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Orange Hill Beach Inn 3.0

Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

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Pros

  • Quiet stretch of beach located directly across the street
  • Large outdoor pool set in a tree-lined courtyard
  • Simple rooms include mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and microwaves
  • Some rooms have kitchenettes with stovetops or full kitchens with ovens
  • On-site restaurant and self-serve honor bar
  • Daily grocery store runs, guests can ride along or request items
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free Wi-Fi in common areas
  • Washers and dryers available for guest use (fee)

Cons

  • Little in walking distance; a 25-minute drive to downtown Nassau 
  • Dull and dated decor in need of a refresh
  • Some complaints of housekeeping and maintenance issues 
  • No Wi-Fi in the rooms 

Bottom Line

Orange Hill Beach Inn is a three-pearl hotel located on the northern coast of New Providence Island. The hotel’s 33 guest rooms are simply decorated and practical; many feature either kitchenettes or full kitchens and some have partial coast views. There’s an on-site restaurant and honor bar, appealing outdoor pool, as well as a peaceful beach right across the street. However, the lackluster decor could use a refresh throughout, plus entertainment and dining options within walking distance are limited. One cool perk: Staff makes a daily run to the grocery store and takes requests. As an alternative, Compass Point Beach Resort down the road is pricier, but rooms are much more stylish and the beach is better.  

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Scene

Quaint hotel with a serene setting and laid-back ambience

The grounds of Orange Hill Beach Inn have an inviting, tropical feel, with colorful building facades, grassy lawns, and shady palm trees. The hotel’s slightly elevated hilltop location allows for partial views of the coast from the front grounds. Common areas are well-maintained but the decor ranges from unattractive to downright dreary. The reception area is painted Pepto Bismol-pink and the front desk is little more than a doorway.

Guests are mainly couples, but you’ll see a few families and solo travelers as well. Some are taking advantage of the hotel’s proximity to the airport for one-night stays en route to and from other destinations. Other guests are interested in a relaxed getaway, away from the crowds of Cable Beach and downtown Nassau. The atmosphere is relatively easy-going, although the bar can get lively in the evenings. 

Location

Scenic location on West Bay Street, a drive away from downtown Nassau

Orange Hill Beach Inn is set in a lovely, secluded location along one of the island’s main coastal roads. There’s a beautiful stretch of beach across the road and a handful of restaurants within walking distance, but the location is fairly isolated otherwise. The hotel is a better fit for guests with rental cars, and parking is free.

There are several stops for the jitney bus along West Bay Street, offering cheap transport to downtown Nassau, but service only runs until early evening. Nearby beaches include Love Beach and Cable Beach, which can both be reached in less than a 10-minute drive. Downtown Nassau is a 25-minute drive away, while the airport is 10 minutes away. The Fish Fry at Arawak Cay is around 15 minutes away by car. 

Rooms

Unfussy rooms offer microwaves as well as furnished balconies or patios

Guest rooms at Orange Hill Beach Inn could use an update. They're decorated with drab floral or striped bedspreads, tile or laminate flooring, and dated wooden furniture. All rooms include microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Rooms also have flat-screen TVs and small dining tables. Bathrooms are plain, with older fixtures, generic bars of soap, and shower/tub combos. Private balconies or terraces are set with plastic patio furniture. Some have views of the pool or partial views of the ocean along with the hotel’s leafy grounds. Personal safes are available for a surcharge.

Studio rooms include the addition of kitchenettes with two-burner stovetops, and a small selection of cookware. Apartments offer sitting areas with lumpy sofas, along with full kitchens with ovens and full-size refrigerators. The furniture is arranged awkwardly in some rooms. For example, one apartment we saw had a bed wedged in front of the bathroom door, just off the kitchen.

The cottages are by far the hotel’s most attractive rooms, set in octagon-shaped buildings that create a rounded interior layout. Cottages have brighter color schemes, wooden flooring, and French doors leading out onto balconies. Kitchenettes with stovetops are similar to those found in studio rooms. Note that none of the rooms pick up the Wi-Fi signal found in the common areas. Past guests have complained about rusty appliances and worn sheets. 

Features

Pleasant outdoor pool, on-site restaurant and honor bar, as well as daily grocery store runs

This is a simple hotel, with few features. The highlight is a large rectangular outdoor pool set within a nice courtyard. Aside from some trees surrounding the pool, the deck offers minimal shade. Sun loungers are of the plastic variety popular in the '80s.

The lobby includes a restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with closures between services. The shelves lining the restaurant walls are decorated with some interesting knickknacks, but the space is dark and lifeless overall. An arched doorway leads around the corner and down a few steps to the hotel’s honor bar. A bartender is on duty in the evenings, but the rest of the time guests are free to serve themselves and note their drinks on a record sheet. Large windows brighten the bar area, but like the restaurant, the decor is old-fashioned and unstylish.

The hotel is located across the street from a pretty stretch of beige sand beach. Due to its out-of-the-way location, it’s not uncommon for guests to have this strip of sand completely to themselves; however, it offers no facilities and its proximity to busy West Bay Street is less than ideal. The calm waters are suitable for swimming and snorkeling.

The hotel operates a grocery store run each morning. Guests are invited to ride along with staff for free or make requests for particular items to be picked up. Free Wi-Fi is available in the common areas, including the lobby and bar. There are guest laundry facilities for an additional fee.

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Address

West Bay St, Nassau, Caribbean

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