Story, photos by Cassie Hepler
There’s one thing that most Atlantic City casinos don’t have that Tropicana does. The beach.
With views like that, who cares if it’s approaching negative digits and is winter? It’s a virtual adult playground inside with everything you need in one space. Even our diehard NYC dwelling friend was quite impressed.
“I always thought this was a run down casino,” she said, pleasantly surprised. “But this is even better than the Borgata. I feel like the Borgata is trying too hard.”
Tropicana Atlantic City is a 24-hour gaming destination located on the beach and boardwalk in Atlantic City. Featuring 2,046 newly renovated rooms and suites and home of The Quarter, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex, complete with 24 restaurants, 25 shops, 18 bars and lounges, 2 pools, an IMAX Theatre, and a spa, Tropicana is consistently rated as a “Must-See Attraction” in Atlantic City. More than $90 million in recent property renovations have introduced new guest accommodations in the North and Havana Towers, the spectacular Multimedia Light and Sound Show, the addition of AtlantiCare LifeCenter Fitness and a new High Limit Slot Area.
We arrived separately – her from NYC and me from Philly – and eventually met up in the room on the sixth floor in The Havana Tower.
We talked shop for a while, then heading down to the action of the Quarter and casino floor.
After our walkabout, we headed back upstairs to get ready for dinner. Our preselected for us place, Golden Dynasty, was not open on a Sunday so we had to switch up plans. And since we already dined at both Philly and AC Cuba Libre, we opted for P.F. Chang’s since we were in the Chinese food mood already. Since the hotel lobby desk for the Havana Tower was closed, it took a while to get things transferred over but a very nice manager over the phone made sure we were secured for dinner. And we were so ready by then!
We walked off our food wondering around the casino the rest of the night playing games like Kitty Glitter, my NYC’s favorite Wheel of Fortune (“I love to spin,” she said), Orange is the New Black, Austin Powers was the most fun and old school ones like Blackjack. We did get free invite cover cards to party ’til dawn Anthem Lounge but when you’re doing dry January, that’s no fun so we passed.
The rest of the night we caught up in our room sharing high school stories from central Pennsylvania until we drifted off in the wee hours of the morning.
At about 9 a.m. we awoke to a pounding at the door.
“Housekeeping!” said the woman. My friend got out of bed to tell her it was way too early, but we were awake. So we headed down after dropping our keys in the checkout box to brunch at Casa Taco & Tequila Bar which thankfully was open until noon. I had the huge American breakfast and she ordered the Mexican eggs and beans on a tortilla with plenty of coffee. We parted ways shortly thereafter but will always remember our adventure in AC.
About Tropicana AC:
Tropicana Entertainment Inc. (OTCQB: TPCA) is a publicly traded company that, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates eight casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and Aruba. Tropicana properties collectively have approximately 7,166 employees, 5,525 rooms, 8,035 slot positions and 304 table games. The company is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tropicana is a majority-owned subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises, L.P. (NASDAQ: IEP). To learn more about Tropicana, visit www.Tropicanacasinos.com.