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Distrito Cantina at Revel, An Expensive Hotel Food Truck Experience

August 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

When you put a food truck into the middle of a hotel-casino, you probably should expect higher prices than the average food truck that dishes out tacos and hot dogs. But at the Distrito Cantina and its funky Distrito Taco Truck at Revel in Atlantic City, we paid way more than we would at our local Mexican restaurant here in LA.

The Distrito Taco Truck is located on the second floor of Revel (or rather, the third floor, since the second floor is the gaming area.) We dined at Chef Jose Garces' Distrito restaurant at The Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale last year and loved it. So when we saw the taco truck--an actual truck that's been placed inside the casino hotel--we had to sit down at one of the festively decorated picnic benches and try it.

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Early Check-In Fees? Oh Yes, They're Real

August 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

We all know that early check-ins at hotels are elusive. It all depends on a few things--how full the hotel was the night before, how fast the other guests get their belongings together and out the door and how quickly housekeeping can get in there and turn over the room.

We typically have good luck with early check-ins during the week and at huge hotels that don't always sell out like the big casino hotels in Las Vegas (mid-week of course, definitely not on a Friday or a Sunday.) But if that doesn't work, then we have to find ways to kill time in the hotel lobby, or the nearby area, for a few hours until the 3pm check-in time. Unless we want to pay extra for it with an early check-in fee.

We first noticed early check-in fees back in 2011 when we compared hotels to airlines, thanks to all the extra fees they were tacking onto hotel stays. But we've never actually seen them in the wild.

But at Caesars Atlantic City we saw this sign at check-in.

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Your Sunday Morning Hangover Options at Caesars Atlantic City

August 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's Sunday morning in Atlantic City and if you aren't too sick from all the drinking or the late-nite eats on the boardwalk, then you're ready to chow down. A lot. It might be a situation.

Over at Caesars Atlantic City, smack dab in the middle of the boardwalk, your best option to get fed well is to do Sunday brunch at the Nero's from 10am to 2pm. Here, with views out to the ocean and retro photographs of the Rat Pack and Marilyn Monroe on the walls, you will find every sort of breakfast station you could ever dream of--omelette, prime rib, waffle, seafood, bagels (so Jersey!), sushi and dessert. Don't forget, bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys. Brunch costs $59 person ($55 for Total Rewards members) and you can make your reservations by calling 1-800- 223-7277.

If you can't bear to shower and get reasonably dressed to make your way downstairs to Nero's, never fret. That's what room service is for. Aside from offering several hair of the dog drinks, the room service menu has a ton of food options. It might be one of the most comprehensive room service menus we've seen in a while. (We love that someone circled the bagel and cream cheese option on our menu.) They even offer On-The-Go boxes which you can take out to the beach or bring for the car ride home. There is a $4 delivery charge added for all orders but gratuity is not included. So you have to decide whether it's worth the extra bucks to eat in the comfort of your room.

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Atlantic City is Binging on Food and Wine This Weekend (And Room Rates Are Stuffed Too)

July 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you're gambling in AC this weekend and you get hungry, you're about to get lucky. Atlantic City kicked off its fifth annual Food and Wine Festival last night with a pool party at the Harrah's Resort hosted by Food Network star Rocco DiSpirito.

While the pool party gave guests samples of the culinary delights in AC (it goes beyond salt water taffy and funnel cakes), the rest of the weekend will see tastings and talks from culinary experts and TV personalities such as Robert Irvine, the host of "Restaurant Impossible",: the lovable Neelys and expert wino, Laurie Foster. The entire event is being held across all four Caesars Entertainment properties--Caesars, Harrah's Resort, Showboat and Bally's--giving guests access to all four hotels during the event. Well, not guest room access but festival access.

And while the main focus is obviously food (lots of it) and wine (plus cocktails), the festival did take a brief time out during last night's party to donate $7,000 to Architecture for Humanity's Restore the Shore efforts.

Tickets are still open for several events this weekend, which you can buy online here, but room rates are extremely pricey--ranging from $459 at Harrah's to $619 at Caesars. The same is true for other hotels in AC not connected with the events. Looks like people are making good use of the few remaining Shore weekends left in the summer.

UPDATE: For Friday, July 26 we found rooms on HotelTonight at Caesars for $450. The Chelsea was also open for $299 as was the Courtyard by Marriott on Pacific Avenue.

[Photo: @FoodAndWineAC]

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How to Get Mistaken for Solicitation at The Borgata

July 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (3)

Everyone knows that gambling has a dark side but Chanize's recent experience at The Borgata took it to an entirely different level with her being accused of something completely outrageous while at the blackjack table. Here's her story in her own words. Our mother really was right--nothing good happens after midnight...or 3am.

I don’t know whether to feel sorry for the powers-that-be at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel or furious with them, so I'm going for a happy medium. On the eve of their 10-year anniversary, the casino suffered a trauma, and in their flustered state ended up accusing me of, how to say it gently—soliciting services.

Now I’ve been called many a thing in my time, but hooker is a first. Until now.

But let’s back this thang up and tell you how the hoopla went down.

Apparently while many guests (including myself) were at The Borgata’s Event Center watching The Roots tear up the stage with Slash and Jill Scott, a robbery took place. According to this article , at 8:45pm a group of men came in and boosted $500,000 worth of jewelry from a Borgata store. Of course, we were none the wiser, enjoying the concert and all.

Read on for the rest of Chanize's cautionary tale.

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5 Hotels That Are Hosting Summer Concerts

June 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

The only thing cooler than staying at a hotel this summer is being a guest at one that has a built-in music venue. This is a great time of year when well-known musicians go on tour at big arenas, but some even play some sessions at hotels as well. Yay!

Here are a few acts performing at a property near you. But ya gotta act fast when it comes to scoring a seat! We just missed out on Whitesnake tickets at an Arizona resort, plus they refused our offer to play Tawny Kitane in exchange to get on stage with rock god David Coverdale. Boo! But there’s still time for these shows!

THE CLEVELANDER HOTEL, Miami Beach
6/28/13
If you happen to be in Miami today we suggest you get to the legendary Clevelander Hotel if you want to take part in Y100’s daytime Mack-A-Palooza 2013 fest, which will feature a special appearance by none other than the lately entertaining Miley Cyrus! She’ll be there along with hype DJ and Rihanna-man Calvin Harris. Oh, and it’s FREE! You have until 6pm to see if Ms. Cyrus breaks out her gold grill, sings her new song, "We Can't Stop" and twerks her sassy little self.

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Amanda Bynes Takes Her Wig to the Revel Resort

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  Site Where: 500 Boardwalk [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
June 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a rough Monday for us but we're still having a better day than Amanda Bynes's wig. As of late, that poor thing (the wig, not Amanda) has been arrested, thrown in jail, hauled to court and then randomly sent up to Buffalo to engage in some trampolining. All without getting a proper brushing!

And now, Amanda has hauled her weary wig to the Revel Resort in Atlantic City where she let it soak in jacuzzi water while taking pictures with fans. Amanda's #1 wig watcher, TMZ reports:

Sources tell TMZ, Bynes checked in solo at the Revel Hotel ... where she stared into her phone while surrounded by strangers in the tub.

We're told she did pose for some photos with fans -- while wearing her famous blonde wig in the jacuzzi -- but if Amanda didn't like the way she looked, she demanded they be deleted ASAP.

Our heart is breaking for Wiggie. Especially since we all know what happens in the hot tub at the Jersey Shore, thanks to Snooki. We hope Amanda had the decency to treat her wig to a nice blowout at the salon later.

Meanwhile, the Revel Resort's brush with fame continues tonight with an appearance on "The Bachelorette"! Fingers crossed Desiree fares better than Kanye West and Amanda's wig.

Read our review of the Revel Resort RIGHT HERE

[Photos: TMZ and Revel/Facebook]

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A Shore Thing: Revel's New HQ Beach Club Set to Open This Weeknd

May 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Jimmy Buffett's brand new Margaritaville casino is probably the biggest news in Atlantic City this summer (Governor Christie is even scheduled to attend the opening event tomorrow.) But further down the boardwalk, there's another hotel celebrating a grand opening of its own.

Revel knows how much its guests like to, er…..revel, so to keep the party going from dawn till dusk, they've decided to open up HQ Beach Club, a day-time sequel to their popular HQ Nightclub. Located at boardwalk-level, the club will be open to guests and non-guests (cover charges will vary depending on the day), and doors will open as early as 10am.

That's right: you can show up straight after breakfast and start off your day drinking in a cabana by the pool. Ain't life grand?

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What Is This At Trump Taj Mahal?

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  Site Where: 1000 Boardwalk [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
May 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

Most things in Atlantic City hotels you can pretty much take at face value. Casino floor. Slot machine. Starbucks. Jimmy Buffett-inspired beach bar.

But we had to stop and do a double take while wandering around the lobby at Trump Taj Mahal the other day. At the bottom of the escalators, right next to the Baccarat Pit, we spotted what appeared to be a giant children's playpen—then we remembered where we were, and dismissed that thought. Bright, shiny beach balls scattered around a life-size tic-tac-toe board.

But who was playing? Were we allowed to jump in? What the heck was this thing anyway?

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Margaritaville Atlantic City Is Happening In 3 Weeks

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  Site Where: 1133 Boardwalk [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
May 7, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Don't pretend you haven't been counting down the days to the opening of Jimmy Buffett's new Margaritaville Casino in Atlantic City. From your cubicle at work, you've fantasized about biting into a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" on the boardwalk, or playing blackjack on one of the brand new Margaritaville-themed casino tables.

Well, the wait is almost over.

Just over a month since Buffett announced plans to team up with Wyndham on a new St Thomas resort, things are gearing up in Atlantic City for a grand opening on Memorial Day weekend. The new venue will sit inside the 942-room Resorts Casino, and its entrance will be marked by a sculpture of a giant blender. (Yes, you read that right.)

Meanwhile, outside, its oceanfront Landshark Bar, will be Atlantic City's first-ever year-round full-service bar and restaurant on the sand side of the Boardwalk.

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Go Borgata, It's Your Birthday! They're Doling Out Deals Like It's Your Birthday

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  Site Where: 1 Borgata Way [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
May 2, 2013 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

As we all know, Atlantic City has never had trouble finding a reason to throw a party (last year, it was the opening of Revel, which was celebrated over multiple weekends).

Now, it's The Borgata's turn to crank up the volume, as the casino hotel's big 10th anniversary is fast approaching, and you can bet (heh) they're going out of their way to let you know about it.

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Revel's Financing Approved as Summer Approaches the Jersey Shore

April 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we checked in with Revel, they were in the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Last week, a court judge approved a $250 million financing plan that will allow the hotel and casino to continue its operations, including employee wages, sustaining loyalty programs, and paying its bills.

That’s good news for visitors this summer, who, in theory, shouldn’t see any operational changes if they look to help Revel make a comeback. That said, Revel laid off 83 workers last Wednesday from a variety of positions, so it remains to be seen whether those cuts will have any noticeable effect on the consumer (they still have 3,217 employees, so we’re guessing they’ll be all right).

According to the Associated Press, Revel is also rumored to be considering whether to drop its non-smoking policy, which is thought by many, including HC, to be one of the reasons for the casino’s poor performance. It is one of the few Atlantic City venues to have such a regulation.

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