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Arawak Inn
West Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence Island   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #4 of 11 Nassau B&B and Inns
Orlando, Florida
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good for the $”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Usually spend time in Nassau with spouse's relatives and this time not possible. Looked for a reasonable, clean, convenient place and this was the cheapest overall. Couldn't tell much from the internet photos, so took a chance. Turned out to be a very good place for the amount of money. The room was shabby chic, and fairly clean. The kitchenette was sufficient, and the bathroom served the purpose. The TV worked and the bed was ok and very clean. The towels were fresh daily and quite big & thirsty. The outside areas were clean, pleasant and tropical. The location was good with quick access to the Arawak Key Fish Fry. Mr. Lloyd was personable although his dog was a little off-putting but did not stay outside much. There is NO pool nor fitness center. The little beach across the road is quite scenic but not a good swim.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I stayed with Ann and Lloyd Gay at the Arawak Inn in 2000 and am hoping to return again next year after some time spent in Europe, however I miss the beautiful colours of Caribbean Blue and the hospitality and sheer joie-de-vivre of the Bahamian people. We experienced real Bahamian life and I will never forget the welcome we received from the local people, not only in their street party but being served by the beautiful little people in the shacks next to the quay. Must try Conch salad again and of course Bahama Mama!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Miami, Florida
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

My husband and I were in Nassau for two days on a bureaucratic mission. Our preferred form of accommodation is definitely not the big resort type and so we went for the low-budget Arawak Inn, located on the edge of downtown. It's actually only a 5-minute drive from the centre of town.

The inn has fewer than 10 rooms. Our room had one double bed, one single bed, a little kitchenette and a bathroom. It was not brand new but it was in decent condition. Likewise, it wasn't eat-off-the-floor clean, but neither was it dirty. Service was very good and friendly, check-in and check-out was simple and you can't beat the price.

If you aren't looking to spend a long time in Nassau and you don't want the big anonymous resort feel, consider the Arawak Inn.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

As an American who travels frequently I am used to the more crisp and clean appearance of at hotel 6 or even a Hilton. The Arawak Inn is not that and that's one of the reasons I GO BACK...three times in fact. Yes the water has a sulfur smell whatever its and island and the road is just feet from your door, but if peace and quiet is what you want go to Atlantis for 400$ a night. This is a locals spot for the visitors. I lived in the Bahamas for a few months in my twenties and every time I go back to visit I fly to Nassau stay here and then fly on to Staniel or Eluthera and come back before my flight back to the states. Also the taxi's in the area are extremely punctual even at 4 am.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Key West, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

I made reservations here about 6 weeks before arrival and then re-confirmed then 2 weeks before arrival. We were staying 2 days before and 1 day after our cruise on the Liberty Clipper (which is AMAZING!). When we arrived the 1st night, we were told that they were full and that we did not have a reservation. The man then did some checking and told us that, because we did not show up on our first night they cancelled our stay. THIS WAS OUR FIRST NIGHT! He did find us a "nicer place" around the corner. It had the look and feel of a crack house. One bed, a TV that was snowy and no shower curtain. If this is what the guy at the Awawak said is better, WOW! We stayed one night and moved to the Towne Hotel, which is great!
Would not recommend at all. I still have the emails from Ann at the Inn to back all of this up!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2011

A gem it is! Months I stayed there on business and enjoyed the wonderful, colorful owners. Personal touch to everything. Yes, it's a funny old building. A classic, very conveniently located. Best truly Bahamian experience in the Nassau for a fraction of the price of Orange Hill. Cable TV with Bloomberg Channel and WiFi, at least some rooms.
Great for long- termers, cultural tourists, artists etc....Little kids may not get it though.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2011

Service was very friendly and educational! Easy walk to the "Fish Fry" group of restaurants, park and street vendors. The Inn is an unusual group of rooms in an older, worn building. The owners have named each room after an island and have painted color everywhere. Outside tables and chairs were great for relaxing and enjoying the unusual trees.. mango, cotton,even a huge rubber tree. Unfortunately the by-products of several dogs in the area made the yard less inviting. There is a strong sulfur smell from the water pipes and wouldn't recommend making tea or coffee from the tap water. If you want an inexpensive room, not a traditional "hotel" experience, you might consider this inn.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Arawak Inn

Address: West Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Nassau
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Nassau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ours is a small 5 room hotel, nr. downtown Nassau and major attractions such as the Fish Fry, Ardastra Gardens Zoo, and Ft. Charlotte. Air conditioned, self catering rooms with cable TV, a family island atmosphere, and a 15 min. walk to the nearest beautiful beach. Complimentary tea/coffee is served daily. Rooms are decorated with Androsia fabrics and artworks by local artisans. ... more   less 
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