Atlantis Beach Towers Initial Review
This week my wife, daughter and I are splitting our time between two beach resorts. (Our son is holding down the fort at home!) The first resort of the week is Atlantis in the Bahamas where we are now. We will then be moving on to Cancun to review a brand new all inclusive hotel on the Riviera Maya.
Our Atlantis stay is free thanks to my Total Rewards Diamond membership gained through Founderscard. As part of the deal, we get 4 free nights in the “Beach Towers” (yuck) including a waived resort fee. Diamond members can also get a 4 night stay in the Coral Towers (slightly less yuck), but the resort fee isn’t waived. The Coral Towers are closed for renovation right now so we didn’t have a choice.
This Isn’t the Atlantis You Know!
At this point you may be wondering which of those buildings you see in the ads are the Beach & Coral Towers. Well, the answer is they (mostly) aren’t in the ads. Generally, the ads feature the Royal Towers (the one with the bridge suite between the buildings) and the luxurious Cove and Reef Towers. And that is for good reason.
The Coral and Beach Towers are the moderate and budget options at Atlantis. They weren’t built with the rest of the hotel, but instead were previously standing buildings that were encompassed into the new property. Thus, they are far from everything and in the case of the Beach Towers are pretty run down. I sort of think they look like a step above a prison. 😉
So the outside actually isn’t that bad despite being pretty basic, but the inside is rundown. Among the complaints on Trip Advisor are dirty rooms, broken everything and even some bed bugs. I am not going to lie, the place is WORN.
While we haven’t had any bed bug issues (thank god), we have noticed this place shows its age. Our first room had a broken door lock, our second room had a broken tv, the walls and doors are banged up badly and the ice machine is in the service area?!?
The truth is the rooms aren’t terrible. If everything is working, they are serviceable 2.5-3 star rooms. I have certainly stayed in worse. Our first room had a rooftop and parking lot view, but we asked to be moved due to our confirmation saying “Waterview” and we were given a darn good view. Our balcony now overlooks the pool, beach and those towers that they actually show in the ads!
Speaking of water, the Beach Towers have a pool nearby, along with the ocean and a lazy river. For the waterslides, rapids river and other pools you have to walk about 10-15 minutes to the main section of the water park. Not a huge deal, but you do sort of feel like you are staying “off property”.
Some More Thoughts
As someone who lives in Vegas, visits a lot of theme parks and who has been to a lot of beach resorts, I am sort of unimpressed. Let me say that I researched this property and the Beach Towers before coming and my feelings are in line with what Trip Advisor and other reviews have said. In other words Atlantis is about what I expected.
Yes, the water park is gorgeous and the aquariums are nice. The property is fun to walk around and there are definitely some beautiful pictures to take. But, it doesn’t offer much that I can’t find elsewhere. I mean the rapids river was fun and the slides are good, but those can be found in most water parks.
The biggest issue for me as someone who is staying in the Beach Towers is the cost and the size of the resort. Sure, I am not paying on this trip, but I think about those who are. The average room in the Beach Tower goes for $300+ when you factor in the mandatory tips and resort fee. That is TOO MUCH!
There are many things that I like about Atlantis but it isn’t as unique as their ads would have you think. The property is immense and beautiful, the prices are high and overall it probably isn’t a good value. With that said, we are having a great time with the baby and I’m glad I am getting a chance to experience it. (For FREE!) I’ll have a full review later.