Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

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Pros

  • Central Boardwalk location near the beach
  • Huge casino with table games, slots, and Asian games
  • The Quarter, a fantastic Havana-inspired entertainment area, with dining and shopping
  • Upscale Bluemercury Spa with couples treatments
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the resort
  • Indoor pool and seasonal outdoor pool with Blue Parrot Pool Bar
  • On-site entertainment including an IMAX Theater and Broadway-style Theater
  • Excellent nightlife options including live Irish music, DJs, and comedy

Cons

  • Long lines at check-in are common
  • Rooms vary between towers and most have dated decor
  • Standard rooms lack flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Some towers have long walks to resort's main attractions
  • Fees for parking and use of health club
  • Seasonal outdoor pool and bar close early in the evening

Bottom Line

The Tropicana is an enormous megaresort with over 2,000 rooms and suites spread across three towers. The rooms, which are plagued with dated decor and tube TVs, are not the highlight at this boardwalk hotel. Its Havana-inspired three-story streetscape called the Quarter is much more inviting, with an IMAX Theater, shopping, restaurants, and nightclubs. The Tropicana also draws visitors for its high-end spa, Broadway-style theater, and seasonal outdoor pool and bar -- not to mention the huge casino floor. A location right on the boardwalk and freebies such as Wi-Fi are convenient perks, but beware of long lines at check-in.

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 Scene

A mid-range megaresort packed with entertainment

The scene at the Tropicana is centered around the Havana-inspired entertainment area called the Quarter, a three-story streetscape full of shops, restaurants, and bars. This area of the resort feels more similar to Las Vegas than other nearby casinos. Palm trees, painted ceiling murals, and Cuban music all provide substance to the atmosphere. While shopping, dining, and IMAX are all draws to the Quarter, varied nightlife brings the energy. The dozen bars, lounges, and clubs at this resort include The Rumba Lounge, A Dam Good Sports Bar, Planet Rose Karaoke Bar, Ri Ra Irish Pub, and Tango's Lounge.

 Location

On the southern end of Atlantic City’s boardwalk, steps from the beach

Located at the southern end of the boardwalk, the Tropicana provides great access to the beach. This resort is easy to reach on foot or by taxi. Other nearby casino-hotels include the Trump Plaza, Caesar's Palace, and Bally's.

  • 5-minute walk to the Trump Plaza and Boardwalk Hall
  • 3-minute drive or 13-minute walk to the New Jersey Transit train station and Atlantic City Convention Center
  • 6-minute drive to Absecon Lighthouse
  • 8-minute drive to Borgata Resort, Casino & Spa and The Water Club
  • 9-minute drive to Farley State Marina
  • 11-minute drive to Lucy the Elephant
  • 18-minute drive to Brigantine Golf Links
  • 20-minute drive to Atlantic City Airport
  • 25-minute drive to Renault Winery
  • 50-minute drive to Long Beach Island
  • 52-minute drive to Wildwoods by the Sea
  • 57-minute drive to Cape May
  • 65-minute drive to Philadelphia
  • 130-minute drive to New York City

 Rooms

Decor varies wildly between rooms, suites, and the three towers

Standard rooms at the Tropicana are mid-range and dated. Modern upgrades are on offer in suites spread throughout the three towers. The West Tower has spacious suites with a navy and white nautical theme and in-room Jacuzzi tubs, while premium suites in the South Tower have duvets, flat-screen TVs, and ocean views. The most contemporary and pricey of all are the Cielo Suites in the North Tower, which include a West Indies theme and feature wet bars, 55-inch flat-screen TVs, and temperature controlled wine storage units.

 Features

A thriving casino, Broadway-style theater, and high-end spa

Travelers choose the Tropicana for the features more than the rooms. In addition to the standard huge casino floor you will find across Atlantic City resorts, the Tropicana also offers a high-end spa, salon, and a great selection of shopping. The Havana-inspired entertainment area called the Quarter is another stand-out feature -- among the palm trees and fountains are nightlife options, restaurants, an IMAX Theater, and a Broadway-style theater. Relaxing features include the seasonal outdoor pool with Blue Parrot Pool Bar -- but both close early.

  • Casino with over 3000 slot machines and 135 table games
  • Upscale Bluemercury Spa with couples massages and oxygen facials
  • The 280-seat IMAX Theatre is five and a half stories high with digital surround sound
  • Tropicana Salon offers hair, nail, and beauty treatments
  • Variety of shopping choices: White House Black Market, Brooks Brothers, non-chain boutiques
  • Nightlife options include dancing, karaoke, big-screen sporting events, live Irish music, and salsa
  • The Comedy Stop seats 300 and serves food and drinks
  • Seasonal outdoor pool and Blue Parrot Pool Bar
  • Guests pay a daily fee for the indoor pool
  • Broadway-style venue with 2000 seats -- The Tropicana Showroom -- for music, sports, and theater
  • Varied meeting space: Royal Swan Ballroom, Grand Exhibition Center, function rooms in Havana and South towers
  • Helpful concierge, can arrange golf tee times
  • 24-hour room service, including brick-oven pizza
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 Food

Varied restaurant selection at the Havana-inspired entertainment area, The Quarter

The Quarter is a three-story streetscape with ceiling murals that is inspired by Havana. With low lighting, palm trees, and fountains it is a scenic place to go for a meal. Top restaurants here include Carmine's -- a New York City institution for family-style Italian food and Cuba Libre, a popular outpost from Philadelphia. Other options include Fin for seafood, Il Verdi for northern Italian, Golden Dynasty for Asian, and the Palm, a family-owned steakhouse. Casual dining and quick bites are readily available, including the 24-hour restaurant called Seaside Cafe. Room service is also on offer 24-hours a day.

 Bottom Line

The Tropicana is an enormous megaresort with over 2,000 rooms and suites spread across three towers. The rooms, which are plagued with dated decor and tube TVs, are not the highlight at this boardwalk hotel. Its Havana-inspired three-story streetscape called the Quarter is much more inviting, with an IMAX Theater, shopping, restaurants, and nightclubs. The Tropicana also draws visitors for its high-end spa, Broadway-style theater, and seasonal outdoor pool and bar -- not to mention the huge casino floor. A location right on the boardwalk and freebies such as Wi-Fi are convenient perks, but beware of long lines at check-in.

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Address

  • 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Room Types

  • Classic Room
  • Standard Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 2129
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Casino: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Address: 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
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