My husband and I were the guests of a friend in her time share the second week in October, 2012. We appreciated that we were non-paying guests. If we would have had to pay for our stay, we would have been less happy. The resort is far from town, where any acceptable restaurants are located. It also suffers from lacadaisical upkeep and cleaning. I had to avoid a broom and dustpan lying on the walkway for most of a day. The walkways were seldom swept, Corners and under the furniture areas don't get much attention. Beach toys and trash from previous tenants stayed under the stairwell the entire week we were there. The only restaurant at the resort offered below average food at far above average prices. The best deal was the happy hour drink specials, which were watered down, but priced accordingy. The resort offers a free shuttle service to Lucaya, but offers only four trips each way every day, and none back to the resort in the evening. If you want to eat in town you have to pay about $25 for a cab ride back. The beach in front of the resort is acceptable, but just beside it in each direction it is dirty, trashy. Watch out for broken glass, which makes it unpleasant for strolling, let alone running, on the beach. The two bedroom unit had comfortable beds, but thin pillows and low quality linens. Housekeeping service was sporadic, infrequent, and minimal. As a result, I did to feel the need to tip as generously as I usually do. The kitchen did not have the full count of dishes and table service. Most similar resorts where we have stayed included at least salt and pepper and a roll of paper towels. Not here. Beware of the on site grocery/market. The prices are not marked on any items and when you check out you will defintely be fleeced: almost $10 for a mini cardboard set of salt and pepper and the smallest carton of coffee creamer. The supermarket to which the resort provided a single free shuttle ride at the begining of the week is also very expensive with a limited selection, compared to most US super markets. I suspect there may be cheaper places on the island. Then again, it may be that everything is expensive because everything has to be imported and transported from across the ocean. It appears that the downtown area of Freeport and Lucaya is in a commercial slump. More than half the stores at the International Marketplace are gone. In Lucaya we were sad and disappointed to find some of the better restaurants were closed. Prices were the same as in the US, but the choices and quality were not as good. Of course, since it was off-season; that may contributed to the lagging businesses. Our trip to Freeport proved to be more relaxing than we we wanted. We were looking for more entertainment. We may return, but will have to adjust our expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This fully furnished one and two bedroom condominium resort with full living/dining areas and private beach is set between the shopping and dining centers of Port Lucaya Marketplace, 2 miles away, and Freeport's International Bazaar, 3 miles away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Seas Hotel Freeport
- Island Seas Freeport
- Island Seas Resort Freeport Bahamas
- Island Seas Resort Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island