My daughter and I stayed at Atlantis over the Labor Day weekend. Our primary reason for going was to see Michael Buble perform. It was a birthday/graduation present to my daughter. Our package was a good deal-$99 a night (with additional fees, about another $50) for the Beach Tower-Terrace view and a free dolphin encounter. I liked the location of the Beach Tower, although we did have to do a lot of walking. I think the Coral Tower would have been ideal. We utilized Dan Knowles for our transfers from the airport to Atlantis for the both of us. It was $52 round trip total. They were polite and efficient and I felt the cost in comparison to other transportation alternatives was the best deal. Our room wasn't ready when we checked in. It was suggested that we grab a bite to eat. The Marina is just outside the Coral and Beach Towers and the cheapest options for food on the premises are there. We opted to have lunch at Murray's Deli, a casual sit down restaurant. My daughter had a chicken salad sandwich and a water and I had a burger and a coke. With the tip, our total was $42! We left there and headed to the casino. I told her we must start by "toasting" our weekend. Once again, I had a Miller Lite and she had a Gin & tonic and we paid $20.76 inclusive with tip. YIKES! The beer was $8 and the drink was $10. We went back to the check in desk and inquired about any liquor stores nearby. Just off the property and across the street is a Dunkin Donuts, liquor store and grocery store. A case (24) of Miller Lite bottles was $44 and we managed to purchase a small bottle of gin and cans of tonic. We brought a small collapsible cooler and brought our own supply to the pools, dolphin cay, etc. We never purchased another drink. We also frequented the Dunkin Donuts each morning for breakfast. Two bagels and a coffee were $7. I also bought soda at the grocery store, along with some snacks (Cheez -its were $7.25) We snacked for lunch and then ate at the pizzeria at the marina. They offered salads, pizza and pasta meals for around $6. We would order small dinners and garlic bread and the portions were satisfying. Sticker shock here is real!!!!! Our room was showing its age. Wall paper was coming off the wall in the bathroom and previous repairs were shoddy at best; glue and paint all over. The beds were comfy though. We were on the top, 9th floor, and that gave us a view-even on the terrace side. Any lower and I don't think the ocean would be visible. The marine life is simply gorgeous and we loved exploring the "Dig". It wasn't too crowded and we had our choice of pools, lazy rivers and slides. We did the Lazy River twice; once choosing the rapids side and once choosing the slide side. It was enjoyable and a long ride, but I'm not one for heavy chlorine and lots of people. I can't even imagine this place when at full capacity. NIGHTMARE! My daughter did the "Leap of Faith" and said it was a blast. Her dolphin encounter was terrific too. She loved it! Once again though, I went to follow her to the beach area in Dolphin Cay and I was told I must buy a wristband to enter the beach area for $15. Not happening. I went to the patio next to the souvenier store, found a table and umbrella and proceeded to drink my Miller Lite while watching the numerous encounters and swims taking place. My last criticism involves our concert. I splurged and purchased the "premium front center-first 5 rows" tickets and found us center right, row G. I was incredibly disappointed and I was not alone. Almost everyone was upset that what was advertised was not delivered. One woman was actually center, but at the back of the convention center. She was MAD. It was false advertising at its best. Also, although no fault of Atlantis, Mr. Buble performed for 55 minutes. While he was on stage, he was amazing! Concert goers were dumbfounded when he finished and didn't provide an encore. Everyone there had spent a lot of money on airfare and accommodations and we felt somewhat cheated. I will say that he began the concert by telling us that he hadn't slept in 4 days (wife had just given birth to Noah) and had changed 40 poopie diapers. He's a fabulous entertainer on stage when he's actually on it??!! Interestingly, when returning to the airport and passing through customs, the agent asked us about our stay. He wanted to know if we liked Atlantis. We told him that we did, but that the main reason for our visit was the Buble concert. He then responded that many travelers had come through customs complaining about the short show. :-( All in all, my daughter LOVED the weekend, the hotel, the dolphin encounter and the concert. Of course she didn't pay for the experience! I did not share her enthusiasm and I would not plan to return.
I think I would check out the Coral Towers and request a higher floor.
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