Fine Dining and Vivacious Nightlife Set among Chic 1940s-Style Décor
Neon purple lights cast a muted glow upon a slender tower, gradually turning darker as its 20 stories reach into the seaside sky. This is the centerpiece Luxe Tower of The Chelsea, and its dimly lit exterior looks like it was plucked from the celluloid of a film-noir classic and placed right along the Atlantic City skyline. Inside, retro-chic décor—such as crystal chandeliers in the ballroom and abstract-shaped lamps—complements the glamorous past of the bustling entertainment center with more modern luxuries.
Each of the chic rooms embody the hotel's signature retro style. The Ocean king room reveals direct, panoramic views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean and up-close views of a 37-inch flat-screen television from a king-size bed, and the Water queen room’s two queen-size beds and partial ocean view make family vacationing a breeze. Sojourners can retire to cushy beds draped in custom linens after they entertain visitors at the minibar, and a stylish desk provides plenty of space for writing letters to rooms below.
The Chelsea’s two restaurants welcome vacationers to distinct styles. Teplitzky’s—named after the hotel’s first owners—serves up classic American diner fare and inventive platters such as stuffed challah french toast layered with berries and mascarpone cheese ($12). Loungers hop atop vintage barstools to sip cocktails such as the Rita Hayworth, a cauldron of St. Germaine Elderflower, prosecco, and club soda ($9). The chefs at Chelsea Prime, the hotel’s upscale steak house, dish up hearty cuts, fresh seafood, and perfectly mixed martinis. Black-and-white photographs of 1940s Atlantic City surround a glossy white grand piano, all set against an expansive ocean-view backdrop.
As the sun sets, The Chelsea’s Fifth Floor buzzes with lively nightlife at three bars. At the rooftop Cabana Club, private cabanas equipped with plasma screens and minibars border communal-seating areas that encircle a sparkling pool where swimmers splash at Saturday and Sunday afternoon parties. Just a few steps inside, art deco-meets-art nouveau adornments imbue C5 with a 1970s London rock 'n' roll atmosphere. Late-night revelers can casually imbibe cocktails next to a purple billiards table or tap toes to music from live DJs every Saturday. A further stroll across The Fifth Floor uncovers The Living Room, a cozy, couch-filled nook featuring a 2,500-square-foot terrace.
Atlantic City: Boardwalk Entertainment Next to Sprawling Beachfront
The Chelsea is located along the water, just minutes from Atlantic City’s bustling, landmark boardwalk. Roller coasters and ferris wheels zip thrill seekers along rainbow-colored tracks above the various piers, where antique shops and restaurants stand alongside live entertainment venues. Numerous museums and educational centers sprinkled throughout the boardwalk dish on the area's rich local history and aquatic wildlife. Surrounding blocks flicker with the lights of the city's famed casinos, which draw in players to test their luck during a poker game or build biceps by pulling the lever of every slot machine.
Leisurely pursuits await at Atlantic City’s sprawling beach, where The Chelsea can equip guests with beach supplies, such as lounge chairs and umbrellas, or set beach-goers up in one of the rentable private cabanas. Further inland, idyllic landscapes wind with challenging golf courses and surround charming nearby towns.