Updated: 9/18/20

Until everything is finalized in terms of lounge locations, restaurant hours, etc., this page will not be permanently updated.

Insider Guide: Atlantic City

NOTE: Not all restaurants, poker rooms, and other amenities may be available due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check with the casino if you have questions or concerns about health and safety measures in place. Click here to see which restaurants, bars and lounges are open. Coffeemakers have been removed from rooms and there is no daily housekeeping service. To request service, call Housekeeping and you will receive a bag of towels and soap on your outside doorknob. You probably won’t be informed of this when you check in.

Click here for a list of available food and beverage options at Bally's/Wild Wild West, Caesars, Tropicana and Harrah's.

Click here to read the safety and health protocols New Jersey has put into place.

Airport transportation
If you're unable to get complimentary transportation, in addition to taxis, which run about $35, the Atlantic City Jitney Association offers transportation from the airport to any casino or hotel in the tourist district for $10 per person.  The return trip is $10 per person, as well.  There also are a number of private car and limousine services.


Click here to use this interactive map,
courtesy of Caesars.

Hotel registration (hours vary)
  • Harrah's - VIP Check-In is just to the right of Caffe Tazza.
  • Bally's - VIP Check-In is to the left of the front desk.
  • Caesars - VIP Check-In is on the second floor at the top of the escalators leading from valet parking, directly across the lobby from the front desk.
These can get very crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.  Consider using the Seven Stars Check-In at the front desk.  To avoid delays at departure, consider using the "Check-Out" feature on your television.

Fees and taxes - Caesars hotels in Atlantic City add a $27 per day resort fee (which includes a 14 percent state tax) to all room rates, whether for a paid or complimentary stay.  The resort fee includes standard speed 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, but receive all the benefits.

Insider Tip

The direct number to Bally's is 609-340-2000; Caesars, 609-348-4411; and Harrah's, 609-441-5000.

Seven Stars cardholders get one complimentary in-room movie every 24 hours.

In addition, guests are responsible for from $5 to $8 in additional taxes and fees (though this may be waived for certain Seven Stars cardholders), and sales and occupancy taxes are additional on all paid rooms.

Getting around town
Caesars Rewards Shuttle
- A complimentary Caesars Rewards 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.
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. Riders must have a valid Caesars Rewards card and ID. Cardholders may bring one guest. Seven Stars cardholders get priority boarding. Other restrictions apply.

Cabs - Maximum fare for up to five passengers within town is $13, plus tip.
New Jersey Transit buses - From the Atlantic City Bus Station (about a 15-minute walk from Bally's/Caesars) to/from Harrah's, the exact fare one-way is $1.50 (or 70¢ if you're 62 or older],
Atlantic City's Jitneys
  - One-way fare is $2.25.  There are discounts if you plan to use the jitneys frequently ($2 one-way) or are a senior (75¢ one-way if you're 62 or older), but you must purchase those tickets in advance in quantities of 10.  Click here to learn where you can buy

Insider Tip

Those of you who receive offers for buffets or food and beverage credits, note that the offer is restricted to certain outlets.

Valet parking is complimentary for Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders (and, sometimes, Platinum cardholders), but Seven Stars cardholders get priority service.  Be sure to show your card to the valet attendant who parks your vehicle and, again, when you retrieve it.

Except at Bally's, the location where you drop off your car is not the same as where you retrieve it.  Be sure to ask if you're not sure where to go.

Self-parking in adjacent garages is complimentary for Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars cardholders.

Using Reward Credits 2:1
Several restaurants and retail outlets in Atlantic City accept Reward Credits, but at 2:1, i.e., 1,000 RCs = $5.  Among them:
  • Bally's - Fralinger's, Johnny Rockets, Sack O' Subs, Primo Pizza
  • Caesars - Morton's and Tazza
  • Harrah's - McCormick & Schmick's, Tazza
  • The Playground - Select restaurants and retail outlets

Click below for links to the Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's websites:

Boardwalk Event Center
In case you're wondering where the Boardwalk Event Center is – several gift giveaways are scheduled for this venue – it's next to the Poker Room at Bally's Wild Wild West.

Opting out of housekeeping
If you opt out of housekeeping services during your stay (minimum two-night stay), all of the Atlantic City hotels 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.


Traveling the Boardwalk
Besides walking, you have a choice of bicycling, rolling chairs or Tram Service.  I'm not endorsing or recommending these vendors, but here are some places to start:
  • B & K Bike Rental Inc., North Carolina Avenue and The Boardwalk at Resorts Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 344-8000*
  • Ocean Rolling Chairs, 190 S. South Carolina Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 344-1702
  • Boardwalk Tram Service, 114 S. New York Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 347-7500
*Fall biking hours on the Boardwalk are from 6 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. The hours change seasonally.

Special needs rentals
Motorized scooters, wheelchairs, walkers and other such equipment is available for rental through Mobility On Wheels.  Visit their website or call 855-484-4454 or 609-266-5600.


3D light show at Boardwalk Hall
Don't miss the 3D light show at Boardwalk Hall every Wednesday through Sunday starting at dusk and running until midnight.


Atlantic City Experience
The Atlantic City Experience has opened in the newly renovated Boardwalk Hall lobby. Take a trip back to Old Atlantic City with 218 historical items, interactive timelines, memorabilia and more. The exhibit is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Sports betting
Now that New Jersey has legalized sports betting, you have your choice of placing your bets at Bally's Wild Wild West Casino or Harrah's.


Following an $11 million investment, the more than 15,000-sq. ft. venue at Wild Wild West, above, is the “largest in South Jersey and possibly the state of New Jersey,” according to a spokesperson for Caesars Entertainemnt. The centerpiece of The Book is an LED video screen 18 feet high and 98 feet long.

The space also includes more than 100 leather recliners, above left, five "Fan Caves" for personalized game-viewing experiences and a 16-tap self-service beer wall, below, similar to the set-up at The LINQ in Las Vegas.

The sportsbook complements the beer pong, shuffleboard, and table and video games available to guests.


Harrah's sportsbook, above, is located in the area across from the Caesars Rewards Center where the Royal Derby horse racing game took up the center of the floor.

Read a review of Harrah's sportsbook. Click here.
Caesars Rewards cardholders earn one Reward Credit and one tier credit for every $10 they bet, but it can take up to 24 hours to register.

Open container laws
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. has issued an executive order temporarily permitting open consumption of alcoholic beverages on the Boardwalk, Gardner’s Basin and the Orange Loop. The designated open-container zones include the Boardwalk between Sovereign and Rhode Island Avenues, nonresidential areas of Gardner’s Basin, and the Orange Loop (New York Avenue, Tennessee Avenue and St. James Place). Beverages must be in a plastic container bearing the name or logo of the licensed seller within the open container zones. The order does not authorize consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle that is within the open container zone. The city’s executive order will expire in November, or whenever coronavirus-related restrictions on bars and restaurants are lifted by the governor, whichever comes first.

Insider Tip

There is a Hertz Car Rental counter at Harrah's next to the Bell Captain's desk.  It's open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The counter is closed on Sundays.  Phone number is (609) 441-5522.
Celebration Dinner(s)
No need to get any voucher(s) in advance.  Simply tell your server how many $100 "vouchers" you want to use for your meal.

Cashout vouchers
Cashout vouchers you receive from slot machines at Atlantic City casinos expire in 365 days. Especially if you're a Seven Stars cardholder, most Caesars casinos will cash them for you after that deadline, but you'll probably get a, "Well, I'll have to check with my supervisor first."  So, if you find yourself on the way to the airport with tickets in hand – and you're not planning a return trip within a year or so, best bet is to mail the voucher to your host.  He or she will have someone process the voucher and you will receive payment by check from the casino.  Remember, casinos can process
vouchers only from their own slots.

Daily tier bonuses
If you're playing to earn a daily tier bonus, and you're playing at more than one Atlantic City casino, you'll have to manually calculate your combined tier credits. The amount shown as your daily play on the Total Touch pad or the kiosk reflects only your score at the casino at which you are playing.

Caesars Rewards Centers

The Caesars Rewards Centers at Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's all have different hours.  Check the individual pages on the Seven Stars Insider website.

Insider Tip

Additional information about Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore is available at

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


The kiosks are located near the Caesars Rewards Centers at Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's..

There is a $5.99 per transaction fee to use the ATMs in Caesars casinos.
  For ways to save money on ATM fees, check my Mr. AC Casino column, "Ways to save on casino ATM fees."


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Seven Stars Lounges

Did you ask?  I didn't.

Seven Stars cardholders are now limited to one guest – previously three – plus their Companion cardholder.  Cardholders who earned 500,000 or more tier credits last year or this year may continue to bring up to three guests.
Atlantic City has Seven Stars Lounges both at Caesars and Harrah's.
  They can become very crowded – especially at lunchtime on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as cocktail hour.  Unlike the Atlantic City Laurel Lounges which feature buffets, the Seven Stars Lounges offer guests menus with a limited selection of appetizers (a cheese plate, assorted dry snacks, shrimp cocktail, etc.), sandwiches, soups, "small plates" and desserts.  Drinks may be taken out of the lounges, but only after being decanted into plastic cups available at the door.

Harrah's - The lounge is located toward the rear of the Diamond Cove high limit slots area.  There is a small bar and comfortable seating, but many times seats go empty because there are too many tables and groupings for four, when parties of two are more the norm.  Ask if you can share a table.  It will get you seated faster and you might get to meet some new friends. The lounge is temporarily located in Veracruz.

The lounge is located on the "fine dining level"
the third floor of the casino.  Smaller than the lounge at Harrah's, the large rectangular bar in the center of the room is its most distinctive feature.  Again if you see a table that seats four, ask if you can share.

The lounges are open:

Friday: 4 to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday: 2 to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 7 p.m.

Laurel Lounges (formerly Diamond Lounges)
When the Seven Stars Lounges are not open, Seven Stars cardholders are welcome to enjoy the Laurel Lounges.  The Diamond Lounges offer priority entrance to Seven Stars cardholders, and allow up to three additional guests.

Insider Tip

Bally's lounge is the only one that serves breakfast items from noon to 1:45 p.m., but only on Saturdays. Caesars often has pre-made breakfast sandwiches, e.g.,English muffins with cheese and sausage.
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 club first opens
a security guard may be stationed at the door monitoring "traffic".  Again, simply show your card to him/her, and you will receive immediate entry.

From 5 p.m. each day and during opening hours on Saturday and Sunday, each offers
a full buffet consisting of soup, cold cuts, salads, desserts and at least three, if not four, hot entrees.  Drinks may be taken out of the lounges, but only after being decanted into plastic cups available at the door.  A lighter lunch buffet is served Monday through Friday from 2 to 4:45 p.m.

Insider Tip

Always the innovator with its Laurel Lounge fare, Bally’s offers customers some light snacks to enjoy with their cocktails.  Visitors can’t miss the cute cart, above, next to the buffet where they’ll find tortilla chips and salsa, potato chips and dip, and mini-pretzels and mustard.

The Laurel Lounge is located on the sixth floor of the Bally's Tower.  Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the large lounge has a huge bar which seats approximately 50 people, and Bartender Sandy works hard to keep up with orders from the servers and those sitting at the bar.  There is plenty of other seating for parties of two, four or more.  Also, Bally's Laurel Lounge is the only one that serves breakfast items on Saturdays until 1:45 p.m.

Caesars - The large Laurel Lounge on the second floor of the casino also overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and has a small bar which seats approximately 20 people.
  Be sure to say "hi" to Anthony or Frank if theyre working.  They'll take good care of you.  There is plenty of other seating for parties of two, four or more.  The window seats overlooking the Boardwalk are the most coveted and there literally are races for those tables when the doors first open.

Harrah's - The Laurel Lounge is located just off the casino floor across from the Eden Lounge and next to the box office for The Concert Venue  There is a small bar [look for Debbie (her nametag says Deborah and she won a "Best Bartender" award in 2014 look for the photo and plaque above the bar) and Magee – they're among Harrah's best and friendliest bartenders, and they really watch out for their customers, often stepping out from behind the bar to take orders or help clean tables].  There is plenty of other seating for parties of two, four or more. The Laurel Lounge is temporarily located in Coastal Craft Kitchen + Bar.

Current hours at the Laurel Lounges are:

Monday - Thursday: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.* (Bally's is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Friday: 2 to 11 p.m.*
Saturday: Noon to 11 p.m.*
Sunday: 1 to 8 p.m.*

Note: Due to special events and holidays, the Laurel Lounges may alter their hours some days.

Caesars Atlantic City (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

Wednesday and Thursday: 2 to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2 to 10 p.m.
Sundays:  Noon to 7 p.m.

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 2 to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2 to 10 p.m.
Sundays: Noon to 7 p.m.

Bally’s Atlantic City (closed Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Monday and Tuesday: 2 to 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 2 to 10:30 p.m.
Saturdays: Noon to 10:30 p.m.
Sundays: 1 to 7:30 p.m.

In addition, Seven Stars cardholders have complimentary access to the Trop Advantage VIP Lounge at Tropicana Atlantic City; however, there is a one-hour maximum stay. (Access to the lounge is $10 per person for Trop Advantage Platinum and Black cardholders and Caesars Rewards Diamond Elite cardholders.)

Thursday: Noon to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: Noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Take a 15-minute ride on The Wheel at Steel Pier.  Tickets are $15 for adults 13 and older, and $12 for children 3 to 12.  Military and those 62 and older with valid ID get 10 percent off if purchasing tickets onsite at The Wheel.  (Prices are exclusive of 12.624 percent New Jersey sales and Atlantic City luxury taxes.)