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Atlantis - My Impression

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by Ezzy711, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Ezzy711

    Ezzy711 Low-Roller

    Jul 29, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Received the offer via Mlife for a few days at Atlantis. I stayed there way back in the early 90s when it was owned by Merv Griffin. I had stopped by to gamble years ago when in port on a cruise ship. I figured it was worth a try.

    My impressions are below. I didn't plan on doing as much gaming as in Vegas, just wanted to get a feel if it something I wanted to add to my places to gamble. I'm an old lady who no longer interested in the whole pool and nightclub scene but I'm sure there are plenty of people who can add to that discussion.


    I flew from North Florida, Delta out, JetBlue back. I found it odd that the price of flight to Nassau were cheap, but the flights back were at least twice the price. Hint for those who try this 2 airline thing to a foreign country, don't do it. It caused a big issue with on line check in since I didn't have a round trip ticket. I had to arrive at the airport 2 hours early to show my passport and return ticket.

    The Nassau airport is different than any I've been to in years. Probably due to arriving from another country, but when you exit the jetway you follow a long hall that leads to the luggage area. You are not near any of the gates of passengers leaving. Even the gates when you depart are a bit odd. They are very far apart, almost as if each gate is it's own area. Small airport and very easy to traverse. Customs and security on the way out is a breeze. May be due to my flight time, but I barely saw another person until I arrived at my gate.

    I bought a round trip ticket hotel/airport on a shuttle through Atlantis for $33. Seemed like a good price. It is booked through a company called Don Knowles. Not great signage, I had to ask, but easy to find. Like everything in the Bahamas, it's all on Island Time! Nothing moves fast, no sense of urgency but I found everyone to be pleasant - at least to us. They were not necessarily that kind to each other. On the return shuttle I was the only one on the 3PM pick up so got a guided tour of the island on the way back. He took all the back ways to avoid traffic. At first that was a bit scary; I wondered if he was going to just take my luggage and drop me off in the middle of nowhere (or worse). I also noiced the tank was a bit beyond E with the fuel light blaring at me. But, after a bit of conversation I felt more comfortable and we had a fun ride.


    My offer was for the Royal Towers. I asked for a room closest to the casino (remember, I'm old). I was on the 10th floor with a view of the ships in port, the front of the hotel and part of the marina. There are sliding glass doors but the balcony is only wide enough for the my size 10 shoes. No relaxing on the balcony. The room was clean but very well worn. I'm not a germaphob, but there were a few things I had to clean myself. One was the phone in the toilet area and the other was the tub. It is a tub/shower combo and there were stains I had to make sure were from rust/hard water and not just filth. The tile had some mildew, but it's the tropics. The carpet was stained and all the furniture was old and had nicks. The one upholstered chair was almost threadbare. But it was all comfortable. Huge closet with a safe. The safe is in a dark corner and no light in the closet. That was a tad annoying. For free I'm not picky. The place seemed clean, the bed comfortable and after one call to the front desk, my TV worked well with a good selection of channels. I cannot fall asleep without the TV and was disappointed the remote didn't have a sleep timer, but not a huge deal.

    Not large and fairly spread out. A good variety of slots, but most of them are pretty old. There was a huge section that was barricaded off for 2 of the 3 days I was there. Apparently they were changing the carpet. There weren't that many of my favorite machines and I was a little disappointed that none of the kiosks for the TITO systems worked. You have to go to the cage every time. It sort of broke my slot rhythm. I never got to the tiny high limit area since I found the dollar and $5 machines to be particularly stingy. I have a Vegas trip coming up and didn't feel like leaving a huge amt in the Bahamas. I did get some free play, which was gone in a hurry. Against my better judgement I played some BJ. They use continuous shufflers. Not a fan of those. I don't know if it changes the odds that much, but I never seem to have luck with those. I was up a bit at one point but it didn't last long. The minimum is $15 and the tables are crowded. The tables were very close together and when I sat at 3rd base the guy at the table behind me had me wedged in. It was an ordeal getting out. Higher limits were either empty or have one player. I wanted to spend more table time but I didn't want to be there alone nor did I want to get wedged in again. Craps were $10 min and again, either empty or no room to play. This was especially true when between 10 and 6 when the ships are in port. I didn't go into the sportsbook. You can actually play from your room on an app. I peeked in but thought the TVs were small and it was almost empty. I ended up losing so badly I just gave up. I had very few hits and the machines were not my style. Cocktails were hit and miss. Only one day did I see multiple CWs. My first day and a half I never saw one. After I finally ordered a drink one morning and tipped more than most of the older customers I was well served. The hard part is getting that first drink.

    I didn't really avail myself of all they offer. I went through the aquariums and spent a good amt of time at the marina, watching the yachts go in and out. That is where the pizza and deli are located so it was a nice place to do lunch. I knew the food was pricey so I brought a bunch of food for breakfast and cheese and crackers for dinner. I only need 1 big meal a day anyway. I got 1 piece of white veggie pizza, a small Greek salad and a diet coke for $20. Lunch at the deli was a little over $30 and I splurged for a lunch at Olives that was almost $50 after an app and flatbread. I did make that into 2 meals. Same menu as Olives at Bellagio. I toured the "Dig" which is an aquarium exhibit in a bunch of tunnels. After seeing the fabulous scene from the lobby, the dig was a bit disappointing. Dark and some areas seemed too small for the amt of fish. You need to go through a souvenir shop to get to the other side. There is a shuttle that goes to the other towers where you can try other restaurants, a comedy club and movie theater. There is a lounge in the middle of the casino that is very cool - there are a bunch of jellyfish in a tank behind the bar. I could sit and watch that for hours but it did start to put me to sleep.

    Everything moves slow. If you are impatient, don't go there. I'm on vacation, never in a hurry, so it didn't bother me. I was able to read much of my book before my food arrived. I found most people very welcoming and friendly. I did run in to one or two people who needed attitude adjustment in a service industry, but they all can't be great. I did hear a few very loud complaints, but I didn't stick around to find out what the problem could be. I find much of the interactions depend on your approach as much as theirs.

    We all know that resort fees are here to stay. Due to the expanse of this resort, it was particularly high. I was charged a bit over $70/night with taxes and fees. You do get 2 bottles of water free each day! You need to pick them up at one of the food venues (Not any of the shops). Luckily the buffet was not far from the elevators, so I picked mine up every night. If you book any animal encounters those are extra. There is a list of what is going on all day in a flyer by the elevators. Food is costly, but if you've been to Vegas, it's not out of line for on-property venues.

    I'm glad I went to check it out but probably won't do it again unless I need time away without the long flights. Hope my observations are helpful.
  2. charliepeete

    charliepeete Low-Roller

    Feb 6, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    i am going this week i have been there about 9 times before.............i play dice and that is it ..................everything you say is spot on......

    i will give an update when i return........good luck in vegas
  3. Char1

    Char1 High-Roller

    Jan 4, 2015
    Toronto, ON
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I have also been a few times and you are right on.
    Good Luck in Vegas Ezzy

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    Looking forward to your update Charliepeete.
    Good Luck
    Here we go again!