Atlantic City has long been a hot destination for gambling and partying. The south Jersey city is home to world-class restaurants, a famous boardwalk and beach, an amusement park and great concerts and entertainment.
Whether you’re a high roller or are traveling on a smaller budget, here’s where to stay in Atlantic City, including AAA Diamond Rated hotels.
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Where to stay in Atlantic City on a budget
The Sheraton is the perfect option for those looking to hit Atlantic City on a budget, but it is also great for families. The hotel is located a short distance from the main strip of hotels and resorts, so it’s a bit quieter. The lack of a casino at this hotel is also a plus for families, as there is no all-night action on the premises. The rooms are all non-smoking, and have a warm feel with gold, burgundy and plum accents throughout. And if you love to shop, you can spend all day next door at the Atlantic City Tanger Outlets. AAA members save extra at select Tanger Outlet locations.
Just one block from the beach and boardwalk, the Courtyard by Marriott Atlantic City gets you close to the action at an affordable price. The lobby and well-appointed roomed are sleek, stylish and modern to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. There’s also an on-site fitness room and a bistro, so you don’t have to go too far to start your day off with a good breakfast.
Mid-range Atlantic City hotels
The Chelsea Hotel is a hip but affordable option for your stay. The hotel is very popular among younger guests, with a retro feel and a happening social scene. Fireplace lounges, private poolside cabanas and intimate nightclubs give the hotel more of a sophisticated vibe than what many of the Atlantic City hotels offer. The property also features two pools (one on the rooftop), two restaurants, a spa and resort-style beach service. The Chelsea doesn’t have its own casino, but is just a short walk down the boardwalk to gamble.
If you’re looking for the full Atlantic City experience at a reasonable price, the Tropicana Casino and Resort is an excellent option. This massive waterfront property, which has over 2,000 rooms split between three towers, includes free Wi-Fi, contemporary décor and even video game consoles. Tropicana is home to eight full-service restaurants including the Atlantic City locations of famous eateries like The Palm Restaurant and Carmine’s, as well as numerous casual eateries and sports bars that offer everything from Tacos to seafood.
The Tropicana also has its own three-floor casino that consists of over 3,000 slot machines and over 100 table games. Or if you would rather spend your money on more tangible things than gambling (or if you win big), the hotel has its own mall called The Quarter. For relaxing and entertainment, the resort contains both an indoor and outdoor pool (complete with a swim-up bar), a full-service spa, beach service that includes cabanas for rent right on the sand and an IMAX movie theater. Catch a live show at their 2,000-seat theater, which regularly hosts headlining acts.
Luxury Atlantic City hotels
The Caesars Atlantic City location keeps with the ancient Roman theme of its Las Vegas counterpart and offers a wide array of attractions. The 1,100 room resort is located right on the beach and boardwalk and is home to its own casino with over 3,400 slot machines and 135 table games. All of the rooms at Caesar’s have floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views. And you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to relax by the rooftop pool.
Caesars’ many dining options range from places to grab a quick bite to upscale steakhouses, including a pub and grill by world-famous chef Gordon Ramsey, while nightlife at the hotel features the 8,500 square foot DUSK nightclub and two full-service bars. For fun, day or night, there’s also The Playground, a nightlife, entertainment and shopping complex located on a pier adjacent to the resort, connected by a skyway, which offers a unique indoor row of shops, pubs, bars and live music venues inspired by Nashville’s Broadway and Memphis’ Beale Street.
The Borgata is one of the newer complexes in Atlantic City, having opened in 2003, but it has cemented itself as one of the town’s best hotels in its relatively young life. The hotel’s casino is one of the largest in Atlantic City with almost 3,500 slots and 200 table games occupying its 161,000 square feet. And when it comes to dining, Borgata is second to none. Among its many dining options, it has five fine-dining restaurants with establishments by world-renowned chefs like Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck. The Borgata’s outdoor pool, surrounded by lush gardens and palm trees, is one of the top in the city.
Nightlife is also a huge draw at the Borgata. The complex is home to two concert venues as well as a comedy club, numerous bars and lounges and nightclubs that regularly feature celebrity DJs. The hotel is located about two and a half miles from the Atlantic City beach and boardwalk, but it runs shuttles to neighboring beaches on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months.
The Water Club at Borgata is also a AAA Four Diamond property and includes it’s own spa, pools and shopping. Book now.
The Golden Nugget Atlantic City is not only one of the top Atlantic City hotels, but one of the top New Jersey hotels. This resort and casino complex shies away from the gimmicky themes that many places in Atlantic City offer and focuses on giving it’s guests a more luxurious stay. Smaller than the city’s mega-resorts with only 727 rooms, the hotel boasts are more intimate feel throughout, while also offering an outdoor pool with a poolside lounge and fire pits, a 500-seat theater, a full-service spa and a varied selection of restaurants.
Nightlife at the Golden Nugget includes Haven Nightclub, which plays a blend of EDM and hip-hop music. But for those looking for something a bit more relaxing Rush Lounge, Bar 46, and the H20 poolside bar and grill are all great places to sit and have some drinks with friends. Be sure to also check out The Deck, an outdoor restaurant that has been voted as having the best deck by the Atlantic City Press.
For more information on where to stay in Atlantic City as well as deals and discounts, visit AAA.com/Hotels.
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By John McHugh