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“Good boutique hotel, a little tired, decent size rooms, not on beach”

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Pelican Bay at Lucaya
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Freeport
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Overall, I enjoyed staying at this hotel but there was definitely the good and not so good.

First, the good. The location is good. It is right next to Lucayan Marketplace so you can walk to many shops and restaurants. It's also right next to UNEXSO, which is the dolphins. Since I was there to do dolphin programs for 4 days, this location was great for me. The staff was friendly. The room was good size and included a frig and bathroom was adequate size. I was here for an event in the conference center, so I just had to roll out of bed and walk to the conference center and my room rate included breakfast. The air conditioner worked and the room also included a safe so I could store my passport and other items when I went out. The beds were a little hard, but I slept on the comforter with the blanket on me and that was comfortable enough; pillows were comfortable.

Second, the not so good. The room is good sized but tired. By that I mean it's a bit on the older side. The tub had rust on the drain. The air conditioner is a built in the wall unit that worked, but was noisy. The ice machine was broken so I had to go to another building (they did get it fixed the day I left). My room also overlooked the pool and Sabor restaurant. On Fri/Sat nights they have live music which is very loud and you can't sleep until they are done. They would have moved me, but I was already completely unpacked and had been in that room for 3 nights - I should have asked to move at the beginning.

This hotel is on the harbor, not the beach. They have three pools, but I am interested in swimming in the ocean if I go to the Bahamas not a pool. They have a free ferry to Taino Beach, but it was just enough of a hassle to take my stuff and the ride that I didn't do it. You could swim at Lucaya Beach, but pay a fee because the Lucaya Hotel "owns" that beach. I didn't understand that when I booked the hotel. The room said "waterfront view", but I hardly had a view of the water (view photo attached -- if I stretched out my neck, I could glimpse the harbor barely through the trees).

I don't know how to compare with other places on Grand Bahama Island. Quite a bit of the buildings on the island seemed run down. The conference center at the hotel was new, but the rooms were older.

There is no room service, however we had one disabled person in our group and a person at the hotel brought her food from the restaurant. They were very accommodating.

Room Tip: Stay away from the Sabor Restaurant pool size if you want a quiet Fri/Sat evening.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Wow, I actually stayed at the Pelican Bay a second time. Yes, I gave the place a second chance. Stupid me! The service is on par with the rest of the services provided on Grand Bahama Island - awful (most people there are extremely arrogant and rude)! I was there for work only and I do not recommend anyone visit the place for any reason. As a matter of fact, whenever I think things are getting a bit rough in life I think of the terrible experiences I had in Freeport, Bahamas. The Pelican Bay hotel was where I stayed the final few nights on the island. I can say one positive thing only - 'Bones Bar' is outstanding! Try the unfiltered High Rock lager! Otherwise, the hotel and the staff will disappoint anyone who is used to somewhat decent service. Don't say I didn't warn you!!!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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PelicanBayHotel, Operations Manager at Pelican Bay at Lucaya, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2014


We are truly disappointed to hear that we did not live up to your expectations or that our staff did not present themselves in the happy and hospitable tone that we are known for. It is also saddening to find it out on social media versus having the opportunity to address your concerns while you were on site.

One of our top priorities are to ensure that every guest has a positive experience when they arrive and certainly before they depart.

Your feedback, although negative is extremely vital to our operation and we thank you.


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Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

This hotel was awesome. From start to finish the employees were helpful and courteous and pleasant. The rooms were clean and spacious. We got an amazing view I mean it was great. The staff there go above and beyond what is expected. My friends and I went out and Keith Smith (the gentleman that checked us in) had ordered a pizza for us so we wouldn't go to bed hungry. Now where else can you get service like that other than in the Bahamas. Love this hotel and the staff. Will definitely visit again.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
2  Thank Kenya J
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Suites are very roomy, large decks with chairs outside. The couches in the suited are odd, and the decor is quirky but that's what makes it fun. Excellent service, good value. Three pools with one being a pool bar, they are quiet and clean. The hotel is well within walking distance of many restaurants, if your there for a week, you can eat at a different place every day. Hotel restaurant is EXCELLENT and so is the service, just don't be in a hurry...at any restaurant. if you miss home, don't worry, there is a Pizza Hut a Domino's and a subway near by! Great FREE entertainment at Port Lucaya (where all the restaurants are at every night...great RELXASING area, not a lot of night life though, so if your looking for excitement...go to Nassau..there is also a small Casino within walking distance as well.

You will have to take a small boat tat runs 10 before and after the hour to the beach, nice ride..and always on time...and free if you are a guest.

Have fun

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

The hotel is in a great location. The room is very average. We loved the breakfast which was not included in the price of our stay. On our last morning they turned the water off. This might have been for hotel maintenance but no one warned us. Luckily we had gotten our showers in before it was shut off!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

My husband and I traveled back to Grand Bahama, this time with 6 other family members. Our entire trip was absolutely what we were looking for...low key, causal, just easy!! Pelican Bay was just what we were looking for. Casual, quiet, friendly. This hotel does need some aesthetic improvements, but like I said it is what you wish to make it. The staff was very friendly, accommodating to the spoiled American travelers!!! Eleanor, as well as the other staff in the reception area, bar, breakfast, restaurant, etc... were very helpful, fun, and once again very accommodating to all of us. The pool areas were spotless. The evenings by the pool or bar area facing the marina were relaxing. The food at the restaurant was excellent as well as the service.
If you are looking for a sunny place to kick your shoes off, let your hair down, and just breathe this is a must!!!
Thank you to all of the staff for catering to us. You all went above and beyond!! You all made our get away just what we wished for!!
My husband and I will be back very soon!!!

Room Tip: Upgrading to a suite was best for us. We were on the 3rd floor with a nice balcony overlooking the...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for my birthday celebration and I have to say while it was not perfect, I would stay here again. High praise from me as I tend to be hard on hotels and accommodations as it is such a maker or breaker of a vacation.
We stayed in January so it's definitely not high season. I did expect that some amenities would not be available but the hotel almost had a closed feeling even though there were many people staying here. The grounds are really stunning though and very well maintained.

Breakfast, which is usually served at one of the three beautiful outdoor pools was shuttered and closed. When we inquired about where breakfast was, we were sent on a wild goose chase that took us around the grounds and into and up several floors of a nondescript building with no signs of life. Or grub. So we headed out on our own.

Luckily the hotel is literally steps from the Lucaya Marketplace which even off season is bustling. We never had trouble finding good and usually inexpensive breakfast or lunch within steps of the hotel. And the shopping is not bad either.
The hotel should do something about the timeshare salespeople on the property. Huge turn off and they are rude and aggressive.

The room itself was more than adequate but if you are a light sleeper make sure they know that when booking. The walls are made of something akin to crepe paper and you hear everything. Some things even the hardiest travelers may not appreciate.

We had a broken sink faucet (simply would not shut off) and while we had to wait for maintenance to come fix it (and hear a few (one can only assume) bahamian expletives and exasperations, it was fixed promptly and effectively.

The location is not accessible to a beach but there is a water taxi that runs very often and takes you to Taino Beach ... this has the benefit of a great boat ride with the option of getting to know some other vacationers ... but it leaves you a little bit of a walk from the beach with no direction. On our first trip we made the mistake of following a group that seemed to know where they were going. Oops. But by the second time we were pros. And the boat rude is gorgeous. And free!! The hotel will even supply you with towels.
Leave at least a day to venture farther into the island for a trip to Gold Rock Beach. If you can get there when it's deserted you may think you died. Most stunning beach I can remember and I have seen my share all over the world.
Try Flying Fish for dinner. Fancy and experience but quite the experience.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Pelican Bay at Lucaya

Address: Sea Horse Road at Port Lucaya, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > Freeport
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Freeport
Price Range: £105 - £199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pelican Bay at Lucaya 4*
Number of rooms: 186
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As Grand Bahama Island's most hospitable hotel, the Pelican Bay is a joyful mix of colorful Bahamian architecture and the finest guest service in the Caribbean. Unique waterside rooms and waterside state rooms enfold you in comfort, while offering special guest touches. Renowned standards of hospitality and attention to guest happiness assure you of a memorable stay in the Bahamas.Part of the Pelican Bay experience is located within steps of your room. In addition to our waterfront Sabor Restaurant and Bar, more than 30 restaurants, bars, shops, live entertainment, the Dolphin Experience, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing trips are a short stroll away.Immediately across the street are two miles of white sand beach, a full service spa, four "Grand Slam" surface tennis courts and a casino. All this is the happy Pelican Bay experience, one you will remember with fondness. ... more   less 
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