El Greco Hotel
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For New Year's Eve, we went to the Bahamas! Here are some highlights:
1. Staying up all night on New Year's Eve, observing the Junkanoo parade (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junkanoo) , walking around the streets of Nassau
2. Laying about at the beach, playing Bananagrams and reading
3. Eating quite good Thai food & …
... for their banana dacqueries so we were all yahooing as we rounded the hairpin bends. The bay had lush tropical growth to within about 10m of the shore line. The water was calm, turquoise and warm and they had waitresses going up and down the beach for you to order whatever your heart desired.......and with $5 rum punches it was the world's best bay as far as we were concerned. A quick visit to Señor Frogs before we got back on the boat wound up a superb day had by ...
... no ****, Sherlock: Vått overalt. Men temperaturen er heldigvis såpass at det aldri blir plagsomt - varmt og godt. I dag bestemte vi oss for å se på en eller annen ubetydelig (??) engelsk fotballkamp, spise litt og ta en øl eller tre på en mer eller mindre såkalt britisk pub. Denne ligger på andre siden av sentrum i forhold til marinaen, så det tar sin tid å gå dit. En helt vanlig walk in the park om alt er ...
Friday - Up early and got off to a slow start. We had a loose connection on the alternator and after 20 intense minutes, Denny figured out the problem and fixed it. We were on our way at 7:20 a.m. We only have 156 miles to go before we reach landfall. It was a beautiful sunny morning and we motor sailed half way across the gulf stream and then sailed the rest of the way past Bimini. Once we were on the ...
... and just looked at the sharks feeding. We werent allowed to actually swim with them because they mistake any arm movements as a feeding gesture, so swimming would lead to you being eaten, and the contract we signed stated that we had to give up any right to sue in the case of being eaten or attacked, so no swimming allowed!
The snorkellers then get back on the boat and they brought the food up and the sharks followed, so we got to see the sharkies swimming around the top ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews El Greco Hotel Nassau
El Ghetto, The worst Hotel ever
We had the unfortunate stay at El Greco. Where shall I begin. I will start by saying the best thing about the El Greco is that there pool was very nice, and kept clean. The room service ladies were very nice and friendly. My friends and family came from abroad for my wedding and they left with dissappointment and frustrations. Our stay was 1 week. The price of our room was increased without notice. A most unfortunate incident occurred on 2 different occasions where as we had to change rooms. We were never provided with towels during the day, it was a hit or miss whether you would have warm water as well. The managers were unaccomadating, where as we would have to suggest changing to another hotel before any changes would be made. In order to get an iron we would have to put down a deposit (unheard of). The lock on the doors were not working, where as we got locked out of room everynight. There were a lot of stray cats and dogs roaming the hotel grounds which to me was very unsanitary. I noticed they were always doing upgrades to the building, nothing ever looked completed. I believe they need a overhaul on management, and a crash course in customer service.
Good choice for the money
My girlfriend and I stayed at the El Greco for 3 nights. Considering the room was $85, I thought it was a good deal. The lobby and courtyard area are very nice....blooming flowers, nice pool, tables/chairs, etc. I thought it had a lot of character. The rooms are very basic....we had a room with two beds by the pool. But, it had what we needed....beds, a bathroom, tv, and air conditioning. It was clean, but very worn. It did grow on us by the end of the trip. And, we didn't spend that much time in the room anyway. As far as the neighborhood was concerned, I didn't think it was that bad. Certainly wasn't the nicest neighborhood, but I didn't feel unsafe....and we walked back from downtown at 1am one night. Now, I wouldn't have walked around by myself at night, but that's true of a lot of places. I think for the money, it's a good buy. So if you're looking for a place to stay on a budget...within walking distance of downtown, and a quick bus ride to Cable Beach, this is your hotel. If you're looking for posh and upscale, look elsewhere.
About Nassau in general....we had a great time. We went to Cable Beach (you can access it through the Nassau Beach Hotel and use their chairs at no cost), Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island (a beautiful beach with fairly large waves...can rent a beach chair/umbrella....we took the water taxi over to PI, but a regular taxi back to Nassau), and we took the Flying Cloud catamaran trip. We went on the 5 hour Sunday trip, and it was great. It includes snorkeling, lunch, and beach time on Rose Island. Very nice and relaxing. We also checked out Senor Frogs.....lots of younger people, and excellent people watching...especially if you enjoy watching drunk people making fools of themselves! We also ate at Twin Brothers at the fish fry. It's located in a strip of locally owned restaurants down the street from the hotel. Good food!
A Great Hotel on an Unfortunate Block
My husband and I stayed two nights at the El Greco Hotel. First of all, about the hotel itself: the grounds were very well kept, the plants were beautiful, and the pool was immaculately clean and at a good temperature. Our room was very large, with a sitting room. The cable TV worked as it should. Our room had a back door out to a large balcony that was shared by two other rooms and had a view of the ocean and the Italian restaurant below. The bathroom was clean. The staff were all very nice and accommodating.
As for the bad points, there were many small details that could have been attended to which would have improved the rating. For example, the wall-mounted bedside lamps had plastic over the shades (and still bearing stickers which clearly state that this should be removed prior to use of the lamp) and the light bulb and surrounding metal were covered in dust and tiny dead bugs. The carpet and furniture were a bit worn but not too bad, but the pillows on the bed were threadbare and not covered with pillowcases (we found pillows with cases on them in the closet). The balcony, although nice, had a large gaping hole in the ceiling. Also, from the balcony the primary view is not the ocean but the abandoned hotel looming several stories overhead and located directly across the alley. As for the bathroom, it is small but functional, and there was obviously a relatively recent effort to improve it with a new tile countertop, but it clashes with the old tiles still in place on the wall and shower. The shower had terrible water pressure and spontaneously variable temperature. Doing a Google search for more information about this hotel quickly revealed that it is up for sale, and so we weren't really surprised to see that there did not seem to be much attention being paid to improvements or repairs.
Being downtown, there was a lot of noise, including truck traffic and a barking dog that kept us up on the first night. It is on the beach, but you cross a busy road to get there and we did not use it due to the noise and not really feeling safe there. It was nice to be able to walk to restaurants like Senor Frogs and to the Straw Market and Prince George Wharf, but the walk was treacherous due to sidewalks ending forcing us to cross usually heavy traffic. There were lots of abandoned and decaying buildings in the area, which was sad.
Overall, a good value for the money, considering how very much more expensive it is to stay at Cable Beach or Paradise Island, but not a great area and we didn't feel safe walking in the area at night. We had a dinner at the Italian restaurant right there and it was fabulous! We also tried the Conch Fritters restaurant whose menu we found in the room and it was okay but not great.
Next to nassau palm, looked really eclectic and nice
we did not stay here but if i had to pick a hotel in downtown nassau this would be no# 2. the hotel has a very nice restaurant though it is way overpriced as everything is in nassau. but, i must say the ambience and just general appearance of the premises are quite promising.
Good price, service, location at El Greco
Very glad the TripAdvisor reviews directed me to El Greco:
+ location is EXCELLENT, a quick stroll of all the shops and restaurants and right across the street from a very beautiful big beach.
+ staff was welcoming and efficient, from phone reservations to baggage handlers. Very good attitudes (not always found in Nassau hotels).
+ room was BIG - large sitting area off bedroom. Decor clearly had some years on it but was clean and kept in good repair. I couldn't get the aircon to work but when I told the front desk they were so upset that they didn't know and made haste to fix it (it was unplugged.)
- Pool was pretty but unheated - too cold for me in November.
27 of us flew down to Bahamas and stayed at the El Greco Hotel. It was fantastic. This is the second time I have stayed there and wouldn't consider staying anywhere else. The hotel is quaint and reminds me of Melrose Place. The location is perfect, right across the street from the beach (which is much cleaner since the last time I went) and just a 5 minute walk to downtown market shopping! Diane was very welcoming and accomodating. The age range of our group was from 14 - 67 and every single one of us enjoyed the hotel and would definately stay there again.
Excellent Hotel Without Resort Prices
This was my first trip to the Bahamas, I think that the El Greco was perfect. It was conveniently located across the street from the beach and only a few blocks from town. It was one of the cleanest hotels I have ever stayed in. If you are looking for a nice clean hotel conveniently located with a nice price the El Greco is the place to be.
I won't stay anywhere else!
Good price, but shabby
Stayed here on two different trips in May and September of 2003. The hotel is convenient for walking to restaurants in downtown. Cleanliness could be better and the rooms are getting run down. The strategy when something in the room isn't working seems to be to move you to another room. The hotel could use some new bed linens, they were stained and threadbare. Nice pool and patio area. The owner was always very helpful and friendly as were some of the maintenance staff. However, the night desk staff were surly. They were good about arranging for early morning taxis, however. The beach across the street was nice enough, but very littered. The immediate neighborhood is run-down and unappealing.
Great for the Money
I stayed at El Greco from August 10-16, 2003, in a clean room with a private balcony overlooking the pool, the bougainvilla, and the tropical plants. There are only about twenty rooms which makes for a cozy atmosphere. The staff, especially Diane Greene, was efficient and friendly. You can enjoy the beach right across the street and then take a dip in the pool. And #10 bus (catch it in front of the hotel) takes you to Cable Beach. Or walk ten minutes to downtown to shop or take the ferry to Paradise Island. For the price, you cannot beat this hotel.
The hotel restaurant should open this fall. Thanks, Dave
Home away from Home
Want to get away from the crowds and overpriced accomodiations in Nassau? My family and I will never stay anywhere but the El Greco. With Diane Greene as the hotel manager (she is new, only 25 years at the hotel), and the one of the nicest owners, Nick Pikramenos, and a wonderful house keeping lady, Ms. Mary (a new employee also, only been making a guest feel wonderful for over 22 years. I can assure that you and your family will not be disappointed. Nick, is even adding on a wonderful Mediterranean Restaurant which will cover two floors. We particularly like the fact you can walk across the street and be on a beautiful scenic beach where you can view the cruise ships entering the harbor and the Chalk's seaplane landing in the channel. Have a Wonderful Time!Bill