A Saturday night comp found two sisters and I checking in at Showboat early Saturday afternoon. We waited for a "GREAT" room on the 22nd floor of the Bourbon Tower. Nice room, beautiful view in spite of the fact that tin foil Revel took up most of it for the little bit of time we actually saw it as the fog rolled in early Saturday evening and never left. The room - a non-smoking one :):):) smelled to high heaven. GROSS! WHY, People, why? OMG. BAD! You really need to stop. Fellow from housekeeping came and sprayed.
The bigger news of the weekend was where was a person to eat? No Canal Street, no Mansion Cafe and Napoli closed. The lack of eating establishments sent us to the DL around 7. It was okay. It was nearly empty. It was a wet noodle of activity. The food was fine. Steamed shrimp on the buffet -- not served at table. Maybe I could rustle up a little more enthusiasm if we had not stopped at Harrah's Chester where we had a GREAT buffet brunch. So the room STANK and the food options STANK. How was the gaming?
It STANK mostly. We all lost. I spent more time at the ATM in one day than I usually spend in a month at home. At least it gave me something. When there was no place to eat breakfast Sunday morning without having to miss a mortgage payment, we drove to Harrah's for a great breakfast at Sammi's or whatever its most recent incarnation is named. Got there ahead of the crowds. Had a bit o' luck. Off to Borgata at noon.
Borgata was fun. I played some new game where community gaming used to be involving leprechauns. It was a hoot, and I cashed a decent voucher. Mid afternoon we returned to the 'boat, had a drink at the Freeze Bar and I headed over to play Clue. This game allows you to lose money slowly and it is wildly engaging watching other people playing their games. Played an hour and was not down by much.
We all showered and dressed for dinner at Atlantic Grill at Caesar's where we had the prix fixe ($40 for three courses) and it was clearly the best food of the weekend: the delicate crabcake starter, the tender filet, and the most delectable chocolate truffle cake with coffee ice cream. My Oh My. A home run.
I walked the Boardwalk back to the Boat enshrouded in mist to burn off one spoonful of the truffle cake, and there was very little activity. Stopped at the Taj for a bit of gaming, then back to our stanky room where I read and counted my ATM receipts concluding that it was not quite as bad as I'd thought, but I was done gambling anyway so housekeeping came again and sprayed the room again, and eventually I fell asleep.
This morning we headed over to Bally's for breakfast and to collect some bagels and pastries before getting on the road. Still overcast/foggy and it started raining as we hit the AE. It was fun being with the sisters, but I am ticked off about all those food joints being closed, about the Pier Shops closing at 6, about my favorite sign gone missing: "Atlantic City: Always Turned On."
We have two more trips planned in June but I don't know if I love it so much any more. I am pretty sure not being able to see the ocean had something to do with it. We'll wait and see till next trip.