We stayed here through our timeshare and had a great time! It is a small "resort" with a very friendly atmosphere. I sat at the pool the first day and when I got up to leave, an older gentleman said "I was just about to come over and introduce myself." He then proceeded to do just that, along with his wife, and asked me about myself. Most of the guests are regular visitors, know each other, and love to meet the newbies.
The staff was all very nice and eager to help. As stated in previous reviews, Billy is a great guy who is happy to give advice on places to see or where to eat. He even called and ordered takeout for us! Locals hung out at the tennis court in the afternoon and then sat at the tiki bar making drinks into the evening. For me, this gave it an even more local feel.
Our room was big- one bedroom with a queen size bed and TWO pull-out couches, with two full baths. Its a shame there were only 2 of us, we could have fit 2-4 more comfortably. It was tiled floors throughout (which was great) but they also had carpeted rooms, which I would have liked to see for comparison.
Draw backs: no on-site restaurant. The closest is Ruby Swiss which we heard great things about but when we stopped by we were turned off by the somewhat priciness. Also, the abovementioned tiki bar was only opened one afternoon, that we noticed. They sold some food and jugs of Bahama Mamas. An on-site fitness center would have been nice too, but you can go for a run down the streets and feel comfortable.
This hotel is in an area that was bustling before the hurricane(s): International Bazaar, but now its somewhat rundown. Meaning, there isn't alot going on here. I HIGHLY recommend renting a car if you want to get around at all. The hotel offers shuttles to the grocery store, but it is not regular. They also have a free shuttle to the local beach (Xanadu) but you leave at 11am and they return at 3pm. No other shuttles are offered. So if you want to leave the beach early, or go anywhere else on the island, you need to get a taxi or take the bus. We LOVED having a car. We were able to go to Gold Rock Beach on the eastern side of the island (beautiful!) and then Deadman's Reef on the west side (amazing!). The freedom of having a car also allowed us to go into Port Lucaya every day for meals, drinks, and entertainment. That said, there were plenty of people there who did not have a car. They were happy spending the day at the beach, or they joined tour groups that picked them up at the hotel. So it depends on what you're looking for.
We loved the island and, if we decide to return, would be happy to stay at FR&C again!
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