I read several reviews on Trip Advisor and was a little worried about our choice in hotels But our stay was good compared to some of the bad reviews. This trip was a graduation gift to our daughters, they wanted to do the slide at The Atlantis since they were small. We chose to stay at the Riu because it was all inclusive and next door to The Atlantis. We decided to purchased a day pass the the Waterpark at The Atlantis. We did not have transportation included in our travel, but based on reviews we grabbed a cab. Our drivers name was "Pepsi". he gave a us a great tour along the way, showed us where to go downtown, drove us by the Fish Fry area. I did like our room. We booked a family suite through the Riu website. There really wasn't a good description of the room but I loved the space! We basically had 2 full rooms with a shared living space. #306 and #308. It was nice to have 2 separate sleeping areas, 2 showers, 3 balconies, 3 TV's, and two refrigerators!. Our view was a partial ocean and the rooftop of the dining areas below. So that wasn't attractive but the room space made up for it. You could see the storms rolling in which was great and also the walkway to the public beach. Our rooms did have carpet and room 306 did have a slight musty smell some traveler reviews stated. The showers seems to have the silver rubbing off so it may appear to look molded and there were a couple of holes from where the shower handle was installed. The bed and pillows were very comfortable to me. We never had an issue with hot water or a hot room. They did get humid if we left the balcony door open too long.
As far as the mini bar and frig in the rooms, they give you a few cans of Miller Beer, Tonic water, Diet Coke, Coke, Sprite and Water. I read a travelers review that if you leave a tip and note in the frig they will restock with what you want so we were able to get some extra Miller Beer. So that tip worked!! The front desk will tell you they only stock it with 5 or 6 beers each day, So we tried the tip each day and they did give us extra. My husband was HAPPY!
The fitness center should be open longer or 24 hours. It is open 8 to 8. Don't go right when they open, there is a line and machines are crowded.
They have 2 tables to sign up for different excursions open daily. They are near the Sports bar.
The Food was average. the previous traveler reviews were right, lots of choice for the breakfast and dinner buffets. My daughter and I loved the scrambled eggs with Herbs. There is an omelette station but the line was always too long. At the end of the buffet line there is a juice bar which I enjoyed. They had fresh watermelon juice, cantalope, banana, and a few others The banana juice tasted like a smoothie to me. Lunch was the same thing it seemed every day so that would be nice to have it changed up. There were burgers, fries, hot dogs, grilled cheese, pizza and a salad bar. There were a few other side dishes as well. We did get tired of that easy. Dinner buffet had a theme each night. I think if you like seafood you would like it even more, there were lots of fish choices. For the restaurants we just ate at The Steakhouse for a nice dinner out. It was good. The other restaurants seemed to have more seafood options so we just stuck to the buffet. My daughter LOVED the pizza at dinner. My husband ordered room services late night and loved it. Not alot of choices on the menu.
The Sports Bar - We did notice a few days into our trip that the sports bar does have some food set up 24/7. You can heat up a hamburger, hot dog or make nachos.
The Drinks: They are typical All- Inclusive Size in the small plastic cups with a splash of alcohol. You can ask for double shot, I heard alot of people do that. We tipped along the way as we ordered. One of the bartenders in the Calypso lounge gave my daughter a nice large glass cup with her Miami Vice drink With extra shots because she was the only one that said please that night when she ordered her drinks.
The Entertainment - Meeks and Jason were the main host/entertainers and they were full of energy. They had fun at the pool and then again hosted shows in the lounge at night. Best nights were Karaoke and the Ideal Couple game show.
The pool - It is true what the reviews say, if you want a chair get up and get there early. Get your towel find your chairs and put your towels down. THEN you can go eat and come back to your chairs. The hotel says not to hold chairs but it is the only way to get one. There is a line of chairs facing the ocean up at the pool which would be awesome. We were not sure how early those people got up to claim those, they were ALWAYS taken. It is a small pool but it is also a smaller hotel. Swim up bar was a plus.
The beach - We layed out on the beach the first day. Go there about 9am and we did rent an umbrella from a vendor and the hotel beach attendant moved our 4 chairs closer to the water. There are beach vendors always walking around trying to sell things but they were respectful. It was getting more crowded in the afternoon. The beach was clean. The water AMAZING. We are right next to The Atlantis Beach Towers and the other size was the public beach for locals and cruise ship passengers who took a day trip. Lots of Jet ski rentals between our hotel and The Atlantis. They also had Banana boat rides and Parasailing. For drinks, we packed a cooler with our drinks from the frig and took to the beach and along with us on our excursions. The ice machines are on the uneven floor #'s. If you have room pack a collapsible cooler. We didn't so bought a cooler tote at the gift shop.
We did visit The Atlantis each night to go to the Casino, You can walk anywhere in the lobby area for free there. There is The Marina Village which is a shopping area and you can see some serious yachts! There is a Starbucks in the Coral Towers. You can also see the aquarium in the Royal Towers. You just can't go out to see The Predator Tunnel without a wrist band, There is security till about 6. I read you can go after that, we just didn't.
Excursions: We did The Atlantis Waterpark for the day. The cost is $140 per adult. Get there when they open at 9am. We used the lockers by the Myan pool and grabbed towels and chairs. It did start getting crowded as the afternoon went on. The lines for the slides when they opened were not long, But as the day went on you can see the lines taking forever, The lazy river was fun. Food good but expensive. We bought a cooler from the gift shop at The Riu and took drinks from our frig (even beer!). We also did the Dolphin Shallow Water encounter at Dolphin Cay. That was great!
We also decided to so the Sandy Toes Beach excursion. The only problem was, it wasn't long enough. That is where we really got to see other islands along the way and the water and views were breathtaking.
We did take a cab to downtown, went to the Straw Market, other small shops and sat in Senior Frogs and watched Cruise ships leave. There is also a small shopping center, Paradise something .. you will see it on the right when you are on Paradise Island. You can walk to it though The Atlantis and exit through the Coral Towers. The Bellman will tell you how to get there. Easy walk. The Riu has a gift shop and Convenient Store. We did not take advantage of the Spa.
It is an oceanfront hotel and there were some cosmetic issues but we also noticed some at The Atlantis. But the people were all so friendly that worked there, the space of our room was awesome.
- 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, Visa, Discover ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Paradise Island Hotel Paradise Island
- Riu Hotel Paradise Island
- Paradise Island Sheraton
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- Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island Bahamas