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Harborside Questions

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Harborside Questions

We will be spending a week at Harborside the last week of July. I’ve read many of the posts here on tripadvisor but have a few questions:

1. Do we need to take bath soap, paper towels, toilet paper, and garbage bags or will they provide enough for a week?

2. We plan to take some food and make a stop at the grocery store. I’ve read that the pans are really bad. If we bring PAM are the pans good enough to cook pancakes?

3. We want to charter a boat for a full or half day for 9 people. Does anyone know who we can contact? We have only been able to find a boat for 6 people (or 50 people).

4. The owner we are renting from has given us the room number. Can we assume this is the actual room we will get?

5. We have reservations at Carmines one night; plan to try Green Parrott – any others we shouldn’t miss? We like casual.

6. Any other tips you have for us will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you very much!!!

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1. Re: Harborside Questions

Hello ! We leave for Harborside Friday ! This will be our second trip to Paradise Island/Atlantis. We stayed at Comfort Suites last time. We rented from an owner too at Harborside.

We are also stopping off at the grocery store for some breakfast items, water, & Pepsi.

I am bringing paper towels. I read that you need your own coffee filters too. I think there is a 'housekeeping' closet that you can get supplies from like toilet paper & more towels. We will have a cleaning once, so will probably need to restock on our own.

Don't really know much about boat charters. Excursion places I hear a lot about on here are Flying Cloud. I also know a site www.bestonbahamas.com - don't know if they do boat charters.

I know we are in phase 1. Our owner did not know what room number we would get.....however, maybe it's always the same ?!

Dining recommendations:

Anthony's is across the street in the little shopping center close to Comfort Suites. They have a good seafood pasta. My son also order calamari (his favorite) and quesadillas off the appetizer menu for his meal.

The Poop Deck just across the left bridge was very good.

Hard Rock Cafe at the Straw Market was one of our cheapest & best meals. We had a BLT & fries, roasted chicken dinner, & fajitas that I shared with our daughter , a hurricane drink in a souvinier glass, 2 sodas & 2 ice teas, and a huge $20 appetizer and the total was still only $95. Cheaper than anywhere else we ate.

Dominoes Pizza delivers. I hear the Pizza at the Marina Pizzeria is good too.

Tips: Be sure to pick up a copy of 'The Atlantean' newsletter at the front desk. It is a schedule of daily activites.......movies showing, free gaming lessons, games by the pool, habitat feedings, basketball, crafts, kids club schedule, etc.

T-shirts at the straw market are about $4. The little stores by it have some heavier weight ones for about $6. They sell all flavors of little rum cakes for about $5 in several stores, including one in the Royal Towers. They're nice to bring home to people.

Don't miss the Junkanoo Parade through the Marina Village on Friday & Saturday nights about 9:00-9:30. It doesn't matter where you are, it'll work it's way to you. Great costumes & music !

I bought Hormel PreCooked Bacon at Wal Mart. All you have to do is warm it up. I packed paper plates for the microwave.

If you take the ferry to the straw market area, it's only $3 each.

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2. Re: Harborside Questions

1. Do we need to take bath soap, paper towels, toilet paper, and garbage bags or will they provide enough for a week?

The room had one roll of paper towels, plenty of TP, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and garbage bags. Plenty for a week (and they restock during the mid week cleaning)

2. We plan to take some food and make a stop at the grocery store. I’ve read that the pans are really bad. If we bring PAM are the pans good enough to cook pancakes?

I do not know, we did not cook. We took pop tarts and bought fresh fruit at the grocery store. Vacation is too short to slave away over a stove :-D

3. We want to charter a boat for a full or half day for 9 people. Does anyone know who we can contact? We have only been able to find a boat for 6 people (or 50 people).

No. Sorry!

4. The owner we are renting from has given us the room number. Can we assume this is the actual room we will get?

No, unless the owner actually owns that room all year long. The owner probably gave you the number that they request each year would be my guess. We rented from an owner and we had a special request for a certain unit, but our request was not honored.

5. We have reservations at Carmines one night; plan to try Green Parrott – any others we shouldn’t miss? We like casual.

Murray's deli was nice for a very casual dinner (diner type place and the food was good) Marina pizza is also casual (can eat outside at the marina). Bimini road was also casual and pretty good. I didn't think Marketplace buffet was worth the price. We payed $50 each and the food was goodish, but not $50 good. We enjoyed the other places we ate more.

6. Any other tips you have for us will be greatly appreciated!

I bought an insulated beach bag online before we left and we kept drinks in it by the pool. It made it nice to always have a cold drink at hand. The lunch combos at the snack bars by the pools were a pretty good deal. Water shoes are nice if you are planning to spend a lot of time in the water park as the pavement gets very hot. We wound up finding lots of uses for freezer bags and sandwich bags. Pack some of those. When you're buying groceries, don't forget about leftovers... We bought snacks and stuff for breakfasts, and wound up having way more than we needed because we came back to the room with lots of leftovers every time we ate out.

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3. Re: Harborside Questions

We are owners and used our unit for the first time last year. We had plenty of paper towels. They left more at the cleaning. The coffee filters you need are the round ones.

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4. Re: Harborside Questions

We are owners and we are also going the last week in July. When we went last year we took our son, d-i-l and two grandchildren. We had plenty of paper towels even with the kids spills and sticky hands.

The pans are terrible, even pam didn't help much. This year I bought some cheap non stick pans that don't weigh too much.

We have reservation for Carmines for Tuesday at 6:30. We went last year and really liked it. We want to try the Green Parrot this year.

CheckersMidwest mentioned Anthonys and The Poop Deck. Went to both last year and liked both.

If you drink coffee, bring the round filters. They don't supply them.

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5. Re: Harborside Questions

I'll also add regarding coffee that we packed coffee and filters for the trip, and we did make coffee a few times, but if you walk through Marina Village to the Beach/Coral Towers, you will pass a Starbucks. Their prices were comparable to what they are in the US.

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6. Re: Harborside Questions

Do all the units have a patio or balcony......or just some?

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7. Re: Harborside Questions

every year I go and stay at phase 1 building 1 ,I have a balcony.they say that the corner units have a larger one .Not sure my self.you may want to verify that

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8. Re: Harborside Questions

I think we are in building 2, I know it's phase 1. Hope we have a balcony or something to sit out on early in the morning or at night. Hope I can see water.....probably the pool.....

I am packed & ready ! Just have to work the rest of the week. :(

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9. Re: Harborside Questions

checkers ,you are right about seeing the pool from building #2.

Follow the link I provided and you should be able to see your building .

I also will be your neighbor on Sunday.Hope for good weather

https:/…hra_resort_map.pdf

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10. Re: Harborside Questions

We are owners and will also be there (Building 7 Phase 1) the last week in July. Tips...let's see...if you purchase coffee (we always take a very early morning stroll to the Coral Tower Lounge to pick up a cup, but we make more after getting back to Harborside via the casino!), they don't advertise this, but refills are free. I suppose they have the right to ask to see your receipt, but no one has ever asked.

If you stop at the grocery store to purchase cold cuts at the deli, don't expect to get cheese sliced...they don't do this. But you WILL find pre-packaged cheese in the dairy section, just like at home here in the states.

Casual food...believe it or not, we finally (after 7 years of ownership) realized that it is worth it to cab into Nassau for some variety. Had good meals at Hard Rock Cafe, and Seafood Haven was good, too...We DO like The Pointe at Harborside (conch chowder to die for), but they've changed their menu a bit over the years, and I don't find as much variety as they used to have. But don't let that stop you...meals are decent. Bimini Road gets a bad rap here often...we think the food is pretty good, but their mojitos are great! Murray's Deli is hard to get into after 7, but their portions are huge, and their food is good American dinner food. We love Carmine's as well, but remember they serve "family style"...you will have leftovers...the Carmine Salad is my favorite, of all things!

The corner units do not seem to have a larger balcony...I may be wrong, but I think they are only "deluxe" units, and they were actually smaller, if I remember correctly (my sister owns one; she usually rents it out, so I don't get in that unit too often).

Bring the laundry sheets for washing clothes...much lighter to pack.

Get your daily wristband at the Harborside pool; there will be quite a line for this and towels once you get over to Atlantis.

Rooms are hit-and-miss...no way to request and receive a specific room...at least not one that I know of...don't plan on your room being ready before 3...take your sunblock out of your checked luggage before you give it to them while you wait by the pool for your room...or you will be sorry, like I was last year (I know better)!!! Of course, pack your bathing attire in your carry-on!

That's all I've got for now....

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