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Bally’s Corp. officially completed its $25 million purchase of Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The company acquired the 1,251-room hotel-casino from Caesars Entertainment Inc. and VICI Properties, with Caesars collecting 25 percent of the proceeds, and the real estate investment trust earning 75 percent. In October, the then-Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. paid Caesars $20 million for control of the Bally’s name, brand and intellectual property. The corporate name change took effect on Nov. 9. Eventually, the company will operate 14 casinos in 10 states, with many of the casinos rebranded as Bally’s properties. As for Bally’s Atlantic City, the company has an agreement with FanDuel to host a sportsbook inside the property. The deal also includes three sports betting and five iGaming skins in New Jersey. Bally’s has entered into partnerships with Esports Entertainment Group and Sporttrade Inc. for sports betting skins, and PointsBet and theScore for iGaming skins. Bally’s also will reserve skins for its own use.

Even though Caesars has sold Bally’s Atlantic City to Bally’s Corp., through Wednesday, Dec. 30, Caesars Rewards cardholders still can use their Reward Credits and Celebration Dinners, and take advantage of free play and gift offers, as well as other benefits. The only restrictions are that you no longer can sign charges from purchases at Bally’s, e.g., dinner at Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, to your room if you’re staying at Caesars Atlantic City or Harrah’s Resort. Conversely, if you’re staying at Bally’s, you cannot sign charges from Caesars or Harrah’s. In addition, keep in mind that the Wild Wild West Casino is now part of Caesars, not Bally’s. Consequently, if you download free play at a Promotional Kiosk at Bally’s, you can play it only at Bally’s, not the Wild Wild West.

Considering the sale closed on Wednesday, Nov. 18, it would have been nice if either Caesars Entertainment or Bally’s Corp. sent some guidance to Caesars Rewards cardholders.



Bally's Atlantic City Hotel and Casino

Updated: 11/21/20

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Hotel overview

Bally's Atlantic City Hotel and Casino is an amalgam of three different hotels.  The oldest portion, the Dennis Hotel, was the original hotel when Bally's first opened as Bally's Park Place.  In addition, there is a 750-room Bally's Tower and a smaller "Garden Tower".  The Claridge, which used to be part of the complex, has been sold and has opened as a separate stand-alone hotel.  However, it is connected to Bally's main lobby by a walkway lined with a "Taste of the Shore" (Sack O' Subs and Walt's Primo Pizza – each of which accepts comp dollars see below).

In Bally's main lobby there is a special VIP check-in to the left of the front desk.  It's open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  However, hours are subject to change seasonally.

Fees and Taxes - Bally's adds a $32.21 (which includes a 14 percent state tax) per day resort fee to all room rates, whether for a paid or complimentary stay.  The resort fee includes standard Internet access for up to two devices per room, unlimited local phone calls and a $5 voucher toward parking.  Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders are exempt from the fee and get all the benefits.  In addition, Seven Stars cardholders get one complimentary in-room movie every 24 hours.  In addition, some guests are responsible for from $5 to $8 in additional taxes and fees, and sales and occupancy taxes are additional on all paid rooms.

Parking - Self-parking in an adjacent garage is complimentary for Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars cardholders, and complimentary valet parking is available for Diamond and Seven Stars cardholders. Note that there are separate valet parking entrances for the casino and the hotel.  They are close enough, however, that if you make a mistake, it's not that far.  Also, depending on the season, the casino valet may be closed.  Seven Stars cardholders get priority service, usually "guaranteed" at seven minutes or less.

 

Pool - Bally's has an indoor pool with whirlpools, a fitness center, and volleyball, racquetball and basketball courts (which can be rented by the hour), but no spa or salon.  (The nearest spa is at Qua, next door at Caesars; the nearest salon is also next door at Caesars.)  Seven Stars cardholders (and a guest) have complimentary access to the pool.  Others pay a nominal fee which varies by day of week, tier level, etc.  Bally's also offers sports and aquatics memberships.

Hotel guestrooms

Floors 36 to 44 in the main tower have been completely renovated and are called Jubilee Rooms.


Other rooms in the tower, while providing spectacular views of the ocean – should you be lucky enough to get an ocean view – have had some "soft goods" (linens, lighting fixtures) upgrades, but are woefully in need of renovations. Many of the rooms have such thick layers of built-up dust in their nooks and crannies that it would be impossible to clean, and the extensive array of brass fixtures are sadly in need of polishing and cleaning.  If you must stay in the tower, try to get one of the Jubilee Rooms, or, at a minimum, one of the yet-to-be-renovated corner rooms with bathrooms larger than in the other guestrooms.


Bally's also renovated its Garden Tower.  While many of the rooms on lower floors look into a nondescript "courtyard," the rooms are tastefully decorated and a vast improvement over the other larger tower.  Unfortunately, perhaps due to careless guests and employees, the hallways are marred by damaged wallpaper, scuffed white paint and improperly secured wall sconces.  They also could use a good vacuuming!  Housekeeping inside the rooms needs to be improved too.


Rooms at the Dennis were renovated and updated to include such amenities as flat screen TVs.


Rooms in all three locations offer small refrigerators and coffeemakers.

 

Until the governor changes his mandate, Bally's must operate at 25 percent capacity: Capacity of Bally's gaming floor: 7,855 | Capacity at 25%: 1,963.
Casino Overview
Atlantic City law requires all casinos to designate at least 75 percent of gaming space as "non-smoking."  As with the hotels that comprise Bally's, there are three distinct casino "experiences":

Bally's casino, with its "generous" use of glass and chrome, is an icon to the 70s when it was built.  In 2014 it went through an extensive $6.5 million renovation.  In addition to a full complement of slots and video poker, the casino has table games, as well as separate high limit and Asian gaming areas.


Dining
- Like Caesars, there is a restaurant adjacent to the Asian gaming area, Noodle Village.


For other dining options check out Guy Fieri's Chophouse, left, and Buca Di Beppo, below.  Be sure to try the Spaghetti Bolognese.  You won't find it at any other Buca in the world because it's the creation of Chef Maurizio DiMarco, previously chef at Arturo's, Bally's former "gourmet" Italian restaurant that's now closed.


Harry's Oyster Bar is open on the Boardwalk level and there’s also a small "Taste of the Shore" (Walt's Primo Pizza and Sack O' Subs), as well as Boardwalk Cupcakes and Johnny Rockets.

Dunkin' Donuts in the lobby is open 24 hours.  Because lines can get long
especially in the mornings look for the special Seven Stars red carpet, right.

Your other choices for breakfast are Gold Tooth Gertie's (seasonal) and Buca Di Beppo.  If you're willing to spend your Reward Credits at a 2:1 ratio, there's Sack O' Subs and Johnny Rockets.

Lunch is available at Noodle Village, Harry's Oyster Bar, and Johnny Rockets.  Hours vary depending on the day of the week, so check their websites.


Bally's Beach Bar
Open only from Memorial Day Weekend and into the early fall, Bally's Beach Bar is a popular spot for cocktails and entertainment.

Caesars Rewards Center

The Caesars Rewards Center is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Special Seven Stars benefits*

While there is a 10 percent check-cashing fee, Seven Stars cardholders get the fee back in the form of free play.  In other words, if you want $1,000, your checking account will be debited $1,100, but you’ll get $1,000 in cash and $100 in free play.


Seven Stars Lounge
There is no Seven Stars Lounge, but the large Laurel Lounge (former Diamond Lounge) on the sixth floor overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

If there are others waiting to get in, simply walk in the lounge and present your card to the host.  At extremely busy times when there is often a long line – especially when the lounge first opens, a security guard, host or other employee may be stationed at the door monitoring "traffic".  Again, simply show your card to him/her, and you will receive immediate entry.

There is a huge bar which seats nearly approximately 50 people. 
Bartender Sandy (her nametag says Sandra) works hard to keep up with orders from the servers and those sitting at the bar.  After 5 p.m.a full buffet offers an assortment of cold cuts, salads, soup, desserts and at least three, if not more, hot entrees.  Drinks may be taken out of the lounge, but only after being decanted into plastic cups available at the door.

Hours (subject to change):
 
Sundays: 2 to 7:30 p.m.
Monday through Thursday: Closed
Fridays: 2 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays: Noon to 9:00 p.m.

NOTE: A lighter lunch buffet is served until 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and more substantial fare is served from 5 p.m.


Insider Tip

Bally's Lounge is the only one that serves breakfast items from noon to 1:45 p.m., but only on Saturdays.
Due to special events and holidays, the Laurel Lounge may close or alter its hours some days.

NOTE:  There is a 10 comp dollar (1,000 Reward Credits) per person admission charge for Diamond cardholders, but admission is complimentary for Diamond Plus, Diamond Elite and Seven Stars cardholders.
 

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Getting around Atlantic City
The Caesars Rewards Shuttle now includes Tropicana Atlantic City on its route. The circuit makes stops at Gate 11 in Caesars bus terminal, at the outside entrance to Harry's Oyster Bar at Bally's, outside Harrah's casino entrance on Harrah's Boulevard, and at the Tropicana Transportation Center in spots 6, 7 and 8. The shuttle runs Sunday to Tuesday and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Riders must have a valid Caesars Rewards card and ID. Cardholders may bring one guest. Seven Stars cardholders get priority boarding. Other restrictions apply.


Getting to the casino from the airport

If Bally's does not provide limo service, in addition to taxis, which run about $35, the Atlantic City Jitney Association offers one-way transportation from the airport to any casino or hotel in the tourist district for $10 per person. The return trip is $10,  also per person.  There also are a number of private car and limousine services.


Should you choose this for your Annual Retreat?

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Atlantic City is a premier destination for "locals" throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. With three other Caesars properties in town, The Playground across from Caesars, spa treatments, and relaxing on the beach (weather permitting), it would be easy to spend four nights (and $500) here – especially since you can "cross charge" to your room any meals, spa treatments, etc., even if they take place at Caesars or Harrah's.  Of the two Boardwalk hotels, as a base of operations, Caesars certainly would be the first choice over Bally's.  (Harrah's Resort also offers decent accommodations and amenities, but it is not on the ocean and a bit away from all the activity and nightlife on the Boardwalk.)

 

When you check-in, be sure to verify that your $500 comp account has been set-up.  Alcohol charged to the room counts toward your $500 in expenses, but not gratuities for meals and spa treatments.  Best advice is to keep all your receipts until you settle your final bill.

 

There are many direct and connecting flights into Atlantic City's local airport (15 minutes from the Boardwalk), but many guests fly into Philadelphia International Airport and either rent a car or arrange limousine service. One advantage to having a car is the ability to make a day trip to charming Cape May, or many of the other nearby Jersey Shore attractions. While round-trip airport transportation to your destination property is included as part of your Seven Stars trip, Caesars will not credit you the cost of this toward your rental car. Another option would be to take a limo from the airport, then rent a car in Atlantic City for a day or two, returning the car before your departure. Other than a Hertz outlet at Harrah's Resort, rental cars are available only at the Atlantic City airport.

 

*subject to change, revision or cancellation

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Inside Information

NOTE: All shows, events and deadlines are subject to postponement or cancellation due to temporary casino closings and/or safety and health measures implemented by the state.

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This casino is equipped with Caesars proprietary Total Touch system that allows customers to order drinks, redeem free play, check their Caesars Rewards account balances, and receive real-time offers based on play
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■ For those not familiar with Atlantic City, Bally's and Caesars are next to each other.  You can walk between them without even going outdoors.

■ The direct number to Bally's is 609-340-2000.


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Floor Plans
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■ If you opt out of housekeeping services during your stay (minimum two-night stay), Bally's will give you a $10 per day food and beverage credit. You still can request additional towels or other amenities, but your bathroom will not be cleaned, bed made, etc. If you didn’t get a pre-arrival email asking you to opt-in, just let the front desk know when you check-in.

■ The murals in the Wild Wild West were specified by Las Vegas-based interior design firm Yates-Silverman in 1997.  They were painted on canvas by a company called Evergreene Architectural Arts in Manhattan and shipped to Atlantic City where local painters installed them like wall covering.

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■ The AC Jokes Comedy Club has set-up shop in Bally's Blue Martini.  Shows are at 9 p.m.  For more information, call 888-477-8262.

There is a $5.99 per transaction fee to use the ATMs.

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■ You can order from Dunkin' Donuts through "In-Room Dining" (Room Service) between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

■ Forgot or lost your Caesars Rewards card?  You can reprint your card just by using your driver's license here:

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The kiosks are located near the Caesars Rewards Center.

■ Johnny Rockets, Sack O' Subs, Walt's Primo Pizza and Fralinger's (enter from the Boardwalk) accept Reward Credits, but at a 2:1 ratio, i.e., 1,000 Reward Credits = $5.

Bally's Laurel Lounge is the only one that serves brunch from noon to 1:45 p.m. on Saturdays. Lunch service resumes at 2.

■ Here's a typical Laurel Lounge lunch menu (from Caesars): Several cold salads (shrimp, chicken, tuna, potato), marinated cherry tomatoes with basil and onions, tossed garden greens salad with assorted dressings, hot dogs, two soups (one was chili), a make-your-own-sandwich section with sliced turkey, ham, cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, and more desserts than anyone should even consider consuming (including sugar-free).  And, oh, yes, there’s a self-serve ice cream machine with your choice of vanilla or chocolate (or, for the really daring, you can combine both).  Plus, don't forget, for those who choose to imbibe, a full bar.


The Bally's Laurel Lounge will be open Thanksgiving from 2 to 7:30 p.m. And guests always can call 609-340-1177 and press 1 for the lounge menu or press 2 for hours of operation..