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Don't usually go to AC on Saturday as I work weekends (and don't get Saturdays comped), but they had a good deal on groupon so decided on it and getting sun/mon comped. We got in about 330 (after horrible traffic around Philly) and the casino was crowded so we expected to wait forever to check in, but there was no line what so ever. Three clerks checking people in, and as I walked up one line opened up. Connected the two reservations with ease. Room on the 8th floor of the ocean tower. First time in one of the rooms with the updated bathroom. They are small, but the updated ones are so much nicer than the old blue ones. Wonderful view down the boardwalk.
Walked down to the Trop to go to Carmines (this is a must every visit for us). When we got there (about 5) they said they were only taking people with reservations, but there were 4 bar area tables that are first come first serve. The stools were uncomfortable, but it was ok. Now we know if we are ever back in town it's a must to make reservations for a Saturday. We love the meatballs and pasta, and since we were at the bar they had half sized salads which was perfect.
We love the dining options at the Trop, but never play there. It's just too far down the boardwalk for us (same with Revel), but can see why people love it. The casino floor was bustling already, sure it can get crazy in there late on a Saturday. It's not that bad of a walk from Resorts, about 30 minutes at a decent stroll (not slow, not fast).
Back to Resorts for some play and had a nice little hit of 250 on a 5 line .25 quick hits blazing 7s machine. This is after playing it for quite a while without losing much. Moved onto blazing 7 progressive pennies that I also played for quite a while on losing only a bit.
After a few drinks while on the floor (drink service best I've ever had at Resorts), we got a little hungry for munchies. Headed to Breadsticks for some apps. Surprised this place isn't talked about more. Not that they have out of this world food, but we had a nice seat overlooking the boardwalk (bet it's nice ocean view during the day, but we always end up there at night) and some good food (sampler, nachos, and club) before a little stroll through Taj then to the room.
Sunday had reservations at Capriccio for the Sunday brunch. It was truly amazing. Worth every penny of the $45. Had a few mimosas, and such a selection. I ate jumbo shrimp, prime rib, maple peppered bacon, rigatoni, potatoes, cheese and meats, and some ice cream. There were many more selections, but I was stuffed. It was delicious, the service was superb, and the view amazing.
Back to the .25 quick hits machine where I again hit for 250. Over to wheel of fortune up about 150. Moved around, had some jack and cokes, then decided on a walk down the boards.
Stopped into Ballys. Really wasn't planning on playing, just browsing, but sat down at some type of fish machine in WWW. Got some good play out of it and had some fun. The touch ordering for drinks was great. Long Islands were there within 5 minutes. Didn't win anything, but played it for over an hour.
On the stroll back to Resorts did looking in the stores. We don't usually do this, but found a nice sweatshirt for $6, and a shirt for my nephew for $2. It was a nice stroll back. Went back to the room because I wanted to watch the Kings/Hawks game. After a couple beers I needed a nap. A little too many drinks and a full belly made the nap great.
Headed back to the quick hits machine where I lost some money pretty fast. Back to the .01 7's progressive where I got some play, but didn't win anything.
Went back to the room and called Tony Baloney's for some subs. They were tasty (ole, ra, nuck) and there within a half hour (we were told over an hour).
Back to the casino where I played a triple stars 7's .50 machine that I lost on quite quick. Back to "my" quick hits where I broke even, then some strolling around. Couple jack and cokes in there.
Walked down to Boardwalk Hall to see the light show. I enjoy sitting there through it. Watched it a couple times then a stroll back down the boards. Stopped in the Plaza. Such a shame this place. We've stayed there a couple times and actually love the location/east tower rooms, but it's depressing. It was dead, the bar wasn't open, and we strolled to the upper level to see that none of those restaurants are open either. Roberto's was a great Italian place with an amazing ocean view, can't believe it closed for good. The steakhouse was also closed (although it was about 10 PM, but didn't look like it closed anytime recently), note saying to call for hours (must change all the time). We didn't play just wanted to stroll through. Hope someone takes this place over and can revive it.
Stopped in WWW to get a few beers at mountain bar. It was crowded and we couldn't get waited on. Stood there for about 5 minutes, and the bartenders seemed quite confused. After not being acknowledged standing right behind cash register, we left. One of the bartenders helped the guy in front of us, then stood with his back to the bar for a good 3/4 minutes while there was a line behind us. That's when we had enough.
Went to the 5 o clock bar back at Resorts for some $3 drafts. It too was crowded for a Sunday night and we had to wait, but the bartender acknowledged us at least. He could've used some help. Felt bad for the guy. He was busting his butt though (unlike mt bar where they were walking around lost). Unlike the old 25 hours bar (now bar one) where they served maybe 8 oz glasses, the 5 o clock bar gives you decent sized plastic cups (either 12 or 16 oz) for $3. Also can get Sam Adams, Yuengling, Blue Moon, Bud Light, and I think there was 1 or two more. Most the times the specials are for bud/miller light, nice to get some better beer.
Monday we took an easy day. Little hits here and there in the AM then to Johnny Rockets at Showboat for lunch. Always enjoy a good burger there. Sat on the boardwalk a bit, then back to the room for relaxing. Back to the casino where nothing big either way.
Headed to the French Quarter Buffet for dinner. Not sure why it gets such bad reviews. Some of the food was bland, but some was good. Good selection, and good service. Pretty much exactly what I'd expect of a buffet for $20.
After a little more relaxing in the room, back to the Resorts casino. Couldn't hit a thing, and lost a few hundred in about an hour. Back to 5 o clock bar where it was much less crowded. A few beers, sit on the boardwalk, and back to the room as we were getting up to leave at 5 to beat the Philly traffic. Uneventful drive home, and beat the traffic.
Resorts was quite crowded the whole time. Not so much at night Sun/Mon, but during the day packed. Taj wasn't crowded at all, not even Saturday about 9. Showboat had a decent crowd mid day Monday, as well as Bally's on Sunday am and pm. Trop packed Saturday night, Plaza dead Sunday. We never made our way into Caesars as we don't really care for it (even though it's one of the most popular). Didn't see the boardwalk tram that was talked about, but it was no biggie for us. We like walking the boardwalk.
Had a great trip! Gambled, relaxed, drank, ate, walked the boards. Can't ask for a much better vacation. All that and I only lost $300 for 3 days, and finally got some decent play time!!
Great TR.Thank's for posting.
I'm a bit confused that you said Revel was too far to play at.It's pretty close to Resorts-a lot closer than the Trop or Caesars/Ballys.
Anyways,if you only lost $300 on a 3 day trip,that's what I call a stone winner!
Guess I should've said stay. Wouldn't mind playing at either as we usually go to both anyway. I just wouldn't stay at either end.
Nice TR, thanx for sharing. Carmines is on our" to-do list" every time we're in AC as well.
Thanks for posting the trip report. Sounds like you had a great time.
Thanks for the report, I agree $300 in 3 days, not bad at all, I'd be happy with that..lol
Thanks for the report! Sounds like you had an enjoyable trip. I also like breadsticks and I love Capriccios brunch. French quarter buffet is also good for the price. I walked through Taj last Friday night and It just isn't for me.
Thanks for the trip report. Sounds like you had a fun trip! It's always nice to read about the positive things at Resorts...our home casino. They've definitely picked up in business.
What a great trip report, thank you very much for sharing. I'll be staying at Resorts for the first time in over 10 years so I read your report with great interest :)