Resort: Overall, this is a nice resort. There are some spots where you can tell that it was an old building that has been renovated, but overall they did a nice job. It would be better if the resort had a larger pool or a second pool, but I never saw the pool get too crowded. They had entertainment each night like game shows, karaoke, and a local band and dance group. It wasn't great entertainment, but I don't expect much from resorts because I never like their entertainment. The service was outstanding in every department, so that took the resort to another level. Is it a luxury resort? No. Is it a very nice resort? Yes.
Food: It's typical all-inclusive food. The food at breakfast and dinner is the same every day, so that gets old quickly. The food at dinner is based on a different theme every night and you also have the option of the four specialty restaurants, so dinner was my favorite meal. None of the food made me say "Wow," but it was ok. The Japanese restaurant was my favorite. I'm not much of a drinker, so I didn't pay too much attention to the alcohol. I didn't recognize any of the brands in the rooms, so I think that the alcohol provided in the rooms at least is bottom-shelf liquor and I stuck to getting drinks at the bars.
And don't listen to complaints about the reservation system because it's changed. Instead of only being able to make reservations 8am to 9am, you can make them 8am to 3pm. We never had a problem making reservations.
Room: I'm very picky about hotel rooms, but I was satisfied with our room. The furniture and decorations were nice and the bathroom was updated. It would be nice if the balcony and tv were a little bigger, but those weren't dealbreakers. The bed and pillows were also really comfortable. We stayed in room 1025.
Overall impression: If you want a partying vacation at a resort that has a lot of activities onsite, this isn't the place. If you want a luxury that takes your breath away, this isn't the place. But if you're looking for a nice resort with great service, this is the place.
Savings tip: The Riu sits on a public beach and it owns the beach chairs, but you have to pay $25 to a local vendor to use an umbrella. I avoided that charge by getting up at 7am every day and reserving chairs on the pool deck that faced the beach and were under the Riu's umbrellas. That allowed us to save the money and we were only steps from the beach.
- 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, Amex, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Paradise Island Hotel Paradise Island
- Riu Hotel Paradise Island
- Paradise Island Sheraton
- Paradise Island Riu Hotel
- Riu Paradise Island Bahamas
- Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island Bahamas