This year for my birthday, I decided that I would take a mini vacation with one of my best friends to Atlantic City, New Jersey. We chose to stay at the Showboat Hotel and Casino because it was close enough to the beach, had its own casino, and was one of the cheaper hotel casinos in the area. Overall, I was satisfied with my stay there. Let me break down some of the good and bad experiences I had.
The majority of the staff were courteous and very efficient at their job. Most of them were very knowledgeable about the place they worked and the city as a whole. We received solid information concerning inquiries regarding where to go and how certain things like the Total Rewards program worked.
We checked-in Sunday May 19 and checked out Wednesday May 22. We only ate dinner there twice because Sunday we were so tired that we skipped it and fell asleep. Monday we went to the French Quarter Buffet and Tuesday we dined at the Royal Noodle House. Both places had good food. However it was the French Quarter Buffet that (pleasantly) surprised me the most.
We only had one less than agreeable situation with staff, which involved some members of housekeeping. Our room was not serviced on the day before we checked out. It bothered me because it put a small damper on the day for me since it was my birthday. Even after repeated calls downstairs alerting that room 1495 had not been serviced with the other rooms that day, no one came to take out the trash, clean the room or even stock us with towels and toilet paper. I finally called down and asked for those items to be sent up. They were. The person who brought them up was nice. That was the only downside to the stay. In the grand scheme of things, it was minor and probably a one-off occurrence. I choose to think that maybe housekeeping was short-staffed or a manager was off that day.
It is pretty standard with slots machines, poker tables, and other casino fair. Staff would come around with their tablets to take drink orders. They were never pushy, which is something I love. The other casino players I chatted with were nice and enjoying themselves. I didn’t play every machine, however I did enjoy playing the Monopoly slot machine (of course).
If you want an Atlantic City getaway that is pretty low-key and affordable, try Showboat Hotel and Casino during the week. Oh and just an FYI, if you have never been to Atlantic City before and think it is set up like the board game Monopoly think again. Check out the short video at the top for a visual of how the city actually is set up versus the board game.
Have any of you stayed at this hotel before? Please comment below with your experience.