Honesty upfront: I have no interest in casinos and was here for a group event at the convention center; reservations were made for us by the organizer at this hotel. If you are going to Atlantic City or Harrah's for the casinos, other reviews will be more helpful. Don't stay here if you're interested in an ocean beach experience because it is nowhere near the beach and as far as we could find, has no ocean views.
After self-parking in the garage (there is valet service but we didn't use it), you have to walk a very long distance all the way through the huge casino to get to the lobby and check-in. There was a long line for check-in and the clerks had signs indicating which levels of membership they would serve, but really were just taking everyone in turn. The clerk was very nice but did not explain the parking garage fee system, which resulted in some confusion the first time we drove out, and did not activate our credit card, which resulted in a delay when we first tried to charge something to our room.
Our room in the Bayview Tower was spacious, beautiful, and very comfortable. (Others in our group who stayed in Marina Tower were less pleased, but we didn't see those rooms ourselves.) The bathroom was large, clean and nice-looking. However, the shower was designed for handicap access, with a removable chair and a shower-head that could be handheld. The problem is that there was no slope to the drain and the shower curtain ended about a foot above the floor, so the water leaked extensively all over the floor all along the side, creating a serious slip-and-fall hazard. No bathmat was provided, probably because it would have been ineffective against such a mess, which required a fresh full-size towel to clean up after each person showered. Whether this is standard in all bathrooms or just in select rooms (we didn't request handicap access), I don't know.
Room service breakfast was very good. There are a variety of lunch and dinner choices at various price ranges throughout the hotel. The dinner we had one night at the Waterfront Buffet was very good. It had a very large variety with surprisingly good quality considering the large quantities being produced. (Despite the name, we saw no sign of any water view in the area we were seated.)
No one under 21 is allowed in the pool at any time. That, combined with the need to hike through the entire casino any time you come in and out, the lack of access to the beach and boardwalk, and the large number of people who loudly traipse up and down the halls in various stages of inebriation all night while people are trying to sleep, make this not a place for a family trip. It doesn't claim to be, and most of the clientele probably prefer it that way; I'm just adding that as a caution for those unfamiliar with Atlantic City who might think that any hotel there would a suitable place for a family vacation.
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