For $50 more, Atlantis or Comfort suites?

Apr 8th, 2003, 08:25 AM
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For $50 more, Atlantis or Comfort suites?

Hi,

I have a little dilemma and hope someone can help. Initially, we were going to stay 3 nights at the Comfort Suites in Paradise Island because it was cheaper than the Atlantis, we get access to their facilities, and they provided free breakfast. My travel agent just called and said the Atlantis is running a special and I can stay at the Beach Tower for $50 more per person (no breakfast). I've read a lot of reviews that said the Atlantis is over-rated and the rooms are not too nice at the beach tower. I kind of want to experience the Atlantis but I also want to have a comfortable stay. What do you think? Should we just stick with Comfort Suites or pay the $50 and stay at the Atlantis?
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Apr 8th, 2003, 09:06 AM
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Even though I would not choose the Atlantis for vacation, if I had to pick between the two choices you have, I would go with Atlantis just for the amenities.
(There are probably a lot more "people-watching" opportunities too.
Do you have kids you are taking?
I'd definitely stay there if you have kids since they seem to be impressed with all the excess at the Atlantis.
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Apr 8th, 2003, 10:27 AM
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We're a couple in our twenties going on the trip. No kids. Comfort Suites does provide us with the access to use the Atlantis facilities.
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Apr 8th, 2003, 10:32 AM
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If I were you I would save the $100/nt. and stay at the Comfort suites. You are young and the extra walk shouldn't bother you, and you will have $300 extra to spend on food, drinks, ect.
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Apr 8th, 2003, 10:48 AM
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Let's see.. with $300.. you could:
Do the booze cruise -
Learn how to scubadive-
Swim with the dolphins-
Powerboat to Exuma -
Spend the day on a private island -
Day trip to Harbour Island. -
hmmm. This list is endless.
Besides, you'll have access to Atlantis 24/7 anyway.
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Apr 8th, 2003, 02:01 PM
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Continental breakfast at Atlantis costs about $12 per person. So consider your daily total savings $62!
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Apr 8th, 2003, 02:23 PM
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Don't bother with the upgrade, or if you want to stay at the Atlantis, check the www.libertytravel.com website. They are also running specials for the Atlantis right now as well and may have a better price.

Comfort Suites is a good choice and since you have all the amenities of the Atlantis without all the noise, I would
stick with the CS.

With the savings you can go to Greycliff for an amazing dinner. Greycliff, is in downtown Nassau, very close to Government House. (the residence of the Prime Minister).

Also there is some good shopping downtown.

A day trip to Harbour Island would also be fun, and the BoHengy, (ferry) leaves from the dock area close to Paradise Island.

Have a great time and enjoy your trip.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 02:45 AM
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you might as well stay at C.S.you won't see the prime minister at government house though,that is the residence of The Governor GeneralOddly The Bahamas does not have an official resdence for the P.M unlike a lot of countries,the P.M lives hi own house! with bodyguards on duty of course!
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Apr 9th, 2003, 09:07 AM
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My appologies Colin, you are very correct, gee, I've even been to Government House and met the previous Govenour General, Sir Turnquist in the Bahamas and here in NYC.

Yes Government House is the official residence of the Govenour General and it is a short way from there to Greycliff restaurant.

Again, have a great time and enjoy the sun.

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Apr 9th, 2003, 09:29 AM
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It's a tough call. Lets see...Beach Taking it all into consideration I vote for:

Comfort Suites

1. Beach Tower isn't that great;
2. inexpensive food isn't easy to find and if you can get breakast (even Continental), take it;
3. you save $50 per person, and money is money;
4. you can use Atlantis' facilities so you'll be spending most of your time there anyway.
5. when you're asleep the bed is just as comfortable at Comfort Suites as it is at Atlantis.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 09:31 AM
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Some poor editing in my above post.

Try reading it again without the "Lets see...Beach" part.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 02:55 PM
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If you can spare the extra bucks, the atmosphere at Atlantis is worth the $$.
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Apr 10th, 2003, 06:43 AM
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Sorry guys, should've mentioned that it was $50 per person for the TOTAL stay of 3 nights. Not per night.
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Apr 10th, 2003, 08:29 AM
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Don't even question it- stay at Atlantis. Why stay at an average place when you could enjoy the amenities and beauty Atlantis has to offer? I wouldn't even think twice...
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Apr 10th, 2003, 08:36 AM
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Yeah, but it still comes back to the Beach Tower being the low-end rooms and not much different than Comfort.

Since you get the same amenities either way, I still say stay at Comfort, take the free breakfast and each night have each person take their $50 savings and put it towards dinner.

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Apr 10th, 2003, 10:36 AM
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Per your latter post and also a previous post bringing up the breakfast cost, here are the economics of it all:
2 People / Total Stay Difference: $50 x 2 = $100
2 People / Atlantis Cont. Bkfst: $24 x 3 = $72
$100 + $72 = $172 Total Increase to stay at the Atlantis.

How tight is your overall travel budget for this trip? $172 is cost of a VERY nice dinner for 2 in the Bahamas, or cost of all your lunches during your 3-day stay. However, some benefits (time, being located right there, etc.) of staying right at the resort in which you will be spending all your time. Time & ambience vs. saving approx. $150 - $175 off your trip expense. Weigh that and decide.

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Apr 10th, 2003, 11:11 AM
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We stayed at the Comfort Inn instead of the Atlantis about two years ago. The difference in price was huge when we went, however I would definately stay at the Atlantis if I had to do it again. It is so much nicer to be on the beach and the atmosphere at the Atlantis is awesome. We have advised our friends that the only place to be is the Atlantis.
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Apr 11th, 2003, 07:33 AM
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Hmmm, tough choice but our final decision has been made. Thanks to all your suggestions and comments. We've decided to stay with Comfort Suites and use the money we saved for excursions/food/having fun! Since we will be spending time at the Atlantis using their facilities, it doesn't matter if we sleep at their hotel or not. Thanks again all.

By the way, has anyone recently stayed at the Nassau Beach Hotel or Comfort Suites? I had that they're both doing renovations and I should ask for rooms in the new wing? How are the hotels, rooms, services, etc.? And what should we expect? Thanks again! =)
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Apr 11th, 2003, 07:36 AM
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Sorry, typo for the previous entry. I meant "heard", not had.
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Apr 11th, 2003, 10:59 AM
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You're in luck! I just stayed at the Nassau Beach Hotel 2 weeks ago! Didn't see any renovations going on while I was there, it seemed to be about the way it always is. Stay in the "new wing" if you can. In case you can't tell which one it is, as you face the water it's the furthest one on the right.

The NBH is another one of those places that some people love and others hate. I'm on the love side and have stayed there at least 10 or more times over the years. The location is great: you've got a bus to town at the front door and a casino next door. The property is low-rise and medium size, with 2 pools. The main on-site restaurant, Johnny Canoe, can serve up some pretty good food at reasonable prices. Although there's been some erosion during the years, the beach is still arguably the best on Cable Beach. The beach bar makes great drinks. Every room has a view of the water. The staff is friendly and helpful.

The downside: Little things. One night you may have 2 hand towels, the next night none, the next night 3. The toilet may make a weird groaning noise. You know, little things. If someone goes with a chip on their shoulder (i.e., "ugly american syndrome") forget it, they'll hate the place. If you want an inexpensive place to relax, have some rum drinks and soak up the sun, it's fantastic.
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