As I'm a Total Rewards member (base status), I get emails every week from them. Usually I ignore it but several of them were advertising rooms for $25/night midweek. I had to burn vacation days as they wouldn't rollover into next year so I figured what the heck. I booked a Thursday night stay at Caesars figuring that as the priciest TR property in AC, I would be able to check it out cheaply as my friends and I usually stay at Showboat since they're usually the cheapest on the weekends. Of course, Caesars was a bit more than $25 and after the $10 AC/NJ tourism tax it was more like $40 but still less than the hundreds for the weekend.
Avoided the early check in fee scenario by checking in around 5pm. Noticed the big sign that said check is at 4pm. Also was exposed to the "we don't have your room type available, do you want to upgrade for $40?" scenario. I had booked a king and they said they only had doubles. What do I care, so I said no. But I would imagine how if you needed two beds and booked two beds how that would be upsetting. On top of the fact that on a cold winter Thursday post-Hurricane Sandy, AC was deserted. There's no way they ran out of regular king rooms. Part of me thinks if I did need a specific bed configuration that I'd book the opposite and check-in solo.
Got the room and the window curtain was pulled down. Hmm, why is that? Usually curtains are left open. I look out the window and realize why. The window doesn't face the outside, it faces into interior enclosed courtyard where check-in and the Caesar statue is. It was kinda cool and certainly probably better than facing the outside cold. But I could see how that would be bothersome.
The rest of the room was pretty standard - 40" LCD panel, decent channel line up, clean beds, mini bar fridge and in-room safe. While the hallways and elevator looked a bit dated and tired, the rooms are better, like they refreshed them. Bathroom was clean. Stand up shower - it was the length and width of a standard bathtub but there was no tub. On messed up thing was the mosquitoes that lived in the bathroom. I killed a bunch of them but they kept coming. Not sure if this gets worse in the summer.
Overall, it was an OK value for what it was. You're paying for the location because Caesars is connected to the Pier shops and directly opposite the outlets which is why I suspect it's always priced higher than the other TR properties. I would however not stay there on the weekends because you'll pay hundreds of dollars a night for what essentially is an average Holiday Express room. Also add the interior facing room, the check-in swap scenario and bathroom pests and I'd be piping mad if I paid $300-$400 weekend rates for that. I guess I wouldn't stay there midweek winter either since I booked another midweek stay in February and I'm staying at Showboat. I'd stay at Harrah's but I'm not driving.
P.S. no more Buffet of Buffets in AC - BOO! :(
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