My wife and I headed down to AC August 1-3. Took advantage of the comp night at HR and one at Oceans earned from the Tier Match from my CET Platnium card.
- Etess Arena is a cool venue and i like that they let you in/out and bring in your own drinks.
- I love their lobby bar. Solid VP options and great that they had live music going on at 5pm.
- Checked in at 10am and they happily gave me a room.
-Some of the seats at Etess had awful views. Even from the floor the stage is so narrow unless youre in the center section its tough to see.
- That said, there was NOBODY at the show. Upper levels nearly empty and lower level had plenty of open seats. We made our way down to row J in the center and there was still plenty of space. We enjoyed the show but if they're only going to sell 2000 tickets (and im sure many of those were comped) I cant see Hard Rock booking big name shows for that much longer.
- It really is a beautiful space. Clearly this was meant to be a beach resort that happens to have a casino (as opposed to other places that feel like casinos that maybe have a few restaurants). The color scheme, the indoor/outdoor spaces, the separation from the hotel and the casino floor, really just a nice vibe. I'm curious how well this will translate to the AC market and how it will play in the winter but I really enjoyed the stay and would easily stay here next time i wanted a 'getaway' with my wife.
- 12 noon checkin. They wouldnt let me check in at 11 when i showed up, telling me to show up at noon. Sure enough at 1205 i returned and was in my room by 1210.
- While the cocktail waitresses made their rounds quickly the drink selection was depressing and may prevent me from making this a 'gambling' destination. Even at the Center Bar the only comp whiskey the can offer is Jim Beam, the only gin is Beefeater, the 'nicest' beer is a Yuengling. I'm at an age where I appreciate better alcohol and really dont like the choice between free mediocre booze or paying $12 for a cocktail when i gamble (Hard Rock had no problem pouring Makers Mark). I cant imagine the cost difference between a cocktail w/ Makers and a cocktail w Beam being more than $0.25 but i can easily see this driving away some customers.
- The sportsbook was limited in the channels it could get. Wanted to watch the Yankees/RedSox but since it wasnt on local TV they couldnt get it. A good sportsbook should be able to show any baseball game regardless of who is playing. I'm hoping this is fixed by my next trip.