"Basic, Clean Accomodations"
02/24/15 Margaret S Wellington, Florida, United States
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Flamingo Bay Hotel & Marina for Valentine's Day weekend. The hotel was very basic. Check in was smooth and quick. An employee named "Big Mama" in the lobby tried to have a us schedule a tour of their sister property, the Taino Beach Resort. We declined and she was understanding, not high presssure as in other timeshare resorts. The room itself was clean and comfortable, but also very basic. I liken it to that of a Days Inn, Super 8, etc. It did have a small, seperate area with a microwave and mini fridge. There were a few minor issues in the room. The phone and remote did not work, the toilet was slow to flush, etc., but a very nice employee named "Fish" was kind enough to assist us. There is a ferry boat that picks you up directly from the hotel's marina and takes you on a lovely ride to Port Lucaya for $6 round trip. This was a useful amenity that we took advantage of a few times over the weekend. In addition, when staying at Flamingo Bay, you get full access to the amenities at the Taino Beach Resort directly across the street. There is a beautiful beach, which we really enjoyed, great pools, a restaurant, business center, etc. The Flamingo Bay Hotel is by no means an all-frills resort. It does, however, offer a decent choice in standard motel accomodations for the budget-conscience traveler who needs an escape to paradise. We had a great stay overall.
02/23/15 TeamDork Lighthouse Point, Florida
We stayed here since our normal haunt, Our Lucayan, was booked up. What a mistake. We had two rooms on the first floor front. The noise from out front was incredible. And since upstairs was tiled and uninsulated it sounded like our neighbors were up all night re-arranging the furniture. We could hear every cough, burp, fart from every room surrounding us. They're a firm believer is comet and bleach here to clean with and the smells chased us out of the room for several hours until they subsided enough to enter. We had to chase down a remote for the tv in our room, the tv didn't work in the other. The toliet handle was wearing out and broke completely the second night. The microwave didn't work. Our room had 2 mis-matched coffee mugs and a shot galss, the other had nothing to drink coffee out of. Not a single plastic drink cup to be found. They never even cleaned one room and my mother-in-law was too shy to say anything. The bathroom was so small you couldn't close the door sitting down and the toilet paper roll holder was on the vanity door so everytime we tried to use it the door came open. The shuttle to Port Lucaya that they advertise on their website for $2.50 each way is actually $3 each way, which doesn't sound like alot until you multiply that by two round trips a day for three days for 4 people. Upon check in we were pressed hard to sign up for the timeshare tour. It was automatically presented to us as the final step in registration and I almost fell for it. When I checked out, I told the clerk how disappointed I was and she responded with an "I'm so sorry" ...period. Find someplace else to stay or if you must stay here, get a room on the third floor facing the marina.
"For what you pay, it's not bad"
02/15/15 kristibearr Madison, Wisconsin
It's cheaper than the other hotels, and it's not as nice as some because of that, but it's really not that bad. The staff was much nicer than Taino (where my husband and I stayed), but they are sister resorts, and at night, the staff from Taino go over to Flamingo and hang out in the lobby. There's a lady at the front lobby who is a little intimidating nicknamed "Big Mama" (she insists you call her that). She is the go-to lady if you need info about getting places, or restaurant suggestions. The room my parents stayed in was a 2 bed room. The fan squeaked every time it turned, and the bathroom door needed to be lifted a bit when closing it to make it shut the whole way, but otherwise it was a fine room. Their room was right next to the water ferry, which was very convenient for my father who went on a UNEXO scuba trip. The ferry takes you right to the building where the scuba trip departs from. They also have a nice store in the lobby with lots of snack and drink options. Sunscreen here is quite expensive. $20 for a small bottle of it and they only have 15 or 50 spf in spray style, and 30 in cream style.
"Not worth it. Not at all. Stay somewhere else."
I stayed in the Flamingo Bay Hotel over New Years with a couple girlfriends who are all experienced travelers. We chose this hotel since we're on a budget, but we all realized that paying a little bit extra to stay in the Taino Resort across the street or another hotel in Lucaya would have been well worth it. Our toilet didn't flush the entire week we were there, we often didn't receive fresh towels, the rooms were dank and wifi is only available in the lobby (which is just a couple chairs and a gift shop). One night we were woken up at 2am after being dead asleep for a few hours by a man saying there was a noise complaint from our room. We found out days later they had the room numbers mixed up, but there was no apology and no mention that there was no need to bang on the door of a silent room in the middle of the night! The Taino Beach is beautiful, though, and a ferry leaves on the hour that will take you into Count Basie Square where a bunch of restaurants and shops are. The restaurant on the beach is pretty bad, also the kitchenette in the room only includes a mini fridge and a microwave. Basically stay somewhere else, the island has great snorkeling and beaches and you'll probably have a better time if you come home to a working toilet!
"Ok hotel but the grounds are GREAT"
12/28/14 Aj H Stockton, California
I knew it was a bit on the budget side but the grounds make up for a lot. As part of a bigger resort property you get to totally enjoy the world class pool and a really nice beach. They also have events and other extras (tennis, ping pong, etc). Slight down side to the hotel, a few items didn't work initially (TV, phone) which was a bit odd. Overall, if you are coming here to enjoy the sun and outdoors, this is a good deal, just don't expect a world class room.
"It was okay..."
12/25/14 AlishaL314 Minneapolis, Minnesota
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for our honeymoon and it definitely had its ups and downs. The location of the hotel is great. It is right on the canal with the beach and pool not too far away. There is a restaurant and two bars within walking distance. There are also lots of activities offered, but you will have to pay quite a bit to do any of them (snorkeling, fishing, etc). The room is average. It is just a place to sleep. The bathroom is kind of icky, but useable. The kitchenette doesn't have a stove, but we were able to survive off of it between the microwave and the mini fridge. The front desk ladies are very helpful and friendly. Everyone here is super nice! The maid service here is pretty much awful. They take your towels pretty early in the day, but you'll be lucky if you get them back. We had to go down to the front desk several times to go get towels which was a huge pain in the butt since we wanted to shower after going to the beach. The walls connecting to the neighbors to the left and the right of us are pretty thick, however the wall (the door) connecting to the neighbor across from us is pretty much nonexistent. We could hear everything that they said, between the crying and the yelling. This isn't totally the hotel's fault, but they definitely didn't set up this hotel in a way to block out sounds. Also, one night there was a party boat going on pretty late out on the canal. Overall, it is just a place to stay for the night...even with the hard beds. If you plan on being in your room more than just for the night, this isn't the place for you.
"Fantastic location and wonderful value"
09/20/14 loulou47 Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
The prices are unbelievable. Each room is super clean, very large and has a mini kitchenette. The beach is at 2 minutes walking distance. The gigantic pool is one of the nicest in all the Caribbean with a big water slide and a built-in grotto for the bar where customers sit in the water to be served their drinks. For the price, this place offer the same as other hotels where one would have to pay at least double.
08/29/14 AyokaLee Washington, DC
Pros- Friednly staff Clean towels and plenty of toilet paper Cheap price Beautiful beach Nice pool w/water slide Cons- Fridge stopped working in the middle of our stay. I saw a roach on the last day by the door. House keeping never actually cleaned the rooms. Small blood stain on the top comforter. The lady taking the money at the bonfire told us that it cost $50 when it actually cost $40.
08/23/14 Mark H
It's a nice hotel, maintenance needs to be done in certain aspects pertaining to the lighting on the property and to their laundry facilities. Security on property is very friendly an so is the rest of the staff.
"Good Budget Hotel"
08/07/14 TDonaldsonDesigns Boardman, Ohio
Nothing spectacular about the rooms. They are clean, they say they have a kitchenette in them but what that means in the Bahamas is that they have a microwave, a fridge, a sink and a toaster. So we ended up eating out everyday. The front desk people and the women in the shop there were very nice and helpful in trying to get me something to remedy the horrible sunburn. Their security guard actually went and picked me a fresh piece of Aloe from the plants that grow on the property. The downside, be prepared when you get there.....they give you a timeshare speech trying to get you to go to a longer presentation. For us, that was really annoying. Our flight had been late, we were hungry, tired and not in the mode to listen to how we could do all these free activities if we waste 90 minutes of our time listening to the presentation. If they cut that out I would have given it a Very Good Rating especially considering the cost.
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