My husband and I recently visited The Bahamas for our 2nd wedding anniversary. Prior to our trip, we used TripAdvisor heavily to decide where we'd stay. I'll try and share our experiences with you in categories so it's easy to see what this resort has and doesn't have so you can make your own choice whether it's for you or not.
PRIOR TO GOING
We had read reviews and contacted Ta'Shar the general manager. She was very friendly and helpful and explained us the availability and the rates. She even introduced us to a reliable cab company, Queenie's Cab Service and helped me negotiate cab rates ahead of time so there were no surprises. She let us know there wasn't food on property but shared with us the local area and amenities so we knew what to expect. She also informed us because we'd be checking in late that security would be letting us in, and even gave me her personal cell phone number in case of issues. This was not something I've ever had before so I felt very comfortable.
The location of the property is about 10-15 minutes from the airport and costs about $20 for 2 people to ride to from the airport. This property offers (2) free limited shuttles, one in the morning to the International Bazaar at 8:30am and the other to Port Lucaya at 7:20pm. The return trip from the port to the hotel is about $15-20. I've heard the cost back from the international bazaar was around $15-20 as well. This property offers free bikes, they aren't brand new but are in good condition. We were able to ride the bikes to both the Cup Board Cafe as well as The Emerald Cafe. There was also a convenience store and a grocery store in these two plazas. We walked to dinner one night as the bikes are locked up by 6pm and the walk was VERY reasonable. This property is waterfront on the canal, as it's a marina. THIS IS NOT A BEACH FRONT RESORT. However, the beach was an easy walk or bike ride from the property that was 7-10 minutes. Then, it was a small 5 minute walk through a wooded pathway to the beach. It wasn't super easy to get to, like most resorts, but the beach was very private and secluded and was very much worth the walk. There were no crowds! This location offers you a chance to experience the culture, local food, local shops, etc. This is not a super loud area, not full of parties, and not near many tourist activities.
We arrived around 10:30pm in the evening and were greeted by security and lead to our room without any issues. Ta'Shar even called our room to check in on us and our safe arrival. They also upgraded us to the suite on property!!! It was amazing.
Our suite was amazing! It featured a full living room, partial kitchen with microwave and mini fridge as well as coffee maker. We had a 1/2 bathroom in the hallway and a full bathroom and walk in closet (complete with fuzzy, awesome robes) in the master suite. THE ROOM HAD 6 WINDOWS! It was bright and very airy and got a ton of light and sunshine. All the rooms in the place face the marina, but this room overlooked the entire property. It was really one of the nicer rooms we've stayed in, especially with the windows and robes. The bathroom also featured a jacuzzi tub!
The property is clean and freshly painted. It's not brand new but it's well kept. It features around 30 rooms, all facing the water and 1 suite. The restaurant are bar are both CLOSED. This means, aside from the beverage vending machine, there is no food on site at this property. The property did offer free bikes! They have changed their offerings and no longer include free water shuttles to the beach. They also don't offer return trips but do offer 2 shuttles - 1 in the morning to the International Bazaar and 1 in the evening to the port. We noticed in the bike shed there was a kayak and a paddle boat, but neither were used during our stay. They also don't offer jet ski rentals, but at one time did. The property did have a pool, no hot tub, but it was too cold to use and only got limited sunlight. The views of the waterway were very nice though! There were only 7-10 people staying there at the same time we stayed, so the resort felt very private - almost like our own place. It was very quiet!
STAFF & SERVICE
The staff was wonderful! Ta'Shar and her team were always looking to help. Louis and the guys always helped us get or fix our bikes and were always friendly and waving. The culture is a very friendly one, but this staff took the time to speak with you and genuinely seemed to want to make our stay wonderful. We had no issues with the staff, they were never rude or anything like that. We felt like we made a wonderful friendship with the team.
Compared to other hotels and resorts, the value here was tremendous. The cost was reasonable and the amenities for the cost seemed reasonable. It was water front and the rooms were very clean. They had TV's, phones, and all major kitchen appliances that all worked just fine. If you want a hotel that's brand new, you'll pay for it. If you want beach front, you'll pay for it. If you want restaurants and bars on-site, that will cost you also. This resort is basic but it's clean, smells nice, and looks like it has some character.
I hope this has helped you! We enjoyed our stay and are already planning a return trip back. The Stop-n-Go grocery store had reasonable prices and the cafes in walking distance were very reasonabley priced. We felt like we met more locals and experienced more culture this way. Although we love having a tourist experience, for a quiet anniversary, this was perfect!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy your Bahamas vacation in one of our 31 Caribbean-style furnished, fully equipped rooms or our Admiral Suite! Relax at our fresh-water pool and THE CORAL REEF Sports Bar and Cafe! All guests can enjoy complimentary use of the resorts Bicycles, snorkel gear, Kayaks, & Fishing gear as well as free Wi-Fi (wireless internet connection), ping-pong and billiards. Enjoy your Bahamas island experience by booking a dive or fishing trip, play golf or visit the nearby Casino, located only 10 minutes away. Freeport, Grand Bahama is a great place to start your trip! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunrise Resort And Marina
- Sunrise Resort & Marina Hotel Freeport
- Sunrise Resort & Marina Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island