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British Colonial Hilton - Nassau

Hotel Overview

Historic downtown Nassau hotel with private beach

Bahamas hotels - British Colonial Hilton - Nassau
  • Serving as the island's social and business hub, this beachfront hotel is 5 blocks from Parliament Square.
  • The 291 colonial-style guestrooms are updated with minibars, dial-up Internet access, and U.S. cable channels.
  • Evening entertainment includes dancing, live Caribbean music, karaoke, and a stylish jazz/R&B club.


Paradise Island (Bahamas)
Located across a high bridge from Nassau, Paradise Island is a great beach and watersports destination that's still a quick taxi ride from the business, shopping, and history of Nassau. All accommodations options are equally convenient, and the resort community of Atlantis is the center for dining, entertainment, and gambling.

Bahamas Hotels - British Colonial Hilton - Nassau

One Bay Street
Nassau, New Providence Island N 7148

General information

Bahamas hotels - British Colonial Hilton - Nassau

What to expect: Located on the former site of Fort Nassau, which was built in 1695 to guard against pirates, the British Colonial Hilton dates from 1898. Neither a fire in 1922, which destroyed the original wood building, nor a succession of owners altered the hotel's status as the island's social and business center, a role it still plays today. The marble-tiled lobby is studded with palm trees under a 1.5-story skylight ceiling. A jazz/R&B/dance club, lobby lounge with nightly Bahamian/Caribbean music, and private beach attract locals as well as business and leisure travelers.

Amenity highlights: Bordered on one side by a tropical garden, the hotel's large pool has an expansive sundeck with lounge chairs and umbrellas. A 75-yard-long private beach is furnished with additional lounge chairs and thatched sunshades. Use of kayaks, snorkeling gear, and pedal boats on the beach is complimentary. Both sundeck and beach offer views of cruise ships moored nearby, and of the western tip of Paradise Island, 300 yards offshore. Guests can snooze in hammocks on the lawn adjacent to the pool.

Insider tip: For guests who wish to conduct business poolside or on the beach, the hotel's Office Alfresco program rents a wheeled cabinet containing a laptop computer with wireless Internet access and remote printing capability, a telephone (calls charged to room), and office supplies in drawers.

Property amenities

The 3,200-square-foot Azure Spa has seven treatment rooms with leather and cherry-wood furnishings. The spa offers massage, body treatments, hydrotherapy, facials, waxing, and hair and nail care. Massage options include Swedish, shiatsu, and aromatherapy. Body and facial treatments include hydrotherapy, herbal masks, mud wraps, and hydrotherapy.

A business center offers computers with Internet access (fee), as well as services such as printing and faxing.

  • Private beach
  • Outdoor pool
  • Poolside bar
  • Spa (massage)
  • Concierge
  • Fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Bar/lounge
  • Night club
  • Free parking
  • Valet parking
  • Limousine service available
  • Banquet facilities
  • Business center
  • Conference rooms
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Computer rental
  • Internet access
  • Safe-deposit box - front desk
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Wake-up calls
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Doorman
  • Security guard
  • Gift shops or newsstand
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Banking/ATM
  • Babysitting or child care
  • Activity desk
  • Maid service daily
  • Turndown service
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Air conditioning
  • Suitable for children
  • Rollaway beds
  • Cribs available
  • Wheelchair accessible


HHonors points or related frequent traveler miles are not honored on guestrooms sold via

Listed room rates apply to a maximum number of guests for each room category. A charge is levied for each extra guest age 13 and older. There are no extra-guest charges for guests aged 12 and younger.
Complimentary cribs and rollaways are available and should be requested at the time of booking.
Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit are required upon check-in for incidental charges.
All special requests are subject to availability upon check-in.

  • Pets not allowed
  • Check-in time is 3 PM
  • Check-out time is Noon


Bahamas hotels - British Colonial Hilton - Nassau

Portofino Italian Café - Air-conditioned dining room. Breakfast buffet. Sunday brunch. Lunch buffet and à la carte menu. Dinner menu featuring pizza, pasta, Italian classics, steaks, seafood, ribs, and sandwiches. Dinner buffets Friday and Saturday nights. Open every day from early morning until late evening.

Patio Grille & Pool Bar - Poolside location with two open-air seating areas, one a bar and the other an ocean-view dining area under bleached-wood ceiling. Lunch menu featuring conch fritters, conch chowder, burger, sandwich, salads, and tropical drinks. Karaoke Friday nights. Open every day from mid-day until early evening.

Blackbeard's Cove Lobby Bar - Casual bar/lounge with large-screen television. Lunch and dinner menu of soups, appetizers, fried seafood. Open every afternoon until late night.

Palm Court Lounge - Crystal chandelier, tall columns, dance floor. Afternoon tea service. Bahamian/Caribbean band Wednesday through Sunday nights. Open every day from afternoon until late night.

Blue Note Lounge - Second-floor jazz/R&B/dance club open nightly. Clubby ambience of dark woods, semi-private booths with leather love seats, comfortable seating, pale-blue walls, and sheer curtains. Dressier clientele. Open every day from afternoon until late night.


On the hotel's private, 75-yard beach, guests may use kayaks, snorkeling gear, and adult- and child-sized pedal boats, all complimentary. The hotel also has a large pool suitable for lap swimming.

An air-conditioned fitness center contains cardio and weight machines as well as free weights. The concierge can assist with golf and tennis arrangement at nearby locations.

The recreational activities listed below are available at or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golf
  • Snorkeling/scuba
  • Boating
  • Windsurfing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Waterskiing
  • Dock
  • Volleyball
  • Running track/path
  • Tennis
  • Bicycle riding/rental
  • Horseback riding/rental
  • Parasailing
  • Helicopter/airplane sightseeing
  • Fishing


Bahamas hotels - British Colonial Hilton - Nassau

The hotel offers 291 carpeted, air-conditioned guestrooms in a six-story, sand-colored tower with red-tile roof. Colonial-style room decor features dark woods, crown molding, white walls, pastel ceilings, pastel Bahamian art prints, and gold bedspreads. Amenities include minibars, dial-up Internet access (fee), and televisions with U.S. cable channels.

Room amenities

  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Pay movies
  • Climate control
  • Air conditioning
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Telephone
  • Multi-line phone
  • Modem Internet access
  • Mini/honor bar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathroom telephone
  • Clock radio
  • Desk
  • Iron/ironing board
  • In-room safe
  • Television
  • Smoking rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms

Deluxe room with city view
One king or two queen beds. View of downtown Nassau from window. Colonial-style decor. Large work desk with swivel chair. Bathroom with pink marble floor, maroon marble vanity, alcove tub, glassed-in stall shower. Minibar, dial-up Internet access (fee), U.S. cable channels.

Deluxe Ocean View
One king or two queen beds. View of Atlantic Ocean from window. Colonial-style decor. Large work desk with swivel chair. Bathroom with pink marble floor, maroon marble vanity, alcove tub, glassed-in stall shower. Minibar, dial-up Internet access (fee), U.S. cable channels.