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Anguilla Hotels

Arawak Beach Inn

Pros

  • Funky, casual crowd
  • Friendly owners
  • Very competitive rates

Cons

  • Not on the beach
  • Air conditioning included only in premium rooms
  • Isolated location makes a car a must

Updated 03/03/2014

Fodor's Review

These hexagonal two-story villas are a good choice for a funky, budget-friendly, low-key guesthouse experience. The pricier units on the top floors are more spacious and a bit quieter, with spectacular views of Island Harbor and beyond to Scilly Key. Standard rooms are pretty basic, but the two end units have been beautifully renovated, with modern furniture, flat-screen TVs, and attractive bathrooms and kitchens. You can combine these units to suit the size of your group.

The inn's manager, Maria Hawkins, will make you feel like one of the family by the time you leave. Mix your own drinks at the honor bar. The Arawak Café, splashed in psychedelic colors, serves pizzas and lip-smacking Caribbean comfort food. A small private cove with a sandy beach is a five-minute walk away. The common areas have Wi-Fi. Check the website for special rates and packages.

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Hotel Information

Address:

The Valley, Island Harbour, AI2640, Anguilla

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Phone:

264-497–4888; 877-427–2925-reservations

Hotel Details:

  • 17 rooms
  • All-inclusive; No meals

Updated 03/03/2014

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Dec 31, 2006

Did I stay at the same hotel as Tom?

I nearly cancelled after reading the reviews, but the Arawak was strongly recommended by Canadian friends who go there every year. My experiences could not have been more different from Toms - in fact I wonder if we stayed at the same hotel! Ours was a very attractive upper level room with a four poster bed (no kitchen) and air conditioning (an extra). The little cove dismissed by Tom is about 200 yards away, an easy stroll. The beach bar he refers

to is closed. That beach there is a real treat  we had it completely to ourselves. It is inaccurate that there is no beach at the Inn which is directly on Island Harbor beach, but one needs to walk down a bit for good swimming. Still, we would recommend a car for at least a few days as Anguilla has so many great beaches and restaurants to explore. We has absolutely no problems with maid service which was efficient and thorough. The whole place is well maintained. When we were there, the exteriors had just been completely repainted in vibrant colors, and they were finishing off redoing the balconies. The pool area had new market umbrellas and new teak furniture. There is a new paved road to the Inn, avoiding the poor access Tom refers to (the sign to the Arawak had not been moved, so we arrived down the old route  I do agree not to be repeated!). The Arawak is home away from home. Expect a warm welcome from Innkeeper Maria, relaxation and good food. For Anguilla, prices are reasonable. We particularly enjoyed the pizza and local Chicken dish. The rooms have nice furnishings and the beds are comfortable. There is cable TV and internet, and WiFi in the restaurant. The bathrooms are OK, if nothing special. I read about problems with water pressure, but ours was fine if not a torrent. Be assured that this place is well run, good value and fun. I guess one can not please everyone, but Tom must have been very unlucky, or else they have got their act together since he was there. Come with confidence.

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May 9, 2001

The Best Value In Anguilla - and the Friendliest Welcome

Nothing in Fodor's prepared us for the wonderful Arawak Experience. The facilities are much more attractive than you imply, with lots of bright Caribbean colors, and especially the rooms. They come with great views, and are prettily furnished with hardwood furniture and very comfortable king beds. But what makes the Arawak is the Innkeeper Maria. She is completely committed to her guests, and a great personality. Nothing is too much trouble - she

cooks your breakfast, runs you around, advises on your trips and just makes you laugh. This is the nicest Caribbean experience we have ever had. Also, by the way the meals are good and wholesome and very reasonable priced by Anguilla standards. You can make a meal for two out of an Arawak pizza, or go for something fancier like Lobster which is under $20.

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