Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino
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leaving from the Bahamas
Our 2008 Vacation was to the Bahamas and it was wonderful!
It was a miracle. I had a connection for a free hotel stay at the WYNDHAM NASSAU. See my review here: (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Revie w-g147416-d147932-Reviews-Wyndham_Nassa u_Resort_Crystal_Palace_Casino-Nassau_N ew_Providence_Island_Bahamas.html). All I needed to do was get to Fort Lauderdale and then on to Nassau! I bought a ticket on …
... at 3pm. At first I am slightly dismissive that people cannot wait patiently and shop with a little dignity but I am soon jostling for position to grab something. I only brought my gargantuan Fossil watch with me and its heavy. I bag a smart little waterproof sports watch that weighs next to nothing and will be perfect for using around the pool or theme parks next week. Will save my Fossil for the evenings. Peter buys a nice little Panama ...
... and shrimp. Music, locals, cuban cigars, and just a cool street market atmosphere.
And another memory i will have of Nassau is winning $380 bucks at the casino at Atlantis on paradise island. You every put a dollar in a slot machine in passing to hit it big? Yup, that was me. $320 on $1. When it was all said and done $380 spent on $4 spent. Kind of a funny and crazy experience. Steve was about to kill me :)
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino
Not sure what to make of the other reviews before going on our vacation. We found that the hotel was very nice! Because the season was slow, the friendly folks at the counter gave us a free upgrade. The room was very comfortable, no mildew smell (fairly new it seemed), and had an awesome view of the ocean with even a picturesque window! Their beach was a bit crowded (right next door to the Radisson) and the food a bit pricey (and just average in quality). But we had no complaints whatsoever about the room, the staff, and the hotel in general. We would definitely stay there again.
I made reservations with caution as some reviews were very critical, however, was very pleased with the end result. My wife and I stayed for 6 wonderful days at the Wyndham. The Cable Beach location is great with several other hotels in the area. The ocean is beautiful (yes there is some seaweed to contend with) and the sand is plentiful (not perfect, but nicer than anything on the East Coast). The hotel provides multiple shaded and unshaded, pool side and ocean side chairs for leisurely afternoons.
My husband and I just returned from a "last-minute", 5 day/4 night stay at the Wyndham Crystal Palace Resort. Unfortunately we did not read the hotel reviews until after we purchased the trip. The hotel (formerly a Marriot) was recently taken over by the Wyndham. I'm not sure how long ago, but it is in desperate need of a makeover. The employees were friendly, but not as friendly as we expected. The room was so-so. It smelled musty and the bathroom ceiling was moldy. It looks like they did a "quick" makeover on the tiles by painting over them with cream-colored paint. However, a part of it was scratched off and you could see that the original tile was gray and pink. The tub was stained green under the faucet from a constant drip. The shower curtain and towels seemed to be somewhat new/clean. We shared the sink area with a colony of ants. Yes ants!! Fortunately, they were hard to see on the 60's-style black and green plastic-marbled counter-top.
My husband & I just got back from Nassau. We stayed 5 days/4 nights at the Marriott Resort & Crystal Palace Casino. In reading the reviews before we left for our trip got us a little nervous, but I thought nothing that bad could happen to us. Well------we arrived on a Monday @ noon and was able to check in right away(good so far). We stayed in the F tower. The 1st room was a total mess--the ceiling in the bathroom fell and was all over the floor. Then we were moved to another room--two floors down(when I booked the trip I asked for a high floor) this room was dirty the maid did not clean it yet. So far so bad. We were moved AGAIN. At this point I requested to be upgraded to a Suite. Well we got the Suite which was located on the 3rd floor. It was nice, 2 TV's, double size balcony, large closet, AC working well. But, the room did smell MUSTY all the time and yes the bathroom had mold on the drop ceiling.
Great View, Nice Room, Great Vacation
My wife and I spent 5-days, 4 nights at the Marriot returning Sept 25. The negative reviews on this site made us aprenhensive but we were pleasanty surprised. We stayed in Tower C and had a great ocean view. The room was well maintained, beds great, nice beach, no negatives. We did tour the Atlantis Hotel and our feelings are that, while it is stunning and considerably ore expensive, it doesn't exude a Bahamian flavor. We did not eat at the hotel -- that's us -- but frequented recommended restaurants like Crocodiles and nearby Johny Canoe and some others. With the kayaking, snorkling, bicyling and gambling, we had a most wonderful time.
Nice stay at the Crystal Palace
Just got back from a 4 night stay in the "F" tower, right near the Spa. The room was very nice, and we found the staff very friendly and service oriented. We chose the Seaside Buffet for our meals, since it's all you can eat. They provide the ammenities we want, at a good price. If you don't need the overdone glitz of the Atlantis, this is a good choice!
Didn't live up to my expectations
I stayed at the Marriott resort for 4 nights with my girlfriend. The hotel didn't live up to my expectations. The pool was nice and the staff was friendly, but the hotel needs to be renovated. There was a musty smell throughout the hotel. Our room had a great view of the ocean, and the bathroom was clean, but the carpets and bed were old. There was no night life. The food wasn't that great either, with the exception of the Black Angus grille. There's no beach, and there's Bahamians all up and down the beach harrassing tourists to buy this or that, or trying to sign you up for some cruise. I got really tired of that. On my return trip to Nassau, I don't plan on staying at the Marriott. Instead the Atlantis looks really nice.
We got here and found out that the Hotel Manager walked out with the renovation fund of about 10 million. They need this money badly. Anyway, Marriott (parent company) is trying to unfranchise this location. Hole in the wall. We had mold in our shower. I couldn't look at the food in their restaurants let alone eat it. Go elsewhere but not here.
This place is a dump. Marriott should be ashamed to have their name associated with this disaster. We were supposed to stay there five nights and stayed only one. We could not get out fast enough. We had two connecting rooms. They lost our luggage when they were bringing it to the room - it took 60 minutes to get our bags and he was walking with us to the elevators! The rooms are musty, musty. The carpets and curtains are stained. The bedding, towels and linens are torn, stained, thin. The beds are sagging. The ceiling stuff was peeling and the paint on the walls was dirty. There was only a shower curtain liner and the tub had major rust stains. The lamps and furniture were from 1960. The pool was dirty. This place needs to be renovated. Marriott should do what the Sheraton is doing and shut it down and renovate. There is no beach - you have to go to the Radisson next door. I would not let my dog stay there. The only plus was the friendly staff. I feel sorry that they have to work there. Stay at the Atlantis or the British Colonial Hilton. Don't stay here!!
Crystal Palace Vacation
Just returned from 10 great days on Nassau (Feb. 9, 2002). We had a corner suite in the H tower. It had an incredible ocean view with a large balcony. We ordered room service for breakfast and ate on the balcony and watched the ocean and cruise ships come in. Heaven!
The room iteslf could have used a little updating. The couch had a musty smell, and there was some mildew in the bathroom, but mattress on the king-sized bed was good, and the bathroom had double sinks and a large jetted tub. We visited the Atlantis, but found it way too busy and crowded for our taste.