"Exellent hotel for the price"
I work as a marine mechanic in the Bahamas and I stay at bell channel every time..I am well known here but since my first stay all of the hotel staff are friendly and helpful...there is also a restaurant and bar here with good food and a pool.it is a short walk to the lucaya market place where the expensive hotels are..it is also very quiet here at […] bell channel..I highly recommend it.. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not too far from beach"
You need to stay at a beach front hotel to get to the beach close to the hotel. No microwave. Small TV but no TV Guide for the cable. Staff are nice and there is a restaurant at the hotel. If you have a way to get to the beach then it's a cheap way to go but I wanted a hotel where I can walk to the beach.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel. Older but extremely well amintained"
Staff is wonderful. Dive boat at hotel with excellent operator. Can catch fish right off of pool deck in channel. Older but clean as a pin and perfectly maintained. Most of room is modern but bathroom fixtures are dated but still in perfect working order. Close to Port Lucaya but without the high prices. Excellent restaurant on premises with very good […] pricing. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The Inn shows it's age and isn't the most modern stay, but was comfortable nonetheless. You get what you pay for. This is a genuine mom & pop stay with amazing staff who are more then happy to assist with plans. There isn't direct beach access but it's located on the water. I'd visit again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good deal for the price"
Very friendly and helpful front desk staff. Room was very clean and served our purpose well. Highly recommend especially for the price and location.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hotel at good location"
My wife and I only spent one night at this hotel because we moved to our timeshare location the following night. But our stay was very comfortable, the staff was very friendly, and the hotel is conveniently located across the bay from the Lucaya marketplace. The hotel also has a dive shop on-site, so we signed up to dive with their team, Presley and […] Jerry. My wife had been wanting to get scuba certified, and they made it possible. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good Place Nice People"
Just what we expected. Very clean and even did our laundry and had an ice machine to fill our coolersGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice Place good value"
We really liked this place. Restaurant upstairs was nice and they even do your laundry at this place. Everyone very friendly. Definitely stay there again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good budget option"
We liked the Inn and would stay again. We liked that there was a tour coordinator in residence so we could learn about things to do and she could arrange them. It is a fair walk to any beaches, marketplace, or restaurants and there are no bicycles there to borrow or rent, and taxis are very expensive. The restaurant on site is good and has a wide range […] of food options and very fair prices. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good hotel base for vacation"
Our family spent Christmas vacation at Bell Channel Inn. While not on the beach (and thus more affordable), it made an excellent base for venturing out everyday with our rental car as the numerous white sand beaches have free public access. Gorgeous white sand Taino Beach is only five or ten minutes away by car as is the more touristy Lucaya Beach (park […] at the Port Lucaya Marketplace and find the beach access lane near the police station). The convenient on-site restaurant was open all day until 11:00 p.m. and since the food was very good we ate most of our meals on the premises. We changed rooms after the first night because we were next to the restaurant and could hear a good bit of noise. However, the staff was very helpful when we asked to change rooms and allowed us to choose from a few we looked at. Good motel style clean rooms, hot water, refrigerator in room, and excellent wireless internet. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great place for a vacation for a couple or family."
Great staff. Friendly and go out of their way to be helpful. Nice restaurant on property. Great live music Friday and Saturday eves. Diving operaton located on site. Can catch fish off of wall next to pool deck. Meticulously maintained with TLC. Far enough off the beaten path to be quiet but still an easy walk to the Port Lucaya marketplace. Shuttle […] to beaches. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
good and clean hotel. Its nice to stay at this hotelGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"close to the beach and downtown"
Its nice to stay at this hotel because the receptionists are good in welcoming their guests. The hotel is also clean.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very impressive. The staff is so friendly, and it is family owned, but there is so much to this hotel. The Restaurant they have on site is amazing, its affordable (which is rarity on the island) and they give you a ton of food. The rooms are nice, and it has WIFI in the rooms. The TVs are the old style tube TV's, but that's not really a complaint to […] me. I feel the Bell Channel Inn is a great stay, mainly because it is so close to port lucaya (about a 10-15minute walk away) and from there you can catch a bus to anywhere you need to go. If your looking for a resort, this is not that type of place, but for a hotel it offers way more than other hotels on the island can offer! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Not a bad choice for the price"
The hotel itself is well kept and clean, the staff could be a little more courteous, specially the lady in charge of information on tours and activities. On google maps it looks like the hotel is about 3-5 min walk from the beach but you have to go around the harbor and it is a good 15 minute walk which could be a drag when coming back at night. It […] does have a nice partial view of the harbor and it is relatively quiet. Not a bad choice for the price. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Obviously they are struggling. Drain in bathtub totally rusted out. People are pleasant. Hotel opposite apparently just closed one day Lounge chairs still out Pool weird green color. No shampoo. Feel sorry for the. Hotel. But if wife was along we would haveleft 10 minutes in.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Its nice to stay at this hotel but recently, the internet connection in many rooms is gone, However, it maybe fixed later.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good value in lovely spot"
Our room was clean, reasonably priced and comfortable. The staff were cheerful and helpful. The hotel setting is lovely and we'd have no hesitation returning.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great trip, for little money"
Yes, I would stay there again. close to Lucaya, the staff was great .I love how the hotel have its own resturant.Most of all i love how we got free 2day car rental, free suviorners,and free food voucher.Just for partisipate in a presentation. My husband and i spent for the whole trip round trip 3days, 2 night. under $800.00..Wow!!!!!!!!!Genuine Expedia guest review
"will stay again"
rooms are clean, dated some what, the bar, restaurant, and house keeping staff are the best we have had in the Bahamas, the dive operation was average.Genuine Expedia guest review
"It was just OK"
I'm used to chain hotels for my business trips, so whenever I find a hotel where the standards are not met, it is disappointing. Anyway, the overall stay was OK, but the rooms could be better maintened.Genuine Expedia guest review
is great and the staffs are friendlyGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Don't stay here!!!! PLEASE"
The event coordinator (Ginny) is fabulous! I liked her. She really took care of me. The staff is friendly but the hotel really sucks. It's run down and old. The carpet is nasty and the were 2 roaches in my shower when I rolled the door back. I woke up to kids playing in by the pool every morning and that was extremely annoying. I would never stay there […] again! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Less than ideal"
1) Small ants in room bothered my children. 2) Hotel lists pool as solar heated. This is an UNHEATED pool that is in the shade and is too cold to enter except on a dare. 3) Pretty view of Port Lucaya from deck, but it is a 20-minute walk to get there. There is nothing near this hotel. 4) Shuttle to beach only operates 1 time per day. If you don't want […] to depart at 10 and return at 1, then you are out of luck. 5) The Bahamas have fallen on hard times, and there are two closed hotels right next to this one. 6) This is a good hotel if you are a diver. Otherwise, . . . Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
This hotel is off the beaten path but my boyfriend and I had a great time! The hotel staff is extremely nice and helpful and the hotel food was good!! The hotel provided transportation to the beach, town, airport and any activity we wanted to do. The view was beautiful, right out to the channel, the sun came up through our balcony window! Bed was a […] little rough and the pool was cold but really other than that we had a great time! Loved staying here! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice Place, Clean, Everything Works, Just a bit "old""
First class attitude from everyone from owner to the room service staff. Clean, neat and everything worked. Hotel is a bit old, but as stated everything is well maintained and works and after all, most of the time spent in the room is sleeping or bathing and it was fine . Hot water was instant. Great view of the Bell Channel Bay. Can fish right off […] of pool deck. Very nice restaurant / bar there. Reasonable priced. Only negative is that it is a bit of a walk to the casino and marketplace. First class, if small, dive shop and boat right on premises. Would most definitely stay there again. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice place with reasonable prices"
We stayed here for three nights last month. Our spacious upstairs room overlooked the channel, which made for a nice view. Too bad the guardrail for the balcony was of a closed design which blocked a lot of the view. A car is a must during your stay here, the only thing within walking distance is besides the restaurant/bar in the hotel, is a bar next […] door. The Marketplace will be a bit further to walk but doable. It is not advised to walk in the neighborhood after dark. The bar/restaurant in the hotel has good food and reasonable prices. They have a happy hour daily, too. We were able to prepare most of our meals in the room; but finding a well-stocked grocery store was a challenge. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Helpful and Affordable"
In laid-back Freeport, this hotel fits the atmosphere. The ceiling fan hung a little funny, and the bathroom door didn't latch completely, but the room was spacious with lots of storage, comfortable, and the staff was very helpful. The food in the restaurant Upstairs is great, the staff is polite, and they are incredibly helpful when looking for things […] to do and how to get around. It was no 5 star hotel, but it was a great, affordable option. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
is good although it is not that quite and clean that most people expectGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"it's worth the money"
It's worth the money. The building is a bit old, but the room was clean. There's a good restaurant upstairs.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Bell Channel Inn"
The hotel by itself is very nice. Better than expected (it has 2 stars and a half). The only thing it is not good enough is the location. It is necessary to walk around 20-30min to go to the beach with no sidewalks.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
is good to stay even though it's room is quite smallGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The staff at the Bell Channel Inn was very nice and friendly as was all the bahamians. I would recommend this hotel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Value for money and spacious room."
The hotel is value for your money. Looking for a place to relax for a day. Its offer privacy for those of you who wants the convenience of going to Lacuya yet dont want to stay at the heart of things. This is the place for you. Its a 15 to 20mins slow walk to Lacuya. The room is spacious and offer you 2 kings size bed with a kitchen area/ fridge. The […] cleaniness is moderate. Clean but could be better and there room for improvement. Going on a Saturday evening, its a bit noisy as the music playing over at Lacuya could be heard from my room. But they wrap things up at 12am. Plus point. Only drawback is bathroom is facing the corridor and you need to becareful of exposure. Make sure you close the window or risk mooning your neighbour. Friendly staff and would recomend for people who is mobile. Family with children and elderly may want to reconsider as it maybe a long walk to the hub of things, unless you have your own transport. Less than 5 mins drive to marketplace. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Bell Channel Grand Bahamas"
Hotel was in need of an update but very clean and great value for the money, beb and shower good with plenty of hot water. The staff were all very very friendly and Jeannie was great. Hotel food was very good and good value. will stay again anytime. Thank-you for a great holiday, great location for Port Lucya market place.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Basic hotel but Conveniently Placed"
This hotel suits those whose budget is tight. The swimming pool is small and the facilities were basic, although there is cable TV, wireless internet in the room, laundry facilties etc. and the room was cleaned daily. The staff were friendly and helpfull and the restaurant is okay and good for breakfast or covenience. The hotel is a 20minute walk from […] Our Lucaya which has a range of shops, bars and restaurants and a lovely beach. Check out the bar/ restaurant next door! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good value and good staff"
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"Worthy stay at Bell Channel Inn"
If you're looking for a no-frills hotel and willing to roam about in surrounding beaches, then Bell Channel Inn is highly recommended. It does not boast of facilities, but rooms are clean and pretty much look like flatlets with a mini-kitchen incorporated and views of the channel. Staff is friendly and makes your stay enjoyable.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice little hotel"
Conveniently placed only 10min walk from Lucaya Market place and the beach, run by nice people and there's a good little restaurant upstairs. Rooms are reasonable for the price. Definitely recommend it if you're looking for somewhere on a budget.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Bom e barato"
Vale a pena, hotel limpo com staff sempre simpaticos e solicitos. Unico problema é a distancia da praia (20 min andando)Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel Bell Channel Inn - Buono per qualità-prezzo."
Considerando che si trova alle Bahamas, è un'ottima sistemazione per qualità-prezzo, le camere sono molto spaziose, dotate del necessario, pulite e con balconcino sul canale circostante. Al suo lato sinistro c'è un Pub con musica e dove si può mangiare oltre naturalmente al ristorante dello stesso hotel. Dista soli 25 minuti di camminata dal centro […] di Port Lucaya, noleggiando uno scooter è ottimo...... Se non avete grosse pretese va benissimo per una vacanza abbordabile a Gran Bahama.... Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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"We love this place even tho we didn't sleep here..."
03/18/14 wahinisis san diego, ca
This is an adorable little place. Snuggled away off of Midshipman Ave. Lizbeth, the owner, is married to Presleigh, our dive master/ dive boat captain, also at the marina that the Bell sits on. We loved the diving with Presleigh, and his nephew Jerry, the food in the restaurant, the pool, the friendly maids; well, you get the idea. We slept at a friends timeshare but if solo on a return, this will b the place.
"Good value, lots of charm"
03/08/14 QuakerRose St Catharines
My 4 rating takes in the convenient and well-run restaurant, prompt attention to requests, relaxed and friendly folks. Danish owner has been here 20 years. Well-kept if not spiffy new. It's a 20 minutes walk to amenities of Port Lucaya, Lucaya Beach, the Casino with USD ATM. Right next door is REdbeard's tavern run by Canadian. Good conch fritters and guava duff.
"My Winter Getaway February 2014"
02/27/14 Yvette44 Valley Stream, New York
My family and I had a relaxing and restful time at the Bell Channel Inn. The food in the Restaurant Upstairs was also very good. In the evenings, we loved having drinks at the Bar in the restaurant upstairs, the cocktails were yummy, conversations were good and prices were Great! The BCI is also located close to shopping and beautiful beaches, we could walk there! It was a 10 minute walk. And we visited several beautiful beaches that were only a 10-15 minute bus/taxi ride away. But the best part was our Hostess Genie. She suggested places to go for beaches, shopping, eating, sight seeing. She made sure that we were enjoying ourselves the whole trip.
"Great place to stay"
01/23/14 Edward F Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I recently stayed at the Bell Channel Inn for the second time. If you are a diver, this is the place to stay. The family run dive shop is on the premises and the dive boat leaves from a dock in back of the inn. The Upstairs, a restaurant/bar, is, as the name suggests, upstairs. The food is good and reasonably priced. The inn is older but well maintained. It is a bit of a walk to Taino Beach but I did it daily. The staff is friendly and kind. If you don't want to walk, I'd rent a car. The two "don't miss" things on this island to me are Gold Rock Beach and The Garden of The Groves. Both are far enough out there that you need a car or a tour bus. The front desk will arrange whatever you want to see or do. This is not a resort, but it is reasonably priced nice place with a first rate staff. The next time I go to Grand Bahama Island this is where I will stay. Do yourself a favor and go out to the unspoiled eastern parts of the island, using the BCI as a base of operations is a good way to go.
"5 Stars From A Former Travel Reporter"
01/02/14 Cheryl H Oxford, Ohio
I wanted to stay for one week at a smaller hotel connected to a diving operation on Grand Bahamas, which is quieter than Nassau. I selected The Bell Channel Inn and Caribbean Diving because of BCI's webpage. When you have 10 different nations represented on any given weekend and staff members who've worked there more than 15 years, something special is going on. The hotel, the view from my balcony, the staff and the diving were outstanding. I stayed from 12/21-12/28, and four different women who work there invited me into their homes to celebrate Christmas with their families. Now THAT is Grace. I went diving instead. The Dive Masters are rock solid, and I learned that I was born to dive coral reefs. I will be back at BCI in 2014, probably with several friends in tow.
"ok, but not very good"
09/07/13 bosnic_belkisa Ljubljana, Slovenia
We stayed here for a week. The place itself is nice (big rooms, swimming pool), but it's too far away from a decent beach. Therefore you need a taxi. If you want to go shopping, a taxi again. So, we ended up renting a car. And that you should go! That way you get something out of the island. Go to Gold Rock Beach and Paradise Cove. Stop in one of the villages and buy a fresh conch salad. Be a liittle bit independent. And get ready for high prices! It's not a badi dea to bring some basic food with you if you are an independent traveller. We've been to many places around this globe, but the prices here are just enormous. We went diving with the diving center located at the hotel. It was good, not excellent.
"First Trip to Freeport!"
08/21/13 patientp Ocoee
My husband and I stayed at the Bell Channel Inn on Aug 13 - 15 which was the hotel chosen as part of a 5th Avenue Vacation package. No this is not a hotel that I would have chosen; however, since it was a part of the package my husband and I decided to go with what was offered. The hotel is a much older establishment and definitely on the lower end for affordable cost, however, I must say the staff kept it clean, Genie was wonderful. She went out of her way to make sure we were informed of all the excursions, arranged for transportation and even accompanied us to the Bonfire event. the hotel was within walking distance to Port Lacaya market the main hub in Freeport. However if too hot to walk, you could catch the bus for $1.25 as opposed to a taxi for $6-$10. If you are one of those who wants all the whistles and bells that come with the 4 or 5 star hotels, the Bell Channel is not for you. If you want something on the cheaper end of the scale, friendly staff, close to Port Lacaya then give Bell Channel a try. The staff went out of their way to make our stay with them both enjoyable and pleasant. thank you Genie for making our stay at the Bell Channel a great one.
"Great stay, above my expectation."
The people were very friendly and accommodating. The prices for all the excursions were cheaper through them than any other hotel or the cruise boat we came in on. The upstairs restraint was pretty descent food (there French Toast with fresh coconut was the best meal I had my entire trip). The scuba dive people in there parking lot were really cool. It was my first dive and they made it an awesome experience and even allowed me to go on another dive because I had done so well. After the dive they even showed us around the island and took us to a local bar so we didn't have to pay a taxi. The only 2 issues were you either had to walk 15 minutes to get anywhere or pay 8 bucks for a taxi to get to the market. And the water pressure in the shower was horrible. But I really felt I got great value for my money would definitely recommend it.
07/23/13 Lizzie56_13 Raleigh, North Carolina
Stayed four nights in the beginning of July. Staff most helpful and went out of their way to help. Ate one night in hotel and was great. Would def go back!!!!! Have stayed at both Grand Luycan and the old Port Luycan Resort...great value. red Beards restaurant next door is fab!
"Great Scandinavian operated hotel"
06/28/13 Molinator Palma de Mallorca
I had the opportunity to stay at the Bell Channel Inn for about 5 nights together with my colleagues. Upon arrival we were greeted with ice cold orange water along with a BIIIG white Bahamian smile. Instantly we all felt at home, and any request we had there after was dealt with in a friendly manner. The rooms were large and clean, and all came with a fridge, A/C, TV, WIFI and if I remember right, a couple of hot plates, if you prefer to do your own cooking. The Balcony was large and overlooked the pool and the canal facing up towards Port Lucaya. The restaurant had a great menu and the bar was busy with Happy hour between 5 and 7pm. Next door was a popular sports bar called "Red Beard". We watched sports and had dinner there on a couple of occasions, so despite the 4-minutes drive from Port Lucaya, we never felt like being stuck at the hotel. If you SCUBA dive, there is an adjacent dive operation and boat located right on the premises. Parking was also easy. For the "75-100 $-category", I couldn't ask for anymore, in particular not considering the standards of some of the competing hotels in this price range. On a little different not, below I see a review going on about power cuts etc. First of all, we never experienced any of these, and I wouldn't hold the hotel reliable for that, as it is one of these things that just does happen in the islands. Secondly, had we had that issue, I would probably have disconnected my laptop, if it would have been a reoccurring event. The hotel's computers seemed to work alright.. So to add it all up, would I stay here again ? Absolutely, but even better with a rental car to get next-door to Port Lucaya at night.
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