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Review Tropicana Atlantic City
I recently attended ZorkFest in Atlantic City and had the opportunity to stay at the newly renovated Tropicana Atlantic City Casino and Resort. I was thrilled to stay there because the Trop was the first casino I ever visited. It was really exciting to see how much things have changed and developed since my last visit there about 10 years ago. My experience was very positive and I think this Atlantic City institution has something to offer for all visitors.
Atlantic City’s Boardwalk has an obvious draw in the summer with it’s prime beach location but I wasn’t sure the winter would be quite as interesting. I was wrong, even though it’s not as crowded, there’s a definite East Coast holiday vibe that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. I think Michael Trager sums it up beautifully in this article for TravelZork.
The Tropicana has over 2,700 guest rooms, situated in four separate towers. The towers vary in degree of luxury and price. The casino and property recently underwent a $90 million dollar renovation and it shows, the casino is fresh and expansive. Other attractions include IMAX and Indoor/Outdoor pools.
Rates: Because the Tropicana is a casino, there is no standard room rate and if you are a player, your room rate would vary. However, on a Friday night prices for suites range from $140- $400. I stayed in the Premium Suite North Tower Bi-Level.
Tropicana AC is located on the Atlantic City Beach Boardwalk. It is a short ride from the AC Bus Terminal as well as the Rail Terminal. The Tropicana is within walking distance of several other Atlantic City Casinos. Ceasar’s Casino is closest to the Tropicana and is about a 10 minute walk along the boardwalk. There are many places to catch cabs and shuttles to the other casinos if walking is not an option.
Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
One area where I think the Tropicana really shines is in their food and beverage selection. Most of Tropicana’s restaurants are located within a beautiful streetscape, 3 story corridor dubbed “The Quarter.” The Quarter is wonderfully decorated to resemble the old school Havana, Cuba casino scene and houses a wide dining selection, retail shops, a spa and several night-life venues.
The great thing about being on the boardwalk is that hotels guests have access to the entertainment provided by all of the boardwalk casinos. Throughout the year there are countless activities to enjoy ranging from concerts to art exhibits. Visit TravelZork for more Atlantic City resources, including a monthly overview of events.
I arrived around 9pm on a Friday night and there was a pretty long line that seemed not to be moving much. Luckily, there is a separate check-in for people with elite player’s club status as well as a separate one for VIP guests. Something you may want to consider if you have a lot of bags to carry would be valet parking for $15 (self-park costs $10), we found the walk from the garage to hotel check-in was very long and I was not thrilled to be lugging multiple bags through the casino.
On my way to the room, I noticed that the hotel’s hallways looked a bit worn. However, my first impression of the room was great. Immediately, I noticed the incredible floor to ceiling windows spanning two floors. Also the view of the ocean is something I could never get sick of, it was absolutely stunning. The room felt very spacious and grand because of the large space and the ridiculously high ceilings. The spiral staircase contributed to the feeling of luxury. I also thought the furniture and decor were modern and attractive and went really nicely with the overall ambiance.
I thought the seating placement and set-up of the living/room and dining room was well thought out and welcoming. Also downstairs was a bar and Keurig coffee maker. This would be a great place to host a gathering.
There are 2 bathrooms and I found the one on the first level to be underwhelming. However, the in-suite bathroom was beautiful, spacious and incredibly clean. Look at how big that shower is! The lofted bedroom was also spacious and had everything you would need. For anyone too lazy to walk down the stairs to leave the room, there is another exit off the bathroom which leads to the hallway.
I enjoyed the Tropicana and thought my room was very nice by any standards. This is a pretty solid place to stay if you’re considering a trip to Atlantic City. Let me know in the comments about your experiences or tweet me @bethanyatMtM
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