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Atlantic City vs. Vegas

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Atlantic City vs. Vegas

I've never been to Atlantic City before because all my friends call it a dirty version of Vegas. I have been to Vegas MANY times (even went last month) and even though I live on the East Coast, I have never really bothered to check Atlantic City out.

Now obviously I know Vegas is extremely over the top and almost nothing can compare, but how similar/different are the 2 places?

My birthday is next month and I was planning on going to Vegas as usual, but my friends can't get enough time off work so I am thinking of Atlantic City as an alternative (we can just make it a weekend trip on the east coast)

How to the hotels, casinos, restaurants, entertainment compare to Vegas?

And also, I know nothing about this place so anything I should know about hotel, restaurant, show/activity recommendations?

Thanks for the help.

Edited: 06 July 2010, 00:24
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1. Re: Atlantic City vs. Vegas

Your best bet is to put out of your mind the urge to compare the two cities. The only realistically common thread is that both offer gambling. Next, take a look to the right side of this page for most asked questions about AC.

Finally, if you have room comps, use them. The rooms are overpriced on weekends if you're paying for them.

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2. Re: Atlantic City vs. Vegas

Come to AC and enjoy the ocean and Boardwalk. I can't even imagine planning a trip to Vegas in the summer.

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I just came back from an Atlantic City trip from 7/1-7/5. My wife and I go to AC about 2-3 times a years (We're in our early 30s if that makes a difference). I've been to Vegas twice (last time was in Spring 2007). Here's my take based on what I've seen at both places:

Hotels: Just like Vegas you have your range of Hotels. I think a nice room at the Water Club or Borgata compares nicely with what the Bellagio has to offer. I think the prices in AC (esp during the summer on weekends) get a little out of hand. (we paid 460 a night for a Waterfront Tower room in Harrahs for the 3rd and 4th). However, I think if you're coming from the east coast the cost of a flight to Vegas evens that out.

Restaurants: I think in the last 10 years the celebrity chef's have really upped the ante for food at AC. You have Stephen Starr's buddhakan in Caesars and Bobby Flay's restaurant in the Borgata (which has an identical menu to his Vegas restaurant).

Casinos: I think in Vegas you can get more low limit table games (esp on the old strip). However, in AC you're luck if there's one 10 dollar table with 15 usually being the minimum. There's a lot of slot options. The odds tend to be better in Vegas. No BJ surrender in AC, No 100xs craps odds. Video poker has more options in Vegas as well. However, IMO the gambling options are adequate between the AC casinos.

Shows: I don't think any of the "in house" shows in AC are at the level of Vegas. You can see "Cirque Dreams" at Trump but it's nothing like "O" in Vegas. However, if you plan right there are some good visiting talent at AC.

Clubs: The club scene in AC is definitely centered around the clubs at the Borgata (mixx and mur.mur). The Pool at Harrah's is popular but definitely has a "Jersey Shore" (the TV show) feel to it.

Clientele: I guess Vegas attracts all comers so it's pretty varied. AC during the weekdays tends to be mostly older folks playing the slots and tends to be pretty empty. On the weekend a lot of younger folks come in from out of town. I think the Borgata tends to attract the younger hipper crowd compared to the other casinos.

My sense is that while it's not Vegas it's close enough esp given the logistics of traveling there from the east coast.

Edited: 06 July 2010, 04:14
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thanks for the reply. i just checked the rates for borgata and caesars. and they are over $300/night. I just stayed at Bellagio last month for $200/night haha. but I dont need airfare for atlantic city

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>>>> Bobby Flay's restaurant in the Borgata (which has an identical menu to his Vegas restaurant).<<<<

Thank you. I didn't know that. Bobby Flays and its Southwest style in LV is my favorite. I have been reluctant to try BF in AC as I thought it was just another steak house. Will try it next trip.

B.

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>>>>My sense is that while it's not Vegas it's close enough esp given the logistics of traveling there from the east coast<<<<

My sentiments also. Borgata is enough of a destination resort to satisfy 3-4 days of relaxation.

B.

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7. Re: Atlantic City vs. Vegas

If you're not interested with the beach I'd stay at Borgata. You can always ride over to the boardwalk if you wanted to check out those places also. If you want to stay on the oceanfront then Caesars or Taj would give you your best feel of Vegas with the Trop right after that.

I think UNCMo96 gave you a great comparison of the two cities.

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8. Re: Atlantic City vs. Vegas

Its not even close. Las Vegas is a much better City. Unfortunately Atlantic City has run down areas just off the boardwalk. 35 years ago, NJ brought gambling into Atlantic City in an attempt to revitalize it. It has not.

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9. Re: Atlantic City vs. Vegas

Really there's no Comparison, the deal is that I can Drive to AC in about 2.5hrs whereas LV is an all day Airport ordeal. I'm in the same boat with a lack of Vacation Time this year which keeps me from going during the week when I'm used to getting a couple nites Comped in AC.

Tried to book AC for the July4th weekend about a month ago and the Cheapest HET casino (Showboat) was a whopping $899 for the 3 nites. I could've booked an Econolodge out in Pleasantville that still would have run me $400!

I flew from BWI to LAS Non-stop on SW and stayed downtown at the Golden Nugget for $735 total!

The friday afternoon flight out still had me checking in at the GN about 7:30PM so I still had part of that nite but the 3pm departure on Monday had me on the ground back at BWI around 10PM and by the time I got home it was well after 11. It was Rough getting up for work at 5:30AM the next morning but I made it through that day. The Upside was that the Time when I traveled, the Crowds had either already gone before me or hadn't hit yet. It was Unexpectedly as Smooth a Trip as I've ever had.

I could do it again but it wouldn't be my 1st choice.

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