Atlantic City Downtown Hotels

by Johnny Kampis

Travelers to Atlantic City can enjoy the cluster of casinos along the Boardwalk by staying in a downtown property. Both chain hotels and casino resorts offer plenty of rooms in a variety of price ranges. This heart of the city lies near the Atlantic Ocean and is convenient to major attractions and services in Atlantic City.

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Hotel Types

Downtown Atlantic City hotels can be divide into two major categories -- chain hotels and casino resorts. Days Inn, Best Western and Howard Johnson are among the numerous chain hotels near the Boardwalk. Two clusters of casino resorts can be found along the Boardwalk downtown. Showboat, Trump Taj Mahal and Resorts are located between Delaware and North Carolina avenues to the north, while Bally's, Caesars and Trump Plaza are grouped together to the south between Indiana and Mississippi avenues.

Transportation

Many visitors find a stroll along the Boardwalk relaxing, especially with the sea breeze blowing in, but if you plan to tour the entire stretch of Boardwalk you can hop a ride in a rolling chair that an attendant pushes up and down the path. If you want to travel from one end of the Boardwalk to the other you will tend to pay around $20, as of 2010. If you plan to visit the casinos in the marina area, you can grab a taxi or ride one of the city's jitneys.

Gambling

One advantage to staying in a casino resort if you plan to gamble is you can go between your room to the tables without having to step outside. All Atlantic City casinos feature the most popular games, including slots, video poker, blackjack, craps and roulette. The best downtown poker room can be found at Trump Taj Mahal, which puts on major tournaments each year. Sign up for a players club card before you play casino games so you can earn comps as you wager.

Considerations

If you are used to the free parking in Las Vegas, you may be taken aback by the parking charges in Atlantic City. It costs as much as $5 to park in most parking garages here, but city law allows you to park in a second garage free of charge if you bring the receipt from the first garage. The Atlantic City airport is located 14 miles from downtown. If you take a taxi from the airport expect to pay around $30 one way.

References

  • "American Casino Guide 2010 edition"; Steve Bourie; 2009

About the Author

A veteran of the newspaper industry, Johnny Kampis has worked as a freelance writer since 2005. His articles have appeared in various publications including "The New York Times," "Atlanta-Journal Constitution" and the "San Francisco Chronicle." He currently serves as an editor of poker-based "Rounder" magazine and writer for the Alabama football publication "Crimson" magazine.

Photo Credits

  • Beach at Atlantic City image by Gary from Fotolia.com