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Pelican Bay at Lucaya
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Freeport
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

I booked a last minute solo getaway to Pelican Bay Resort and loved every minute of it! It was my first time visiting the Bahamas and the staff was so helpful and welcoming. They called taxis for me as needed and allowed me to use the facilities after check-out, as my flight was not until later that day. I arrived on a Wednesday and was able to get to the Fish Fry at Smith's Point..do not miss it if you're there on a Wednesday. Sabor restaurant (on site) was delicious and reasonably priced. Mixed drinks were not cheap anywhere but beer was (2 Kalik for $5 at some places). The property of Pelican Bay is really pretty with colorful buildings, beautiful flowering plants and trees. I loved waking up to the sound of the birds singing and the sun coming up over the water. All rooms have a pretty water view but the staterooms have the nicest views of the marina. A nice perk was a free pass to use on the water taxi..for hotel guests only! The resort is right next to Lucaya Marketplace where you can find tons of shops, restaurants and bars. Don't bother paying up front for the breakfast at the hotel. There are inexpensive cafes at the marketplace that serve delicious breakfasts from early in the morning (try Caribbean Cafe and After Deck). The tour booths for snorkel/dive trips and other excursions are right there at the marina/marketplace as well. The only downside is the resort is not directly on the beach. You can go across the roundabout and use the beach but you'll have to rent chairs, etc for 30 bucks a day. You can also check out Junaknoo Beach Club at Taino Beach. I took the water taxi to Taino Beach and walked the 2 miles. A taxi would have been 24 bucks round trip. The beach club offers chairs for 5 bucks for the entire day, as well as great food and strong drinks! Overall I had a positive and relaxing experience staying at Pelican Bay and would certainly return because it was quiet (no kids running around), very clean, staff was so helpful and the property is conveniently located.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Key West
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

This was our second time at Pelican Bay. Our first room was slightly worn and right across from the laundry, but the front desk switched us to a better room no questions asked. The grounds are colorful with great landscaping and the Sabor restaurant is inexpensive with decent food. One bartender, Erica, made the trip for us, she was genuinely very sweet, kind and attentive. She definitely works long hours but she never stopped smiling.

Our only beef is the ferry to and from the beach is only once an hour so you're at the mercy of a schedule that's not really convenient and counterintuitive to a relaxing beach vibe. If it were to have run every half hour, that would've been perfect.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TJRhymin
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

We booked this last minute trip to the Pelican Bay not knowing how our experience would be, but all I can say is that it was fantastic. We were there for four nights, 5 days. We booked a garden view overlooking the pool and the waterchannel.

First day upon our arrival, we were greeted by Karen, who proved to be a wonderful host throughout our trip. We had minor shower problems which were fixed right away along with two free water bottles (usally 3 dollars each) were delivered as a good gesture. I asked too many questions throughout the trip and Karen along with others were happy to guide me and answers all my questions nicely.

This hotel is right next to the market place and a convenient walk to the beach. The breakfast was included and every morning we would walk to the top floor of the building to enjoy our morning meal. The view from that side are breathtaking.

I would like to thank Karen and all the remaining staff to make our trip wonderful and booking the nicest tours for us. This was a memorable trip and I would definitely visit again.

Sincerely,

Khurram

Room Tip: I hear suites are great.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2012

Pelican Bay at Lucaya is a charming hotel as long as you don't need help from a concierge or even a desk clerk. Physically, the place is great. We had a spacious suite with a great balcony. The hotel is located next to the Lucaya Market, so there are many restaurants within walking distance. The downside was the staff was less than helpful. When we asked about local attractions and tours, the front desk was shockingly uninformed (or possibly just unconcerned). We were left to browse through various pamphlets and notebooks without any dialogue or personal assistance. Directions were vague or unavailable. Even with routine details, the staff seemed to care little about our convenience or comfort. While they were happy to extend our checkout time till three o'clock (for a fee, of course), they did not think to tell us that our keys would not work in the locks after noon. All in all, we felt like we were on our own, more like renters in a time-share than guests at a fine hotel.

Room Tip: Suites are spacious; our fourth floor location was quiet and had a great view.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Roger T
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PelicanBayHotel, Operations Manager at Pelican Bay at Lucaya, responded to this review, 13 March 2012
Dear Roger T,

My sincerest apologies to you and your family regarding the impression left by our front desk. I am very disappointed as we continuously strive to ensure guest satisfaction.

Your feedback is extremely important to us whether positive or negative. We will certainly share with our staff so that immediate changes can be made. This is certainly not indicative of the level of service we aim to provide on a daily basis, certainly not of a place who believes in happiness guaranteed.

Thanks for sharing your other feedback regarding our property! Should you return to Grand Bahama Island on a future visit we hope that you give us another opportunity to ensure happiness guaranteed.

Della Bridgewater
Operations Manager
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2012

Most amazing room with separate bedroom, beautiful balcony with adirondack chairs overlooking channel, espresso and coffee machines, outgoing friendly staff everywhere. Rainhead in shower and amenities provided excellent quality. Loved basket of pastries delivered each morning. Comfortable living room furniture and bookcase with books in our room. Great restaurant with two free drink coupons. Dinner at Sabors was excellent. Number of great restaurants in immediate vicinity. Marketplace next door for shopping. Loved view morning and evening from our balcony on fourth floor. Will definitely be back with our grandchildren.

Room Tip: Waterside state room on upper floor best choice
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Joan L
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PelicanBayHotel, Operations Manager at Pelican Bay at Lucaya, responded to this review, 13 March 2012
Dear Joan L,

Thanks very much for your feedback, we're happy that you enjoyed your stay! Looking forward to meeting you and your grandchildren on your return visit to Grand Bahama Island.

Della Bridgewater
Operations Manager
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Additional Information about Pelican Bay at Lucaya

Property: Pelican Bay at Lucaya
Address: Sea Horse Road at Port Lucaya, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > Freeport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Freeport
Price range (per night): $229 - $286
Hotel Class:4 star — Pelican Bay at Lucaya 4*
Number of rooms: 186
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As Grand Bahama Island's most hospitable hotel, the Pelican Bay is a joyful mix of colorful Bahamian architecture and the finest guest service in the Caribbean. Unique waterside rooms and waterside state rooms enfold you in comfort, while offering special guest touches. Renowned standards of hospitality and attention to guest happiness assure you of a memorable stay in the Bahamas.Part of the Pelican Bay experience is located within steps of your room. In addition to our waterfront Sabor Restaurant and Bar, more than 30 restaurants, bars, shops, live entertainment, the Dolphin Experience, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing trips are a short stroll away.Immediately across the street are two miles of white sand beach, a full service spa, four "Grand Slam" surface tennis courts and a casino. All this is the happy Pelican Bay experience, one you will remember with fondness. ... more   less 
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