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A Stone's Throw Away
Ranked #2 of 14 Nassau B&B and Inns
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Madrid, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Nassau as its best”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

If you are looking for a resort, getting tanned in a pool surrounded by people, hanging out with bachelor parties and staff serving infinite drinks in plastic cups, this is not your place. If you are looking for a beautiful, relaxing room to come back after a day in the Bahamas, look not further. This place makes you feel in your little paradise. You would like it if you enjoy a reading looking at the ocean, a nap in the balcony before the sunset, and a quiet place to have a drink in good company and have an interesting conversation. Real luxury.

Nice stuff, nice price, nice location (far away from the noise, the crowds and the fake Atlantis). Take the 10 bus and go to downtown. Take nothing and go to Compass Point for a a nice lunch. Stay in the ocean room and just wake up happy.

We were there to get married and they upgraded our room to N.8. This hotel changed my opinion of noisy Nassau and make me see it as the real paradise that it is.

Room Tip: Ocean Room (n.8 and n.7)
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Escape the tourist trap of cruise liners, all-inclusives and mundane hotels that could be anywhere, and drive a little out of Nassau, past Arawak Cay and closer to the airport (but not so close you hear planes). Here is A Stone's Throw Away, tucked away just off the main beach road, in a beautiful, historic house run by German-born Chris and Jamaica-born Antonique.
A big terrace overlooking the ocean bay with wicker furniture to chill out in; an honour bar fully stocked with everything you could want; wifi throughout the lounge terrace and a computer for those without their own devices.
The breakfast is served until 11am; toast, fruit, cereals, orange, coffee and tea; if you want something cooked, just ask.
We were upgraded at no charge to a suite, which was just massive. The restaurant is FANTASTIC - I wholly recommend you eat here. Just let them know by 5pm. We had the best conch chowder on the island.
The beach at the bottom of the hill is tiny, so let the hotel drop you at Hedonia Beach up the road. Sandy, with a little beach shack bar with a local radio DJ playing "old skool" music from the blues to the 70s and 80s. Just fun! They will bring you back when you like too.
The only "downside" is the lovely little hotel is a way out of town, but that is a positive in my view. The other hotels are chains and Paradise Island is a monstrosity designed to keep you on the island and never let you experience the real Bahamas. There's a jitney that runs every 10-15 mins until 7pm every day and it stops if you flag it down. It'll take you downtown for $1.50. Bargain!
The staff at ASTA hotel are great; charming and caring, helpful and kind. They bent over backwards to make our stay as pleasant as possible. They succeeded! We would come back again in a heartbeat. And don't forget - try the restaurant!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Stayed here 2 nights (Mon & Tues) very close to Nassau International Airport (MYNN) used this location as a spring board to fly around the other islands. Collin (the head waiter for the restauraunt) is great. The food was awesome. It was like staying over at a friends house. Lots of steps to walk up to get to the house because it is built on top of the stone cliff.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

This was a great spot to spend our one night in Nassau before flying to Eleuthera the next day. The B&B is well located and close to the airport. The views are absolutely beautiful and the whole atmosphere is laid back, friendly and welcoming. The staff was very helpful and I felt like I was staying with old friends.

It's not perfect (the pool is a bit average and I feel that it's a bit overpriced) but overall this was an excellent stay for us and I would happily return.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Emerson
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Although we did not stay here as guests, we did have dinner here on two evenings. Colyn , our waiter could not have been more gracious. He really made us feel at home. The menu is limited, but I feel that it enables Chef Tony to devote more time to his culinary expertise ! The conch chowder is excellent, as is the curry chicken and fettucini alfredo with chicken. Shrimp scampi over rice is also the best. The grouper is the best we have had. On our next trip to the Bahamas we will stay as guests.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Steve S
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Crofton, Md
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19 reviews
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

I am not sure I really understand the reviews on this place and I am starting to lose faith in being able to come to trip advisor to book based on reviews because this one in particular was so off. Maybe it depends on where your expectation are going in, but we have stayed at boutique, quaint hotels and B&B's before so it is not about thinking you are going to the Ritz. Reasons why I would not recommend going and will not return:
1) The is no beach- The site leads you to believe that there is, but your Ocean View room is set about 1/4 away from the water which has no beach. You have to have someone drive you to a beach that you then have to pay for to get on.
2) The property is close to nothing but is not secluded. You are basically in a residential neighborhood with access to nothing by foot.
3) The pool looked like a large coy pond and was just as dirty. Also did not have enough seating around the pool area to accommodate more than 6 guests.
4) The room was very small and the balcony which was nice was shared with another room. No privacy to go out there in PJ's or anything. The water in the shower was highly problematic. Went from hot to cold and the pressure was non-existent. The lights in the room kept flickering preventing me from reading my book at night. The balcony doors would not lock. The only positive- the bed was actually very comfortable and we slept the well the one that that we stayed.
5) Service- the people there are actually very nice, however their amenities are seriously lacking. The have an "honor bar" which in theory seems nice and casual, but their selection is limited and you serve yourself. Other items are extremely overpriced such as $6 chips. Breakfast was also kind of a joke. The selections were basically boxed cereal and mlik, yogurts, cold cuts (strange), and if you wanted they would cook you up some basics like eggs and bacon, pancakes. Coffee was actually good.

We had booked for three nights. After being there for 1 hour we were ready to leave but since we were going to be charged a night to the tune of $320 with taxes we stayed. When we left we had to carry our own bags down what I called the Pai Mai steps (Kill Bill reference) by ourselves. We ended up going to the Hilton downtown and have been happy every since. Wished we started there, but live and learn I suppose.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Falls Church, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We didn't stay at the B & B, but wanted to be sure to go for a meal. We walked up from Compass Point where we were staying. I had read about the dog who will walk you to and from the beach, but that was from an old review. We walked what is a bit of a dodgy road with lots of blind turns and not much shoulder and were all of a sudden greeted by our sentinel (see picture). He walked us all the way along the road and up the hill. He then turned, gave us a glance of "my work is done here," and headed back down the hill. A really cool experience -- he nipped at the cars as they drove by as if to ward off pesky flies. We were greeted by Carlin, one of the nicest men, with one of the warmest smiles you could ever meet. A positive person who displays great kindness and genuine hospitality. We really loved the view from the porch where we had our meal. The menu was set and Carlin informed us that he and the Chef, Tony, were new to the place and took it on to do something "special." With years in the industry, you can tell that Carlin really treats each guest as if they are a longtime friend. We enjoyed some great soul music, conversation, wine, views, and food. My fiance started with the Conch Chowder, with some nice lingering heat. I had the salad with one of the best dressings I've ever had (Carlin said a guest from Italy days earlier asked him to bottle it, and so did I). We then enjoyed the Curry Chicken and Grouper with some of the best Jasmine rice. Tiaramasu and Ice cream for desert. The night was most enjoyable and we look forward to seeing Carlin again -- he's a true Ambassador for the Inn and for the Islands of the Bahamas -- thanks Tony & Carlin!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 14 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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