I've always looked forward to visiting Atlantis and for our 3rd anniversary we booked a 4 night stay. Given that we went in September, it's nice to not have many people and kids around (the start of the school year...); HOWEVER, upon arrival at 6pm, we couldn't really find any open restaurants and had to leave the resort to eat dinner. Who closes all their restaurants at 6pm, dinnertime? As the weekend went on, they kept most restaurants closed, apparently due to the low occupancy of the resort. Okay, fine. But, that really just left us with Starbucks, Johnny Rockets, and Quiznos... we didn't really have a lot of interest in the expensive dining options - although, Virgil's BBQ would've been about the only one except they were the most popular (and one of probably 3 upscale restaurants open) and had a horrendous wait.
The water park was awesome and sooo much better that there weren't a ton of people around - hardly any lines for water rides every time we went (and we pretty much stayed on the lazy river or water rides most of the trip) - the beach is always great - perfect white sand beach with crystal clear warm water... probably my favorite beach besides the Grand Cayman beaches.
The staff were not extremely friendly and most of the time they almost begrudgingly helped you - the "lifeguards" and people servicing the water rides were pretty much all texting or talking to others. I've been to other resorts where all the staff are very friendly and always greet you even when just walking past, so to me, it was pretty bad when most staff avoided your eye gaze or only just barely gave you a hello.
Because the food is so outrageous on resort grounds, I'd highly recommend taking a trip to the grocery store (there's one just past the village marina, walking distance from a lot of the restaurants like Quiznos and Johnny Rockets) because you can get snacks and sandwichy stuff if you don't want to drop $50 a meal (and that's for budget-friendly meals LIKE the Quiznos, Johnny Rockets, pizza, and Starbucks...).
To sum up, if you go off season, be prepared to not have many food options at the resort, BUT the low density of people makes it super nice! I'm not sure that I would go back, but my husband loved the water park, so I'd probably suck up the cons and go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atlantis, Coral Towers, Autograph Collection is a centrally located hotel on Paradise Island and within the Atlantis resort. We 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. Atlantis, Coral Towers, Autograph Collection 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, Autograph Collection Bahamas/Paradise Island