The Tropicana is a great place to visit if you don't mind driving to it. It's not an easy walk from the center part of the boardwalk. The shopping and restaurant choices are the best in Atlantic City and the game selection is excellent. Join the players club and you will usually receive a coupon book and emails with good offers!
I've stayed there at least 50 times, so I know a little about it. First, the rooms. The North Tower is terrible. Try to stay away from it. The South Tower is wonderful. If you like extra large showers, this is the place for you. If you're a Marathon runner or otherwise in incredible shape, the West tower is for you. Otherwise, try to avoid it.
They seem to have every slot machine there is. They try to keep them current and there are tons of them. The gaming atmosphere is pleasant and the staff friendly.
The buffet is okay. Nothing outstanding, but the food is good and there is plenty of choices. The breakfast buffet ($20) is terrific. Your eggs are made to order in front of you. Lots of sides to go with them.
The Quarter is filled with shops and restaurants. I can't tell you how pricey they are, but Brooks Brothers is very expensive. My favorite restaurant is Carmine's. It's an Italian family place with mega portions. Every meal is meant for at least 4 people. If you go with less, you will have lots of leftovers. So, order one item and you will all have plenty to eat. Since I usually go alone, I just order the garden salad. No matter how hungry I am, I never can finish it. I usually bring the leftovers to my room and have it for a midnight snack.
If you're into Asian card games, they have a large separate room devoted to that.
If you're a smoker, the entire downstairs area allows you to smoke. There are other scattered areas on the main floor where you can also smoke. Of course, about 75% of the casino is smoke-free, so there is something for everyone.
If you are booking in the winter months then this is a great place to stay. The Tropicana is one of the biggest resorts in Atlantic City. They have a shopping area called the quarter with many stores. They have many restaurants including PF Chang's, Carmines, & Hooters. Their buffet is a bit pricey ($22) but is one of the best in Atlantic City and they offer crab legs on weekends. The night life at Tropicana is also great. They have a comedy club, two bars and two clubs and they aren't for the elderly! Their rooms are nothing spectacular but they aren't bad at all either. The only negative about the Tropicana is it's location. It is basically next to nothing else in Atlantic City so be prepared to walk long distances, pay a cab, use your car or just stay in the Trop.