bahamas vacations at the british colonial hilton, nassau

Bahamas vacations are better at the Hilton

The British Colonial hotel has reigned continuously over the waterfront for 100 years, longer than any other hotel in town. Its classic-colonial architecture, prime eight-acre location on the site of Old Fort Nassau, and beachside swimming pool provided some of the most memorable backdrops in James Bond movie history. The hotel played key rolls in 1965's Thunderball and 1983's Never Say Never Again.

Today's British Colonial Hilton claims the only private beach at Nassau’s city center. An ideal home base for vacationers, it offers not only the beach and a freshwater pool but lush tropical gardens, a full fitness center, and an on-site scuba-diving and snorkeling facility.

Equally suited for business travelers in "the Zurich of the tropics," the hotel presides at the heart of Nassau's financial district, just 20 minutes from the Nassau International Airport.

The city itself has been reborn in recent years, due to millions of dollars in civic upgrades. The spruced-up Old World-style plaza – flanked by Nassau’s nineteenth-century parliament buildings – brings a new sense of vibrancy to a downtown that still employs horse-drawn surreys and directs traffic with bobbies in trim white jackets and colorful pith helmets.

Of course Nassau still boasts the other attractions that make it one of the world’s best vacation destinations: a well-preserved history, lively nightlife, great shopping, and amazing beaches. From the Hilton, guests can walk to duty-free shops, the Bay Street Straw Market, and Government House. A five-minute taxi ride leads to championship golf courses, two world-class casinos, and unlimited water sports.

The hotel's own renaissance encompassed all seven floors of the building, everything from the 291 guest rooms and 7,500 square feet of meeting space to the five restaurants and bars.

The 58 sixth- and seventh-story accommodations come with oversize desks, data ports, fax machines on request, and nightly turndown service – plus exclusive access to the Executive Lounge, a comfortable spot for private check-in and checkout, complimentary breakfast, evening hors d'oeuvres, and drinks on an outdoor terrace.

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Like others throughout the hotel, the Executive Floor rooms and suites offer city or ocean views, cable TV with premium channels, desks with modem outlets, individual climate control, minibars, coffee machines, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, and voice mail.

Upgraded meeting facilities include the spacious Governor’s Ballroom, the Victoria Banquet Room and Atrium (with spectacular ocean and garden views), Sir Harry Oakes Boardroom, and five more meeting rooms rounding out the full spectrum of needs for groups. A state-of-the-art Business Center serves meeting attendees and individual working travelers alike.

The restaurants combine a variety of Bahamian moods with Hilton's international culinary standard. At Portofino Italian Cafe, guests enjoy casual Italian specialties served with a Caribbean flair. The Patio Grille and Pool Bar provides a poolside eatery with Bahamian and American-style snacks and a great view of Nassau Harbour.  

Dance to best in popular and old style tunes.  The Blue Note Lounge features Jazz, Dance and classic R&B in a plush setting. Experience pure bliss at Nassau's Premier Upscale Club.

For cocktails and conversation, guests meet at Blackbeard's Cove Bar, overlooking the ocean, or linger over afternoon tea at the Palm Court Lounge.

Soon the British Colonial Hilton's famous profile will overlook a marina and the first stock exchange in the Bahamas. What's more, in keeping with the hotel's historic connection with James Bond, a special 007 suite now caters to those who prefer their martinis shaken, not stirred.

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British Colonial Hilton
1 Bay Street   Nassau, Bahamas    
Phone: 242-323-3301

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