on September 18, 2006
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, decorated with tasteful animal prints and neutral beige tones. The standard rooms are average size, with all of the amenities you'd expect (refrig., coffee maker, hair dryer, iron, safe, etc.). The bathrooms in the standard rooms are a nice size...plenty of room, with a large vanity area for your toiletries. As for the suites, they range in size from 600 sq. ft. to over 1200 sq. ft. I've had the pleasure of staying in one of their expansive rajah suites (as I believe they're called). The pictures included in this review show how large this particular suite is. It featured a marble wet bar, entertainment center, remote-controlled fireplace, and mirrors everywhere! Also, all of the bath products were from Bath & Body Works. We couldn't believe that we stayed in this room for free! We just asked if there were any available comp suites, and they gave us one of the largest they had! As for the casino, it is very large and well lit. They just remodeled (summer '06) and added a bar/lounge right in the center of the casino. It is called "Ego" and is an open-air bar that features live entertainment. A very cool place in my opinion. As for the restaurants in this hotel, they range from moderately-priced buffets to 5-star cuisine. One of my favorite restaurants here is Marc Anthony's. It is an upscale Italian restaurant that overlooks the ocean. The food is fabulous and the service is fantastic as well. The Safari Steakhouse is located right next to Marc Anthony's, but I've never eaten there since they have limited hours. A nice feature that the Taj offers, is an enclosed walkway that leads to the neighboring "Resorts" hotel/casino. This is convenient in the winter or on rainy/windy days when you don't feel like going outside to get to the hotel. I would recommend the Taj Mahal to anyone who is traveling to Atlantic City. It is a beautiful resort that has much to offer.
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