Riu Palace Paradise Island

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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.


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
  • A . T :
Excellent Service! Would definitely return!

Pros- The staff is very friendly, My room was clean and stocked with towels and wash cloths daily, Food was great! There was a nice variety to choose from, Great ocean view outside my room, Every night there was some form of entertainment. Live band and guest could join in on the dances, karaoke, contest, etc. I also liked that they had a kid night. Cons- Terrible sewage smell in lobby as soon as you walk in hotel, There were safes in each room that you could use but I had to call the front desk to get into it because it gave an error message. It happened twice so the 2nd time I just stopped using it. I stayed here in November 2016

  • SaiJai23 : Toronto, Canada
2nd Visit, Better than the First!

My husband and I visited here back in 2014 for 4 days, and had an even better time during our recent 4 day visit in November. Given the recent storm, Bahamas has recovered so well that one would not know that just a month ago Matthew blew through. Hotel staff were friendly and always polite. Check in was smooth and easy, same with check out. Room: Stayed on the 15th floor, no musky smell whatsoever (unlike the lower floors, you can even smell when the elevator doors open). Our air conditioner was so powerful that we turned it off for two of the days as it felt too cold! Our room faced the Atlantis but we also got a partial but decent view of the beach, as well as the city. Couldn't ask for more! We loved spending time on the balcony looking out when we weren't on the beach. Spacious room and comfortable for two people. And the king size bed was an actual king - not like other hotels where we've experienced two beds pushed together to make a queen or king. Food:Bahamian theme night was by far our favourite! Tasty and lots of variety. Lunch time felt a bit repetitive but again, lots of variety so there was always something to satisfy lunchtime hunger. Same goes for breakfast but their fresh donuts were sinfully delicious! A lot of people complained about having to wait in a line for the a la carte. Sure, waiting isn't fun but you're on vacation- how much in a hurry could you really be? To be honest, it wasn't that bad or too long of a wait. We went down maybe 15 mins before they opened and while we didn't get a seat for the first sitting, we were placed for the second seating. We were hungry so grabbed some salad to hold us over. We tried the steak house. Food was good, but steak was stiff. The lobster tail on the other hand was really delicious and a substantial size!Beach: Can't describe how beautiful it is! The waves were extremely rough and red flags were up. The sound and sight of the high and forceful waves crashing was a nice change as we're used to being around calm waves when in the Caribbean. We aren't big on swimming so the high tide didn't bother us, tho we saw many people get knocked over by the waves!Pool:I personally can't understand being around or in a pool when the Caribbean Sea is right there! Having said that, we didn't go in, and glad because lots of people were spilling their drinks they got from the swim up bar. Not to mention too many drunk people. But, everyone's on vacation and everyone enjoys differently!Entertainment:We didn't attend any shows as we just weren't interested; we spent the evenings either walking outside or spending time on our balcony enjoying the gorgeous view. Local activities:We went downtown on Bay Street twice. Taxi to and from was about 10-12US each way. There's a toll getting back to paradise island. Walked around and spent time drinking coconut water straight out of the coconut, and even had some fresh conch salad! And when I say fresh, I'm talking straight from the fisherman's boat where he made ceviche right there on his boat. $10 US for a bowl and worth every penny! This ceviche was the reason we went back twice to Bay Street! We went over to the Atlantis to walk around and view the beautiful aquarium. Unfortunately the Atlantis entrance closest to the Riu was closed off due to the hurricane so what would have been a two minute walk turned into 15-20 mins. That or a taxi will take you for approx $8US. While this hotel may not be the absolute greatest, your vacation is what you make it. Don't sweat the small stuff, enjoy what you can, and make the most of the time you're there. You can't go wrong!

  • moose938 : Miami, Florida

Pros:- Complimentary wi-fi- Clean rooms- Mostly friendly staff- good spa ratesCons:- Lobby permanently smells like sewage- 3rd floor elevator landing smells like bleach- two seatings for dinner in restaurants instead of having people make reservations- Hotel needs a facelift, a bit dated in public areas

  • nnmercman : Camberley, United Kingdom
Sitting on the balcony......

........on our last day of three and was thinking about what rating to give this hotel. To be honest I was going to give it 3 purely on the basis of the raucous pool music belting out at full volumn with no one listening and spoiling what's left of the afternoon sun, forcing me to sit inside with the balcony windows closed :-(When new this must have been quite a grand hotel but it's very near the stage of requiring a complete refurb. Rooms are of a decent size but why do the sink plugs not fit? I would have appreciated a light in the spirit optics area. The bed was slightly too hard for my liking but the room was clean and housemaids did a thorough job daily. There's also a stocked fridge with complimentary soft drinks/water/beer.What I found hard to understand was the sheer amount of staff who seemed to be doing not much other than chatting and larking around amongst themselves - surely better use of their time would be cleaning the outside of public area windows! Another annoyance picked up by other reviewers was the hassle of queueing if you want to dine in one of the (usually 2 out of 4 which are open each evening) speciality restaurants -especially if you want the steak place as you'll have to join at least an hour beforehand (1830hrs opening) to get in on the first sitting - otherwise it's put your name down for the 2030hrs sitting (but you'll still need to join the queue!).Beach is great providing the sea's calm but you have to remember there's a public access alley next to the hotel so hordes of visitors may spoil it for you. I also understand cruise ship customers can purchase day passes. The major disappointment for me was the pool - yes it's large but it's got unhealthy opaque water with a film (slick) of tanning oil - I may be wrong but seriously think some guests who complain of stomach bugs/food poisoning get it as a result of swimming in the pool. I say this because in my opinion the food was very good - not once did I see any flies or "creatures" lurking. Don't bother coming here if you're a wine connoisseur- it's worse than rotgut but the sparking brut is acceptable. However the beer tastes like dishwater.You might wonder why I've not actually rated the hotel less and it's simply because I believe the staff and management try their best, hotel is clean and food well prepared. However, we did have a rental car for the duration of our stay so were able to travel around and leave the hotel but if we'd stayed longer than 3 nights my patience would have been severely tested!So overall - fine for a short break.

  • nickysragtales h : Dublin, Ireland
over priced over rated

A group of friends booked a day pass for this resort hotel on a recent cruise with a stop off at Nassau. On entering the hotel the first thing to hit me was the smell which was that of sewage but as I was with a group who had pre booked and we had four hours on the Island changing the venue wasn't possible. The charge at the door was a $100 dollars per person. When I asked for the wifi code I was informed this was for guests only. So, what is a day guest if not a guest and why so mean with wifi which is freely available in most hotels and which would have been very gratefully received? The food was very basic. A few pasta dishes. Some salads and a few desserts. The pool was mediocre. The changing facilities i.e. The ladies bathroom poolside was horrible. Some building plumbing works are taking place just outside the bathroom. The beach is lovely but you could if you wished get on it it freely from other access points. The bar served a jolly good Pina Colada but that's the best I can say for the experience. I could not recommend either a stay or a day pass at this what is supposed to be a five star hotel. It falls far short of its billing.

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  • 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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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.

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