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Sand's TR May 20, 2010

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Sand's TR May 20, 2010

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.

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1. Re: Sand's TR May 20, 2010

First, glad you found the right button to post.

Your feelings about Sands seem to echo ours, it is a very nice casino, very pleasant atmosphere, really enjoyed it, when and if we are in the neighborhood will definitely stop bye. If it had a hotel it would become more attractive, you can always cut loose a little more when you are spending the night.

Standing alone as a casino it does not merit a special trip, AC still has so much more to offer, choice of casinos, variety of food and entertainment. This is not a knock on Sands, clusters of easy accessible casinos offer so much more than a single stand alone, AC casinos will never be as profitable as they were when they were the only show in town, but AC still has more to offer than any PA casino.

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2. Re: Sand's TR May 20, 2010

jbljoker - you hit the nail on the head - glad we made the trip but not sure I would return.

That being said, I got an offer by email that said I had $50 in slot play at the Sands! I haven't ever gotten that kind of offer from AC so it is worth another road trip - hmmmmmm - I guess we'll have to discuss that!

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3. Re: Sand's TR May 20, 2010

Thanks for sharing your report here. I think you caught the spirit of the place. We also liked that it was new, but did not like the low pay video poker. We also experienced drink service as hit or miss. The slot play inducements to return are nice, but no rooms to offer take that away for us. The Carnegie Deli has great sandwiches to take home, and there are some other very nice restaurants in the Bethlehem area.

I look forward to when they open the hotel & museum, but while it will reduce some trippers to AC, I still don't think it will be a major draw from all the choices of attractions in AC.

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4. Re: Sand's TR May 20, 2010

Hi, I enjoyed reading all the posts. It's my birthday weekend this weekend, and we are travelling to visit the Sands in Bethlehem. From your perspective, is there a better place to go than the Sands, like Mt Airy, Yonkers, etc? We are in western NJ, not sure we want to go to AC, but looking for a nice evening getaway with slots, a good meal, drinks with live music and a general overall fun night. We are willing to drive up to two hours from Rt 78 near Clinton. Thx!

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5. Re: Sand's TR May 20, 2010

Thanks for sharing...make sure to put up a review of your hotel (you can do it by going to the hotel's page on TripAdvisor).

The Sands is definitely not AC, but it's a nice little stop if you play primarily slots. If you ever come again, make sure to explore the food around the area. I've lived in many large cities in the past, but I've never lived somewhere that had such so many diverse, affordable and delicious restaurants. Most people think I'm crazy for enjoying living in the Valley, but hey, the food is good :)

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6. Re: Sand's TR May 20, 2010

From our limited experience visiting the Bethlehem area, Lehigh Valley, I strongly second MrsKruse’s appreciation of the great places to eat there: “diverse, affordable and delicious”—well said!!

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7. Re: Sand's TR May 20, 2010

re: the helpers, i usually stand when i play slots, so i nicely ask i dont mind if you sit, but may i play this machine and they they usually say ok.

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