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Harrah's vs Borgata for a mid week visit?

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Harrah's vs Borgata for a mid week visit?


I'm going to be in Atlantic City for a 2-3 days in the middle of the week in October (My first time there). I want to see the boardwalk and other sights during the mornings and I'll probably spend the afternoons/evenings playing poker.

I understand that the Borgata is the best place to be playing poker in regard to the volume of games (especially during the low season which is when i'll be there). Initially i thought I'd also sleep there but then i saw that I can sleep in the near by Harrah's for much much less (~50 dollars in Harrah's per night including taxes vs ~125 Borgata). I don't think that I'll spend much time in the room...

Is it worth it to stay in Harrah's and travel back and from to the Borgata to play poker? It seems that they are fairly close, how easy is it to get from one to the other? I thought about taking the bus during the day and a cab if I'm returning late at night, does this sounds like a good idea?

Is it also possible to walk it during the day? How much time should it take?

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1. Re: Harrah's vs Borgata for a mid week visit?

Another question, Is it worth another 20$ a night to sleep in the Waterfront tower instead of the Harbor tower in the Harrah's?

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2. Re: Harrah's vs Borgata for a mid week visit?

The Harbor Tower is the LEAST desirable tower @ HR. Do yourself a favor and AVOID.....

The WT is the newest....... The Bayview Tower is also very nice, and the Marina Tower is acceptable.

The walk from HR to BG is easy enough and can be completed in under 15 minutes.

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3. Re: Harrah's vs Borgata for a mid week visit?

I would suggest that if are going to play at Borgata you should stay at Borgata.

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4. Re: Harrah's vs Borgata for a mid week visit?

I agree with staying at Borgata, but if you want to stay at Harrahs the extra $20 for the Waterfront Tower is worth it. You mentioned wanting to see the boardwalk, i just wanted to make sure you knew that neither Borgata or Harrahs is on the boardwalk, both are in the marina section. Its an easy drive to the boardwalk. If you pay for parking at Harrahs or Borgata get a receipt and you can give that to the parking cashier of a boardwalk casino for free parking. Its good for one time on the same gambling day which ends at 5:59AM.

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5. Re: Harrah's vs Borgata for a mid week visit?

I'm aware that both hotels aren't near the boardwalk but I'm assuming that i can take a bus/cab to get there.

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6. Re: Harrah's vs Borgata for a mid week visit?

The Borgata is a much better property overall and IMHO, the best AC has to offer.

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7. Re: Harrah's vs Borgata for a mid week visit?

Harrahs does charge $8 more than the Borgata for a comped room per night so that may close the gap a bit. I much prefer The Borgata to Harrahs but in your case, there may be other reasons for staying at Harrahs.

If you intend to go to the boardwalk each morning, you can use the Total Rewards bus either way besides the jitney. Another way to spend the morning if the weather is disagreeable is their Pool. Maybe Harrahs poker room will be ok for you. Also Caesars/Wild West has a new poker room which may work for you. Mid week, the Borgata buffet may be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Harrahs has been open daily (of course that may change by then too).

Lately we have been walking from the Borgata outdoor parking lot to Harrahs across the field along the street that connects the two which is about a 10 minute walk instead of the longer walkway in the rear.

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8. Re: Harrah's vs Borgata for a mid week visit?

Both borgata and Harrah's are at the high end of casino hotels in AC, so you should be please staying at either. If the room quality is unknown, I would go with Borgata. All rooms in the Borgata are top shelf. Harrah's is an older property which has several older hotel towers. The rooms in Harrah's newer towers (Bayview and Waterfront) are comparable to Borgata rooms, but rooms on the lower floors of both towers are worn and beat up by the young party crowd. If the Borgata buffet is open (a big if) during the week, then that is another reason to stay at Borgata. Walking from Harrah's to Borgata via the walkway takes me approximately 20 minutes at a leisure pace. If you are a nature buff, the walkway runs along the bank of the inlet, with several stops for views and "what to look for" information signs. During October, the monarch butterflies pass through AC on their way to the Delaware River and Mexico, and if you are on the walkway you will see many monarchs flutter by in October. The jitney bus costs $2.25 one way and is available from both Borgata and Harrah's to go to the boardwalk. Harrah's also has its Total Rewards bus, which is a free service for card members and stops at all 4 CZR properties. The problem with the Total Rewards bus is relaibility. You can waste a lot of time waiting for a Total Rewards bus. Borgata has the best poker room that I have seen in AC. The Taj used to be the best, but it is an older facility. The poker room at Harrah's is smaller but nice. The poker rooms at Ceasars and Ballys have been closed and a new poker area opened in the connecting Wild West casino. When I saw the new poker area in February, it had just opened and was a work in process with no real decor other than being located in a huge open area.

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