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Good Times in Atlantic City

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An August 2006 trip to Atlantic City by shepherd333

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey More Photos
Quote: Living on the east coast, I often visit Atlantic City for mini vacations... it's practically my home away from home!

Good Times in Atlantic City

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Overview

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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I've been visiting Atlantic City ever since I was little. In fact, it's almost like my home away from home... I've stayed in every hotel except for Showboat and the Sands. My grandparents vacationed there all the time. In fact, that's where they honeymooned... before there were mega-resorts and casinos... back when Frank Sinatra and the rat pack ruled the town. The boardwalk was the place to be! Nowadays, the boardwalk isn't nearly as crowded (or popular for that matter), and the surrounding city is a bit run down. However, with new resorts popping up, and the old hotels remodeling to keep up, Atlantic City is becoming popular again!With the addition of the "Borgata" casino/resort, the...Read More

Harrahs Atlantic City

Hotel | "Harrah's Atlantic City"

Harrahs Atlantic City Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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I recently stayed at Harrah's in Atlantic City, NJ. Although it wasn't my first choice, my boyfriend and I had a free room offer, so we decided to stay there. The reason I don't care for Harrah's is because of its location. It's far from the boardwalk, and is located back on the bay behind Trump Marina...it feels like you're hidden in the back...away from all the action.However, the girl at the front desk who checked us in was extremely polite and accommodating. She even gave us coupons for complimentary drinks and food. When we entered our room (on the 16th floor), I was somewhat disappointed. Our view was of the bay...we could not see any part of the ocean, boardwalk, or city...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Harrahs Atlantic City
777 Harrahs Blvd.
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 441-5000

Borgata

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Hotel | "Borgata (The)"

SeaBlue at the Borgata Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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You can't get much better than the Borgata! This is by far my favorite Atlantic City hotel and casino! Driving in on the AC express way, you can see the massive Borgata in the horizon. With its gold mirrored exterior, it dwarfs the other hotels around it.As soon as you walk in the front door, you feel as though you're in Las Vegas. This is a hotel of Vegas proportions. Everything from the marble floors to the elaborate glass sculptures and lighting on the ceilings are first class!I've stayed here several times and I've never had a bad experience. Each time I've stayed over, I've been in a standard room. These rooms are spacious compared to some other hotels. Everything is new (the hote...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Borgata
One Borgata Way
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 317-1000

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort

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Hotel | "Taj Mahal"

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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The (Trump) Taj Mahal is another of my favorite hotels/casinos in Atlantic City. Located right on the boardwalk, it is convenient walking distance to most of the other nearby casinos and attractions. (Showboat and Resorts are its direct neighbors). I've stayed at the Taj numerous times, since that is where I get most of my comp room offers. I've stayed in rooms ranging from the typical standard to the ultra-luxurious "rajah" suites. In most cases, they will upgrade your room at no additional cost if they have the available rooms/suites to give out. All you have to do is ask! Within the past 1 or 2 years, all of the rooms have been remodeled. Each room has a "safari" theme, decorat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 18, 2006

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort
1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 449-1000

Golden Nugget Atlantic City

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Hotel | "Trump Marina"

Portofino at Trump Marina Hotel Casino Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Even though I frequently visit the Trump Marina hotel/casino, there are some pros and cons to this resort. First, this is definitely a place to visit in the summer! Located several blocks away from the boardwalk, this resort has a huge deck that overlooks the marina, where you can eat, drink, and listen to live bands. The Deck features a big outdoor bar and a large stage area for a variety of bands to play. This place gets packed in the summer due to its well-known party vibe. This is also a great place to sit and have lunch while soaking up some sun. Inside, there is a dance club called "The Wave" that's open til 3 or 4 in the morning. This place offers DJ's as well as live bands....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2006

Golden Nugget Atlantic City
Huron And Brigantine Blvd.
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 441-2000

Ballys Park Place Casino Resort

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Hotel | "Bally's Park Place Casino Resort"

Blue Martini at Bally's Atlantic City Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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I've stayed at Bally's several times in the past couple years. Even though it's not my first choice to stay or gamble, I would still recommend it to people looking for a nice place to stay. The rooms at Bally's are very nice. Each time I stayed there, I was in a standard room; however, since I was on a different floor each time, the rooms were somewhat different. One of the rooms was on the 2nd or 3rd floor, and I had absolutely no view. The room could've used some updating, but it was kept very neat and clean. The bathroom was quite large, however. The shower was a large square Jacuzzi tub that could fit several people. There was also a long counter with two sinks and plenty of space for to...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2006

Ballys Park Place Casino Resort
Boardwalk and Park Place
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 340-2000

Mark Anthony's

Restaurant | "Marc Anthony's"

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If you are staying at the Taj Mahal, you'll definitely want to have dinner at Marc Anthony's. This upscale restaurant features northern Italian cuisine and a great view of the ocean! I've had dinner here several times, and each time has been a great experience. The decor is beautiful as well. A rich burgundy color fills the entire restaurant, while marble pillars and huge floral arrangements serve as accents. The staff is well-trained and very knowledgeable about the menu. They start out by bringing you an assortment of breads and olive oil (with herbs) for dipping. The menu offers a variety of dishes including pasta, steak, chicken, and fish/seafood. The portions are large and well presented....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2006

Mark Anthony's
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 449-1000

Bombay Cafe

Restaurant | "The Bombay Cafe"

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If you are staying at the Taj Mahal, and you want to eat at a casual, no-frills restaurant, the "Bombay Cafe" is the place to go. Located on the main floor (right off of the casino) they are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer a wide selection of menu items, as well as a buffet. This restaurant is perfect for people that want to get something to eat without getting all dressed up. You can have something quick to eat (i.e. bagel and coffee), or a full course meal if you prefer. This is a very big restaurant, but at certain times of the day, it fills up quickly. This is due to its convenient location and casual fare. At these times, you may have to wait in line for a bit. The ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2006

Bombay Cafe
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 441-6000

Metropolitan

Restaurant | "The Metropolitan"

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Located inside the Borgata Hotel & Casino, the "Metropolitan" restaurant is great for people who want to have a nice meal without getting all dressed up.This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all at reasonable prices. They also feature an oyster bar, as well as a gelato stand. The food and service are great, but you may have to wait in line, depending of the time of day. Well-lit and nicely decorated, the Metropolitan is located on the main floor of the hotel. It is in a central area right off of the casino, which gives it convenient access for gamblers.Note: They have 2 separate lines. If you are a Black cardholder (as opposed to a Red cardholder), you can bypass the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2006

Metropolitan
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 317-1000

Bobby Flay Steak

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Restaurant

Borgata Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Upon my last trip to Atlantic City, my boyfriend and I decided to have dinner at the brand new "Bobby Flay Steak" restaurant located on the main floor of the Borgata hotel/casino.I can't say enough about this restaurant! Everything from the food to the decor is outstanding! Upon entering, there is a cool and eclectic cocktail area to your left, and a lobster bar to your right. Decorated in rich red/orange tones, this place offers great architecture and funky fabrics.The food is pricey, but well worth it! My boyfriend and I shared the Steamed Clam appetizer for $14. After my Mesclun salad ($10), I had the Lobster-Smoked Tomato Bisque ($14) for my entree. Although it is an appetizer,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2006

Bobby Flay Steak
1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(866) 692-6742

Animations Coffee Shop

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Restaurant

Blue Martini at Bally's Atlantic City Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Animations coffee shop is located inside Bally's hotel/casino. It is located on the second floor, near the conference/meeting areas and ballrooms. This restaurant is very casual, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. My boyfriend and I had a quick lunch here not long ago. I had a burger and fries, and he had a spicy chicken wrap. Our lunches were about $8 a piece, but the portions are very large. Our server was very friendly and quick with our food and check. The decor in this place isn't anything to write home about, however. And the bright overhead lighting is anything but romantic. (but then again, not many people would go here to have a romantic dinner) This is a basic place ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2006

Animations Coffee Shop
Bally's Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 340-2000

Portofino at Trump Marina Hotel Casino

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Hotel | "Portofino"

Portofino at Trump Marina Hotel Casino Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Located inside the Trump Marina hotel/casino, "Portofino" is a beautiful restaurant that serves fine Italian cuisine.I last ate here with my parents and a couple of their friends. Since their friends were big gamblers, they invited their casino host to have dinner with us. Not only was the entire dinner comped, but the food and service were amazing! We started out with an antipasto sampler for the whole table, that included fresh meats and cheeses such as prosciutto, salami, fresh mozzarella, etc. This sampler was a feast in itself! The plate practically took up the whole table! Then our entrees came, and even though we were already full, we stuffed ourselves with different selecti...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2006

Portofino at Trump Marina Hotel Casino
Huron & Brigantine Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ
(609) 441-2000

Upstairs Cafe

Restaurant

Portofino at Trump Marina Hotel Casino Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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The Upstairs Cafe is located on the second floor of the Trump Marina Hotel/Casino. It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dress is casual, and the food is your basic fare, (i.e. eggs/bacon, burgers/fries, soups, hot and cold sandwiches, etc.).This is a perfect restaurant to stop for a bite to eat. Sometimes there is a line to get in, depending on what time of day you are there. However, the line goes very fast since there are many tables.This place is also convenient for people who have been partying in the nightclub (The Wave) all night. You can dance and drink until 3am, and then go straight to the Upstairs Cafe for an early morning ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2006

Upstairs Cafe
Trump Marina
Atlantic City, New Jersey
(800) 777-8477

Casbah Cafe

Attraction | "Casbah"

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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The Casbah nightclub is located in the Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino. This high-energy club is for people that love to dance. Geared more toward the younger crowd, this place features more techno music than anything.

There are 2 bars inside (1 large main bar by the dance floor, and 1 smaller bar in the "lounge" area). Tip: their shots are huge...you really get your money's worth! This club is dimly lit with lots of flashing lights that pulse with the music. Also, there are professional male and female dancers in cages above the dance floor.

If I remember correctly, this club stays open until 4 or 5am. Last time I left this place, the sun was coming up!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2006

Casbah Cafe
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 449-1000

Ri Ra

Attraction

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"Ri Ra" is a pretty cool place to go if you're staying at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. It's an Irish bar/pub/restaurant, where the music is great and the bartenders all have strong Irish accents! Decorated in rich, dark wood, this restaurant is great for wings, burgers, fries, etc. Or you can just hang out at the bar and have a beer.

This is a casual place for food and drinks, and it's a lot of fun! The laid-back crowd is usually made up of people in their 20's, 30's, and 40's. (You probably won't see any senior citizens in here.) If you're looking to get some food, have a beer and relax, I would definitely recommend this place. It's a good time!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2006

Ri Ra
The Tropicana
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 348-8600

Blue Martini at Bally's Atlantic City

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Attraction | "Blue Martini"

Blue Martini at Bally's Atlantic City Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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If you are staying at Bally's Atlantic City, you might want to try "Blue Martini" for a relaxing cocktail. Dimly lit, this upscale bar is located right off of the casino floor. There are many small tables and couches, perfect for having a romantic drink or a private conversation. You can also sit at the bar and watch the live band (which plays on select nights), or check out a sporting event on the flat screen television behind the bar.There is also a cool feature if your sitting at the bar...there is a frosty, illuminated strip that runs down the length of the bar. It's there to keep your drink cold (if you choose to set your drink on it), but most people like to write their names...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2006

Blue Martini at Bally's Atlantic City
1900 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ
(609) 340-2000

Trump Marina

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Attraction | "The Deck"

Portofino at Trump Marina Hotel Casino Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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"The Deck" is a bar/restaurant located at the Trump Marina hotel & casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Situated away from the boardwalk (on the bay side), this hotel overlooks the vast marina which houses hundreds of beautiful boats and yachts. "The Deck" is just that...a huge deck with a long rectangular bar, numerous tables, and a big stage for the live bands that play there regularly during the summer.This place gets packed during the summer months! (it is only open May thru Sept.) During the afternoons, most people sit on the deck and have lunch in the sun. On the weekends, there is usually a live band that plays all afternoon and another band that will play all night. There are numer...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2006

Trump Marina
1 Castle Blvd
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 441-8500