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A hotel on New Providence is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on New Providence hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on New Providence are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some New Providence hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most New Providence hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on New Providence have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels on New Providence
An upscale full service hotel facility on New Providence that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury New Providence hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels on New Providence
Full service New Providence hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels on New Providence
Boutique hotels of New Providence are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. New Providence boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on New Providence may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels on New Providence
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of New Providence travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most New Providence focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels on New Providence
Small to medium-sized New Providence hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded New Providence traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service New Providence hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs on New Providence
A bed and breakfast on New Providence is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, New Providence bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical New Providence B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels on New Providence
New Providence hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many New Providence hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on New Providence
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized New Providence hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on New Providence lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs on New Providence
New Providence timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on New Providence often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of New Providence on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels on New Providence
A New Providence motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of New Providence for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of New Providence motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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New Providence
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New Providence is located in Bahamas
New Providence
New Providence
Geography
Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates  / 25.033; -77.400
Archipelago The Bahamas
Area 207 km (80 sq mi)
Length 34 km (21.1 mi)
Width 11 km (6.8 mi)
Highest elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Administration
Bahamas
Largest settlement Nassau
Demographics
Population 246,329 (2010)
Pop. density 1,200 /km (3,100 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups African 85%, European 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%

New Providence is the most populous island in the Bahamas, containing more than 70% of the total population. It is the location of the national capital city of Nassau. The island was originally under Spanish control following Christopher Columbus's discovery of the New World, but the Spanish government showed little interest in developing the island (and the Bahamas as a whole). Nassau, the island's largest city, was formerly known as Charles-town, but it was burned to the ground by the Spanish in 1684. It was laid out and renamed Nassau in 1695 by Nicholas Trott, the most successful Lord Proprietor, in honor of the Prince of Orange-Nassau who became William III of England. The three branches of Bahamian Government: the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary, are all headquartered on New Providence. New Providence functions as the main commercial hub of the Bahamas. It is also home to more than 400 banks and trust companies, and its hotels and port account for more than two thirds of the four million-plus tourists who visit the Bahamas annually. Other settlements on New Providence include Grants Town, Bain Town, Fox Hill, Adelaide, Yamacraw, South Beach, Coral Harbour, Lyford Cay, Paradise Island, Sea Breeze, Centreville, The Grove (South) and The Grove (West Bay), Cable Beach, Delaporte, Gambier, and Love Beach.

New Providence: Etymology

The name New Providence Island is derived from a 16th‐century governor who gave thanks to Divine Providence for his survival after a shipwreck. The "New" was added later to distinguish it from Providencia off the Mosquito Coast (now Nicaragua) used by pirates.

New Providence: History

An artistic rendition of the Battle of Nassau

After 1670, Bermudian salt rakers gathering sea salt in Grand Turk and Inagua became regular visitors to the island. The first lasting European occupation was on Eleuthera in 1648, and then New Providence in 1666.

By 1670, there were over 900 people on the settlement of Charles-Town. Due to ineffective governors, Charles-Town was attacked by the French and Spanish navies, became a home base for pirates, and was eventually destroyed by a Spanish attack in 1684. However, two years later in 1686, new English colonists from Jamaica came and settled. They were called back by the governor of Jamaica, but they ignored this order. In 1695, Governor Nicolas Trott rebuilt the town and added a fort, both were called Nassau. However, the fort was heavily damaged in a Spanish attack in 1700 and the colonists eventually abandoned the fort in 1703 after a French and Spanish attack. Due to the lack of cannon and soldiers in the fort, New Providence soon became a home base for pirates. By 1713, there were over 1000 pirates in Nassau and they outnumbered the 400–500 law-abiding inhabitants. In 1718, Governor Woodes Rogers (sent by King George I of Great Britain) came in and offered a pardon for any pirate willing to give up their ways. Using his intelligence and threatening to execute them if they did not take the pardon, Rogers was eventually able to rid Nassau of pirates.

In February 1776, American Esek Hopkins led a squadron of over seven ships in an effort to raid the British-held island in order to secure supplies and munitions. In an event known as the Battle of Nassau, on March 3 and 4, Hopkins landed the first-ever amphibious assault by American military forces consisting of 250 Marines and sailors. Under the covering fire of the Providence and Wasp, the attackers overwhelmed Fort Montague. The British retreated to Fort Nassau, but then surrendered to Continental forces. The Americans managed to secure 88 cannon and 15 mortars, but most of the much desired gunpowder was evacuated before capture. Hopkins spent two weeks loading his ships with the booty before finally returning home.

The frigate South Carolina, of the South Carolina Navy, arrived at Havana on 12 January 1782. At Havana, after negotiations between Alexander Gillon and the Spanish, the South Carolina joined a force of 59 vessels carrying Spanish forces under the overall command of Bernardo de Galvez. On 22 April the expedition sailed to capture New Providence. By May 6 the whole fleet had reached New Providence and on 8 May the British colony surrendered. This was the third capture of New Providence by a foreign force during the American Revolutionary War.

After the American Revolution, several thousand Loyalists and their slaves emigrated to New Providence and nearby islands, hoping to re-establish plantation agriculture. The shallow soils and sparse rainfall doomed this activity to failure, and by the early 19th century the Bahamas had become a nearly vacant archipelago. Salt raking continued here and there, wreck gleaning was profitable in Grand Bahama, but New Providence was the only island with any prosperity because of the large British military establishment. The fortresses began to crumble and were abandoned by 1850. New Providence afterwards had two periods of high economic success: during the American Civil War of 1861-65, when it was a highly popular port for blockade-runners serving the Confederate States of America; and during Prohibition, when it was a smuggling center for distilled spirits.

New Providence: Tourism destination

By the late 19th century New Providence had begun billing itself as the "sanitarium of the western hemisphere". Testimonials by residents and visitors emphasized its extremely mild climate with minimal daily temperature fluctuations (often as little as 5F (3C) in any given 12-hour period) and warm winters (a typical winter morning in the range of 70 °F (21 °C) to 74 °F (23 °C), excellent drainage, ample variety and number of Christian (Protestant) churches, well-tended and rectilinear roads, modern luxurious facilities, and native English-speakers. Steam ships plied lines between the coastal southern United States, Cuba, and Nassau, and the popularity of the destination proceeded to grow.

By the late 1920s, New Providence had become well-established as an American vacation destination with many tourist facilities, including a deepened harbour for short-visit cruise ship visitors and hotels offering gambling. Two-thirds of the ~400,000 Bahamians live on New Providence, although this proportion has fallen somewhat with the development of Freeport on Grand Bahama.

New Providence: References

  1. 2010 Census of Population and Housing: New Providence (PDF) (Report). Department of Statistics of the Bahamas. August 2012. p. 3. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  2. https://www.blurtit.com/q702844.html Archived March 18, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Nassau, the capital city is located on New Providence island
  3. "CIA Factbook".
  4. "World Atlas - Where is Nassau?".
  5. Bruce Taylor (September 1997). "Review of Johnson, Howard, The Bahamas From Slavery to Servitude, 1783-1933.". H-Lat Am, H-Net Reviews.
  6. http://www.bahamasfinder.com/nassau.html Nassau was formerly known as Charles Town but was burned to the ground by the Spanish in 1684.
  7. "New Providence". Government of the Bahamas.
  8. John Everett-Heath. "New Providence Island". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  9. "Mysterious Fate of the Blockade Runners" by J. W. A. Wright, The Overland Monthly, ed. by Bret Harte. 1885
  10. Nassau, island of New Providence, Bahamas. Murray, Ferris & Co. November 1877. ISBN 978-5-87272-044-7.
  • Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board - Official Nassau Paradise Island Travel Guide
  • Official Website for Bahamas Government

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