seashell, there is beauty and solitude south as well with the additional bonus of being able to cart to town instead of having to take a boat to town or fool with the toll bridge.
In response to ca., your request remains too vague for specific recomendations. There are many great places to stay on AC; hotels, condos and homes for rent all with dramatic price / service / accomodation differences. If you could be more specific about the budget level you desire I think you will receive better recs targeted to your needs / desires.
We own property down south so I freely admit my bias to town and south of town. I do agee that there are also great places north of the bridge but the hassel factor of staying / owning north of the bridge plays a major role for us.
Few people will argue the fact that Victoria House is one of the nicest places to stay on the island. It's pricey and not what we consider walking distance into what we call "town". We have stayed there twice and liked it very much.
Just south of Victoria House is the more budget minded Royal Caribbean Resort with individual cottages.
Another favorite of ours is Ramon's Village. It is impossible to beat the location of Ramon's in my opinion, you can walk with luggage in tow to it from the airport and walk to "town". Of coarse one doesn't need to walk as the staff will come pick you / luggage up. Ramon's is less pricey than Victoria House but is still in what I call "pricey" range for AC.
Just next door to Ramon's is The Palms condos which to me is one of the best values on the island. None of the "frills" that come with Victoria or Ramon's (rest, dock, bar, dive shop) but an easy walk to all AC has to offer.
Sun Breeze Hotel is just up the beach, straight across from the Tropic Air terminal and is also nice with the Blue Water Grill attached, a highly recomended rest/bar.
We don't prefer the true "budget" accomodations so I have no specific recomendations for the "budget" level places but there are many to choose from on AC as well.
These are but a VERY few of the numerous great places to stay on AC. We have personally stayed in each placed (some #'s times) named and would gladly give any of them our repeat business.
For first timers I highly recomend staying in "town" or not much further south than Royal Caribbean.
Here's a usefull link for first timers;http://ambergriscaye.com/