Modern Luxury Hotel Offering Electrifying Entertainment
Like many of the neighboring buildings in Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has a massive casino floor: 3,500 slot machines peal and blink, and there's a 100-seat racebook area where thoroughbreds gallop from screens on an enormous video wall. But beyond the casino, you can also settle into any of five fine-dining restaurants, including a few bars and lounges, and multiple entertainment venues. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's massive complex is loaded with possibilities, and you can indulge impulses at your own pace.
The Borgata has five onsite fine-dining venues—Old Homestead, Bobby Flay Steak, Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Fornelletto, and Izakaya—where you can use the included $100 dining credit. Each has its own signature entree; Old Homestead serves high-quality steaks amid warm woods and plush furniture, and Fornelletto serves veal osso bucco ravioli with a port-wine reduction.
Elsewhere, you can take a shopping spree at the surrounding boutiques or take in a show at the Borgata Comedy Club, where comedians deal out punch lines Monday–Thursday evenings at 9 p.m.
Collectively, Borgata and the adjacent Water Club hotel feature 2,800 guest rooms and suites decked out in luxurious accouterments. Each of Borgata's classic rooms features one king bed, where you can lay back and peer through floor-to-ceiling windows. All rooms have a marbled bathroom with an oversize shower, too. This Groupon also grants access to the on-site spa with a day pass, where you can work out in the fitness room, relax in the steam and sauna, or take a swim in the indoor pool. While you're there, ask about how you can rejuvenate with a bamboo-lemongrass body scrub or a Thai bodywork massage.
Atlantic City, New Jersey: Casinos Lining Historical Beachside Boardwalk
The inspiration behind the board game Monopoly, Atlantic City has long fascinated travelers as a vacation destination, a place where you can relax on the beach or indulge vices in equal measure. No trip is complete without a stroll along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, which was built along the beach in 1870 to keep sand out of hotel lobbies. It's lined with shopping venues and restaurants.
During Prohibition, law enforcement was lax in Atlantic City compared to much of America, and the mob activity in town was immortalized on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. You can learn more about local history at the Atlantic City Historical Museum, located on Garden Pier. The museum ushers you into the past with a locally focused permanent exhibit that has artifacts, costumes, posters, postcards, souvenirs, and Miss America memorabilia.
A half-mile from the Garden Pier you'll find Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey's tallest lighthouse at 171 feet. Walk up the 228 steps to the apex to come face-to-face with a fresnel lens, which has lit up the night for seafarers since 1857. It's also a great spot to get top-notch views of the Jersey Shore.
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