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Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Freeport
Alexandria, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

Well, it was ok. That is really all I can say. We stayed in an unrenovated 2 bedroom townhouse - great space, but in really sad condition. All our appliances, TVs, AC, ceiling fans and lights worked, but there was nothing special about any of it. The best part: we were steps from the small pool and had a view of the marina. The worst part: got food poisoning at the poolside snack bar (making our proximity to the house that much more important!) and the pool was murky and scary looking - never did go in...This really is a place to go if you just want to relax....it is not near the beach, or any restaurants, or shopping, or casino, or anything else. I did have some nice long runs outside the resort, and can confirm that there is nothing of tourist interst in a 3 mile radius of the resort. However, it is a 10 minute cab ride to the tourist area and public beach, so if you are looking for something to do, it is available with a small excursion. No one approached us to attend a timeshare presentation - not sure if that was because we were guests of someone who already owned one or not - but I am glad they didn't because 1) I don't like to be bothered or pressured on vacation and 2) I would have been hard pressed to hold my tongue on all the deficiencies. I did not see any of the renovated units, so I cannot comment on the entire resort. Thee staff are NOT at all friendly or accomodating (really? I can't have a new beach towel until they are all turned in?). This is basically a self-catering location, and there is a nice grocery store and duty free shops that have what you need to enjoy 4-5 days of lounging around.

Room Tip: Get a renovated room!!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We stayed at the ORYC through RCI's network. Our two bedroom apartment was functional and comfortable. Our (large) balcony overlooked the marina. We are beachcombers when on vacation, so we don't care much about what the room looks like. That would be the only negative thing about ORYC is that is not on the beach - for those of you like us. The showers had hot water, the beds were comfortable to us (we like firmer beds) and all the appliances worked. We were pressured into attending a timeshare presentation before we knew what it was we were agreeing to go to. It wasn't terrible, but they will try to get you at the front desk the moment you check in.

Check in took FOREVER. We were ok as we needed to eat anyway. The bus to the grocery store was convenient. We also took the bus one day to the beach. The beach they take you to is small because hotels on the beachfront won't let non-guests on "their" part of the beach. The only place in Freeport we encountered "island time" was at ORYC. Most of the time we were never in a hurry so it wasn't a huge deterrent for us.

What everyone says about the taxi driver, Mr. Forbes, is correct. He is the best, knows where the best beaches and restaurants are. USE HIM - worth every penny! He will come get you whenever you call and will help you with whatever he can.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Strathroy, Canada
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

My husband and I stayed at Ocean Reef for four nights in a 2 bedroom unit with another couple. We rented from an RCI owner for our stay. The apartment was on the second floor of the main building and had been renovated. The large balcony overlooking the canal was a very pleasant spot for morning coffee and breakfast.
The welcome buffet dinner of peas & rice, conch fritters, macaroni & cheese and Bahama Mamas was tasty, and was followed by a bit of fun with line dancing. There are a couple of activities offered each day, but I feel they appeal to the "older" crowd. Bingo, a sing-along evening, pool and karaoke are among the offerings.
The daily shuttle to the beach and Lucaya (leaves at 10 am and returns at 2 pm) is an appreciated service. We took the shuttle in to Lucaya and after a couple of hours of wandering around and shopping, we walked back to Ocean Reef via the beach and the street. A nice easy walk, taking about 40 minutes.
The swimming pool is long - good for swimming lengths and there were always lounge chairs available. Shade is also available through most of the day.
The on-site dive shop, Grand Bahama Scuba, is a professional, quality operation. Excellent dive boat and experienced staff.
The three negatives about this property are 1. it isn't on the beach. 2. the restaurant is mediocre and now is closed Wednesday evenings after 6:30! This includes the bar. 3.we were surprised by a $67 electricity surcharge on departure.

Room Tip: Do not stay on the ground floor. You will have no privacy and there will be security concerns.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

I stayed in the penthouse with my sister and brother inlaw in May 2010. I was amazed how wonderful the staff was and the accomodations are top notch. We had 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and laundry in unit. I will go back every time I can. In fact my husband and I are headed back again in May.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Chisago City, Minnesota
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

We traded thru RCI for a 2 bedroom condo at this resort. It is on a canal which I thought was scenic. The resort provided a free shuttle to & from the beach every week day and a free shuttle to & from the grocery store on weekends. The unit had marble floors and was well lit and clean. We had a problem with the big spa tub in the master bedroom and eventually found out it had been installed incorrectly and would be fixed after we left. Wish they had tested it when it was first installed. They referred to this snafu as "Bahamian craftsmanship".Our timeshare contract stated that no pets were allowed but numerous yacht owners had dogs that barked between 1:00a.m.-5:00a.m. making it difficult to sleep. The front desk staff was pleasant when the owners were around but surly when they were not.
When we first arrived the activites director shoved papers at us; implying it was part of the registration process. It turned out to be a timeshare presentation. Boo!!
We had emailed earlier asking if we should use credit cards or cash, The owner said we could use our credit card and that small vendors would expect cash. We found that all the excursions demanded cash. At $75.00 each that adds up. Wish we had brought more cash. When we mentioned that we had bees swarming on our balconey we were told that that wasn't their job and were not directed to the proper person to take care of it. We felt that someone had their hand in our pockets at all times. We will not be back.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Elmira, New York, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2012

This was through our Timeshare points, and whenever we have used points through RCI (which is our back up to our Wyndham program), it is virtually impossible to request any of our choices, and therefore we have to accept what RCI has available, and I am always somewhat leery as to their choices. The pictures of the facilites look far better than the actual Resort. While they are indeed renovating the rooms, it is not anywhere near Wyndham Resort quality. It is clean, food okay, but make sure you understand that while is a Yacht Club, the rooms are facing a canal, and the beach is at least 1.5 miles away. They do run a shuttle daily to the beach. If you are looking for a quiet week in the sun, then you will be okay. There is one casino in town and a few bars.

Room Tip: Villa's are much nicer and most renovated.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2012

What these guys are doing at The Ocean Reef Yacht Club is pure highway robbery. The location is terrible, and you need to to rent a car for the week in order to get anywhere (seems a little convient that the resort is terribly located and their just happens to be cars avaliable through the resort). The car we rented was in terrible condition and borderline not safe to drive. Our room was ok, we stayed in a recently renovated suite. Even though it was "recently renovated," the toaster, one of the T.Vs, and the lights in one of the bathrooms were broken. Also the room contained no safe, we complained to management about this situation on the first day and they failed to get a safe installed in the room before the end of our 7 day vacation.

The worst part about this place was when the renovations of the upstairs unit began in the middle of the week(which they failed to mention to us at any point BEFORE the work began). We came back one day to a massive leak in one of our bathrooms(which was right next to a light fixture). The maintance man stopped the leak, but failed to remember to fix the light fixture (therefore I showered in the dark for the next 3 days). The worst came however when we were woken up at 9 in the morning to a jack hammer going off upstairs. We instantly complained to management who provided the excuse of "well we didn't think they were going to start until next week." it then took them 3 hours to stop the jack hammer, during which time the staff posted notes saying that their was suppose to be construction work happening in the morning. Upon our check out we asked if our room was not going to have someone staying in it after us because of the construction, the staff member said no (boy I feel sorry for those people).

Don't waste your time with the food on site, it is pitiful. Grouper's grill is absolutely terrible in every way shape and form. Put it best, it is $5 for tostitos chips topped with jarred queso (and it takes them 20 minutes to make it). Ester is pretty good, but honestly go to the grocery store (solomons) or to the Lucaya shopping center for resteraunts ( I recommend the lobster burrito at agave, and everything at Lucianos). Their is no beach, and both pools are freezing. Honestly ocean reef is a scam, they are more concerned with stripping every last cent they can off of you over actually providing a quality product. On top of the false advertising I have heard from various other reviews on this site, I honestly feel if the ministry of tourism is what they say they are in the Bahamas they need to step in and issue some kind of watch dog on this place. This terrible experience not only does not make me not want to return to ocean reef, but I am second guessing whether I would return to the Bahamas or not.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Property: Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort
Address: 48-60 Bahama Reef Blvd. | PO Box F-42695, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > Freeport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#4 Top resorts Hotel in Freeport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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