Royal Suites at Atlantic Palace has a new name!! It's now FANTASEA. We so much enjoyed last summer that we exchanged again into a studio as soon as we saw availability on the RCI website. An early check-in and a tip again got us on the top floor—#31. Last year we were fortunate to have a corner room but this year we have the same size room but without the extra windows.
This resort/timeshare/hotel could use some upgrading of linens and spreads. The leather sofas have held up well to all the traffic, but since there is such an awareness lately of "luxury style" bedding with duvets and choice of pillows on cruise ships and name brand hotels, these older soft goods don't measure up any more. Bathroom counters and toilet are very low compared to the newer "comfort height" seen in newer construction. However, these are negligeable complaints when you can spend a week in summer on the ocean in the best location of any timeshare in Atlantic City for less than $200. We may return again in 2007.
WHAT I LIKED:
The staff continues to be pleasant
Timeshare personnel are inconspicuous and not bothersome
Welcome party with champagne, hors d'oeuvres, bingo, and prizes
Monte Carlo night at Flagshhip Resort (are they sister timeshares??)
Large area for game room and small gym overlooking the large deck and pool
Good security in lobby and parking garage (one car allowed free)
Great views in an exciting city
WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGED:
Better Internet access
Umbrellas by the pool
Newer sheets and spreads
More elevators (they are shared with housekeeping and bell staff)
Safe in room
Fantasea would not appeal to the beautiful people who frequent "Borgata"—this is timeshare and families are moving in with coolers, groceries, beach chairs, umbrellas, and kids in tow for a good vacation value with all the action of Atlantic City at their doorstep.
Editor's Note: This property was formerly the Royal Suites at Atlantic Palace.
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November 16, 2009
by Asiatic Lilly
August 24, 2004
From journal My trip to Atlantic City
by Lisa Bernardo
New York City, New York
July 22, 2004
From journal Atlantic City Let Down
December 30, 2003
We expect things to be a little tight in a studio and they were. But there is something to be said about being able to get up out of bed and be standing right in front of the coffeemaker, sink, stove, etc. You didn't have to go far to get a midnight snack.
The "resort" really had nothing else to offer - no pool, no activities - not what I have come to expect from a RCI resort. The casinos are obviously the center of the experience, and maybe that is what was in the thinking of the management - but we enjoyed the shopping and the dining the most.
The biggest negative is the area just outside the Boardwalk. This is an area of poverty - which really is rather striking in contrast with the opulence of the hotels and casinos right next door. And, of course, there are the beggars along the Boardwalk trying to cash in on the benevolence of the "happy rich people."
From journal Atlantic City
March 3, 2004
From journal Atlantic City
April 24, 2004
Another mistake I made was waiting until the morning to request more towels. In the room was ONE facecloth, ONE hand towel, and two bath towels. There was NO bath mat, but I assumed that they didn't have them. When I called for towels, I was told that I was limited to ONE set per person, which meant ONE bath, ONE face and ONE hand towel. I called a second time for towels because after 30 minutes, I still did not have towels. The same thing happened the next day and we had over a 30-minute wait for towels to be delivered.
There was maid service on Monday and at that time, they did leave two sets of towels, a bath mat, soap, shampoo, and a kitchen towel, all of which were MISSING when we checked into the room!
However, a clean set of sheets for the sofabed were not left and I called when arriving back at the room that night when I realized the sheets were missing. After 20 minutes, I had to call a second time. At that time, I was told that the housekeeping person was not answering his radio and it was probably dead. They suggested that I go down to the desk and get the sheets. I made it perfectly clear that I was in my nightclothes and I was not about to get dressed to go down there. About 10 minutes after that second call, the sheets finally arrived.
Also, there were rotten strawberries left in the refrigerator when we arrived.
One morning, there was a plumbing problem. When I called the front desk to report a plumbing problem, the person who answered said, "Oh, the toilet?" From her question and tone, it seemed to me that it was a recurring problem. The bathroom sink was slow draining. The shower was absolutely horrendous because water splashed everywhere. The water wasn't always very hot and to get in and out of the tub, one needed a stepladder because it was so high.
One last comment: Atlantic Palace is located right on the boardwalk so that you can enter from the boardwalk rather than going down some alley next to the building walking past some low life bar. Of course, it is great IF the key works. I went to the desk and told them that my key did not work from the boardwalk entrance and they told me that some do and some don't. They made me another set of keys, which didn't work either.
All in all, it was a very mediocre place to stay!
From journal Atlantic Palace...not for the Queen
Los Alamos, New Mexico
March 27, 2003
As delightful as the exterior was, our guesthouse was a disappointment. Small, cramped, and smelling of mildew, we only spent enough time to wash up and sleep. The English influence continues inside the room with chintz curtains, floral chair cushions, and a coverlet on the queen size bed. A tea setup is provided, but I had to be careful not to topple it getting out of bed. A small alcove in the corner, next to a built-in wardrobe, had a table, mirror, and stool which I soon covered with my toiletries and put made that side of the room off limits to my husband who could not comfortably negotiate the space anyway. His side was crammed with two chairs and a small table. He moved the chairs out to the covered porch, kept the small table for his toiletries, and our larger suitcase took over the space the chairs had occupied. Our small suitcase was stashed in the wardrobe.
The bathroom did have a large tub, and since we were sore from a vigorous hike two days before, the tub was heaven-sent. There was also a shower, but very little space around the sink, hence using the tables in the bedroom for our toiletries.
Shortens Guest House is a bed-and-breakfast guesthouse and the food made up for what was lacking in the room. The friendliness of the staff was another plus. Desmond and Wayne are the managers and greeted us warmly, offering sherry in front of a roaring fire in the evenings and tea in the afternoon.
From journal Out in the Wild in Kwazulu Natal
May 17, 2004
The carpets are a bit old and worn out. The bathroom has a Jacuzzi. Linens and towels are clean. The suite has a turntable TV in the middle of the room, which enables you to watch TV at the dining table, on the bed, at the sofa or even inside the bathroom (there's a window in the bathroom with blinds facing the dining area).
From journal March Break in New Jersey
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
February 17, 2004
From journal Getaway in Atlantic City