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First time to Nassau, where to stay?

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First time to Nassau, where to stay?

My partner and I are considering Nassau later this year. Need advice on hotels. Must be walking distance to beach, transport to shops etc. Is all-inclusive recommended or not?

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1. Re: First time to Nassau, where to stay?

You need to provide more information to get responses. The biggest one being...What is your budget, what types of accomodations (high end or just a place to sleep and shower), accomodations with families and young kids, when traveling, etc..

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2. Re: First time to Nassau, where to stay?

We are a senior couple. We are looking for a 3 or 4 star hotel, on the beach, or within 5 mins walking distance, preferably in Nassau, near to transport.

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3. Re: First time to Nassau, where to stay?

My husband and I love Sandals Royal Bahamian. We've stayed there twice. It's adults only, AI. It's worth the money you pay. You are right on the beach and the hotel has its own private island as well.

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4. Re: First time to Nassau, where to stay?

Any advice on hotels on Paradise Island?

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On Paradise Island, there are several choices of hotels right on the beach. An all-inclusive, there is the Riu Palace. While not as luxurious as Sandals Royal Bahamian, the Riu is adequate housing and it's most notable feature is its location...right on the beach and right next to the mega-resort Atlantis. (Its biggest drawback is its small swimming pool and its limited variety of restaurants.) If you stay at the Riu, you can walk the grounds of Atlantis in the evenings when there is no fee to be there. There is also Atlantis, itself, which has several different properties from which to choose. The Beach Tower, the cheapest accommodations on property, is right on what I consider the best beach on the resort. I stayed there in August and loved it! The Cove and the Reef are more luxurious inside and are located near a cove beach. The grounds of Atlantis and its pools are much nicer than what you will find elsewhere on the island but food and drink are pricey there and you have to weigh that factor into your decision about going with an all-inclusive. Drinks are about $10 and meals range from $15 (sandwich and fries) to $60 or more (steak dinner). Read some of the posts about Atlantis and their meal plan and you will get an idea. Hope this helps.

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Comfort Suites on Paradise Island is a great place to stay. Besides guests having all privileges at Atlantis as guests there enjoy, C.S. guests also enjoy free hot and cold breakfasts and free Hi-Speed WIFI Internet access in all rooms that worked great during my last visit. I've stayed at C.S. 11 times on one week visits and never had a major problem with any of my rooms. It's right across the street from the Coral Tower lobby at Atlantis.

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7. Re: First time to Nassau, where to stay?

More questions about Paradise Island. We are a senior couple, we need advice on hotels on the beach or within 5 mins walk to the beach. we don't expect to spend much time in the room so room views are not important. We want a hotel that provides breakfast only. Nearby restaurants and shopping are important. Thanks.

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8. Re: First time to Nassau, where to stay?

Comfort Suites includes breakfast in the price of its rooms and is about a ten minute walk to the beach. Riu Palace is all inclusive and is right on the beach with all of the rooms ocean view. Beach Tower Atlantis does not include any meals and it abuts the beach. The cheapest rooms are terrace view and overlook the road but you can pay more for ocean views.

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Both Comfort Suites and Riu Palace are adjacent to the Atlantis resort. The biggest complaint about Comfort Suites is that it is farther from the beach and the action like the waterpark. With Riu palace, you don't get to use the pools and waterpark at Atlantis and can only visit the marine habitats at night when they stop checking wristbands (altough food and drink are included in the price and both are expensive on Pleasure Island). Beach Tower doesnt include any food, altough there is an all you care to eat buffet in its lobby for both breakfast and dinner. All of these properties. All three of these properties have their own fan club (not dumps) and are within walking distance to Marina Village, a quaint section of Atlantis with shops, casual restaurants and a marina full of million dollar yachts. There are upscale boutiques and a casino within walking distance of all these hotels at the Royal Towers. Also, scattered throughout the Atlantis complex are numerous other restaurants. (See the Atlantis website under casual and fine dining for a complete list.) The ferry terminal is also within walking distance of all three of these hotels. You can get a water ferry there for $4 per person to go to downtown Nassau. (Better yet, grab a regular cab from the front of any of these hotels and ride in style for about $5 per person.) Downtown Nassau is a shoppers paradise with everything from tourist souvenir stores to designer jewelry stores and duty free shops. It is also the home of the much talked about Straw Market and several restaurants. (A senior myself, I stayed at the Beach Tower and didn't have any trouble walking the expansive grounds of Atlantis...there is always something fun to look at, including those luscious palm trees.) For accomodations near the beach on Pleasure Island, all three of these properties have something to recommend them. Try reading reviews for each of them and then see which one you get a deal on.

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10. Re: First time to Nassau, where to stay?

Thank you so much for your very helpful reply. I have been reading reviews on all the hotels you mention but they differ so widely as to the pros and cons. I guess we will just have to choose one venue and hope it works out for us! Thanks again!