La Paloma

22 Buen Retiro Rd , Nassau, Bahamas (Show map)


La Paloma is an old Bahamian styled house in a quiet residential neighborhood in central Nassau, with a large balcony over looking the Nassau harbor. Enjoy your breakfast or an evening drink as you sit out and watch the view as the balmy breezes relax your spirit. Pets and children are welcome. Breakfast is not provided. Full kitchen access, free internet access.

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Innkeepers: Diane Fletcher



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  • Guest room3.4
  • Service4.2
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness3.0
  • Onsite Dining2.4

Stay April 2014

1.4 on May 05, 2014

We recently (April 2014) stayed at LaPaloma, Nassau for 4 days. We chose this B & B for numerous reasons, one of which were the outstanding reviews we read on the internet. An update on these reviews is that LaPaloma no longer has the "pick up at the airport" service. You need to make your own way to the house. Also the Breakfast part of the B & B is no longer. Breakfast is not included in your stay, although you do have full access to the kitchen at all times. However, the general state of the house including the kitchen is not clean. Also there is next to no cutlery available for your use, and the kitchen has no hot water to wash the dishes with. The porch at the front of the house is messy and dirty. Also the bathroom is quite dated. The toilet and the bathtub/shower were quite dirty and the water from the showerhead just trickles out. The bedrooms (we used the two on the upstairs level) met out sleeping needs, however, they are just adequate. Diane is friendly, however, if you are looking for more than just a place to sleep, you will not really find it at LaPaloma.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for posting - even an unfavorable review has its benefits. I do not use the shower in the bathroom, so did not know about the problem with the velocity. I have dealt with it. Re the cutlery, I can only assume I did not show you the cutlery drawer, as there are lots available. Generally it is not cold enough in the Bahamas to need hot water in the sink. It does not make a difference to getting the dishes clean, it is more a comfort thing. When it is too cold, we heat the water on the stove. I think what you defined as dirt in the bathroom is actually rust and lime stain. This is an old house with old pipes, and it is hard to get away from rust stains!And our water is very high in lime, so over the years it builds up. The sink, bath and toilets are all bleached out daily. By the way, my big project for this year is to re-do the bathroom. I have never provide breakfast, I just offer people a place to stay, and let them make their own dining arrangements. I appreciate the comment about the front porch, and will be taking care of that issue this weekend. I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay. I have decided to have a card for people to complete while they are here to let me know what needs to be improved. Feed back would help a lot.

- Diane (innkeeper)

Best Value Guest House in Nassua

4.2 on November 22, 2011

BOTTOM LINE: I certainly made the right decision to stay at La Paloma and would highly recommend it for vacationers, adventurous eco-travellers, and non-fussy budget-minded graduate students or young professionals. DETAILS: I planned a weeklong trip to Nassau for business + pleasure. As an adventurous young professional interested in experiencing local life, I decided to stay in a guest house near downtown Nassau instead of in a large hotel on the ocean. Based on price, location, residential neighborhood, and unbelievable service, La Paloma is the absolute best value guest house in Nassau (e.g., beats Mignon Guest House). The room size (Coral room), ventilation, temperature, and furnture were very comfortable and I adjusted to 'living' in the house immediately. The bathroom was well lit and good size. The neighborhood was on a hill with a view and was good for walking around. La Paloma is a 3 minute drive away from the bridge to Paradise Island (and I enjoyed walking home from Paradise Island for my exercise actually, ~ 30 mins). Diane's personalized and friendly service is by far the most special aspect of La Paloma and what sets it above other accommodation options. From airport pick-up and drop-off (included in the rate -- very rare for this type of accommodation), to shuttling to downtown to catch a jitney or grab groceries (and from downtown if able, also no extra cost), to recommending local sights and activities (the amazing Blue Lagoon Island beach day, 'Jollification' local craft fair), to tips on good local eats (Fish Fry, and under the bridge), Diane was just exceptional and certainly went above and beyond expectations. On the occasions where a question or problem arose (e.g., hangers needed, shower blocked) Diane attended to it quickly once brought to her attention. (FYI - I did not order meals at La Paloma, but brought home breakfast groceries on Day 1 and ate out for other meals, which is why dining is 3 'met my expectations').

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4.4 on February 07, 2011

This stay was for a surprise birthday trip. Our hostess was GREAT! she met us at the airport, and gave us a tour of the town, She gave us a ride to downtown and Paradise Island. We felt like we were at home, drinks on the veranda and good conversation. She was avalaibe to give us a ride to dinner each night. When it was time to leave it was like saying goodbye to a good friend.

Excellent Service

3.2 on February 05, 2011

Diane picked me up at the airport and, although the drive back to the bed and breakfast was scary (they drive on the wrong side of the road!), I arrive in one piece. Diane also pointed me in the direction of the tourist sector of town, and drove me both to the dock for my next day's Beach Day Adventure and to the supermarket that evening. She is very friendly, very polite, and there is free wifi in the building. Diane also drove me to the dock for my departure to the Sivananda Ashram. Altogether, my stay was awesome, but it didn't include breakfast.

Excellent value and service in Nassau

4.2 on February 05, 2011

Diane made us feel like family, and went above and beyond to assist in many ways, including picking us up at the airport, and stopping to allow us to purchase groceries. Wi-fi, and complete use of her spacious home made for an enjoyable stay.

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Rooms & Rates

Coral Room

Queen bed, wireless Internet, garden views, Pet and kid friendly. All rooms have guest access to kitchen, balcony and living room. Shared bathroom with Yellow Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $95 - $100

Yellow Room

Queen bed, wireless Internet, garden views, Pet and kid friendly. All rooms have guest access to kitchen, balcony and living room. Shared bathroom with Coral Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $95 - $100

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Location Type

Downtown, Tropical


11 miles

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Historical interests, Museum, Ocean, Downtown Nassau, Performing Theater, Religious Services

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Parking, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans

On-site activities

Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 2 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: Limited Baby sitting can be arranged
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 3 day minimum
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit on booking confirmation, balance due before arrival
  • Cancellations: If canceled 30 days prior to arrival, deposit will be returned less $20 booking fee. No refunds less than 30 days.
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Diane Fletcher

Languages spoken

Some French, English

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Reading, dog training, ceramics, computer games

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No Breakfast Served

  • Serving Location: Balcony

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