tourist crowds, in a genuine island setting. Cayman's only Travel Holiday Magazine's Editors' Choice Award winner for 2003. ... more   less 
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Turtle Nest Hotel Grand Cayman
Turtle Nest Grand Cayman
Turtle Nest Inn Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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