Review of the British Colonial Hilton Day Pass
Before the global health crisis, the British Colonial Hilton was a popular shore excursion choice for many cruise passengers, so is the resort still a good choice now?
Nassau, Bahamas is one of those ports of call where planning is important to ensuring you have a good day ashore, and many readers want to know the recommendations for a good sightseeing option.
Having been to the British Colonial Hilton in the past, I wanted to know how it presented itself as an option to visit since the cruise industry restarted in 2021.
I purchased a day pass to the British Colonial Hilton for a visit in November 2021 while cruising Odyssey of the Seas.
I purchased a pass for the British Colonial Hilton through the third party website, ResortForADay.com, which sells the day passes. You deposit a deposit at the time of purchase and pay the balance when you arrive at the resort.
The price I paid was $ 85 per adult ($ 40 per child) which isn’t cheap for a non-all inclusive resort. However, this price entitles you to a $ 40 food and drink credit per person for adults ($ 20 for children).
Getting to the resort from the ship is very easy, as you can get there on foot. It is a 10 minute walk from the port area and along the water to the resort. It is essentially adjacent to Senor Frogs. You can take a taxi if you want, but the walk is quite short.
The British Colonial Hilton bills itself as offering the only private white sand beach in downtown Nassau. There is also a swimming pool which you can use.
The daily entry gives you:
- Access to the beach
- Seaside swimming pool
- Sunbeds, umbrellas and towels
- Non-motorized water sports: kayaks, snorkeling equipment
When you arrive at the hotel, you enter the lobby to check in. You will need a printout of your reservation, ID and a way to pay the remaining balance.
Once registration is complete, you will receive a wristband and a voucher for your food and drink credits.
As advertised, you have access to sit wherever you want at the beach or by the pool.
The pool is quite large, although it almost lacks shade.
The beach is wide and there are chairs and palapas available. As this is a resort hotel guests will be present and depending on the time of year there may be more demand for chairs and umbrellas than at other times.
Your food and drink credit entitles you to a choice of food and drink on the menu, which helps to significantly offset the cost of admission. There are two problems with food and drink: first, the bar was not open at all. Instead, the towel attendant would take food and drink orders, but that required you to go to his shack to place orders. He would deliver the food when it arrived.
Can’t say that’s still the case these days as I had what seemed like a slow afternoon in November.
In addition, the menu is not cheap. Most entrees cost around $ 20 and a cocktail around $ 15, which means the $ 40 credit goes really fast.
Finding a great shore excursion in Nassau is difficult right now with port construction projects underway and the downtown area struggling to fully reopen from Covid. So a day at the British Colonial Hilton means a sure bet on what you can do, which means something right now.
The day pass doesn’t come cheap, but in the grand scheme of Nassau excursions, it sits right in the median of trip prices, especially when you factor in the food and drink allowance you receive.
Since the Atlantis Resort isn’t accepting day pass guests until further notice, there isn’t much else that compares to families. The other resorts in Nassau that offer day passes all have a minimum age that prevents anyone from traveling with young children.
The beach is great and I found the sand to be quite soft and powdery, especially compared to the sand in CocoCay.
If you think a day at the British Colonial Hilton has changed or got worse since the cruises restarted, the answer is no. I found my visit to be very consistent with my travels here, and it was spent on a day at the beach and the well-located pool.
The two issues I have with the British Colonial Hilton are the lack of shade by the pool and the high prices for food and drink.
I got around these issues by sitting by the shuttered pool bar, which was shaded, and ordering only enough food to use up my credits.
The food was quite good, but overpriced.
If you want to spend a day at the beach and / or the pool while your cruise ship is in Nassau, Bahamas, the British Colonial Hilton is still a good choice, especially for families.
Cost: $ 85 per adult, $ 40 per child (6-12 years old. Free for children 5 years old and under).