Part I: Caesars
When Wednesday is the last day of your work week, you can be sure it will be a good one! My sisters picked me up from work so that we could start our celebration of my younger sister’s college graduation without wasting any time, and our drive south was only marred by a slight bit of traffic. When we arrived at our room in Caesars Atlantic City, we were surprised, though maybe we shouldn’t have been. We had booked the cheapest room available in the whole hotel and as a result we didn’t have a window. Well, there was a window, in a strictly technical sense. But it was frosted over, allowing no view whatsoever.
The website had warned us that we may have an interior view, that of a hallway or atrium, which we were fine with. But nothing at all? Hmmm. I do wish we’d had a proper warning, but like I said, when you pay the cheapest price, you get the cheapest room.
Aside from our room, the rest of Caesars was hit or miss. The lobby area was meant to evoke feelings of Ancient Rome by night (I think…) and it was nice to look at. The pool, which we spent a whole afternoon at, served its purpose well but with no moxie whatsoever. The “rooftop” pool was only four stories up, with bland walls around it and no view of the ocean or beach. The bar food was good though, and our poolside lunch, complete with girly cocktails, was quite pleasant.
As far as Casinos go, Caesars was par for the course. We mostly enjoyed Roulette and slots, and a new game entitled “Attempt to Avoid the Smoking Sections”. Perhaps the best thing Caesars has going for it is a great position on the boardwalk.
Part II: The Boardwalk
We hit up the boardwalk upon arrival in search of dinner and wound up at the tried and true Johnny Rockets for flavored sodas and French fries. A bit more walking led us to a miniature golf course near Boardwalk Hall and we started up a game. It was a pretty decent course and we had a fun evening, especially when the light projection show on Boardwalk Hall began. It was very geometric and modern, with futuristic music that made a nice backdrop to our golf game.
By the time we finished our game, the next light show was due to begin in just a few minutes, so we stuck around and were glad we did. The next show was different, more of a journey through time detailing music and dance from different decades. It seems a ten minute show begins every twenty minutes, and I have no idea how many different ones they have. Worth a look if you are searching for something simple to do after dark.
The following day we visited the Miss America statue, located on the boardwalk right in front of Boardwalk Hall, and all took turns trying on the crown. The famous pageant began in Atlantic City in the 1920s and it is something of a “claim to fame” for the city. Though it has been hosted in other cities since its start, it is still one of the first things many people think of when it comes to Atlantic City’s history.
A statue honoring Miss America, that I understand. One thing I do not understand about the Atlantic City boardwalk is the adult strollers. I have no idea what they are actually called, but in essence this is what they are. A giant cart that seats two and gets pushed down the boardwalk by someone else. Similar to the bike carts you see around Central Park and other touristy places- but instead of being pulled by a person on a bike, they are pushed by a person on foot. Like a giant stroller. Weird.
Part III: The Trop & The Borgata
We ventured away from Caesars for a big night out, first stop being the Tropicana, down at the other end of the boardwalk. The first thing we did was sign up for loyalty cards, which gave each of us $5 free to gamble with. I turned that free $5 into $12 quickly and promptly cashed out to celebrate my win (oh, the little joys in life).
We had dinner at Carmine’s, which was beyond delicious. We have eaten at the Carmine’s in New York many times before and this one did not disappoint. With only three people dining at a family style restaurant, we had tons of leftovers but didn’t mind at all! After three glasses of wine, garden salad, angel hair marinara, and chicken parm, we paid our bill and headed over to the Borgata to continue the evening.
The Burlesque show here was very good but could have been better. The tassels, the acrobatics, the songs about boobs, the kitschy flapper attitude, the tapping toes, the funny dancing… that was all good, but the emcee was crass and annoying, making the same jokes over and over again. If he hadn’t been there it would have been perfect but unfortunately thanks to him I can’t recommend the show.
In terms of actual casino, the Borgata was my favorite. The smoking sections were better laid out and labeled than the others and the whole place seemed a little more high class. The food court was handy too- after the Burlesque show we enjoyed some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream there.
Part IV: Outlet Shopping
Don’t forget your coupon book! My sister got one for free as a Caesars loyalty member and it really came in handy. I found lots of great hiking clothes at Columbia, while my younger sister got some new work outfits at Loft. Everyone enjoyed the extensive shoe selection and a specialty bathing suit store meant new cover ups all around. With the shops being so close to Caesars, we were able to leave our car in the garage after checking out and it was easy to get back once our shopping was done and we were ready to head north.
Final thought: does it bother anyone else that “Caesars Atlantic City” doesn’t have an apostrophe in its name? Is it actually implying that there are multiple Caesars, rather than implying that the hotel belongs to one Caesar?