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Conch Inn Hotel and Marina
Silicon Valley CA
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35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Don't stay here for your entire vacation, you'll be disappointed”
Reviewed September 8, 2006

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.

  • Liked — The bar and restaurant
  • Disliked — the location
  • Tips/Secrets — okay place to stop for a night or two, but keep going
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 23, 2005

The staff is smug and rude, they act as though you are impossing on them. The doors to rooms donot close properly, you can see light all the way around. They are in the process of rebuilding, there are nails, screws etc. every where. When we arrived the pool had green slime in it. The bartender at the bar could not make any exotic drinks, even a Mai Tai, and then she totally ignored two people when they asked for a beer. When they asked again she gave them a cold stare! On top of all this it is very pricey for so little.

  • Stayed May 2005
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed April 24, 2004

I booked my family into the Conch Inn in early April. It is a very basic resort and the staff are extremely aloof and unfriendly. The room was clean and was typical of a very very basic US hotel room.

My big issue was the fact that on a number of nights each week there is a band that plays at the bar attached to the hotel. The hotel is very small and as a result, it feels as if the band is in your very room. What's even worse is that the band plays until 1am and to put the cherry on top, the music was terrible.

A number of guests complained to the hotel managment who stated that the bar and restaurant have nothing to do with the hotel. That may be true, however, reality is that almost every room is withing 50ft of the bar.

So if you want a good nights sleep, go somewhere else.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed September 18, 2003

Nice pool. Open air bar/cafe is attractive and overlooks water.
Motel-style rooms all on ground floor, each with a patio area that overlooks a lawn, but no view of the water. The door locks were inadequate. Room was a bit worn and musty smelling. Telephone in room didn't work. No staff on duty after 6:00 pm, except for a night watchman. Lots of restaurant options nearby (except for those that close for the off-season). There is also a convenience store on-site.
Good place to stay if you want to hang around boaters and swim off the docks.

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Additional Information about Conch Inn Hotel and Marina

Property: Conch Inn Hotel and Marina
Address: Marsh Harbour | P.O. Box AB 20469, Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Abaco Islands > Great Abaco Island > Marsh Harbour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Marsh Harbour
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Conch Inn Hotel And Marina Abaco Islands, Bahamas

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