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Take a trip down the shore to Philly's glitzy and sleazy outpost by the sea. Atlantic City, home to casinos, boardwalks, and the most neon on the East coast also has ultra swanky hotels to offer. Here are our picks.


—Zach Everson

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1. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

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1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 317-1000
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This luxury casino underwent a $50 million renovation in mid-2012. All 1,566 rooms were "refreshed," according to the hotel's website and the corridors were "enveloped by sensual hints of warm color, rich textures, and dramatic lighting." Because what hotel guest doesn't want sensual hallways?

2. Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino

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2100 Pacific Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 348-4411
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Any slots player knows lining up three diamonds can be tough; this pulled off four in a row when AAA awarded it a four-diamond status in 2012. Its Qua Baths and Spa focuses on Roman rituals (probably not including assassination by stabbing though); spa treatments includes access to its three Roman Baths.

3. Tropicana Casino & Resort

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2831 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(800) 345-8767
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If there's any doubt about Atlantic City's purpose, let the video on this hotel's home page clear it up: treat a gal to gambling, dinner and shopping and she'll put a negligee and slip into bed with you (hey, is that a white envelope stuffed with money on the dresser?).

4. Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino

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2500 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 441-6000
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Its 906 rooms—which make it one of the city's smallest hotels—are "blanketed in soft, brushed gold" (because would you have expected former owner The Donald to agree to muted mauve?). Trump himself, however, no longer owns the property, having sold it in 2013 for $20 million, the lowest price ever paid for a Atlantic City casino.

5. Revel

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500 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(855) 348-0500
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The city's newest major opening, having launched just over a year ago, Revel also just came out of Chapter 11. Other than its newness, the casino/hotel stands out for its high-end dining options: Amanda (Spanish), American Cut (steakhouse) and Azure by Allegretti (Mediterranean). All three spots have an ocean view.

6. Trump Taj Mahal

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1000 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 449-1000
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Named after The Donald's favorite blues musician, Trump Taj has the city's second largest poker room (meaning there are more people to lose to), which was featured in 1998's Rounders. Make sure to book a room or site with the expansive seaside view. Also the Steel Pier amusement park is directly across from the casino.

7. Resorts Casino Hotel

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1133 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(800) 334-6378
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While the hotel itself is 35 years old, its 17,400-square-foot Margaritaville Casino just opened in May (money is more fun to waste away in a tropical motif). In addition to nightly live entertainment and a tiki bar, the restaurant has a giant blender at its entrance. There's no giant salt shaker though, likely because its lost.

8. Harrah's Resort Hotel & Casino

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777 Harrah's Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(800) 645-6774
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The first hotel/casino located in Atlantic City's marina, many of the 1980 opening's 2,588 rooms (spread out over five towers) have water views. Looking for a little Atlantic City flavor? It's Pool After Dark nightclub has featured none other than Jersey Shore's Pauly D on the turntables.

9. Bally's Casino & Hotel

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1900 Pacific Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 340-2000
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Located at Park Place and Boardwalk, the namesakes of those McDonald's Monopoly stickers you so desperately try to find, is home to the area's largest casino. In 2011 it added the Legends in Concert act where performers re-enact the schticks of famous (usually) dead people.

10. Golden Nugget

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Huron & Brigantine Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(800) 777-8477
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A 2013 AAA Four Diamond hotel (seriously, the former Trump's Castle and Trump Marina has been Trump free since 2011 (if only pop culture could say likewise). A subsequent $150 million renovation cleaned up The Donald's mess, remodeling hotel rooms and the casino and adding retail space and Chart House and Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse restaurants, according to The Review Journal.

11. The Chelsea Hotel

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111 S Chelsea Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(800) 528-3030
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This 20-story boutique (a bit of an oxymoron, but it's AC, so that's about as boutique-y as it gets) claims to be "the first non-gaming hotel to grace the Boardwalk since the 1960." USA Today ranked its Cabana Club as one of the Top Ten roof top bars and lounges in America.

1. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

This luxury casino underwent a $50 million renovation in mid-2012. All 1,566 rooms were "refreshed," according to the hotel's website and the corridors were "enveloped by sensual hints of warm color, rich textures, and dramatic lighting." Because what hotel guest doesn't want sensual hallways?

1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

2. Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino

2100 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Any slots player knows lining up three diamonds can be tough; this pulled off four in a row when AAA awarded it a four-diamond status in 2012. Its Qua Baths and Spa focuses on Roman rituals (probably not including assassination by stabbing though); spa treatments includes access to its three Roman Baths.

2100 Pacific Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

3. Tropicana Casino & Resort

2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

If there's any doubt about Atlantic City's purpose, let the video on this hotel's home page clear it up: treat a gal to gambling, dinner and shopping and she'll put a negligee and slip into bed with you (hey, is that a white envelope stuffed with money on the dresser?).

2831 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

4. Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino

2500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Its 906 rooms—which make it one of the city's smallest hotels—are "blanketed in soft, brushed gold" (because would you have expected former owner The Donald to agree to muted mauve?). Trump himself, however, no longer owns the property, having sold it in 2013 for $20 million, the lowest price ever paid for a Atlantic City casino.

2500 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

5. Revel

500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The city's newest major opening, having launched just over a year ago, Revel also just came out of Chapter 11. Other than its newness, the casino/hotel stands out for its high-end dining options: Amanda (Spanish), American Cut (steakhouse) and Azure by Allegretti (Mediterranean). All three spots have an ocean view.

500 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

6. Trump Taj Mahal

1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Named after The Donald's favorite blues musician, Trump Taj has the city's second largest poker room (meaning there are more people to lose to), which was featured in 1998's Rounders. Make sure to book a room or site with the expansive seaside view. Also the Steel Pier amusement park is directly across from the casino.

1000 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

7. Resorts Casino Hotel

1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

While the hotel itself is 35 years old, its 17,400-square-foot Margaritaville Casino just opened in May (money is more fun to waste away in a tropical motif). In addition to nightly live entertainment and a tiki bar, the restaurant has a giant blender at its entrance. There's no giant salt shaker though, likely because its lost.

1133 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

8. Harrah's Resort Hotel & Casino

777 Harrah's Blvd., Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The first hotel/casino located in Atlantic City's marina, many of the 1980 opening's 2,588 rooms (spread out over five towers) have water views. Looking for a little Atlantic City flavor? It's Pool After Dark nightclub has featured none other than Jersey Shore's Pauly D on the turntables.

777 Harrah's Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

9. Bally's Casino & Hotel

1900 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Located at Park Place and Boardwalk, the namesakes of those McDonald's Monopoly stickers you so desperately try to find, is home to the area's largest casino. In 2011 it added the Legends in Concert act where performers re-enact the schticks of famous (usually) dead people.

1900 Pacific Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10. Golden Nugget

Huron & Brigantine Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

A 2013 AAA Four Diamond hotel (seriously, the former Trump's Castle and Trump Marina has been Trump free since 2011 (if only pop culture could say likewise). A subsequent $150 million renovation cleaned up The Donald's mess, remodeling hotel rooms and the casino and adding retail space and Chart House and Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse restaurants, according to The Review Journal.

Huron & Brigantine Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

11. The Chelsea Hotel

111 S Chelsea Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

This 20-story boutique (a bit of an oxymoron, but it's AC, so that's about as boutique-y as it gets) claims to be "the first non-gaming hotel to grace the Boardwalk since the 1960." USA Today ranked its Cabana Club as one of the Top Ten roof top bars and lounges in America.

111 S Chelsea Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401