I stayed at Harrah's a few years ago and I liked the place.
The rooms were nicer than the Showboat, but they don't have any decent video poker. I believe there are only two $1 9/6 Jacks or Better machines in the entire casino
As far as being stranded, there is now a free shuttle among all of the Harrah's properties. All you have to do is show your player's club card and you can get a free ride to the other Harrah's properties on the Boardwalk: Caesars, Showboat and Bally's
My wife and I have been going to Harrah's faithfully over the past 10-15 years. The food is great, the rooms are comfortable, there is a good variety of slot machines. Staying at Harrah's and trying the other casinos on the boardwalk, I always go back to Harrah's. My wife and I always have a very nice stay at Harrah's. Many thanks to our host (fernando desilva) who has always accommodated us with a wonderful stay. Always in a professional manner. Out of the 12 casinos that we have stayed, Harrah's is the best. The promotions and offers that we receive today are just as good as they were 15 years ago. Keep up the good work.
This is one of the better casinos in Atlantic City. It's not on the Boardwalk, but in the Marina district. They do have a shuttle for hotel guests and Total Reward Platinum and Diamond members to take to one of their sister casinos on the Boardwalk, but it is usually full and doesn't run consistently. So I usually pay the $2.25 for the jitney which comes extremely often.
The casino has decent blackjack, and even $5 tables weekday mornings. Decent, but not full-pay, video poker. They could hire a few more people for the Total Rewards desk. The Pool is nice and doesn't allow anyone under 21 (a plus). They do have a family pool somewhere, but I've never gone looking for it. The buffet is expensive but worth the price. And one of the few places in town where the dealers have personalities and are pleasant.
In Atlantic City, I definitely prefer the casinos in the Marina. Harrah's has a good selection of games and a variety of restaurants to choose from, including a food court to get something quick. Lately, it seems that the "college-age party crowd" arrives on Friday evening and departs on Sunday. Therefore, it is not the quietest place on the weekends! The rooms are fine but not as nice as the neighboring Borgata.
Like another reviewer, my husband and I were given a promotional room. We did not receive the room type we requested and when we did get a room, we walked in and it was filthy. There was hair all over the bathroom (like it had never been cleaned). Needless to say, we were quite grossed out. While they did come to clean the room, it kind of made me wonder what else had not been cleaned in the room that we could not see!
Did horrid on the slots....did take the shuttle to properties on the boardwalk, but do have a complaint. The shuttle drops you off at Ceasar's in the bus terminal which does not always have the nicest of characters hanging around there. The shuttle runs until after midnight, however there is no security or anything while standing and waiting for the shuttle to arrive. i happily paid for cab fare rather than wait for the shuttle down there with some unsavory characters milling about!!!