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Overnight TR: Caesars

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Had one night comped at Caesars (Forum tower) - it's been years since I stayed here (I don't play much anymore). Arrived midday Monday (Memorial Day). Was able to check in a few hours early for $10. Room was refreshed, but still dark/dreary (no external facing window - only a small window facing the interior lobby / check-in area).

Dropped off belongings and headed to beach. Warm day - had lunch and drinks at the Bally's Beach Bar. Lots of fun / loud music - if you're looking for peaceful drinks then avoid, but I had fun. Lots of tables with umbrellas, and additionally the bar seating provided shade. Food was inexpensive; the slushy alcoholic beverages were a mixed bag - stick to beers or regular cocktails.

Stayed nearby at the beach by Ballys. They had umbrella + chair package rentals for $35+tax (includes 1 umbrella and 2 beach chairs). In the future I would consider renting only the umbrella for ~$15, and then lying on the sand on my beach towel. Water was cool but several people were bathing (I only wet my feet).

Later on - trip to the outlets for some purchases. For dinner we went to Dock's Oyster House. First time there and we showed up with no reservations - fortunately a couple next to us was canceling their reservation, so we happily took theirs. Food / service / ambiance were all 10 out of 10. Excellent place. Loved their clam chowder and also the Oyster appetizer. Crab meat was delicious too. Definitely worth a visit (call ahead for reservations).

Played some light slots in the evening and hit a small $300 jackpot. That was enough for us - couple of drinks and off to bed. Drove home Tues morning with minimal traffic.

Hope to get another comped room in the future, but hopefully it's at the Trop. Caesars was old / musty / smelly in certain areas. HVAC on casino floor was not working well. Lots of areas closed for maintenance. Really a shell of its former self - it resembles a run-down casino in the middle of nowhere. Can't believe they let their name brand deteriorate so much.

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Thanks for the trip report. Hopefully Caesars gets their act together before summer.

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I can understand some of your frustration, however, Caesars is in the process of remodeling their casino floor, and adding new restaurants. etc So when construction and upgrading of this nature is underway, the atmosphere can be an unfriendly eyesore.

I visited last week, and stayed in a newly renovated Centurion tower ocean view room and was mildly impressed - that's not an easy thing to do.

Unfortunately , you elected to stay in the forum tower. Advice by many poster's, including myself, is to avoid this tower - I personally would not stay in one of those rooms if you paid me.

So if you do venture over to the Trop in the near future, It is often suggested on this board to avoid the West and Chelsea tower rooms, - or else you may be posting a negative comment abt these rooms.

It seems that you at least had some fun on this trip

Better luck next time. with your room

Edited: 01 June 2022, 19:10
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Thanks for the Trip Report, always good to get some current information.

We were put into a windowless Forum Tower comp room about 4 years ago, we went back down and asked for a change. We ended up getting a corner room overlooking the sculpture of the 4 horses along Pacific Ave. The rooms had been recently renovated back then.

I'm not a fan of Caesars due to the lack of dining options, but you solved that one by visiting Docks Oyster House, one of my faves. It's tough getting a bar stool, but if you show up without a reservation in the future, you can grab a cocktail and wait a bit for a barstool to open up and eat at the bar.

Caesars Corporate is investing about $400 million in AC, the previous regime let the property decline along with Bally's next door. When CET was acquired by Eldorado, it had to give up an AC property, so Bally's was sold off for a mere $25 million. One of the reasons for the low price was the lack of investment in the property.

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Thanks for the report, we always stay in the Centurion Tower (pre reno), never had a bad room. Hope to be there in July/Aug. Will have to check out Dock's, thanks :)

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The hotel room was the least of my concerns - we barely spent any time in there aside from showering and sleeping. But if I were staying longer than 1 night I'd probably look into a different tower.

However the rest of the property was sorely lacking, and I'm not sure that the minimal construction will be enough. Seems like this summer will be a loss since I doubt they wrap everything up in a couple of months.

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Thanks for the report -

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thanks for sharing your trip report... sounds like you had a fun trip and made the most of your time --- spending time on the beach, dinner at Docks', some gambling.... walk away with a win. Very nice!

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