I stayed at the hotel with my wife and 2 i/2 year old little boy from 5/20 to 5/25. Six days and five nights. I'll start with the good and go to the bad.
The taxi ride from the airport was only $28 and the driver was very friendly, so don't pay the extra cash fro the transfers.
The hotel room was clean and the sound proof door kept the room very quiet from the outside. The problem came from the all of the drunk hotel guests who were screaming in the hallways all hours of the night.
The staff kept the room clean and the fridge full of water and sodas.
The food was average at best and the speacilty restaurants really weren't that good. Forget about the term cooked to order. There was lots of food and as much as you could cosume. If you are a hamburger/hot dog/ bad pizza/ french fry consuming person, you will love their lunch. You can't screw up breakfast. Read the other reviews regarding getting up early to eat at the specaility restaurants. The steak house was good and the gourmet restaurant was a good attempt at gourmet food, but my fish was over cooked.
The booze was every where. If you like to drink then this is your place. Frozen drinks at the Atlantis were about ten to twelve bucks a pop and all you had to do was go to the bar and order as many frozen mudslides as you can consume.
There was a group of catholic highschool students from Lafayette, Louisana and they were so out of control. The parents were no better. Maybe I'm over reacting, but when you spend a couple of grand on a vacation and the kids are pissing off of the balconey, that crosses a line. The hotel made threats to the kids, but they ruined it for some of us. But, if you were part of the drunken crowd, you would never notice.
The hotel reminded me of your typical hotel on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. It was in good condition. The pool was fine. There is nothing for young kids to do at this resort, so if you are a parent, consider something else, unless you are from Louisana and don't care.
The beach was filled with vendors who would not leave you alone. Jet Ski, Para Sail, Banana Boat, Cigar, Tee Shirt, Soda, Candy. The pool has loud music blasting and if you have this fantasy about going to the beach to just chill and relax, you can forget about it.
The hotel was right next to the Atlantis and each day we walked around the Atlantis and that was the highlight of the trip. You can spend 30 bucks for a tour of the grounds or you can walk on your own and see the wonderful aquairum. It was truley amazing.
If I did not my kid and I drank a little more I'm sure I would have had a better time. Except, I was really getting tired of the food at the resorts. We still made the best of it, but I would not return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on Paradise Island (the Bahamas), 3 km/1.8 Miles from Nassau * 100 m/328 ft from "Atlantis", the largest casino in the Caribbean * 14-story building * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 3 km/1.8 Miles to downtown Nassau * 200 m/656 ft from various shops * 25 km/15.5 Miles from the airport * 200 m/656 ft from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Discover ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Paradise Island Sheraton
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