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Trip Report - May 6-7

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Trip Report - May 6-7

We were excited to get to The Borgata on May 6 - we got to the hotel at around 12:30 p.m. and couldn't check in because Borgata's computers were being updated by MGM. They said probably around 2 p.m - that didn't happen. So we drove over to Harrah's to pick up a bathrobe we had been offered (we hardly go there anymore so I was surprised to get the offer). We gambled a bit and came back, but still no check in. Around 4:30 p.m. all of a sudden there were probably 400 people in line backing up to The Living Room. Fortunately we have an MGM credit card and were able to check in at the "Black Label" counter and there were only about 20 people ahead of us.

We had a Fiore Suite and I loved the extra space. Usually when we have this room, we bring dinner back to the room to enjoy the space and spectacular views. We had a problem with the air conditioning and called for maintenance that came very quickly. He adjusted the thermostat and we went to hit the slots. I liked the Dragon Spin machine that you see as soon as you enter the casino. It's also crowed and haven't had a chance to play it. Well here was my chance. I couldn't get the machine to let me play anything but 50 cents. Played for a while and decided to cash out. I couldn't get my money out or press any other buttons to get help. Couldn't find anyone to help. A waitress passed and she said if she saw anyone she would sent them along. No luck. Security guard said he'd get someone...nothing. Another woman passed and I asked the same - nothing.

Then on her way back she asked if someone had come along. Since no one had, she did find someone. They couldn't fix it and called for an IT guy. He couldn't fix it, in fact whatever he did disabled all the machines in the circle. Finally (after 1 hour) they closed the machine and I got the cash. What an ordeal.

After we had dinner in our room, we gambled a bit and then went to the comedy show. The first comedian wasn't great but the last 2 were fantastic...Vanessa Hollingshead and Mike Vecchione.

The room was still cold, so we just shut it off and that was fine.

Wednesday we walked on the boardwalk. If you walked closer to the water it was pretty cold, but if you walked closer to the stands it was nice and warm. Took a walk on the Playground and was surprised to find more than half the stores were gone.

It wasn't very crowded in Atlantic City, nice for us but Atlantic Cityi will never survive if this is how many people will be coming down.

Since we had some issues, it kind of put a damper on the trip but we'll be back in June and I'm trying to be optimistic.

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1. Re: Trip Report - May 6-7

Thanks for sharing your Trip Report here. Unfortunately, a lot of AC regulars have been disappointed with the changes at the Borg lately. Glad the comedy show still did well. The Boardwalk is usually not busy on Wednesdays in May. More than half the stores on the Playground Pier have been closed for a couple of years now. Few people are taking vacations yet, and many are waiting for the new Boardwalk casinos to open. Did you ride the Boardwalk Tram or see the new Steel Pier Wheel?

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2. Re: Trip Report - May 6-7

thanks for the trip report... unfortunately you had 2 things that wasted your time --- room not being available until later and the broken slot machine ... that would make things start off on a disappointing note...

I think once they get the new computer system up and running things will go smoother - its hard sometimes to work out all the bugs that go with installing and then training employees on a new system. I like that dragon machine you were talking about..

hopefully when you go back in June, things will go better... and it should be more crowded with the opening of 2 casinos and just being summertime.

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Ezyd - did not take the tram Because one of the reasons we go to the boardwalk is to walk. We only saw the Ferris wheel from a distance. Maybe will get closer next trip.

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4. Re: Trip Report - May 6-7

Thanks for your trip report. I was very disappointed to hear about your issues at Borgata. If they want to stay number 1 in AC they need to correct those things. Hard Rock and Ocean Resorts sure seem like they want to be the new number 1 casino in town. As far as the small crowds you saw midweek this time of year really isn’t surprising to me. Midweek has always been an issue in the off season. Maybe with the upcoming changes in the City that will improve that but for those who don’t get comped rooms the current midweek room rates are welcomed.

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5. Re: Trip Report - May 6-7

Thank you for posting. I always enjoy your report and info you shared with us.

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