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There are family-friendly aspects, but Harrah's is better suited to couples and partygoers.
In a way, Harrah's has a split personality. As the oldest property in the Marina District, elements of the original structure and casino desperately call for renovations. For instance, rooms in the older towers are tired and come at a cheap price.
On the other end, a number of luxurious amenities were added during the resort's multi-million dollar expansion. The Waterfront Tower, specifically, offers specialty suites that stand up incredibly well against the luxe digs at neighboring Borgata and Water Club resorts. Perhaps the most noteworthy draw at Harrah's is the 21-and-over tropical indoor pool that turns into a nightclub every evening (think bottle service, cabanas, and DJs). Obviously, this scene appeals to a young party crowd as opposed to families, though there is a separate pool that kids are allowed to use. Other additions, such the Elizabeth Arden Spa, attract high-end types, but older, lower-end areas of the hotel still exist.
In Atlantic City's Marina District -- a two mile drive from the boardwalk
Harrah's first opened in 1980 and was the first property to rise in the Marina District. This is an area of Atlantic City that has seen quite a bit of change, especially with the opening of the Borgata and Water Club resorts, which feature celebrity chef restaurants and a some of Atlantic City's hottest nightlife. Borgata has become a destination unto itself, but the hotel does offer a free shuttle to sister properties Showboat, Caesars Palace and Bally's -- all situated along the beach. For those driving, Harrah's is easy to get to from the highway and there is a self-parking garage.
The new Waterfront Tower has contemporary rooms and outstanding suites.
Harrah's Resort has over 2,500 rooms in five towers, including the Harbour, Atrium, Marina and Bay Towers, as well as the newer 44-story Waterfront Tower. Older rooms are showing wear and tear, but the Waterfront rooms have modern furnishings and large windows with bay views. The specialty suites are certainly luxurious enough for high-rollers -- some come with their own pool table or private massage room -- and can be offered at a reduced price mid-week when the availability is greater.
A multimillion-dollar expansion added luxury amenities such as the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.
A wide array of dining choices from casual to high-end, including Italian cuisine from a well-known New Jersey chef.
Harrah's -- especially after the expansion -- offers a nice range of dining options to appease all budgets. For fine dining, guests can choose from raw bar offerings at Bluepoint, classic seafood and steaks at McCormick and Schmick's, or authentic Italian cuisine at Luke Palladino (a New Jersey culinary star) in a chic restaurant setting. More casual dining can be had at the gourmet buffet, with almost every type of cuisine imaginable; the various food court options; or Dos Caminos.
Open since 1980, Harrah's -- located in Atlantic City's Marina District -- completed a $500 million expansion in 2008, which included the addition of a new 44-story Waterfront Tower with contemporary furnishings and bay views. The resort offers 2,590 rooms in five towers (older rooms are in major need of renovations) as well as a slew of impressive amenities. Unlike at other Atlantic City resorts, the casino is not the main draw here; rather, action is centered in the adults-only indoor pool, a glass-domed oasis with constant 82-degree temperatures and tropical plants. At night it becomes "The Pool after Dark," a lively club scene with DJs and occasional celeb appearances. Other highlights include a Viking Cooking School, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, and gourmet restaurants. But it's not within walking distance of the beach or boardwalk, and there are fees for Wi-Fi and parking.