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Castaways Resort & Suites Grand Bahama Island
Ranked #14 of 14 Hotels in Freeport
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“taking advantage of college students”
Reviewed May 10, 2003

We stayed at the Best Western Castaways on spring break. I gave them my Visa Check Card for a $300 room deposit. They said it was denied. My friend gave her credit card for the $300. When we checked out, her deposit was credited back. When we got home I found that $300 was debited from my account by Best Western Castaways. Mr. Barnett, who is VP and General Manager tells me that they never charged me the money and will not refund it. I hope that if nothing else students will see this and know not to ever stay there as they are very unreputable.

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Reviewed February 20, 2003

The Castaways was a rather plain hotel, with some plusses and minuses: on the plus side, the place was very clean, and the staff was attentive. You always saw the manager and/or security walking around. When they say they don't want you to hang stuff (like wet clothing) from the balconies or railings, they mean it. I hung some clothes that got wet at the beach from a hanger, and hooked the hanger onto the balcony railing, with the clothes inside the railing, and while I was away at supper, they came into my room and put the clothes on the bed, and left a message stating that NOTHING was to be hung from the balcony ( a problem in a country with a very humid climate!) The pool was very nice: big and deep, and kept, like everything else, very clean. The staff was nice enough, some people very good at letting us in on how to get around and what tourist things were good to do and what we could pass on. On the other hand, a woman at the registration desk couldn't give us any suggestions about where to go for a good meal. The attached restaurant was only open for breakfast. That meal, although good, was a little expensive. I don't know that we'd stay here again, we might pay a little more to get a more complete experience. But if you're going to be using the hotel just for sleeping at night, it's very reasonable, and the pool is not bad at all for when you'd like to go swimming and not come back all sandy.

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Property: Castaways Resort & Suites Grand Bahama Island
Address: 42629 E Mall Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > Freeport
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #14 of 14 Hotels in Freeport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Castaways Resort & Suites Grand Bahama Island 2.5*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castaways Resort and Suites is the closest full service hotel to the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Vopak Oil Storage Facility, The Freeport Harbor and The Grand Bahama International Airport. Freeport Town center and the Rand Memorial Hospital are within 1 mile. The Flamingo Restaurant offers mouth watering Bahamian and American dishes and sandwiches and drinks are served at the Flamingo Pool Bar. For the business traveler, we offer a complete business center, and high speed wireless internet is available FREE to all registered guests. For your next meeting or gathering, the Poinciana Boardroom can accommodate groups up to 50 persons theater style, and 35 classroom style. The Dolphin Gym provides state of the art equipment FREE to all registered guests. Guests can enjoy relaxing at large outdoor fresh water swimming pool. Tours can be booked at our Tour Desk conveniently located in our lobby. Take advantage of our FREE transportation to the William's Town Beach. Unwind with a good book in our cozy reading room. Our 24 hour front desk and security staff are always available for your assistance. Choose from 118 rooms and suites decorated in modern Caribbean flair, your choice of 1 king or 2 double beds. Our suites offer the extras of a 2nd bath, sofa bed, DVD/VCR and microwave. All rooms offer private balconies or terraces, air-conditioned, cable TV, FREE wireless internet, direct dial telephones, iron and board, blow dryer, clock radio with MP3 attachment, in-room safe, coffee maker and refrigerator. ... more   less 
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