Nathan's Lodge3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
My adult son and myself stayed 3 nights at Nathan's and had a great time. Clean comfortable room and super service. Freeman and Sheeva are just wonderful hosts. They cooked us delicious meals every day and helped us a lot.
First things, first - health and safety. You cannot drink the water and safe drinking water is not provided by the lodge. You must either purchase water locally (not cheap) or boil all water for consumption. More importantly, the rear windows of our apartment were boarded up and there was no egress from the bedroom in case of fire in the main living area. This was not discovered until the end of our stay, but it was reported to the owner and no action was taken. He indicated that he had other priorities. Overall, the property and facilities are in a state of disrepair. The apartment we were assigned failed to meet minimum cleanliness standards. Upon arrival, the apartment was filthy. Bedding and linens were typically threadbare. Blankets, pillows and cushions do not appear to be cleaned on a regular basis. Area rugs and bath rugs were worn and not clean. There were new towels with price tags still attached, so they had not been laundered prior to placement in the unit. The one bedroom apartment was listed as having satellite TV and internet. The TV was connected to the satellite box in another apartment but we did not have the ability to select channels for viewing. If the residents in the other apartment have the box on, you are watching what they are watching or you are out of luck. So much for March Madness. There is no access to the internet in the apartment. Guests must go the main lodge where access is limited due to bandwidth usage by employees streaming games, radio, etc. The only time we were able to utilize the internet effectively was either early in the morning or late at night when others were not. Inside the unit, the beds and sofabeds were of poor quality and terribly uncomfortable. The kitchen lacked even basic cooking and eating utensils, not even a sharp knife. Fortunately, we had a leatherman tool we brought from home. (Our neighbors borrowed a knife from another lodge.) The two pans and three pots in the unit appeared to have done hard time on a campfire, layers of soot and whatever on the outside, filthy on the inside with crusty remnants of other meals that we were unable to remove. No bakeware so plastic handles go in the oven! Dishes were chipped and cracked - the bowls were discarded margarine containers. The next door unit had decent (new) cookware but little else. Both the kitchen and bathroom sink drains leaked, the bathroom sink being "fixed" by a bucket underneath, while the kitchen had been allowed to rot the cabinet floor beneath. The screen of the screen door had holes, there was no latch or handle on the door and consequently, bugs were not kept out. There is no patio attached to the apartment although one is listed as an amenity and there is a picture of a patio leading one to believe there is a patio at the unit. Other structural issues included exposed wires and outlets missing faceplates. The grounds of the lodge are littered with junk cars, stray dogs, and the bi-product of stray dogs, canine feces. The feces were also on the "private beach" (technically, just access to the public shoreline). There was an abundance of flotsam on the beach which is not cleaned or raked. There were no beach chairs present when we arrived. Guests were required to scrounge chairs from around the property for beach seating. We did not eat in the lodge so I cannot comment on the quality or price of the cuisine. We did speak with the owner about the aforementioned issues. His name was "Nathan", but he was the not the individual named as the owner on the property listing. That person was "Denise". It is unclear who provided the information and pictures for the listing but it was grossly inaccurate. Our unit was not pictured in the listing and it was referred to as a studio. The listing seems to be only for renting rooms in the main lodge, yet the title was "House on Private Beach". The amenities listed and what we paid for did not reflect what we ended up having at the apartment. He seemed surprised and somewhat confused by the content of his property listing and the rate we paid - $203 per night, including tax. As we discussed with the owner, not all of the issues mentioned would be a show stopper at a different price point, but at $203 per night the deficiencies were critical. Definitely not good value. On a positive note, the two air conditioners and two ceiling fans worked and there was plenty of hot water in the shower. (Take care not to get burned.)
Nathan's lodge is the place to go to, without a doubt, if you truly want to get away in the Bahamas. If you want the tourist trap, all-inclusive, hokey, and over-the-top themed Caribbean getaway, then please move on. However if you are interested in leaving civilization, having your phone off with no worries, get lost in local culture in an extremely safe community, this is your place. The beach is world class, and the only other people on it will be those who may also just happen to be staying at the lodge with you (multiple rooms/apts). You are centrally located to go bonefish, get necessities, or just drive and eat the local food establishments and bars. A 10 minute walk down the beach is a Master Certified Vermont native eager to take you scuba diving or snorkeling in the blue-green carribean waters; who can also set you up with a local that will give you a terrific, world-class, blue hole tour giving information not just on the holes, but also on all the local fauna as you take the short and easy trail. Bring hard soled shoes and your bathing suit! At Nathan's, you can get a kitchen if you prefer to save a few dollars and make your own food, and have a fridge for all your food and beverage needs to keep cool to bring to the beach. However, it's strongly recommended having a couple meals in the lodge bar and restaurant where you will be surprised to be treated to local meals of fish, lobster, and local sides cooked to perfection in a small and intimate room. Or, if you prefer, sit on a small deck just outside. The property is loaded with coconut trees, and if you want a few for yourself, just speak with the very helpful property manager Freeman who will oblige with a smile. This is the perfect getaway location if you truly want to "get away from it all", unwind, reboot, and get a tan without any hassles, worries, or obligations. Everything is at your own speed where high and low tide rule the pace of life, not the hour or minutes.
We were two families traveling Christmas week, and had 5 (of the 8 or so) rooms and the place to ourselves for the first several days, which was great! (Another family arrived midweek, which was also fun.) Nathan's is a homey, cozy, casual place - don't expect elegance or fancy amenities. Bikes, snorkels and kayaks -- that's it! But honestly, who needs more? The beach is right there, and beautiful. (There is a dive shop/resort about a 10 minute walk down the beach. They will take snorkelers and fishermen too.) We had breakfast, lunch and dinner on site, except for one dinner at another resort - which required taxi and ferry rides - and every day, they'd ask our input on what we would like to eat: BBQ? Chicken? Fish? (Mmmm, conch!) Steak? It was all hearty and good. And the coconut water with sweet milk - wow! The staff is absolutely wonderful - lovely, helpful, friendly people. The rooms are clean and comfortable with excellent AC. My one suggestion is: please get better wine! (Next time, if possible, I will ship from home in advance.) Thank you, Nathan and everyone for a great vacation!
Hi Mr. Andros! Thank You! for the wonderful stay at Nathan's Lodge! I've recommended it to my friends should they be looking for a very comfortable, friendly & relaxing accommodation in South Andros. Sheva prepared the best meals and Freeman was available for any needs I had plus bicycle rentals/snorlek gear. You and Sheva & Freeman basically were like a family away from home. Nathan's Lodge is such quaint, comfortable & inexpensive way to get away in paradise. Steps from a private beach but all my needs including taxi with Ms. Lloyd to and from the airport was a wonderful experience. No complaints! John M.
I go to Nathan's several times every year. I just got back yesterday and am getting my flights tomorrow to go back in November. I like to go sit in the water at night under the moon. The food is really good
We spent a wonderful holiday on the island of Andros in the Bahamas. We stayed at Nathan 's Lodge . The welcome was very friendly and helpful whenever we had requests . We ate at the little restaurant in the evenings. The food is very well cooked and plentiful. Everyone is very friendly to small care , helpful, we always had a lot of fun to talk with them , especially with Nathan who made us discover the island and invited us to the village feast for Easter and who we very well received. We felt at home. The place is nice for calm her absolutely beautiful beach with white sand and turquoise waters, breathtaking !!!!! We highly recommend this place and will return to Switzerland as soon as possible.
We stayed at Nathan's lodge for 4 nights and had a wonderful time. It's situated right on the beach, a beautiful 4 mile beach with no one on it! My kids loved it. The food, cooked by Sheba, was great, lobster, peas and rice, snapper, tasty authentic Bahamian food. Freeman (the manager at Nathan's) was very helpful, always ready to chop a coconut for the kids or help us with our plans. Nathan was extremely welcoming and great to chat to. We would go back every year if we could.
Our trip to South Andros was fantastic. Recommend Nathan's Lodge. The Lodge was nice, comfortable, clean, safe and enjoyable. Kemp's Bay is a beautiful beach. Our week there, (mid March 2016) sunny, warm and windy. Nathan's Lodged felt more like a home than a Lodge. Freeman was great and took care of anything. Both Nathanial and Freeman are very well connected on the island and can help with anything you want to do. Blue Hole nature trail, taxi, fishing, etc. Food was fantastic. Different local dish each night. Terrific cook. Recommend especially for DIY bonefishing, fishing just 1 or 2 of your days on the island, or travelling with a non-fishing partner. Give Nathaniel & Freeman enough notice (and cross your fingers for less wind) and they can set up one of the independent guides on the island for you. Thanks again for a wonderful time on your Island. Can't want to plan another trip !
We stayed at Nathan's Lodge with a group of 12 after staying on Paradise Island. It was the complete opposite in a good way. The hotel property is on an amazing beach. Beautiful white sand and crystal clear water. We had six kids of various ages in our group and they all had a blast in the water. I never saw anyone else on the beach. There is a gazebo at the edge of the property if you want to get out of the sun. There are only a few restaurants in the area so we mainly ate at Nathan's. They took fantastic care of us. The food was delicious and freshly prepared. The table was decorated with beautiful flowers from the grounds. Coconuts were harvested from the property for drinks and desserts. Everyone there was so nice. It was difficult getting information online about activities and rental cars but Nathan arranged everything. He had 2 rental vans waiting at the airport. We had 2 divers in the group and the rest of us snorkeled. We explored blue holes in the ocean and in land. There were puppies and cats which our girls fell in love with. They were so sad to leave. However, if luxury hotels are your thing you will be disappointed. The rooms are not fancy but a good size and clean. The beds are comfortable and there was good a/c. South Andros is charming and unspoilt for now.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Free airport shuttle
Located in South Andros, Nathan's Lodge is 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from Long Bay Cays and 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from High Point Cay. This 9-room, 3-star motel has free in-room WiFi along with free self parking and a free airport shuttle. It's near the airport and also within a 20-minute drive of Barge-Driggs Hill Port and Buttonwood Cay.
Enjoy a bite to eat at the motel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning for a fee.
The 9 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including washers/dryers, private yards, and free local calls. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and satellite TV. Pillowtop beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer free toiletries. Free bottled water, ceiling fans, and desks are other standard amenities.
At Nathan's Lodge, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, express check-in, and express check-out. There's free parking, as well as a free airport shuttle during limited hours. Helpful staff is there to provide front-desk service during limited hours, as well as offer insight about the area. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a convenience store, and barbecue grills.
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80% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 21 reviews