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The Claridge Hotel 3.5

Atlantic City, Jersey Shore, New Jersey

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Pros

  • Few minutes’ walk to the famed boardwalk and beach
  • Period design in rooms with coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs
  • Suites have living rooms with pullout sofas and wet bars
  • Some rooms have two-person whirlpools in the bedroom
  • A heated pool in a lovely, relaxing atrium
  • '20s-themed restaurant serves three meals daily
  • Rooftop bar and lounge with panoramic views
  • Arcade with video games, air hockey, and vending machines
  • Small fitness room with cardio machines and free weights
  • Large, on-site gallery with modern artwork

Cons

  • Bathrooms are dated and tired
  • Dark colors and insufficient lighting leave some areas feeling dim
  • Fee for on-site parking
  • Resort fee covers Wi-Fi and on-site amenities

Bottom Line

The three-and-a-half-pearl Claridge Hotel has an opulent design that reflects the 1920s origins of the hotel, while appealing to today’s Atlantic City traveler. The casino floor is long gone, and new features such as an art gallery, rooftop bar, arcade, and on-site restaurant have been added. Entertainment is easily accessible across a second-floor walkway to Bally’s Casino or a few minutes’ walk to the boardwalk and beach. The 500 black-and-gold guest rooms are less ornate but still in keeping with the theme, and have flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. Bathrooms are less impressive with a dated, tired look. Guests who prefer a hotel with a casino experience should check out Tropicana Casino and Resort with its Las Vegas-style streetscape.

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Scene

Beautifully decorated in the style of the 1920s, reflecting the origin of the hotel

The glitzy lobby of this AC heyday-era hotel reflects its 1929 origins

As Atlantic City’s casino era winds down, the Claridge Hotel has refocused to appeal to individual travelers and convention goers. The hotel began a $25-million renovation in 2012 to bring it to its current contemporary design. Outside, the Claridge maintains its tall, New York skyscraper look. Inside, common spaces and guest rooms have '20s-style decor reflecting its 1929 origins. The lobby is grand and opulent -- think textured ceiling, beautiful antique-style furniture, and historic photographs of the hotel’s heyday. Dark woods and heavily patterned carpets and wallpaper are appropriate to the era, but contribute to a darker feel in some areas. The boutique-vibe appeals mostly to couples, though kid-friendly features also attract families.

Location

Ideally located near the boardwalk, with plenty of restaurants and entertainment nearby

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Claridge Hotel is just off the Atlantic City boardwalk at Park Place, a four-minute drive off the expressway. Next door to the hotel there’s a public, outdoor art park where local and international artists have turned an empty outdoor space into a gallery showcasing their work. It is a three-minute walk to the boardwalk and beach, with Playground Pier Mall and Central Pier Arcade within a 10-minute walk in either direction. There are plenty of restaurants within a seven-minute walk, both on the boardwalk and through town. A three-minute drive will bring guests to Tanger Outlet Mall. There is a public bus stop at the park, just in outside the hotel. Atlantic City International Airport is a 22-minute drive away, but the nearest major hub is an hour away at Philadelphia International. 

Rooms

Appealing rooms with era decor offer mini-fridges and coffeemakers, but dated bathrooms

The spacious Standard Room keeps the ‘20s aesthetic found throughout the property, including striking carpeting, dark-wood furnishings, and gold patterns with black accents

Standard rooms are spacious, beginning at 285 square feet, and attractively decorated in keeping with the '20s theme of the hotel. Rooms have striking carpeting -- a bold ivory floral pattern on a black background -- that sets the tone of the room. Dark-wood furnishings and gold patterns with black accents in the bedrunners and curtains stand out against neutral-papered walls for a lovely, classic look. Black-and-white historic photographs of the hotel and its surroundings are the only artwork. Guests find that floor and table lamps are insufficient, and the room feels dark at night. 

All rooms have a flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, mini-fridge, iron, and a safe. Suites have separate living areas with a pullout sofa, and they include a wet bar and robes. Other upgrades offer beautiful, ornate furnishings and whirlpool tubs for two. Bathrooms are a disappointment in comparison with the room. Dated tile, laminate countertops, and florescent lights are not in keeping with the classy decor of the hotel. All bathrooms have a shower/tub combo with a plastic curtain, a hairdryer, and free C.O. Bigelow soap, lotion, shampoo, and conditioner. The hotel plans to renovate all bathrooms by June 2018.

Features

An indoor pool, rooftop bar, restaurant, arcade, and on-site art gallery

Features include an on-site rooftop bar/lounge

A range of features keep couples and families occupied while on site. The heated, indoor pool is in a spacious atrium with comfortable lounge chairs set on a concrete patio. Linen umbrellas, cabanas with couches, and a few potted plants give it a light, beachy feel. Next door is a narrow fitness room with some cardio machines and free weights. The arcade offers a variety of coin-operated video games, air hockey, and vending machines with snacks. 

A set-menu Italian restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a breakfast buffet on weekends. Other features include a rooftop bar and lounge area, a large on-site art gallery, and an on-site public theater where concerts and events are held. Conference rooms, event halls, and an opulent grand ballroom are available for business or personal events. On-site parking and valet service are available for a fee. Perks like Wi-Fi access and coffee and tea in the lobby are touted as free, but there is a mandatory daily resort fee to cover the cost.  

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Address

Park Place, Atlantic City, Jersey Shore 08401, United States

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