Bell Channel Inn
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It all started back in 1980 when my grandfather Mr. Paulsen (who was an asthmatic), was encouraged to visit the Bahamas because of its wonderful climate.
Born and raised in Denmark, Mr. Paulsen and his wife Mrs. Paulsen, were used to cold weather and liked the idea of island life, and being a bit of an adventurer, Mr. Paulsen decided to follow the doctor’s advice and went on the 16 hour journey from Denmark to Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Once Mr. & Mrs. Paulsen arrived in The Bahamas, they immediately fell in love with the island and its people, and it didn’t take long before they found a small hotel that needed some TLC.
In 1989 he and his wife, left their 3 grown children in Denmark and moved to Freeport permanently. Here they began to renovate the hotel and it quickly became a quaint little hotel, that they named: Bell Channel Inn, after the channel it is located on.
It has now been almost 25 years since Mr. & Mrs. Paulsen began operating the hotel. Unfortunately Mr. Paulsen passed away in 2003, to great sadness for his family and staff. However, his legacy lives on as his wife Mrs. Paulsen, his oldest daughter Lisbeth and his oldest grand-daughter Susie are now running the hotel together.
When you visit our restaurant “Upstairs” – you will in the corner of the bar see a small plaque – that says “Mr. P’s Corner” in honour of Mr. Paulsen. You will also find a collage of family, patrons & staff photos displayed on the wall.
Lisbeth’s husband, Presley is also involved in the family business, as he has opened a full service dive shop named Caribbean Divers, on our premises. The majority of the staff at Bell Channel Inn, has worked here since we opened in 1989 – they are all like family to us.
As you can see, it was no coincidence that we choose the motto: “Where We Treat You Like Family!” because we are all – staff and management – one big family here and we have made it our mission to ensure that our guests feel that they are part of our family as well!
If you are on a budget, and looking for a clean, spacious room at an affordable price while also getting that personal experience that is so rare to find these days, then Bell Channel Inn is a great choice for you!
We are not a 5 star hotel – but we DO have a 5 star staff!
Check out our website to see our great rates and the many fine amenities that we offer, including a full service dives shop and our popular Upstairs Restaurant & Bar, offering American & Bahamian dishes while overlooking the water and Port Lucaya Market Place.
We hope to welcome you soon at Bell Channel Inn – Where We Treat You Like Family!
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March 16, 2007 oliviafranssen
Whenn I booked my room at the Bell Channel Inn during Christmas 2005 it was by accident...but when I booked it Spring Break 2006 in March..it was on purpose. The Bell Channel Inn looked lovely and quiant on the internet and I couldn't wait to get there. Well it wasn't located in an area I thought from looking at the internet pictures but...... It wasn't as a bad place to stay, the rooms were clean, the staff was friendly and helpful and the management was very accomadating. It was about like staying at the Sleep Inns in the USA not quiet the same as a Holiday Inn but I felt safe, comfortable and I enjoyed my stay and I am a 50ish female travelling alone. My room was very clean and the laundry was fresh daily...I am really funny about my bed. So when I am satified with a bed that is a good thing. Jennie was my special person there....she makes sure you get to do and go anywhere you want ..she is sort of a consultant for tourist. The resturant and bar upstairs was nice but a short walk to a bus stop would get you right in the thick of things @ lucaya Market place and they had complimentary runs to the beach and grocery store. There is water right in back but it is a channel for the divers I guess. the rooms are large and you have a nice little kitchenette. mini fridge no microwave tho. there was a sofa and a small patio balcony with table and chairs. If you need a coffee pot, Iron, etc. just ask it will be brought to you. for the money....it was very nice.... after all when on vacation..you only sleep in the room and shower....and it was pleasant enough for that. I spent my days on the beach, shopping and or at the casino. I spend my evenings @ Lucaya's Count Baise Square partying with the native at the fish fry at Smith's Point and whatever else was going on. When I came in it was hot shower, clean bed, newly news and sleep............ my only regret is that the beach wasn't closer...but they take you there free and send the van back to pick you up later. So what the heck!!!!!!! I would say...if you are an average joe and want to go to the Bahamas on a budget...this is the place for you. Save your money for other things.....!!!!
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