The trip was an easy drive from New York City but there was a lot of traffic the entire way. Hey it was rush hour so no big surprise there.
We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott on Emmrick Blvd. Really new,nice hotel and they had a shuttle service to the Sands which was great. It took about 15 minutes to get to the Sands form the hotel. The shuttle only ran till 11:30pm so we took a cab back.
The Marriott hotel has a very nice area in the back behind the lobby area with comfortable outdoor furniture. We took our coffee outside in the morning and relaxed a bit. They also have a small indoor pool and Jacuzzi at the hotel that we didn’t use but looked very clean. Also, a mini fridge in the room for water etc.
The good points about the place…easy sign up for players card…isles and walkway big…staff are very nice…I misplaced something and the security people were great helping me.
I was very, very surprised that the place was so packed on a Thursday night – specifically on the penny machines. We got there around 6:30 pm and I swear you had to wait to get near one until about 11pm.
( OK a bit dramatic but I swear it was difficult to find an open penny slot) A lot of people had “helpers” there with them…..you know the people that sit next to their friend and don’t play the machine at all they just” help” the other person play and take up a seat. Or I had the “helper” lean over my chair to help push the button on their friend’s machine…..grrrrr! Stop leaning over me is what I wanted to say but it is easier to just walk away and not start anything.
I heard later that Thursday nights are always busy because of a double points promo (?) so maybe that is why is was so crowed. I also noticed that people didn’t go from machine to machine – they just stayed at one machine.
The CW service was non- existent for us until about 10pm and then it was great. I guess people had started to leave by then. To be fair, there were servers with drinks for people but we just couldn’t get them in the areas we were sitting. I remember reading on this site how great the service was but not last week.
I broke even for the night after starting out down some money so that was good. Hit on WOF before I left and that is always a fun way to end the night.
We have been to AC, Mt. Airy, Yonkers, and Monticello in the past so I wanted to check the Sands out as well. I am glad I did but just didn’t feel the “vibe” and don’t think we will be back unless our travels take us that way. I guess what is so great about AC is that if you are in a casino and you are not feeling too lucky or the place is crowed…you can always walk down the boardwalk and find another place.
I also think that not having a hotel there makes it different. If we had a room we may have gone to our room until things settle down in the casino.
This was my first attempt at a TR so thanks for reading.