While the owner and housekeeper are both personable and welcoming, I don’t think I will be coming back here in the future. Overall the accommodations are comparable to many upscale hostels (yes, that had an “s” in it) and low-end B&B’s I have stayed at in the States.
Pluses: friendly staff, clean and reasonably comfortable bed, free wifi (that is reliable and fast), nice selection of teas, nice views from the big porch, staff can arrange transport to and from airport, and kitchen where you can prepare your own food.
Minuses: Shirley Street is unwalkable in this area—it is a very narrow main thoroughfare with no sidewalks and frequently no shoulders either. In order to get to a place that is even remotely safe to walk, you need to cross Shirley and make your way down to Bay Street. This is your only option for walking out of the street La Paloma is on. Additionally, it appears that Nassau has hard water, so there was staining in the bathtub that is rather unsightly.
Things to know:
- The draconian rules on the accommodations are strictly enforced (no cancelling after 30 days; minimum of 3 nights; pre-pay in entirety).
- There are three small dogs and a bird that live here. The dogs can be skittish. All the animals (as most animals tend to) make noise at various times of night and day.
- The address is 22 Buen Retiro Road. However, there appear to be two buildings with that address, because Buen Retiro Rd actually is a loop (despite what Google maps thinks). To get to the correct one, you have to take the first right after entering the street then head up to the top of the hill. The house is blue and white with a sign that says “FLETCHER” on it.
- La Paloma is not listed in the local phone directory, so no one who lives in Nassau believes the place exists. Neither the archivists at the National Archives nor my friend who works here could find any local listing for it.
- Also Known As:
- La Paloma Guest House Bahamas/Nassau