You arrive tired and cranky and the reception you get doesn’t help. No welcoming rum punches here. In our case, the 3 o’clock check in time was rigidly enforced and you’re sent off to look around without further instructions. Walking into the Junkanoo Restaurant buffet just before the wrap up is not for the weak of stomach. Whatever it looked liked at opening time, the vestiges of lunch are now mostly congealed and yellowing. It would seem that a drink would be more in order. The local beer, Kalit, is tasty and cold and served up by the thimble full. It’s no wonder that the beach vendors make a living selling large cups for $5 so that you can get drunk while making fewer trips to the bar.
The Viva Fortuna Wyndham is hardly the flagship of the Wyndham brand. It is dated and worn and the staff have a schizoid quality to them. One minute they’re surly and defensive (who could blame them) and the next, smiling and gracious in the best tradition of Caribbean hospitality. The flaws are many and can decidedly poison your feelings about coming here. The formerly white towels ARE in fact gray and they occasionally forget to put pillowcases back on your pillows. The welcoming fresh flowers in your room may have died three days before you arrived. Unbelievably, they charge $3 a day to use the safe in your room so leave your valuables at home!
The biggest complaint is undoubtedly the quality of the food. The restaurant fare in the a la cart Bamboo and La Viva can be breathtakingly bad at times. Over cooked and over seasoned entrées are the norm although in our weeklong stay, they did manage to sneak in an appetizer or side dish that was passable. By far the best food choices include the late night pizza baked in a wood fired oven and the burgers and chicken nuggets cooked to order at the beach bar. One cautionary note: The pizza joint advertises an opening time of 10:30 PM but that is definitely relative.
Staying at the Viva is like meeting a girl that turns you off but then surprisingly you find yourself liking her despite yourself. It’s more Ugly Betty than Cameron Diaz but the sun shines almost everyday, the rooms are clean, the drinks are unlimited even if small and the beach and pool are surprisingly nice. Besides, the price can’t be beat.
Vince who is the head of security says that they are committed to keeping the Viva Fortuna a safe place and there were truly no concerns on that front. The beach peddlers are well controlled and will leave you alone unless you approach them. Also, if you’re coming to the Bahamas for SCUBA diving, this place has their own dive operation which picks you up right off the beach and gives you a discount for multiple dives. It was the best dive value we found. Rumor has it that the Viva Fortuna is slated for a major makeover this year which probably means that their prices will get a major makeover as well.
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Hotel Freeport
- Wyndham Hotel Freeport
- Wyndham Freeport
- Viva Fortuna
- Freeport Wyndham
- Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort
- Club Viva Fortuna
- Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island