The Taj is not what it was when the Donald was still around, but compared to what's around it, it's still good. The blackjack and other table games are pretty much the same all over town, unfortunately. But they do have some full pay video poker at the dollar level, and they do comp rooms. The poker room is far what it used to be, they used to get t.v. coverage. But still maybe the second or third most popular room in town, especially for some low limit games. But I don't think changing the 3-6 game to 2-4-6 helped them any.
Ever since this building opened nearly 20 years ago, I've thought this is the gaudiest building in North America. Luckily they don't do up the Indian theme as much as they did when it first opened.
I like the buffet here. But the problem is that you never know when it's open until you get there. We've seen it closed on weekends and even during the summer.
The slots are okay, but there is no full pay video poker to be found. The table games are okay but the dealers could be more friendly (which applies to many Atlantic City casinos). There is a food court upstairs but it is far and hard to get to. And the security leaves a lot to be desired. One of the reasons we stop here is because I have a fondness for Hard Rock Cafe pulled pork and there's a Hard Rock here. Otherwise, it's not one of my top casinos to visit.
They seem to be making some major upgrades to this property. It changed a lot since my visit last year and it looks much richer and more contemporary. I guess they are getting away from the Indian theme?
My wife and I stayed in the new Chairman's Tower on 9/10/08. The room was very nice and the only problem was that the check-in area was quite a walk from the new hotel.
Only part of the new hotel was open and they were still working on other areas. Surprisingly, there was no noise from the construction workers.
I also must say that the beds were very comfortable.
We used the 2-for-1 buffet coupon from the American Casino Guide for the dinner buffet.?
The food was very good and the soups were especially excellent.
The desserts were also very good, a nice selection and all very tasty!
For a long time this was the king of the casinos in Atlantic City -- it was the largest and most expensive. But since the Borgata, and the other casinos like Tropicana and Harrahs trying to out-Borgata the Borgata the Taj Mahal has gone by the wayside a little bit. This is one of three casinos owned by Trump in Atlantic City and the only one to have a poker room.
The casino floor is pretty much as you'd expect with the variety of table games, a big asian area, a decent sized high-roller area and the normal amount of slots and video poker spread all over the large casino floor. The poker room is large (70+ tables) and hosts one of the widest varieties of games throughout the city along with hosting two major tournaments (the Trump Classic and the US Poker Championships) each year, along with a variety of daily tournaments of varying games and buy-ins. The casino caters to a large asian population and the place is a zoo on the weekends. They also have a popular nightclub, Casbah, that is kicking on the weekends.
They have three high-roller clubs (Bengal, President, and Maharaja) and you need varying levels of play to get into them. The bottom rung of the high-roller ladder (Bengal) is obtainable by getting a set number of points on your players card over a 6 month period. This can be tracked through the machines on the floor where you can print comps. The players card is only good at this property.
Restaurants - wow, this is a tough one. They have quite a few. There are a few that are not casino owned; Hard Rock Cafe (with merchandise shop), Stage Deli, and Sbarros. Their own restaurants are the Bengal Cafe (24 hrs) and the Sultan Buffet along with Marc Anthony's (great) and the Safari Steakhouse (great). They also have an Indian restaurant and a great new Pacific Rim Noodle Bar. In years past, I used the work "vile" in conjunction with the buffet -- but they have gotten the message and done a lot to fix the problem. Its now moved up to "passable" -- not great, passable. The Bengal Cafe has a mini-buffet that is a little substandard. There is also a super-secret poker room snack bar on the sixth floor only accessible from the poker room, but you didn't hear that from me.
The hotel is starting to show its age. It was only in the past year that they changed over from keys to cards. But its comfortable and usually available inexpensively on the weekdays -- impossible to get on the weekends. Indoor walkways to Resorts International and Showboat.
Parking is fairly standard in AC. $5 for self or valet with a transfer to another casino. Valet parking is usually pretty good, and self parking is easy as well, leaving you off on the second floor near some of the shops.