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Need Advice about Atlantic City

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by weluvvegas, Jan 13, 2016.

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  1. weluvvegas

    weluvvegas Vegas Slot Junkie

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    We are toying with the idea of doing an Atlantic City/ Jersey Shore summer vacation this year. Trying to meet the wishes of my teenage daughter who wants beach - and my teenage son, who wants city. The casinos are just a plus for my husband and I and my parents. My mom is a New Yorker so I know she'll enjoy it. It's been decades since she's been to the Boardwalk.

    Question - I know nothing about the hotels there. We have 5 comped nights for the week of our vacation at either Bally's or Cesars. Which is nicer?

    Is there nearby public transportation (train, subway) that is easy to take into Manhattan? We'd want to spend a day in the city too.

    Any feedback would be great! Thank you!
     
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    Have stayed at Bally's a few years back, but never in high season. Bally's is fair, it is of course an older property, our room (which I don't remember what type/tower) was a no frills, average hotel type room. I'm sure someone else can tell you much more about the comparison to Caesar's, but I believe Caesar's is the higher class of the two. As for transportation, there is not a subway, there is an Amtrak station that's very close by, maybe 8 blocks or so....it's more or less behind Bally's, out closer to the highway. I'm pretty sure that if you take the train, it only goes back to Philly, then you have to switch to the NYC train. There are likely bus routes direct, but I'm not familiar with that. We stayed at Resorts Casino just after Christmas and had a very enjoyable trip.
     
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    Caesars in my opinion nicer,properties are connected to each other so it doesnt really matter that much.. No direct train service to NYC,Bus Terminal is a short walk from Caesars, Im not a New Yorker or a bus rider but Caesars also has a bus terminal downstairs,with people at a counter sometimes. That may be just for people riding busses from NY to Caesars for the day. If you google the AC bus Terminal they probably have a website with schedules and prices. I know NJ Transit and I think Greyhound have busses direct to NYC. NJ Trans. makes one stop .
     
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    Caesars is nicer than Bally's, but it all depends on your taste. Also, don't settle for anything less than an ocean view room.

    NYC is roughly 3 hours without traffic by car, bus, or train (all of which can be accessed in AC).

    There is a Jitney bus that will shuttle you to the Marina side which is where Harrah's and The Borgata are located.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    How many rooms will you need for your family? I would recommend visiting NYC after your Atlantic City trip, maybe you could fly into Newark and drive down to AC then return and visit NYC. You don't want to be on a bus or train for three hours each way.

    Caesars and Bally's are both beachfront, Harrah's is on the bay so you would need to drive to the beach. I've never been on the beach in front of the casinos, but we sometimes hit a beach on the far southern end of Atlantic City, less crowds and more quiet.

    You might consider renting a home or a condo on one of the adjacent towns such as Ventnor, Brigantine, Margate, or Longport. There is also a Wyndham time share behind Resorts that is really nice, I've rented there twice through ebay. There are 3 bedroom units available and you'll have more room for your crew. This defeats the purpose of getting a comp, but you will likely need two hotel rooms for your party of 6, but you'll have more space.
     
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    My guess is a bus will be the best public transport to NYC. They have buses which go back to NYC PA bus terminal and leave directly form the casinos, that take folks directly to the casino but normally you take the bus from NYC PA bus terminal directly to a casino and then return to the NYC bus terminal. Not sure if they take folks one way

    But here is the link for NJ transit which goes to NYC form AC.

    The terminal is in the center of AC.

    http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=BusSchedulesP2PFrom
     
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    We have stayed at several AC joints over the years. I prefer Caesars over Ballys, but in full disclosure, the $3600 hand pay I won there might skew my opinion a bit!

    We have gone to NYC several times from AC, but we always drove to a good parking garage near an outlying subway or train station and took mass transit into Manhattan. Costs a few minutes or dollars more, but relieved me of the headache of navigating chaos!

    One of my friends took the train from philly to nyc and loved it.

    Also, having driven through outlying jersey shore areas, I think renting a condo, like hammie said, would be a great idea.
     
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    Thank you all. I got home yesterday and was quickly overruled by my family! But this is great information if my husband and I ever decide to go just ourselves sometime!

    *sigh* back to the drawing board to try and find something that will make everyone happy for this year's summer vacation!
     
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