It was winter football weather two weekends ago when I decided to take a ride down Garden State Parkway South to take in the New Jersey sports betting scene and the games on NFL Wild Card Playoff Weekend while checking out what’s happening at the Bally’s Atlantic City property.
To put it mildly, a lot is happening.
Upgrades and renovations are happening at many casino properties throughout the city, and Bally’s is taking it to the next level.
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With its company slogan — Be a part of our return to glory! — Bally’s is currently undergoing a $100 million dollar renovation that includes upgrades of everything from the hotel lobby and lobby bar to more than 750 renovated hotel rooms — one of which I stayed in.
The rooms offer a “coastal” feel and view of the Atlantic City skyline to the Atlantic City shoreline. The spacious, new redesign includes a brand-new bath area with updated vanities, stand-alone tubs and all-new showers and is the perfect respite following a night of wagering and dining on the property.
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On premises, FanDuel Sportsbook, which opened in 2021, is located by the northern boardwalk casino entrance. The inside of the sportsbook has a 25-foot-wide, state-of-the-art LED video wall in the center, two 10-foot LED video walls on either side and 10 video displays. Five live betting windows are available for bettors, along with 20 self-service betting kiosks in the book and along both sides of the casino entrance. You also can reserve recliner seats right up front of the sportsbook for a comfortable viewing experience and high-top tables in the back of the book for eating and betting.
Bally’s also recently added a food and beverage menu within the sportsbook, highlighted by a self-pour beer wall. The sportsbook lounge is one of five new dining experiences, joining Water Dog, Dining on the Sixth, Red Bowl 88 and Longo’s Meatballs and Martinis. Longo’s is a great place to sit down and have a nice Italian dinner, with live music offered throughout the restaurant.
An in-house Dunkin' Donuts is also open 24 hours, and you have the option to order coffee and donuts right from your TV in your hotel room and have it delivered for a nominal fee.
High Limits Room Progressing
Back in September, Bally’s announced plans for a new high limits room, just after in-house renovations began. The first phase of the room was completed in November. It is designed for elite guests, featuring mini-baccarat, blackjack, roulette and craps tables. The goal of the room — to create a unique ambiance for players and guests, as the upscale lounge will feature plush seating, TVs and light food fare.
So, if you can beat the expected winter weather coming into the area this weekend, take a visit to Atlantic City.
You certainly will get a different vibe, a different look and a definite return to glory at Bally’s.