Despite being a beautifully designed hotel casino with modern appointments, this was my first and last visit to the Wind Creek. It seemed a relative bargain at $119 for a Saturday night, but I was sadly mistaken. Upon arrival, I was aggravated to find the nearly empty parking lot adjacent to the hotel reserved for the ‘platinum’ casino members. Other hotel guests were forced to valet, circle for the few decent spots, hoof it from the back forty, or bust through the gate arm (which some did). No garage for anyone. I was checked-in by a pleasant front desk staffer who provided friendly, albeit incorrect information. I arrived at my room to find the contemporary and fashionable features they advertise- top notch bed, 42” HDTV, free internet, and an incredible bathroom, however, the modern flush toilet would jettison its contents up and outward, before down, so use caution. Off to the casino- I pressed the elevator button, and when the doors opened there were three Poarch Creek policemen and a couple security guards wrestling a man to the floor. Everyone including the assailant stopped and stared at me wide-eyed for a few seconds until the doors closed. “No problem, I’ll catch the next one.” After arriving at the casino I immediately noticed the depressing atmosphere due to the sketchy people hovering around, poor smoke filtration, few waitresses, weak machines with little variety, and the local clientele feeding the slots with their public assistance money. I played a while, broke even, and went over to the 24 hour Grill Café for a hamburger. I experienced shockingly slow service. I thought management would want to get you fed and back out on the casino floor instead of wasting an hour and ten minutes for a hamburger. I’d seen enough and went back to the room for sleep. At 4:46 am, I was abruptly awoken by the gentlemen (I use the term with reckless abandon) next door who were having a heated argument over who’s turn it was to pay for the crack they had purchased. After an hour, I was considering mediating the dispute before the inevitable gunshots tore through the paper-thin walls, but fortunately they settled the argument on their own accord. I have never smelled crack before, so I can only speculate if the acrid stench (a combination of burning rubber, floor cleaner, citrus, sugar, and vomit) that began wafting in through the door we shared was indeed crack, but I was able to rapidly fall asleep. Anyway, I woke up on time via the high-tech alarm clock, quickly showered under the dual heads using the signature line of bath products, and packed up. As I left the Atmore, I was greeted by a courteous valet who asked me “how was your stay.” Great, thank you! I hope my experience was unique.
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- Also Known As:
- Wind Creek Hotel Atmore
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