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Eleven Essential Atlantic City Hotels

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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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Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

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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?

Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino

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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.

Tropicana Casino & Resort

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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?).

Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino

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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.

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.

Trump Taj Mahal

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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.

Resorts Casino Hotel

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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.

Harrah's Resort Hotel & Casino

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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.

Bally's Casino & Hotel

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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.

Golden Nugget

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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.

The Chelsea Hotel

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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.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

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?

Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino

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.

Tropicana Casino & Resort

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?).

Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino

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.

Revel

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.

Trump Taj Mahal

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.

Resorts Casino Hotel

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.

Harrah's Resort Hotel & Casino

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.

Bally's Casino & Hotel

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.

Golden Nugget

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.

The Chelsea Hotel

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.