My husband and i booked an inexpensive stay at the Grand Lucayan via Cheap Caribbean and were very happy with hotel. The only negative was how incredibly slow check-in was. It took us about 45 mins to get through the line and when you've been traveling and arrive at the beach, you want to get out on the sand STAT! We were offered lemonade which was nice but i suppose i've become accustomed to being given a tropical alcohol-containing drink when arriving at a vacation destinantion. On the bright side, the lobby was comfortable and air-conditioned.
We were celebrating my husbands 40th birthday and although we didn't pay to upgrade to an ocean-view room, i'd written in advance asking for a room on one of the "higher" floors. We were given a room on the 5th floor with a view of the port. If you pay to upgrade to ocean view, i would suggest asking for a room from the 5th floor or higher because there are a lot of palm-trees on the property which would obstruct your view. We were happy with our "free" view.
Large sections of the hotel are currently closed. As such, it appears most people are assigned to the high-rise building. There are a lot of families with small children here and it's unfortunate that the zero-entry pool with waterslide is closed. Oddly, there are 10 floors in the high-rise but only 4 elevators. At times, the elevators would be crowded.
Our room was large with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass sliding doors. The bathroom was modern, clean, and spacious. We received a room with two queen beds and decided we liked the extra space so we didn't bother to ask to change to a king. I'm a mattress snob (own a tempurpedic at home) and my bed was the most comfortable bed i've ever slept in at a hotel.
There are plenty of loungers around the pool and available on the beach. We ran into a couple who said that someone on the beach told them loungers are $15 a day per person. We didn't have that experience and i suggested they report the interaction to the hotel manager.
It appears there is a lot of retail space being under utilized on the property. It's fine with me to avoid chotchkie-shops. I found it interesting in light of how much of the resort appears to be closed for "renovations."
The hotel advertises itself as a "non-smoking facility;" however, there's a fair number of people smoking around the pools. It wasn't awful but it's a nuissance when one is expecting a smoke-free vacation.
The grounds are beautiful and well maintianed. Everything is lush and green. There are 4 tennis courts: 2 regular concrete courts, a grass court, and a clay court.
We didn't eat at any of the restraunts because it's cheaper to eat across the street at the market. The Hammerhead bar was a rip-off and we only bought 2 drinks there. They were unable to make mojitos and told me to go across the street to another bar. After that, we bought a bottle of rum and 2-liter soda from the liquor store across the street for the price of our 2 drinks at the hotel.
You can go for a long walk to the right of the hotel (looking out toward the water). It gets much less crowded.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Lucayan Bahamas is an elegant resort set on 7.5 tropical acres of sandy coastline and spectacular oceanfront. This 542-room hotel delivers the ambiance of the islands with all of the style and amenities you expect in a resort destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Lucayan, Bahamas Hotel Freeport
- Sheraton Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya Resort
- Radisson Freeport
- Lucaya Sheraton
- Sheraton Our Lucaya
- Sheraton Bahamas
- Grand Lucayan, Bahamas Freeport, Grand Bahama Island