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Bell Channel Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Kings Road, P.O. Box F-43817 | Lucaya, Freeport 43817, Grand Bahama Island   |  
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Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Freeport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Palmetto, Florida
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“Best hotel for the money.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2011

This hotel has great food and the best staff. They will take care of everything you could ever need. Clean rooms equipped with all the amenities. The owner is visible at all times. The most enjoyable trip I have taken in 10 years. Hotel has a nice bar. Nice pool and deck area. Hotel overlooks a canal that is just beautiful. Every room has a view. Why spend an excessive amount of money when you can receive the same service with less money. Hotel is within walking distance of the market, casino, and beaches. Hotel will set up any outside activities like taking the glass bottom boat. Hotel is equipped with a boat for diving.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2011

First, what I always like to do is stay at the best value. This Bell Channel Inn is definitely a great value.

I am always prepared to accept or overlook a few things that maybe you would expect at a less expensive venue, but here I really did not have any issues at all, room was clean, water was hot, everything worked etc...The restaurant / bar wasn't anything to write home about for looks but they were friendly, had some locals around, and we ended up enjoying ourselves very much, maybe a little too much. : )

It is a longish walk from there to Port Lucaya (10 mins) but I love to walk and it was beautiful weather so fun for me and my wife. No issues, always felt safe.

Now they have a young woman (Jeanine) who is kind of a concierge/tour director/time share person. Don't let the time share thing throw you, its kind of a local way to pick up a few extra bucks, and if you go you can get some of the events free then. If you do decide to do that, get it from her. She also had done a few other nice things like drove us into town, and to another beach (more on that later). Make sure when she drives you to tip her well, as gas is expensive there and she is doing this out of the kindness of her heart. But she will also share with you some of the other things you can do and find on the cheap too. Or find someone to drive you, whatever, she knows everybody on the island. Whenever someone asked where we were staying, and we said Bell Channel almost always the next sentence was "Tell Jeanine that " so and so" said Hi!"

So we went across the street from Port Lucaya to the Radisson hotel ...if you walk through the hotel, you will find yourself on a beautiful oceanfront beach. With restrooms, a bar, food etc. Ostensibly its for the guests of that location, but you can pay for anything you want and enjoy the amenities...just don't be obnoxious about it. : )

The best part was we went on a guided tour of the Lucayan National Park, and they will take you though the little caves and hidden areas of the island. But also onto a beach stop where you can eat and have a drink etc....and there was where we fell in love...and went back there the next day to just hang out on the ocean.

It is a great little place, right on the ocean, and it's kind of secluded, has hammocks and drinks, and you can hang out there and enjoy the beach. Not a lot of tourists, kind of off the beaten path, but it was a wonderful place. And we kept going into the bar barefoot to get drinks, very low key and relaxed. You will need to take a taxi or rent a scooter or something to get there (ask Jeanine if she can suggest a taxi for a flat fare) I'll post some pics but this place was the best ...it kills me that I can't remember the name, but the tour will take you there for a break, and I'll post pics so you will recognize it.

Also, when you are in Port Lucaya, the place to drink is the Rum Runners Bar. It's got mostly outdoor bar, very upbeat, very friendly, great drinks and if you tip well they do not go light on the liquor in them! You may make a friend or two there for sure.

And last, if you love nature and also want to swim or see real close the Dolphins, do the Dolphin experience. My wife loved that...

Anyway, it was a great time, and not very expensive at all, and you should give it a shot.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stuart0704, Public Relations Manager at Bell Channel Inn, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Dear JJR60616,

Thank you for such a thorough review of not only Bell Channel Inn, but your experience on Grand Bahama!

Your descriptions are accurate and very detailed - I can easily picture the places you are talking about. I know it has been a while since you wrote your review - but in case you were still wondering the place you were describing with the hammocks on the beach is "Banana Bay".

Sounds like you had a great time - isn't it time for another trip back to Freeport?
We hope to see you back at Bell Channel Inn again one day!

Best regards,

Susie Stuart
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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2011

We, a family of three had the most wonderful 14 days stay at the Bell Channel Inn in November 2010. The hotel offers large comfortable rooms, some of which have newly been redecorated. We had one of these rooms overlooking the most beautiful channel with the hotels diving boat just down the stairs, if you are interested in diving.
All staff at Bell Channel Inn and in particular Genie will do anything to help you. Genie arranged all our trips round the island. We recommend Lucayan National Park, the Golden Rock Beach, Paradise Cove and the Dolphin Encounter (though this is expensive 70$ each).
Regarding prices in all the Lucayan area are fair compared to European prices. The hotel’s “The Upstairs Restaurant” offers the best food in the area. The bar is wonderful and the menu offers a variety of all sorts of well tasting food.
We would at any time recommend this lovely hotel and hope to visit the Bahamas again.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Carolina
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

Bell Channel is located in Lucaya, a short drive to Port Lucaya and beautiful Bahamian beaches. Rooms are large but spartan. Staff bends over backward to be helpful. The restaurant is upstairs and overlooks the canal. Breakfast was good but $2.25 for a cup of coffee and no refill is not a good thing. There were two huge annoyances during our stay. First was that the water pipes howled like a wolf night and day and no amount of bleeding the pipes did any good. Second was the loud party boat that is moored very near the hotel. This party boat spends way too much time racing it's motors and spinning in circles in the canal. Otherwise, Bell Channel is right for the money.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2010

My boyfriend and I picked Bell Channel Inn because it was economical and not too far from Port Lucaya. You can definitely take the bus and/or taxis to Port Lucaya, but if you want to save on transportation money and don't mind a little exercise, it's only about a 20 minute walk from Bell Channel. The best part about this hotel is Genie, the best, super, and amazing concierge ever! She goes out of her way to fit everything that you want to do on your itinerary!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

At first sight of the place, I was taken aback by the flamingo pink exterior of the hotel with white accents. It gave it a great, welcoming vibe. The courteous staff gave us our keys and we led ourselves to our new home for the next few days. The room was definitely not posh like a 5-star Las Vegas suite, but for what we paid, it put a smile to our face. All we needed and got was a clean bed and a roof over our heads. The restaurant upstairs served us some great conch fritters and we got a free Bahama mama with our booking. Though it was a bit of a walk from the hotel to Port Lucaya, it wasn't much more than a 15 minute stroll. Most excellent of all was our concierge Genie. She was a godsend and helped us immensely at planning out our itinerary. She was especially accommodating and really went out of her way to make it so that we would enjoy our trip.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2010

I stayed here about 3 years ago. It was away from everything but the cheap bus stop was down the street. The hotel is old but very cute. The rooms were spacious but old also. The food was the best part about this hotel. They also give you free conch fritters at the bar. I would stay here again for relaxATION reasons only. But, if you want a beach area, you have to take a cab or bus to get there, otherwise book a hotel on the beautiful beaches of bahamas.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kings Road, P.O. Box F-43817 | Lucaya, Freeport 43817, Grand Bahama Island
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > Freeport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Freeport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bell Channel Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bell Channel Inn is a family operated hotel, run by 3 generations. It has once again achieved the prestigious " Certificate of Excellence" awarded by Trip Advisor for its 4 star rating reviews.Bell Channel Inn is a small hotel with 32 spacious rooms, equipped with air-condition, dining room area, cable T.V., free wireless internet access, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer, alarm clock, daily housekeeping, private balcony with a view over the water and Port Lucaya or a direct exit to the pool deck and your choice of king size or double beds. Should you need: coffee maker, kettle, shampoo, iron & ironing board or a roll away, laundry service or maybe a cab or a shuttle to the beach, then just call the front desk and they will be happy to assist you.Friendly and knowledgeable staff are available at the front desk 24 hours-a-day and the tour desk assistant, Genie, will give you a welcome drink and an orientation after you check-in regarding how to get around and which tours are being offered and she might even be able to find a discount or two on selected tours! The lobby has been newly updated and fitted with a comfortable sofa and a TV so you can catch up on all the news or get a chat with the ladies in the lobby while you wait for a taxi. You will also find a safe at the reception for your valuables. Bell Channel Inn also has its own restaurant & bar/lounge known as "Upstairs" where guests can enjoy drinks in the "No Stress Zone" after a long day in the sun. Upstairs is located on the top floor and has a beautiful view over the water, it is open from 7:30am -11pm, with Happy Hour from 5p.m.-7p.m. There is LIVE entertainment on Friday nights. Upstairs is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a good selection of both Bahamian and American dishes - they are especially famous for the fresh seafood! Don't forget to pack your swimwear as this hotel features an outdoor pool and a free shuttle to and from the beach. Free wireless Internet access is also provided so you can check your in-box whenever you like! Other amenities include non-smoking rooms, air conditioning in public areas, currency exchange, beach/pool umbrellas and free parking.Located on the waterfront, Bell Channel Inn is a hotel in the area of Lucaya, Freeport. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bell Channel Hotel Freeport
Bell Channel Hotel Bahamas
Hotel Bell Channel
Bahamas Bell Channel Hotel
Bell Channel Inn Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

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