I have to admit I was somewhat trepidatious heading to the New Jersey Shore for the #JerseyLove event. While I was going for an amazing cause, I’d watched exactly one episode of a certain reality TV show and was worried. Very worried. I soon realized my worries were out of place and am now looking at the Jersey Shore as a place to vacation with my family.
While we were there, we were hosted by Caesar’s Atlantic City. They graciously opened their doors to our group of 40 and took us in as their own. They supported out every endeavor, giving us some time to enjoy their property while making sure we were able to adequately work for our cause: letting everyone know the Jersey Shore is open for business after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Disclosure: Caesar’s Atlantic City hosted me for three nights at their Atlantic City property and included a small per diem to go towards meals on site. All of my travel was paid for out of pocket, as well as any other expenses incurred.
Caesars Atlantic City is a 2011 AAA Four Diamond Property. We were located in the Centurion Tower with views of the AC skyline or the ocean. The rooms were filled to the brim with luxury amenities, mine including a surround sound stereo system. Decor was sleek and contemporary with muted tones, dark wood furniture and lighting that makes you feel like you’re nesting in a cozy, welcoming cocoon. It’s opulent, without being over-done, yet is still comfortable enough for families to bring their children without worry. The beds are very comfortable and I slept well each night I as at this property, something I normally don’t do when I travel.
Hotel showers are always a big property selling point for me. While I didn’t have a tub, I did have a seat in my shower, along with luxury bath amenities. The towels were ample in size and quantity and the water pressure was close to perfect. It was nice to be able to come in to take a great shower and process the events of the day.
Dining on the property was outstanding. Our first night, Mia‘s restaurant by Chris Scarduzio hosted us while we had welcomes from the staff at Caesar’s and our lovely #JerseyLove hosts. It’s surrounded by Roman columns and sheer drapings, inviting you into a world of Ancient Rome mixed with fine dining. I fell in love with the Villeroy and Boch china — it was the perfect accompaniment to the Italian/Mediterranean cuisine.
“An “amazing”, “Roman temple–style” space just off the lobby of Caesars in Atlantic City is the site of this “classy” Italian “getaway”…patrons “feel like Zeus himself” as they dine on the “stellar” specialties…the prix fixe dinner specials are an “outstanding value.”-Zagat
We experienced a taste of Atlantic City at Caeser’s sister property, Harrahs, trying some of the best of the Caesar’s many properties restaurants. I’ve always been squeamish around ceviche, but tried it and was sold. It was fantastic. All of the dishes were fantastic. They pulled out all the stops.
Nero’s Tuscan Steakhouse hosted our brunch on our final day in Atlantic City. If you can go for brunch, I highly recommend it. Not only was it a beautiful brunch, but the view from the restaurant is outstanding. Coffee service was slow, however there were forty of us. Their specialties included filet of beef, grilled swordfish, freshly carved turkey and handmade lasagna
Caffe Tazza. It’s a 24-hour coffee shop that also has red velvet cheesecake. Need I say more? I think not.
Not everything can be roses when dining, or reviewing a property. The only restaurant I didn’t have a great experience at was Cafe Roma. The food was okay and the service was the same. Just okay. I had an off the menu breakfast and later went with a friend for an appetizer. Since it was fry month and they had a wide variety of fries, we tried the fries with king crab. They were lackluster at best.
Of course, there is gaming at Caeser’s. That’s why everyone goes, right? While I’m not much of a gambler, I couldn’t not experience the thrill of 140,755 sq feet of some of the country’s finest tables! I took in a very small sum and left with a very small sum. Let’s just say this, the Sex and the City slots game on the first floor is way too much fun and I could have played all night.
Caesar’s also has the Circus Maximus Theater. While I didn’t get to experience it, this 1,600 seat venue brings some of the best entertainment in Atlantic City together for an intimate experience.
I didn’t have as much time as I’d have liked to check out The Pier Shops that is part of the complex. There were three levels of high-end retail, dining and nightlife. It’s like walking into a coastal wonderland filled with shoes, along with other fabulous retail items, but mainly, the shoes.
Atlantic City and the area around Caesar’s has become quite the shopping destination as well. The area surrounding the property is now a Tanger Mall property that isn’t a mall, but street level shopping and dining; which has revitalized the area quite nicely, bringing in a wide variety of visitors.
Believe it or not, Caeser’s is very family friendly. There is the shore right outside the hotel. Shopping. Piers. Restaurants. The Boardwalk. Golf. Kids aren’t allowed “on the carpet” where people are gambling, however there is still a family vibe and many were milling about, enjoying their trip. I did look for Clark W. Griswold, and the rest of his family, but sadly, he was no where to be found.
Taxi drivers are courteous and get you to where you need to be on time, but you might have to ask them to roll up the windows and turn the air conditioning on. Beware of the taxi queue at the casinos. There are jumpers galore who don’t want to wait their turn.
Would I go back. Yes, I would. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Caeser’s Atlantic City. Everyone was gracious and helpful. Housekeeping did an amazing job every day and even though my trip was rushed, I still had time to cocoon in my room and relax.