My husband and I just returned from a four night stay at the British Colonial Hilton.
Food: The hotel food was just that, hotel food. Poolside lunch usually ran us around $40, and was just adequate. Did not eat at Portofino's, but did eat at the sports bar grill. It was the exact menu as the pool. Venture out and eat in town. We ate at the little upstairs Greek restaurant (next to Hard Rock Cafe), and loved it. Senor Frogs was tolerable (next to Straw Market), but we loved the view (also cruise ships).
Location: I loved that the hotel was within walking distance to bustling Nassau. When you sit on the beach, you are literally just a few hundred yards from the cruise ships. We saw one come in to dock, and do a 180 right in front of the hotel (to back into the slip). It was truly amazing to watch.
Hotel staff and attitudes: One word, phenomenal. We were upgraded to ocean view, 5th floor, and had access to the executive lounge (diamond member). We enjoyed the daily breakfast of toast, bagels, fruit, cheese, pastries, yogurt, and cereal. We also took advantage of the canapes every evening and drank a baileys on ice here and there. The cleaning crew made sure to speak every time we walked by. The check in clerk was friendly and helpful. Even the gentleman at the towel hut was as pleasant as could be. There seems to be a general feeling of pleasantness throughout the hotel, and even the island, extending all the way to the taxi drivers.
Rooms: The rooms, as previously mentioned, were small, but roomy enough for one or two people. Storage was adequate for a short stay. There is a tv cabinet with 4 drawers, a roomy closet with a safe, and a desk with chair, as well as an additional side chair. The windows were small. The bathrooms were large and spectacularly appointed, from mahogany cabinets to marble tile floors and granite (or similar) counters.
Airport: If this is your first stay in Nassau, I will say the airport was small, and the security tight. We checked into the counter, went through one xray (random bag search), customs, and then a second xray (another random bag search). Then, as we were boarding the plane, attendants went through my husband's bag (for the third random search, the first one to affect us). I do realize the need for security; just want to suggest plenty of time when planning your departure.
Excursions: We only did one, Barefoot Sailing, reserved through Majestic Tours located in the lobby of the hotel. This was a highpoint of our mini-vacation, and a must for any future travel to Nassau. Captain Randy and his crew sailed us out to uninhabited Rose Island for snorkeling, then prepared us a meal to die for (what is it about eating outside). On the way home we were treated to a delicious Rum Punch, cookies, fruit, candy, etc. We did not bring cash, but he did have a cash bar.
All in all, the hotel exceeded our expectations, and I can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on downtown Nassau’s only private beach and the site of Old Fort Nassau, the British Colonial Hilton in the Bahamas has undergone a multi-million renovation throughout all areas of the hotel, and offers a taste of the island’s rich history, along with some of the most modern amenities for both business and vacation travelers. What’s more the hotel is only 25 minutes from Nassau (Lynden Pindling International) Airport. The hotel is a true Bahamian experience with a marble-tiled lobby and is studded with palm trees under a skylight ceiling. There are 288 luxuriously appointed guest rooms with harbor or island views. All rooms are furnished with tasteful decor, complemented by separate shower and bathtub. One-bedroom suites offer a separate living area with sofa bed, and Executive accommodations are also available along with the Executive Lounge, where attentive hotel staff assures that every need and whim will be met during your stay. Recreational activities are convenient and varied for leisure and business travelers alike. A 300-ft long private white sand beach is furnished with lounge chairs and thatched sunshades overlooking the harbor offering a peaceful and secluded access for an ocean swim or a day in the sun. Use of kayaks and snorkeling gear on the beach is complimentary. Bordered on one side by a tropical garden, the hotel's freshwater pool offers harbor views and has an expansive sundeck with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Both the sundeck and beach offer views of cruise ships moored nearby, and of the western tip of Paradise Island, 300 yards offshore. Guests can snooze in hammocks on the lawn adjacent to the pool. The property can also organize trips out reef snorkeling island exploring, boating, golf, tennis and scuba diving. For dining options, Aqua is a fun, casual restaurant serving international favorites with a Caribbean flair, or guests can meet up for cocktails at the Bullion Bar. The new Bullion Bar is the 'place to be seen' for happy hour with great drink specials and tasty snacks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- British Colonial Hilton Nassau Hotel Nassau
- Hilton Hotel Nassau
- Hilton Nassau
- Nassau Hilton
- British Colonial Hilton Nassau Bahamas