Nassau Palm Hotel
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Stay somewhere else
We booked the Holiday Inn as part of a package with an airline deal. We assumed that the Holiday Inn name would transfer to mean a well-kept hotel even in a foreign country. Further from the truth. There were huge stains on the hallway carpets, no hot water, the curtains would not close so anyone standing on their balcony could see in, electrical sockets would not work, etc. The staff was less than helpful and not very friendly. We checked out early and went somewhere else. My stress level on this vacation was drastically reduced when we left the Holiday Inn.
Reasonable and acceptable - not the Taj Mahal
My husband and I just returned from Nassau, where we stayed four nights at the Holiday Inn Junkanoo. After we booked, we read the reviews, and were prepared for the worst. It wasn't that bad. We were given the type of room that we requested, which often doesn't happen at much nicer hotels. We were on the top floor (5th), over looking the harbour. The room was acceptable, about what you would find at a regular Holiday Inn in the states. In spite of what we had read about the attitudes we might encounter, we found everyone to be polite and helpful, if a little slow.Another vacationer gave us a heads up about another potention problem, which fortunately didn't affect us. He had booked thru the Holiday Inn website. I don't know what rated he booked at , but they were charging him an extra $5/day for electricity and $3.25/pp/day for maid service. They have a sign on the front desk counter that tells about the charges, but no one says anything about it. If you stay here, check this out. Make sure you know what you are going to be charged for.The advertising for the hotel says that they have 2 restaurants, but one is really just a bar, and the other had a limited menu for lunch and dinner, but had a nice breakfast menu. There is no entertainment or organized activities, so if you are looking for that type of thing, you'll have to pay more to stay at the Hilton downtown or one of the resorts on Cable Beach. If you're looking for a reasonable place to make your home base, you may want to consider this place. Try to take buses whenever you can. A taxi ride from downtown to Cable Beach is $12 each way.
A great place for divers!
Just returned from a weekend of diving at Staurt Cove's (a world class operation) and stayed at the Holida Inn. For $78 a night it was just what I expected - basic and clean. My A/C was cold, the room was clean, fresh towels each day, and a good breakfast ($15). Our room had a nice balcony with a view of the water where we could see the cruise ships going in and out. We walked to the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay and downtown at night for dinner (both about 5 minuts away).If you are travleing on a budget and want the basics done well - I found nothing to really complain about here.
So-so place to stay
I stayed at the Holiday Inn Junkanoo Beach for a couple of days in Jan.
The place is well, maybe okay. I was there on business and it worked, but it would not be the ideal place to take my sweetheart or my family.
The place needs some work, and needs better attitudes, but I stayed there because it was budget (under $100 US) and it is close to downtown. I felt safe, etc. and the room was okay. Service is slow and poor, but hey everything is slow in Nassau, so why should this hotel be any different? If you are a family on vacation, pay just a few $$ more and go to the Nassau Beach Hotel a few miles west. There you get a real beach, satisfactory pool, and better attitude of the employees, and the neighborhood is better.
Dirty, room service plates were not picked up for 2 days, found a dirty shirt (not my own) underneath the bed. Do not pay any amount of money to stay here.
Bad Stay in Nassau
I traveled with my swim team and during our stay we encountered lots of problems. There were no towels even after several calls to the desk, no room service menu, the keys frequently didn't work, there was no water pressure in the shower, the chain didn't work on the door to the porch and the main door to the room did not shut properly. I came back to the hotel several times finding that housekeeping had not shut it and my room was unlocked. Housekeeping walked in the room several times while we were changing or showering without knocking. The gas broke and the staff was unapologetic about us not getting breakfast before our swim practice. The power also went out twice. We got robbed on the beach across the street in a group of 15 boys and girls.
The service was terrible. Security was non existent and the area was not safe. Each room had many problems and no one was willing to help.
My husband and I went to Nasaau for the first time a couple years ago.
We didn't want to spend a fortune but wanted something reasonable, so we went with the Holiday Inn name. We were hugely disappointed. The beach was across a busy street and was small and filthy. The pool was almost the only nice thing about the hotel. The rooms were shabby and the neighborhood was unsafe. Trying to make the best of a bad choice, we went on a lot of day trips, which were very nice. The concierge was pleasant and helpful in finding us things to do. Unfortunately, what we really wanted to do was just lie out on a nice beach... We did sneak up to the pricier hotels to walk on their beaches at night. Nassau Beach Hotel wasn't much more expensive than the Holiday Inn but was worlds nicer.
A bit disappointing....
A friend and I decided that we were going to book a last minute vacation to go "somewhere warm" and we stumbled upon this "great" deal for Nassau.
Instead of being long winded I will give a brief rundown of the bad and good (if any) points...
Bad- Dirty carpets (made soles of feet black when walked on barefoot), TV remote didn't work, hot tub was cold, blood stained pillow cases and sheets, the beach across the street was very rocky, overall a run down hotel.
Good- Friendly staff, taxi drivers always outside hotel to wisk you away to wherever you want to go, walking distance from downtown.
If you are a lady traveling here without any male companionship expect to be sexually harassed by the locals (not service industry staff).
Tip- Paradise Island is beautiful, if I knew how much nicer it was then Nassau I would have stayed there. (check out Sea Island Adventures, it makes a fun, affordable, relaxing day!)
Well worth it !
We stayed at the Holiday Inn, Nassau Jan 2002. We liked the old part of the hotel but the new part had a much lower standard. You shoudn't pay more than $79/night for this hotel. It was great to see the cruiseships from your room. The staff was friendly and slow. I suggest that you rent a car from Budget (located in the other Holiday Inn $45/day) and see the hole of the New Providence Island. From this hotel you can walk to downtown Nassau and all it's attractions. Best beach is on Paradise Island. And best of all it's a 2 min walk to McDonald's.
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