A fishing buddy and I recently spent 10 days on Acklins Island, in the Bahamas, fishing for Bonefish. There are only two flights in and out of Acklins a week, and we were not able to arrive early enough to catch the departing Wednesday flight out of Nassau, to Acklins, so we flew into Nassau on a Tuesday. I did a lot of research on line, to find the nearest hotel to the airport, that was reasonably priced. Nassau hotels are not cheap, and all of them require that each guest pay some kind of "fuel surcharge" which adds over $20 to the listed price of the room. We didn't come to Nasssau to sightsee, and just wanted a place to spend the night, prior to flying out to Acklins the following morning.
Nassau Palms Hotel turned out to be quite some distance from the airport, and it cost us $32 for the taxi ride (each way). The hotel appears to be quite old, and from the exterior it was evident that it had seen better days. It was directly across the street from the water, and there was a beach, of sorts, with several small vedors selling food and drinks. This definitely wasn't the upscale area of Nassau.
We arrived before check-in time of 4 PM, which seems like an unreasonable time, but fortunately they provided a room. That shouldn't have been an issue, because it didn't appear that the hotel was even close to being full.
The room was dated, as was the exterior, and our "view" was overlooking a roofline and alley. The TV's remote control didn't work, and when the TV was turned on, it lost signal about every 2-4 minutes, and "roared static" for 30-45 seconds, before locking into the station again. This made it impossible to attempt to watch a show.
When I inquired about "Internet" access (the hotel advertised wireless Internet), I was told that you had to come down to the lobby to use the Internet, and the hotel had nothing to do with it, but rather you had to pay for use by credit card, through some Internet provider. No thanks.
The bed was comfortable, and that was about the only good thing I can say about the place.
Definitely not someplace I'd return to. Better to have paid more, for a more well kept facility.
I am probably being kinder than I could have been, and compared to many of the other reviews, I have been.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come experience Nassau at its best. Enjoy lovely views of clear turquoise water, stroll to exciting nearby local attractions, all with a free Continental breakfast daily! Experience all Nassau has to offer without breaking the bank. It's all right here when you stay at the Nassau Palm Hotel. The hotel places you in the heart of this tropical island. Take in the sights of the capital city's historic downtown area. Ferry over to Paradise Island's famous casino. Take day trips to remote beaches for spectacular snorkeling adventures. The possibilities are endless – as are the vacation savings of the hotels comfortable accommodations. Located only ten short miles from Nassau International Airport (NAS), ideally located on West Bay Street, overlooking Nassau Harbor across from popular Junkanoo Beach and a short walk to Nassau's authentic Straw Market and duty-free shopping. Just a half mile from downtown Nassau's business and financial centers and minutes from the Port of Nassau and beautiful Paradise Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nassau Palm Resort
- Nassau Palm Hotel Bahamas