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The Royal at Atlantis
Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Paradise Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 March 2009

We just came back from the staying at the Royal Towers - Atlantis. We were there for March Break 16 - 20th. We were happy we decided to stay at the Royal Towers, it is centrally located to everything. The rooms are basic - which I knew. We spent very little time in our room so it was not an issue. We were travelling with our 11 year old daughter.
The best time to go on the slides is when they first open at 10:00 a.m. The other ideal time is from 6:00 - 7:00 which is just before they close. The pool near the "Leap of Faith" slide is heated. It is busy to get chairs but we have experienced worse when we have gone to Mexico. If you are there by 8 or 8:30 you shouldn't have a problem. "The Current" is fun but you do have to be careful; there are rocks and it runs quite quickly. Make sure you get a tube that is well filled with air. My daughter had a tube that was not completely filled and she scraped her back on the rocks.
The Dig is in the lobby of the Royal Towers and definately worth seeing. We talked to a few people that had not made their way over to the Marina Village. Its not far and definately worth the walk. Johnny Rockets is a great place for lunch.
We did the Gourmet Meal Plan - which we loved!!! You can make your dinner reservations 45 days before you go. We ate at Mesa Grill, Seafire Steakhouse, Bahamian Place and Cafe Martinque. The food was fabulous. Even though the meal plan is expensive it is well worth it! You were able to order a appetizer, soup/salad main course and a dessert. There is a children's menu which offeres good choices including steak which was excellent. Cafe Martinque you are given a credit of $55.00 per person/$25.00 for children to put towards the dinner. We spent an additional $60 or $70 per night on wine and side orders. Every morning we ate in the Market Place which is located in the Royal Towers. It is a huge buffet with everything you can imagine.
My daughter and I also did the 'Deep Swim" at Dolpfin Cay. I wasn't sure whether it would be worth because of reading some of the reviews. The experience took about 11/2 hours in all. You watched a short video at the beginning that was interesting. We then did the dolphin push across the lagoon, took motorized scooters to follow the dolphins and then was able to get pictures kissing, and petting the dolphin. We are very glad we signed up for this once in a lifetime experience.
We had a wonderful time at Atlantis - you can't help but be a kid again!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 March 2009

First off, we were supposed to stay at the nearby One and Only Ocean Club but it was full becasue we didn't give enough advance notice. The reason why we liked the Ocean Club was that it was by far the most luxurious and quiet while still being able to use all of Atlantis facilities. Oh well, we chose the Royal Towers because at the time, the new Cove was not yet complete. The Royal Towers are ideally located within the resort, in the middle of everything. The pools and waterslides are copious but there were a lot of people using them even in June! There is a great selection of restaurants but they are pricey for the Caribbean. Nobu, Cafe Martinique, and Dune (at Ocean Club). Are all sensational though. We stayed in a Grand Suite on a high floor. But it needs serious re-doing. Very old but spacious. Didn't go to Casino but did Dolphin Experience and worth every penny! Therefore, I would recommend this hotel (royal towers) to a friend but would strongly suggest they try newly opened Cove or Reef or even Ocean Club

  • Stayed: June 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 March 2009

I was impressed overal in this resort, however if you are going, ensure that you book the meal plan. It is very expensive otherwise.
There was a lot of work going on so we were moved from the Beach Tower to the Coral Tower. Which we were pleased about because it did look tired, But then on arrival at reception we were moved again to the Royal Towers a much more impressive part of the hotel.
The slides etc were fantastic but i wouldn't like to be oon then in peak season, it was busy enough when we went in Oct.
The casino is fantastic but we didn't go in to gamble just on the slots now and then.
Overall a very nice holiday but very expensive if you don't have the meal plan.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 March 2009

I wont bore you with the general comments and pictures as there are plenty on this resort. Overall I will just get down to it. It was a great time. It is expensive but you are paying for hotel and a water park. I spent hours ikn the lazy river/ rapids/ slides. Its fund for all ages it was a great time. Yes the food and stuff are expensive but you can get nuggests and fries and a drink and cookies by the pool for $8 which i dont think is bad. I wouldnt recommend staying there for an extended period for time, but for a long weekend in December it was great. I would definately go back.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 March 2009

We just returned from a 5 day trip to the Atlantis. We are a family of 4 with 2 daughters, ages 12 & 15. We went with our guard up after reading many negative reviews and having had our own self-imposed 8 year hiatus after a less than stellar trip in 2001. Well, we had a great time. We stayed in the Royal Towers and were offered a complimentary upgrade to a top level floor with a balcony that allows seating and with a beautiful view of the ocean and parts of the resort including the dolphin cay. As you might know, most only are about 10 inches deep and allow standing only. We were concerned about costs given all the negative reports. The room was clean, the staff was very accommodating and we felt that most meals were fairly priced. We did not do the meal plan and believe that was a good decision for us. We ate light at breakfast (Starbucks at the Marina Village had prices just slightly higher than home), lunch by the pool ($8-10 value meals, including a good size sandwich/wrap/chicken nuggets, plus french fries or chips and refillable soft drink or water). Dinner our first night at the Atlas Bar was awful. Limited menu, high prices, loud and just off the casino. Next night, we opted for Carmines, which was just fine. We shared 1 salad, 1 pasta and 1 chicken disk for about $135. Dinner the next night, we opted for pizza at the Marina Village. This is a self service place with outdoor tables overlooking the mega yachts in the Marina. It was pretty good pizza and we enjoyed it. We shared a salad, large pie and each had our own drinks for about $60. Last night, we splurged on Mesa Grill. All reports said that this was the best restaurant there and we love it in Vegas and New York. Well, Bobby's not there. The food was just so-so and very expensive. Very limited options for the kids also. We had 2 appetizers, some drinks, 4 entrees and 1 dessert for about $275. Dolphin Cay was included in our package and the kids said they were glad we did not pay for it. It was basically all a photo op and then you could not purchase, just 1 or 2 photos. You needed to purchase a package for anywhere from $60-$250. That was a ripoff. The slides were not too crowded, limited lines and great fun. All in all, we had a great time and did not feel that we were nickled and dimed at all contrary to other reports.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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4  Thank eatermom
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Reviewed 13 March 2009

Earlier this year, I booked a Jonas Brothers’ weekend package at the Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The package is for 2 nights stay and for Jonas Brothers’ concert tickets at $175 per concert ticket. Having thoroughly enjoyed the Atlantis experience before, I decided to extend the vacation by another 2 nights for a total of 4 nights. The package savings is $200 over the standard rate for the room. A few days ago I received an email promotion from the Atlantis for a “Super Spring Break” special. This package is to “stay 4 nights for the price of 3”. Where I’m currently booked for 4 nights, I decided to call the Atlantis and request the fourth night free. This would be a savings of $559 for the room instead of $200. I was told they could not do that because I’m booked for the Jonas Brothers’ package. I had my travel agent call and she was told the same thing. This is outrageous! The Jonas Brothers’ package is for two nights. I extended my stay to four nights. The concert tickets in the Jonas Brothers’ package are not included. I paid $175 for each of the concerts tickets. For the room and the room alone the Atlantis will not give me the fourth night free. So much for good customer relations.

Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 March 2009

The hotel itself is a bit over the top but isn't that what most of us are looking for on vacation...something out of the ordinary? I found the quality of the public rooms to be excellent...beautiful granite, onyx and glass. The room was spacious and very clean. The staff was courteous and helpful. The grounds are well maintained and invite you to stroll throughout the property. Everyone who stays should try the interactive dolphin program. I would also recommend visiting as many aquatic wildlife exhibits as possible. They are fascinating and the real reason why this hotel is so extraordinary.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1 Casino Drive, New Providence Island (Formerly Atlantis, Royal Towers, Autograph Collection)
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Paradise Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Casino Hotel in Paradise Island
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Paradise Island
#6 Spa Hotel in Paradise Island
#7 Family Hotel in Paradise Island
#7 Luxury Hotel in Paradise Island
#7 Romantic Hotel in Paradise Island
Price Range: £256 - £514 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Royal at Atlantis 4*
Number of rooms: 1201
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Royal is the icon of Atlantis featuring the awe-inspiring mythology of the Lost City of Atlantis risen from the sea. From the artwork to the experiences, a stay at The Royal is larger than life, with intimate proximity to the world’s largest open air marine habitat situated at its center and the famed Atlantis casino by its side. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Atlantis - Royal Towers Hotel Paradise Island
Atlantis Royal Hotel
Atlantis Royal Paradise Island
Atlantis Paradise Island Royal Towers
Royal Towers Atlantis
Royal Towers Of Atlantis
The Royal At Atlantis Bahamas/Paradise Island

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