Checking In … Bally’s Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

Checking In … Bally’s Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

July 2018

Situated in the center of the Boardwalk at 1900 Pacific Ave, Bally’s is a great mid-range hotel. You can sit on the beach, have a delicious meal at Guy Fieri’s Chop House, unwind at the spa or spend some time by the pool.

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I recently stayed one night in July on a Monday night. As a Total Rewards member, I was able to book a room in the Bally’s tower at a discounted rate $40 less than non-members online. When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to be upgraded to a suite. The spacious three-room suite with fantastic views of the boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean was a welcome sight. The suite was on the forty-eighth floor, one floor below the penthouse. It was very clean despite the bathroom still furnished circa 1980’s Wall Street era with brass trimmings that were corroded from age and lots of marble. It came complete with a TV, phone and a jacuzzi bathtub.

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The biggest item on my checklist is a comfortable bed and pillows. Bally’s hit the jackpot on this point with a pillow top mattress and soft down pillows. The second most important item on my list is a quiet room to actually be able to sleep. More often than not, I’m annoyed by rude neighbors who talk loud, slam doors and party all night. The forty-eighth floor was peacefully quiet and a welcome respite from a long day walking on the boardwalk.

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The casino is older with a mix of new video gaming and old-fashioned slots. They do their best to have smoking and non-smoking sections, but you can never fully escape the smokey smell. We were there on a rainy day, so it was nice that Bally’s Casino had inside walkways to Wild West and Caesar’s.

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Would I stay again? Yes!

Travel Tips:

1.  Sign up for a free Total Rewards membership to save on hotel rates.

Pros:

  1. Free upgrade!
  2. Clean and comfortable room with a great view!
  3. Quiet floor!
  4. Self-check-in kiosk. I tried it, but it didn’t work for me.

Cons:

  1. Even guest have to pay $10 to use the pool. Considering they also charge a resort fee, this is really unnecessary.
  2. A mandatory resort fee of $23.71 added to the bill. For this price, they claim you get free parking and internet, but it’s not really free if they charge you a resort fee is it. This is one of my big pet peeves with hotels. Everyone is jumping on the resort fee bandwagon to make some extra money. I would rather they hotel simply charge for all “incidentals” and let the traveler decide which, if any, items are important enough for you to pay extra.

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