Upon viewing my room (19) for the first time I was shocked. Dark and dirty looking, venetian blinds askew, broken floortiles, bits of window missing, rusty plumbing, large spots in the red carpet that I could only guess at. I had seen better in the jungle of Thailand. Large king bed though, and you could not deny the rustic charm. Old window type aircon, not seen since the 80-ies. But it worked. And after much fiddling with the few lightfittings, they worked too. And so did the plumbing. There was a new fridge with nothing in it, and a new flat screen tv. Nothing else, not even a glass. I went down and was given a styrofoam cup. This being sat. night there was a lot of noise from the street but after about 11 it got better. Breakfast is coffee/tea and english muffins at the pool. The reason all this disappears as previously reported is because the staff help themselves to it, not secretly but openly. 10 minutes after I arrived there was nothing left, the staff ate it all, so I guess if you are early you
should be OK. Room cleaning is spotty, but the staff are very friendly, will cheerfully agree to supply you with anything you ask, only to then forget it. It appears only 5 rooms out of 25 have been refurbished, so your chances of getting a lemon are 5 to 1. I was ,again cheerfully, offered another room (23) but this was no better, in fact smaller and darker. The hotel is for sale, so it remains to be seen if current management will go ahead with the promised refurbishment.
I agree with several previous reviewers, it is an opportunity missed. Great charm, great location if you don't mind the traffic. With new (professional) management and an overhaul this place would be a gem. For now though it is still the best value for money if you don't mind shifting to a backpacker's mindset.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The El Greco is a boutique hotel that is situated in the heart of downtown Nassau, within walking distance to the beach, shopping and historic sites. Our prices include all taxes, free telephone calls to the US and Canada, continental breakfast, free local calls and free use of the internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Greco Nassau
- Hotel El Greco
- El Greco Hotel Bahamas/Nassau