Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant

West Hill Street | Nassau 10246  [SEE MAP]Nassau  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Property has a five-star restaurant and offers cigar-rolling lessons and homemade organic chocolates
Traditional decor may not appeal to all vacationers

As a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, the Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant offers a unique experience, distinguished from its Nassau counterparts. This 18th-century colonial mansion comprises only 20 antique-filled rooms, each differentiated by historic names instead of room numbers. Despite its old-world decor, rooms do come with 21st-century amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi access and cable TVs. To get a taste of the Graycliff's far-reaching heritage, opt to bed down in the Pool Cottage, where Winston Churchill once slept. Though the rooms may not appeal to all visitors, recent guests said this property is best for history lovers who appreciate the hotel's ancestral commitment. The Graycliff also boasts two on-site pools and a five-star restaurant of the same name. What's even more unique is that the hotel offers cigar-rolling lessons and tastings at its own cigar company, plus certified organic chocolates from the on-site Graycliff Chocolatier.

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Location
Nassau
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 20 rooms
Primary View
City center
Style
Traditional, Historic
Best For
Couples, Solo travelers

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  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Fodor's

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It's easy to forget that you're steps from downtown Nassau when you stay here. Thick foliage envelops a series of garden villas and cottages, amid limestone courtyards with ponds, pools, and fountains. Rooms have been renovated, giving life to the plush, old-world, upscale interiors.

Fodor's Choice

Frommer's

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The best hotel in the Bahamas isn’t even on the beach. It’s in downtown Nassau, right across from Government House, converted from the 1740 home of pirate Captain John Howard Graysmith, itself built from the remains of the 17th-century First Anglican church.

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Oyster.com

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Located in the heart of Nassau, the Graycliff Hotel is a colonial mansion with a historic past. The upscale property has loads of character and charm – a beautiful facade with a two-story veranda, frequent live jazz music in the lounge, and a chocolatier, cigar factory, and museum on-site.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 237 have reviewed the Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 237 reviews 4.0 (based on 237 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The 20-room Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant offers four room categories – Deluxe Rooms, Luxury Rooms, Suites and Graycliff Suites – all of which are individually decorated. All rooms feature old-world furnishings with tapestries, artwork, traditional wooden furniture, ornate chandeliers and decorative area rugs. In addition to vintage-inspired decor, guest rooms have modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access.
  • Evening turndown service
  • Jacuzzi tubs in most rooms
  • Graycliff Suites have private or semiprivate balconies

Standard room size450 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Situated steps from downtown Nassau, the Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant offers an upscale and historic setting with an award-winning restaurant. Set within a Georgian colonial building originally built in the 1720s, the property became the first inn on the island in 1844 and went through a variety of iterations before it became a hotel in 1973. Popular with royalty and celebrities alike, the Graycliff features guest rooms and cottages set among tropical foliage, limestone courtyards, fountains and ponds. Top sights like the Queen's Staircase and John Watling's Distillery sit within walking distance.
  • Private airport lounge at Lynden International Airport (plus one at Nashville International Airport and another at CIncinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport)
  • Located five blocks southeast of Western Esplande Beach
  • Less than 3 miles south of the Nassau Cruise Terminal
  • Situated about 10 miles northeast of Lynden Pindling International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

The Graycliff has three on-site dining options, including the award-winning Graycliff Restaurant. Featuring an upscale atmosphere with four dining rooms and an outdoor patio, the Graycliff Restaurant offers Bahamian-influenced cuisine, as well as Cuban-style cigars from the property's cigar company. There's also Humidor Churrascaria, a Brazilian-style steakhouse with a salad bar and a variety of meat and fish options, plus the pizza-focused Giotto Pizzeria.
  • Reservations recommended for the Graycliff Restaurant
  • Wine cellar with more than 250,000 bottles of wine and a Cognateque
  • Graycliff Culinary Academy offers classes

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesLatin American, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

The Graycliff has two outdoor pools. The large main pool features hand-painted tiles and a sun deck with lounge chairs and a pool bar. The smaller pool is more secluded and surrounded by tropical foliage. The hotel does not have beach access.
  • Pool bar open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Kids

Although the Graycliff does not offer any designated kids amenities, two family-friendly pools are located on-site.
    • Kids club
    • Cribs
    • High chairs

    Fitness

    The hotel has a small fitness center with cardio machines and strength-training equipment.
      • Weight equipment
      • Cardio equipment
      • Yoga mats
      • Free fitness classes
      • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
      • Bicycles
      • Tennis
      • Guided runs
      • Paddle boats (with fee)
      • Motor boats

      Business

      The Graycliff offers private event space in the Wine Cellar, as well as in the main dining rooms and on the property's terraces. The largest space can accommodate up to 300 people.
      • Catering options
      • Cigar rollers can be booked for events

      Number of meeting rooms5

      • Business center
      • Meeting rooms
      • Meeting and event planners available

      Wedding

      The property offers a range of options to accommodate intimate weddings and larger celebrations with up to 300 guests. Available venues include terraces overlooking the pool, tropical gardens and locations within the historic mansion.
      • Wedding and honeymoon packages
      • Full-service catering

      Maximum wedding guest capacity300

      • Hotel hosts weddings
      • Outdoor space for weddings
      • Wedding planners available

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