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“Not quite paradise” 2 of 5 stars
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Coral Harbour Beach House and Villas
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Coral Harbour Road PO Box N-9750, Nassau, New Providence Island   |  
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Ranked #13 of 33 hotels in Nassau
Brussels
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Not quite paradise”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

The idea of a "villa" on the beach, out of the way of Nassau, and based on some of the reviews on here, made us book 5 nights in August 2011. The reservation included the room only, breakfast excluded, but we were told that the "restaurant" would be available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After the experience on the first morning, where two toast breads, some synthetic jam and bottled juice and some tea (tea bags) set us back $25, we never returned.

Exploring the "private" beach, we found it full of washed up beer bottles, debris, dog poo and generally not a nice play to be, next to an abandoned house on the beach.

Keen to explore Bahamas, we very quickly realised that car rental is a must. Nearest super market is about 2 kilometers away, and since we didn't want to revisit the restaurant we had to stock up on essential breakfast supplies. Obviously we should have booked a car in the airport, but since the property offered car rental too, we took this option. We were greeted by a wreck of a Nissan Micra, where one mirror was knocked off, that badly pulled to the left and made some very worrying sounds when braking. The price was about twice what a rental from the airport would have been, as we belatedly discovered.

The "villa" itself was the ground floor of a row of houses, with the family of the owners staying in the top floor. Everything was very basic, with a small kitchen, a basic bathroom and a very small living room (the ceiling of which had a huge water damage). The bed room faced the back, so was quiet, and the air conditioning made the dampness of the room acceptable...

The overall feeling we got was one of neglect (the beach would have been a very nice feature if someone had bothered to take care of it), and the rooms were very basic. The final nail in the coffin is that the property is family-run and pretends to be very friendly and "folksy" as long as you don't question any of the deficiencies. As soon as you ask for anything out of the ordinary, such as a late check-out, or queries the state of the rental car, you are immediately met with a "not possible", or "that will cost you an extra half day rental".

All in all, a disappointing stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Fort Myers, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

We were directed to this location for food, and the restaurant is indeed humming for an out-of-the-way place right on the beach! prices are, as expected, um, healthy. A cheeseburger will run you $12, and the drinks are also costly (if you ask for water, it will be bottled and there will be a charge). When we were there, they had just built a new deck (huge) and a fellow was industriously painting the railings white, even as people relaxed around tables at a safe remove from the paint, to have drinks and watch the sunset. This is a lovely spot, graced by nature. The interior of the restaurant is charming and basically beach-housy, but they have a large flatscreen TV showing golf, which obviously was a draw for some of the dedicated patrons at the tables that afternoon. However...

Only the restaurant seems to have a sense of industry. It is at the west side of the beach end of the hotel property, which extends to the road. The hotel's bar, also somewhat active, is small and partially thatched, and the tables and chairs are rescued from a variety of other eras and not all are in good repair. There is a room with a pool table (nothing much else) and a cage where a TV used to be, lighting with exposed (although insulated) wiring, and two restrooms, both of which worked (a plus). one gets a feeling of a deserted building from the ground floor indoors area. The parking lot contains (at the time of writing) at least one car skewed up on a cement block. The lovely rope hammocks shown in their promo photos all have gaping holes in them, there is too much trash lying around on the beach, there is a truly awful rental car rate ($60/day? One can get a car for $30/day at tony guest houses on the North Shore) posted on the door of a little office off the parking lot... could that be the office for the Beach House?

Overall, the strong impression is that while the restaurant is building both its infrastructure and its client base/reputation, the beach house has been coasting for a long time with little to no maintenance and is still attempting to charge the same rates that it might have merited had it been maintained properly. Clean this place up first, especially things like rooms, A/C, door locks, hammocks, trash clearance, and junked car removal, and then you can go back to charging high rates. At the moment, it is worth about $50 for the convenient 10-min drive to the airport, and assuming the room is scrupulously clean and the plumbing all functioning, but less if the room has no working door lock.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms seem to be preferred. Really lovely natural area, just not well-maintained.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

We stayed here as we needed a place close to the airport where we could sleep (arrived in Nassau at 10pm, departing the next morning to Treasure Cay at 9am). This hotel was fine for that. Everyone was really friendly, we had a late night snack at the bar/restaurant (some plastic tables right on the beach) which was really quite nice.

The room was clean...but very very very old. Everything was dated and run down. The bed was super comfortable...but the air conditioner was excessively noisy - it was hard to sleep.
We didn't make it to the beach, but did note that the sand was literally right outside our door.

All in all fine for a one night stay...but definitely too expensive for what it was. This one night cost us the same as two nights in a much better hotel in Treasure Cay.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Long Island
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

I am an avid traveler through nassau and tried this place for the first time in January 2012.
I gave permission to charge my credit card for a king suite/upstairs/balcony.
When I arrived i was told that the room wasn't ready and was put in a substandard room until suite was ready. Nightfall came and I was told I had to stay in the inferior room. I told manager this was unnaceptable since I had paid for the suite. When I requested a reduced rate for the lousy room the manager just laughed. Then I find out that THE FRONT DOOR LOCK WAS BROKE AND THE PATIO DOORS ALSO HAD NO LOCK. I FEARED FOR MY SAFETY. I learned my lesson, if the room you prepaid for is not what your given you need to find a new hotel. The only saving grace was the beachfront restaraunt...I would only go back for the food not to stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for 4 days, and met a lot of interesting people. The good thing about the hotel is it is secluded on the beach within a residential neighborhood, Our balcony overlooked the ocean. The room costs approximately $125 a night including a $20 service fee per night which was charged when we arrived at the hotel. The attached bar serves some excellent fish and conch. The fish dinner cost $17, but was worth the price. I thought the beer and mixed drinks were overpriced for being so far away from the main area.

The bus is pretty easy to get in the mornings between 7am and 8am. Coming back it is hit and miss. Taxis are expensive on the island.

We had a wonderful time, and met a lot of friendly interesting people. The location of the hotel was definitely away from most of the other tourists.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

Like many others, we too stayed here to get out of the hustle and bustle of Nassau and because of the price. However, we only stayed here one night and wish we hadn't. The sheets were stained, the carpet in the room was filthy, the pictures on the wall were ripped, the door on our balcony didn't lock well and the service was very slow and when the food did arrive it wasn't well prepared. While it is a small mom and pop hotel close to the airport, I wouldn't recommend it for much more than a night.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Venice, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

We were travelling from Florida to Cuba, via the Bahamas. We needed somewhere to stay for one night, near to Nassau airport.
After seaching the internet & reading lots of reviews for the Coral Harbour Beach House, we decided that this would be an OK place to stay, as it is only 20mins, south of the airport.
What a pleasant surprise was in store for us !!
We had found a little piece of paradise. Beautiful, quiet, & charming. It was so far removed from the bustle of Nassau & Paradise island..
Our accommodation was the lower part of one of the villas.Large, clean bedroom, bathroom, kitchen,sitting area & small patio through glass patio doors.

We were treated well by Tod the chef, who would cook anything we wanted & set our table out on the wooden balcony, overlooking the sea & a perfect private beach.
All the staff are friendly & helpful & a delight to talk to.
It is very Bahamian with unfinished projects in progress, but this only adds to the charm.

We hope to return in a couple of years time & maybe rent the single, 2 bedroom villa, with friends.

Room Tip: If you want a great sea view, choose the upper part of a villa, which has its own balcony. The lowe...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Coral Harbour Beach House and Villas

Address: Coral Harbour Road PO Box N-9750, Nassau, New Providence Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Nassau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Nassau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Coral Harbour Beach House and Villas 2.5*
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