Caesar’s Atlantic City Casino
- Caesar’s Atlantic City
- 2100 Pacific Avenue
- Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Contact Info: 609-348-4411 (direct…for reservations, call 1-800-HARRAHS)
If you like to be in the middle of things on your Atlantic City vacation, then you might want to pick Caesar's Atlantic City. Right at the end of the Atlantic City Expressway, Caesar's puts you in the middle of Atlantic City's downtown area with access to shopping, dining, the beach, the world famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, and multiple casinos. Park your car in their garage and chances are it will sit there until you leave.
Even if you decide to visit one of the other Harrah’s casinos, Harrah's Entertainment offers the Total Express Shuttle service that loops around to the other Harrah's properties. It's free if you are a Platinum, Diamond, or Seven Stars Player's Card holder. If you are a Gold Card member and are staying at one of the properties, it is also free. Just make sure you don't miss the last one as it does not run 24 hours. Bally's casino, with a western theme, is attached to Caesar's and is accessible by walking over a pedestrian bridge. And right next door is the Trump Plaza casino if you would like to try your luck there.
If you are at Caesar's and need information on just about anything, they have several Interactive Touch Screen Information columns that can help you choose a restaurant, get information on shows, find your favorite table game, even find your favorite slot machine. Pick from a list and it will show you on a map where each table/machine is located.
With a Roman Empire theme, Caesar's is filled with stone, marble, and columns everywhere. Well, everywhere except the casino floor, which features the normal garish casino-style carpet. There is a huge statue of Caesar in the hotel lobby, and some nice pieces of art throughout the premises. The rooms in the Temple Tower are small, but serviceable. The room I was in was an 'inside' room with a lovely view of the hotel lobby. The king-size bed was nice and soft, and the room featured a flat screen TV, a mini-fridge, and a safe that you got to pick the combination. The bathroom was a little small, but again was serviceable. No tub, but a roomy shower stall. The rooms in the Centurion Tower are much bigger with 'modern' touches like an iPod docking station. However, the bathroom, while bigger, also featured a shower stall...no tub. Check-out is at Noon and can be done from your room via the TV. Room service is available.
One big thing to note about the rooms at Caesar's is the air conditioning unit. In previous stays, I couldn't understand why the unit would shut off in the middle of the night. I would get too hot and had to fumble in the dark to get it going again. Now I believe that the unit does not shut itself off in the middle of the night...it shuts itself off after a certain amount of time being on. My advice...if you're going out to dinner, turn the AC off. When you come back to the room, turn it back on and you should be good for the night. Annoying, but it works.
Caesar's has a 'roof top' pool, although it isn't as nice as it sounds. It is a nice, little area, but don't let your imagination go wild. The pool is a little rectangle pool that doesn't go deeper than 4 feet. They also have a hot tub/sauna. Cabanas are available to rent, or relax on one of the lounge chairs. Get there early enough and you might score an umbrella as well. Keep in mind, no kids under 18 allowed and the pool area closes after Labor Day (although it is sometimes open a few days after Labor Day, depending on the weather). They also have a full service spa.
Like most Atlantic City casinos, Caesar's will nickel and dime you. Amenities that you might be used to being included will cost you extra. Internet access in your room is extra. They have a gym, but it is extra as well. Local calls are free for the first ten minutes, then 75 cents for each additional ten minutes. If you only have a gold player's card (or no player's card), parking will cost you at least $5. But if you have a player's card, it seems easy to get a parking voucher through gambling, especially if you play table games or poker.
Caesar's offers a player's card through Harrah's Total Rewards. You earn points based on how much and how long you gamble on slots, table game, and poker. Points can be exchanged for comps for free food, free hotel rooms, and more. Plus, you can get offers in the mail for more free rooms, free slot play, and the like. Sign up and you automatically achieve Gold status. Play enough throughout the year and you can earn Platinum or Diamond status. Maybe even Seven Stars status. You can easily check on your comp status at any of the numerous kiosks throughout the property.
Slots and Table Games
Caesar's massive casino floor is spread out over 2 levels and features over 3,000 slot machines from penny slots on up, plus a high slot area with slots as high as $1,000. There are over 120 table games including Baccarat, Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, Craps, Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, Three Card Poker, Sic Bo, Let It Ride Bonus, Spanish 21, and more, plus a racebook room. There are smoking and non-smoking areas throughout, along with cocktail waitresses patrolling the floor. If you’re actively playing a slot machine or at a table game, alcoholic drinks are free. But please remember to tip your server!
Continuing with the Roman theme, the 20-table poker room at Caesar's is called the Poker Arena and is in a raised area in one of the corners of the lower casino area. It's a decent sized room with several flat screen TVs hanging from the walls, is non-smoking, open 24 hours a day, and each table has auto-shufflers. It features electronic waiting lists and a dedicated cage for buying and cashing in chips. Texas Hold'em dominates the poker room...that was the only game offered on a recent weekday visit with limits of 1/2NL, 2/5NL, and 2/4 Limit...although the staff may be willing to start an interest list for other games. As of this writing, Caesar's was offering two tournaments daily. Players are a mix of locals and tourists.
There is a Bad Beat Jackpot that works a little different than the usual jackpots in other poker rooms. Caesar's is owned by Harrah's Entertainment, which also owns Bally's Atlantic City, Harrah's Atlantic City and Showboat Atlantic City. Each poker room from the four casinos pools its money into one big Bad Beat Jackpot, which means the jackpot rises quickly. Another unique aspect is the way they handle the Bad Beat Jackpot hand requirements. The minimum losing Bad Beat hand starts at Quad Queens (meaning someone losing with four queens), and every Wednesday, the required losing hand drops by one four-of-a-kind ranking, stopping when it gets to four deuces. So, if nobody wins the Bad Beat Jackpot the first week, the required losing hand drops to four-of-a-kind Jacks, and so on until someone hits or it drops to four-of-a-kind deuces, where it stays until someone hits it. Interesting little wrinkle that makes for some very high Bad Beat Jackpots.
The payout is a little different as well. Usually, all the money is split among the players at the table that dealt the Bad Beat, with the 'loser' of the hand getting a large percentage, the 'winner' getting a nice slice, and the rest split among the rest of the table. But at Caesar's (and all the other Harrah's Entertainment casinos in Atlantic City), 30% of the jackpot goes to the loser of the hand, 20% goes to the winner of the hand, and the remainder is equally divided among ALL of the players on ANY Bad Beat Jackpot eligible table at ALL four casinos. The minimum someone would get is $100.
There are plenty of choices in dining at Caesar's. For Asian cuisine, try the KWI Restaurant & Noodle Bar. Open 24 hours, Cafe Roma offers sandwiches, burgers, light salads, fresh seafood and desserts, as well as breakfast served anytime. La Piazza is Caesar's buffet, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Named one of the best restaurants in Atlantic City, Mia offers Italian and Mediterranean inspired classic dishes, and extensive wines by the glass and specialty cocktails. Nero's Grill has oceanside dining in an old world setting with Prime grade steaks and fresh seafood. With the air of old Italy, Primavera serves specialties from northern and southern Italy and features an extensive wine list. And finally, vb Burger Bar lets you choose from eight gourmet burgers or create your own with six different buns, four cheeses, and 11 sauces and toppings. For nightlife, check out Dusk or the Toga Bar.
Your dining choices aren't limited to inside Caesar's. You could head out to the boardwalk and get some pizza, hamburgers, and the like. There's Ruby Tuesday's, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Morton's Steakhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse and other restaurants nearby, including selections at the Pier Shops at Caesar's.
Shopping and Family fun
Speaking of the Pier Shops at Caesar's, if there's a shopper in your group, they will love staying at Caesar's. Attached to Caesar's is the Pier Shops at Caesar's with around 80 stores. Don't forget to check out the water show at the end of the pier with a water fountain show set to music. And right across the street is the Atlantic City Outlets with almost 90 restaurants and stores.
Gaming, the beach, the ocean, shopping, eating, the Boardwalk, and more...it's all right at your fingertips at Caesar's.