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“Adorable Inn” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bell Channel Inn
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Freeport
Certificate of Excellence
Eugene, Oregon
2 reviews
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“Adorable Inn”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

My partner and I were here for a week in April and were pleasantly surprised. From the outside, it didn't look like much, but the room was spacious, clean and had a wonderful view of the channel. The staff were wonderful and there was this delicious orange infused water up front. The only thing I'd suggest is for them to get a water taxi going because the market's literally right across the way via the water. Unfortunately, we were stuck taking taxis or walking. Other than that, great place!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank A S
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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

My fiancé and I stayed at the Bell Channel Inn for a week in March. It is quiet, peaceful, charming and convenient. The rooms were clean and good sized. The restaurant upstairs has fantastic food, drinks and service. The hotel staff was incredible and went above and beyond to make our stay special. We loved every second and we definitely hope to visit again soon!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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BellChannelInn, Public Relations Manager at Bell Channel Inn, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Dear Mallis2014,

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and it is reviews like yours that motivate us to do even more for our guests!

We look forward to welcoming you back again at Bell Channel Inn on your next visit to Freeport!

Best regards,
S. Stuart
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san diego, ca
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64 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014 via mobile

This is an adorable little place. Snuggled away off of Midshipman Ave. Lizbeth, the owner, is married to Presleigh, our dive master/ dive boat captain, also at the marina that the Bell sits on. We loved the diving with Presleigh, and his nephew Jerry, the food in the restaurant, the pool, the friendly maids; well, you get the idea. We slept at a friends timeshare but if solo on a return, this will b the place.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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St. Catharines, Canada
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15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

My 4 rating takes in the convenient and well-run restaurant, prompt attention to requests, relaxed and friendly folks. Danish owner has been here 20 years. Well-kept if not spiffy new. It's a 20 minutes walk to amenities of Port Lucaya, Lucaya Beach, the Casino with USD ATM. Right next door is REdbeard's tavern run by Canadian. Good conch fritters and guava duff.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank QuakerRose
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BellChannelInn, Public Relations Manager at Bell Channel Inn, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Dear QuakerRose,

Thank you so much for staying with us on your visit to Freeport! We are so happy that you had a great stay! Thank you so much for your detailed review! Also, thank you for mentioning the cleanliness of our hotel. Our staff go above and beyond to ensure that our hotel is well kept. I love that you took the time to try our local dishes. Please come back soon!
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Valley Stream, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

My family and I had a relaxing and restful time at the Bell Channel Inn. The food in the Restaurant Upstairs was also very good. In the evenings, we loved having drinks at the Bar in the restaurant upstairs, the cocktails were yummy, conversations were good and prices were Great! The BCI is also located close to shopping and beautiful beaches, we could walk there! It was a 10 minute walk. And we visited several beautiful beaches that were only a 10-15 minute bus/taxi ride away. But the best part was our Hostess Genie. She suggested places to go for beaches, shopping, eating, sight seeing. She made sure that we were enjoying ourselves the whole trip.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Yvette44
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

I recently stayed at the Bell Channel Inn for the second time. If you are a diver, this is the place to stay. The family run dive shop is on the premises and the dive boat leaves from a dock in back of the inn. The Upstairs, a restaurant/bar, is, as the name suggests, upstairs. The food is good and reasonably priced. The inn is older but well maintained. It is a bit of a walk to Taino Beach but I did it daily. The staff is friendly and kind.
If you don't want to walk, I'd rent a car. The two "don't miss" things on this island to me are Gold Rock Beach and The Garden of The Groves. Both are far enough out there that you need a car or a tour bus. The front desk will arrange whatever you want to see or do.
This is not a resort, but it is reasonably priced nice place with a first rate staff. The next time I go to Grand Bahama Island this is where I will stay.
Do yourself a favor and go out to the unspoiled eastern parts of the island, using the BCI as a base of operations is a good way to go.

Room Tip: All rooms have a view down the channel.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Edward F
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Oxford, Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

I wanted to stay for one week at a smaller hotel connected to a diving operation on Grand Bahamas, which is quieter than Nassau. I selected The Bell Channel Inn and Caribbean Diving because of BCI's webpage. When you have 10 different nations represented on any given weekend and staff members who've worked there more than 15 years, something special is going on. The hotel, the view from my balcony, the staff and the diving were outstanding. I stayed from 12/21-12/28, and four different women who work there invited me into their homes to celebrate Christmas with their families. Now THAT is Grace. I went diving instead. The Dive Masters are rock solid, and I learned that I was born to dive coral reefs. I will be back at BCI in 2014, probably with several friends in tow.

Room Tip: All 32 rooms face the pool and the channel. I prefer not to be on the ground floor myself so I reque...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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5 Thank Cheryl H
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BellChannelInn, Public Relations Manager at Bell Channel Inn, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Dear Cheryl H,

Thank you for your heartfelt review. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and you definitely left a lasting impression on our staff!

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon to Bell Channel Inn - where we treat you like family!

Warm regards,
S. Stuart
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Property: Bell Channel Inn
Address: Kings Road, P.O. Box F-43817 | Lucaya, Freeport 43817, Grand Bahama Island
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > Freeport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Freeport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bell Channel Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bell Channel Inn is a family operated hotel, run by 3 generations. It has once again achieved the prestigious " Certificate of Excellence" awarded by Trip Advisor for its 4 star rating reviews.Bell Channel Inn is a small hotel with 32 spacious rooms, equipped with air-condition, dining room area, cable T.V., free wireless internet access, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer, alarm clock, daily housekeeping, private balcony with a view over the water and Port Lucaya or a direct exit to the pool deck and your choice of king size or double beds. Should you need: coffee maker, kettle, shampoo, iron & ironing board or a roll away, laundry service or maybe a cab or a shuttle to the beach, then just call the front desk and they will be happy to assist you.Friendly and knowledgeable staff are available at the front desk 24 hours-a-day and the tour desk assistant, Genie, will give you a welcome drink and an orientation after you check-in regarding how to get around and which tours are being offered and she might even be able to find a discount or two on selected tours! The lobby has been newly updated and fitted with a comfortable sofa and a TV so you can catch up on all the news or get a chat with the ladies in the lobby while you wait for a taxi. You will also find a safe at the reception for your valuables. Bell Channel Inn also has its own restaurant & bar/lounge known as "Upstairs" where guests can enjoy drinks in the "No Stress Zone" after a long day in the sun. Upstairs is located on the top floor and has a beautiful view over the water, it is open from 7:30am -11pm, with Happy Hour from 5p.m.-7p.m. There is LIVE entertainment on Friday nights. Upstairs is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a good selection of both Bahamian and American dishes - they are especially famous for the fresh seafood! Don't forget to pack your swimwear as this hotel features an outdoor pool and a free shuttle to and from the beach. Free wireless Internet access is also provided so you can check your in-box whenever you like! Other amenities include non-smoking rooms, air conditioning in public areas, currency exchange, beach/pool umbrellas and free parking.Located on the waterfront, Bell Channel Inn is a hotel in the area of Lucaya, Freeport. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bell Channel Hotel Freeport
Bell Channel Hotel Bahamas
Hotel Bell Channel
Bahamas Bell Channel Hotel
Bell Channel Inn Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

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