My wife and I just got back from Atlantis Jan 21-25 and we had a wonderful time! We got an amazing rate and stayed at the Beach Tower. After reading the reviews, we had some apprehensions, but they were all alleviated once we arrived.
1. Distance from Beach tower to main areas of the resort -- water slides were a casual 8 minute walk and the casino could be reached in 5 minutes. Previous reviews quoted 30 minutes to the casino -- perhaps with a large family and kids.
2. Room & Service -- The room was very nice -- large, clean and updated. It is on par with a four-star hotel. We did not experience any rude service. In fact, one of the lifeguards spent over 20 minutes on a slide/pool looking for a missing watch. We have read reviews that people were disappointed with the quality of the room and service. I can see how one might expect better room/service because of the price tag of the room. However, comparing the room charge at the Atlantis with any other hotel is unfair. Part of what is included in the room charge is the "entry fee" for the pools, slides, marine life, and kids programs. In a way, it's like admission to a theme park and hotel in one, so you aren't getting a $300 hotel room, you're getting a $150 hotel room and $150 admission for your party to the theme park.
3. Food was more expensive that at home, but on par with Hawaii. Here is a breakdown of all the places we ate:
Anthony's ($$)- overall was not that great. The conch chowder tasted canned, cracked conch was rubbery. The burger was ok.
Atlas Bar & Grill ($$)- A surprise! Crab dip could have been skipped, but the seared beef asian salad was tasty and the portabello/veggie burger was a bargain for $10. For the price at Atlantis, not bad at all.
Marina Pizza ($)- $6 for a decent-sized slice of pizza. Jamacain chicken pizza wasn't my favorite, but the veggie pizza with broccoli, spinach and other toppings was good. Bring a bottle of water and avoid the $3 can of soda.
Pisces ($)- $7 fish & chips, cracked conch & chips, or even $5.50 conch fritters & chips were a great deal on the Atlantis property. We ate there twice during our stay. Once again, a bottle of water goes a lot way.
Bimini Road ($$$)- Pork chop ($29) was a little dry, but my wife liked her shrimp salad ($21). Overall, a little pricey, but the entertainment (from the staff singing for the birthday at the table beside us to the live entertainment on the patio), made the experience worth it.
Bahamian Grill ($$$$) - Our final dinner on vacation. While a very nice atmosphere, the food was disappointing for the price. My wife had Lobster Thermador ($52 - overcooked and prepared with pre-cooked lobster) and I had the NY strip ($42). The steak was done well, but the side (creamed spinach) was nothing special. The coconut creme brulee was excellent.
Overall, a great trip. We will definitely go back! I will be very happy to answer any questions.