Thursday, August 2, 2012

Atlantic City moving on up!

I am a constant visitor in Atlantic City. I have been in awe with the transformation of Atlantic City's boardwalk and casinos. It has been bringing in quite a revue thanks to its expanding and creating of a new casino and entertainment on the beach. As a single mom who live in the urban area it's a good getaway and believe it or not it's quite reasonable for the family depending on where you stay. All you have to do is take advantage of the discounts that the casinos offer almost weekly or bi weekly. So, in this blog I'm going to tell you about two of the casinos, the atmosphere and entertainment that you and your family can enjoy at a price that you can afford.

Revel Casino

I had to start with this casino. This is a perfect hotel to go to without the kids. It has floor to ceiling windows with an outstanding beautiful scene of the beach. At night you can see the moonlight dancing on the ocean. With this view you will forget that you're in New Jersey. The rooms is like an upscale suite (the contemporary rooms). The bathroom has a marble tile and granite counter top with two sinks. Now I love this! There is a walk in shower that has multiple speeds and a small bench on the side. I never imagine having something like this in my hotel room.
The room also has a 52" flat screen. No more box televisions. There is also a touch tablet to offer you the hotel's directory. So high class!
The hotel also have quite a few fascinating restaurants. There are about 13 restaurants in the Revel. Now, some restaurants you have to be dressed in semi formal attire to enter, which I understand because of it's five star quality. Three of their restaurants have an ocean view: Azure, Amada and American The prices are up there but I guess that's to be expected when dining at an upscale casino. You will get your money's worth though. The other restaurants are select restaurants as what they call it. It's more of a laid back feel, non
Now the best features at this hotel is the Sky Garden. I love this! You are hundreds of feet high, which is overlooking the vast ocean and beach. There are numerous in ground pools in the Sky Garden. There's a long pathway that leads you around the resort with beautiful plants and flowers on the side. It also have large fire pits. I can lay out on their lounging beach chairs, looking at the bright blue sky and hearing the sounds of waves over take

Because the Revel just opened this year, it's a big attraction bringing in a lot of revue for Atlantic City. Take advantage of the deals. In order to do that, you must be a Revel Cardholder which is easy. Of course you must be 21. Then sign up for online deals. You can get great summer deals with rooms starting at $180. Fall prices will be a lower beginning mid to late September.
Atmosphere: A


This is the hotel I always stay at whenever I come to Atlantic City. I am always pleased with the rooms at Tropicana. We stay in the Havana Towers. No matter where you stay, you have a beautiful view of the ocean and/ or the city. At night, it looks like stars twinkling below you. The rooms are spacious. It's not as elegant as the rooms in the Revel. You have one sink and a simple shower. It has more of an inviting feel and relaxing state than the Revel. It may be simple but this casino/hotel has a lot to offer.

Tropicana is known for their Quarter. The Quarter is a mini mall full of clothing stores, a spa, mini market and delicious restaurants. There are palm trees and a soft tan-ish color on the walls. The restaurants consist of The Red Square, Cuba Libre, P.F. Changs (which is my favorite, they have a meal for two for $60 which include 2 drinks, 2 appetizers, 2 soup or salad, 2 entres and 2 desserts.), Carmins and The Palm. Upstairs you have the Missile Bar, A Dam Good Sports Bar (Yes that's the name of it) and a nightclub called Providence. They also have a karaoke bar called Planet Rose Karaoke Bar which was voted the best karaoke in 2010 and 2011 in Acweekly. There's also a Rumba Lounge in the middle of the casino and a Tango's Lounge at the beginning of the Quarter and at the edge of the casino

Now the Tropicana is no stranger to entertainment. They have an IMAX which shows the latest movies. We saw Dark Knight Rises there. (Great movie to see in the IMAX by the way.) There is also a comedy club called the Comedy Stop. Quite a few comedian legends past through here to give you a good  There is also a family fun station for the kids. Its not to big. I was a little disappointed but it looks as though everyone kids were having fun.

The Tropicana has something called Boogie Nights. It's a 70's and 80's dance club. It really takes you way back in the day. They have different areas that are created for it's stuck-time frame. It's every Friday and Saturday night. The dance floor lights up and there's a HUGE disco ball overhead. They even have celebrity impersonators. This is a great place to party with your

Tropicana has a lot to offer the family and just a great getaway. They always have great discounts and Room packages which is why I stay here. If you are a Tropicana Cardholder make sure you're signed up for their room discounts. I caught some summer discounts Sunday-Thursday stay for $49.00 at night. And sometimes that include a $20 or more gift card to take advantage of their restaurants and entertainment. Their fall prices are fascinating too. This is a better casino/hotel that is family/kid friendlier than the Revel.
Atmosphere: A