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Hope Town Harbour Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hope Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 24, 2010

We arrived on a Thursday around 5:00pm at Marsh Harbour Airport. The check-in/customers was quick and easy, no complaints. We caught a taxi and reached Albury's Ferry within minutes. The Ferry took us to Hope Town Harbour Lodge's back enterance.
My brother and I brought our significant others and met our families in Hope Town for our cousins wedding.
As soon as we arrived to HTHL, the office people were very nice and helpful. They walked up down to our cabanas....having looked on Tripadvisor and all over the internet to see what our cabanas looked like and where they were located "Ocean Front" really did NO justice. The Cabanas Literally had the BEST location!! The only and I mean only compalint I would have is that the shower was itty bitty not so pretty. Other than that, our porch, was perfect, the room was spacious, etc.
It was nice not having a TV in the room or even a telephone....OH ALSO NO NETWORK CONNECTIONS.... but all you have to do is use a computer upfront if you just HAVE to stay connected to the world. Also, we couldnt use our cellphones so all we had to do was pay $5 to make long distance calls from the office's portable phone to call home and check-in once a day. (IF NEEDED)
The beach here is amazing!!!! clear water, sandy ocean floors and coral reef all over the place. Now even though the reef wasnt all too colorful there was tremendous life there...schools of large blue tang and many fish. The snorkeling here is a must!!
I think the islands favorite dish was CONCH, they had Conch Fritters, Conch Burgers, etc...they were delicious.
My cousins had their wedding here and they did a gorgeous set up on the beach and a beautiful set up at the Reef Bar & Grill...beautiful!
My only complaint was that everything closed fairly early here, bars. And there were at least 10, 21-35 years olds looking to have fun.
OH AND TAKE A GOLF CART RIDE TO ---- TAHITI BEACH ---- !!!!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2010

I love this place. It is beautiful, peaceful and an absolute treasure. Mike had our coffee ready at 7am and Gary had our drinks ready on demand. Loved the Baby Coda. The room was spacious, beds were great, and did I say the location was beautiful. The food at the Grill beside the pool was good. I really can't say enough about how wonderful this place is. I will be back.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Thank JoAnn S
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

My husband and I decided to take a quick getaway to the Bahamas, but had no idea where to go. Thanks to the helpful folks on Tripadvisor, we finally settled on the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. We could not have made a better choice.

We flew into Marsh Harbour in the late afternoon and caught the last ferry of the day to Elbow Cay. The ferry dropped us off right at the HTHL dock. Since we packed lightly, we simply carried our bags up the steps to the Lodge, though the staff offered to meet us at the dock to help with luggage. Tom checked us in and brought us to our ocean front cottage. It was lovely, clean, comfortable and very private. After settling in, we went for a delicious meal at the restaurant. The food was great and the service was very friendly. It was on the pricey side, but worth every penny. Fantastic menu and a great wine list too.

The next morning we were awakened by the sun rising over the horizon and right into our cottage. We threw open the french doors and stared out at the ocean and listened to the sounds of the waves. We've never experienced such a great view from bed!

The staff were truly superb. Tom is a wonderful host, attentive but relaxed and approachable. We felt truly welcome from the start. Every meal we had was delicious, and we absolutely loved the ocean front cottage. It's worth every penny! Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer.

I could go on and on and on about how wonderful the entire place is. We're already planning our next trip...this time with the kids. Do yourself a favor and check out Hope Town and the Hope Town Harbour Lodge.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

Tom (manager) & Gary (bartender) & all the rest: You did a very good job during our stay! Thank you very much, we appreciated it a lot. We had a wonderful time on Elbow Cay and will definetly come back as soon as possible! What a lovely island, lodge & town! Terrific beaches, great food... everything was perfect.
Watch out for Cap'n Jacks, The Hope Town Coffee House, Harbour's Edge Restaurant, Grille on da Beach & Sugar Shack. Rent a bike at Sundried T's and go to Tahiti Beach! We didn't like the Nipper's but Grabber's is fun! And the snorkeling, too, but be shure that the beaches on Elbow Cay are much better!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Corollis07
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Reviewed March 5, 2010

We were a bit too early for the warm weather trip I had fantasized about, but the Hope Town Harbour Lodge was a lovely and comfortable place to stay. The locals recommended May and June for warm weather, and October for warm water for swimming, (keep an eye on the storm patterns coming off west Africa if you travel in the fall.)
We stayed in an ocean view cabin. It was spacious and the kitchenette was very handy. The beautiful sand beach right in front of the Lodge boasts good reef snorkeling. Check out the bar menu at Ray's Place in the lodge building for some very fine lighter dinners.
Hope Town is a charming little village of brightly trimmed white clapboard cottages. There are a couple of good restaurants along the harbour's edge which offer such entertainment as bingo or trivia night and sometimes live music. We walked most everywhere and rented a golf cart to get to Tahiti Beach at the southern tip of the cay with great tidal flat wandering at low tide. This is low key vacationing and it suited us to a tee.
Our kudos to Tom for taking such good care of us and everything else at the Lodge.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Claudia27
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Reviewed February 9, 2010

Stayed here for five nights with a group of other students to take a painting workshop. Great location; very nice service. Get up early to watch the sun rise on the beach right outside the hotel bar -- you can take some pretty incredible pictures. Tom, the manager, is very helpful and friendly and will help point you to outfitters for outdoor activities, etc. The food at the Reef Bar and the restaurant is good for what's available on Elbow Cay -- in general there's not a lot of variety on this tiny island, so you eat pretty much the same stuff (grouper, fried conch, wahoo, etc.) everywhere you go, and the prices can add up fast. Tip: Our room didn't have a coffee maker but it did have a refrigerator, so we bought some local bread at the grocery store along with mango jam and cheddar cheese, canned pineapple, oranges, etc. so we could have breakfast in most days. Hot water for tea is provided at the Reef Bar along with coffee in the mornings starting at about 6:15 or so, so you could potentially bring some camping style foil bag meals and use the hot water to make them -- another way to save money. The breakfast at the Reef Bar is good however, so definitely do splurge on it for a morning or two -- eggs, cheese, fruit, the works -- (note -- ask for the fruit without citrus if you don't like the metallic taste of canned grapefruit, which can really influence the rest of the fruit!).
The coral reef really is right off the hotel's beach, so you can go snorkeling in minutes. The hotel's center-of-town location is convenient to the small grocery stores and other restaurants; if you stay on the other end of the island you'll need golf carts all the time to get around, so this is a great alternative. Having said that, it's easy enough to rent a golf cart or bicycle to get around; would recommend a golf cart to get to Tahiti Beach or even to Abaco Inn for a nice dinner, as there are rolling hills along the way and most of the bikes available are single-speed cruisers. Go explore the lighthouse, rent a kayak, have fun!

  • Stayed: January 2010
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Thank mcamus
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

My husband and I arrived to Hope Town Harbour Lodge (HTHL) on Saturday, Sept 9 around 2:30 pm following a two flights, a taxi and ferry ride. We had the ferry call ahead so that someone was waiting for us to pick up our luggage and take them to our room. We arrived right on the ferry dock near HTHL, once you arrive you walk across the street, walk up the stairs and go directly into the hotel lobby. The lobby is small, cool and very clean. We were greeted, paid up front our room bill and went directly to our room.

We stayed in the Passion Fruit Cottage right in front of the ocean. The room is much larger than a hotel room; there is a small kitchenette with microwave, toaster and refrigerator. The room has a king size bed, large dresser, table w/ 2 chairs and there is a very nice adjoining bathroom and large shower. I give the room top marks, there was no phone or TV which forced us to get out and enjoy the beach.

We arrived on the Lobster Fest which was also Labor Day weekend. There were American's everywhere and RICH ones at that. I was not happy about the self aggrandizement some people needed, pointing out that they came on their "private plane" and their "yacht" was in the harbor. I wanted to let them know they could just get right back on their boat I wasn't impressed. Following the Labor Day rush there were common people like me and my husband ready to unwind and relax.

Hotel staff was top notch. Tom is a first class General Manager, he makes his job look easy and I was surprised he had been with HTHL for 10 years. His mannerisms and joy in his job made it look like he was still in the honeymoon phase and was just hired on. He is a happy individual and it is nice to stay where the employees are happy.

Because we were there on such a slow time of year breakfast was bare bone, if you wanted a bagel and cream cheese, toast or dry cereal they could accommodate but hot breakfasts were not being served after Labor Day. Lunches were served daily and every weekend there was a celebration that included a live band with some kind of meal special. The first Saturday was the Lobster Feast and the second Saturday when we came to visit for the Concerned Citizens Run was the Fish Feast. Both events were fun, music was great and so was the food. Dinner is held in the main dining room which has a really nice bar and where many sailors visit and American locals. Food is expensive on any Out Island plan to spend up to $250 a day on food and beverages. If you are a heavy drinker you may want to purchase your alcohol down at Vernon’s grocery store. If you have a small budget there is little restaurant down the street near Vernon’s where you can purchase lunch and dinner. I can’t remember the name but it is on the right side of the sidewalk near Vernon’s the food is good and more affordable.

Beach is on the Atlantic side so the current is pretty strong, if I was a decent swimmer I would have gone in and there were many who did, I was just too scared of getting swept away. The sand is beautiful, soft and white and the water is blue, blue, blue…

Bar was great, it is where I hung out all day, not necessarily drinking all day but did talk with the bar tenders who were fun to talk with and the drinks went down way too easy. I would recommend renting a golf cart. Take the cart to Tahiti Beach, once you go past Sea Spray Resort there is a sign that reads “Private Road”. The road is NOT private and you can take it all the way to Tahiti Beach. It is beautiful and you can walk out quarter mile and still be walking in the sand during low tide. Bring some water, pack a lunch and go for the day. There is no shade so bring your sun block.

Also remember to bring several cans of bug spray, there are mosquitoes on the island and as long as you keep spraying yourself you will not get bit. Also be careful not to leave open food in the rooms, there are small ants and there is nothing you can do about them other then not to entice them to come eat your food.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Queen Street, Hope Town, Elbow Cay
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Abaco Islands > Elbow Cay > Hope Town
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hope Town
Price Range: $128 - $442 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hope Town Harbour Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As it's locally called - "The Lodge" is quaint, essentially Hope Town's heart and soul. Aligning the renowned Hope Town Harbour iconically watched over by its historic candy stripe light house and then backing up to one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in The Bahamas - a more idyllic vacation spot could not be found. We look forward to meeting you. ... more   less 
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