Bell Channel Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bell Channel Inn Freeport
Very nice place. Clean and layed out good. I was really impressed with the rooms and the pool. Good location too. The hotel desk was nice. Very accomodating
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Bell Channel Inn as part of our vacation package in early September. The hotel has a few things going for and against it. The staff was nice enough, though I wouldn't say exceptional. The rooms are spacious but it lacks some of the amenities standard to many hotels such as a clock, coffee maker, iron etc. We had a refrigerator but no microwave, water pressure was terrible. The air conditioner was also loud and not nearly as cold as we like. The Inn is located near the marina and the rooms overlook the channel, nice, but it sometimes smell. The pool was always empty but it is tiny. It is within walking distance from the port which has shops, restaurants (from French - Lucianos to Dominoes pizzza_ live entertainment on the weekends during the day. However at night there is very little lighting so a taxi maybe necesary ($5 to the port or back). It is close to the jitney bus which would take you to most places on the island.The hotel's Tour person Genie will give you your first Bahama Mama drink for free, she will also give you discounts on tours, best thing is there's no sales pressure which was nice.
Grand Bahamas' Best Kept Secret
Our experience at the Bell Channel Inn was excellent. From the time we arrived, we were greated by Jeannie who was always polite and the staff was always there to help anwser any questions with a smile. The room was spacious, very clean and the view was spectacular overlooking the channel. We had breakfast and dinner in the restaurant and we felt that we had the best authentic Bahamian cuisine in the island at a reasonable price unlike many of the other restaurants we had eaten at.
We would encourage anyone who is visiting this island for the first time to check into this hotel and we'll guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
Bell Channel Inn - LOVED IT
My husband and I bid on a trip to Freeport to benefit a charity and not having a clue what to expect on a trip that had cost so little, we had the pleasure of staying at the Bell Channel Inn, which was the hotel of choice by Small Escapes Travel, whom provided the travel arrangements. This small hotel is owned and operated by a family that you would find to be the nicest people, so friendly and do their best to make you comfortable and welcome. The motel is located in the midst of shopping, beaches and the casino. No frills are involved, however the locals come to the bar and restaurant, if you are interested in the people of Freeport, this is the place to visit. The staff is very compatient, eager to make your visit fun and memorable. You will enjoy Jeannine who will help with any tourist plans, such as day outings and good places to eat and go see. The rooms are spacious, with ac, TV and small fridge. If you are looking for inexpensive lodging in the heart of what to do and want to be treated as an important visitor, The Bell Channel Inn is for you. I have stayed at the BEST, but this ranks #1 for a great time and wonderful people. Ask for Lisbeth or her Mom, she will make sure you are well taken care of.
Bell isle motel restaraunt
red snapper really good food potrtons and price-----motel is a 75 bargain
Not the best
I don't know what building they took a photo of to put in the ad, but the building we pulled up to was old and very run down. They have almost no water pressure in the bathroom. Some of the other people had showers that did not work. We wore our sandles in the shower because the bathtub was so stained we were not sure if it was clean. The location wasn't so bad. They do not have phones in the room. We thought this was the worst hotel we have ever been to until we started talking to other people, then we relized this was one the better hotels. They do have a very friendly staff in the office, but not in the restaurant.
At first we hated it, But later won our vote
Just to let you know, my boyfriend and I went to the bahamas for a short vacation. We had the option of upgrading our motel but decided to save costs and stick with Bell Channel. To be honest we were a little embarrased in the beginning. We rode the Jitney bus which stopped at all these NICE expensive resorts and picked up people then headed to our inn. It is Pink and purple and not what we expected. But after the initial shoke we loved it. It was very clean and the staff was extremely nice. It is an older but charming little place. We came to love it because it does have a wonderful view of the port and we always had the pool to ourselves day or night. It was quiet and comfortable.
The rooms are rather large and spacious. All rooms have a little dech with a patio tabel and chairs overlooking the port. The restaraunt up stairs we found has the best food on the island. There is also a wonderful view there. In case you are wondering the hotel is on the jitney bus route. It is just a short walk down the street, not a big deal at all. A little advice to you would be to bring extra money for tips. Everywhere you go you are expected to leave a tip. The jitney bus ride is 1.00 per person and it will take you to almost everyplace you will want to go except the airport and that is only about 10.00 for the taxi ride. The Bell Channel does have a activities person at the door.
Whatever you want to do on the island she can help you with and she does offer a discount. She also is very nice and will drive you to most places herself or she will call for your transportation. We went snorkeling and we went on the Bahama Mama cruise. We had a great time at both. The inn does offer free transportation to the beach. It is just a short drive away and it is the Port Lacuya Beach. It is absolutely beautiful there!! If you go shopping, go to the straw market near the international bazaar first. It is cheaper than at Port Lacuya.
There isn't anything to do within walking distance of the hotel but there is always a way to get around with the jitney bus so it really doesn't matter.
If you want a clean place to stay but don't want to deal with the hussel and bussel of tourists. This Inn is the place to go. We felt like we were there by our selves and we loved it.
Overall we had a wonderful vacation and would do it again in a second.
I hope you have just as good a time as we did.
Our favorite thing that we did was walk along the beach at night it was absolutely beautiful and very romantic. We took a dip in the ocean and noone else was around. So I would advice you to do that for sure!!!
Not sheraton, but very cosy
Very cosy hotel, Danish management. We stayed there for 2 weeks, and had a great time. The employes were very nice and the same was the happy hour at 5 pm. It`s placed next door to a great diveshop. We will come back again!!
We really liked this place..great location and nice rooms. Very affordable. No its not the best on the island...but its very nice none the less. Alot of activities and stuff going on around the resort. Very relaxing too.
Shabby Motel, Poor Service
This hotel has nice views of other places, but itself is a dump, with poor management and motel like rooms. Not where you would want to stay in the Bahamas. It is miles from the beach too!
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