Updated: 1/14/17Bally's Atlantic City
In Bally's main lobby there is a special VIP check-in to the left of the front desk; however, it may not be open during certain days of the week, or after certain hours on weekdays.Fees and Taxes - Bally's adds a $27 (which includes a 14 percent state tax) per day resort fee to all room rates, whether for a paid or complimentary stay. The resort fee includes standard Internet access for up to two devices per room, unlimited local phone calls and a $5 voucher toward parking. Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders are exempt from the fee and get all the benefits. In addition, Seven Stars cardholders get one complimentary in-room movie every 24 hours. In addition, some guests are responsible for from $5 to $8 in additional taxes and fees, and sales and occupancy taxes are additional on all paid rooms.
Parking - Self-parking in an adjacent garage is complimentary for Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars cardholders, and complimentary valet parking is available for Diamond and Seven Stars cardholders. Note that there are separate valet parking entrances for the casino and the hotel. They are close enough, however, that if you make a mistake, it's not that far. Also, depending on the season, the casino valet may be closed. Seven Stars cardholders get priority service, usually "guaranteed" at seven minutes or less.
Bally's Beach Bar
Open only for the summer and into the early fall, Bally's Beach Bar is a popular spot for cocktails and entertainment.
Total Rewards Center
The Total Rewards Center is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 1 midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Special Seven Stars Benefits*
While there is a 10 percent check-cashing fee, Seven Stars cardholders get the fee back in the form of free play. In other words, if you want $1,000, your checking account will be debited $1,100, but you’ll get $1,000 in cash and $100 in free play.
Seven Stars Lounge
There is no Seven Stars Lounge, but the large Diamond Lounge on the sixth floor overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
If there are others waiting to get in, simply walk in the lounge and present your card to the host. At extremely busy times when there is often a long line – especially when the lounge first opens, a security guard, host or other employee may be stationed at the door monitoring "traffic". Again, simply show your card to him/her, and you will receive immediate entry.
There is a huge bar which seats nearly approximately 50 people. Bartender Sandy (currently on a leave of absence) works hard to keep up with orders from the servers and those sitting at the bar. Depending on the time of day, a full buffet offers an assortment of cold cuts, salads, desserts and at least three, if not more, hot entrees. Drinks may be taken out of the lounge, but only after being decanted into plastic cups available at the door.
Hours (subject to change):
Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.*
Monday and Thursday: 2 to 8 p.m.*
Friday: 2 to 11 p.m.*
Saturday: Noon to 11 p.m.*
The lounge is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Note: Due to special events and holidays, the Diamond Lounge may alter its hours some days.
*last admittance is 30 minutes prior to closing; last call is 20 minutes prior to closing
NOTE: There is a 10 comp dollar (1,000 Reward Credits) per person admission charge for Diamond cardholders who did not earn a least 25,000 tier credits last year (January 1 through December 31) or have not earned at least 25,000 tier credits since January 1 this year.
A complimentary Total Express shuttle runs daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The circuit makes stops at Bally's in front of the outside entrance to Harry's Oyster House (near casino valet), at Gate 11 in Caesars bus terminal and outside Harrah's casino entrance on Harrah's Boulevard. Riders must have a valid Total Rewards card and ID. Cardholders may bring one guest. Seven Stars cardholders get priority boarding. Other restrictions apply.
Getting To The Casino From The Airport
If Bally's does not provide limo service, in addition to taxis, which run about $35, the Atlantic City Jitney Association offers one-way transportation from the airport to any casino or hotel in the tourist district for $10 per person. The return trip is $15 per person. There also are a number of private car and limousine services.
Should You Choose This For Your Annual Retreat?
Atlantic City is a premier destination for "locals" throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. With two other Caesars properties in town, The Playground across from Caesars, spa treatments, and relaxing on the beach (weather permitting), it would be easy to spend four nights (and $500) here – especially since you can "cross charge" to your room any meals, spa treatments, etc., even if they take place at Caesars or Harrah's. Of the two Boardwalk hotels, as a base of operations, Caesars certainly would be the first choice over Bally's. (Harrah's Resort also offers decent accommodations and amenities, but it is not on the ocean and a bit away from all the activity and nightlife on the Boardwalk.)
When you check-in, be sure to verify that your $500 comp account has been set-up. Alcohol charged to the room counts toward your $500 in expenses, but not gratuities for meals and spa treatments. Best advice is to keep all your receipts until you settle your final bill.
There are many direct and connecting flights into Atlantic City's local airport (15 minutes from the Boardwalk), but many guests fly into Philadelphia International Airport and either rent a car or arrange limousine service. One advantage to having a car is the ability to make a day trip to charming Cape May, or many of the other nearby Jersey Shore attractions. While round-trip airport transportation to your destination property is included as part of your Seven Stars trip, Caesars will not credit you the cost of this toward your rental car. Another option would be to take a limo from the airport, then rent a car in Atlantic City for a day or two, returning the car before your departure. Other than a Hertz outlet at Harrah's Resort, rental cars are available only at the Atlantic City airport.
*subject to change, revision or cancellation
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