Orange Hill Beach Inn
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... sunbathing watching the on deck entertainment which was actually quite good. Tomorrow Barbara, Anthony and Chris head home but the five of us are driving down to Miami where we're staying for the night. I've wanted to check out Miami for quite a long time so that should be fun and help ease the disappointment of the cruise ending. The Bahamas were well worth visiting and the ship has more than lived up to expectations. ...
Keeping moving we head back out into the Exhuma sound to The Dortham cut so we can get behind shelter again and hopefully from here just sail up the Exhuma bank. A lovely clean bay and very friendly people a shore with all the things cruisers need so not sure why it does not get a better right ...
... fun. We ended up staying quite a while, because the next day was a day at sea and we didn’t have to get up early. But eventually I got fed up with hearing the same songs and same jokes, so I left to go up to the pool where there was a latin music party. But it was just a bunch of people learning line dances to songs I don’t know. I stayed for a while until Mom came to find me, and we soon headed back to the cabin to go to sleep. It was sometime after ...
... the complex and shown the various features. Once we completed the orientation we headed to Cove Beach. Jan stayed at the beach to relax and swim while Allan took his camera to capture some of the amazing areas around the resort. These included a large aquarium and water park.
At 11.00am we met at the reception area to join our snorkel activity. Our snorkel guide, Truth, organised us with snorkelling ...
... by America and there is no need to know the Bahamian creole dialect...they speak English. Other than all of that, expect to spend some money during your visit to the island and bring lots if sun screen. The sun can be very harsh especially between 11am-3pm and while you are in the water or just walking around. I will be posting another blog tomorrow on my experience at Half Moon Cay, another overnight trip to the secluded island hundreds of miles south east of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Orange Hill Beach Inn Nassau
The Perfect Spot For Us
Atending a wedding in Nassau we needed a quiet place for the weekend. After reading many reviews we settled on this hotel. It was perfect for us. We arrived on Friday evening, spent Saturday morning on the beach, enjoyed the wedding in the afternoon and evening, and spent Sunday on the beach. On Monday we came back to the cold!
This hotel is not for those who want glitz or 'glamour'. It is superbly run by Judy, her family, and her staff. The rooms are clean but the bathrooms are basic; take your own shampoo and hairdryer etc. It is some distance from downtown Nasssau.
Excellent meals and snacks seem to be available just about any time of the day or evening, and the friendly staff are quickly able to address questions and requests directed their way.
The ambience is one of pure relaxation; the hotel is charming. We would return "in a heartbeat".
browsing through hotels i have stayed, an good ole orange hill appeared! stayed here about 10 years ago,had a great holiday,on the beach,scuba diving,an generally relaxing.elderly friend of judys, called madie(if i remember rightly) had a big pink cadaliac,she told us she bought it of igulio onglasis,apparantly he had his house up for sale just up the road,she couldnt afford to buy the house so she bought the car instead!!!!its good to see that they still going strong.is rick still about?
Warm and friendly, this is the place
Low key wonderful Inn, Walk to the beach,pool out front door, drinks and food are on hand for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The pictures don't do it justice. We stayed there twice going and comming to Deadman's Cay. email me
A hidden jewel
My husband and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary with a week at Orange Hill Beach Inn. We had read so many great reviews of this place and we were not disappointed. We have been to Nassau several times, staying at Breezes and Sandals. This year we did not want to stay at an all-inclusive. We wanted to experience more of the island and explore new places. This trip, by far, exceeded our expectations!
First off, Orange Hill is definately a hidden jewel. Somewhat off the beaten track, it is quiet and intimate. Many of the guests we met were returning guests and many locals came by for drinks or dinner.
Orange Hill is on a bluff looking over the beach across the street. The beach is not quite as nice as it appears though. The beach seemed to be a popular place with local Bahamians, but they left lots of trash behind. There was LOTS of broken glass, so beware when walking.
The grounds of Orange Hill COULD be paradise but they are in DESPARATE need of some attention. There are loads of beautiful tropical plants & gardens, but someone needs to do some pruning and general maintenance of them. The pool also needs some attention. It needs a good scraping and patching & repainting of the cement. It was clean though. They need to invest in new pool furniture and balcony/patio furniture. Broken wooden swings need to be either fixed or thrown out.
Our room was very nice- very basic & simple. Beautiful hardwood floors. The furniture was very nice but a new mattress was DEFINATELY needed. Our aching backs.... The bathroom was very outdated and needs an update immediately. The shower had low water pressure- almost felt like a sprinkler. Very hard to get beach sand off your body with such a fine mist. We had a little kitchenette which we did not use other than the refrigerator. The balcony had a sm. table and 2 chairs on it. It was not very clean or comfortable. We ran the A/C almost continuously and it was big enough for the room. There also was a fan. Housekeeping attended pretty well to our room. Plenty of towels and the bed was change 2 times during our stay.
There is food service at Orange Hill if you want it. They serve a breakfast buffet for $7, a sm. lunch menu averaging $7 and dinner buffet $17+. It was okay. Nice to have the option. We went to the grocery store (they have a daily trip if you don't have a car) and bought our own breakfast and lunch foods. We brought a soft-sided cooler. The "lounge" also provides an assortment of soda- $1.50, alcohol & beer- $3.50 and water (2 sizes of bottles) You serve yourself- "honor" bar- and check it off on a paper in there. Pay daily or at the end when you check out.
The service is EXCELLENT at Orange Hill. Basically, they will arrange/get/do anything you want. Judy and her staff are very attentive. You just have to ask for beach towels- no annoying "towel cards". They seemed to take great pride in Orange Hill.
Orange Hill prides itself on being a quiet, peaceful place for its guests. We did have a problem with this, and I must say, Judy remedied it IMMEDIATELY when she found out. All I will say is that this is NOT the place for middle-of-the-night, drunken, LOUD pool parties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stay home if that is what you want, or better yet, go to BREEZES. Also, the same people were PIGS. This is NOT a "full-service" type of place with loads of employees walking behind you to clean up after you. CLEAN UP your own messes. (bottles, cups, etc.)
It may seem that I am being a bit "hard" on Orange Hill in my scoring. Well, I think that Orange Hill is simply a WONDERFUL place. It is NOT a resort owned by some big company. It is local and managed like you a guest in someones home. That, in itself, is what appealed to my husband and I. I would, without hesitation, return back to Orange Hill and would recommend it to an EXPERIENCED traveler.
Also, I would recommend renting a car. It is on the #10 jitney line, but it is on the outskirts of the route. It can get pretty hot standing out there AND because of limits to the schedule, a cab ride costs a FORTUNE. So, if you plan on exploring New Providence & PI, definately rent a car!
OVERALL SCORE: C
This score is deceptive. This place is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS . If you are a traveler who wants to explore and experience true New Providence then this is the place for you. If you want luxury, all-inclusive,etc. then go to Sandals Royal Bahamian.
Now the rest of my trip....
Driving a car was not as daunting as we anticipated. Just keep saying to yourself "stay to the left, stay to the left, stay to the left.......!!" Be open to getting lost though- the tourist maps leave a lot to be desired and few streets have signs anyway. We just looked at it as an adventure and laughed alot!! And we "discovered" many places by surprise!
Go take the "tour" of Bacardi and drink all those FABULOUS rum cocktails. It is NOT free- we paid $2.50 each but it was still worth it. You can buy Bacardi Rums CHEAP to bring home.
Restaurants: Check out Indigo Cafe (!!), Travelers Rest, Montague Gardens, Hard Rock Cafe. Don't bother with Johnnie Canoes- a poor tourist trap with not so great food and lots of cigarette smoke even though we sat outside. YUCK!!!
Pay $1 to drive over to Paradise Island. Then take the road to the east that brings you to Paradise Island Beach Resort. (I don't have a map in front of me- sorry. Don't park there but right next to it is a sandy area where you can park and a pathway to the eastern end of Cabbage Beach. PARADISE!!! If you walk to the end of Cabbage Beach to the rocks, it is called Snokelers Beach. It's a short walk, but definately worth it. Best $1 we spent!! We don't care for the rest of Paradise Island and there are NO PLACES to park.
Nassau is just a BIG traffic jam with overpriced stores for the cruise ship people to spend money in! When the ships are in, Nassau is INUNDATED with tourists.
We went to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. It is in a gorgeous old mansion. We really enjoyed it. Will go back next year to check out their collections.
The residents of New Providence need to do a better job of keeping their island clean. It is such a JEWEL. It is so sad to see how badly the beaches are in disrepair. Tourism is basically their only industry. There are signs reminding them of this. All we ask is that trash is picked up and either put in barrels or taken home. And the GLASS on the beaches......It is an emergency in my opinion. I was terrified of cutting my feet. By the way, Cabbage Beach was pretty clean compared to the others.
All in all, we had a WONDERFUL trip again this year and can hardly wait to go back. We found a house we liked, but it cost $895,000 which is NOT in our budget. And this was NOT an expensive one!!
Wonderful Inn with Great Views and Fantastic Staff
We just returned from a weekend stay in July at the the Orange Hill Beach Inn, and the experience was thoroughly enjoyable.
The inn is on a quiet coastal road, with fantastic views of the beach and the hotel gardens. The beach is just across the street, and the hotel offers complimentary snorkeling gear. The helpful staff answered our many questions, offered great advice, and was completely available all weekend. There is a daily van service to a grocery store, as well, though we'd rented a car and didn't make use of this service. If you have or rent a car, Nassau, Cable Beach, Paradise Island, and most attractions are a short ride away (the roads are small but clearly marked and a decent map is all you'll need).
The rooms have A/C, and are clean and well-maintained (despite our tracking sand in every day!)--and the views from the balcony are amazing! There is a small kitchenette, complete with fridge, stove top, microwave, silverware, tableware, and pots and pans--anything you may need. Contrary to prior reviews, there are now phones in the rooms, with free local calls. The area seemed quite safe, and the atmosphere overall is very friendly, relaxed, and welcoming.
We'd definitely stay here again and highly recommend the inn to anyone looking for a friendly, comfortable stay, just slightly apart from the hustle and bustle of Nassau and Cable Beach.
Our Great Bahamian Find
If you're looking for a relaxing time-out from the rat race, this is the place! Judy and her staff graciously welcomed us and made us feel part of the Orange Hill family. We felt privileged and spoiled, but then, so did all other guests! Many of them were return guests. Singles, couples and families equally welcomed.
Don't look for casinos and glitz here. Come relax and enjoy the interesting cast of helpful locals & ex-pats who frequent the laid back, tropical lounge. Meals are wonderfully prepared with generous portions, by local cooks, at reasonable prices. We felt completely safe and secure our entire stay.
If you truly want to slow down and enjoy life at a different pace, this is the place.
Leisurely roam (no pressures mon!) the entire property where you'll find Judy's beautiful gardens, a nice-sized pool and quaint lounge with honor bar. There is a free daily trip to the grocery and every request is fulfilled as best they can. Rooms are neat & clean.
Follow the meandering stairway and path to the beautiful uncrowded beach (surf shoes suggested for the occasional glass). DO take advantage of the complementary use of snorkel gear. Pet the hotel's friendly housecats and dogs. Enjoy the beautiful turquoise water views and ocean breezes from handmade wooden swings for two. The staff will help you arrange tours of this wonderful island.
By the way, glitz and hustle-bustle, are only a $1US ride away on the #10 bus!
Orange Hill - a real vacation
We visited Nassau the first week of Jan 04. We loved Orange Hill. It is laid back, friendly, quiet. Orange Hill's owners, Judy and Dennis Lowe, are welcoming you into their home. Other Orange Hill residents include an elderly dog and two cats who all have the run of the public spaces. We'd return to Orange Hill any time. Staying there felt like a complete vacation. Zero stress, zero crowds - lovely beach right across the street and we had an ocean view from our poolside (upstairs) room. Meals are available most days of the week and they're very good and reasonably priced by Nassau standards. Some units have kitchenettes so this is a way to cut certain meal expenses. Yes, it is out of the way, yet it is easy to get into Cable Beach or Nassau via the # 10 bus. Note: after 5pm, the buses are rare - just assume you'll take a taxi, although on two occasions, we got rides back with friendly local residents.
Our main interest is scuba diving. Orange Hill is has the best location in relation to the dive shops. You're the last to be picked up in the morning; first to be dropped off in the evening.
Fun on the Jitney buses
Orange Hill Beach Inn was clean, quiet and affordable. We enjoyed the fact you had to take a bus everywhere since it is 8 miles from Nassau.
We were not scuba diving or swimming so sightseeing and photography were our main objectives. The buses were effiecient, cheap and a source of delight as the drivers tooted at each other as a secret code for pulling in and out of the busy traffic. The Inn had a nice pool but it was too cool for swimming. The only disappointment was that we had expected it to have a restaurant and breakfast available, but the restaurant was seldom open and we only had breakfast there once. Also, food is expensive on New Providence Island until you find out where the locals eat and then the food is cheap and very delicious.
Nassau on a discount
Orange Hill Inn isn't the swankiest of spots on the isalnd, yet, if you are looking for a spot away from the Vegas style towers of Atlantis, this may your place. The rooms are getting a little shabby, but clean.
The property is a short walk up the hill from the beach. The Inn is run like a family motel. Cheap by Nassau standards.
Orange Hill in Nassau
A low-key, friendly inn in New Providence. Great base if you like gardens, quiet,
snorkeling off the beach and want to avoid cheesy casinos. It is on the far
west end of accomodations on the north coast (but before Compass Point).
You can walk on the beach to Traveller's Rest for dinner or take the #10 bus
anywhere in Cable Beach or downtown in 20 minutes for $1.
Easy to arrange scuba trips - scuba places will pick you up. There's a pool, a grill
and porch swings to make you feel at home. An honor bar and a small restaurant,
clean rooms, fruit trees & flowers, house cats, no glitz.
Like staying with your favorite aunt who lives on the beach.
I found the snorkelling far better than off the beach at Atlantis - no jetskis to
run you over.
Best patch of coral - line yourself up with the lawn in front, then
swim out as far as the palapa on the dock to your right. Saw a moray eel,
parrot fish, rays, puffer fish, barracudas etc right off the hotel.