Has anyone stayed at Atlantis recently? Traveling with 2 teenagers and trying to decide between 2 rooms at Royal Towers or 1 suite at Cove. Also, how have upgrades and Platinum Premier perks been recently? I read that they were not great shortly after becoming a Marriott property but wondering if they've improved? Any suggestions for budget dinners?
Hi there! I am traveling to the Atlantis on a rewards stay this November, so I have a question up asking many of these same questions.
The only answer I may have for you - when I talked to someone at Atlantis about the best place to stay as a family (we have an 11-year-old): the operator said while we'd get free Platinum breakfast at the Cove, the Cove tends to be more adult...and has a nude beach. So, that came off the list. We opted instead for Royal Towers instead.
Hope this helps!
Sorry for the delayed response. I stayed with my family last Spring Break at The Cove, it is in my opinion the only place to stay when going to Atlantis. The property is nice, it has a great pool and it is exclusive for Cove Hotel guests only. This helps when going to get chairs and service, you are not competing with the cruise ships.
As it has been mentioned many times in threads regarding Atlantis, you will not get the true Marriott Hospitality. You are barely recognized for your status, the pools close at 5 or 6 p.m. so that forces you to the casino or restaurants on the property or you go into town.
As wbwest stated there is not a nude beach, but there is an 18 and over pool. You need a wrist band to enter it as it is exclusive for The Cove guests as well. If you are not going during Spring Break, you should not have any issue with the rowdiness of the crowd.
Overall nice property but do not look to get spoiled! Stay at The Cove the pool chairs are 1000% better and you do not have to fight the crowds.
The Cove is your best bet. It is far nicer than the Royal Towers. There is no a nude beach. The Cove does have their own private pool.
One secret gem- If you want a Fantastic dinner, & to get away from the Disney style crowds, you can have the Atlantis shuttle take you to their sister property, The One & Only Club. Reservations & proper attire are a must. It is pricey, but the very best food on the entire Island
I called last night to inquire about a future stay at Atlantis and if you're staying using points the only option is the lowest room category. In the Royal tower that would be the standard room, terrace or water view. Originally I wanted to stay in the Regal Suite since we have 3 adults and 2 little children but the operator told me that is not available for points. Also, there is still the $49.95 fee per room per night you still need to pay and if there is a 3rd adult in 1 room, there is an additional $50/night. They also charge gratuity on top which is a per person charge so for us it will still be $120/per night in additional fees on top of points redemption.
I'm looking into staying in the Royal Tower or The Cove this upcoming August 2017.
I'm a Marriott Platinum Elite Member and I've been going through your posts and comments.
So there is no really benefit of staying there as a elite status member? room upgrades? breakfast? free wifi?
I'm going with 3 adults and 2 kids.
Any input is much appreciated.
Although a couple of years old, I haven't seen anything written in the blogs/forums that would indicate much has changed, we'll see as you request above, if anyone else has an update - (be aware of the resort fees and taxes - they seemed steep even on award stays). It could of course, still be a great stay (watch out for cruise ships dumping folks at the water park) but it's best to know going in what the potential challenges might be (which is why I've waited, so give us the scoop after your stay - thanks).
Don't expect Platinum status to mean much at Atlantis. They make sure to remind you that they an Autograph property...not Marriott. hmmm... You do get to check in at the Sun Lounge to avoid a line, however nothing else really applies. You may get "upgrade" to ocean view room, but it is nothing more than a regular sized room. (Even though we were told they were completely full, some friends of ours checked in the next day and were upgraded to suite...with no status!). If you encounter issues at the hotel (..and there will be issues - we've already had a non-draining sink and no internet/tv for hours, along with some strange high pitched noises...), there seems to be many managers, but none seem to have any authority. Other than that...the kids do love the waterpark