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Romora Bay Resort & Marina
Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
Santa Barbar
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Never again!”
Reviewed June 1, 2009

We had pre-arranged to have a golf cart waiting for us at the ferry dock but it wasn't there so they sent a fellow to pick us up. When we arrived at the compound we were brought in the back door through a disgustingly dirty office that was piled with clutter, so much for first impressions. The pictures on the internet are NOT the rooms you will get. They are from a "showcase", just off the lobby, of how the rooms will look once they renovate and according to another local innkeeper they have been doing this bait and switch for the last 5 years. High speed internet is only available in the lobby. Although the room was clean, there was a slight sewer smell present and the bathroom was in dire need of remodeling as it had an old stained tub and sink. I could barely see myself in the bathroom what with the poor lighting and the chipped frosty mirror. We had torrential rain while there and the the floor, not the ceiling, leaked leaving big puddles of water in two spots. After seeing the office, there was no way that I was going to eat in their restaurant. I definitely will never stay here again. I recommend that you spend the extra $100/ night and stay at the Rock House. This is hands down a far superior place to stay. They have paid attention to every detail right down to the high thread count sheets and it truly is a wonderful little boutique hotel not like the Romora pretends to be!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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RomoraBay, General Manager at Romora Bay Resort & Marina, responded to this review, June 8, 2015
Dear Guest,

We want to thank you for taking the time to share your experience from 2009 with us. We are sorry to hear that the resort and rooms at the time have failed to meet your expectations. Your feedback is important to us and we have worked diligently to address the issues you mentioned.

We are happy to report that last year we completely renovated and restored all rooms, bathrooms and most common areas. We also installed a brand new Reversed Osmosis (RO) system which produces over 17,000 of fresh water a day, the largest RO system on Harbour Island, and we rewired our internet to provide free high-speed wireless internet in all the rooms and common areas. We are in the process of renovating the main lobby and entrance area which should be completed by next year. We are sure you would be pleasantly surprised by the improvements we have made since 2009.

As a final note, a photographer was recently at our property taking new photographs for the website we are launching this fall. We can assure you that all photography will be representative of the actual rooms.

Our guests are important to us, and if you find yourself back on Harbour Island, we sincerely hope that you will consider giving us another chance.

Warm Regards,

Joseph A. Dargavage – General Manager
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Minneapolis, MN
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2009

We loved the layout of this property. It was secluded and quiet with beautiful views. The staff was friendly and very helpful. We had breakfast and lunch and both were very good.
The rooms are not "new" but everything worked and it was clean. Loved the frozen Goombay Smash. We will be back and we will stay at Romora Bay Club.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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ny
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Reviewed March 18, 2009

My girlfriend and I stayed there for a weekend and it was pretty bad. The room was a bit dirty and the food was so - so. We switched to Valentines after the first night. Highly recommend Valentines over Ramora.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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RomoraBay, General Manager at Romora Bay Resort & Marina, responded to this review, June 8, 2015
Dear Guest,

We want to thank you for taking the time to share your experience from 2009 with us. Your feedback is very important and useful to our staff. We are sorry to hear that our rooms at the time were not up to your standards. However, we recently completely renovated all of our rooms, and we are sure you would be pleasantly surprised by the improvements.

Also, this year we installed a brand new Reversed Osmosis (RO) system which produces over 17,000 of fresh water a day, the largest RO system on Harbour Island, and we rewired our internet to provide free high-speed wireless internet in all the rooms and common areas.

Our guests are important to us, and if you find yourself back on Harbour Island, we sincerely hope that you will consider giving us another chance.

Warm Regards,

Joseph A. Dargavage – General Manager
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santa barbara
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Reviewed March 5, 2009

I have been coming to Harbour Island for years. I have seen the island change, some for the good and some for bad, over the years. I recently stayed at Romora Bay, after having stayed in rental homes, but this year we only needed a couple rooms, as opposed to an entire house. Wow, what a grandios new marina. I was amazed at the improvements to the property. The little bar at the seaside has evolved into a hip, chic spot on Harbour Island. Watching the native band the Brilanders perform on Sunday night was fantastic. The food was outstanding and while there we met the managers and the new Chef, Matthew. What a superb team running the joint. Our most memorable aspect of this trip was interacting with the staff of Romora Bay. Pat at the coffee shop was truly the nicest Bahamian person we have ever encountered. Stephan in the lobby assisted us with dining reservations and a golf cart. Antoine and the staff at the Sunsets Restaurant made us feel like old friends every time. We were also able to eat at the newly opened Vue restaurant and Chef Matthew prepared the best food we have had. No wonder he has trained in places like The French Laundry! Absolutely outstanding. My husband and I and our friends were so impressed with Romora Bay, its staff, its management, and the entire experience. Upon going back to Harbour Island next year, we will be staying with our dear friends at Romora Bay.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
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New York City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 5, 2007

We had our wedding at Romora Bay the week of January 21-28, 2007. It was the most wonderful experience! We had previously stayed in the hotel two times (in July and in October) and both times were fantastic. We have stayed in all room types and love it!
The rooms are all decorated differenly, but they are all very comfortable with fantastic beds and beautiful artwork...and all are steps from the warm infinity pool. The bay-side bar is so gorgeous, and the sunset cocktails are unlike any other place on Harbour Island.

As for the wedding, the hotel grounds were supremely manicured and the staff was beyond excellent. They went ot every effort to make the wedding perfect...and it was!

The wedding party took over the whole place (all 15 rooms for a week) with family and friends, and it really felt like the staff was there to help us enjoy our time together. They arranged for golf carts, they fed us and they took care of every detail we needed without even being asked. Patty is a fantastic manager and Louis is a superb chef. Our wedding was approximately 60 people (and many difficult-to-please New Yorkers) and it was held around the pool at sunset. Michele took care of all the details (the tables were gorgeous!) and was a fantastic wedding planner. We had a rehearal party on the beach-side with amazing food and the bar staff was so much fun!

I can't say enough good things about this hotel. The grounds are beautiful and the sunset view is unsurpassed. They are of the highest quality, and I highly recommend this place.

The vibe is friendly, the place is quaint, un-stuffy and quiet and it's a real gem!!

Sylvia
(New York City)

Stayed January 2007
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2006

Let me start by explaining that we stayed at the Romora Bay 6 yrs ago when it was still owned by Lionel, the Frenchman referenced in many of the reviews here and it is true that the hotel has changed hands and is now managed by an American couple.

Let's start with the positives. RB is stiuated on a hilltop with a wonderful view of the calm crystal clear bay. The casual bar on the bay is very good for bar food and sandwiches. Most of the staff is very pleasant and made us feel welcome. The beds are very comfortable with featherbeds and duvets and good quality sheets. There is also a very pretty long dock which stretches into the bar with adirondack chairs for sunset gazing. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed the entire time we were on the island.

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We were shown to 2 different rooms (1st one by mistake) and they were both similiar. The rooms are stark white with very little decor and overall felt very shoddy and uncared for. There is very little in terms of decorations - and any decor they did have didn't do anything to help. This is a big difference from the first time we visiting RB years ago and the rooms were decorated in funky colors and eclectic artwork. Mirrors were lacking and lighting was poor. The bathroom was very very disappointing - stark white, old shower/sink, a broken towel rack and a toilet which barely flushed (and I'm not exaggerating here). The one plus was that the bed has a feathertop and it was very comfortable (although it was odd to us that they had used featherbeds when everything else was so run down). The AC barely worked and was jammed into a spot to large for it and they had used haphazard pieces of wood to fill in the gaps. The one lounge chair on our small patio was old and the cushion was dirty and lumpy and left out in the rain on multiple nights. While most of the staff is very pleasant, a high level of service is lacking. Our first day we had 2 bath towels in the room and I asked for additional towels to be delivered. After breakfast we returned to our room and found only 1 (!) bath towel. I followed up with the receptionist twice and by 6pm we still only 1 towel. I called the front desk again and was told that we would have to go to the desk to get our own towels b/c they were unable to leave.

Overall we were disappointed, and at 250+/night, it's not a bargain either. After the 2nd night we cut our stay very short and checked into the Rock House which was a world apart and made our vacation amazing. Romora isn't terrible but you should know what you're getting into before you go.

  • Liked — The view of the bay
  • Disliked — Accomodation felt run down and there is no real style to speak of
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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RomoraBay, General Manager at Romora Bay Resort & Marina, responded to this review, June 8, 2015
Dear Guest,

We want to thank you for taking the time to share your experience from 2006 with us. Your feedback is very important and useful to our staff. We have high standards at Romora Bay Resort and Marina, and we are disappointed that we failed to meet your expectations. Romora Bay did indeed change ownership in November 2004, and with new ownership and management in place, we have worked diligently to address the issues you mentioned in your review.

The good news is, last year we completed a full renovation and restoration of all our rooms, and we are sure you would be pleasantly surprised by the improvements we have made since 2006. In addition, we installed a brand new Reversed Osmosis (RO) system which produces over 17,000 of fresh water a day, the largest RO system on Harbour Island, and we rewired our internet to provide free high-speed wireless internet in all the rooms and common areas.

Today, Romora Bay Resort and Marina is home to two of the finest restaurants on the island, which are open 7 days a week: ‘Sunsets Restaurant and Bar’ and ‘Hilltop Restaurant & Pizzeria’. Our restaurants features seasonal menus by Chef Paolo Di Chiara with the best home-made pastas, steak, seafood, and fresh produce available on Harbour Island.

Our guests are important to us, and if you find yourself back on Harbour Island, we hope that you will consider giving us another chance to rectify your impression of us.

Sincerely,

Joseph A. Dargavage – General Manager
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Dallas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2006

We had a small wedding (35 guests) at Romora in July and had the most lovely time. Patty and Luis put a lot of effort into all the details, and even threw in a few surprises. We found our room charming, and the staff at Romora some of the best on the island. And the location of Romora can't be beat. You are within easy walking distance of the beach and Tingum Village (great, cheap breakfast!), Red Apple B&B, and Avery's (great local restaurant). We and our guests spent a lot of late afternoons by the Romora pool, drinking some of Jiggy's awesome rum mixers, and enjoying the sun go down on the bay. The grilled grouper sandwich at Romora's sunset bar is the best we had on the island. I would highly recommend Romora for any sort of traveler. I just honestly have no complaints, with the exception of them (and lots of other stuff on the island) being closed on Monday. I think Romora should at least keep its sunset bar and grill open. But that's the American in me I guess. Our wedding group would have spent another afternoon drinking and lounging by their pool had we been able to get some of those great drinks . Head over to Hammerheads when you visit the island as well....they are always open, have great reasonable food and drink, and it was one of our favorite places to hang out.

  • Liked — The whole laid back feel, great staff
  • Disliked — Bar closed on Mondays
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with friends
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Property: Romora Bay Resort & Marina
Address: Colebrooke Street South, 27146, Harbour Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Harbour Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Romora Bay Resort & Marina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Romora Bay Resort and Marina blends timeless Bahamian ambience, international service standards, and Harbour Island’s own rich architecture to create a resort and marina destination unlike any other in the Bahamas. Discover an all-encompassing resort and marina with 14 unique, boutique style rooms, a spacious marina with over 40 slips catering to vessels up to 160 feet, and two of Harbour Island’s best restaurants featuring seasonal menus with the best home-made pasta, meat, fish and fresh produce by Chef Paolo Di Chiara. ... more   less 
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