The last holdout in Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, began imposing a $10 daily resort fee this month. The fee includes complimentary Wi-Fi — which was formerly $9.95 a day, but was optional — and admittance to the fitness center, which had been $15 per day, but also was optional. MyBorgata cardholders can use comp dollars to pay the fee.
Atlantic City’s other casinos all have daily resort fees, but what’s included in the fee, and how it can be paid, vary from casino to casino.
[In addition to the resort fee, all Atlantic City casinos assess a mandatory per day charge for state and local taxes and fees. At some casinos this extra $5 is bundled as part of the resort fee. For comparison purposes, I’ve deducted it from the amounts shown below.]
Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah’s Resort: The fee is $20 and includes standard speed Wi-Fi for up to two devices, local phone calls and $5 toward parking. Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders are exempt. Comp dollars may not be used to pay the fee.
There are additional charges to use the fitness centers and pools at Bally’s and Caesars, but upper level Total Rewards cardholders may qualify for complimentary or discounted access.
For hotel guests at Harrah’s there is a complimentary fitness center on the third floor, a family pool on the fourth floor that’s open seasonally and The Pool — the indoor pool which is opened to registered guests on a complimentary basis during certain hours.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City: The fee is $5 and includes Wi-Fi access for one device, as well as admittance to the H20 pool and hot tubs. 24K Select cardholders cannot use comp dollars to pay the fee. Access to the fitness center is $10 a day per person, but comp dollars can be used to cover this charge.
Resorts Casino Hotel: The fee is $11.40 and includes complimentary Wi-Fi, local phone calls, and access to the health club and pool. Star cardholders can use comp dollars to pay the fee, but not the mandatory $5 charge.
Tropicana Casino & Resort: The fee is $7 and includes complimentary Wi-Fi and use of the indoor pool. Trop Advantage cardholders can use their comp dollars to pay the fee. For registered guests, an exercise facility is available for $10 a day per person.
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort: The fee is $10 and includes use of the indoor pool. Internet access costs an additional $12.95 per day and admittance to the fitness center is $20 a day per person. Comp dollars cannot be used to pay the resort fee or for Internet access.
At all Atlantic City casinos there is an additional 14 percent room tax, but there are no room taxes on complimentary accommodations.
Except at Golden Nugget where self-parking is free, Atlantic City casinos charge a fee to park, which may vary based on day of the week or due to special events or holidays. Certain level cardholders in a casino’s player loyalty program, or those dining in a casino restaurant, may qualify for complimentary or discounted parking rates.
Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen, a former professional journalist, is president of his own consulting firm. Have a comment or a question specifically related to an Atlantic City casino? Email MrACCasino@gmail.com and Darryl will try to respond to you personally. Your question - without your name - may appear in a future column.