We just finished our 5 day stay at Comfort Suites on Paradise Island--two adults and one 6 yr old child. We really enjoyed our vacation! We booked our trip through Cheap Caribbean. Comfort Suites hotel has an AWESOME location near two one level shopping centers (a very reasonably priced liquor store was a huge plus!) and Atlantis water park and Atlantis casino/night clubs. I'll give you some tips I have not seen posted here: Save money on lunch at Atlantis (cheapest lunch you can buy at Atlantis is $12.00 (and change) which is a burger, fries and a soft drink). Purchase your lunch at Quizno's which is on your way towards Atlantis. $6.50 for a 5" turkey, ham or roast beef sandwich. Chips are $1.50 each. Buy a (larger) bottled water or soda at the Comfort Suites vending machine for $2.00. Put this all in your backpack. At Atlantis, approach a food counter (locations all over the water park) and take a clear plastic cup that are stacked on the counter. Fill with ice. Then you'll have an ice cold drink and a sandwich all for a little less than the price of the burger--and a bit of a healthier option. If you do buy the burger, save your drink cup and refill it free throughout the day. The soda fountain drink areas are self-serve. There are free children and adult life vests on white racks located all around the water park. It is self serve. Expect to do A LOT of walking. Even though Comfort Suites is close to Atlantis, it is a 5-7 minute walk to get your wrist bands. Then another 5 - 10 min walk to the area you want to hang out at. Each day, we visited a different area of Atlantis to experience the slides, lazy rivers, ocean, viewing aquatic life and beautiful trees/flowers. We still did not see it all--but saw most. Atlantis is THAT LARGE. Save money as there are free activities during the day which are posted on a white piece of paper where you get your wrist bands. Free fish feedings, free child's craft, free movies in the theater, free bingo, free soccer, etc. Each day the free activities varies. Atlantis has good security and there are employees everywhere. Outside there are crossing guards and a manned security post (for vehicles). Very safe area. Even at night coming back from the casino at 2am, it felt safe. My hubby said cocktails were free at the casino as long as you were gambling. You can tip the cocktail waitress a $1.00 chip for each drink. On to Comfort Suites. When we first arrived, the bell hop brought us to a room that had one king bed. Ummm....there are three of us (two adults and one 6 yr old child). We wanted a 2 queen room. Back to the front desk. The ladies tried to tell us we had to pay an extra $25/day for a two queen room. NO WAY! I showed on my Cheap Caribbean voucher that it said a free upgrade. So, reluctantly the front desk gave me a two queen room at no extra cost. So it is on the 5th floor (top floor). We stayed in that room for one night--it was not a renovated room. I could not get any hot water for a shower! I ran the bathtub for over 5 min (what a waste of water) and it would only get luke warm. Same with the bathroom sink. Ugh! Back to the front desk. I AGAIN requested a newly renovated room, on the 2nd floor ( which is the ground floor) near the pool and hallway exit to Atlantis. I FINALLY got a room that I wanted! It was a handicapped room (that is all they had to fulfill my requests). The only difference from a regular room was a slightly taller toilet, shallower bathtub with handles on the wall, and shelves in the closet were lower. No big deal. The room was a garden view with beautiful flowering bushes out the sliding glass door. PERFECT! It was the first room next to the lobby area (room 262) and at times you could hear people at night in the hallway or lobby, but it did not bother us. Note: the Bahamas are humid. Since we were in 3 rooms, I can say with confidence that all the rooms, renovated or not, smell a bit musty. It is the nature of the beast. If that bothers you, bring from home an air freshener. Honestly, once you are in the room for 1 minute, you don't even notice the musty smell. I saved the BEST TIP for last: Don't pay for the expensive shuttle bus service that Cheap Caribbean offers. Take a taxi from the airport and back to the airport. We did this and saved us money. Right when you walk out of the Bahama's airport, there are 10 + taxi drivers waiting holding signs that say "TAXI" or "TAXI--we take credit cards". It cost us $38.00 (plus tip) for a taxi ride to Comfort Suites. The ride is about 30 minutes. While staying at Comfort Suites, we met a taxi driver who took us to Montague Garden restaurant (FREE taxi ride (we did tip) to and from restaurant. Hotel front desk must call a reservation in for you). Taxi driver is Oscar. We negotiated a deal with him--he gave us his cell number. Two days later he drove us back to the airport for $25.00 (plus tip)! I asked the front desk if I could "call my ride" and they let me use their phone for free. If you call local from your room, it is a .50 cent charge. Enjoy the pool bar at happy hour. Both bartenders we met were very friendly! Daily, utilized the free buffet breakfast in the restaurant by the pool bar. It is less crowded than the inside hotel breakfast buffet area and you can sit inside or outside by the pool. Plenty of tables. It was so nice to have a free breakfast each morning. One less thing to think about!
We have stayed at the Comfort Suites (CS) Paradise Island several times. You stay here so that you can enjoy the Atlanitis. IMHO the location, privileges at Atlantis, and amenities of CS can't be beat for the price. CS has a free continental B'fast which is adequate, and ability to pay for a cooked to order B'fast, but no other meal options available. On site pool with bar is a nice option to unwind at end of a hectic day in the sun. What is best about bookiing through CheapCaribbean (CC) is that all of the extra daily maid and energy charges that CS tacks on are included in price you pay up front. CS told me only CC and one other travel site collect and pay these fees for you up front. I think the fees run over $17 a day per person (yikes!). This makes CC's price an even better deal when comparing to other travel booking sites.
It is a nice, average hotel near Atlantis, what is a really great place. The breakfast in CS Hotel is every day the same, but OK. Near is a shop, where you can buy bottle of whater cheaper than in Atlantis. The hotel is not on the beach, walking distance about 10 minutes from the beach. It is better to have a room in the 3rd floor, in the 1st floor are renovations, they are painting some rooms. Sometimes you need to use few steps because elevator is to far in the floor, it is only uncomfortable for old people. Streets are around the Hotel, it is better to have garden and pool view. The beach and Atlantis are really beautiful, great aguariums...free 3 movies almost every day in the theatre, nice Marina Village...Absolutely clear sea water and soft sand. :-) You can take a Ferry to the city Nassau, 1 way - 4 USD, it is nice and easy. The ciy is small, nice, many duty free shops. By the ferry is a bigger supermarket with good prices. From the city you can take a bus N. 10 (1,25 USD - 1 way) to the Fort Charlotte (entrance fee 5,- USD) and Ardastra gardens (entrance fee 16,- USD) and Botanical garden (free) and to a few fish restaurants, the restaurant Twin Brothers is good. Ardastra gardens=small ZOO is small, but it is nice to feed colorful parrots there (exact time in the afternoon). You can use for free shuttle bus between Atlantis Hotels, Towers, Marina Village, you can go by this shuttle to "One and Only beach club", where is a beautiful Versailles Garden with Cloisters.
This is one of the best deals I have ever seen for families of 3 or 4. Full access to Atlantis and all of it's amenities including aquadventure, 4 nights, continental breakfast, kids eat free at participating restaurants and air from Ft. Lauderdale for $299 per adult. This trip from Ft. Lauderdale including tax and fees was $1305 for 2 adults and 2 children under 12. Unbelievable!!! The details....The rooms, while not extravagant have 2 queen beds plus a pullout couch, flat screen TV and minifridge. We slept great!! Espeically knowing how much money we were saving with this package. The continental breakfast was adequate.. donuts, waffles, danish, toast, cereal, juices, coffee and hard boiled eggs..not much fruit. As far as the other meals, the kids eat free at the hotel restaurant for lunch and Anthony's across the street for dinner along with a few other places. I asked some locals where the best non Atlantis restaraunt for dinner would be. Every response was Anthony's. We ate there twice. We were disappointed the first night, went back the second night and ordered pizza that was pretty good. Our other dinner dining experience was the Columbus Inn, just east of the Comfort Suites near The One and Only. Much better food and a great view of the harbour. Would definitely go there again when staying on Paradise Island. The comfort suites is conveniently located across the street from the Atlantis Marina and 300 hundred yards from the entrance to coral and royal towers of Atlantis. Many of the Atlantis restaurants are located in the marina along with a Ben and Jerry's ice cream...$10 for two scoops in a waffle cone...did it twice anyway because the marina such a cool place to hang out. We did have one dinner at Atlantis at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill. It was excellent and I was pleasantly surprised at the pricing. it was expensive but not as much as I thought. To avoid some of the sticker shock...be prepared to pay $60 for an 8oz. filet at any restaurant in Atlantis. Lunch for 4 (not off the kids menu) $100, can of beer $6 most cocktails $12...Complimentary shuttles to and from each Atlantis tower and this property is spread out. Mesa Grill is located in the Cove Tower. To get there we simply walked out of the back of the comfort suites to the coral tower entrance and hopped on the shuttle to the cove..again you have full access to all of the Atlantis ammenties. The water park at Atlantis is phenominal. We spent 5 days there with one morning trip away from Paradise Island. Aside from sleeping at the Comfort Suites. We spent 95% of out time at Atlantis...it is truly and awesome property. We did take one snorkel trip during this stay. We have done several on numerous trips to Nassau. I would highly recommend going with Stuart Cove's tours. This outfit has the best equipment, service and most import, the best sites to visit. Most of the snorkel trips take you out of the harbor to Athol Island and Rose Island. While these are convenient to Paradise Island and cruise ships, they are not the best snorkel locations. Stuart Cove takes you to the southwest reefs of New Providence and it is here where you will find the best snorkeling without a doubt. I have been with Stuart Cove twice and both trips were excellent!
Cheapcaribbean.com did a GREAT Job pulling together a great deal for us. The deal was an ALL Access Pass to the Atlantis hotel (pools, beaches, restaurants, hotel lobby + Aquaventure)..... BUT..... you got to pay a much cheaper price cos you would be sleeping at the Comfort Suites. Now let me tell you that the comfort suites by itself is a great little hotel. It had free internet, great pool, free breakfast and the hotel was very comfortable with 24hr service with almost everything. The hotel staff were super nice and went out of their way to make our stay very comfy. I think we got a deal to get to do everything that an Atlantis guest would but paid only a fraction of the price. Atlantis guests had to pay for breakfast... but Comfort Suites had free breakfast which was outstanding and had a great variety. Staff kept everything well stocked and clean. The comfort suites also had a Majestic tours representative from 8-5 everyday so if you ever had to book a tour or check/update a reservation, it was a quick walk downstairs and there was an (awesomely polite) person there to guide and help you. Also if you get sick of hotel / fried food and want to buy groceries, the comfort suites is about a 5 min walk to the local grocery store where you can get a lot of common ingredients/ snacks/meals/soda/water . For peace of mind and ease of access to everything, I give the Comfort Suites 5 Stars/Palms as it was a great value for money. If you have kids this hotel is ideal for everything and all the excursions that majestic tours offers are very family friendly. I HIGHLY recommend the "Sandy Toes" tour. It was simply out of this world. One trip I will remember forever. So to summarize: The comfort Suites 1) Great Value for Money 2) 5 min walk to the Atlantis / Beach 3) 5 min walk to the Grocery store 4) Free Internet, Free Breakfast, 24 hour service 5) Metal Safe in the room at $2 per day (great for $/passports wallets phones etc). 6) 8am-5pm Majestic Tours representative in the lobby 7) Free Luggage Room if you arrive early / late flight 8) Free "hospitality" room to change/bath if you dont have early check in / room not ready 9) Pool is great and they have a bar that extends into the pool. pretty awesome. 10) Only issue is there are no restaurants onsite for lunch/dinner but there is a little town center 5 mins away which has everything form restaurants to gift shops and dessert shops Hope this was helpful to you guys. Have fun and be safe.
Just came back from vacation. Stayed at the hotel with my daughter March 2-9. We arrived before 3pm and had to wait for our room, though there were enough rooms available, as it turned out later. I wouldn't call the personnel especially friendly - they were business-like friendly which was fine with me. Our room was clean and nice. Free breakfast was simple, but adequate. The pool is small and was not very clean, lots of hair at the bottom. In all 7 days we stayed there we've never seen anybody vacuum clean it. The big advantage of the hotel is proximity to Atlantis. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the place where you get your daily passes to Atlantis. It was kind of annoying to do it every day, but there was no other choice. I don't want to repeat what other reviewers have already said, so I'll just summarize what's new: Quiznoz (sandwich place) moved to the Marina Mall, try them, terrfic sandwiches; Twin Brothers and other shacks (restaurants at the end of the bridge - about 15 minutes walk) are closed on Mondays, so plan accordingly. At Twin Brothers try grilled snapper - do not order grilled salmon or cracked lobster, the portions are tiny. Try Kalik - a local beer. Bristol Liquor store (across from the hotel) closes at 6pm ! Do not take a cab to Viola's restaurant - it's only a 5 minutes walk from the hotel - ask them for directions. At the water park do not miss 3 water slides at the Rapids River - they are fantastic ! Try all three, they are not as scary as it might seem. Go see free movies at Atlantis - it's lots of fun. Good luck and enjoy your vacation!
When we first arrived at the hotel I was a little weary. The hotel was doing some restorations (i.e. resealing driveway, painting, and remodeling rooms). The check in clerk informed us that they only had rooms with one bed and a pull out bed and not the 2 bedrooms we requested. They did offer us to switch the next day but we would have to check out in the morning and re check in during the later afternoon. It was too inconvenient for us to do so. Our room was freshly painted but I was very worried due to the door lock missing a lock plate. Then we did not have a safe in the room. I went to the front desk and informed them about my concern. They wanted us to wait until the next day to switch rooms but that was impossible because I booked an all day boat excursion and our stuff would have been left in their possession. Finally they put us in a similar room with one bed and one pull out bed. The room was pool side, had a safe, and the door lock plate was on. After this incident we did not have any more issues. The hotel was clean and friendly. The staff catered you to your needs. Breakfast was served fresh and promptly in the morning. We had full access to Atlantis so we came and went as we pleased. Atlantis and a small shopping center is right across the street. The marina is 2 blocks away & can take you on boat adventures, fishing, swimming with dolphins, feeding sting rays and more. There is always a taxi driver either in front of the hotel or driving past willing to take you anywhere for $4 per person. The hotel has an outdoor pool that has a swim up bar. The rooms were clean and comfy. We recommend stay here versus the high price tag of Atlantis. We would defiantly stay here again if we go back to the Bahamas.
We usually spend a week in the summer going to a North Carolina beach and renting a beach home. This year my husband requested not to pack the van, drive for 10 hours dealing with traffic and grumpy kids, to get to the beach house and unpack etc... So I tried to find a vacation that was just as fun with none of the hassle, for the same price! ....Welcome to Atlantis in the Bahamas!! Specifically the Comfort Inn and Suites exactly next door to the Atlantis and for a fraction of the price!! For what we spend on our North Carolina Beach house we got a week in the Bahamas in a hotel (where the maid cleaned!) and a free breakfast every morning - then off to Atlantis, which is a water park on steroids, but it also has the most spectacular beaches ever!! I the mom, like to sit and read on the beach, my active family likes to play and keep active, Atlantis offered the best of both worlds. It will take you a couple of days to see and do all of Atlantis, and the grounds are breathtakingly beautiful! My 9 year old and 14 year old as well as my husband voted it the best vacation ever, and we are going back!! Just a few tips to save some money, first the food prices are outrageous!! We paid the $20.00 to check a bag and filled it with a soft-sided cooler, and snacks like 100 calorie packs, peanut butter, jar of peanuts, microwave popcorn, re-usable water bottles, a small container of dish washing liquid and a sponge. Other travelers recommended bottled water and juice boxes. 2. Take the ferry for 6 US dollars round trip from Paradise Island to Nassau, once in Nassau you can go to the grocery store and get 1.5 liters of bottled water for 1 dollar! Plus other grocery items. 3. Buy lunch at one of the snack shops in Atlantis and keep your re-fill able cup, we took our cups back to the hotel and washed them, they lasted for 3 days. 4. The Marina had a good restaurant called Bimini Road, which was very good, still expensive but good. All in all I would highly recommend staying at the Comfort Inn, the staff was awesome and friendly, the room was average but very clean and I brought cleaning wipes with me to clean before we settled into the room and I did not need them!! There was a recommendation to ask for the west wing first floor due to the proximity of the exit to Atlantis, it depends upon your preference, I did not want to hear the whole hotel walk back and forth to the Atlantis for our tip, so we stayed in the very nice East wing, but we did walk a lot - another thing to pack - Band Aides, the front desk was very nice about giving out band aides but I would have liked the water proof ones, next time I will remember to bring them! We will be going back, we may try a condo so we can save money on the food, but you just can't beat the weather, people and Atlantis!!
Our first trip here was last September, 2011 and we had such a great time! The accommodations were pleasant, free breakfast every morning by the pool, and the close access to the Atlantis with all privileges made it a super deal. Food is expensive but we mainly just snacked for lunch wherever we were (mostly at the beach or waterpark) then had dinner - we loved Anthony's - great food & margaritas were unbelievable/reasonable prices! Shopped around the marina & also tried Bimini Road - food was pretty good there too just a bit pricier. If you do an excursion, we would have to recommend the Stuart Cove mini-sub adventure. You are on your own individual "sub" which is similar to a motor scooter that goes 20 or so feet below. It's incredible! We just booked the same cheapcaribbean trip again for June & are looking forward to it. Great value for the price!
This was an awesome get away for my husband and I - we really enjoyed all Atlantis had to offer, the water park was incredible, the fish tank enormous and dolphin lake was awesome - we actually sat and watched about 30+ dolphins playing - better than sea world!!! We really enjoyed the parade (weekly) at the Marina - the costumes were beautiful. We even enjoyed free movies at night at the Atlantis. The armband truly gives you FULL access to the entire grounds in and out. The Comfort Suites was also very nice, the rooms were clean and everyone was more than nice. The pool was very large and it was nice to have "down time" at the hotel pool. The down side is that eating anywhere at the Atlantis is insane (50+ for pasta!), but you can call domino's and have a pie delivered! We ate at Anthony s and the black bean soup (6) and salad(6) was enough to fill me up. The free breakfast was very good and they had something for everyone. Highly recommend it and we plan to go back very soon!! the Bahamian people are wonderfully generous and nice, felt very safe on the island! We even did the dinner cruise and the fire dancer was great!! Go and enjoy yourself! :)