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The Reef Atlantis, Autograph Collection
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Paradise Island
Certificate of Excellence
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
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“Dining experience and complementary activities at Atlantis”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Place we stayed: 1 bedroom with kitchenette, ocean view, at the Reef tower for 4 nights in July 2014. The room is equipped of a full kitchen with microwave, oven top, fridge+freezer, and cookware. We take the shuttle to go to different towers within the resort since the Reef is far from every place else. However, there is swimming pool for Reef and Cove guests only, which is right outside of the tower entrance door. In addition, there is a private sandy beach within 2 minutes walk from the Reef. We enjoyed snorkeling there so much. You also have a 15 minutes free wifi every day at the library located in the Coral tower.

Dining experience: We went to a sushi restaurant called Nobu located in the casino once. The service was very nice, but the food was okay. I have had more delicious Japanese food in Maryland. My boyfriend and I ordered a conch ceviche for appetizer, one cocktail to share (we both don’t drink much), a bowl of edamame, 2 rolls of sushi, and a beef dish. The total of the night for two was a bit over $160 including tax and gratuity. The food portion is relatively small in my opinion. If you choose to dine at Nobu, please be prepared to pay about $100/person in order to walk out without getting hungry in the next 20 minutes.
We also went to Twin Brothers restaurant at Fish Fry and had conch salad, and conch fritter. The price here is average. I guess about $20/person. The amount of each dish is good. I had to share the conch fritter with my boyfriend. The one thing you must have when you come to this restaurant is their pina colada and strawberry daiquiri mix. With the heat in Nassau, this drink will take you back to paradise again.
Another place we visited was Carmine’s, an Italian restaurant. Even though they charge you about $40-$50/dish, it takes at least 4 people to finish one. If you decide to come here, make sure your partner/friends/family have a similar food preference. We ordered lasagna and naturally could not finish it. The left-over was big enough for our lunch the next day.

Activities: Honestly, I’m still in school and with tight budget. Because my boyfriend took care of the hotel and the flight, I felt obligated to take care of myself in food and activities expense while we were there. Therefore, I took advantage of all of their complementary activities of the day. You should check or ask for daily schedule of activities. I enjoyed fish feeding a lot, the water rides, the pools, bingo game, art craft, snorkeling, and movie nights. Don’t forget to try out riding the ferry to downtown Nassau, if you haven’t been on one. The tour guide was enthusiastic, but he expected some tips. There’s a choice to spend all of your saving while there (and you know that is an easy way) or to spend in moderation and still have the best time ever.

Additional tips: bring cash with some good amount of small bills ($1, $5) for tip. It’s a place with tipping everywhere you go. Be nice to the receptionist so he/she will place you to a room with wonderful view in return. Bring your smile with you every you go, it’s called Paradise Island after all. Hope you will enjoy your stay as much as I did!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Beautiful spacious suite with spectacular views. Plenty of room for 6 people. Kitchen was well equipped and easy access to laundry facility. Beds and furnishings very comfortable. Loved the Starbucks on the first floor. Everyone very friendly.

Room Tip: Ocean and harbor view. Ask for corner room.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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New York
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Get the kids off the coach-Off the computer. Spend the money and head to where the sun always shines-Except for that wonderful stray shower now and then.
Make sure you spend it at The Reefs. This lovely oasis set back on the north side of the resort away from the maddening crowds. Bring your big pocketbook and open it up to the Atlantis gods. They are there to make you assume the position:) Go off season if you can Sept and Oct are quiet times. The other good thing if you stay at the Reefs is that you have great view of the Ships in the Harbor. You can see by the size and the amount of ships docked. That should be our barometer on how friggin crowded the Waterpark will be on any given day. Go early to the Water park and then come back later in the day.
The ocean is spectacular++ Im afraid that exposing the kids to such velvet sand and turquoise waters will spoil them forever. So be it!

Room Tip: One small complaint was that the rooms facing the Cove...You get the thumping of the Hip Hop Rock n...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Uxbridge, Canada
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We just returned from spending 4 fabulous days at the Reef, we went to celebrate my daughter's 40th birthday, there was four of us, my daughter, her girlfriend, my 7 year old grand daughter and myself. We had booked just the basic studio apartment, when we checked in, we were told that we had been upgraded to a one bedroom suite, ocean front on the 14th floor, it was fabulous, even had a full kitchen, we bought supplies for breakfast and lunch and had a nice meal in the restaurants around Atlantis at night. We really loved that the Reef had it's own private pool and beach area (shared with the Cove) it was so nice to come back to relax there in the afternoons, after spending time in the busy water park areas which were really crowded, especially when the cruise ships were in.
The Reef is the furtherest away building, we didn't find this a problem, the shuttles were very frequent and also walking through the resort to the water park, was not a problem.
The staff mostly were very helpful. There is a Starbucks on site (which my daughter and her friend were very happy about!) it is a bit more pricey than the regular Starbucks, but not too bad.
Yes, the Reef is a condo building and doesn't have all the facilities that the other towers have, we enjoyed this about it, and as I mentioned before, it was very easy to get to anywhere on the Atlantis property. We will definately return!

Room Tip: High floor ocean view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

I'll repeat that one more time: The Reef is not a full hotel but a condo hotel that is appealing more to groups or families in need of suites with a full kitchen, 2 separate rooms and space to sleep 4-5. But is NOT a full hotel and you note that immediately when you enter the lobby: more than a lobby it resembles a condominium reception area. Most of the time only one person at the reception, so expect to wait for check in/ check out or to make any complain.
The ONLY place to eat or drink is a Starbucks, You have to walk or take a shuttle to nearby hotels to have a decent breakfast. All big name restaurants are in the "real" hotels.
But the worse part is that if you are a reef guest you feel you are treated different, like second hand guest, inside the waterpark premises . Can you imagine that from the reef, you have to walk through the next hotel (The Cove) in order to access the main waterpark as you are NOT allowed to walk around The Cove private cabañas and small beach lounges and chairs.Interesting,intriguing,but insulting when you are paying $500/ night.
And what they dont tell you is that this condo hotel is at the far corner of the Atlantis complex, a full 15 min walk to the aquatic rides or A 10 min shuttle. With no ammenities of their own,and no restaurants, you are always either walking or taking the courtesy shuttle.The casino is on the Royal Towers , 2 hotels away.
The rooms suites are big and with the mentioned kitchen. Beds are in the hard side, not so comfortable.
2 bathrooms are nice if you come in numbers, but a waste if you are a couple. The beach side was good and with few people( as it is so far away). Mostly a family beach with little kids.You will enjoy it if you want to be mostly alone.
Service was overall mediocre and NOT to the level of what you are paying.
If you want to have all the ammenities, being close to restaurants and to the full entertainment this resort can offer, especially if you are visiting Atlantis for the first time: Do not stay at the Reef condo hotel. I suggest you better stay at the Royal Towers or any other close by. And dont be fooled like I was, believing it was a
full time hotel; you will be highly dissapointed.



Stayed July 2014
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

We arrived at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the middle of July 2014. During check in they informed us the hotel we selected was over booked and they were very sorry but would upgrade us to The Reef, I chose Coral Towers because of the location, The Reef was a bit far from all of the activities, but these things happen. We found The Reef to be beautiful. The staff we came in contact with throughout the resort were extremely friendly and courteous. The cuisine was a delight. With all that said, unfortunately we were charged for alcohol out of the mini bar that we did not consume.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Seattle
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We stayed here as part of a large family reunion, and while resorts aren't my thing anyway, too many things didn't work quite right and the staff wasn't quite on the ball in the way I would expect at a large, popular, and expensive resort.

We arrived in our lovely suite to discover that the toilet didn't flush. The front desk promised to send up a repair person, which ended up taking several hours and multiple requests--no time estimate, no apology, just a hassle.

I requested toothpaste from the concierge, then went to take a nap. After repeated calls from the front desk asking if I'd received the delivery, I got up to discover that someone had come into the room while I was napping and left the toothpaste on the bed--the bed I was sleeping in at the time. I can't imagine an international hotel where that's an acceptably normal thing to do.

Little things just weren't right: The shower door wasn't hung perfectly so it didn't close all the way, a sewage smell came up through the shower drain, the clocks in our room and those of our other party members were all set to different wrong times.

And if we're going to pay $31 each for the mediocre (but vast and very nice looking) breakfast buffet at the Cove next door, it's pretty lousy to arrive to find a 40-person line waiting to get in. We came back to the Reef to find another dozen refugees who'd fled for the Starbucks. The cost is what it is, though, including the many, many fees added onto our final bill, and the $22/day you pay for the privilege of accessing the wireless. That part I did expect.

Oh, and one plus about the Reef: For what it's worth, the elevator rides were noticeably smooth and fast.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Property: The Reef Atlantis, Autograph Collection
Address: 1 Casino Drive, New Providence Island
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) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Paradise Island
#2 Family Hotel in Paradise Island
#2 Casino Hotel in Paradise Island
#4 Spa Hotel in Paradise Island
#4 Luxury Hotel in Paradise Island
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Paradise Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Reef Atlantis, Autograph Collection 4.5*
Number of rooms: 497
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on Paradise Beach, guests of The Reef Atlantis, Autograph Collection enjoy miles of white sand and ocean in their backyard with all the wonder and excitement of Atlantis on their front doorstep. Our Bahamas resort hotel features studios, one and two bedroom suites that offer all the conveniences of home with a full kitchen or kitchen area complete with linens, cookware, table settings, refrigerator and private balconies with water views. Guests of The Reef Atlantis, Autograph Collection enjoy a semi-private pool, shared only with The Cove Atlantis, Autograph Collection and a Starbucks lounge. ... more   less 
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