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The Taj Mahal

Last edit: andybflo on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016 1:04 pm
Last response by RPMCanes 9th August 11:25am

To quote South Park..

"Aaaaaannnd it's gone."

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/trump-taj-mahal-announces-it-will-close/article_d297274e-59a7-11e6-962b-4b2234e7959b.html

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 fudgewapner responded on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

Where will Mike and Worm fleece tourists?

I've never been to AC. Is it as gross as many claim? Does it have a kitsch appeal?

 hail2skins replied on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

Apart from the casinos, AC doesn't have a whole lot to offer, IMO. The Boardwalk is mainly just T-shirt and pizza shops. There is a decent outlet shopping area a few blocks off the Boardwalk, and I've heard decent things about what Bart Blatstein has done to the former Pier at Caesars, changing it to the Playground.

Its funny that the things that historically turned me off from AC.....mainly the relatively high table minimums.....now is pretty much worse on the LV Strip. Still, I don't have much of a desire to make the 3.5 hour drive any more, not that there are significantly fewer casinos spread out. And the clientele still leaves a lot to be desired. I witnessed my friend get into a fistfight at a Showboat craps table a couple years ago over where his chip was placed on the pass line. Sadly, I'm not making this up.

 andybflo replied on Friday, 5th August 2016

It's definitely different than LV.

I grew up in SE PA (Philly), my grandparents had a place in Lavalette, Dad has a place in Cape May, so we spent time in AC as a kid. It was just AC to me. I walked the floor of the Taj at 16 with my grandfather when it first opened (swearing to the security guard he'd keep me on on the patterned carpet that was considered "safe" by NJ Gaming for underage folks), and remembered the shell when Resorts erected it.

As I grew up, and moved away, never gave it much thought. Then became a regular LV visitor.

Went to AC for the first time as an adult in '13. Revel was just rebooting. Stay at Bally's in the brand-spankin' newly renovated Dennis "tower" rooms.

The brass, mirrors, and 80's were very apparent in the casino. After watching two fistfights in the lobby (we were in the circular lobby bar, having a few cocktails), my wife looked at me and said: "We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto..." Truer words never spoken.

AC isn't bad, but it's a one-trick pony. You have gambling. Food is OK (Morton's, for example, at CP is solid, but it's Morton's. You can go anywhere to get it.) Beach is underutilized. Infrastructure and attractions off the Boardwalk are non-existent.

It's the Jersey Shore, without the shore, really... And Gambling. If you're close by, go. If not, don't break an ankle getting there.

I have fond memories of AC being bright lights, development, and action as a kid. Whenever we were in NJ, parents always found a babysitter for a night, and went with a lot of anticipation. Those days are gone; I just hope AC and the rest of the shore around it can pull out of the doldrums they've been in.

 anawas responded on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

I'm still rooting for Atlantic City, but in the last few years, the Taj was only good for poker. It's a shame: You can see where the Taj used to be fancy and impressive. Now, too much of the property remains stuck in the 80s and 90s. The recent revolving door of management has not been good to the Taj.

There are still reasons to visit Atlantic City's resorts if you're between NYC and Baltimore: Harrah's domed pool, Golden Nugget's restaurants, the (relative) opulence of MGM's Borgata, the beach access at Resorts, the general-purpose Tropicana and the still-heavily-themed Caesars. And free drinks.

Atlantic City also adds a decent complex of outlet stores, the Pier/Playground, some relevant weekend/summer shows, a new focus on attracting conventions, and the boardwalk atmosphere to the mix. Plus the ocean.

But if we're upset with penny pinching in Vegas, Atlantic City is worse. Rooms that cost $40-60 on Tuesdays can be $400 on summer Saturdays. You pay to park. You pay resort fees and/or high taxes. Dinner and drinks are usually full price. It's not easy to walk between casinos (though jitney shuttles and Uber exist).

And Atlantic City's reputation of being violent/tough is, in many ways, deserved. Some very downtrodden people live and linger near the resorts at all hours. And with so many major population centers within a couple hours, you see an interesting cross-section of East Coasters IN the casinos ..... and that's before weekend party people roll in and wreck everything.

Still I'm rooting for Atlantic City's survival, even if I'm exploring what Baltimore, western NC, Philly and Delaware have to offer from time to time.

 RPMCanes responded on Tuesday, 9th August 2016

As far as I am concerned the only reason I would go to AC again is the Borgata. It's easily the nicest place there.