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Visiting AC for the first time, recommendations

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Funkhouser, Feb 13, 2013.

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  1. Funkhouser

    Funkhouser In Charge of the Big Door

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    CET gave me an over the top comp offer for Feb to Harrahs AC. Since I have overdrawn the go to Vegas without the wife account, I skipped SB weekend this year to take the wife
    for a romantic weekend to AC.

    CET is fronting me RB including two flights, room for 2 nights, and some free play. I also expect with my gaming budget to get some backend discr. comps from a host.

    Looking for recommendations for the following:

    SPA for wife: She really likes QUA in CP Vegas, any AC spas come close to this place?

    Dinning: I want to mix it up a little and get some good seafood, sushi, and a couple of causal meals. Planning to hit Borgata Buffet and Buddakan at pier shops, and CET owned restos worth visiting?

    Entertainment / Lounge Acts - Wife will want to go drinking and dancing, were in our early 40's so Pool after dark and clubs not really our thing. Any good lounges where we can get our drink on and dance?
     
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  2. Kickin

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    Buddakan is very good. Make sure to get the wasabi mashed potatoes as a side! Also tell them to sit you in one of the half-moon booths or the private curtain covered booths along the side if you want it to be more intimate. I don't think I've been to the Borgata buffet but since you're also looking for seafood you can go to Seablue there which is good. I'm not huge on AC restaurants coming from NYC but the restaurants in the Pier Shops at Caesars or in the French Quarter at Tropicana should all be good. Buddakan is in the Pier Shops as is Souzai, a pretty good sushi restaurant. At the Tropicana Red Square is good, same as the one in Vegas, good food and vibe.

    Hopefully others can chime in with more detail on your questions, I have no experience with the spas in AC but since your wife likes Qua in LV there is a Qua Spa at Caesars in AC. No idea how similar.

    You will like Harrah's. It is surprisingly nice and a completely different vibe than what I expected. Make sure to stay in the Marina, Bayview, or Waterfront towers. The regular tower (called Harbor I think) is old and gets bad reviews. I've stayed in the Waterfront which I think is considered the best and it is nice enough.

    You probably already know AC's layout but Harrah's is not on the boardwalk where the bulk of the casinos are. Its in the marina district along with the Borgata and Golden Nugget. They offer a free shuttle bus between the CET casinos but not sure about the wait. Cabs are easy. Its worth going to the boardwalk for at least one day and just walking through some of the different casinos. Worth seeing are Caesars, Tropicana, and maybe Trump Taj Mahal though like all Trump casinos its gotten really dated and crappy (endless cycles of bankruptcy will do that!). The Tropicana is worth visiting in the evenings and just walking through the French Quarter, a relatively new promenade of restaurants, bars, shops, etc.

    The Borgata is obviously the best and nicest casino there. You can technically walk there from Harrahs but I've never tried. From what I understand you have to be a bit creative because there's no paved walkway between them. As far as comps go its unfortunate that the Borgata players club isn't linked with anyone else, even though they're controlled by Boyd. But if you're Diamond or 7 Stars at CET you should sign up and they'll upgrade you to the Borgata Black card which carries some benefits.

    Have an awesome trip! That's a great comp. For some reasons CET sends me all these similar offers for junkets to AC with flights flying out from White Plains (wtf??). It would take me longer to get out to White Plains and take a flight then to just drive down to AC. Makes no sense!
     
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  3. atom

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    Get a reservation at Chef Vola's if you can. It's an Italian restaurant in the basement of a small white house in a reidential area. It's byob, cash only, and offers huge portions of amazing food in an intimate environment. Call around 5-6pm for the best chance to reach someone for a reservation (I keep trying until I get a human on the line, never tried leaving a message). Call 2-3 weeks in advance if possible. If you go, grab a bottle of Chianti and take a cab to/from the restaurant. The surrounding neighborhood is a bit run down.
     
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    $2 beers and $3 shots at the Mountain Bar at Bally's.
     
  5. jerseyguy

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    Spend a lot of time in Harrahs AC

    Seafood is decent in Mc Cormack and Schmidts in Harrahs ,as far as bands go, they usually have a good band in the Eden Lounge in Harrahs on weekends .
    Waterfront and Bay Towers are newer than Marina and Harbor towers ,.but I wouldnt get too worked up about this especially for two nights.Spas arent my thing but Qua is in Caesars,free shuttle and Red Door is In Harrahs.
     
  6. ACgambler

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    Not sure how you plan to dance if you don't want to go to a club?? There are differences though. Borgata has probably 3 of the best choices. The gypsy bar has a live band and dancing in front of it. 40 y/o's feel quite at home with this atmosphere. You'll feel amoung friends. Murmur is a dance club that will play music you recognize like Pitbull, Flo Rida etc...top forty, a mixed crowd age wise. being 40 in there is ok. Mixx, probably the most popular amongst the young generation and the longest lines. You will likely not recognize what they play in there. You will feel like someone's parent in that club.

    Cesars has Dusk...not bad, stuff you can dance to and recognize. Haven't been to pool after dark but beleive it caters to the young drunks.

    Check out Revel the newest place. They may have something.

    Good luck
     
  7. Funkhouser

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    Was looking for something with a vibe like Indigo Lounge at Ballys LV, Le Cabaret, or Carnival Court. Mixed age group, no $1000 table minimum seating, long lines, or wall to wall young drunks. Basic lounge entertainment, drink min okay.

    Sounds like Gypsy Bar maybe the way to go.
     
  8. chef

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    AC isn't known for its buffets like Vegas is. However, Borgota is a solid choice.
    I ate there a couple years ago and came away satisfied. It isn't at the level of a Wynn, CP, M Resort or Bellagio, but would probably fit in at the second tier.
     
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