A friend and I stayed at Ocean Reef for a week through her time share trade. The hotel itself was pretty much in the middle of the range. I've stayed in much nicer, but much worse. It's a little worn in places - not much in the way of a facade - no special touches, the lounges around the pool are comfortable but worn. There's a guest lounge with computers (free internet) and a TV and couch, but again, pretty worn looking. The office is just some old chairs and magazines and styrofoam cups with overcooked coffee. We stayed in a two-bedroom suite, and I liked the way it was set up. We each had our own bathroom, tons of closet space, nice kitchen appliances, living room with a flat screen, and regular TV's in both bedrooms. They should really get some decent mattresses - beds are a wooden box with a bunk-type mattress, but they had nice down-filled comforters with duvets and extra pillows. Nice patio/balcony with table and chairs and two lounges. Everything was pretty much clean, but not sparkling. A lot of tiny ants in my bathroom, but I didn't see them any where else, and they weren't a big deal. We also had a TON of towels - more than enough, and you can also turn them in for fresh ones on Tuesday and Thursdays, but we had so many that we didn't need to. Stand-up shower was dark ,and shower curtain is thick, so made it hard to see when in shower. Again, everything's a little worn as far as chipped tiles, grout, etc. Kitchen was nice - a breakfast bar, nice dishes, glasses, silverware, pots and pans. There are two pools, both are small but since it was the slow season, it wasn't a problem. No bar service at either of the pools, however. There was a pool bar in the main pool, but it was closed down, so if you wanted a drink , you had to get out and go around to the restaurant and order and wait for one. At the pool that was by the condos, there's a lady named Esther who runs a little bar , but just for a few hours a day. She has some drinks and will cook you up a pretty good cheeseburger. The restaurant, Groupers, is okay - food is ok and priced decently, but nothing real special and there's no ambiance, and service is kind of slow. The real drawback of the Ocean Reef is the location. It is on a canal where the boats can come in from the ocean and dock, so no view and not close to any beach. There is also no place to eat, shop, or get food. This would not be a big deal if they would run regular shuttles. They offer a "grocery run" twice a week to the City Market. It's very expensive - small jar of peanut butter is $6 and a bag of chips is $5. They offer a daily "beach shuttle" which leaves the hotel at 10 am and picks you up at 2 p.m. It drops you on a beach that is within walking distance to the Port Lucaya Marketplace (virtually the only place to go if you need food or something.) If you miss that one shuttle for the day, you are stuck except for Hayward. Hayward isn't employed by Ocean Reef, but he might as well be. He has a monopoly. He will immediately make friends with you, so that you will feel guilty if you call anyone else for a ride. He would even get offended if we got a ride back from Lucaya in a cab instead of calling him to come and get us (also good to note that when we DID get a ride back in another cab, it was always several dollars cheaper than Hayward, unless it happened to be Hayward's cousin, brother, or father!) Don't get me wrong - he was a friendly guy, but his standard rate for the trip from the hotel to the marketplace was $10 for a ride that took a few minutes, then another $10 for the ride back. I would have liked to make a lot more trips off the resort, but the amount we were spending on taxis was ridiculous - DEFINITELY rent a car! So my overall opinion was that this was a very quiet (I never saw one single posted activity ever take place -which was fine - since I don't care much for bingo or water aerobics) during the off season. I like quiet, and I don't like those big resorts, but this one was just too far away from EVERYthing. I'm sure that for the price, you could stay right on the beach and use all that taxi money for pina coladas.
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Reef Yacht Club And Resort
- Ocean Reef Yacht Club Hotel Freeport
- Ocean Reef Yacht Hotel
- Ocean Reef Yacht Resort
- Bahamas Ocean Reef Yacht Club
- Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island