Hotel at a Glance: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
A stroll through Borgata’s casino offers nearly endless gaming opportunities. Speckled amidst a sea of 3,475 slot machines are roughly 200 table games, including Pai Gow tiles, Spanish 21, and Baccarat. There’s also plenty of poker—you can play a hand or two of Caribbean Stud and Texas Hold’em. The hotel’s dining options are almost as boundless. Besides the five fine-dining restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs like Michael Schulson, you can grab a casual bite at numerous cafes and restaurants. After hours, check out Long Bar for a nightcap or go dancing at Premier, one of the city’s hottest nightclubs.
- Added perks: Depending on the chosen option, this deal can include two comedy club tickets, a $50 or $100 dining credit, and two passes to Spa Toccare per stay.
- Bet on the horses in the casino’s 100-seat racebook area, where thoroughbreds gallop from screens on an enormous video wall.
- See a concert or comedy show in one of the hotel’s entertainment venues.
- Relax in your room’s plush bed—outfitted with custom Sealy mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets—while gazing out at the city lights from floor-to-ceiling windows. Fiore suites have 52-inch flat-screen TVs and deep soaking tubs.
- Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck both have gourmet restaurants here. Flay’s steakhouse serves up juicy Philadelphia-style strips, while Puck’s American Grille offers gulf shrimp and sweet corn risotto with crispy parsley.
- Onsite spa: Indulge in facials, massages, and mud floats.
- Pick up a new suit or dress to wear to the casino in the onsite Hugo Boss and Just Cavalli boutiques. Among the other stores are a wine shop and luxury jewelry store.
Atlantic City, New Jersey: Casinos and Carnival Rides Lining Historical Beachside Boardwalk
No trip to Atlantic City is complete without a stroll along its signature boardwalk, which stretches for 6 miles along New Jersey’s eastern coast. Originally built in 1870 to keep sand out of hotel lobbies, the boardwalk grew in popularity as a place where you could drink and gamble during Prohibition without much trouble from the police, as depicted in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The boardwalk is still popular for its casinos, but it’s family-friendly, too; visitors are just as inclined to sit at the beach or stop at one of the many carnival rides.
On the boardwalk, it’s worth it to check out the Absecon Lighthouse, which is more than 150 years old. It’s possible to climb its 228 steps to the top, which features sweeping views of the city skyline and the sea. Down at the base, you’ll find a replica of the original light keeper’s lonely cloister and the collection of sock puppets he created to keep him company.
Proving further that Atlantic City isn’t all nightclubs, boardwalk, and casinos is Gardner’s Basin, a maritime village along the bay. Here, a community of artisans uses seashells and driftwood to hand-make items such as wind chimes and picture frames. However, the Basin’s biggest claim to fame is the 25,000-gallon Atlantic City Aquarium swimming with turtles and rays.