The Bottom Line
- Rooms and suites have spectacular views of the ocean, downtown Nassau and Paradise Island
- Offers a number of packages and specials that can help keep down costs
- Concierge can arrange a variety of off-property activities and adventures
- Built in the 1980s, is showing signs of wear and tear
- Long walk from check-in to the C-Tower
- Not much happening along Cable Beach, and the cab ride into downtown Nassau is about $20
- Address: West Bay St., Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas
- Phone: +1-242-327-6200
- Website: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/NASBS//main.wnt
- Rates: $176-$235 nightly
- Rooms: 559
- Amenities: Casino, pool with waterslide, spa, 8 restaurants and bars
Guide Review - Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Casino, Cable Beach, Bahamas
Any seaside resort offers its owners and management unique challenges and this 80s-vintage resort is no exception. Maintenance and upkeep are an unending and expensive battle with the elements, in addition to the regular wear and tear of 1,000 guests and the extra visitors who come to dine in the restaurants and romp around the casino. Bottom line: the luster can be a bit lacking at the Wyndham Nassau.
If you plan on getting married here, for example, go down and scout out the place to make sure you know what is in store for you and your guests -- and what it will cost. Prices vary from season to season, and if you manage to get a bargain rate for a suite or two then you might also consider this destination for your bachelor or bachelorette party.
But no matter what the room rate is, be aware that the resort collects a $17 per-person, per-day resort fee. This is applicable for adults and children 12-17 and is in addition to the normal hotel sales and room tax (currently 14%). So, if you pile six people into a suite, there will be a charge of about US$100 added to the cost of the room -- per night. This surcharge goes to the resort; knowing this in advance can help you avoid surprises at checkout.
The Wyndham is about halfway between the airport and downtown Nassau, on Cable Beach. The resort features 1,000 feet of its own white-sand beach, in addition to a private lagoon and a large swimming pool with an elaborate spiral slide down and around a rock formation. For some reason, the slide was closed during our visit.
There are a number of dining venues at the resort, beginning with a daily breakfast buffet ($20) and continuing on through the day for informal poolside lunches at the Tiki Hut Bar & Grill and sips at the popular Da Daq Shaq, where tasty cocktails are shaken and stirred all day long. In the evening two restaurants in the C Tower offer upscale dining: MOSO, which blends modern dishes with the cuisines of China, Thailand and Japan; and Black Angus Grille, which offers “steaks that rival any cut ordered in the Big Apple” -- at Big Apple prices. Stick with MOSO.
Gaming fans will be propelled into high gear when they hit the Crystal Palace Casino (which has very little crystal), one of the largest in the Bahamas. It seemed even larger the week before Thanksgiving due to the lack of customers. This seemed odd since we were told the resort was operating at full capacity that weekend. We were amused at the “virtual” blackjack and poker dealers—well endowed young ladies with ten-inch waists who ply their trades from flat screen TVs. Cards appear electronically before the players. Winners can celebrate and losers can drown their sorrows at 22 Above, the bar that hovers over one end of the casino; good live music is featured along with periodic bursts of karaoke.
During our stay we enjoyed outings to Stuart Cove’s for a snorkeling adventure, a trip out to Dolphin Encounters just off Paradise Island, and a raucous lunch at Senor Frog’s in downtown Nassau. The resort’s concierge will be happy to arrange for a variety of off-property activities and adventures.