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New Providence and Paradise Islands Hotels

British Colonial Hilton Nassau

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  • Right on Bay Street
  • Quiet but trendy beach and pool area
  • Centrally located


  • Busy with local meetings and events
  • Man-made beach
  • Hard to access at peak traffic times

Updated 07/12/2013

Fodor's Review

This landmark hotel is the social heart of Nassau, the setting for political meetings and the city's most important events. Guest rooms boast a sophisticated decor and offer unmatched views of the harbor or of old Nassau. The first Colonial Hotel, built by Standard Oil cofounder Henry Flagler in 1899, attracted socialites, royals, and industrialists at the turn of the 20th century and during the boom years of Prohibition. That building was destroyed by fire in 1921, and the present Mediterranean-style British Colonial—an exact replica—opened a year later, featuring a lustrous saffron facade, gleaming marble floors, and soaring arched ceilings. Watch for brides descending the grand staircase in the lobby on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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1 Bay St., Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 288 rooms, 23 suites
  • Rate includes No meals

Updated 07/12/2013

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Nov 30, 2006

Great Hotel - don't believe the nay-sayers!

We absolutely LOVED our stay at this hotel! I proposed to my fiancee at a nearby beach on Thanksgiving Day 2006 and the hotel delivered Dom Perignon to our room on schedule, even providing us with some lovely chocolate-covered strawberries for no additional cost. At check in, they also upgraded us to an ocean view room with a king size bed for no extra cost. Although the rooms are comparably-sized to those in Britain (on the smaller side), the

bathrooms were spacious and very clean. The grounds were very well-kept and the pool, beach, and food were excellent. I don't understand why some people rip harshly on this hotel. They must be snobby Americans who expect everything for practically nothing. No, it's not the Atlantis. Don't stay at the Hilton if you want Paradise or a resort. But if you want to stay at a very nice, safe, centrally-located hotel with all of the amenities for which one could ask for a nominal price, then stay at the British Colonial Hilton.

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