After a great few days in Atlantic City, I thought I’d give you a few tips from my experience to make your trip a success.
October weather on the East Coast has been warm and sunny so we took advantage. I set out looking for a nice hotel in AC for a couple of days. The prices of all the hotels took me off guard. Affordable, reasonable and recession on the button. Sunday – Thursday rates were anywhere from 38.00 – 150.00. Last time I was there, 150.00 was the norm nearly every day, with 99.00 being a bargain for a room with a view of concrete.
We decided on the Tropicana at 49.00 per night (couldn’t go wrong there). When we arrived they asked if we’d like an upgrade to a suite for 30.00 more for the whole 2 night stay. I asked the receptionist the full cost for 2 nights and she stated 128.00. Great deal all around, so of course I said yes!
The corner room was more than amazing with 2 walls of windows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the boardwalk. From the bed you could see the dolphins swimming in the water. Couch, tables, chairs, massive bathroom, separate closet, bar, king bed (comfortable as hell) etc. What a great decision, I thought proudly!
During our stay, we grabbed sandwiches at Hooters and I wouldn’t recommend it to any human being with taste buds. Horrible.We had a burger in Tropicana at A Damn Good Bar with a coupon we got from wasting too much money gambling. A decent place with a fun atmosphere. Getting 1 entree free, having a cool waitress and Coors Light 40 oz bottle for 5.00 made it a good stop. Fish and chips and burger were tasty. The nachos were messy–not good messy, if you know what i mean. Just messy thrown together from cans. All in all would definitely go back, especially for the beer.
With a room so lovely, we ordered room service for breakfast overlooking the ocean. Eggs Benedict was excellent, but costly. The total for 2 plain teas and 2 small orange juices came to 68.00 before tip. Steep, yes. Worth it with the view, yes.
After a swim in the pool we headed down the boardwalk to check out other casinos and shops. I pooped out after awhile and asked one of the hand pushed cart men to take us the rest of the way. He said 20.00, i said 10, he said 15, I said ok. We arrived at Resorts and when i produced the 15 he explained how hard he works and how business is bad, so I gave him the 20.00. I thought it might give me good karma..
After another hefty gambling loss, we decided to chance a taxi back to the Tropicana. How much could it be???? 5.80 and there in 5 minutes. More my price. Back in the casino we thought, What the hell, let’s try craps. I must say the people running the game were great and helped us along. We ‘lucked out’ and had a great group of players that made the evening fun, even while losing. HA Checking the comps on our cards at the end of the night, we received coupons for free coffee at Starbucks in the hotel and for the Fiesta Buffet. A night cap at the bar was 10.00 per drink and hit the spot.
The last morning, we availed of the Starbucks coupons and had it overlooking the ocean once more. It was then I checked my bill on the TV. It was 271.00. By my calculations it should have been 128.00 for the room, 68.00 for room service…$188.00 plus tax total. Immediately I called reception and asked where did that figure come from. I explained what the woman at check in confirmed about the price. She told me it was wrong and was 30 extra per night for the suite. Okay, so that should bring it to about 218.00. Where is the 270 coming from? Taxes and fees! Yes, 52.00 in taxes, Atlantic City fees and hotel fees. So, if you are thinking you are coming off light when you see the room rate, ask them specifically what else will be charged nightly.
Feeling a little bit done by the hotel, I decided I was going to use the coupon for the free Fiesta Buffet come hell or high water! I wanted my 20.00 worth, hungry or not! So, not quite ready for lunch, but wanting to hit the road home, we set out on my mission. After the 1st plate of uneatable burger, chips and soggy corn, I asked the very nice waiter could i keep going until I found something I liked…he said absolutely. After he took away the 5th full plate, which included pancakes, sausage, bacon, ziti, meatballs, ribs, rice, something with cheese and cherries,cinnamon bun, hot dog and more that I’ve forgotten, he said, “No luck yet?” I said it was hard to believe that salad would be the best thing there. He said, “take it from me, that’s about it.” Nice man that got a nice tip. How happy were we that we didn’t pay for the ‘gourmet food’.
Checking the comp machine one more time, we received 2 coupons for parking, which were only to be used on the day we were leaving. Giving it a shot anyway, the valet was kind enough to use it for the 2 days we were there. Yea, valet lady!
We really had a perfect trip, the room was to die for and we met some really cool people and the blue skies and sun made it relaxing. If you are heading to Atlantic City, the Tropicana is a nice place to stay, as I am sure are the other casino hotels. Check the prices carefully. The casino staff are not the friendliest, considering you are spending your heart out on games. They almost seem to look at you like you are going to steal from them! Put it all aside and enjoy the experience of losing with a smile. Or winning with a yelp–Yes! When I go again, the restaurant on the boardwalk at Trump Plaza is a must. Overpriced food is a waste of resources. I prefer to lose my money the old fashioned way…at a slot machine.
Guess what came in the mail today…1 day after leaving the hotel? A free room comp for the Tropicana! Yep, I’m going to use it…wisely this time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you prefer the peaceful serenity of an oceanfront view or the sheer excitement of hitting that winning number, a world-class experience awaits you at the Tropicana, Atlantic Citys entertainment destination. Known for the Luckiest Casino according to Casino Player Magazine, the Tropicana definitely delivers in gaming excitement. The hotels recent expansion includes more than 500 new luxury rooms and suites for a total of more than 2,100making the Tropicana New Jerseys largest hotel. ... more less
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