Caesars Atlantic City
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Caesars Atlantic City is Caesars "class" property on the Boardwalk. There is a special VIP check-in across from the main front desk, though it's not open every day. While small, inside you will find some of the most professional casino hotel employees in Atlantic City. Don't be surprised to walk in and be addressed by your name after two or three visits.
Parking - Self-parking in an adjacent garage is complimentary for Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars guests, and complimentary valet parking is available for Diamond and Seven Stars cardholders. Casino players and hotel guests drop-off their cars at the front entrance, but retrieval is upstairs. Seven Stars cardholders get priority service, usually "guaranteed" at seven minutes or less. Be sure to show the valet a valid player’s card to take advantage of this service. If you use the newer Colosseum self-parking garage, there is priority parking on the seventh floor, but you can access it only if you enter the garage from South Missouri Avenue – and you will need your Seven Stars card to enter. Drive very slowly in this garage! The poorly designed facility practically invites collisions with its two-way traffic pattern and hard to see overhead "Yield" signs. Speeding drivers are all too common, especially around turns to the next level. Many don't realize, or realize too late, that they are not driving on a one-way "street" or make wide turns into oncoming cars.
Fees and Taxes - Caesars 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.
Centurion Tower - Unlike the ugly brown and orange carpeting in the hotel hallways, the interiors are tasteful and classy. There are flat screen TVs and even a "secret" small TV embedded in the bathroom mirror. The only lack of planning and good taste is the strip of Velcro taped to the bathroom wall where you attach the TV remote for storage. Guestrooms are large and beautifully appointed. Each has a coffeemaker and small refrigerator. Wireless Internet service is dependable with a strong signal. Rooms overlooking the ocean are preferable, but the hotel hosts so many "VIPs" that often rooms with a view are simply not available.
Ocean Tower - This is where you'll find the suites – all which have been totally renovated. Most of the rooms are large, and many have all the amenities one would find in an "old style" Las Vegas casino hotel – Jacuzzis, steam in the showers, large bathrooms, wet bars, draperies that open and close at the touch of a switch, full size dining room tables, etc.
Forum Tower - The rebranded Forum Tower has been completely renovated, but these are the smallest of the rooms and many of them look out over the hotel lobby (and vice versa, which means people can see inside your room!). I would accept one of these as a last resort or if you can snag a suite. Standard rooms are OK if you're traveling single, but the bathrooms are very tiny.
Atlantic City law requires all casinos to designate at least 75 percent of gaming space as "non-smoking."
The casino is equipped with Caesars proprietary Total Touch system that allows customers to order drinks, redeem free play, check their Total Rewards account balances, and receive real-time offers based on play.
Dealers, slot attendants and servers all are extremely friendly and helpful. In addition to a full complement of slots and video poker, the casino has 125 table games and offers the highest limits in town.
Entertainment - Circus Maximus, with 1,500 stadium-style seats, frequently features some of Atlantic City's top entertainers, e.g., Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Julio Iglesias, Tony Bennett, to name a few.
The special Seven Stars entrance to the
Palace Court Buffet is on the left.
Dining - The Asian gaming area is a beautiful addition to the downstairs casino and, as at Bally's, there is an adjacent small Asian restaurant and noodle bar, Kwi Noodle House. Other than Kwi, the casino offers Nero's Italian Steakhouse for steak, seafood and pasta. There also is the Palace Court Buffet and the 24-hour Tazza in the hotel lobby.
Bettys [sic] Back Room, located in the area that was the original home of Nero's is open, but only on Saturday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Since the debut of Nero’s Italian Steakhouse, this area has been used
for private functions and was a satellite Seven Stars Lounge last year
for the Atlantic City Signature Event. Chef Maurizio DiMarco, chef at
the shuttered Arturo's, Bally's former "gourmet" Italian restaurant,
recreates his magic in the kitchen. To make a reservation, email Betty
McHugh at McHughB@Caesars.com or call (609) 343-2852.
Caesars coffee shop – Café Roma – offers surprisingly good (and reasonably priced) entrées at dinnertime; however, breakfast prices are a little on the high side, compared to other casinos' coffee shops.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill has opened in the location formerly occupied by Mia.
Morton's The Steakhouse is also located on the first floor casino level near the front entrance. [If you're going to become a "regular" at Morton's be sure to join the frequent diner's club – Landry's Select Club
The cost is $25, but, in turn, you'll receive a $25 coupon you can use
at any Landry's restaurant, plus two more coupons good for up to a $40
entree – one
for you, and one for your companion (but you must sign up a companion
to get both of these). Each will arrive about 30 days before your
birthday(s) and are good for up to six months.]
During the summer The Backyard Bar is open on the Boardwalk.
Shopping - Connected by a covered walkway from the casino is The Playground, a collection of retail stores and restaurants. Certain Playground restaurants (Buddakan, the Continental, Phillips Seafood and Souzai Sushi & Sake) accept comp dollars, but at a 2:1 ratio.
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*
Seven Stars cardholders and a guest are entitled to complimentary daily access to Qua Baths & Spa's fitness center and "Roman Rituals" (a $50 per
person value). Any treatments are extra, but are available at a 20 percent discount. Note, though, that there is a 20 percent mandatory gratuity which is added to the price of services. (Advertised specials – which are not eligible for the 20 percent discount – are generally exclusive of taxes and gratuity.) In addition, Seven Stars guests are entitled to a complimentary "enhancement" when they book any treatment. Click here to see what's offered.
(In addition to Qua, Caesars also has a salon for men's and women's haircuts, manicures, pedicures, etc., located on the second level just before the elevators to the Centurion Tower. You can use your Reward Credits at a 1:1 ratio.)
Seven Stars (and Diamond) cardholders and a guest are entitled to complimentary admission to Caesars Rooftop Pool. The pool is open seasonally for hotel guests and guests registered at Qua 21 years and older.
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 cardholders get complimentary beach chair rental (up to two chairs), an umbrella and two towels. A Companion cardholder with a room key can get the same.
Look for the special Seven Stars/Diamond entrances to Café Roma. If the line is long, discreetly step to the head of the line and show your Total Rewards card. (Keep in mind that there might be a more patient Seven Stars cardholder waiting in the line.)
The Palace Court Buffet has a separate line for Seven Stars cardholders.
The front desk will print your boarding passes if VIP Check-In is closed.
Seven Stars Lounge
Caesars is home to Atlantic City's second Seven Stars Lounge (the other is at Harrah's Resort). Located on the "fine dining level" – actually, the third floor of the casino – the lounge is smaller than the lounge at Harrah's. The large rectangular bar in the center of the room is its most distinctive feature. Formerly the Bacchanal, the lounge offers a small menu and orders are delivered tableside or at the bar.
Currently, the lounge is open:
Friday: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.*
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.*
Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.*
*last admittance is 30 minutes prior to closing; last call is 20 minutes prior to closing
The Seven Stars Lounge introduced a new menu
in October (click to enlarge).
The center section will change seasonally.
When the Seven Stars Lounge is not open, the large Diamond Lounge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean offers priority entrance to Seven Stars cardholders. If there are others waiting to get in, simply walk in 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 will be stationed at the door monitoring "traffic". Again, simply show your card to him/her, and you will receive immediate entrance. There is a bar which seats approximately 20 people. (Be sure to say "hi" to Anthony. He'll take good care of you.) Depending on the time of day, there is a full buffet consisting of cold cuts, salads, desserts and at least three, if not more, hot entrées. Drinks may be taken out of the lounge, but only after being decanted into plastic cups available at the door. Hours (subject to change):
Monday - Thursday: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.*
Friday: 2 to 11 p.m.*
Saturday: Noon to 11 p.m.*
Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.*
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 per 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.
Getting Around Atlantic City
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 Caesars 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 the Boardwalk from Caesars, 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 Bally's 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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