Built in 1900 with 291 rooms on 7 floors, the British Colonial Hilton is situated at 1 Bay Street on Nassau's only private beach and the site of Old Fort Nassau. With the Nassau Stock Exchange in an adjacent wing, this hotel is the best business choice in the Bahamas.|
This concrete structure replaced a wooden hotel built in 1898 by Henry Flagler. Flagler is best known for creating Miami Beach and a series of hotels along the coast of Florida which share the same romantic style with the British Colonial. The interior was totally renovated (1999) by Hilton while its historic façade of towers, galleries, and molded reliefs were maintained. One relief, high on the central tower, depicts Christopher Columbus, who now views the pool, gardens and sandy beach below. A new mural depicting the history of the country adorns the entrance hall. In front of the hotel is a statue of Woodes Rogers, the ex-privateer who was appointed governor and cleaned out the nation's pirates.