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Sprawling property, with a focus on gambling
Anchored by its casino (renovated in 2012), the Wyndham Nassau Resort caters mainly to adults. Young families are few, and the scarce features for them are overshadowed by the extensive pool bar and outdoor dance club. Cigarette smoke -- or at least its smell -- seems to circulate throughout the property, wafting into the lobby from the Crystal Palace Casino below.
Overall, the Wyndham lacks the grandeur and freshness of the neighboring Sheraton. Both resorts share several facilities and are connected to each other by long hallways -- meaning that you still have easy access to the casino from the Sheraton -- and both have a prime location on Cable Beach, considered one of Nassau's best beaches. But getting to the beach from the Wyndham can be a hassle, as it requires wandering through hotel's confusing, podlike network of towers, glass-encased hallways, ramps, and elevators. And on just about every dimmention, the Sheraton bests the Wyndham. The only advantage to the Wyndham is its food and casino, but you can access these from the Sheraton just as easily.
The hotel underwent several renovations in 2012, including upgrading and expanding their casino, which now also acts as the main entry for the property.
On Cable Beach, in the center of its own action
Next door to the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on Cable Beach (one of Nassau's best beaches), the Wyndham is in the center of New Providence Island's northern coast. It's reached by a scenic trip along posh West Bay Street, a mix of mansions, luxury condos, and shopping centers -- not terribly different from driving through Palm Beach in Florida.
A long, mediocre stretch of Cable Beach extends along the Wyndham and adjoining Sheraton hotel properties. The sand was soft, but patches of the beach in front of the Wyndham were strewn with garbage and dead tree branches.
Even the Crystal Beach Club area for Diamond and Platinum members -- a kind of VIP beach area -- was unimpressive. It was basically just a roped-off patch of sand, no cleaner than the rest of the beach, and didn't border the water at all. The only clear benefit seemed to be the padding and shaded canopy on the beach chairs.
The rest of the Wyndham's beach chairs looked like they needed to be replaced. The chairs were randomly clustered along the beach and had sagging nylon seats.
Big casino and all the typical resort goodies, many of them newly renovated
Unavoidable stench of cigarettes
Though I didn't notice any glaring stains or dingy upholstery, there is a strong smell of cigarette smoke throughout the hotel.
On-site food is pricey, but worth it
The enormous, 415-room Wyndham Nassau is an aging property with cigarette-scented guest rooms. Its main attractions include a mediocre stretch of Cable Beach, a great pool, some pricey (but excellent) restaurants, and the sluggish Crystal Palace Casino.
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