Graycliff Hotel

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

West Hill Street, Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
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Satisfaction Very Good
Excellent
51%
50
Very Good
26%
26
Average
5%
5
Poor
8%
8
Terrible
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8

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 21% more than similarly rated 4.5 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families92
  • Couples76
  • Solo80
  • Business91

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Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company

by starship

On our most recent visit to Nassau we made a point of visiting the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company. Though not a normal tourist destination, the Graycliff may appeal to certain people for several reasons. Not only does the Graycliff have quite a colorful and historic past, it is an exclusive hotel which produces fine cigars on site, has a renowned extensive wine cellar, and has the only 5-star restaurant in the Caribbean. It embodies the quintessential ambiance of Caribbean charm with British Colonial style. It was our son's interest in the Graycliff Cigars which prompted our visit to Graycliff initially, but thankfully introduced us to its history and many charms.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Graycliff mansion (now hotel) was built in the 1700's by John Howard Graysmith, famous Caribbean pirate and Captain of the famous pirate ship, "Graywolf." While home to pirates, Graycliff was also the site of the first Anglican Church in Nassau, was once owned by a paramour of Al Capone's, was owned for a time by British Royalty and hosted celebrated personalities as Sir Winston Churchill and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The Graycliff became Nassau's first inn in 1844 and for a majority of the time has served a a splendid place of retreat for well-heeled travelers such as it is today. (Call only for prices!)

The mansion-style hotel still possesses and displays many of the beautiful furnishings and antiques (fine carpets and chandeliers too) from previous owners, and each space seems to dazzle the eyes with its splendid architectural finery. A beautiful, stately Christmas tree with twinkling lights was displayed in the center hall when we visited. The estate is enclosed by marvelous, lush gardens with statuary and serene, private pools. We came upon one guest painting a water color picture just near one particularly lovely spot close to a colored-tile pool in a hidden garden.

Although I believe the hotel does not conduct tours of its grounds, day guests can enjoy an exquisite meal, visit the wine cellars (over 250,000 bottles), watch as Graycliff cigars are being hand-rolled and enjoy other sofisticated delights the hotel has to offer. For a special experience, reserve space at one of Graycliff's "Wine Luncheons" where "Guests are welcomed with a glass of champagne and led by Graycliff's Master Sommeliers for a tasting and a tour of the hotel and restaurant's acclaimed wine collection. This is followed by a delightful gourmet repast, featuring 3 courses, each carefully paired with the appropriate wines." Reservations are absolutely necessary and you must call for dates and prices!

One photo I missed getting was one the dining rooms which had been all ready set and decorated for New Year's Eve Dinner and Party later that evening. The elegant green walls made splendid backdrop for the rich, dark wood of the beautiful furnishings. White china and silver place settings surrounded centers pieces of white flowers, and elegant white feathers---the room was elegant beyond imagination! I'm sure Junkanoo was also celebrated somewhere on the grounds too!

Cigar "factory" facts will be explored in a separate tip!

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Forum Posts

Travelling from Nassau to The Abacos

by Barbarella1969

Hi there,
Basically, my question is what was exposed in my title. How can I get to The Abacos from Nassau? can I fly directly to abacos from Miami or Fort Lauradale?
Any suggestions will be deeply appreciated!!!!
Barbara

Re: Travelling from Nassau to The Abacos

by leics

I haven' been but

http://www.go-abacos.com/travel/comcarr.html

suggests carious carriers from Miami/Ft Lauderdale. You'll need to check on the airline websites but the American Airlines website, for example, shows theydo serve Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour from Miami.

Travel Tips for Nassau

Stingrays

by dlandt

From just about any bridge, quay wall, or boat you can look into the waters of the sea and see marine life. These two stingrays slid by the quay wall of our hotel. Since it was dusk, I needed to touch up the pictures, but they were just some of the more interesting life we saw. Snapper, angelfish, sharks etc. came cruising by. Th waters around the various islands are really shallow and you can see down about 30 feet or even more.

When visiting Nassau you must...

by AnjoLuci

When visiting Nassau you must walk throughout the city. Take a bus - known as jitneys, rent a scooter, a car or bicycle, ride in a water taxi, ride in a horse-drawn surreys. If you go in the weekends it's very crowed with tourist. I believe I saw more tourist the residents from Nassau. You must go to Blue Lagoon - snorklling, scuba diving - a relaxing island with a beautiful beach. You have to go To Paradise Island - Cassino and Atlantis Hotel, wow! In Nassau, if you have long hair, prepare yourself. You will be sick and tire to hear if you want to have your braided. Go to the straw market. You have a lot to do. Put your must comfortable shoes that I will take you there!!! Are you ready? What I miss the most is the beach. The clear water with white sands and the fishes swimming close to you. I wish be back every other month. I wish!!!

Gratuity

by cjg1

Royal Caribbean hands out an information sheet regarding customary gratuity amounts. Envelopes are provided in your stateroom the day before arrival back in the home port. You can put money in the envelopes for the appropriate staff or go to the customer service desk and have the gratuity added to your seapass account.

The Gratuity Guidelines are:
Dining Room Waiter: $3.50 per day per guest
Assistant Waiter: $2 per day per guest
Stateroom Attendant: $3.50 per day per guest
Head Waiter: $0.75 per day per guest

We generally overtip because we receive such excellent service.

Soda Card

by cjg1

When on this ship you must purchase your soda or buy a soda card for unlimited refils. The only free beverages are: water, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, tea and juices with breakfast. I wanted to have the option of being able to have soda so I purchased the card. They give you a refillable thermal cup and place a soda sticker on your seapass to identify that you have purchased the soda package. Either present your cup or show them your seapass to obtain a soda.

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Address: West Hill Street, Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas