I stayed at the Coral Towers during the first week of February with my husband and four-year-old son. Although the forecast called for partly cloudy days and some showers, the weather was fantastic. It was hot and clear each day, with the exception of the day we left (it was quite chilly, so our day by the pool was cut short).
The hotel is nicer than I was expecting and is connected to other facilities with shops and restaurants; you can walk from the Beach Tower, the Convention Centre, through the Coral Towers, the Casino and then the Royal Towers. The CT is a pretty good location for the things we did. The kid’s club is located right below the lobby. The entrance to the Marina is right outside the lobby, so it’s a great location for the evenings. If you walk in one direction, it’s close to the facilities of the Beach Tower (beach, kids’ pool, lazy river). If you walk in the other direction, you have to walk through the casino to get to the facilities near the Royal Towers (adult pool, beach, kids’ pools, including Splashers, the lazy river and all the water slides). We spent more time on the Royal Towers side, so next time I’d pay the extra money (to save some walking).
Check in/out were prompt and non-incidental. The only problem I had with service was when I ordered room service one night (my son fell asleep before we could get out for dinner); Our room had an old dining menu, so I didn’t get exactly what I ordered.
I wasn’t expecting lavish rooms with spa baths. They are a comfortable size, with all the amenities you’d expect; plenty of towels, shampoo, soaps, working hair dryers, irons, etc. That’s all you really need anyways. The beds and pillows were too soft for my liking, so I didn’t sleep very well. Also, during two nights, there were fireworks displays somewhere on the property at 11 pm.
Another issue with our room was that it did have a pool and ocean view but it also overlooked the convention centre service entrance; there was a ton of noise each day, sometimes as early as 6 am. We definitely couldn’t sleep with our patio door open or it would be too loud. Our room faced east, so it may be wise to ask for a room on another side of the hotel.
There were many channels of the television, so there was lots to watch after putting the little one to bed, including the CBC from Canada.
We expected the food to be really expensive, so we did bring some granola bars and juice boxes from home, but our bill at week’s end was a pleasant surprise. It came to about $780 for the week. One tip for bottled water is don’t purchase it from your mini bar; the Sundries shop near the lobby sells it for about $4, as opposed to $5.75 from the room.
We ate off property one night (at a place called the Fish Fry; it was a tourist trap but the food was OK; it’ll cost about $15 for the cab there and back). At the resort we had the buffet breakfast at the Royal Towers on two mornings. The other days we ate eggs Florentine on a croissant from Starbucks, or bagels with cream cheese from Plato’s in the Royal Towers; both good value. My husband did eat at Chop Sticks one night on his own; it’s overpriced and not that great. We also ate at Carmines twice; it’s really child friendly (if your kid loves pasta) but the portions are huge, so I wouldn’t go if it’s just two people unless you want lots of leftover. The food was great; it’s served family style. Other tables were ordering multiple courses, but we just shared a platter of pasta each day and there were still leftovers.
Another night we ate at Johnny Rockets; also child friendly but they do serve greasy spoon fast food, so once was enough for us. We also ate at the Marina Pizzaria one night. It only offers takeout, but there are tables and chairs right outside overlooking the luxury yachts in the marina. We liked the food and it only cost about $30. The marina area is definitely worth checking out; there’s a good mix of higher priced and medium priced eateries, plus the Starbucks, a juice bar and an ice-cream parlor. Some places need reservations.
During the days we ate at the various snack bars located near the beaches and pools. They also have the typical fast food of chicken nuggets, nachos and fries, but they also serve healthier options like fresh salads, fruit and veggie bags. We also had grilled paninis from Plato’s a couple of days, which were pretty good. One thing lacking in the takeout places was milk. You could only get milk at the sit-down restaurants.
The property has tons to do and lots of places to go for a change of scenery. It also never felt crowded. We’ll definitely go back. It’s great for kids (and there are lots of them there) but equally nice for couples.
- Also Known As:
- Atlantis - Coral Towers Hotel Paradise Island
- Atlantis - Coral Towers Hotel
- Atlantis Coral Hotel
- Atlantis Coral Resort
- Atlantis - Coral Towers Bahamas/Paradise Island
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Coral Towers are centrally located and offer contemporary, relaxed accommodations within a tropically casual atmosphere. Guestrooms have one king or two queen beds with sitting areas and full balconies with water or terrace views. Coral Towers is just steps away from marine exhibits, a seven-acre snorkeling lagoon, BLU Pool, water slides, the Crystal Court Shops, Marina Village, the casino and several casual and gourmet dining options. ... more less
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