I will be briefing people about my trip to Atlantic City last year and what to see and do.
by alanmack37 on January 18, 2011
I walked a good distance to get to this hotel which is far away from the Boardwalk. The hotel sems to be away from the action and in Atlantic city you have to rely on buses and taxis. I dont have a lot of good things to say about the hotel. It didnt seem very good on customer service, especially as I was staying in another Trump hotel and I was refused entry onto the Shuttle service, because I wasnt a gold member, whatever that was.
I would have to say in all my time in Atlantic city, the Showboat was my preferred hotel. It is a bit of a walk from Caesars, but in about 20 minutes you can arrive there safely. You pass a lot of nice shops on the Boardwalk on the way.The staff are nice and there are plenty of machines and table games. I won a little bit of money here and also i noticed that they had a lot of cheaper cafes, much more affordable than that at Caesars or Trump Plaza. The best find of all was the sports book that didnt have a $10 minimum bet, you could bet as low as $1, which suited me as I like to bet on triffectas. Caesars sports book had a $10 minimum bet.The Showboat is shaped like a boat and has a great capacity to hold a lot of people. The clientel seem to be geared towards blue collar workers and there maybe isnt an element of grandeur but there is an ambience of fun and good old american friendliness.They have the Total rewards desk which i would recommend as if you sign up you can get comps, at the time of playing and also comped rooms when you want to come back. It also has its own bus station to New York, Phili and other areas.I would well recommend this hotel for a visit.
Ballys was quite an experience. I never stayed at the hotel here, having been in both nearby Caesars and the Trump Plaza however it was worth a visit. What you will notice is that it doesnt have the grandeur of the other hotels, but it is less expensive. I recommend the breakfast here at the danish eatery. You can get a nice cup of coffee and a bagel or a doughnut which sets you up for the morning.Ballys has a strange exterior, it seems to be shaped on like a cowboy saloon and then changes at other parts. The hotel seems quite dated and maybe has seen better days. It is situated on the boardwalk which is well worth a visit or a nice walk on a good day. There are lots of people carts outside and people asking if you want a ride. I never decided to go in one, only on foot.There are several slot machines and table games. They all work on the Vegas hospitality principle, play a game and get a free drink. I would recommend the pina coladas which are tasty and creamy. What is also good about this hotel is that it is connected via a skywalk to Ceasars. It also has its own bus station, so if youre a guest you can be redirected to the bus station and buy your ticket before you go. Several buses run to various areas mainly Phili and New York.It is worthwhile seeing.
I cant really complain about the Trump Plaza. It was expensive to book but I had a room with a view of the boardwalk and the sea and the staff were fantastic. The lady at the check in desk told me that I would win a lot of money and have a great stay and spoke to me like she knew me all her life. I was really flattered with the good hospitality.On my first day I had arrived late and was so hungry but apart from the expensive restuarants I couldnt find fast food. I had to settle for Mars Bars and coca cola. The area is fairly safe and is close to Caesars and Ballys, though a bit of a distance from other main hotels like the Showboat.I was going to book into the Hilton as it was cheaper and when i saw how far away it was I was glad i didnt. I never had to get a taxi once in Atlantic city as the main casinos were all nearby.I won money on the slots here. A substantial sum of around $500 which pleased me as I had spent a lot of money on my vacation before coming here. I never played any table games. Staff are polite and the area is well patrolled.The room itself was a little threadbare, i was suprised that it hadnt been updated. I did have a great view of the sea and the Boardwalk which was great at night time. I would recommend going to the shopping mall on the boardwalk as there are lots of fast food eateries and cafes.All in all I would recommend a visit.
Caesars Palace is on the boardwalk and is in a most noticeable area, nearby the Trump Tower and Ballys. I came from New York and there are frequent buses from the Port Authority bus station, fares are variable but are round $25 with a gambling token. The bus will usually pull up at a range of casinos and Caesars is usually one that it stops at.The hotel and casino is grand, it reminds you of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, however it is on a much lower scale. Atlantic city is not Vegas but there are good things to do. Meals cost a fortune, however i still recommend brunch at the buffet and perhaps let that last you all day long.The casino is massive and busy and has lots of table games, slots and several rooms. Make sure you get a total rewards card as it often gives you comps. Recently I got a comp for a full week at Caesar's which Im going to use in March of this year. The decor in the hotel is nice and the rooms are pleasant. I had a luxury room which faced onto the boardwalk and had a spectacular view.Drinks are free when youre playing, you just tip a dollar or so. However i noticed that there isnt much entertainment as in Vegas. Late at night, unlike Vegas you notice that people go back to their rooms.The casino is good but expensive. I would avoid the slots, even though I won some money, it makes you spend a lot more than you would be able to afford. I didnt like their sports book which demanded a £10 minimum bet, as i do triffectas it would have been of no use to me.If youre on a budget i would suggest going to the many shops and 7 11s on the boardwalk for something to eat, or if youre feeling adventurous go into the city centre, which is quite an eye opening experience, however i wouldnt recommend this at night.Atlantic city at Caesars is good but not Vegas. If youre in AC I would give it a try.
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