My husband and I spent one night in Nassau awaiting our departure after a wonderful week-long stay on Long Island.
First of all, it is a $35 cab ride from the airport. The taxi ride was probably the best part, as we had the pleasure of being driven by an excellent driver, Mr. Anthony Curtis. But, I digress. It got so much worse from here.
We knew we were in trouble when we saw the barbed-wire and guard dogs in the neighborhood. But, really, would a hotel that claims to be near a beach be that bad? This is a rhetorical question, of course.
Upon check-in, we were escorted to our room by a clerk who had the remote control in one hand and the button for the air conditioner in another. The room smelled like it had been heavily bleached to cover up who knew what.
There was a refrigerator which was not plugged in and we did not dare attempt to do so, as the wall socket was out of the wall and looked as though it was ready to blow. There were chunks of 'wall' missing in the bathroom. The fixtures were covered in lime. Of course, the sink drain did not work and the water smelled horrific. We wanted to open a window to get some fresh air, but, forget it, we could not open it.
So, we ventured to the office to ask for suggestions for food and to inquire about the water. Any water had to be purchased. This would have been fine if I had planned accordingly and maybe gotten some water on the way. Here, they have you and it is not easy to access water from anywhere else. it is not a safe area! The water could not even be used to brush one's teeth!
We ventured out for something to eat. It was about a half-mile walk to anywhere. But, again, one needs to be careful. This was a warning we received from everyone we encountered.
Although we had no issues, one needs to heed the road and traffic. Red lights? What red lights? They just blow right through them !
All the businesses are 'caged' or the check-out area surrounded by plexi-glass. Not a good sign.
We survived the night. I awoke to go for a run the next morning only to turn down a street with a sign that read 'Caution-High Crime Area' Stay away from the roads-way too dangerous, even on a Sunday morning.
So, the beach area ( approximately 600-800 meters away) is nothing to write home about. It smelled and there was no crystal clear Caribbean blue water here, either.
The rate included a continental breakfast. One enters a rec room and a table with some bread, cereal, and coffee. There was a jar of peanut butter, some marmalade, and a not-so-appetizing-looking bowl of butter-all with one communal knife. I did not dare sit anywhere- I was afraid of what may have been on the seats.
When I went back to take a shower, the cleaning staff was already in the room at 9:30 a.m. The towels hadn't been used, the bed was stripped, and we had not checked out yet. I found this odd. I certainly don't think a throng of visitors would be arriving there that day!
The only highlight was the pool. it was lovely and surrounded by a nice garden. The office staff did let us check out a little late, as our flight wasn't until 3:30 p.m. Again, Anthony Curtis came to our rescue.
I am sure this could be a nice place. It needs a lot of work. It was not worth the money and really ruined a perfectly good week on Long Island.
New Providence is not a 'get away from it all' destination anyway. Spend a little more money. It could mean your life!!!!!!!!!!
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