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Tingum Village Hotel
Reviewed May 13, 2010

Decent rooms w/ceiling fan, A/C, beds & bath, small terrace, grounds, etc. Honor system bar. Dining Bahamas avg. quality meat. EASY 5 min or less walk to beach. Locals, family and tourists alike visit. Friendly service. Rents golf carts. Don’t like island inconvenience…not for you. Easy on wallet though.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 20, 2009

We hadn't planned on staying in Harbour Island while on Eleuthera, but because my 12 year old son was scuba-diving with a dive shop in Harbour Island towards the end of our visit, we decided to spend a night there before heading out on the ferry. We were fortunate that they had a room, and that there was a hotel not so very expensive as most. Tingum Village has an easy and relaxed spirit to it. Ma Ruby seems to preside over the hotel, bar, and restaurant, but her daughter (I think she was her daughter!) was doing much of the hard work with admirable energy and grace. All the staff were friendly and helpful, and the restaurant food lived up to its reputation. I think they were improving some of the rooms, and the one we stayed in was really light and nice and quiet, and quite roomy. My only complaint was that the air conditioner was a little loud. I had the sense of walking through a tropical jungle to reach it, which was a delight. Before leaving we went to Harbour Island's beach on the Atlantic side (about a two minute walk from the hotel) with its blissful, gentle but not too gentle waves, and I sorely wished we could have stayed another day.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 6, 2009

Our second time to the Tingum Village and we will keep coming back. Just love the place, island, people and hospitality. Feels like home away from home.

Best hamburgers ever, great tropical setting and Ma Ruby always says Welcome home.

Even though rooms are simple they were always clean and well maintained.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2008

You won't find the typical resort or similar amenities, but you will be hard pressed to find people more friendly than Juanita and Ma Ruby. I was a bit disappointed with some of the comforts of the room, but the receptive-ness, friendliness and willingness to help in any way they can made the stay very homely and intimate.

We had the suite which included a kitchen and a fridge, very convenient when you can stock up on drinks from the town convenience store to help with the summer heat. What we found disappointing was the water pressure and the dated and worn out furniture that previous posts mentioned, but there was also an ant problem, as they streamed in through the bathroom window and created quite a scene. The towels and bed sheets seemed like they’d gone awhile without any use and thus never changed.

You probably won't find a more economical lodging choice on the very expensive Harbour Island, but if you don't mind some shortcomings, their hospitality will make your stay a very pleasant one.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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JuanitaP877, Manager at Tingum Village Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2014

Good evening I would love that the pictures showed up on these review will be taken off because now renovations are completed.thank you.
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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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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!!!

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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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.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with family
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Additional Information about 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: $170 - $485 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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