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“Better than expected and a great value for Nassau!” 4 of 5 stars
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Red Carpet Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   East Bay Street | PO Box SS-6233, Nassau, New Providence Island   |  
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Ranked #25 of 33 Hotels in Nassau
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“Better than expected and a great value for Nassau!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

I recently stayed at this Inn on a stopover in Nassau while going to a family island. We booked on Hotels,com ,two rooms for two couples and the price was about $125-130 a night. We got a rental car at the airport as it cost almost as much to take a taxi as hotels do not provide shuttles in Nassau. A taxi will cost about $40 oneway as the Inn is located near the downtown area, about 20 minute drive from the airport depending on trafic and recent road construction. A rental car gave us the flex to drive about as desired and better security than walking after hours or paying additional for a taxi or having bus hassel, so we like that option and used Avis online many months prior to departure for best rate and availability. In the Bahamas they do drive on the left side of the road so keep that in mind. The Inn is located on East Bay street, a oneway street, I would guess about 10 blocks from the downtown (you can take a city bus) tourist area (not much between the Inn and down town tourist area, ( I strongly recommend to NOT walk this area after dark and the area down town closes at about 5 p.m. all the same) and about a 15-20 minute walk or a few minute drive to the upscale tourist areas at Pardise Island accros the canal bridge (Atlantis, etc) where we spent our evenings. Near the two Paradise Island bridges is the Potters Cay area that has local boats coming in with their daily catches and there are small eateries there, for locals and tourist (day time only). A true Bahaimian experence. The Inn is located next to a small open shopping complex with a decent grocery store, Starbucks, Dairy Queen, Domino's Pizza, largesports store, a small hardware store, a few clothing stores, a sandwhich shop and some other businesses. It is not a tourist area so not very fancy, just basic and used for daily needs/activities but very nice to have near the Inn. Another eatery, The Poop Deck is very good and a short walk back towards the bridges and is located above the local scuba dive shop. Also, a short walk from the Inn is a small park with a very small fort lookout and a small beach. When we first drove into the Inn the overall thought that came to my mind was hmmm...., looks like it needs a face lift and is a bit dated, i wonder what the rooms will be like. I still believe that as a few more tropical plants and an updated entry sign/garden would do wonders. Anyhow, with caution we went inside to check in and the interior was still fairly plain but it was very clean and well maintained for an older structure. The front desk had a teller like glass front, for worker safety I assume since Nassau has a high crime rate. The receptionist was very helpful and pleasent. There was free computer access at the Inn and a free coffee machine to use as we liked in the reception area. We also were provided assistance with our large pile of bags at the car and to the room and provided first floor rooms when requested to make it easy in and out. On entering the rooms, we rented two, they turned out to be well kept and clean. Fancy, no, clean and meeting our needs for a very reasonable place to stay, YES! There were two beds, a small refrigerator (handy after going to the store for a few drinks and snacks), air conditioning, clean bathroom with NO mold or discusting growths to be found, NO ants crawling about which is a problem I have had in other Nassau hotels (cheap and expensive) and we did not see one cockroach, zero, zip. One thing was that although the bathroom was large enough, the door opened in and it was a tight squeez at least in our room to close the door while getting around the toilet to do so. I would recommend having the door open out and not in for this reason.The beds were comfortable enough for us, high quality, no, adaquate, yes and we slept well. The Inn was quiet too. The towels and bedding were clean and not stained, no burn holes from smokers or torn, the fixtures in the rooms were in good repair in in working order. There was adaquate hot water and water pressure in the shower and sink, The rooms were non smoking too. There was a court yard on the lower level that was adaquate and landscaped with a few sitting areas. The pool was only a short walk from our room and was well maintained and clean, very adaquate for anybody's needs. The facility grounds were clean and kept up. We had a restful stay at a reasonable price. Again, this is not an upscale place to stay but a true value being in Nassau, it was clean, quiet and met our needs for sure. Most places in the same price range in Nassau are a bit nasty and larger facilties will cost you into the hundreds of $$. We basically used this Inn for our home base and then drove about seeing and doing what we needed. The money we saved by staying here, if important to you while traveling or on a limited budget, covered our meals and entertainment in town. We will stay here next time too. Thx

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Very bad position, expensive price, very dark because of no windows room (there's a window bat there's also a wall just in front of it!), they are extremely unfriendly (except one women); this is perfectly like the all island is: extremely expensive and people are unfriendly! and you always need super expensive taxi service to have dinner or go to the beach or whatelse!
this hotel is as bad and expensive as bad and expensive is Nassau and New Prrovidence!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

no frills motel east of town and PI Bridge recommend for those renting a car due to location, although jitney does pass by. convenient to shopping center and bank next door. rooms have full size fridge which is nice for a change, and a microwave. room clean, few geckos that are unavoidable in tropics especially on 1st floor. outdoor pool was clea with picnic tables under a covered paviion and lounge chairs
had no issues with front desk staff
no restaurant/bar at motel

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

My son and I stayed three nights. The lobby, the pool area and our superior double room were all very clean and tidy and comfortable respectively. Highlights of our stay included a stroll of the delightful gardens. The staff were pleasant and helpful as well. We will return and we will recommend the Red Carpet Inn to others.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

This hotel is dirty (smokey rooms despite "non smoking" policy, cockroaches inside the room, filthy bed spreads and bathrooms), they are also extremely unfriendly at front desk, should someone actually be there when you need to ask a question.
The vending machines up front just swallow you money, and of course they don't 'own them' and will not even help you make a claim to the company that does.
Beds are old, rusty and squeeky.

DO NOT STAY HERE. There are better/nicer hotels at the same price.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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RCINassau, Public Relations Manager at Red Carpet Inn, responded to this review, April 1, 2011
This Expedia guest when placing their booking on-line made no request for a non-smoking room type therefore, as per usual policy, when no request is made guest is automatically assigned to a Smoking room. This guest was checked into a Smoking room where smoking is permitted. If they had come back to the front desk and requested that they be moved to a Non-Smoking room category instead, then their request would have been accommodated. The Vending machines that are provided for guest convenience off our hotel lobby, are in fact owned and maintained by an independent vending company. There is a notice posted on the vending machine notifying guests of this fact and also notifying them that loss of money is not the responsibility of hotel. That said, we make every effort to contact the vending company immediately on the behalf of the guest to ask that they come to service the machine and either return the funds or, if the guest prefers, obtain the product from the machine instead. The Front desk always has a clerk stationed behind the front desk from 8 am thru 12 midnight and if guest had come to Front Desk for service they would have been attended to during those hours. All our rooms are well maintained and this includes our bedding as well. Bed mattresses are changed regularly and rusty beds frames have never been an issue in any of our rooms. We have hotel inspectors who regularly compliment us on the high level of cleanliness that is maintained … one who, most recently, after inspecting multiple rooms commented that he has never been in any hotel room as clean as the ones at our property.
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boston, MA
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2010

When we went to check in, the rate was higher than anticipated. We asked for a breakdown for the rate and the receptionist said she did not know. I asked her for the manager, she said the manager was unavailable. I asked her to phone so that I could receive it and she said "No". I said in that case, I did not want the room. She said that we would have to pay one night cancellation fee. I said that I would not pay it because I did not feel the price was the one quoted. She told us to leave or she would call the police. Nice place, I would never go back.

Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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RCINassau, Assistant Manager at Red Carpet Inn, responded to this review, April 30, 2010
This lady and her companion are quite rememberable. They were very confused about the facts regarding their booking, including the type of room they had booked and whom they had actually booked the reservation with. The main issue was that they thought they had prepaid through an internet site. This was not the case. It was explained in detail that they only guaranteed their booking with their credit card but the room was not prepaid in advance. When they were informed that they would have to pay directly before they could complete their registration, the male companion became verbally abusive to the front desk clerk … yelling profanity and slamming his hand on the counter demanding immediate entry to his room all the while refusing to make payment. The front desk asked for them to show proof of the pre-payment. The guest simply not want to accept the fact that it was not pre-paid. Guests who pre-pay arrive with a voucher and present the voucher at time of check-in. Also she was told that she could speak with the manager in the morning when she was at work. The guest could have checked-in and paid for one night only (booking was for two nights) and had the matter resolved the next morning when the manager was at work or if the matter was not resolved, they could have cancelled the second night and then checked out. In the end they choose to leave with the understanding that there would be a one-night penalty as per hotel cancellation policy.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2010

The property is just off East Bay Street and right next to a large shopping center with a Supermarket in it and a Starbucks.

As we checked in I got a bad feeling. The reception counter was separated from the customers by a glass window like you would expect at a 24hr gas station at 3am. It is in a bad neighborhood. The internet is extra and did not work in my room #239. When I complained, they told me to go outside or the lobby and try it. The rooms are clean, and the roaches find it comfortable as well. Yup ROACHES!! The rooms all have bars on the inside of the windows and can't be opened. The refrigerator was off and open when I arrived, and the A/C unit off. The room had a musty smell and the 2 double beds were thin and very uncomfortable. The rooms were dark with no light from the shaded windows you could not open. Oh now the best part.....When I tried to take a shower....it was like standing under dripping water! No pressure and the hot water lasted about 90 seconds. REDICULOUS!!!!

FOR $139 A NIGHT, SPEND $50 MORE AND GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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RCINassau, Assistant Manager at Red Carpet Inn, responded to this review, April 30, 2010
It is amazing that some people who think of themselves as worldly travelers fall into the trap of trying to compare where they come from to where they are visiting. Most people travel to a foreign country to have a different experience. Firstly, the eastern end of Nassau is considered the better area of the island. It is correct that internet is extra for those booking through 3rd party booking sites. This is our procedure and as is the case in the majority of hotels here in Nassau. In order to offer modern amenities, hotels charge higher rates or charge for extras on an a la carte basis. Our rates are considered very reasonable for Nassau and the fees that we charge for wifi are also reasonable. The reason the guest would have been asked to check if he could get wifi access by going outside would be to determine if the problem was with the internet or his computer … unlike most properties, our hotel offers access through out the property .. in all public areas as well as guest rooms … if the guest was unable to access the wifi in the lobby and other guests could, then chances are the fault was with his computer settings and not the properties wifi.

Visitors should remember that when they visit foreign countries things that seem strange to them are just a fact of life in the country they are visiting. Security bars are there to insure guest security. The windows are sealed and tinted to help the rooms cool better as open windows mean inefficient cooling and higher electrical costs …. Refrigerators and electronic appliances are also unplugged when rooms are not in use, to help with energy costs to keep rates lower. Water pressure is kept at optimal levels by pressure control shower heads and water temperature is adjustable by use of the Moen temperature faucets.

Clean rooms and roaches are not compatible but when guests leave out food or room doors are left wide open, pests will invite themselves in.
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Address: East Bay Street | PO Box SS-6233, Nassau, New Providence Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Nassau
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 33 Hotels in Nassau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Red Carpet Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When you plan a trip you want the assurance of quality lodging that is clean, comfortable and affordable. At Red Carpet Inn we strive to ensure that you are not disappointed in your expectations. When staying in the exciting city of Nassau, Bahamas, you can rest assured that you will consider our location a perfect base from which to explore. We are nestled in a semi residential area but only a 10 minute ride from the bustle of downtown with shops, restaurants and many attractions. Located directly adjacent to one of Nassau’s most popular Shopping Plazas, where you will find a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants and many retail stores. We are 10 minutes away from beaches and Paradise Island and only minutes away from Montagu Bay and marinas as well as nightlife. You and your family will enjoy the tropical gardens with swimming pool, poolside amenities and plenty of room to relax. Our staff is polite and courteous and will greet you with a smile. We are a quiet, economy friendly property. Our accent is placed on basic, quality accommodations and we truly care about your experience as our guest. We will also be happy to assist you with planning your activities while staying with us. We can book sightseeing tours and excursions to other attractions direct from the hotel. Our Property is set on one-and-a-half acres of land, with tropical tranquil gardens throughout and is typical of an American-style motel in appearance and layout. All 40 rooms boast refrigerators and microwaves. Room amenities include air conditioning, private bath and shower, safety deposit box, direct dial telephone with data port, alarm clock radio, satellite color television and ironing board. Guest rooms are located in the same U shaped building in which most rooms overlook a lush tropical garden. ... more   less 
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