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Well, Atlantic CIty is full of flavor! It has from the elite to the destitute. You may hear different opinions and if they are from Ballys/winbig/debbie you are also in good hands because they know AC as well. This might get long and boring because its my favorite subject. I have been going to AC for 46 years and counting. Infact I will be there in 4 weeks for a few days
The fanciest hotel with the most luxury is called the Borgata. That is at the marina near Harrahs and Trump Marina by the marina near a lil town called bringantine. You can see the hotels from the expressway and boardwalk. Its north of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Harrahs and Trump Marina are also nice so if your there for a few days, its worth the cabride or drive over there.
If you want to play it safe (not that you wouldnt be safe elsewhere) but Ill take you as a conservative. The South end of the boardwalk is the safest. Its called downbeach. That is where you will find the (in order from south to north) The Hilton, Tropicana, Caesars, WildWIldWest, Trump Tower. To be honest, I dont walk past the Trump because it all looks the same on the boardwalk.
The casinos from South to North include Trump TajMahal which has the largest poker room in New Jersey, The Showboat which has blues bands and its kind of new orleansish, THey took down the Claridge (i think). This part of the boardwalk is where you will find the most seedy but at the same time a lot of wealthy because of Trump being there. I just prefer downbeach not passing Caesars because its more pleasant to the eyes. They are working on it.
If you let me know your exact dates when you find out and let me know what you prefer for entertainment, I will be more than happy to find out who is in town and whats going on. If you want to walk the boards to troll the casinos, May-Sept is the prime time weather wise. It can get very cold and windy if you go in the winter.
I also can recommend fabulous restaurants for you if you wish.