We stayed here the night before and the night after our sailing trip with the Moorings. The Inn is the location of their base in the Bahamas. We didn't find the staff to be rude at all, in fact they were a tremendous help in getting us our lost luggage back. (Compared to American Airlines they were angels!)
One of the hurricanes that came through in 2005 raised the water level to 5 feet around the inn and destroyed a good deal of the restaurant. Hence the rooms and restaurant are newly (and nicely) redecorated. The rooms are basically clean, parts of the floor and some corners get missed, but the bathrooms, sheets, pillows, and fridges were fine. Towels seemed to be in short supply, however.
The bar and restaurant are great, the food was wonderful, the tropical drinks good and they had plenty of the great Kalik beer. But the kitchen is small, so the service is slow, but the food's hot when it arrives and the waitstaff were uniformly nice to us.
I wouldn't make this my only vacation stop since there is no beach attached to the hotel, you need to drive or cab to get to one. (if you do come in and need a cab, call and ask for Mr. James Williams - he's the best taxi driver on the island. He's the father of 19 and grandfather of 75 - well, he did admit that some were 'fosters'. He drove us all over the island to buy clothes when American finally coughed up the dough to get us something to wear until they found our luggage.)
If you're doing a Moorings cruise, which is a fabulous experience, you'll enjoy the beginning and ending stays since you'll get plenty of beautiful water and white sand beaches on your sailing trip. If you're not, go find a resort on the beach and stay there instead.
I'd definitely recommend going north into the upper Bahamas, to Abaco, to Hope Town across the Sound, to Great Guana Cay (home of the best bar - Nipper's) or any of the other northern Bahamas Cays, they're pretty much untouristed, and welcome folks, especially in the summer when not too many people seem to be around.
- Also Known As:
- Conch Inn Hotel And Marina Abaco Islands, Bahamas