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Arawak Inn
Ranked #4 of 14 Nassau B&B and Inns
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.

Room Tip: not sure that there is a best room
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 16, 2011

Convenience and friendliness of the owners is the key to this small hotel that deserves better than some of their reviews. It provides the perfect example of why it is important for persons reading reviews not to take what is written on good faith only. For example, perhaps at one point there was a water quality issue but once you communicate directly with the owner Ann you discover that it was caused by an improperly installed filter, and as expected we had no issue with the water. One other reviewer mentioned the street noise and this can perhaps be attributed to misconstrued expectations, because this is a nation where the honk of an auto is a national pastime indicating most often the permission of a driver or pedestrian to cross but also a salutation to a friend, and of course the usual message of get out of my way. To expect anything else on the main road in and out of Nassau seems unreasonable, and even such a light sleeper as myself had no difficulty after a long day of activities finding restful sleep with just the small addition of earplugs.
The ambiance is funky and artistically charming and uniquely Bahamian in the truest sense. Yes, our room was sparse but adequate and a tremendous bargain compared to the more upscale tourist accommodations. Of tremendous value was the owner’s recommendation for breakfast at the nearby Cricket Club where we enjoyed terrific food at barely higher than McDonalds prices. A true gem of a place also owned by charming people. As fellow inn owners, the Grey Hare Inn B & B in Traverse City, Michigan we can appreciate what the owners have created, and this place is a lot better than the few negative reviews would lead you to believe.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

The place looks bad and dirty from outside, it is just on the main road and we could hear the cars and the music so loud in the room until 3:00 am. Did not feel in a clean place inside, and it smelled the dog so much

I felt so bad in there that I though about changing of place at midnight.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

I have really enjoyed my stay here. Arawak Inn is close to the Fish Fry, the Cricket Club and right on West Bay Street. The bus runs frequently so it is easy to get arround. You can walk to the beach at Arawak Cay or to the newly renovated Saunders Beach. The food at Cricket club is great-breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Bahama Grill is very close and lunch and dinner are great and reasonable. The rooms have refrigerators and four have microwaves and sinks. The weather is wonderful here.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled on business
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1  Thank Katy070
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

We stayed in this inn in the april of 2010.
Pros : room is and bathroom is big and spacious.good and comfortable outdoors.
Rooms are well cleaned everyday.
Cons: The diggest drawback is the bathrooms.The water is nothing but salt water.
The moment you switch on any of the taps,there is this awful odor like that of rotten eggs
that lingers for hours after using the bathrooms.we would dread switching on the taps
and used cans of drinking water for brushing ,making tea etc.
I would never recommend this inn to anyone of make the mistake to staying there again.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank roopa123
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Reviewed May 25, 2009

We are frequent travelers, used to roughing it when we need to, and love to find a good deal, but our experience at the Arawak Inn was not one of those "rustic yet charming" experiences. At $75 per night, it was cheaper than the nice hotels, but not at all "value for money".
Pros: Located near the Fish Fry, walking distance (15min) to the downtown area, A/C worked well, TV, our room came with a fridge and small counter space
Cons: Rooms pretty run-down and very dated. Patches were made to wood trim and bathroom tile with left-over wood pieces and plywood panels. Water smelled very sulfurous. It was like bathing and brushing your teeth with eggs! Also water cut off halfway through a shower... took some time for owner to fix it.
No private beach and the closest public beach is just a small strip of sand with a busy road a few feet away.

Bottom line: I would not stay there again. Horribly overpriced.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank jtv10
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Reviewed March 22, 2008

While not luxury accomodations, Ann and Lloyd Gay are great hosts. It's not luxury but you are not spending much money here. Simple rooms and a real good location. Just outside the city but easy to get there. Homey atmosphere, people make friends here, more like a hostel environment.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: West Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Nassau
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Nassau
Price Range: $82 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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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