The Trump Taj Mahal Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Where else can you stay in a Trump hotel for under $150? (Aside from Las Vegas, of course). The enormous 17-acre property, right on the Boardwalk, has 2010 rooms spread across two towers with many of the upper-floor rooms offering excellent city and ocean views. The massive casino, the large fitness center, and the spa are all nice, but what really sets this hotel apart from other value hotels are the upscale dining options and the contemporary rooms. Though rooms in the original Taj Tower are more dated, the Chairman Tower boasts bright rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, pops of color, and flat-screen TVs.
Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Resorts Casino Hotel has some of the cheapest rooms on the Boardwalk, just steps from the beach. Opened as the first casino in Atlantic City in 1978, this hotel has evolved its original Art Deco theme into a "Roaring Twenties" theme, building on the success of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Though the hotel charges for use of the fitness center (as almost every hotel in AC does), it has all the amenities expected and then some: a casino with 2500 slot machines, a spa, a variety of restaurants, and a solid nightlife. It's Boardwalk location and it's indoor/outdoor pool are the real highlights though (most hotels have only indoor pools). But the Resorts Casino's rooms are dated, lacking modern amenities such as duvet covers and flat-screen TVs.