We stayed at ORYC from June 2 thru June 9, 2012. We were housed in a three bedroom town house. The layout of the townhouse was perfect for our needs and we were very excited when we first arrived. Unfortunately, it went down hill from there. I could use a lot of space and elaborate on the shortcommings of the unit, in fact, my wife left a hand written, full sheet of paper on the coffee table outlining the problems. It included everything from broken blind slats and cords, to the three legged refrigerator, to the disconnected dryer vent hose, to the unvacuumed stair carpet. The place wasn't that clean when we arrived so we did what we could to make it livable. It was really very much in need of both minor and major repair. In their defense, they are in the process of redoing the units but in this case they should have started the process long before they did. I read reviews that indicated others felt like they constantly had their hand in your pocket and we felt the same way. I think the last straw was upon checking out we discovered that when we handed "stamped" postcards to the folks in the office to mail for us there was a fifty cent charge per postcard added to our bill for the convenience of an on-site mail service. The sign in the front of the resort says the restaurant was open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. That is not so. We arrived hungary about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night and even the bar had closed so we were unable to eat until Sunday morning. We also discovered the restaurant and bar closed at 6:30 on Wednesday evening. Not sure why. There was also another bar and grill called Esther's near the other pool but as far as we could determine it was not open the entire time we were there. ORYC did offer a shuttle to the grocery store on Monday at 10:00 a.m. which, we were told by the lady at the information center, was the only grocery store in Freeport only to find out later that there was another grocery which was said to be much less expensive. In fact, we were told many things by the lady at the information center that later proved to be quite a stretch of the truth. They do offer gear and bait for fishing off the docks which we were told the gear was free and the bait was $5 but the truth is, the gear is $8 per pole per day and the bait is $3 per bag. They also offer a shuttle from ORYC at 10:00 every morning to Port Lucaya Market and from there you are within a short walking distance to the beach. However, that shuttle will not return until 2:00 in the afternoon. So, if you want to get back to ORYC you can pay $16 plus an additional fee for additional passengers or as we finally discovered, you can take the public transportation bus, which is over by the Police Station, for $1.25 per person.
I guess our greatest disappointment was the inconvenience of the location of the resort to Freeport and, other than Haywood's on site $16.00 taxi ride, the resort made little effort to alleviate that inconvenience.
For the last ten years we have used RCI many times to provide us with many beautiful and convenient vacations but they really dropped the ball when they rated this one as a four star resort. It was truly disappointing.
On a positive note, the on site dive shop, Grand Bahama Scuba, was much more than we expected and well worth the experience. We also got to know a few of the folks who were docked there and were living on their boats. For that reason they had a lot of good things to say about the mooring accomodations and the priviledge of being able to use the ORYC shuttle to get them to Port Lucaya.
All-in-all, I really liked the layout of the room and the resort grounds were well kept. It is a gated resort and IF they would make Freeport more convenient, get their hands out of the guest's pockets, clean and remodel all of the units, I think this could be a really pleasant place for a laid back vacation.
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- Ocean Reef Yacht Club And Resort
- Ocean Reef Yacht Hotel
- Ocean Reef Yacht Resort
- Bahamas Ocean Reef Yacht Club
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