I was expecting a lot worse after reading the reviews about Coral Towers in Atlantis. We were met at the airport by Teach Wells - (LXG). He held a card out with our names, the girls thought that was cool. He was so helpful, he pointed out places during our ride, gave recommendations, he was perfect. He did stop at a convenience store for us to buy a case of water ($30 for 30 bottles), would of been $8 for 30 at a grocery store, but it was a holiday.
Check-in was very easy, we paid for water-view, and was given a fourth floor room, but I POLITELY asked for a higher floor and with a little back and forth. We got a ninth floor even room. Make sure you get an Even Room - it faces Royal tower, searays lagoon, pool, etc. The rooms were fine, except the tv reception was lousy, the hairdryer had a crack in it and bring your own shampoo, theirs was so hard to get out. The air conditioner if not set properly will go on and off the entire night, waking you up, as it is loud. Our room was clean and had a refrigerator. They kept the place clean, the elevator, lobby, and even the stairwells, as we took them because we didn't want to wait for the elevator.
The library staff is very friendly. We used their computers every evening to check our mail. And, we actually checked out two books for my girls, as they read by the pool versus looking at their cell phones (i made them leave them at home!)
Coral towers pool was great, a fun dj playing music, and a snack place to buy hotdogs ($9), loved chicken wraps ($12) and frozen drinks ($11). They do add 15% to bill, but we always gave more when warranted. Only went to the beach once, undertow was too scary for us.
The water rides were fun, except wish they didn't allow cruise people into the park everyday, or give the people staying there an hour early before they come. They advertized the park opens at 9, but we couldn't use the rides until 10 a.m, and one morning, we had to wait for them to fill the Current Ride with water - imagine a water park with no water? The Current ride is a hyped up lazy river ride that you float down on tubes, but it is a lot of fun,prepare to bump into people, and you get jammed up next to the walls, skim your knees and feet and I flipped a few times due to the release of water making waves. It was my favorite ride. Forget the lazy river - good for families with babies. It was filled with empty tubes and was painfully slow. - Don't bother. They closed the pool early one day due to someone having an accident - YUCK! At least, they are on top of safety!
We had coffee/bagel at Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks - prepare to wait in long lines, go before 7 and no lines. Lunch we ate by the pools. Around 3:30ish we had drinks by the pool. Dinner we tried Murray's, Pizzera (2 times), Johnny Rockets, Bimini Road (5 p.m. before crowd),the last night we wanted to go to Virgils but it was closed, so we tried Seagrapes that was closed. Not happy! All the meals were about $35-$66 on average for three people (no drinks), until Marketplace, they charged $56 per person! For breakfast Marketplace was $29/pp not worth it. We brought crackers, fruit snacks, and granola bars with us (thank you to the other reviewers!).
We did paddle boards ($40/hour) in the lagoon, which was fun. The grounds were beautiful, WEAR something on your feet, sidewalk burns from Coral beach to the water rides. They need to do something about people saving the best chairs and leaving the pool area. We just removed the towels and sat down. I loved the mornings the best, walking the grounds with no crowds. View out of bedroom was paradise. Not a lot to do in the night with teenager and a young adult, one could go to the teen club, but didn't want to go alone and the other couldn't as she was just a week shy of being too old and I didn't want her to go to a nightclub alone. Place caters to children under 13 and their parents.The stores are very high end ones, with one store to buy gifts. To go to Royal towers, you need to walk through the smokey Casino with your kids. Played Bingo on day, but another family was cheating and obnoxious and staff didn't do anything about it. We found the employees helpful and friendly, as we were to them. The dig (aquarium) was okay, the walkways with sharks was fun, but wasn't anything special as we already experienced it at Sea World.
We went into town one day and did a segway tour, (fun) and strolled the straw market and some stores.
I would recommend Atlantis let you charge food/drinks to your room via your wristband, versus having to carry your keycard with you. As, many times, we were away from our bags with the room key in them and had to walk (WALK) back to get it. Lots of walking!
Overall, it was a fun trip, just a little too long for us (six nights). Bring and wear sunscreen!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atlantis, Coral Towers, Autograph Collection is a centrally located hotel on Paradise Island and within the Atlantis resort. We offer contemporary, relaxed accommodations within a tropically casual atmosphere. Guestrooms have one king or two queen beds with sitting areas and full balconies with water or terrace views. Atlantis, Coral Towers, Autograph Collection is just steps away from marine exhibits, a seven-acre snorkeling lagoon, BLU Pool, water slides, the Crystal Court Shops, Marina Village, the casino and several casual and gourmet dining options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atlantis - Coral Towers Hotel Paradise Island
- Atlantis Coral Hotel
- Atlantis Coral Resort
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