We just finished our 5 day stay at Comfort Suites on Paradise Island--two adults and one 6 yr old child. We really enjoyed our vacation! We booked our trip through Cheap Caribbean.
Comfort Suites hotel has an AWESOME location near two one level shopping centers (a very reasonably priced liquor store was a huge plus!) and Atlantis water park and Atlantis casino/night clubs. I'll give you some tips I have not seen posted here:
Save money on lunch at Atlantis (cheapest lunch you can buy at Atlantis is $12.00 (and change) which is a burger, fries and a soft drink). Purchase your lunch at Quizno's which is on your way towards Atlantis. $6.50 for a 5" turkey, ham or roast beef sandwich. Chips are $1.50 each. Buy a (larger) bottled water or soda at the Comfort Suites vending machine for $2.00. Put this all in your backpack. At Atlantis, approach a food counter (locations all over the water park) and take a clear plastic cup that are stacked on the counter. Fill with ice. Then you'll have an ice cold drink and a sandwich all for a little less than the price of the burger--and a bit of a healthier option. If you do buy the burger, save your drink cup and refill it free throughout the day. The soda fountain drink areas are self-serve.
There are free children and adult life vests on white racks located all around the water park. It is self serve.
Expect to do A LOT of walking. Even though Comfort Suites is close to Atlantis, it is a 5-7 minute walk to get your wrist bands. Then another 5 - 10 min walk to the area you want to hang out at. Each day, we visited a different area of Atlantis to experience the slides, lazy rivers, ocean, viewing aquatic life and beautiful trees/flowers. We still did not see it all--but saw most. Atlantis is THAT LARGE.
Save money as there are free activities during the day which are posted on a white piece of paper where you get your wrist bands. Free fish feedings, free child's craft, free movies in the theater, free bingo, free soccer, etc. Each day the free activities varies.
Atlantis has good security and there are employees everywhere. Outside there are crossing guards and a manned security post (for vehicles). Very safe area. Even at night coming back from the casino at 2am, it felt safe. My hubby said cocktails were free at the casino as long as you were gambling. You can tip the cocktail waitress a $1.00 chip for each drink.
On to Comfort Suites. When we first arrived, the bell hop brought us to a room that had one king bed. Ummm....there are three of us (two adults and one 6 yr old child). We wanted a 2 queen room. Back to the front desk. The ladies tried to tell us we had to pay an extra $25/day for a two queen room. NO WAY! I showed on my Cheap Caribbean voucher that it said a free upgrade. So, reluctantly the front desk gave me a two queen room at no extra cost. So it is on the 5th floor (top floor).
We stayed in that room for one night--it was not a renovated room. I could not get any hot water for a shower! I ran the bathtub for over 5 min (what a waste of water) and it would only get luke warm. Same with the bathroom sink. Ugh! Back to the front desk. I AGAIN requested a newly renovated room, on the 2nd floor ( which is the ground floor) near the pool and hallway exit to Atlantis. I FINALLY got a room that I wanted! It was a handicapped room (that is all they had to fulfill my requests). The only difference from a regular room was a slightly taller toilet, shallower bathtub with handles on the wall, and shelves in the closet were lower. No big deal. The room was a garden view with beautiful flowering bushes out the sliding glass door. PERFECT! It was the first room next to the lobby area (room 262) and at times you could hear people at night in the hallway or lobby, but it did not bother us. Note: the Bahamas are humid. Since we were in 3 rooms, I can say with confidence that all the rooms, renovated or not, smell a bit musty. It is the nature of the beast. If that bothers you, bring from home an air freshener. Honestly, once you are in the room for 1 minute, you don't even notice the musty smell.
I saved the BEST TIP for last: Don't pay for the expensive shuttle bus service that Cheap Caribbean offers. Take a taxi from the airport and back to the airport. We did this and saved us money. Right when you walk out of the Bahama's airport, there are 10 + taxi drivers waiting holding signs that say "TAXI" or "TAXI--we take credit cards". It cost us $38.00 (plus tip) for a taxi ride to Comfort Suites. The ride is about 30 minutes. While staying at Comfort Suites, we met a taxi driver who took us to Montague Garden restaurant (FREE taxi ride (we did tip) to and from restaurant. Hotel front desk must call a reservation in for you). Taxi driver is Oscar. We negotiated a deal with him--he gave us his cell number. Two days later he drove us back to the airport for $25.00 (plus tip)! I asked the front desk if I could "call my ride" and they let me use their phone for free. If you call local from your room, it is a .50 cent charge.
Enjoy the pool bar at happy hour. Both bartenders we met were very friendly!
Daily, utilized the free buffet breakfast in the restaurant by the pool bar. It is less crowded than the inside hotel breakfast buffet area and you can sit inside or outside by the pool. Plenty of tables. It was so nice to have a free breakfast each morning. One less thing to think about!
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