So we were upgraded to the Coral towers Sept 6-Sept11th, I went with my husband and 3-year-old and had a great time. Like many, we got our room for $99/night and after reading the reviews, I was scared about what this trip would really cost me. I took a suitcase full of snacks, capri suns, and I'll also admit...I took these alcohol premade drink packets (different flavors like margarita, pina colada etc)...they are in capri sun-like packaging for like $1.40 at CVS here in Houston, and they were FANTASTICS. I would ask for a cup of ice at the bar then would fill it up, and get my fruity drink fill while at the pool. BUT I don't know if I was really allowed to do that through customs. I didn't think about it until later, I probably should have ask, but I did get away with it and it was lovely! I took a collapsible cooler, filled it with ice and took off with my snacks and juices.
My way of coping with the expensiveness there was to create offsets (like the price of the hotel room...not getting the meal plan and eating elsewhere...bringing my own juice and buying waters at a local supermarket). If I feel like I'm getting slammed on everything, I do get bitter...but I really went into it knowing it would be expensive, and looked at ways to mitigate. One was eating dinner at Montague Gardens....I've got a separate review on that. You should definitely go there.
This place was fantastic for my daughter, she/we loved the 'lazy/crazy' river...I could have just gone round and round on that thing the whole day, it was so much fun. The slides and water parks for the kids are awesome, I can't say enough about them, and at this time of year, I did not see any long lines of any sort.
It rained sporadically every day and then it would clear up, that was more than ok.
The aquariums were just breathe taking, the whole place is a complete compound.
My husband used the gym twice, it was $15/day, he said it was really nice (hell, it better be!)
The beach is wonderful, however, we spent most of our time by the pool.
If you don't like walking, don't come to this resort or the Coral Towers, everything is far. We found if we cut through the Casino, it wasn't so bad, I was glad to get the exercise though, after eating all the crap that I was eating over there. We typically had a burger by the pool in the afternoon, which was reasonably priced.
We ate breakfast at Anthony's every morning, which was good. We spent approximately $35 for the three of us. One day we tried Quiznos and breakfast was gross, the egg was still frozen on the inside...I'm probably more of a real breakfast kind of girl, add to the that crappy look on the girl's face that helped us, I was completely turned off.
About the "attitude" of some of the Bahamians, I would say 50% were crappy and 50% were sweet, friendly and helpful. I don't need a lot of niceties either, I've got thicker skin than that. I tried not to let the bad ruin my opinion of everything, however, it was something that my husband and I noticed. I did have a little girl with me, so I did see many of those "frowns turn upsidedown" whenver my extroverted daughter would say hello and smile.
The Room: we were upgraded to the 10th floor at the Coral Towers and we had a great view. The 10th floor however, smelled like wet dog, it was pretty awful and the ice maker was broken so I had to go to the 11th floor for ice. The room was clean and served it's purpose well. The bed was comfortable, and I took all of the drinks out of the mini fridge and put my own stuff in there. I bought a gallon of water (I could have fit two), and was able to stick it in there, there was plenty of room for more stuff too. The beds were comfortable, I usually push one bed against the wall and sleep with my daughter so she doesn't fall off.
Wifi: So we bought Wifi becuase my husband has to be connected, and while he was able to work just fine out of the room on his computer, emails through our other devices like iPhone was shoddy at best and not dependable at all. We tried to get it fixed a couple of times, but when he went to the lobby, of course, it worked fine and there was nothing to fix. Oh well!!!!
Childcare: One day we left our daughter from 1 to 5pm at the daycare while my husband and I went downtown to walk around. She loved it, they were very sweet and even gave her a little backpack for her to take home with her, and it was a nice couple of hours to ourselves and to be able to get out of the compound.
Would I come back to the Atlantis? Probably when my daughter is older and she can appreciate all of the slides, and ONLY if I'm paying what I paid for the room etc. but it won't happen next year or anything. I liked all there is to do at the resort....never a dull moment.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Atlantis - Coral Towers Hotel Paradise Island
- Atlantis Coral Hotel
- Atlantis Coral Resort
- Atlantis - Coral Towers Bahamas/Paradise Island