Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City is one of the real jewels on the Atlantic City casino scene, and stands out among an impressive lineup of casinos here. It was the first casino built in the Atlantic City marina district and the fifth casino to open in the city after gambling became legalized.
The casino resort was built by Holiday Inn and was originally to be called the Holiday Inn Marina. While it was under construction, Holiday Inn bought out Harrah’s, after company founder Bill Harrah passed away. Now owning the Harrah’s brand, the decision was made to use it with this property and it opened in 1980 as Harrah’s Marina, which later was changed to Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City as the property underwent several expansions.
It opened with a single 506 room hotel tower, the Harbor Tower, and instantly became the highest grossing casino in Atlantic City. In 1986, the Atrium Tower was added, and in 1997, the Marina tower was built, with all 3 towers connected and being 16 stories tall.
The 25 story Bayview Tower was completed in 2002, followed by the 45 story Waterfront Tower in 2008, which is the sixth tallest building in New Jersey, the second tallest in Atlantic City, and the tallest operating casino in the city now after the closure of the Revel.
Aside from being a beautiful building in itself, the Bayview Tower’s entire surface is an LED display, the largest LED display in the world, and at night they put on a show with it by displaying images on the face of the hotel tower.
Harrah’s Atlantic City is the centerpiece of the Harrah’s brand, which also owns the Ceasar’s brand among others, having bought them out, although they operate the parent company as Caesar’s Entertainment. It is one of the world’s largest casino resort companies and have built their success on offering quality gaming and resort experiences, which is certainly the case with Harrah’s Atlantic City as well.
The impression you get here is that the owners were certainly not afraid to spend a lot of money on their resort casino, and they indeed have, and the result is very impressive, not only on the outside with their alluring exterior, but on the inside as well.
The Appeal of Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
The hotel here is the second largest in the city, second only to the Borgata down the road, but not far behind either with their 2,558 rooms and suites. The fact that both are located in the marina district, along with the Golden Nugget (formerly Trump Castle) should tell you that there’s a lot more to Atlantic City than just the boardwalk, and Harrah’s provides you with everything you could want without ever having to go outside. The marina district also provides some fabulous views.
Room rates run as low as $69 a night, about what you’d pay for a cheap motel room these days, but this far from a cheap motel. The competition in Atlantic City for casino business, as in Las Vegas, has these resorts competing fiercely with each other on the basis of price, and they wouldn’t even be in business long if they were just a hotel, but they make plenty of money at the casino so this allows them to be a lot more generous with the room rates.
You can select from a king or two queens in any of their towers, either smoking or non smoking, with various views, and the prices are all below $100. For a little more they have pet friendly rooms, still reasonably priced at $119 a night and a lot cheaper than boarding your pets.
While these rooms aren’t the biggest you’ll see at 384 square feet, they are nicely decorated and very comfortable, with great views and include a refrigerator, iron and iron board, and coffee maker.
There’s only one suite type here, also available in smoking or non smoking, and their 1.255 square feet provides plenty of room. In addition to the room amenities, these come with floor to ceiling windows offering even better views, as well as robes and a hair dryer, for only $244 a night.
There are lots of dining options here covering every taste and price range, starting with 3 upscale restaurants. Martorano’s offers the finest in classic Italian cooking along with live entertainment nightly. The Steakhouse specializes in steak, prime rib, and Maine lobster. Oshi’s Sushi and Sake delivers some great Japanese cuisine.
There’s 5 casual dining options here. Those who enjoy Mexican food will want to check out Dos Caminos. Sammy D’s dishes out a variety of East Coast favorites like Philly cheesesteak dumplings and lollipop wings. Bill’s Bar and Burger will take care of all of your burger cravings. McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant’s seafood is so fresh they have to print their menu twice daily.
You can also have lunch at their pool, and this just isn’t any pool, it’s one of the most spectacular ones in the world, featuring a glass dome ceiling and vegetation. This is like a great tropical pool, only it’s inside, and the weather is always perfect. You do have to be 21 to be admitted, but they have a second family pool where you can bring the kids.
No resort casino would be complete without a buffet restaurant, and you can eat your fill at their Waterfront Buffet, with over 100 different selections. There’s also a food court with a deli, a pizza joint, and a pastry shop. The Café Tazza tops it all off with great coffee and desserts.
Harrah’s just doesn’t have any spa here, they have the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. They will take care of the spa needs of both ladies and gentlemen and even serve you lunch. There’s also a fitness center on site that’s open 24 hours a day.
Nightlife here includes The Pool After Dark, X Bar, Sammy D’s Bar, Eden Lounge, Dos Caminos Tequila Bar, and #BarWithNoName. You can also catch popular acts at their 1200 seat theater. They have 5 shops to check out as well.
The Casino at Harrah’s Atlantic City
The casino at Harrah’s is huge, with 177,000 square feet, one of the largest casinos in the country. Players here can use their Total Rewards card here, which is good at any Caesar’s property, and you can also get a branded Visa card which earns resort casino rewards every time you use the card.
If you like slots, you’ve certainly found some here, and their over 3,800 gaming machines is among the most anywhere in the world. All your favorites are here, including all the popular slots, a huge amount of video poker machines, and plenty of progressive jackpot machines.
Table game lovers are also in for a real treat here, with 139 table games in total on hand. The games include Blackjack, Roulette, Fortune Pai Gow, Pai Gow Tiles, Spanish 21, Texas Holdem Bonus, Mini Baccarat, Midi Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Flop Poker, Let It Ride, High Card Flush, and Criss Cross Poker.
Speaking of poker, they have one of the best poker rooms in the city, with 40 tables that run around the clock, offering low limits on up, and various promotions. Tournaments are also offered. This poker room is also home to a World Series of Poker event, and it is top notch.
Keno players are not left out here and there is a Keno parlor which is open from 10AM to 2PM daily, and their Keno games pay up to $250,000 in prize money.
Harrah’s has a lot of casinos, and Harrah’s Resort isn’t their flagship resort casino by accident. It truly is one of the finest resort casinos in the world.