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The Sims 3 Island Paradise Resort Guide

Guest Rooms: Resort Towers and VIP Rooms

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack
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The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack Resorts Guide
Starting a Resort  |  Resort Ownership  |  Guest Towers & VIP Rooms  |  Buffets & Food Stands
Staff & Maintenance  |  Star Ratings & Guest Reviews  |  Example Tutorial  |  Resorts in Isla Paradiso

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Beach Houses
Beach Houses in Island Paradise will hold many Guests

Resort Towers
Resort Towers are for Sims visiting the Resort. They are rabbit holes that can hold dozens of Sims. When checking into Tower Rooms with your Sims, even if you go for a Luxury Suite (VIP Room), you can still use Resort Towers to Freshen Up and Woohoo in them, however.

All Resort Towers can be upgraded aside from the Bungalow. The Upgrade costs and maintenance costs are listed in the table here. Each starts at level one, but can be upgraded twice. This increases the guest capacity, and at level 3 unlocks spa services which are great. Click a Tower to enable Room Service, which guests really like - for the first two levels, this only increases maintenance cost by $25. At max level, all towers charge an increased $50 for Room Service and $50 for Spa Services. Your Sim can even take advantage of this, and save tons of money on visits to the Day Spa.

Having higher-grade and more Towers will raise your Star Rating, either through higher capacity or prettier buildings.

Resort Towers of all levels in Island Paradise
Levels 1-3 of the Eco-Modern Resort Tower

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Resort Tower Stats
CostTower NameUpgrade CostsCapacityUpkeep
$800Island Beach Bungalow N/A 9$40
$1,500Beach Resort Tower$5,000, $10,00015, 25, 40$50, $250, $500
$1,600Spanish-Style Resort Cottage$5,000, $10,00015, 25, 40$50, $250, $500
$3,000Eco-Modern Resort Tower$10,000, $25,00030, 50, 70$250, $600, $1750
VIP Rooms in The Sims 3 Island Paradise Resort Management Feature
VIP Rooms rent for 50% more but take up more space, still they are perks for your Resort

VIP Rooms
VIP Rooms (Luxury Suites) rent for 50% more than Tower rooms. The guest capacity they add to your resort is based on the number of beds in the VIP area. You can have more than one VIP area, each with its own amenities. There is a 20% chance that a visiting Sim will check into a VIP room. If it weren't for the fact that the game requires you to have at least one tower and front desk on your Resort (or the resort closes), you could try to run a Resort with just VIP areas, although it would not be as profitable as using Towers for they hold many more Sims than you could fit beds in a similar space -- and what VIP room would be worth checking into if it were just a bed?

To add a VIP room, simply build a room or building on your Resort lot. When done, add a door to the front and click it in Live mode. You will have the option to add a new VIP Door Lock, which means only Sims that check into a Luxury Suite can access that area.

Adding a VIP Room or two to your Resort will boost its star rating. While Sims are inside a VIP room, any motives they are increasing will go up 20% faster or decline 20% slower.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack Resorts Guide
Starting a Resort  |  Resort Ownership  |  Guest Towers & VIP Rooms  |  Buffets & Food Stands
Staff & Maintenance  |  Star Ratings & Guest Reviews  |  Example Tutorial  |  Resorts in Isla Paradiso

Share your tips for managing resorts in The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion here. You may also ask questions for problems you may have, but our Sims 3 Forum may be a better choice if you need a faster response.

Comments (46)

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Laura says...
My resort is doing great! Four and a half stars so far. My concern is that I never actually see any guests.... I get reviews and the occupancy is 50/50. Are the guests invisible or is my game glitch? :/ Thanks for the awesome tutorials, by the way! So helpful!!
This all depends on your PC I believe. I only ever saw one or two people walking around. Do you have VIP rooms?
8th July 2013 2:11am
Eline says...
Whenever i build my own VIP room and click on the door to add a VIP lock, my maintenance workers cannot clean or whatever they got to do.
And it doesn't add up to the total amount of guest capacity.
Is this just a bug or something, or am I doing something wrong?

(sorry for my bad English)
This may be a glitch. Try to clear your caches and restart the whole computer then load up to see if that helps.
3rd July 2013 1:32pm
Eline says...
I have cleared my caches, but unfortunately everything remained the same.
Thank you though! :)
Sorry I couldn't offer much more advice. I didn't have this issue so I'm not sure how to help you at this time. If you wouldn't mind, I would suggest signing up for our Sims 3 forum and asking there. The staff and community is one of the friendlist and most helpful I've ever met.
3rd July 2013 2:56pm
Lisa says...
I have the same issue. I built 3 VIP rooms and the bathrooms are always filthy and broken. I had to unset the lock and have my "owner" Sim Repair everything, including the TV, and then make everything Unbreakable. It took many many Sim (and RL) days and I had to reset the lock before and after each visit. Of course, every time I unset the lock, the maintenance staff came running to clean the bathroom. I'm guessing this is a bug that EA, as usual, has failed to fix. My owner Sim has been so busy with fixing and upgrading every single thing on my property that he will likely die before he can fulfill his lifetime want! BTW, unless you want to upgrade everything to unbreakable, know that every Sim day will bring many broken items and broken items equals cockroaches and cockroaches equal 4 1/2 stars instead of 5!
9th August 2014 3:53pm
Utsho says...
I have made 4 VIP suites like a 4 storied building using blueprints.I have also made staircases for each floor as well as locks for each rooms.But whenever I check, nobody comes to the VIP rooms.So I'm not getting the revenue properly.Can you help me please?
9th September 2013 12:53am
LadySuncrusher says...
I am not sure if this is the right place for this question, however, I have downloaded this really nice looking custom resort but cannot place it due to an already existing desk, when desk is removed it reverts back to 'no visitors allowed' please advise
22nd September 2013 7:32am
Nicolette says...
This is an old comment, but just in case anyone else is searching for a fix:

I had this issue as well, the workaround is to go into edit town mode, and bulldoze the lot. It will remove everything and change it to (No visitors allowed) and then you will be able to place the resort. Make sure that after placing the resort that the lot type is changed to (Resort) - as sometimes it won't automatically depending on how the downloaded lot was set up. If that doesn't work, I also (for good measure) flatten the lot and sculpt it to fit the style of my downloaded lot (which is especially useful if you have the bora bora style huts over the water).
7th July 2014 6:04pm
Lisa says...
I really want to build a two story resort, but every time I try to build the second level it tells me the ceiling is to low. What am I doing wrong? How do I build the second level?
26th September 2013 11:48pm
Michaela says...
This comment was posted ages ago, but if you delete the roof and uncheck the box for automatically placing roofs, it should work.
21st April 2014 2:32pm
Custume says...
1 thing , Underground ??

Like, you can add diner areas underground , ow about vip rooms ??

Pools its impossable , jakuzi too , try the diner, longe and the loby and looks good, but dony know how to do the vips ones (underground) they can be rooms in a baseman right ?? just need a vip door ?!??!

29th September 2013 1:13pm
Elisa says...
How do i make the costume server better? Everyone is complaining about it but i have no idea how to upgrade
11th October 2013 1:45pm
Nicolette says...
Click on the staff member and the option to assign uniforms will be included on the interaction menu.
7th July 2014 6:05pm
clare says...

Ive built my second hotel now but I think I had it in play mode to often before it was properly up and running so when I finished it, it shut down because I never realised it had been open throughout the building process. It told me it wont allow me to reopen until its improved, although, theirs nothing else I could possibly do to it. I think its all to do with costs. Its a great hotel and I dont want to lose it.

Can you help me please?
28th October 2013 11:11am
Nicolette says...
Have you clicked on the resort tower rabbit hole and selected upgrade? You can also click on the front desk and select "Improve Resort" which will direct you to the build and buy modes. I tend to close my resorts upon purchase/building, and then reopen them once they're fully set-up.
7th July 2014 6:07pm
clare says...

Ive built my second hotel now but I think I had it in play mode to often before it was properly up and running so when I finished it, it shut down because I never realised it had been open throughout the building process. It told me it wont allow me to reopen until its improved, although, theirs nothing else I could possibly do to it. I think its all to do with costs. Its a great hotel and I dont want to lose it.

Can you help me please?
28th October 2013 11:26am
Martin says...

Where do I buy this stuff that you're talking about? When I looked in build mode I didn't see the resort towers or any of the other buildings.

Can you please help me?
29th November 2013 7:04pm
Nicolette says...
In build mode, click on blueprints, then on the tab for "rooms" - the first few options will be the resort towers, I believe there are four styles to choose from.
7th July 2014 6:09pm
Anonymous says...
I have a four and a half star resort that was recently a five star. It said that my resort was filthy but my matinence crew was at the maximum they can be. How do I make my resort clean?
1st January 2014 11:03pm
Keljuana says...
I built my own resort and I built mt own VIP rooms. Even if a sum is check in my resort, it will not allow them to access the VIP rooms. HELP ASAP PLZ
6th January 2014 9:34pm
tarryn says...
How many times can you upgrade a resort tower? Is there a limit?
20th January 2014 9:39am
wendy van hoof says...
Hello sims. I have a quisten , how do i build one or where can i find one because i have no idea. Thank you.

gr wendy
21st May 2014 11:19am
HudsonSmith says...
Thanks for posting this. Your blog is so interesting and very informative.Thanks sharing. Definitely a great piece of work Thanks for your work
31st May 2014 3:04am
Norinia says...
hey can you stack V.I.P rooms by setting the lock on second floor rooms that can be accessed by stairs?
Yes. The VIP rooms for the starting spanish resort are actually on the second floor.
11th August 2013 11:52am
Kerry says...
Whenever I try checking in to any resort, it would freeze. What do I do because it gets really annoying. Please help thanks in advance.
If you're in a self-employment career it's going to keep doing it until we get a patch.
7th August 2013 5:19pm
Sarah says...
Hi there!
Really want to make a bungalow on the sea but don't no how
To make one? Really struggled. Any help would be much appreciated!
Thanks :)
Are you talking about making a house on the ocean? Just on ocean or attached to land?
4th July 2013 12:24pm
Sarah says...
On hobarts hide away there is a bungalow on the water where guests can stay, it's the VIP suite, one of those.
Do you want it for a house or do you want it for your resort? The easiest way to do this would be to use the new stilted foundations to make a pier like they did before. If you want it to be a VIP room, make sure to add all the needed items like a bed, bathroom, etc. If you want it as a house to live in, same thing - you'll need to use the stilted foundations on a plot of land that is over the water.
4th July 2013 1:05pm
Ashley says...
Hi there !
This may sound dumb. But how do you know
Which level your tower is on?
You can tell by if it's available for an upgrade. The price of the upgrade tells you which stage it's in.
6th July 2013 12:21pm
aenito says...
Also you can know by the maintenance upkeep in the Resort Finances panel.
8th July 2013 2:21pm
nikolas says...
Can I define the price of the luxury suite seperately? Or is the general price?
It's a general price based on the pricing of the resort.
8th July 2013 9:47am
Molly says...
Hello! I built a resort and opened it, but I noticed that the resort tower and VIP rooms were free and couldn't figure out how to get them to cost money, so I gain no profit when Sims come to stay. How can I fix this?
If you own the resort, you don't have to pay. Try selling the resort and renting a room to find out the true cost.
9th July 2013 11:23am
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