British Colonial Nassau

Nassau, Bahamas

Virgin rating

The hotel

This historic hotel is famous for more than its elegance, stunning colonial architecture and its past as “Fort Nassau”, a hub for pirate activity. As a beloved local landmark, located in a scenic waterfront, the hotel's colonial-style architecture and elegant design offers a nod to the past while providing modern amenities and comfort. With two sparkling freshwater pools, relax on partially submerged chaise lounges before heading to one of the vibrant bars or restaurants for a dinner to remember.

Amenities

  • Kayaking
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool
  • Close to Beach

Where is it

Located in Downtown Nassau, 15 minutes away from Paradise Island. Take a stroll over to its sister property Margaritaville Beach Resort, and explore Junkanoo Beach at The Pointe. Transfer time from airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

288 rooms including 25 suites. All with WiFi, TV, mini-fridge, safe, coffee maker and marble bathrooms with combined bath and shower. Standard King/Queen Rooms are located on floors 1 through 6, with 1 king-size or queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

City View King Rooms overlook Downtown Nassau, and are on floors 2-7, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

City View Queen Rooms overlook Downtown Nassau, and are on floors 1-5, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Garden View King Rooms have interior courtyard views, and are on floors 1-5, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Garden View Queen Rooms have interior courtyard views, and are on floors 1-4, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Ocean View King/Queen Rooms, on floors 1-6, have views of the Atlantic Ocean. With 1 king or queen size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Double rooms with 2 full beds are also available.

Woodes Rogers Tavern (signature bar serving light bites and snacks). Mahogany Club (flagship fine-dining restaurant). Tamarind Marketplace (breakfast favourites and healthy dishes). Sakana (noodle and sushi bar). Red Pearl Grille (beach front bar and grill). The British Colonial Trading Company (freshly brewed coffees and teas, deli sandwiches). Cigar lounge. Access to restaurants and bars at Margaritaville Beach Resort.

Two beach-facing pools— one shallow with lounge chairs and one plunge pool. Fitness centre. Water sports (non-motorised).

Complimentary WiFi is available in all public areas and rooms. Room service*. Concierge service. Valet parking*.

This hotel has a resort fee of $29.00 per room, per night (payable locally, subject to change).

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: when booking breakfast, the rates shown only include breakfast for up to 2 adults, per room. Any additional guests staying in the same room will be required to pay for breakfast locally.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good for downtown Nassau

Mar 3, 2024 tiffanys000 Hackensack, New Jersey

The staff are absolutely amazing across the board - genuinely friendly, helpful and some of the nicest people you'll meet. We had a hiccup upon checking in (we had paid for ocean view but got garden view) which was quickly corrected and we were moved into the room we had paid for. The room had a slightly fishy smell, but we were able to overlook… Read more
The staff are absolutely amazing across the board - genuinely friendly, helpful and some of the nicest people you'll meet. We had a hiccup upon checking in (we had paid for ocean view but got garden view) which was quickly corrected and we were moved into the room we had paid for. The room had a slightly fishy smell, but we were able to overlook it. The food is okay, at present there is only one place to eat in the hotel (the bar) and the other restaurants are not yet open. That may change with time. It's very expensive and everything, including water and chips at the store downstairs, has a 10% VAT and 15% tip included. So expect to pay $6.50 for a can of coconut water and $5 for a small bag of chips. The pool area and the drinks are wonderful. The water is warm, towels plentiful, and service of pina coladas and daiquiris is sublime. There is often live (karaoke-type) music at the bar and the singers are not bad. Nice vibe. There is a lot of energy in the surrounding area during the day and much that you can walk to. The big drawback is that after 6pm at night when the cruise ships pull out, literally everything in the area shuts down and there is nothing to do but sit at the bar or go back to your room and watch tv. There are 3 restaurants that serve past 6pm which you can walk to - Oku across the street (okay), Seafood Gourmet around the corner (okay), and the steakhouse at Margaritaville (overpriced with bad service). Do not make the mistake to walk to the fish fry at Arawak Cay after dark. It's not well lit, there are no sidewalks in places and there are groups of motorcycles revving up and down the streets. Yikes. A few weird charges on our card that were reversed. Not sure what that's all about. That's true for every hotel in downtown Nassau. Read less
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Mar 2, 2024 Gustavo G

This property is absolutely gorgeous. The entire staff is phenomenal, they go out of their way to make you feel right at home. Also, the food is delicious. I highly recommend British Colonial if you are planning to travel to Nassau, Bahamas. You will not regret it.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The serenity of a private beach hotel in the heart of downtown Nassau

Mar 1, 2024 Dave Z

A restful oasis right on the water, with easy access to all the activities Main Street has to offer. Dine in or venture out to enjoy eclectic local and global cuisine in between the straw market and boutique shopping. Make sure to ask guest services about scheduling you some memory-making experiences, including excursions like diving, snorkeling,… Read more
A restful oasis right on the water, with easy access to all the activities Main Street has to offer. Dine in or venture out to enjoy eclectic local and global cuisine in between the straw market and boutique shopping. Make sure to ask guest services about scheduling you some memory-making experiences, including excursions like diving, snorkeling, and more! Read less
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Mar 1, 2024 shopdiva64 New York City, New York

Stayed at the newly renovated British Colonial for my birthday. The hotel is FABULOUS!! The staff was amazing, the hotel grounds are beautiful and the location is prime. You can walk to Bay Street/Straw Market/Pier/Fish Fry and plenty shops and restaurants. The rooms were great and the hotel has the BEST bed pillows IN THE WORLD!!! I really… Read more
Stayed at the newly renovated British Colonial for my birthday. The hotel is FABULOUS!! The staff was amazing, the hotel grounds are beautiful and the location is prime. You can walk to Bay Street/Straw Market/Pier/Fish Fry and plenty shops and restaurants. The rooms were great and the hotel has the BEST bed pillows IN THE WORLD!!! I really wanted to pack to in my luggage. I would suggest that hooks be placed in the bathroom (no where to hang your robe or wet towels). The hotel is still in transition: not all of the restaurants were opened yet. I will definitely be back!!! I want to thank all who made my stay amazing. Please blame my head and not my heart if I didn't mention you by name: the two maintenance men who replaced the fridge in my room, the chef who made my omelet (formerly worked at Nassau Beach Hotel) and Hector and Dynette at the Tamarind Market Place; the staff at the Red Pearl Grille and the amazing bartenders: Kimberly, Devon, David and Omar. Thank you all for making my birthday trip awesome. Read less
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Feb 29, 2024 Robert R

Room was nice, new and clean. Staff generally friendly, helpful, and seemed happy to work there. Exception: Table service in the lounge can be spotty at times making one wonder if they are invisible. We solved this by simply sitting at the bar for drinks and eating off premises. Generally a great choice and good location. I would recommend!