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south hero, Vermont
January 23, 2006
Good thing I read some other posts after I returned from a great trip. The El Greco is charming, the staff is friendly, and the location is a walk from everything. The staff spoke English, and there was no drug-dealing in the lobby like I've read elsewhere! We had no idea breakfast was included, so those McDonalds muffins were very nice.
The second day, breakfast was meat, fish, and bread: just fine with us. Free high-speed Internet and calls to the U.S. in the lobby. A coffee shop is next door, but there's always coffee at the pool. They asked us if we'd like a suite; as we are very budget-conscious, we said just a room, but it was like a suite, with an adjoining sitting area and the beautiful round balcony shared by some other rooms, although we were the only ones using it. I called the El Greco to book a room, and they just said to "stop in".
We liked the room very much; only soap is provided, so bring your shampoo. It's true there's no hair dryer in the room, but we don't use it anyway. The El Greco has taxes and gratuities included, with no booking charges, so keep that in mind when looking for lodging in Nassau. They do not cater to spring breaker: it's a quiet place. If you are on a budget like us and are not looking for a four-star hotel, you will like the El Greco.
From journal El Greco Nassau Not Bad At All
July 17, 2005
Next to that rudeness, often the cable would not work in our room. This would occur between blackouts at the hotel.
For some reason, the hotel locks its doors around 11pm, and if you want to come or go, you have to knock and wake up a man in a shower cap that sleeps in the middle of the lobby in a makeshift bed of chairs and linens. He gets grumpy when you wake him.
On the fifth day that we were there, we didn't have hot water, so they switched our room. The room they put us in "appeared to be clean," seeing as how the bed was made and fresh towels were in the bathroom. But traumatically, yes, I said traumatically, we found a USED CONDOM filled with fluids on our bed!!!!! The worse part is that when we complained to the front desk, they had the audacity to respond with, "Well, what do you want me to do about it." He couldn't even pretend to be apologetic or sympathetic, let alone compensate us. So, naturally, we left.
We had friends stay at this hotel as well because we went down as a group for a wedding. Apparently, two of our friends staying in different hotel rooms were solicited for sex by prostitutes, and there were drug dealers pushing drugs in the hotel lobby. From this trip, I learned that when offered "snow," they weren't talking about snow cones, but cocaine.
Needless to say, this was a terrible stay to say the least. Although you get what you pay for, because this was a cheap place, we still should not have had to deal with half of the ridiculousness that happened at the hotel. I have no idea how this place stays in business. Oh, and I forgot to mention that they promised us a group rate, and when we got there, they tried to overcharge us from what they had initially promised.
From journal Nightmare Vacation at El Greco
November 16, 2000
From journal A week in Nassau