Good hotel in Atlantic City other than a casino?

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  1. StephenT

    StephenT Stunt Coordinator

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    I've only been to AC once when some friends and me went up for a night and drove back the next morning. No sleep is obviously not the best way to drive. We made it back, but it wasn't smart.
    I'll be going up again soon, and I would like to get a room for a cheaper rate than at the casinos (that way more money to gamble [​IMG] ). It will just be used to get some shuteye before driving home. I was hoping there'd be a place where it's safe to walk between it and the boardwalk/casinos. I know you basically don't want to leave the boardwalk area, so does such a hotel exist? Any chain hotel would be fine.
     
  2. ken thompson

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    There ain't squat once you leave the boardwalk. It's all slums. If you dont want to stay on the boardwalk go to one of the neighboring coastal cities. There's a number of them nearby. Wildwood, Ocean City, etc.
     
  3. LewB

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    There are a few motels behind the boardwalk about a block. The name 'Bala' comes to mind and I think there is also a Holiday Inn. They aren't too fancy but I guess that you would survive for 1 night. Keep in mind that their prices also rise during the summer since it is the busy season. You might actually find that the prices of these motels are pretty much the same as the big places for a summer weekend [​IMG] You get better rates Mon-Thur.
    Another place to look would be in Absecon, N.J. It is on Route 30 just outside A.C. 5-10 minutes away The road is littered with motels that might suit your needs. Just hack 'Absecon' into a search engine and go from there.
    Good luck at the casinos [​IMG]
     
  4. Jason Boucher

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    Okay, I have a bit of expertise here. The hotels, motels surrounding the casinos are equally expensive. I have been quoted $200.00 a night for an Econo Lodge on the boardwalk. There is a hotel that connects via bridge to the Sands called the Madison House. It is old, but renovated. You can usually get a room for about $125 with free parking in the adjoining Sands garage and usually some package comps at the Sands, including buffet, cash back and a show. This makes the price reasonable. But my best bet is to drive in to the Boardwalk casinos, park for free in any number of casino garages, and take the jitney between casinos. The old approach road to Atlantic Avenue (name unknown, but it parallels the Atlantic City Expressway) has a number of cheap motels and newer chain hotels. You can get a dive for $25.00 a night, or you can stay at a very nice, brand new Hampton Inn for about $65.00 a night. I recommend booking on Expedia for the best rates. Of course, the casinos always have rooms set aside for good players. Spend 6-8 hours at a Blackjack table at $15.00-$25.00 a hand, and you may be able to get a comp room, or a discounted room at about $50.00. Get a players reward card and play the slots for 8 hours and you also can usually get a discounted room, and probably a comp room on your return trip. Play table games for several hours at $50.00 a hand and you can get everything comped. Good luck.
     

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