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Riu Palace Paradise Island

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Our Opinion

A small resort right beside Atlantis on Paradise Island. Popular with families, has good food. Great views from every room. Marina Village is close by; you can shop for fashion and souvenirs but make sure you do it after 5 pm, after the cruise ship traffic is over.


Overview

Each one of the 340 rooms in Riu Palace Paradise Island boasts a spectacular view of the ocean and enjoys a prime location next to Atlantis. The hotel showcases the great amenities offered in all Riu properties throughout the Caribbean.

 
Location: On 3 miles of beach, a short drive to downtown & 30 minutes from the airport. Adjacent to Atlantis Paradise Island.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Rayatthehunt :
Small and not that bad

The room is clean and well stocked. The food was overall pretty good. The fried fish was the best. There was a smell of sewage at times in the lobby but not always. Of the Riu locations we have been to it was nicer because of the size. We will not come back here.

  • MarySlack : Edina, Minnesota
Heed the mediocre reviews

As a seasoned RIU Palace guest, this hotel falls short of their usual standards. From what I understand, this was formerly a Sheraton Hotel so the typical RIU room classifications are out the window. We booked an OCEANfront Jr Suite and it was not. Our very narrow balcony faced the backside of one of Atlantis' annex buildings - laundry, garbage, stacked lawn chairs, etc. In fairness, you can see a wedge of ocean... but it is not what is considered Oceanfront. No sun at any point in the day. And being that it's on the Atlantic, it was just about useless on 14th floor.... very chilly and WINDY. To get a true OceanFRONT room, I was told you need to book a Suite. Who knew? If you've stayed at other RIU Palaces, you'll likely notice the lack of beauty in the lobby and on the grounds. It's simply a 15 story hotel not worth writing home about. Manicured grounds, per se, are absent. A disappointment. The rooms themselves are very large, decorated with an Art Deco-ish flair. I actually liked that part. Carpet in the rooms is worn. Not something I wanted to walk barefoot on. From what I understand, hotel will be going through a reno in July. The staff is very, very nice, responsive and accommodating, with the exception of some of the front desk personnel. Housekeeping is fantastic. I wish they all could be transplanted to the RIU's in Jamaica. The food is typical RIU fare: Nice, tasty variety in the buffet. Lunch in the buffet, however, is meh. We didn't go in any specialty restaurants because of the lines. My biggest gripe (not RIU's fault, obviously), and that of many guests, is how ungodly windy it was. You simply could not get away from it. It made the beach and pool area unusable TO ME. I cannot stand high winds. Again, likely because it's on the Atlantic. Water was too cold for my liking. And it was not very warm weather. BRING SWEATSHIRTS!! I'll stick with the Caribbean. Not to mention the pool is shaded by the building most of the morning. We spent a lot of time over at the Atlantis, which is really almost a city in and of itself. Bring your credit cards, though, ha!!

  • sue t :
March Break

Stayed at the Riu with my two teenagers and my husband. The hotel is up for some repairs this summer but it was still really clean and rooms are spacious. Check in was really fast, food at buffet was really good but we found that waiting in line for the Steakhouse for 45 min was not worth it the service was terrible and food was tasteless very bland. There were always enough beach loungers and the beach was really nice my kids spent all there time in the ocean. The night life was lacking not much to do at this hotel but Atlantis is right next door but very expensive. Overall great vacation.

  • canblueCanada : canada
Such happy people

First of all, let me say I read all the reviews before booking. I decided to book through Delta Vacations, despite some of the naysayers, thinking you can't please everyone.Upon arrival, after the Majestic tour bus ride, the lobby is dated but clean, and check in was a breeze, someone passing out drinks while we were given our bracelets.The room was on the west side, and was in full sun for much of the afternoon. (****Shut off air conditioner and fan for the afternoon, and let the room air out #1107) There are no bugs, so no worries. This did the trick and the rest of the week the room was musty odour free. The bathroom was tidy, and just needed to be a bit cautious in the shower, as the tub no slip stuff was worn away. The bar was stocked with water, pop and beer, but no mugs for making coffee in the morning. We ordered room service for the first morning, but bad idea. Go to the breakfast buffet instead.Speaking of food, we ate at the Krystal twice, the Gourmet twice, the Japanese twice, and the Steakhouse once. All in all, service was very good, as was the food. They all try their best to make sure you are well fed, and personally, they did a great job. The buffets in the morning and lunch were always eye appealing, but did lack some service staff. It was odd that you would see someone pushing a broom, as you were trying to manipulate your way around the servers, and patrons. Some of the food was bland, but the general atmosphere was pleasant.The pool area is mostly in the shade until around 11, and we never had a problem finding a chair. Although there are some that would put a towel, and would be at the beach until 3, for the most part, people were flexible. The service staff around the pool was on the slow side, but the entertainment staff tried their best to get the patrons involved. The evening entertainment was fun to watch, but most people ventured over to Atlantis to do some gambling.The beach area was spacious, but there was no bar service down there, and the locals weren't overly bothersome, they just wanted everyone to be relaxin! "No time for thinkin, let's start drinkin!" When the cruise ship patrons invaded the public beach there was some serious drinking by the young people *drinking age 18*, but there was only one incident like this at the Riu, as they frown upon "spring breakers".***The outstanding issues***Lining up for dinner.......................don't get it at all..........No food service around pool......................understandably due to windy conditions and trash ending up in pool, but more staff perhaps?Hours of operation in buffets and restaurants.................very unusual, although there is 24 hour room service, and the sports bar has take out food, but a cold hamburger??? yuk!The tickets for towels................don't get it at all................Perhaps a smoking section by the pool area designated for those who enjoy cancer sticks.......

  • Perrfect : Winnipeg, Manitoba
Loved it

A group of me and 4 girl friends all in our late 20’s stayed here from March 11- March 18th 2017. We all loved it and would return again. Food: The food was 5 star + that’s for sure. Every night was a different theme, Mexican, Greek, Italian etc. I literally didn’t like anything I put on my plate. It was TOP notch, best food I’ve ever had on vacation. We traveled with 2 vegetarians as well and both loved the food.Pool: The pool is a little small, and tile outdated but temperature on a nice day was perfect! There is a “hot tub” but it is the same temperature as the pool just has jets. Always able to find a pool chair no problem. Beach: Gorgeous! Always able to find chairs. Lots of water activities. We did seado’s which was $60US for two people and that got you half an hour on them, WELL worth it, so much fun and beautiful views out on the water. Lots of people selling things on the beach but once you said no they would move on. They could use a beach bar though and the sand needs to be raked more to get rid of debris/garbage. Got our hair braided right on the beach for $3US per braid. Entertainment team: Great! Did a good job at keeping the entertainment during the day going. Lacking big time on nightly entertainment though, shows mostly consisted of getting the vacationers to dance. But all staff very friendly and fun. Their dancing was too complicated for visitors to follow but the music was very current and made you want to dance! Room: Always cleaned in a timely manner and well. Fridge always stocked with water, pop, and even free liquor dispensers in the rooms! Lots of different pillows on the beds so you can find one to your liking. A/C worked great. Shower pressure and temperature perfect- anytime of day or night. Hair dryer was weak but it always is on vacation. Balcony has nice view. Quiet rooms at night. WiFi is hit and miss. Sometimes would work and not others. A la carte: We did the Krystal and the sushi ones. The food was good. It was nice to get dressed up for the evening and go but the food on the buffet was just as good if not better. Atlantis: It is literally a 2 minute walk to Atlantis from the Riu. We walked over many times to look in their gift shop, aquarium and go to the casino. Was free to go in there anytime after 6pm. They have a nightclub in there that is quite pricey (~$40 entrance) but there is a pub/bar in the casino that entrance was free and had a dance floor so we went there to party, was very fun. There was also a movie theatre and comedy club in here. We paid $160 US for a day at the water park with all day access to the slides/pools and included lunch. Was well worth it. The rapid river tubing was very relaxing and fun. Some people think these slides are just for kids but they are not! Some are even very scary for adults. Long line to rent locker for the day so get there early. You have to pay everything on Credit card there and it was $21 for a medium sized locker for the day which wasn’t bad split between the 5 of us. Overall very pleased with our stay at the Riu Bahamas and would go back again!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

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Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (buffet & on the spot, made-to-your-taste cooking stations)
  • A la carte dining w/reservations
  • In-room mini-bar & liquor dispensers, replenished regularly
  • 1 lighted hard-surface tennis court
  • Beach volleyball
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool
  • Pool side games
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment with live music and theme shows
  • 340 rooms in this hotel, boasts a spectacular view of the ocean
  • Gourmet Restaurant
  • Grill Steak House
  • Buffet restaurant
  • A la carte dinners in the Japanese restaurant
  • Snacks until midnight
  • Special Evenings: Theme buffet twice a week
  • 2 bars and pool bar
  • Domestic and imported beverages served until midnight
  • Swimming pool (300sq m.) with adjoining Jacuzzi
  • Complimentary lounge chairs, towels and umbrellas by the pool
  • Complimentary gym, sauna and Jacuzzi
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Spa with different treatments and massage (additional charge)

Superior Ocean View Room

  • Air-conditioning
  • 1 king bed or 2 doubles
  • Telephone
  • Satellite TV
  • WiFi internet
  • Mini-bar with liquor dispenser
  • In-room safe
  • Bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Most guestrooms with balcony, terrace or with ocean view (Max. occ. 3 adults & 1 children

Deluxe Ocean View Room: Same as above with preferred view.

Kids Deals - 2 kids 12 years & under stay & eat free. Limited availability. Superior room only.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Riu Palace Paradise Island
    Nassau,Bahamas

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Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island
Casino Drive Paradise Island Paradise Island - Bahamas, 6307 New Providence Island

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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