Solid beachfront hotel A review of Riu Palace Paradise Island
Had a great stay at the Sheraton Grand (jan 16-19). It's a fine hotel on a great stretch of really soft sand on the north shore of Paradise Island.
The hotel has that great island feel once you walk in, with palm trees in the large, airy lobby. The lobby also contains a bar.
Rooms are decent sized and more than adequate, perhaps a half-step below your typical Sheraton/Marriott standard but better than a nice Holiday Inn. The bathrooms contain the typical Sheraton bath products, plenty of towels and shower/bath combos with excellent water pressure.
The hotel is well-maintained and has good facilities, including a nice pool and a workout room. Restaurants are good and well-priced by the Bahamas' overpriced standards. (like the sticker shock at the Atlantis next door.)
The beach is great - long and wide - and the Sheraton has plenty of covered beach loungers for its guests. Unfortunately, being located next to the Atlantis and other Paradise Island hotels, you'll have plenty of company on the beach, including very persistent salespeople hawking everything from local crafts to jet ski excursions.
The Sheraton Grand is right next door to the sprawling Atlantis complex, where the casino and underwater kingdom await. But the Sheraton is far more affordable, and isn't overrun with milling crowds of tourists or children like its overpriced neighbor.