We stayed here in April 2012 because we arrived a day earlier at Harbour Island and didn't want to pay $450/night at our prebooked hotel at Coral Sands. We stayed at one of the rooms on the 2nd floor with its own tub in the room, which we didn't use. As soon as we came in, we were greeted with a stinky smell from the room but we thought it was just because the room hasn't been aired out and besides the smell, the room and bathroom were clean so we took it. Turns out the stinky smell was from the refrigerator (there was a small kitchen in the room) because the fridge is unplugged if no one is staying in the room. We plugged in the fridge and the smell was gone the next day although we were already leaving by then. It was no big deal.
The room had a small terrace with 2 chairs and a table overlooking the backyard and the neighbor's backyard. It was very quaint, pretty and homey. The downside of being so close to the neighbor are the roosters that did their cock-a-doodle shout out nonstop the next morning from 7 am until about 10:00 am. From 7 to 9, my husband and I slept with our ipods on. THAT was annoying. We have stayed at Caribbean hotels before where we hear the roosters but I think because the roosters this time had a perch to sit on, which was at the same level as our 2nd floor room, the noise was deafening. I am a very deep sleeper and slept through a fire alarm once in undergrad but this was something else.
We didn't use the kitchen but it seemed pretty clean. It would be a good option to have if you don't want to spend a lot of money on meals, which can add up at Harbour Island.
The bed was a little on the hard side but the worst part was how small it was. It's an American full size so my husband ended up rolling over to my arm/shoulder every few times during the night. The floors were relatively clean. Housekeeping is what you expect from a 2-3 star hotel.
The bathrooms were relatively clean, with broken faucets and water stains on the shower, which were an eyesore, but if you can ignore those, the bathroom works just fine. The shower takes a while to get a good water pressure and water temperature up but again, not so bad.
We did not eat at the hotel but the conch fritters are among the best we have tasted. We hung out with Ma Ruby, owner of the hotel who must be about 70 years old, and that was fun. She was awarded a medal by Queen Elizabeth (I think for tourism) and there are pictures by the bar of this occasion. She spoke about her children and how accomplished most of them are. It was like listening to a rambling of your grandmother. We especially loved the check in lady, Jill, for her enthusiasm when she checked us in. Note that if you pay in cash, you avoid the 5% surcharge.
The village is located on the main street, within walking distance to the nightclubs and restaurants so that was good. Do rent a golf cart during your stay, however, as it will give you the freedom to go out at night and explore the rest of the island. Walking around the island at night, no matter how close you are to the clubs/bars, isn't as much fun as driving a golf cart home. Rent is $40-60 per day, depending on size of the carts.
There is no swimming pool or fitness center in this village.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on four acres of lush garden and steps away from the Pink Sandy Beaches of historic Dunmore Town Harbour Island, Bahamas, is an hidden village that can only be best described as a 'Tropical Paradise" called Tingum Village Hotel. A family owed operated Bare foot elegance offers a one, two or three bed room bungalow. Owned and operated by the Percentie Family lead by legendary Ruby Hanna Percentie, MBE. "Ma Ruby" greets you with her welcoming smile and says "Welcome Home". Tingum Village Hotel offers and open honor bar as your second home. Perfect for the traveler looking for a long term rentals, reading/writing in our swinging hammocks. Backpackers or families who are looking for an authentic Island experience. A Honey monomer's hide out. Ma Ruby's Restaurant has signature Jimmy Buffet " Cheeseburger in Paradise" and serves organic vegetarian and native dishes daily. Your catch of the day can be prepared at for your liking at sunset. Operated by Juanita Ma Ruby's daughter and friendly staff has listened to customers concerns and request and have captured the true essence of an authentic Bahamian experience and renovated in 2013. Tingum Village Hotel is located 50 miles from Florida and 15 minutes away from the capital Nassau, Bahamas ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tingum Village Hotel Bahamas/Harbour Island