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Tingum Village Hotel
Vienna, Virginia
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84 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Best deal on Harbour Island”
Reviewed May 28, 2008

If you want an authentic Bahamian experience, this is the place for you. We stayed at Tingum Village and had a wonderful time. The staff was so friendly and personable. We enjoyed getting to know the legendary Ma Ruby and her family. Our room was very quiet and cozy. It was also amazingly clean. We returned from the beach and tracked sand throughout the room. Everyday the cleaning staff made sure our room was fresh and our floors were clean. The only problem we encountered was with the water. The water pressure is low and one night we didn't have any water. I think this sort of thing tends to be a problem in the Bahamas where fresh water is scarce. I still had a great time and loved the laidback attitude. I recommend it for people who don't want a cookie cutter experience. If you want to experience the local flavor of Harbour Island, I suggest you stay with Ma Ruby.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Bellevue
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Reviewed March 23, 2008

This was the best beach vacation ever and Tingum Village was so friendly, romantic and just great. We are definitely coming back!!!

  • Liked — The romantic settings
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC
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75 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2008

I just spent a week in Harbour Island staying at Tingum Village Hotel. I was one of a party of nine: two sets of parents, four children and one grandparent. We rented the cottage and a room. Overall, our stay was delightful and a real bargain, especially given that it was high season.

As other reviewers have emphasized, the place is a local institution, run by the welcoming, capable Juanita, daughter of Ma Ruby (the owner).

The location is excellent - a short walk from downtown in the the midst of a tropical grove that provides nice shade and a lovely setting, and less than a five minute walk from the famed pink sands beach.

There is also a nice bar and restaurant, and we agreed that the cheeseburgers were as good as advertised. We also loved the fish, rice & peas.

The facilities are basic- this is simple, low key living, not a resort. The furnishings are a bit dated and the plumbing is a challenge -- the water pressure was mediocre, at best, and hot water was only intermitently available. That said, it was a comfortable place, and we successfully prepared several lively and lovely family meals, including excellent fresh tuna from the fish market across from the main boat dock.

In short, if you are not too picky about your amenities, Tingum Village offers wonderful hospitality and a memorable stay.

  • Liked — the setting
  • Disliked — the plumbing
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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Barcelona
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2007

I cannot believe the other reviews. Our experience was TERRIBLE. The room was dirty, lots of hairs in the bathtub, no water pressure, AND the owner organized a wedding in front of our room which was filled with unbearable noise all day long (actually you could hear the music all over the island). Ma Ruby was very rude too.

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  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Stayed August 2003, traveled as a couple
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Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 26, 2007

Do you want relaxation and something different than the ordinary plastic-wrapped, hypersanitized, same-as everywhere-else visit. Then let Ma Ruby set you up for some fish stew and johnnycakes. Fish for breakfast? I didn't believe it would be good but boy was I in for a shock. Those Bahamians know how to make a filling healthy meal. Of course it takes really fresh grouper, sweet, coconut johnny cakes, grits and Ma Ruby's love. This nook is paradise!

Stayed April 2007
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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 26, 2007

More than a dozen stays in more than a dozen years at Tingum Village! My husband, our daughters and many friends have enjoyed the hospitality of all the Percenties. We no longer feel like guests...it's more like a family reunion. The property is tropical, well kept and quiet. The rooms are spacious and clean. If you need anything...just ask...Juanita will make it happen. Staying at one of the resorts? Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner...you won't be disappointed...I guarantee...You will come again. Jack & Stacy, Bradenton, FL.

Stayed January 2007
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2003

We had a great time with Ma Ruby. Her Inn -not really anything larger than that- was very clean, and the hospitality was great.

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Additional Information about Tingum Village Hotel

Property: Tingum Village Hotel
Address: Colebrook St. | P.O. Box 61, Harbour Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Harbour Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Harbour Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tingum Village Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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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