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Atlantis - Coral Towers
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   1 Casino Dr, New Providence Island   |  
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“nassau beautiful--resort not so much...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We recently spent 4 nights in the coral towers. I attended a meeting and my husband came along for R and R. I had read quite a bit about atlantis and the costs involved but was still amazed at all of the charges and prices for food and activities. It felt like it was almost a joke---evidently everything is very rare in the land of atlantis and prices are at a premium for every single item. Our room was absolutely fine and was very spacious and well appointed. Although our balcony overlooked the front entrance of the coral as well as the roof, we also could see the harbor and we enjoyed sitting on the balcony and watching people. We only ate one meal at atlantis--a lunch at the lagoon grill--and it was nothing memorable and cost $70 for a sandwich, pizza and 2 alcoholic drinks. We did go into nassau and ate at cafe matisse one night which was very pleasant and also walked to the green parrot under the bridge and had dinner there one night and also walked to the Dune restaurant and had drinks and appetizers. This was expensive but the atmosphere was wonderful and made the cost worth it.
I definitely recommend a stop at the grocery and liquor store to pick up some beverages and snacks. We brought a small soft sided cooler and used this for beer and tonic and kept some wine chilled in our ice bucket. I have no doubt that this saved us probably $250 or so.
The staff that we encountered was all helpful and appropriate.
Overall, the resort is definitely showing signs of needing updating and the while the aquariums were very cool, the glass was etched and looked very worn.
i was also disappointed that there was absolutely no recycling effort--just a huge amount of waste.
We brought our own snorkel gear and we also did a tour with flying cloud for snorkeling. We also snorkeled on our own over by the cove beach and actually saw a fair amount--fish, lobster and even an octopus.
We did do the water slides and the rapids river and there were lots of fun. The first day we went there were long lines but on sunday afternoon they were very short. I think there were 5 or 6 cruise ships in the first day which really makes it a mob scene.
We have traveled quite a bit and i think we prefer a smaller, less over the top destination. We felt like it was chaos and just really crowded and a lot of people showing off their money and "coolness". I don't mind spending money for a great meal or great atmosphere but i also don't like feeling like i am completely being taken advantage of either. We tried to find a calm or quiet place to enjoy a drink outside in the evening and was told there was no such place in atlantis!!
Overall, not a horrible trip but i don't plan to go back either!!

Room Tip: coral towers are centrally located but the lobby is like grand central station!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Just back last night from 5 nights at Atlantis in the Bahamas. My husband, two sons (16 and 17) and I all went and we stayed in the Coral Towers. The weather was gorgeous every single day. The Coral Towers hotel is the most centrally located hotel at Atlantis but that meant it was absolutely mobbed, especially at night. The rooms were ok and the lobby was very nice. Cleaning of the rooms was very well done and was usually completed by early afternoon. Chairs by the pool were hard to come by unless you got there by 8:30am to save them. All of the pools around the property were very nice as was the water rides. The restraurants were very expensive but the food was good. If you want to eat at the nicer restaurants you need to make reservations before you go or you won't be able to get in. There were a lot of activities for younger kids (under 12) but not much for my teen boys to do. They did go to Crush - the teen night club a few nights but the cost was $25 per person each night and there wasn't a whole lot to do there besides video games. The beaches were very crowded, kind of dirty and there were locals trying to sell you stuff as you walked down the beach. We went to the casino twice and they had a lot of different games but it was crowded and smokey. The buildings on the property are absolutely gorgeous and the underwater viewing areas are really neat. We really enjoyed the marina area with the fun shops, restaurants and huge yachts. I think Atlantis would be a great trip for a family with younger kids. For us there just wasn't enough to do and for the money we expected a little bit of a higher caliber experience.

Room Tip: We were on the 6th floor of Coral Towers and it was nice and quiet. We did not pay for an ocean view...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Stayed here Feb 19-23 with my son for his school break.
Atlantis is an incredible place, but the crowds and hoards of people throughout this massive property make it much like going to Manhattan.
In advance of the trip, they kept pushing the "My Atlantis" feature - where you can manage all the activities you want to do online. I tried repeatedly over a 3 week period to try and book a tee time at the Ocean Club Golf Course via this method - without success. Eventually I called Atlantis to make the booking, however they couldn't do it either. Their advice was to try again later, or call the golf course directly - which I did. So so much for "My Atlantis" - sounded good, but didn't work. The live concierge at the Coral Tower wasn't much better - kind of surly and dismissive when I was looking for help with a dinner reservation.
They will tell you to make dinner reservations in advance of coming -which you really must do, as every restaurant that will take a reservation was completely booked every night we were there.
Some comments on the dining :
- Virgils was good for lunch and dinner
- Nobu - we ate in the lounge which was fine (no reservation required here) and you can order off the full menu
- Bimini Road - we waited over an hour to get a table (for 2) here - and the food was very mediocre
- Carmine's - service and ambience was good - however not ideal for a small party as the only portions they offer are "family platters" which were huge. I asked for a half portion but was told no
Some other comments about Atlantis :
- the staff for the most part were extremely friendly, polite, good-natured and seemed very proud of their beautiful country
- there are line ups for everything - towels, aquatic rides & slides, restaurants, Starbucks etc.
- chairs around the pools are completely gone by 10am or so - and many remained unocupied for the entire day - people didn't seem to have the courtesy to remove their towels once they were finished for the day
- the Casino is very smoky - and surprisingly smoking is still permitted in many public spaces - hotel lobbies and hallways, around the pool etc.
- The Ocean Club Golf Course is fantastic - great design that is very pretty, scenic and playable
- the tennis courts are a LONG way from hotel towers - and the clay courts were in terrible condition - lumpy, poor bounces, and littered with leaves and branches. 2 of the 3 nets were not set to proper heights
- the gym is very good - however it was packed - no space to stretch etc. Simply no longer big enough for a resort of this size
- water park is incredible but packed with people
- our room in the Coral Tower was decent - like a nice Holiday Inn room. The view from the 9th floor overlooking the grounds was incredible. The TV was a flat screen - however the reception was brutal. Not HD, and grainy picture.
- They don't offer wifi in the rooms - which seems cheap in 2013 ($20 a day for a phone line connection in the room). The 15 minute access in the library was mickey mouse - a security code was provided with slow, cumbersome service that many people had difficulty figuring out

We visited Atlantis 10 years ago and had a great time. It now seems to be twice as big - and is now busting at the seams to accomodate the number of guests they squeeze in. If you can get a day pass to see the grounds, do so, but stay somewhere else. I would not go back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Atlantis is an amazing destination. Yes it is expensive and we knew this going in, but I think you forget how expensive til you get there. Would not bother with dan knowles transportation. You can save yourself some time money and hassle by getting a cab on your own. Coral towers is great location and the rooms are clean. Water pressure could be better, very litle pressure for showers. First floor accommodations,down by the library is perfect location to acces the pool areas. Food is ok. There was not really any restaurant that was amazing. Went to dunkin donuts every morning which was across the street from coral tower entrance. Cheap eats and wifi. Did go to sea grapes breakfast buffet, not worth the price you pay.. It was just ok.
Bikinis is good and somewhat reasonable. Johnny rockets is overprice burgers but you know what you get.. Burgers and shakes.. Kids love it. Marketplace buffet is pricey $50 plus for adults and 25ish for kids.. But the choices are endless and the food is great there. Make sure you plan on eating a lot or not worth it. Virgules BBQ.... Ok family style where you order plates for table to share.. Pick one. You don't need more than 1 main if you have two adults And 4 kids... Get 2 sides and it will be more than enough.
Get up early to go to save some beach chairs with towels and leave your Teniers or mags on them til you get there so nobody moves on on your choice beach chairs. If you just leave towels. They will get taken. Expect to spend lots of$$$$$ any way you do it, it's expensive from start to finish. It's a fun resort with a lot to do.

Room Tip: Request room down in wing beyond library... Quiet and convenient
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We stayed at Atlantis Coral Tower for a week. The whole resort is amazing: you can walk everyday from the room to the beach among pools where sharks, turtles and a a lot of other fishes are so close that you can almost touch them. Hotel facility has also a water park, a dolphin pool, a casino that allow you to enjoy every second of your time there.
The room we stayed in was very big, comfortable and clean.
Hotel's personnel was kind and polite.

The negative part is that everything that is not included in hotel's rate is really expensive, starting from food, beverages, activities (like swimming with the dolphins or diving), etc. and that you do not have internet access in your room for free.

Despite of that the overall vacation cost above the average, the resort is worth a visit.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The hotel was very lovely from the outside and the reception desk was very friendly. You have to check in here first before you go to the beach tower.

Can't wait to go back. Great for honeymoners and families. Beatiful resort but could not afford to go at prime time so we will wait till Nov/Dec again when rates are more affordable. It wasn't overcrowed and the weather was windy but nice, 80. The only thing about going in the winter months is that it gets darker earlier so you will get a little less beach time. The water is gorgeous and clear. I was told it is even better in the summer months. Some restaurants were closed on different nights because it was the slower season right before Christmas but they were the more expensive ones anyways $30-60 pp so it was that big of a deal to us. If you had the food plan, it might have been alittle annoying to you but you just had to find another one open.

The Coral Towers in directly in front of the Marina and Marina Village which is a huge plus.

Room Tip: Definetly spend the extra money for the Oceanview. It was worth it.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We've been to Atlantis 3 times. This time we stayed in the the Coral Tower rooms in the Reef Wing, which are bigger, were recently updated and have a better view than the other wings in the Coral Towers. To us, this was the best value for the money since these rooms were cheaper, than the Royal Towers, Reef Tower (different from Reef Wing at Coral Towers) and The Cove. There are only 4 floors in the Reef Wing of the Coral Towers and it's closest to the beach. We stayed on the 4th floor and our view from the balcony was of the lagoons below and the ocean to the right. It was great. Also, on the fourth floor you're right by the library where there is free internet. So we never paid for internet in our room, instead I waked down the hall to the library and was able to get on their computer. You are limited to only 15 minutes per day, but I was able to get what I needed to get done each morning. There is also free internet at Dunkin Doughuts across the street.

We stayed in the Beach Tower the first time we were there and the Royal Towers the second time we were there.

Room Tip: Coral Tower's Reef wing is the best value over the Royal Towers. Other wings in the Coral Towers...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Casino Dr, New Providence Island
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Paradise Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Paradise Island
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Paradise Island
#6 Luxury Hotel in Paradise Island
#7 Family Hotel in Paradise Island
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Paradise Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Atlantis - Coral Towers 4*
Number of rooms: 693
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Coral Towers at Atlantis 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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