Modern, Comfortable Quarters Stone's Throw from Atlantic City
Seven miles away, the glitzy casinos of Atlantic City sparkle and buzz. The excitement is easily accessible from Clarion Inn & Suites Atlantic City North via its hourly shuttle. But the modern, comfortable hotel also provides a quiet respite from the action thanks to its location in the sleepy village of Absecon, an ideal home base for exploring the multitude of entertainment options studding the southern New Jersey shoreline.
A light, airy atmosphere suffuses the spacious guest rooms, which feature sunny yellow walls, clean lines, and stylish furnishings. An expansive king-size bed anchors each king suite, providing a comfortable perch for channel-surfing on the flat-screen TV. A golden-hued sleeper sofa graces the adjoining sitting area, and the dark wood desk in the corner includes built-in outlets to accommodate laptops, cell phones, and travel-size belt sanders. Each double queen room houses a pair of inviting queen beds.
A refreshing dip in the indoor pool or a cleansing stint in the sauna can cap morning workouts in the fitness center, followed by a complimentary continental breakfast in the lobby. This Groupon's $20 hotel beverage credit is redeemable at any time, day or night, from the 24-hour bar next to the front desk.
Atlantic City: Seaside Gaming Mecca Steeped in American Lore
The hotel's shuttle (roundtrip service for two included) ferries a cargo of gamers and sightseers to Atlantic City's famed boardwalk throughout the day. A $40 slot credit ($20/person) lets visitors try their luck on the flashing, jangling machines at Showboat Atlantic City Hotel's Mardi Gras Casino. Afterwards, the obligatory stroll along the 8-mile oceanfront boardwalk supplies a taste of the vibrant thoroughfare's illustrious—and sometimes notorious—140-year history. The Atlantic City Historical Museum tells more of the story with its trove of artifacts, photographs, and Miss America Pageant memorabilia.
Just off the boards and fresh from a recent multimillion-dollar restoration, the 150-year-old Absecon Lighthouse lets visitors climb its 228 steps to the summit, where they can explore a replica of the original lightkeeper's lonely cloister and the collection of sock puppets he created to keep him company. The lighthouse also provides sweeping views of the city skyline and the sea. A short drive from the hotel brings travelers to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, a migratory-water-bird sanctuary set on a 47,000-acre patch of coastal wilderness.