Updated January 2nd, 2021
(Editor’s note: Valet parking at the Trop is still closed as of this update. When valet parking resumes, we’ll update the valet section of this article accordingly.)
A steady presence in Atlantic City since 1981, The Tropicana Casino & Resort is a true AC landmark, with 2,400 hotel rooms, 25 restaurants, shops, 18 bars, entertainment venues, and oh yeah, 125,000 plus square feet of casino space.
The resort is spread out over five city blocks. With the addition of the Chelsea, the Tropicana now has five hotel towers.
All of this combines to create a big need for parking.
Fortunately there are two spacious parking garages here that combine to hold room for 5,000 vehicles.
Tropicana Atlantic City Parking Fee
How much is parking at the Tropicana in Atlantic City?
It’s complicated, and can change during busy times, (fireworks, shows, concerts etc.), but here are the basic, standard parking fees:
With Caesars/Eldorado now owning the Tropicana, some parking comps have changed.
The Tropicana Casino’s former player card (“Trop Advantage”) is transitioning to Caesars Rewards, with points from the Trop transferring to your new Caesars card. Gold is the lowest level, followed by Platinum.
As such, everyone who has a Platinum card or higher (i.e. Diamond, Diamond plus, Diamond elite and Seven Stars), receives free self-parking.
You’ll pay your parking fee when leaving the parking garage.
Tropicana Atlantic City Casino & Resort Valet Parking Fee
There are three valet parking areas. One is accessed via the entrance to the Quarter Parking garage on your left when arriving S. Brighton.
The second one is also accessed on S. Brighton and is the main hotel valet. You’ll pass the Quarter parking entrance and continue on S. Brighton, past Pacific Avenue, to the Trop’s Porte cochere.
The third valet stand is on the end of Chelsea Avenue and should be only used by those of you staying in the Chelsea Tower.
While the Chelsea Tower has the pretty sky bridge connecting to the Tropicana, self-parking is a long walk from the Chelsea Tower. We’re talking two blocks and through the casino – all while carrying your luggage.
Unless you are OK with the long walk, your best bet is to pony up for the valet parking.
As for the cost? A call to the Trop confirmed the following fee for all valet parking:
This is the standard rate and doesn’t include tip of course.
As with self-parking, rates can increase during what the Trop calls “high volume events” (i.e. almost any holiday, concerts, etc.). However my understanding is that while rates can increase on busy nights, the maximum for valet parking is $25.
Those of you with a Gold, Platinum or Black Trop Advantage card receive free valet parking.
Also, there is valet parking on Pacific Avenue, (when going west towards S. Brighton), for those of you going to one of the twenty-five restaurants at The Quarter.
Tropicana AC Parking Map
(Here the black pins show you the entrances to the self-parking, while the green stars are the valet parking stands)
There are two main driving entrances to the Tropicana: (1) on S. Brighton Avenue, and (2) on Pacific Avenue.
(1) S. Brighton Avenue
When taking this one way street towards the resort, past Atlantic Avenue, signage will point you to one of the two parking garages.
To the left will be the Quarter parking garage. This garage offers free self-parking, as well as valet parking.
It provides easy access to the Havana hotel tower, as well as the Quarter which is Tropicana’s spacious shopping, dining, and entertainment complex.
After you pass the Quarter Parking Garage entrance on your left, the casino parking garage entrance will be on your right (still before you get to Pacific Avenue).
This ten story garage is self-parking only.
(2) Pacific Avenue
This street dissects the resort, but only provides access to the hotel valet.
To get to self-parking, you have to wind your way around to Atlantic Avenue to S. Brighton.
* If you’re staying in the Havana Tower, parking in the Quarter garage makes it very close and convenient.
* As noted above, the Trop AC has 5,000 parking spaces. The second parking garage, with 2,400 spaces, was built during the resort’s massive expansion and remodel in 2004.
During initial construction of the garage, four workers were killed in October 20034, when the top five decks of the garage collapsed.
* A pretty older home at 1 South Brighton Avenue sits directly to the left of where you enter the Quarter parking garage. It has been owned by the Milano family since 1935.
The home sticks out among all of the commercial casino development, but has an interesting back story.
In 1995, the Tropicana, along with Atlantic City officials, attempted to take control of the home through an evil government seizure method called eminent domain.
They wanted to demolish the home and use it as surface parking for the casino.
Only problem was, the longtime owner-occupant of the home, Joseph Milano Sr., a World War 2 veteran, didn’t want to move.
Mr. Milano successfully fought off the casino and city officials in court, and was able to continue to live in the long-time family residence all the way until his passing in December of 2018.
(Photos courtesy of the Tropicana Atlantic City)