Just returned from 7 days in Paradise and the trip was awesome.
I would like to begin by saying that I am an owner of a 2 bedroom lockoff unit in Building 2 and was quite concerned as to what we were going to find after reading all the reviews on this site. We have been to Harborside as a family four times prior to this visit, with our last visit in June 2006.Fortunately, our fears were unfounded.
Travelled with a party of 4 adults( 50ish) and two twenty somethings and stayed in the actual unit that we own. (3726/3727).
From one of the earlier reviews, I found the name of Trevor Ferguson, owner of a fleet of transportation vehicles, who met us promptly at the airport, picked us up in a white stretch limo, brought us to the supermarket and then off to Harborside. Much cheaper than arranging the transportaiton through Atlantis. He then returned mid week to take our daughters to the airport and then end of week to take us back to the airport. On the trip back to the airport he went a scenic route and even pointed out the cemetery where Anna Nicole Smith is buried.
If interested you can contact him at email@example.com. Great guy and great price.
We arrived at Harbordside at 1:00 PM and our room was not ready. The checkin process went very smoothly and we set up the separate room charge accounts and all worked out fine,
I had brought one of those hot/cold bags from home and had put the refrigerated items that we bought in the supermarket in that bag. Lovardo, who took our luggage, took the cold bag and put the groceries in the refrigerator in our unit at checkin. We were now free to roam the grounds. We had lunch at the Point which was very good. The pool area was beautiful, not crowded at all and the new buildings (3,4,5,6) looked nice. I was concerned that with the new phase completed, the pool area would be overcrowded but that was not the case for the full 7 days we were there.
Since we had some time before checkin we took the shuttle over to the Cove and the Reef. Absolutely Stunning. More about those resorts later.
We were able to checkin to our rooms at 3:30 and all the luggage was already in the room. I was very curious about the wear and tear that everyone has been talking about so I went around the unit very carefully. Our unit looked great. The walls had not a scratch, my feet did not turn black after walking around the unit and the bathrooms were immaculate. The problems we encountered were there were no blankets for the pullout sofa bed. I called houskeeping and they were delivered in 20 minutes. The metal fram of the sofa bed was mangled in the corner and it was difficult to set up the bed. I called front desk the next morning and they directed the call to engineering. A man showed up that afternoon and repaired the frame. There were no placemats and no frying pan in the larger unit. I can live with these type of problems on vacation. The sofa definitely looked worn and needed to be replaced
At our owners update, I was told that beginning about October 2008, the units in Building 1,2 and 3 are going to be gutted and totally refurbised and redecorated. Also told that Harborside is going to build another phase the other side of the harbor where the silos now stand.
We made good use of the washer/dryer and the dish washer and they performed perfectly.
The jitneys at Harborside do not run frequently enough in the AM and later in the day. There is a large group waiting when going to the beach in the morning and then returning from the beach at 5. They need to improve that system.
Now for some dining and recreation experiences.
Carmines; food and service was great. Big fan of Carmines in NY and Atlantic City. Found the food here just as good. The baked clams were tiny compared to back in the states but delicious.
Market Place Buffet - pricey $52 but nice variety. Enjoyed the sushi and the Mongolian cooking stone. They have a great group that sings Happy Birthday to a Caribbean beat. My 20 something got up with our waiter and joined the group. It was a blast.
Bimini Road - Since we are a party of 6 we had to wait about an hour for a table. They then squezzed us around a round banquet table that was entirely too small. I noticed any party over 4 was seated in tight quarters. The air conditioning did not seem like it was working. The food was good but the wait and seating experience was not.
Johnny Rockets - went in for a Vanillaa Shake which was delicious. Lots of families with kids running around.
Anthony's - found this to be the best priced restaurant with delicious food. Have eaten here on an earlier visit and would certainly go again.
Chop Stix - food pretty good but way over priced. Party of 4 adults, 2 appetizers, 4 main meals 2 drinks ($350). Yikes!!
Murrays Deli - I was not impressed but the other 3 adults enjoyed their corned beef and pastrami sandwiches.
Waters Edge Buffet - fish is main entree at this buffet. Food was good and the setting is nice.
During the day at the pools we had lunch which was pretty good
Greek Salad $10/Hamburger $8.50/Fries $3.50. Since we had the unit, we had lunch several times back at home. We did pick up botttled water at the supermarket that we would freeze the nite before and then take to the beach/pool in a zip lock bag and it worked out great.
Andastara Gardens - Flamingo show was fun. Ate at Conch Fritters in town and then did some window shopping.
Majestic Tours Rose Island for a picnic and snorkeling- Very disappointed. $55- very few fish, reef looked dead, food very disappointing - facilities for changing non-existant. Did this trip 6 years ago and it certainly has gone down hill. Did Blue Lagoon Island 2 years ago and found it very very difficult to get into the water with all the rock formations. Probably best to try a snorkeling trip where they take you out and you jump off the boat.
Grounds of Atlantis
River Pool by the Beach tower was great. You can easily access Paradise Beach from here. The lazy river here is still a favorite.
Royal Tower Pool - nice large pool and can enter the new water rapid ride from this area.
The Baths Pool - this is a new pool over by Cove Beach and it is large and beautiful. You also have easy access to Cove Beach. This is a great area for the beach and the rapids and Tower of Power.
Went out walking early every morning from 7-8:30 and did not see towels on chairs . Went to the Fitness Center over by Royal Tower 3 days/$40 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Center at Harborside too small. Walked over by the Cove in the morning and could see the dolphins at Dolphin Cay jumping around. Truly beautiful.
Checkout was fine with no unauthorized charges to the room.
Had fun in the Casino at the penny slots and had a great time in Marina Village. I miss my morning walk around the marina into the Village and then a Starbucks Venti Black Iced Tea sweetened($3.45).
I hope you found this information helpful and I can't wait to return to see what the new renovation will look like.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the natural wonders of warm Caribbean breezes, blue crystalline waters and sparkling white-sand beaches, Harborside Resort offers Atlantis guests a vacation filled with beauty, relaxation and excitement. Situated just across the marina from Atlantis, you have access to a wealth of private amenities combined with the home-away-from-home extras that only a spacious, private villa can offer. The Harborside Resort is just steps from a harbor front restaurant and pool area, a children's pool with fountains, a fitness facility and more. ... more less
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