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Coral Beach Hotel and Condos
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Freeport
Washington
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“Great Place Great time !!!! condo 3402”
Reviewed 2 January 2009

HI,
Just got back from our Best VACATION EVER !!!
We found this condo on vrbo and had many talks with Lianne and Kitty who were very helpful as this was our first trip to the Bahamas>
The condo was lovely,clean,Bright and had a great view !
To be right on the Beach and A Beautiful Beach I must say
For the price we paid was more the worth it !!!
YOU have the best of both worlds being nice and quite and peaceful on this Beach or you can take a nice walk on the beach to all the Action.
This was perfect for us we would have to reccmond this place for sure !!!
Thank you again Kitty and Lianne for letting us stay in your Beautiful get away !
Tod and Karen

  • Liked — the beach and location
  • Disliked — na
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Anamosa, Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2008

We booked our condo from a private owner and had a 1 bedroom (2 queen beds ) 1 bathroom end unit in building 1 on the second floor. Balcony faced the courtyard and there was a limited ocean view from the living room and bedroom. The kitchen was compact but fully equipped; the bedding was good and relatively firm.
Wind and wavey weather did not cooperate for much of our stay in order to snorkel off the beach and take boat tours as much as we are used to doing in repeat visits to GBI, but we liked the CB beach, pool area and general vibe. Owners and renters mingled at a Christmas Eve party in the lobby and shared tiki huts on the beach. Security persons were helpful and pleasant, and visibly present most of the days and nights we were up and about. Three power outages to the complex and surrounding neighborhood during our week were two too many to call 'fun' or 'charming', but we rolled with it , scrounging the unit for candles and matches, picking more candles up on the next grocery run, and keeping the fridge door closed .
Laundry rooms are on each floor and were good value for money ( tokens available at the office). Garbage chutes are available on each floor.near stairwells and were fairly tidy.
Grocery shopping for a week including bottled water ran about $300 for three persons, but that included beer and some liquor;.
Dinners out during this visit were not too adventurous - Domino's and Zorba's at Port Lucaya Marketplace - pizza delicious as usual and Zorba's varied menu and the people-watching is a fun change of pace from the very laid back atmosphere at Coral Beach.
Garden of the Groves has reopened and is a beautiful place to visit to stroll the paths and catch a snack or lunch at the open-air restaurant on-site. GBI means beach-time every day, but the cool, leafy, pond-y parklike atmosphere at Garden of the Groves was a pleasant change.
Beach walks and swimming along the CB stretch of beach from Lucaya to Silver Point, between the two harbor-channels, is a pretty great way to spend a week relaxing, away from cold and snow and work !

  • Liked — second-floor had fairly quick access to beach and pool areas, great beach, quiet but populated complex
  • Disliked — Unit had a so-so ocean view, bathroom was not vented for fresh / recirculated air
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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4 Thank Farmerinthedell3
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Montreal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2008

My husband and I recently returned from a one week stay in Grand Bahamas. We had been there last year and stayed at the Sheraton which was nice, but had it's drawbacks (many additional taxes and fees above the quoted rate/night and had to always eat out since it is a hotel room and there is no kitchen) so we decided to book a condo this time around.

We had visited Coral Beach and thought it would be nice to rent there. The complexe is a little run down, but what they call building "3" has been renovated. We stayed on the first floor in unit 3104 which was great. The hallways in the corridor were freshly painted and the floor was recently tiled. The unit itself was very spacious for a studio (had additional living space compared to other studios in the complexe), it was extremely clean, freshly painted and had every comfort of home...fully equipped kitchen, cordless phone, DVD player, color cable TV and a great BONUS -UNLIMITED HIGH SPEED INTERNET. We were able to call home daily using SKYPE and it cost us pennies a day. We also had a large garden patio outside our back door which we enjoyed every morning while having breakfast outside.

The beach in front of Coral beach is one of the nicest we have seen and was never crowded. We travel 2-3 times a year to the Carribean, Europe, the US and would definately recommend a trip to Grand Bahamas.

If you are looking for some R&R with a gorgeous beach and the comforts of home, then unit 3104 Coral Beach is for you. For the price and location you can't beat it...check out our pics and judge for yourself.

  • Liked — The proximity to the beach
  • Disliked — The rest of the complexe
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2008

Complex has never ending on going construction.It is in very poor shape.Beach is nice,Pool is cold.Not a real hotel.Damages from hurricane still can be seen.Fighting amongst owners is a major problem,even for guests.Phones might work.Cash in advance is how they like to be paid.A cheap place to visit?You will have to bring your own entertainment.French canadians seem to run the show.They lock bathrooms,turn off music.Many nicer places to visit.Might be a good place for people who like to drink heavily,and be alone.Not suitable for single,and or young at heart.Nothing going on.And that's about all folks.Good luck.

  • Liked — beach
  • Disliked — never ending construction
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
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3 Thank HOTEL6
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Noblesville, IN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2008

Coral Beach Condos unit 1602, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. We are experienced travelers and like to give objective reviews. We are in our late 30’s and have stayed the broad range of condos and hotels, from 5 star resorts and all inclusives in the US, Caribbean, and Mexico, to converted apartment complexes and 2 star RCI timeshares. We have seen it all in one way or the other, and definitely both ends of the spectrum. We vacationed July 26th-August 2nd, 2008. We do most of our condo rentals from vrbo.com and have rented from at least a dozen different owners over the last few years. If you do book a trip with Steve Pierce, the owner of 1602, please use me as a referral, Rob from Noblesville, IN. You can find Steve’s vrbo.com add as number 196776 and he also has his own website you can access from there. His unit is a great one bedroom with 2 queen beds, fully equipped kitchen, TV/DVD’s, balcony and has just been newly remodeled. It is very nice and roomy. Steve was great to work with and we would definitely rent from him again. He had a lot of good information and recommendations that we followed to make our stay more enjoyable. The Coral Beach Condo property had good and bad reviews prior to our trip, but they are making improvements and we had no problems with the place at all. It was a great deal for what we paid compared to going to a high class resort, and we almost had the whole place to ourselves the whole week. I cannot speak for all of the units here, but Steve’s is one of the best equipped condos we have been to and we would highly recommend it. Parts of the buildings are a little run down, but the grounds are great with a nice pool and one of the best beaches we have seen anywhere. The pool snack bar is closed, apparently under renovation from what we were told, but we never saw anyone working on it. If those that leave bad reviews would probably do a little more research, they would know what to expect when they arrive at their vacation destinations and would not be so shocked when it is not necessarily the five star they may have thought. The Coral Beach building appears to be an old hotel that individual owners have converted in to condo type units. Some are still efficiency rooms and some have been converted to larger units. There are common area balconies with ocean views, some are completed and some are not. They are nice to sit on certain times of the day. Security is present 24 hours a day and friendly. The place was empty the whole time we were there. We took 100’s of photos and have posted many of them to reflect this review. Arrival at the airport was no problem and we got through very quickly. Rented a car from Brad’s car rental which was fine and they were also great to work with. Only downfall is that we stopped at 3 gas stations o the way back to the airport when we departed, and none of them took credit cards. They wanted cash to fill it up, so we opted to just have the car rental company fill it back up ($10 fee). Gas on the island is not cheap; almost $6 per gallon, and save extra cash at the end if you want to fill it up yourself before returning to the airport. We traveled the island end to end and probably drove almost every road exploring. We drove all the way to the East end to McLeary town, and there is nothing there but a few homes. The drive passed through several small towns with just a few houses here and there, but nothing else. Almost the same thing to the West end, which had a resort called the Gin Sur Mur, which was nice but expensive. They are working on a multi-million dollar project at that end to have a large complex with hotels, homes, golf courses, airport, marinas, etc. that is supposed to be done in 10 years. Kind of like Atlantis in Nassau from what we could tell, except bigger. Regardless, it is a long drive to the far East and far West end of the island and there is nothing to see besides empty landscape and jungle. Do not waste your time unless you want to burn $6 per gallon gas. We did find a nice beach here and there after driving down a jungle covered path off the road, but nothing like where we were at on Coral Beach. We went to downtown Freeport, and there is nothing there either. The International Bazaar is almost empty as reported on tripadvisor and not worth the trip. Freeport is the hub of the island and for the most part, Port Lucaya is the center of all of the activity. After traveling all of the island, the port had all we needed as for shopping, dining, and activities. You can buy all of your souvenirs, do your duty free shopping, take all of the tours and excursions you want form there, and dine at some of the best reviewed restaurants. There is not really much need for you to go anywhere else. A couple of the larger hotels and resorts are right there in that area and also the casino. The casino was nice, not too large, but a decent selection of slots and table games. About a mile from the port is also the City Market (grocery store) that used to be the Winn Dixie. We had no problems at the store, but everything is a lot more expensive than the US, so be prepared for that. Liquor is probably the cheapest at the airport, but there is a liquor store just down from the grocery. Liquor has only a small duty and it half the price of the US. However, beer is just the opposite and has maximum duties and is around $47 per case. Eating and drinking in house is still cheaper than eating out if you have a condo with a kitchen. We do not mind cooking while on vacation. In fact, we at down by the pool almost every night by ourselves and it was very nice. We mixed our drinks by the pitcher and took them to the pool and beach with us. As for dining out, we only went out one night to La Dolce Vita and it was very good as described on tripadvisor. With 2 salads, entrees, a bottle of wine and desert, the bill was around $110. We spent a total of $250 at the grocery and liquor store, which lasted us all week at the condo. We had breakfast at Zorba’s one morning and it was good and very inexpensive. We also went to the famous Wednesday night fish fry on Taino beach, which also was good and inexpensive, and not to be missed. From talking to others, the dining experiences on tripadvisor are pretty close to accurate. You can see the difference of eating out just one night compared to dining in for the week. The tap water on the island was just fine to drink and we never had any problems with any of the food we purchased. As for activities, we went to the Lucaya National Park on our own and found Gold Rock beach there which is one of the best beaches on the island besides our own. You can get a cab out there or drive yourself; it is about 15 miles East of Freeport. It was nice and should not be missed. They also have some caves that we did not go through. One of the tours is a kayak trip through the mangroves there if you are in to the eco thing. We also rented a boat ourselves for 3 hours from Reef Tours ltd. and went to Peterson Key, an island about a mile off shore 7 miles to the East of Freeport. It is a national park as well and was beautiful. We spent a couple of hours there and snorkeled around the entire island and it was pretty decent snorkeling. Stay on the West and South sides for the best coral and marine life. We are both certified scuba divers, but chose not to dive on this trip. We came back towards Bell Channel at Port Lucaya and snorkeled some more at the offshore reef at the edge of the channel markers. We were in the same location as the guided snorkel boats and it was decent as well. Overall, right out in front of our condo, to the right about 1/3 mile and at the end of the beach by the channel to the right were as good as anything else we snorkeled on the island. We did not go to Paradise Beach, and heard it was over rated. We spent more time snorkeling right off of Coral beach and could walk to any spot we found. Email me for any further details on the snorkeling. All in all, the place was quiet this time of year. We probably would not rent a car again, as you can easily take a mile taxi ride to the port or the grocery and you will save some money compared to a rental car. We also would not see the need to travel any further than those areas right where we stayed, we would probably go back to the Lucayan National park and Peterson Key again if we had the opportunity. It was a great experience for us and please email me with any questions. I would recommend checking in to Steve’s place at the Coral Beach Condos.

  • Liked — Brand new condo unit and great beach location
  • Disliked — Gas prices for rental car
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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US
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2008

My husband & I celebrated our 1 yr. anniversary in Freeport at the Coral Beach Hotel, condo #3216, owned by Michael Montgomery (http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p124582). Michael was very helpful throughout the whole process, answering questions, helpful tips, etc. We stayed 5 nights at $90/night with an add'l charge of $110 for resort fees & maid service. Upon arrival at Grand Bahama Int'l Airport, we got a taxi ($19) to take us to our hotel (approx. 15-20 min. drive) where we unloaded and headed down the beach to the marketplace. HOTEL: Hotel was nice but old. Nice sitting area downstairs in lobby. Guard on-site everyday. Receptionist at desk during day; very helpful. Hotel had a very distinct smell, somewhat musty. Stairways were clean but old. Felt safe. Hotel also had convenience store, however, it was hardly ever open. The owner, not employeed by Coral Beach Hotel, was out sick a lot. Door sign though was never changed, just stated hours. Would've been helpful to say "out sick" or something. Store prices are very expensive. Gallon milk was $10. LOCATION: 15 minute walk to Marketplace or a few minutes by taxi ($6-$7) or bus ($1pp). No restaurants on site. Have to go to marketplace or take taxi/bus to get food. Grocery store several miles away; too far to walk. We took bus from marketplace to store and then taxi back to hotel. Our biggest complaint was location. Just far enough away to be a little inconvenient. ROOM: Room was cozy & nice. Updated recently. Extras: 2 beach chairs (hotel required $3 I think for a lounge chair), small cooler. Pots, pans, towels, very few washcloths included. You have to provide your own papertowels, toiletpaper, dish scrubby. This would've been helpful in knowing prior to trip. Maid fee is for clean-up once you leave, not any services while there. Room is crowded with furniture. Nice for several people but crowded for 2. TV had some color issues. DVD's, CD's and books provided. FOOD: Several nice restaurants at the marketplace. The Pub was great! Iries was WAY overpriced for the taste/quality of food. At the grocery store, be prepared to pay 2-3x's what you pay in the States. EXTRAS: Be sure to visit Leo's Art Gallery. He's the Bahamian Van Gogh. Absoutely BEAUTIFUL artwork! His was our favorite shop. Look him up online. BEACH: Beach was very pretty; water was turquoise blue, somewhat see through. Coral Beach Hotel's beach is sectioned off. Lots of seaweed past ropes in water. Lots of seaweed washed up overnight as well. Not many people on beach; we were there at the beginning of slow season. I hear spring break time is loud. Huts provided by hotel. If you walk out of the hotel, turn right and walk 15 min. down the beach, you'll run into an inlet. Cannot cross over unless you swim but the water is just beautiful. Lots of beach activities down the beach towards the marketplace. We didn't do any extras on our trip, just stayed on the beach with a book and drink in hand. Lots of R&R. If you rent a car and/or don't mind walking/traveling to eat and do other activities or just want to hang out on the beach, then this might just be the location for you.

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — location and building age
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank mranalyticalsgirl
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MA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2008

We stayed at Coral Beach Hotel and Condo and had a great time. We had contacted the condo rental owner through cyber rentals and had the greates vacation. Everyone who worked there was very friendly and helpful. The beach on the property was very big and never crowded. The location is only a few minutes from the marketplace where everything is happening. I would definitely rent from them again.
Jen Lobo

Stayed May 2008
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Property: Coral Beach Hotel and Condos
Address: Coral Rd. at Royal Palm Way | P.O. Box F-42468, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > Freeport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Freeport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Coral Beach Hotel is also a condominium complex located right on the beach at Coral Road and Royal Palm Way. The facility was seriously damaged back in 2004 and 05 but has been completely renovated since then. About 90% of the condos have also been renovated and updated and are available for rent directly from the owners. Each is unique and has its own character. There is a restaurant/beach bar located on the site serving delicious food and cocktails at very reasonable prices. Check out The Coral Reef Beach Bar on Tripadvisor. It's a short 10 minute walk up the beach to Port Lucaya Market Place, where you can buy anything from T shirts to emeralds, and everything in between. The beach itself is never crowded, the water is crystal clear and the sand feels like sugar. Don't be surprised if you meet a celebrity or two; it's a secret hideaway for some of the rich and famous. ... more   less 
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