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“Great Transition From Out Islands to Reality” 4 of 5 bubbles
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A Stone's Throw Away
Ranked #2 of 13 Nassau B&B and Inns
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Transition From Out Islands to Reality”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

I spent one night at ASTA after six days on Eleuthera. I wanted a place near the airport with a little character and style but not a completely bloated price, and this place more than met my expectations.

Unique location, beautiful wrap around porches with a number of potential spots to take in the views while sipping a drink or reading a book. Seriously lovely porch furniture.

The nearest beach is a bit small, but I was told the place has an agreement with another close by resort with a larger spread of sand. Honor bar system was a novelty and certainly made the whole experience more intimate. Dinner was good but not great.

I had a room facing the sea. Wonderful floors and carpets and lovely final touches. Couldn't figure out how to lock my balcony door. Water pressure, which had been quite low on Eleuthera, was quite better here.

Try lunch or dinner at Traveler's Rest, it's a totally manageable walk and their portions are generous.

Room Tip: Try to get one of the two rooms on the second floor facing the sea. 7 or 8.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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42 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2012

We were worried about making a connection back to the US after coming so we chose to be more relaxed about it and fly from Cat Island, spend the night in Nassau and hop on the International flight the next day. I'm glad we did this as it gave us a chance to slowly adjust back to reality (Nassau is definitely more chaotic then sparsely populated Cat) and have a final night of vacation. ASTA is a great option for people needing to overnight it in Nassau, a nice bookend to an Out Island trip. The complimentary shuttle to and from the airport makes it nice to not have to deal with taxis and such. The hotel is literally 3 minutes from the airport--it's great! We were promptly put in our room and hopped on the little bus to scope out downtown Nassau (it's about a 30 minute bus ride to the Straw market and all the other touristy attractions of downtown Nassau). I enjoyed the ride past the fish fry and admired the pretty water views. But, it was also nice to leave the chaos of downtown Nassau and head up to the relative quiet of ASTA's neighborhood. The hotel has a lovely deck to relax on in the afternoon. We had a few drinks and enjoyed the water views, chatting with the friendly hotel workers and a few other guests. The hotel offers dinner on the deck and there are two other options in walking distance (Traveler's Rest and Compass Pointe (though walking to CP at night was not the easiest walk--no sidewalks/on main street). Still, the whole stay was pleasant and easy. I will definitely use ASTA as a stopover in the future.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank afarmandthirsty
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2012

Picked it partly based on TA review, then recommended by friend who lives in Nassau. Very convenient for airport, great views from top of bluff, bit of a trek into town. Local buses are great fun and great value $1.25 fare to town! But service intermittent and not in evening. Rooms are really nice, good relaxed atmosphere, every friendly ..completely different experience to staying in a americanised resort style hotel. Didn't eat dinner there, kitchen not open every night. But travellers rest is 5 mins walk away and is fine, good bahamian dishes.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2012

Came for some sunny weather on January 2nd and stayed for a full 9 nights. Overall am very pleased with my hotel experience. Although we were unlucky with the weather in the first 3 days we were upgraded by the owner Chris to an Ocean view room free of extra charge and this was just one of the many generous things he did for us - great service indeed!

The 10 room hotel feels more like a Hampton rental, becomes cozy and quite personal. Chris helped with the smallest stuff like driving us to get the car from our rental and the other staffs gave us lifts as well to airports and for various errands. All were very nice and accomodating.
The open bar downstairs is built on an honesty system, which I liked (not because I used it wrongly) it screens well with the whole laid back atmosphere of the hotel.

The breakfast is ok without being anything out of this world but there are nearby restaurants like Compass Point which are excellent. Chris has also arranged for hotel guest to have free access to the beach at Compass point (500m away). It's a nice beach with max 10 persons/km - not saying it's the best in Bahamas but good enough.

Would advice to get a car rental though, because each ride into central Nassau is $20 altough there is a decently frequent bus for $1,5. A car is $50/day.

Only negative was the barking stray dogs (typical for bahamas). Who let the dogs out!!?? But with the car rental you will avoid them as they hang out near the shore line.

Enjoy a truly great hotel!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Virginia
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

My wife and I just spent a wonderful 3 nights and 4 days at A Stone's Throw Away on the western end of New Providence island in the Bahamas. The B&B sits on one of the highest bluffs on the island and the views are breathtaking all around the building (there is a great wraparound porch which provides 360 views). Our room was charming and inviting with a very comfortable bed. The staff are very attentive though it is important to keep in mind that it is a B&B, NOT a hotel, so do not expect hotel-level service. The location is quiet and off the beaten path (14 miles west of downtown Nassua) but a bus runs into town and back all day for $1.50 per person. The included breakfast was disappointing but everything else about ASTA was great. We will definitely return.

Room Tip: We had a garden view room which was fine.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fahaheel, Kuwait
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2011

So far I would say i am not impressed with the curtains that do not close or the complicated Aircondition that keeps turning off. Came late so maybe during day will be different. Will post more....

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wil70
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Ontario
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2011

If you are looking for a great place to spend a night or two before/after your flights to one of the Family Islands, A Stone's Throw Away is perfect. Although the hotel/inn is only 8 years old, it was built and furnished in a British colonial/Bali style. On arrival ( which is complimentary)from the airport) you are dropped outside a massive gate, from there it is quite a walk up to the main lobby. I would recommend that you pack your essentials in a small suitcase, and if you are continuing on the next day they will lock up the remainder so you don't have to lug them up the steps. We travel with frozen food and they stored it in their freezer.
I didn't find the hotel at all musty - there has been alot of rain this November, so that may have led to the previous reviewer's comments. Simply open the windows( ours had curtains) or turn on the AC. The rooms are tastefully decorated - not at all in your usual run of the mill.
As far as bug bites go - noseeums are a fact of life in the Bahamas, unless you stay inside the entire time, chances are you will get some bites, especially after rain. Also, for some reason, bites itch more at night!
We had dinner there, not gourmet but still good. Prices for meals in Nassau are notoriously high, so didn't find the bill to be out of line. Service was friendly, we may have waited awhile, but there wasn't anything else to do, so didn't bother us at all.
If you want to go downtown on the cheap, walk down the hill to the Travelers Rest restaurant, have a drink and watch for the bus. The cost is $1.50 to take you right down to the cruise terminal/straw market.
I wouldn't recommend the hotel for children under 12yrs or the infirmed but for couples not wanting the rat race of Cable Beach or downtown.
The gardens are lovely and although we didn't use the small pool, it also seemed very nice with lots of teak loungers. I would venture that quite a few of the guest are continuing on to one of the Out Islands, where the beaches rival anything in the world, so we/they don't bother with the beaches in New Providence.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: A Stone's Throw Away
Address: Tropical Garden Road | Gambier Heights, Nassau SS5412, New Providence Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Nassau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Nassau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — A Stone's Throw Away 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the west end of New Providence lies an exquisite hideaway. A STONE'S THROW AWAY is perched on one of the highest elevations by the coast. Here our Guests can indulge in a rare panoramic view of Nassau 's land and sea. The scenery boasts the best of the island's natural wonders, from the native pine forest by Lake Killarney to the brim of the coral reefs that protect the glimmering beaches of west Nassau. The property was recently built to echo the traditions of an old Bahamian home: wood floors and wood ceilings, louvered shutters and a large wrap around porch bring the visitors back to a quieter time long ago when the music of the islands could be heard in the whispers of the trade winds. ... more   less 
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