Tropicana Hotel & Casino

The Quarter at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (JONATHAN WILSON, KRT / January 12, 2005)

The Tropicana's strongest asset could be its familiarity and price-point efficiency: You'll find recognizable restaurants (Hooters, P.F. Chang's) and practical shops (Brooks Brothers, A Time for Wine) in The Quarter.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are 170 table games including craps, roulette, blackjack, baccarat and more. Asian games, including Pai Gow poker and Pai Gow tiles, take place in Jade Palace. Tropicana offers more than 2,600 slot machines.

Entertainment: Concerts and shows range from stand-up comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer (July 7) to '80s rocker Bret Michaels (Sept. 21).

Where to eat: There's seafood at FIN, while Carmine's — an Atlantic City version of the famous New York Italian eatery — offers meals served family-style.

Where to stay: There are more than 2,000 rooms, including 350 suites available to rent.

Getting there: Take 95 North to the Walt Whitman Bridge. Take the N/S Freeway (Route 42), then merge onto the Atlantic City Expressway east into Atlantic City. Take Exit 2 and follow signs to Tropicana. Continue straight onto Albany Avenue. Turn left onto Atlantic Avenue. Turn right at S. Brighton Avenue.

Information: Tropicana Casino and Resort, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 800-345-8767 or go to tropicana.net.