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Vegas-style surroundings, celebrity sightings, and entertainment
The Borgata opened its doors in 2003 as the first new property in Atlantic City in 13 years. It is, arguably, the city’s premier destination, and excellent dining, nightlife, and entertainment are on all on-site. Located two miles from the boardwalk, the Borgata was designed to provide everything guests need in one place. The scene is high-adrenaline -- on the casino floor, in the celebrity-owned restaurants (like Bobby Flay Steak) and in the bars and concert venues. Despite its enormous size, the main floor and casino are easy to navigate. The size, range of entertainment, and nightlife provide a feeling of Las Vegas in Atlantic City. And a 2012 renovation to guest rooms and hallways adds to its glitzy appeal.
On Renaissance Pointe, a two-mile drive from the Atlantic City boardwalk
The Borgata is two miles from the Atlantic City boardwalk and provides a range of entertainment designed to keep visitors on-site. Renaissance Pointe is next to the Farley State Marina and is easy to get to from local highways. The Borgata's main level is connected to the Water Club Hotel, home to high-end stores like Hugo Boss, Just Cavalli, and Vintage (a boutique wine shop).
Bright rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms
Classic rooms are nice and simply decorated in neutral colors with small pops of color. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer great views and allow substantial natural light. All rooms have a Keurig single-cup coffeemaker, while suites offer additional amenities such as large flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and spacious seating areas.
The casino floor clocks in at 161,000 square feet, offering 200 table games and 4100 slot machines. A large event space features some of the biggest acts in music, while a smaller stage offers comedy and other entertainment. This massive resort also has a spacious fitness center, inviting spa, and Italian-style indoor pool with Jacuzzis and palm trees.
Celebrity chef restaurants and a hopping nightlife scene
The Borgata is home to 12 total fine dining and casual restaurants with big names such as Bobby Flay Steak -- a regular guest at the Borgata -- and Wolfgang Puck American Grille. It is also the second location of Old Homestead, a restaurant made famous in New York City for its hand-massaged Kobe beef. The Borgata Buffet serves a substantial breakfast and there are cafés for espresso, pastries and gelato. In addition to dining, there are several nightlife options including music venues, dance clubs, and bars.
Fine dining options include: Old Homestead Steakhouse, Bobby Flay Steak, Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Izakaya (modern Japanese fare), and Fornelletto (Italian cuisine).
Casual fare on-site includes French bistro dishes at The Metropolitan; noodles at N.O.W.; buffet food at Borgata Buffet; pizza, pasta, and paninis at Roma; sandwiches at Bread + Butter; and tapas at Sunroom.
This behemoth hotel and casino on the outskirts of Atlantic City is a hub of entertainment, and arguably the city's premier destination. The 2000-room property (which opened in 2003) overlooks a marina at Renaissance Pointe. Floor-to-ceiling windows keep rooms bright, and a 2012 renovation means all rooms and suites are well-appointed with flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffeemakers. Entertainment is outstanding, from celebrity chef restaurants -- including Bobby Flay Steak and Wolfgang Puck American Grille -- to poker tables, an Italian-inspired indoor pool, and spa treatments. However, beyond entertainment, there is no outdoor pool and the hotel is not within walking distance of the boardwalk or beach.
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