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“Great times every time!” 5 of 5 stars
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Old Bahama Bay
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Bayshore Road, West End, Grand Bahama Island   |  
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Stuart, Florida
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“Great times every time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I am a professional yacht/sport fishing captain and have been cruising th Bahamas for 30 plus years. West End is an easy run for us from FL and an often stop to either stay for a few days or pass thru. As a boater it has always been our oasis after a run across the Gulf Stream. The staff is great, accommodations clean and comfortable, tasty Bahamian food, and overall atmosphere laid back and without the cruise tourisy types. Whether you come by boat or plane, you should come to Old Bahama Bay.

Room Tip: Rooms on north side facing water in full moon will give anyone a romantic boost
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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JBohmann, Public Relations Manager at Old Bahama Bay, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thank you so much for not only your recent visit to Old Bahama Bay and your kind review, but also for your continued patronage all these years, even through our ups and downs! We look forward to your next visit already!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nassau, New Providence Island
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73 reviews 73 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We only stopped for the night on a run from Nassau to Lake Worth but the dock attendants made sure they stayed late to ensure we were settled in our slip. The facilities are first class, the water is included with the cost of the slip, the power was included in the slip cost - what more could you ask.

Our only recommendation would be to open the fuel pumps earlier in the day (7:00 AM rather than 8:00 AM). It seems that everyone wants fuel first thing in the morning.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waterford, Michigan
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

My husband and I spent a week at this resort. The location is very nice if you plan to stay entirely at the resort, but if you like to get out and see things, this is a little too far out. Freeport is at least 30 miles and almost an hour to get to. The restaurant was under construction while we were there so the only place to eat was a Tiki bar/cafe on the beach. While the staff was fabulous and the food very good, it was quite cold while we were there and it was very uncomfortable trying to have a meal. Our room was very nice with a beautiful view. My only complaint would be that even though they have a stove/frig/microwave and some glasses and dishes, they did not provide any pots and pans and silverware or cooking utensils. And, if you wanted to buy food you had to go to Freeport to do so. We did venture out a couple of times, but there really isn't much to see except for Freeport or the Lucayan Marketplace. The pool was very nice and very clean. I'm sure this would be a wonderful location for divers and for fishing. Perhaps they need a little more time to bring this resort up to standards. The other problem we had was on the day we were leaving we had to get to the car rental and airport early, but their office didn't open until 9:00. That's unacceptable for travelers. Fortunately, there was a young woman there who contacted a manager by phone and the manager talked her through the signing out process so we could get on our way.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JBohmann, Public Relations Manager at Old Bahama Bay, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Thank you for your recent visit and for posting your comments about your stay. The resort has been undergoing a lot of changes and upgrades recently with many more planned for very near future. Our indoor restaurant, Dockside Grille, has opened (we are sorry you just missed it). We have also put in an order for cookware for use in the rooms so that guests can bring in their own food and prepare their own meals. We apologize that the front desk was not open for your departure. We are in the process of increasing our staffing hours, so you should not find that situation on your next visit. We will certainly pass your kind comments on to the staff.
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4 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Stayed on a friend's boat in the marina for 2 nights in early April. Marina services were more than adequate (power, water, pier) and the area seemed nicely maintained. Walked around the cottages and beach area and it seemed nice, but didn't actually swim on that beach. We went by private driver to Paradise Cove and snorkeled for an hour or more at Deadman's Reef, which was quite nice. Didn't see any "exciting" sealife, but there was plenty of live coral and lots of fish. You can bring your own gear and just pay a small fee or you can rent snorkeling gear from them. They have a little cafe where you can get fried grouper, burgers and a few other things. The area is quite a long drive from off-site restaurants but you have most of what you need on-site, so you don't have to go elsewhere unless you just want to.

Room Tip: Did not stay in the hotel/cottages, so can't address this.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
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Baytown, Texas
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108 hotel reviews
Reviews in 93 cities Reviews in 93 cities
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I did an overnight in the Marina here and walked around the property. Apparently is off the beaten track but there would be no reason to leave. This place is a beautiful property with a beach only seen on TV. The restaurants are great and the fish is fresh. They have a tiki bar on the beach that I could sit at for days. I am coming back here to stay on the property and enjoy island life. The staff is as good as it gets and the property is Disney clean.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La Paz, Bolivia
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

One week ago we returned from one of our most relaxing vacations ever at Old Bahama Bay. The staff at Old Bahama Bay was ALWAYS so helpful! Our room was so comfortable with a king-size bed. No noise whatsoever also makes for ease of a great night's slumber. We appreciated having a kitchenette, sitting area with TV, and luxurious lanai with comfy chairs for ocean viewing. Breakfasts and lunches at the Tiki Bar were scrumptious and fulfilling. The variety of menu offerings at The Dockside Bar were fantastic. The grounds of OBB were meticulously cared for with many tropical plants and trees, which reflected the names of the colorful buildings. our one bedroom unit was housed in the Jasmine building. Our walk to the white sand beach was only 40 feet away from our door. Staff was always friendly, happy, and helpful. I highly recommend a stay at OBB!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Saint Augustine, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I am an avid scuba diver and had heard about Stuart Cove Tiger Beach Seafaris that is located on the grounds of the Old Bahama Bay Resort. After talking with Jerome for months (Jerome is fantastic. I must have e-mailed him 50 times and he always promptly answered my questions. I knew if I ever had any problems on the trip, Jerome would be the first person I called to get it resolved.) I decided to book a trip to the resort for my 15th wedding anniversary. Last week my wife and I enjoyed our getaway. From the moment we entered our room, we were delighted. It is a beautiful resort right on their own beach. The room was large with a stove, fridge, washer, dryer, great shower, large bath, couch, and comfortable bed. We were not expecting such a nice room. The ocean view was beautiful. The staff was friendly but at times a little slow (to be expected in the Caribbean). We especially loved Harold who we saw all over the resort. One day he was our waiter then the next day the activities coordinator. He works very hard but has a wonderful attitude. One day my wife enjoyed a massage while I went on the Tiger Beach shark dive. Though not for everyone, if you are wanting to do this it was a fantastic adventure and a dive of a lifetime. Beto the divemaster was fantastic. He put us right on the spot for 3 large Tiger sharks, numerous Lemon sharks, and a few reef sharks. The pictures I took in the clear, blue water blew me away. The resort is really working to improve its amenities. It was chilly and windy while we were there but they had available numerous beach activities from sailing to Kayaks to paddleboards. They all looked in good condition. The fitness room is good and the equipment was in good condition. All in all, the resort is a very good value for the money.
A few words of advice, if you want something ask for it. We had to ask for pots and pans for our room as well as extra towels. It might take them a while to bring them but they will bring them. I also highly recommend renting a car. It is on the West End and about an hour from anything. You will need a car to get groceries and this will save you some money. Also, bring laundry detergent for the washer and dryer. It is wonderful that they are in the room but could not wash our clothes without soap.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JBohmann, Public Relations Manager at Old Bahama Bay, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
We are truly delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you so much for posting your kind comments. We will certainly share your review with Stuart Cove as well as with Jerome and Harold. It is wonderful that our new watersports and other amenities and activities are being used and appreciated! Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back to Old Bahama Bay very soon.
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Also Known As:
Old Bahama Bay Hotel Grand Bahama Island
Old Bahama Bay Resort
Old Bahama Bay Hotel
Address: Bayshore Road, West End, Grand Bahama Island
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in West End
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Bahama Bay 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour is the ultimate getaway for tranquility and relaxation. Combining Bahamian charm and barefoot elegance, the resort features 73 spacious beachfront suites, full-service marina, Stuart Cove Dive Operation, fishing and other excursions. Resort amenities include 2 restaurants and bars, paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel equipment and much more. ... more   less 
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