Consumer Complaints and Reviews
Where to start??? We arrived late on 12/26/16. We were tired and hungry. Our room smelled like smoke, the room was extremely overpriced for what we got and the room service took 2 hours that night and the food was terrible. My assistant called at least 5x to speak with someone and all she could get on the phone was a customer service rep who was no help what-so-ever. No one ever called her back from the actual resort. They did offer to move us to another room higher up in the tower, but that was it. Throughout the entire stay the customer service was consistently bad and way too expensive. We actually changed our flight and left a day early. A $20,000.00 vacation that was actually worth about half of that. The kids enjoyed the activities, but we will never come back again.
My stay at Atlantis was nice - great pools and a beautiful view of the ocean. However, besides the fire alarm going off four times in one night, my biggest complaint about this hotel is the way they treat their animals. The cats they have on the resort are extremely friendly and sweet. They don't beg, and they never bite or scratch. However, after speaking to several employees, I learned that management frequently rounds up as many of these cats as possible and euthanizes them. This infuriates me. Another employee told me that before there were cats (and I only saw 5 during my whole stay - they aren't covering every inch of the property or anything) they had a rat problem due to the large amount of waste the resort generates.
I don't know about you, but I would much prefer a few cats to hundreds of rats. Also, all the cats that I encountered at the resort were neutered (thanks to a generous employee who does his best to care for the cats and their medical needs - therefore they are also all vaccinated as well). If you are planning on staying at this resort, please consider speaking to management about the way they treat their animals. It has greatly impacted my opinion of this hotel.
Atlantis Bahamas, fraudulent continues to charge my credit card. They will not call me back or return emails to rectify this situation. The entire stay was over priced and poor service is their standard. In my situation I was there at a conference. I work til 8 pm every evening only to return to my room and find it has not been cleaned. But yet you get charged a gratuity for housekeeping every day. Getting from one building to another leave an hour to ride the hotel bus. Prepare to pay even too much for water, each bottle is $8.00. I would not mind paying for good service and high-quality food, but this isn't the case here. Also you cannot trust this place to fraudulently charge your credit card and refuse to return communication to correct.
I recently purchased a day excursion for Atlantis Water Park from Carnival Cruise Lines as I vacationed with my Grandson and husband. I was horrified as I watched pool employees hustling regular beach chairs and umbrellas to sit by the pool. I'm not talking about specialty cabanas or special chairs that I realize cost extra. The pool boys place towels on the lounge chairs and when you sit on a chair they tell you that all these 8 chairs are for Peter.
It is obvious that none of these chairs are being used as my husband observed the transactions taking place throughout the day. People who wanted to purchase the chair would pay them off. He even saw one man's umbrella that he purchased was resold when he left for a while. The guest was not happy. I did ask several pool employees about this practice. They seemed to be totally unconcerned. This seems to be acceptable practice around the pool. The brochure stated that pool chairs are free as long as available. So the employees place the towels on the chairs making them unavailable. The employees then hustle to make money off this practice in plain sight of superiors. Not good for future business.
If I could give them a zero rating I would. From the moment we checked in the VIP Host check in clerk was rude and had the worst attitude. We got to our room and wanted to take a nap and there was blood stains on the sheets. We tried to sleep and there was loud music but we thought it was outside. We spent the day out at the pools and beaches and the bars are not clean, sticky and outdated. After a full day we got to the room to sleep at 11 pm. The music was extremely loud so I called the front desk and they said they would send security - an hour later the music was still obnoxiously loud and they were banging on our wall. We called the front desk to speak to a manager at which time he said he would come to see us. At 1 am the issue was still not resolved and the manager said he spoke with the mother of the teens and took care of it and they couldn't move us.
They couldn't do anything at all for us, not even a simple sorry. You come to relax and they let teens rule the halls and blast music. There is zero security in the hotel and definitely none to the guest bedrooms. They let whomever whenever in the hotel. We went to Jean Georges restaurant one night and the host was nasty and rude! I can't imagine why people stay here at all. They treat everyone poorly. The room cleaning service is the worst I've ever had, even in places much much cheaper it's much better. We had coffee in the hotel coffee pot and she didn't clean the pot and left dirty used laundry bags. We left and ordered a limo the night before to take us to the airport and we had to wait 20 minutes for a pre reserved limo. The head of car services said they had a shortage but didn't say sorry. They could care less if you ever come back. If you can afford it stay at the OneandOnly resort where everyone is treated with respect and appreciation.
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The place sales itself, is beautiful; but the staff is very rude. They seem not to understand that their main source of income are us the tourists. We stayed at the Royal towers. It was very expensive, specially the food. Buy the meal plan if you can, because even that is very pricey but worthy. The room were not clean properly. Room service was horrible. I ordered chocolate milk for my daughters. 3 hours later I had to call back to find out they never put the order through.
At the store where they sell souvenirs the workers were very disrespectful; most of the staff is very rude. I complained with the manager. I hope that helped a little bit but honestly go there on your cheapest budget, or you will be very disappointed. After I spent 16 thousands to go there just to sleep on a dirty room, and be treated like I was begging. They should do a great clean up of the staff and train them well because the place is beautiful but the treatment you will get is not worth that kind of money. With a fraction of that you will go to places that you will feel good and be treated with respect.
Overall Atlantis is a beautiful experience. However for the price I paid and the fact that I booked and paid in full four months before I arrived (they had my money for 4 months). The staff at the coral towers were rude and basically said tough luck on the condition of the room. I was led to believe that I would have a room to accommodate my whole family. It is what I paid for.
I ended up with a room with a bed and a roll out couch ($300/night). There wasn’t enough room for us all to unpack. I lived out of the suitcase for the majority of the time. My husband and daughter were able to unpack. There was one working electric outlet in the room and almost no working lights. The wifi was hit or miss. When I complained I was promised someone would be in in the morning to fix the electric and the lights. I’m here one more day and I’m still in this horrible room and my daughter spend her vacation sleeping on a couch. I have a view of the staff coming to work in the morning. None of the beautiful views of Atlantis and I did early check in. I’ve complained every day I’m here and nothing. I’ve stayed at Days Inns with rooms in better shape than this for $90/night. I asked them to comp me for the 3 nights that they overprice the room. I was told "You paid. We don’t comp." The staff was horrible about all of it. So what’s my next steps?
Overall, Atlantis was the worst vacation experience we've ever had. We would never recommend Atlantis to anyone and especially not the All-Inclusive plan. Every aspect of our vacation was sub-standard compared with the many other All-Inclusive vacations we've been on. Atlantis is overrated and overpriced, terrible experience. We were not told that we'd have to pay security deposits for each room prior to check-in. The staff throughout the resort were not familiar with the All-Inclusive plan. Tracking the All-Inclusive bars and restaurants was completely inconvenient. The All-Inclusive menus in select restaurants was lacking. The check-in process took 2 hours. The process of billing everything to the room and settling up at the end of our stay was a pain, stressful, and was horrible service. We were only able to find one pool with a bar and there were no servers walking around taking orders.
Throughout the resort, there were no servers taking drink orders. Lines for some restaurants were extremely long for those on the All-Inclusive plan. At check-out we had to speak with the front desk manager to get $600 in incorrect charges removed from our bill. Our room was a mix of furniture that didn't match, looked very run-down, and dated.
We just returned from a 6 night 7 days stay at Coral Towers. When I read the above reviews I think, did we stay at the same place? I do not know what people expect. It is a vacation destination. It is going to be more expensive than at home. We had a wonderful time. I will admit I was getting a little nervous after I read some of the reviews. If I had listened to them we would not have gone. It was relaxing, beautiful. The room was just what I asked for. Walk in shower, the room was clean, no smell. The staff was always friendly. Housekeeping cleaned our room daily. I would go back in a heartbeat. I will admit, sometimes it was a little difficult finding a handicapped ramp but after several days we learned where to navigate to find them or elevators. It was a wonderful vacation.
My husband and I took our daughters, their husbands and 4 grandchildren to Atlantis in March of 2016 for a week. I asked for a handicapped room with a shower chair and arranged for a motorized wheelchair. The wheelchair was exchanged for a motorized scooter when I complained that the battery life did not exceed 45 minutes. The only outside elevator was broken, so we could not go down to the water park to watch the grandchildren. We were able to get to the pool directly behind our hotel; but, my husband could not use the pool as it did not have a lift. When we asked about the other pools, we were told that none of the pools had lifts.
We continued to have battery problems with the wheelchair and it was not unusual to have to stop in the hall, plug in the scooter and wait for 30 minutes before we continued on to our destination. My husband is a below the knee amputee, is 6 foot 2 and weighs 300 lbs. The shower chair was small and the legs bent under him. Customer Service said that was the only chair available. He could not take a shower and washed out of the sink the entire week. He was very happy to go home. We will not return.
We booked our vacation through AAA. Spent $15,000 for round trip airline tickets for my family of 6 and booked 4 nights at The Cove. We arrived at 3:15pm and were told our room was not ready and had to wait in lobby till 4:00. Our luggage was immediately taken and we could not changed into our bathing suits while waiting. After getting into our adjoining rooms we realized it was not what we were sold. We paid for one room with a king bed with an adjoining room of two queen bed. Instead we were given two rooms with one king bed and one queen. Our children took turns sleeping on cots. The doors to the balcony were next to impossible to open and after complaining a serviceman appeared at our room to repair it on the 3rd night at 11:15pm. We told him he could not repair it at that time as we were sleeping.
We have a nut and dairy allergy in our family and even after the chef came to our table to hear our allergies our food was often served with nuts and cheese. One night my daughters got an anaphylactic reaction to bread served at the Bahemi Club. We were informed by one chef that the bread was nut free and after it, my girls reacted and got hives and started vomiting. A second chef told us the bread is made with almond flour. We rushed out and I gave them Benadryl and epipens. It was a miserable night. The Cove felt bad and said they will pay for our next meal at the Dune and personally meet with the chef to review our allergies. After personally meeting with the chef to again review our allergies our meals came out with cheese.
The employees are like robots with fake smiles and move at snail's pace. They speak under their breath and hardly make eye contact. They were rude to special needs child by initially telling him he could not use the pool because he can not wear their paper bracelets without pulling it off. After initially being informed it was not an issue before our arrival he was demanded to wear the bracelet. The employee was annoyed and would budge saying it was policy. I actually cried at this point. After seeing my reaction, the employee said "I guess he can go, but he's supposed to wear a bracelet."
The trip was a nightmare. The rooms were an issue, the food was an issue, their insensitivity to special needs was disgraceful. And the more we tried to rectify the issues more issues came to surface. Finally made it to a bar for a relaxing drink at 5:50pm and was told we had to get a drink at different bar because they stop serving at 6:00pm. We informed them it was 6:00 yet and said he was leaving. This place is a scam!
I spent one night at Atlantis attending a conference there, but two days after I got back I started to itch all over my body, the itching got worse and worse day by day. I went to my doctor thinking that it might be eczema, but the shocking news was when my doctor asked me, "Have you been travelling?", and I replied: "Yes I was in Atlantis." After that he told me, "You got infected with scabies from the hotel." That was shocking. I never thought I will get scabies from a five star hotel, but apparently they did not even bother to clean the bed sheets. I am suffering from severe itching and sleepless night that all from spending one single night at the Atlantis.
My fiancé and I traveled here this past weekend for Valentine's Day. The only reason why we stayed at the Atlantis was because I came here as a kid with my family about 15 years ago. Let me tell you - it has CHANGED. I'd rather stay at a La Quinta than this dump. Right after we swam with the dolphins on Sunday, we went to the Sports bar in the Casino to watch the ponies. We walked up to the bar and the bartender started asking my fiancé questions about his watch. We ordered one drink each and shared a glass of white wine (within a 4.5 hour period of time). We both started to hallucinate, our mouths began to go back and forth from salivating to drying up, we became extremely aggressive and dizzy. I only remember bits and pieces so I am trying to recollect to the best of my ability here. I remember the security doing absolutely nothing.
I kept repeating myself over and over and over again and felt as though everything was a dreamlike sensation. The staff/security separated the two of us because we let them know of the violence and roofies (we believe were Ketamine, and we're waiting for a blood test) we were exposed to. The security was a joke - they completely swept it under the rug. The next day, the woman who I apparently spoke with (yet I don't recall ever meeting her in my life) offered to get their private investigator involved. OK let's do that so you can burn the tape. We have the US Embassy involved and are taking the steps to prevent this from happening to another person. This is a serious incident of assault from their staff which cannot go unaddressed. Please do not stay at this resort. The Bahamas is not what you think it is and neither is the Atlantis.
I visited Atlantis for one day when we got off a cruise ship. The park was very overcrowded, but they continued to sell tickets to make it more crowded. The worst part was half the water slides were closed and the one that were opened had no water tubes. People were literally begging for water tubes as people came off the slides. It made the whole experience sad and uncomfortable. How can such a wealthy resort run out of cheap water tubes. Thankfully, only one day of my vacation was ruined. For the people who travelled only to Atlantis, their whole vacation was ruined.
My wife and I took a cruise and purchased tickets to Atlantis for the port. All I have to say is to never go to Nassau. Never go to Atlantis. It is poorly managed with employees that don't and don't do their job. The beach was closed, half the water slides were not available. I will say that the river and the slides that were open were a lot of fun. But everything else about the park was terrible. We arrived at the port at 9:00 AM. By the time we got to Atlantis it was nearly 11:00 AM. We were told that towels would be complimentary for us. Then our "guide" said that "THIS IS NOT A TOUR" but he walked us around the entire park which is absolutely massive.
It was a very slow walk also since we have handicapped people in our group. By the time we go to the only spot that apparently had towels, it was already 12:30 PM. We were hungry at this point so we ate our "free" lunch that we paid for was decent but its $20 for a snack wrap. By the time we finished that and got in the water it was a little after 1:00 PM. Again, half the slides available, and no beach available, and I wanted to go snorkel in the water that they advertise but surprise surprise that wasn't available either. We paid about $400 for the 2 of us to go down the same 5 slides. We had to be back on the boat by 5:30 so we didn't have a lot of time there. AVOID NASSAU at all costs. People are extremely rude there.
Stayed here 1st week in January 2016. Please do not stay here for what so ever reason and pass the word around. We were here for our daughter's 10th bday and believe me when I say it was hell on earth. They charged us fraudulently, were very rude, rooms are dusty and dirty, very over priced. I truly regret coming to the Bahamas just because of the useless hotel I will NEVER be back. I have stayed at Atlantis Dubai several times and I can tell you it's nothing like this. They must be under different management because this place is the worst place I have ever stayed in my life and believe me when I say I have been to many hotels. I have evidence on all the topics I mentioned and I am filing a formal claim and complaint against them
The Atlantis is a massive, dirty, overcrowded, overpriced, 1990's style dump!! The carpet in our room was so dirty, the beds, uncomfortable, the furniture, cheap and ugly. There were water stains on the ceiling and the room smelled very mildewy. I have stayed in Holiday Inns that are much nicer. The food is barely edible, and costs a mini fortune. It cost $160 for my 2 daughters (10 & 12) and I to eat a buffet dinner. Seriously? The pools, and beaches are so overcrowded. The lines for all the water rides are insane, but to make matters worse, the hotel allows all the tourists from the cruise ships into the water parks which then only makes the lines that much longer. I can't believe I paid $850 a night for that experience. I could have stayed at an elegant Ritz Carlton for that price. I will NEVER go back.
I have been living in Nassau for a year now but time and again I hear complaints and become a victim of Atlantis's indifferent approach towards business and customers both. I booked a table for 12 people on 27 Dec. at Mosaic and spoke to the manager on duty, Enith **. I requested her if she could put a few placards on the table with a small message from me to my staff and she agreed to it. So she gave me the address and I sent her an email with the message. I also spoke to her regarding carrying my own whisky/vodka to which she said she would charge me a corkage of $50 per bottle to which I also agreed.
When I checked with them as I was leaving home for the hotel, a Ms. ** picked the phone and told me they didn't have any instructions on putting up and placards and maybe it has slipped Enith's mind. She also said that they can only allow me to bring wines for $50/bottle but my whisky/vodka would not be allowed. When I told her I had mentioned this to Enith and she had agreed, she said she would talk to Enith and call me back. She called back to say that Enith had forgotten to tell her about the placards and had thought that the whisky/vodka I was bringing was to be given as gifts and not consumed! This was the most ridiculous explanation I have ever heard. They were very rigid and would not agree to anything. And I had also invited people and had to go ahead with the dinner, and also have their drinks.
Then they also called their Director of F&B, but he also refused to accept that his staff had committed what she had and completely denied me all my claims. I have heard similar complaints from numerous people as I deal with hundreds of tourists here. I feel if the attitude of the Atlantis staff changed for the better, this hotel could charge double the prices and people would happily pay it also.
If you book through Atlantis, then beware. When you book a room and flight, they give you the total package price but that is not true. You can book through other online agencies for approximately the same price which does include the airfare. What Atlantis does not tell you is that the airfare will be billed separately by the airline. You don't find this out until after you book it and only then do they provide you the terms and conditions.
Every vacation package that I have in the past included room and airfare. Recently I booked a package from Washington Dulles to Nassau. My package price was $2,810.31 which included a moderate room, taxes, and surcharges for a 6-night stay from Washington Dulles to Nassau. When I was making the booking, before checkout, it showed me the room reservation and flight details. I naturally assumed these were the total charges for the room and airfare. I did not see itinerary which included the airfare charges until after I made the purchase. I just contacted Atlantis and asked why I was being charged by the airline also, which they then advised me the package price did not include airfare. That comes to a total of $468/night. They are very unethical in their practices. Buyer beware.
I'm not writing this review to complain about the outrageous prices for food or WiFi charged at the resort. I think by now everyone knows what they're in for when they decide to vacation at Atlantis. Nor am I writing this to dissuade anyone from staying there. It's definitely a beautiful property with lots to do. I'm writing this because I am not only Shocked but utterly Disappointed in the customer service or lack thereof provided by this resort as a whole. We stayed at the resort from 9/19 to 9/26. The place was near empty, no lines for slides or food which was real nice. Unfortunately on Monday 9/21 our beach bag was stolen from a lounge chair next to the lifeguard at the bottom of the Challenger slide. We had sat there 3 consecutive days and had chatted with the lifeguard a few times because my son went down the slide probably 50x a day.
Upon noticing that the bag was missing we asked the lifeguard who was able to describe in detail the bag (which was covered by a towel) and my daughters pink flip flops but didn't see anyone take it. He signaled for security who now informed me that I must file a report immediately and only 1 person was allowed to go. I'm with my wife and 2 kids. My wife is crying and the kids are upset. I explained to the security guard that our bag was stolen, we had planned to eat lunch but we have no room key now or money. "Can you take my wife and kids somewhere we they can get water until i return?" "Absolutely not" was his response. "Have your wife go back and get another copy of the key." So I had to leave them there because it was so urgent that I fill out this report.
I stood in a security shack with 3 other couples who also had their stuff stolen from the pool area and was told to itemize what was stolen from the bag and write it down. While discussing my situation with the other victims and comparing stories I was told by the young lady behind the desk "its a shame y'all White people are stealing from each other here on vacation." When I mentioned for the amount of money we all spent to vacation here I highly doubt anyone on vacation would be stealing iphones that are useless once they're turned off. Her response was "someone would notice if a black person took your stuff but its y'all white people stealing each other’s stuff so how are we to notice."
I'm not here to make this about race at all. I'm just appalled that this was the response I got after having my stuff stolen at a 5 star resort. While waiting to be ushered up to another security room my bag appeared carried in by a resort staff member who claimed to have found it in the men's bathroom in a stall under a towel. When I questioned him further he had no answers and walked out. I was thrilled to have the bag back. Naturally my watch, my wife's iphone and cash were gone. They finally usher me up to security room where I'm met by Akeera. I explain to her my situation, hand her my list of goods stolen to which she responds, "This is a matter of lost and found. I cannot help you check back there tomorrow."
Lost and found? My bag was stolen. Contents removed. Why have I wasted 2 hrs on vacation filling out forms? When I asked about surveillance video I was told there is no video in public places. The entire resort is public space. Am I to believe there are no cameras by the water slides? Or by the entrance to the Dig aquarium where my bag was found in the bathroom? Hard to imagine. I then asked if I could use the phone to call Verizon and cancel my phone and was told "no go back to Harborside and use the phone in your room."
From where I was in the resort that would take me at least 25 minutes just to get there. Never mind there and back and I still had no idea where my wife and kids were going on 2 hours. I did luckily get to use the phone at the coral towers concierge. I was led there by a security guard. Etienne was more than accommodating and was able to call Verizon. Days later after countless visits to my room by security and filling out the same forms I was told by head of security that "thieves go on vacation too."
My response was that thieves from Idaho or Chicago on vacation would be smarter than to steal useless iphones and leave an expensive designer beach bag worth more than the contents in it in a bathroom stall. Sounds more to me like one of your staff members took my bag and couldn't leave the property with a woman's beach bag so dumped it. A thief could have walked right off the premises with the bag or back to the room and disappeared.
We attempted to speak to a manager at royal towers more than once and were constantly shuffled from concierge to check in desk and told no one was available at the moment. I managed to file a long complaint at harborside discussing how rudely we were treated. I bumped into both other couples in the next few days who had their bags stolen and we all discussed how poorly we were all treated.
One couple was carrying around all their beach stuff because they had no bag. Atlantis couldn't be bothered to even give them a complimentary cheap bag for their troubles. I’m not writing this to complain about outrageous prices or what some may consider my own negligence for leaving a beach bag on a lounge chair covered at a 5 star resort. I’m writing this for others like myself who are considering spending a lot of money on what should be a beautiful family vacation and expecting topnotch service and not getting anything close to it.
We were never apologized to or offered any kind of support or compassion from anyone at Atlantis. The only sincere apology I received was from my cab driver on way to airport who insisted that it was hotel staff that stole my stuff and to please not take this bad experience home with me because that is not what Bahamian hospitality is all about. Too late. A Lot of money spent for my kids both 6 and 7 to be traumatized and asking to never go back to the Bahamas.
We arrived at Atlantis Resort on 8/22/2015. We stayed at the beach tower room 4108. After many researches for family oriented resorts I decided to take my children to Atlantis for a seven days family vacation. When I booked the room and chose the tower I was a bit overwhelmed with the different tower choices. After reading and researching I decided to book the beach tower which was a disappointment. The customer service at the beach tower was very poor. The one time I decided to stop at the front desk to ask a question the attending person refused to look at my face to answer my question, when I approached the desk he was involved with paper work, and I asked him if he would prefer me to wait until he finished what he was doing and not even looking at me he told me to "go ahead and get to my point."
At that point I was frustrated because anytime I went to Royal tower and any tower above the royal the service was very good and employees were very polite but at beach and coral towers I felt very mistreated in many ways. My daughter asked me every day to go on the Jet Ski and on Friday 8/21 I decided to stay at the beach and take her on a Jet Ski ride. When I saw 2 employees carrying the beach chairs I approached them to request one and they replied that they were not giving any chair but I could just grab one. So I walked towards the chairs to grab a few chairs for me and my children and a manager named Marvin told me that I wasn't allowed to take any chairs because they were cleaning the beach.
The beach hours of operation was from early morning until 6 pm and this happened at 12:00 pm. I tried to explain that I just needed chair for about one hour, just so my daughter could try the Jet Ski. He refused to listen and called me trash. I was really upset at that point, many other guests were using chair. It was a beautiful sunny day, no rain, no lightning and was not able to enjoy my day at the beach.
The beaches behind royal and cove towers were not being "cleaned" but the jet skis were only available behind the beach tower. So I decided to grab a chair when the manager Marvin approached me, grabbed my right forearm, and tried to push me to the floor. A vendor named Pamela was watching the scene as well as many others vendors and hotel guests and was horrified the way I was treated. The manager Marvin also threatened me to call security and throw me out of the hotel. This all happened in front of my children.
Marvin's boss Dennis was watching the entire scene and did not move until he saw Marvin physically assaulting me. Dennis was willing to listen and allowed us to take the chairs. After the incident my children were scared, my daughter was afraid to walk around and my vacation was spoiled. I did filled an incident report with the hotel and according to them an investigation will be made but no apologies were given to me or my children. This was a $7000 vacation and just the fact that I did not choose the most expensive towers shouldn't be a reason to be treated the way we were treated. I have stayed in many different resorts before and never had to go through such a horrible experience.
Atlantis was so short staffed that it was really hard to get help due to it being "slow season" - August 24-September 2. If you are trying to run a business especially a resort of such magnitude you should have staff on every corner. Food was so expensive, we decide to put ourselves on a budget - $100 per DAY. Very easy and hard at the same time when you have 5 children all under the age of 12. Other guest would "steal" your beach chairs when you are away swimming. Saw guest fist fight for tubes. Heard every curse word imaginable. They run out of towels. Life guards are sitting around and chatting with other staff members. Never coming back there again. Not worth the money! Please avoid if you can. It's not worth it.
Don't book here!!! It was horrible. The hotel is beautiful, but that is as far as it goes. My husband and I stayed here at the Atlantis for our 41st anniversary and also his 65th birthday. It is filled with so many hidden taxes that the trip was ruined. Taxed to use the POOL! Taxes on top of taxes. The food was entirely too expensive. If you are going to tax people to death, let them know ahead of time. We come to the Bahamas at least three times a year, but never, never here again. Oh, and as my husband and I sit in the airport for our happily return home, we are both eating outdated chips bought in YOUR expensive snack room. Goodbye Atlantis. We intend to spread the word. Our family consists of over 2,000 cousins, aunts and uncles.
We got charged over $380 in hidden fees that no one told us about, on top of the $1500 we paid for the room. The food is a whole different ball game. A pizza is over $40, sandwiches are minimum $20 a person. In a single day, it's very easy to spend $200 a couple eating cheaply. We came from NYC and it makes NYC look like it's cheap. This is by far the most expensive vacation ever. I would never come back here ever again! I went home pissed and angry. It's not a vacation when you spend over 2k unexpectedly. This is straight highway robbery! SAVE YOUR MONEY, GO ELSEWHERE!
My husband wanted to give me, my mother and my two children a treat on my birthday, the 13th of December 2014. We were on our way to Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahamas and had to stay one night in Nassau waiting for a connecting flight. My husband booked the room online and paid with his credit card. He wanted to give me a luxurious experience with some fun for the kids. We took a taxi all across the island to reach the hotel. We had to stand in two different lines for over 45 minutes to finally get the key to our room at 3 PM. It was a sad room, number 4145, overlooking some rooftops covered in bird excrement. 2 old standard beds, hard and uncomfortable for 4 people. TV with remote not working. Broken lightbulb in the only bed lamp and toilet not flushing. Not a good start to go back and stand in line at the reception to get things to work in the room.
We wanted to hurry out to try to enjoy all the luxury. Unfortunately most of the restaurants where we lived were closed at 4 PM. Why? It was high season? The children took a dip in the closest pool and we had to wander a bit to find anywhere to eat. Finally we sat down at the Lagoon Bar, a totally overpriced place with sad food and hungry birds scaring the kids and shitting everywhere. 96.60 dollars including 15% forced gratuity for one pizza to share for the kids, a salad each for me and my mother, 2 coke and two Kalik. And the worst service ever experienced. We were absolutely NOT welcome. Too tired to walk the long way to the waterpark, we walked back to our room.
I was shocked when I got a text on my phone that my credit card was maxed out. I was asked to show my card when we checked in at Atlantis but I knew my husband had already paid for the room so I didn't think anything was charged on it. Again, down to the reception and stand in line to figure out what had gone wrong. The guy could see they had charged 724.70 dollars at check in and he suggested it could be to cover for food and beverages put to my room during our stay. But he agreed that it seemed a very large amount for just one night stay. I have to say he was very insecure and unprofessional. He could not inform me of the normal room rate and I assured myself that it could NEVER cost more than around 100 dollars for such poor standard and lousy service.
Well. As it showed later I was SO wrong. The room rate was in fact 724.70 dollars for one night and they tried to charge us TWICE. As we had an early flight next morning we wanted to go early to bed. Around 9 PM the kids were put to bed and me and my mother were in bed 9.30. Our room was facing the elevator and a room with a sofa. The isolation had to be almost non existing. We tried desperately to fall asleep in the constant screaming and shouting from people meeting in the hall, waiting for the elevator to go down to the casino downstairs. A nightmare.
Just around 10 PM the phone rang. I was so furious and afraid they would wake up the kids. Some poor staff member wanted to know if everything was fine, if the tv was working, the toilet flushing and the light bulb changed to our satisfaction. I was SHOCKED that they would call a family with two kids at that late hour to find out if we were satisfied.
In the morning we went down to have breakfast and found nowhere to get it. The breakfast restaurant at our tower was closed even though the signs said they served breakfast there. When I asked the staff they suggested that nobody normally had breakfast at the hotel as people came here to go to the water park. Say WHAT???? Anyway. I learned that breakfast was not included in the 724 dollars and we had to walk for 5 minutes to find a Starbucks where we got a coffee waiting for our cab to take us to the airport.
I complained at the front desk about the double charge, the closed restaurant, the noise at night and the lack of breakfast as we checked out from our room. I also filled out a million pages customer satisfaction review from Atlantis after my return home to Sweden but never heard from them after that. I hoped to receive some kind of compensation or at least an apology for the terrible experience we suffered at their hotel. But nope. Nothing so far. I hope this review helps you and keep you from making my mistake. Don't go to Atlantis resort. Ever.
I booked and paid for my stay online and called the hotel ahead of time to make sure everything was in order before my arrival and had no surprises. The staff seemed a bit rushed but confirmed that everything was fine. Upon my arrival at check-in I was told that because my Visa which works as both credit and debit in the rest of the civilized world said debit on it they will have to get a hold of $150 per day (I was staying 6 days) for maid charges and possible room charges. I was told that this hold would take up to 21 days to be released. I said, "No, thank you," as I have better use for my money than to let it sit for 21 days and ask to leave the deposit in cash. I was advised to leave $500 out of which $350 were going to be charged for hotel fees and the remaining I could use to charge anything to the room while in the pool area or get it back at the end of my stay which made sense to me.
The next morning before I left my room I called the front desk to inform them that I was going to the marina and then the pools and ask what I needed if I wanted anything charged to the room. The staff member said all I needed was my room key. After walking about 20 min to the marina and having ordered breakfast I found out that this was not the case as my room key was not activated for charges. I walked 10 min back to the coral towers to get my card active and they tell me that my card was not active because I did not leave enough money so I had to walk back another 15 minutes to my room to get cash. I was a bit upset for the miscommunication of the staff but not enough to complain as I tend to give everyone second chances and understand that as humans we make mistakes.
But as the days followed I continued to experience bad customer service. Several of the staff members seemed upset at having to give simple directions in the pool areas. At the quick eats outside they acted as if they were doing us a favor. At shark bites I finally lost it and made a formal complaint to a manager regarding the lack of customer service from one of the bartenders. It was before noon on a Thursday and the bar was still slow. My girlfriend and I ordered two rum and coke and sat at the bar to drink them. When we ordered two more jokingly I asked the bartender to put more rum in mine and he responded with a bit of an attitude which I ignored. A few minutes later my girlfriend asked for a cigarette lighter and the bartender's response was simply rude. At this point I asked for the manager and made a formal complaint. The manager was quite nice and professional and got my girlfriend a lighter right away.
For the rest of my stay I decided to interact the least possible with the staff to avoid getting upset. There were some highlights worth mentioning. Our maid was great. She came every morning, asked if everything was ok, smile, and did her job. The service at Olives restaurant was also great and also at Sea Grapes. Some of the casino staff member were nice and friendly -- the bellman and the taxi or shuttle driver.
My family and I went to Atlantis July 2015. We booked our trip directly with Atlantis over the phone. Everything was paid for. When we got there, we were told we need a $250 deposit which was NOT told to us when booking. I refused to pay the deposit because #1, I was never told and #2 I came on a budget (unrealistic when you're staying at Atlantis, Nassau). Because I didn't pay the deposit, I was unable to have WIFI. My sister actually had to pay $650 deposit for the Royal and she was given only 32 hours of WIFI. They informed her that if she wanted more hours she would have to pay for it. Everything there was RIDICULOUSLY HIGH in price. There are a lot of surprises they trap you with once you show up. The customer service was awful. I had to ask 4 times for a blanket and 6 times to be assisted with a broken closet door. The resort itself is beautiful but you damn near have to be rich to handle the hidden costs and amenities there. I will not return.
Got home yesterday from our stay at Atlantis (The Reef). Our travel agent booked this trip for us and highly recommended it and assured us how accommodating and luxurious it was. I will try to recall every major issue we had with this place, but there were soo many I don't know if I can think of them all at once.
Our group of 9 had prepaid a little over 16k for our 5 hotel rooms for a 4-night stay. Upon check-in, we were informed they would be authorizing each card holder for each room an additional 1k hold for "incidentals". Not a huge deal, but several of our group had planned to use that 1k as spending money on their debit cards for this trip and would not have access to it again until we returned from the trip and they released the money. It would of been nice for a heads up before we arrived. This was partially on our travel agent as well.
We were also informed of the "complimentary" WiFi, and 2 water bottles they would be dropping off at our room daily. Only to find out after we checked out that the fine print of our sign in paperwork had a $48 daily fee that covered the "free" WiFi, waters, access to their gym, and maid service. So basically $200 was added to each rooms fees. I guess the 3k+ per room wasn't enough to actually throw in complimentary amenities. We all really got the feeling this place was just nickel and diming guests to the extreme.
On our first full day there we decided to check out the water park. The signage for the rides was incredibly small or nonexistent. Very hard to figure out where any slides were. Also no one directing the lazy river, which we were told by another guest that we just needed to wade into the water and find a tube for ourselves. The lazy river was pretty cool, but my only draw back on it was the water was filthy with tons of trash and debris floating in the water. I tried not to look too closely at it. We did the shark tube that day and it was pretty cool as well. Fairly decent first day overall.
Second full day we spoke with the concierge about booking a boat trip to snorkel for the following day. One gentleman behind the desk seemed knowledgeable about options but every other person we spoke to was oblivious as to what there was to do or how each third party company was to book with. They were finally able to book our group this private boat trip for Sunday that left at 9am. So we took it very easy Saturday night and went to bed earlier so we could be in the lobby at 8am and catch the complimentary shuttle at 8:30 to the Marina. Once we arrived at the lobby, none of the concierge people had any idea of where our trip was or that it was for snorkeling. One of them finally told us to go to the Seahorse dock. So we waited for an additional 30 mins outside in the shuttle line.
Once we were finally picked up the guy could only drop us off at designated area near the hotel and we were left to walk half a mile to the actual dock we needed (That he drove right past 10 mins earlier). Once there we realized this was not a private boat cruise as we had been told by the hotel. There were 20 other guests riding on it. The man collecting payment also had no information about our group or seemed to know we were coming. We checked with the organizer of the boat to confirm the trip would run from 9am-12pm. as the hotel had promised (We had two friends with 3:30pm flights that had to leave soon). The organizer said he couldn't promise 12, and two of our friends decided it was cutting it too close. They decided to head back to the hotel. At this point he collected money from 4 of us, with another 3 standing nearby with money in hand.
He then called all guests to walk to the boat. At that point we informed him our other 3 guests still had to pay. He seemed to get very flustered and proceeded to tell us to wait. He walked the other 20 guests to the boat and loaded them. Then returned to our group to tell us it was too late and he was going to refund us our money. We were very upset with this news and were forced to turn around and walk another half mile back to the resort. We stood in line at the Corral tower waiting for a shuttle to come take us back to our hotel. After 15 mins of waiting a shuttle driver pulled up and asked where we were going. We said "the Reef." He said, it was going to be another 20 mins before he got there and it was his last stop. He said another shuttle is coming right behind him and that we could jump on that so it would be faster. We said "ok."
Then proceeded to wait an additional 25 mins before the same original shuttle showed up again!!! At this point we were very heated that we took it easy Sat night for this trip and then essentially wasted our whole Sunday morning with the runaround. We went straight to our concierge at the Reef, and it was the one guy who seemed to have a clue about what was going on around there, so we were very polite and respectful when we expressed our disappointment with the disorganization and lackadaisical stance the hotel staff seemed to have.
He jumped into action and right away started calling other charters and found one that was taking off at 10:30am. He assured that if we paid a cab $40 and they took us straight there we could make it on this cruise. He told us it would cost $70 per person and would run from 10:30-1pm. We said great we will take it. So we rushed ahead and took a cab right back to the original dock we had been on before with the Seahorse company.
This new charter company seemed to be much more friendly and very accommodating as they squeezed us into an already sold out boat/snorkel tour. Once we set sail, we quickly found out from the crew that this boat would be running from 10:30- 3pm, not 1pm like our hotel had stated, and it was not $70 per person but $95 per person. They even had brochures that were $25 per person more than the ones our hotel was giving out to guests. Talk about bait and switch. With the cab and the additional boat fees we paid over $200 additional than what we planned and dealt with horrible customer service and a huge runaround. Luckily for us this snorkel trip was the highlight of our trip and was well worth it (Go figure, off the resort was the best time we had.).
Then comes the worst part of our trip. We end up going to the Cain pool at the Cove around 4:30pm to have some drinks around the pool. We were all impressed with the cool atmosphere and vibe of the 18+ pool. As we stood at bar area behind the DJ we noticed two groups of early 20 somethings exchanging words and yelling at each other from about 40 feet away. We noticed the girls in the groups were the main instigators. At that point some of them started charging at the other group while screaming and acting extremely trashy. It appeared a fight was about to break out. Several members in our group as well as other guests around us started filming this incident with their phones. The staff seemed to break it up somewhat, but then a couple of the guys involved ran around behind the cabanas on the beach and began fighting.
As this happened most of the bar cleared out to the edge to watch what was happening. A girl in their group was very upset and hopefully embarrassed as she should be that people were filming her trashy friends fighting. She ripped one guest's phone out of his hand, cutting his hand and proceeded to throw his cell phone towards the ocean. She then ran and tackled a girl in our group who also had her camera out. The two girls in our group tried to fight her and a couple other girls off. Once we pulled them apart and separated them we walked the girls with us back to the bar and asked them to collect their things and stay put. I then returned to the beach to find my sandal that had fallen off. Security at this point had broken up the fight and pushed the girls who tried to jump the two girls in our group directly to the bar where our stuff/girls were.
Immediately and from behind these 3-4 trashy girls attacked our two girls again at the bar. So again we had to break them up and pull our girls away from them. The "men" with these girls seemed to be content to let the females handle all of the fighting. No guy in our group was willing to cross that line of touching a female, so we stood by as much as we could. After we broke them up for a second time security told us to leave which we clearly were already trying to do. We began walking back down the pathway to the Reef with security escorting the other group of people about 20 feet behind us. All of a sudden security stopped escorting their group and they ran up behind us again and tried to fight our two girls. It was clearly horribly managed by the security.
After the 3rd time this group tried to assault the two girls with us security decided they would keep the other group outside while two of them escorted us to our hotel room. We gave them a full summary of what we saw had happened and showed them the video of the two original groups fighting and explained why our girls had been attacked. They assured us that the group was going to be removed from the hotel and we would not need to worry about them again. We asked to speak to a manager, who was never available to come talk to us. Convenient huh?
Flash forward to dinner that night, we are leaving the Royal hotel to head back to the Reef. As we step onto our shuttle we see 3 people get off a shuttle next to us. 2 of the 3 were the main "male" and female instigator/attacker earlier that day and they stared us down but would clearly not do anything without their entire group there. It was apparent security made no changes and didn't remove any of these people from the resort. We spent the next 12 hours of our stay traveling in groups and keeping the girls in our room because we were assured that the Jersey Shore crew we encountered at the Cove pool who were staying at the Reef with us would attack again if given the opportunity. That's not how you want to spend the last day of your vacation.
As the front desk guy asked me how my stay was upon check out. I said "it wasn't very good." He asked why and I quickly summarized what we had dealt with and that we would never be back again. He asked if he could go get an assistant manager, because he doesn't want any guests to leave with a bad taste in their mouth. I said "sure, but I don't know if it will change my stance but it can't hurt." He went into the back room and returned about 30 seconds later. Said, "sorry sir, our assistant manager is in his morning meetings and is not available." I replied, "That figures." So even after all of that they don't have the courtesy to send a manager over to speak with us about anything that occurred.
Upon checkout, each card holder paid the small balances we had on our rooms and received paperwork showing our remaining balance of $0. Once we landed back in the states two of my friends noticed their credit cards had charges for over $800 each for things they never ordered or agreed to pay for. They are both currently trying to reach the hotel to get an itemized breakdown and fully ready to dispute these fraudulent charges.
So to summarize this trip was basically a nightmare. The hotel tries to nickel and dime guests with tons of small hidden fees and has lackluster amenities. The general vibe of the staff was horrible. They get 15% gratuity no matter what, and don't have any real incentive to work harder for their guests. There was also a brazen lack of communication and knowledge between the staff/management. We are still considering posting the video of the trashy cast of Jersey shore brawling at The Cove pool to Reddit and World Star Hip Hop. If that goes viral it will probably be the best thank you I can share with Atlantis. I would highly recommend going anywhere else but Atlantis. END RANT.
I absolutely love Atlantis!!! I have been going there since it was originally Merv Griffin's hotel. Through the years I have watched it grow into an amazing paradise. I actually feel more at home there than I do in the states. It was many years ago that I modeled and had some shoots there on the beach some 23 years ago. Some of the same workers are still working in the casino and we always joke about growing old together. I frequent the resort about 5x a year and am looking into property on the island. People are kind and the resort is beautiful. I would recommend the Cove or the Reef if you are going to visit. It is worth the splurge of the extra money. The Beach Tower really needs an overhaul. The Cove offers a very nice pool called the Cain which is for adults only if this is your needs. There is so much to do if you are bringing your family and children. Be prepared to spend, spend, spend since it is very costly!!!
Very much worth it though and there are ways of getting around this. Take a taxi to the town and purchase your liquor and some staple food there. Dining is a must in some of the wonderful restaurants... Kota, Casa D'Angelo, (with ** the bartender) Mesa Grill, Sea Fire, and Mosaic are excellent choices. Make sure to take the kids to the "Dig" located in the Royal Towers. It is a very eccentric beautiful place! An experience you will NEVER forget!! Also make sure to go to the Lagoon bar outside and ask for **!!! Fun, fun and great drinks!!! I have been well traveled and have seen the world however I LOVE ATLANTIS!!! Again... 5x a year!! Enjoy!!!
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