Huge range of restaurants from casual buffets to a swanky Wolfgang Puck steakhouse to Starbucks
Room service available around the clock
Huge concert venue plus smaller theater, large night club, and two bars
Expansive meeting and event space for up to 3,500 guests
Great wellness facilities, including spa, indoor/outdoor pools, and gym
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Not within walking distance of the boardwalk (an eight-minute drive)
Daily resort fee and fees for parking
Long waits for check-in
Casino can be too smokey for some guests
Situated on the outskirts of Atlantic City, a short drive from the Boardwalk, the four-pearl Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is an enormous resort hotel with some 2000 rooms and suites. All are spacious and have huge marble bathrooms and contemporary decor, but its the casino's myriad amenities that attract many travelers. Along with a huge casino with hundreds of table games and thousands of slot machines, there's a huge concert stadium, a big nightclub, and all sorts of bars and restaurants, including a few fine dining spots created by celebrity chefs. There's also a large, lovely spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a spacious fitness center, though the added resort fees to cover all these amenities may turn some guests off and the location isn't the best. Travelers looking for something closer to town may want to consider a stay at Caesars Atlantic City instead.
Elegant Art Deco-style casino hotel popular with business travelers and adult casino-goers
Though this huge hotel opened in 2003, its architecture harkens to the Art Deco period, with pristinely manicured grounds and exteriors the color of pale egg yolks with lots of white archways and pillars. The interiors are classic and elegant, with a huge Chihully-style soft-glass chandelier at the front entrance and an elegant lobby with mirrored ceilings, soft velvet seating, and marble floors. Guest registration takes place here, though many past guests have complained of ridiculously long waits at check in. Most of the hotel's guests are casino-goers and business travelers, and while some families stay here, the facilities are geared toward an adult crowd.
Northern Atlantic City location, a short drive from the boardwalk but not much within walking distance
This hotel is located in the northern part of Atlantic City, an eight-minute drive to the Boardwalk and five minutes by car to the Farley State Marina. The Borgata's main level is directly connected to The Shoppes at The Water Club, with high-end shops including Hugo Boss and Just Cavalli along with a wine shop. It's a seven-minute drive to the New Jersey Transit railway station. The Absecon Lighthouse, Brigantine Golf Links, and Lucy the Elephant all take 10 minutes to reach by car. It's about a 25-minute drive to Renault Winery. Long Beach Island, Wildwoods by the Sea, and Cape May all take just short of an hour to reach. It's around an hour or so from the hotel to Philadelphia. New York City takes just over two hours to get to by car, depending on traffic.
Spacious rooms and suites with pleasant, contemporary decor and lovely marble bathrooms
The Borgata offers a wide variety of rooms and suites, from entry-level, 460-square-foot (43-square-meter) Classic Rooms clear up to the gargantuan Piatto Suite, which measures 1500 square feet (140 square meters). While suites have their own individual looks and feel, rooms are more or less the same in terms of decor, with lots of neutral shades of beige and muted gray brightened up by fire-hued wall art and hot pink detailing in carpets and desk chairs. Standard amenities found across categories include 46-inch or larger flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, desks, free Wi-Fi, and huge safes and irons/ironing boards in the closets. Bathrooms are gargantuan in even the smallest rooms, and come with Lather-brand toiletries and huge walk-in showers. Suites add bathrobes. Travelers booking directly through the Borgata online should note that the Club Rooms and Vista Rooms listed on the website are actually at the Water Club, the hotel's adjacent sister property.
Extensive facilities including large casino, meeting space, and nightlife venues plus fitness center, pool, and spa
The Borgata has a huge range of on-site amenities, though for many guests it's biggest draw is the giant casino, with a couple hundred table games and upwards of 4,000 slot machines. However, there are a lot of smoking areas and some past guests have complained that it gets too smokey inside. There's also a 2,400-seat event center on-site that's seen the likes of major acts such as Pearl Jam and Gwen Stefani. A smaller theater, the 1000-seat Music Box, offers regular events such as comedy shows. Other entertainment spaces include Gypsy Bar, a tequila bar with rock music, the swanky 24-hour B Bar lounge with eight flat-screen TVs for screening sports, and the Premier Nightclub, which plays host to internationally celebrated DJs such as Steve Aoki.
Wellness and recreation facilities include a huge gym with lots of treadmills, weight-training machines, and free weights. There's also an outdoor pool and a small indoor pool with two whirlpool hot tubs situated in an elegant room with high ceilings and Art Deco-style windows. The opulent spa, Spa Toccare, features 30-plus treatment rooms, a barbershop, and a beauty salon.
Business facilities include 24 venues for groups of 10 to 3,500 guests with audio-visual equipment and all sorts of catering packages. Additional smaller space is available at the adjacent Water Club. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, free of charge, and parking is available for a fee. Note that a daily resort fee is levied by the resort and is not included in advertised rates.
Huge array of casual restaurants and fine-dining outlets, a few created by celebrity chefs
Dining options here also abound, with 24-hour room service and all sorts of casual spots to eat, some with huge buffets. Options include the Metropolitan, a bistro with its own oyster bar; a buffet restaurant with a huge breakfast spread (the aptly named Borgata Buffet); NOW noodle shop; Sunroom, with tapas and other small bites; and the Bread + Butter sandwich shop. Not to mention a bakery, a Starbucks, a food court, and a beer garden. Fine-dining outlets include Izakaya (with modern Japanese fare), the Old Homestead Steakhouse, Bobby Flay Steak, and Wolfgang Puck American Grille, along with the Italian Angeline by Michael Symon, created by a James Beard Award-winning chef.
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