Darryl McEwen

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When earlier this year Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa became the last Atlantic City property to charge a resort fee, little did anyone expect that every other casino would increase their fees. And, now, after less than a year, Borgata already has raised its fee.

At some casinos, with resort fees, taxes and parking, a “free” room could cost more than $50 per night.

To ease the burden, some casinos provide complimentary parking; others offer discounts with minimum play or food and beverage expenditures, or with a certain level players card.

Here’s a casino-by-casino breakdown. (For comparison, these resort fees include a 14 percent tax and complimentary access to WiFi. In addition, there is a $5 state occupancy fee. References to parking are for using the casino’s self-park garage where rates may vary based on day of week, special events or holidays.)

Bally’s and Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort — $27. Guests get unlimited local calls and a $5 voucher toward parking. Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders are exempt from the fee, but receive all the benefits, and they don’t pay for parking. (Total: $32 plus parking, if applicable.)

Borgata — $15. Guests get access to the fitness center and can pay with comp dollars. Titanium cardholders get the resort and occupancy fees waived. In addition, there is a $5 charge for parking which is waived for Black Label and Titanium cardholders. (Total: $20 plus parking, if applicable.)

Golden Nugget Atlantic City — $10. Guests get access to the H2O pools and hot tubs (seasonally). There is no charge for parking. (Total: $15.)

Resorts Casino Hotel — $11.40. Guests get access to the pool and fitness center, plus unlimited local calls. Star cardholders can use comp dollars to pay the resort fee, but not the occupancy fee. Red Carpet cardholders get the resort and occupancy fees waived. (Total: $16.40 plus parking, if applicable. Through Dec. 30 the casino is offering free parking.)

Tropicana Atlantic City — $10. Guests get access to the indoor pool. Trop Advantage cardholders can use comp dollars to pay the resort fee, but not the occupancy fee. In addition, there is a charge for parking which is waived for Black, Platinum, Gold and Copper cardholders. (Total: $15 plus parking, if applicable.)

Happy New Year!

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Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen, a former professional journalist, is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations. Have a comment on this or a question specifically related to an Atlantic City casino, players club or other promotion? Email Darryl at MrACCasino@gmail.com and he’ll try to respond to you personally. Your question — without your name — may appear in a future column.

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