Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
What We Love
- The haven that is the Living Room, a guests-only, key-card-required lounge with a magenta chandelier, free WiFi, a mini–gift shop, peace and privacy
- The 161,000 square feet of gaming
- Speedy room service and helpful staff
What To Know
- A $10 resort fee charge per night will be collected at the property
- A marsh, highway and bay cut the resort off from the rest of town; if you want to visit the beach (or anything else) you’ll need a cab
- WiFi is free in the Living Room but $9.95 in the guestrooms, and unless you've booked a spa treatment, expect to drop $12 on a fitness center day pass
- Borgata’s pool allows kids — the adjacent Water Club’s does not
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Though not explicitly Italian-themed, Borgata’s design has a Hadrian’s Villa vibe, with wrought iron railings, sandstone-hued pillars supporting vaulted ceilings, and tile mosaics scattered through the marble floors. Thankfully, it’s not overdone, which can’t be said for some of the housewives stalking the see-and-be-seen boulevard that encircles the plush, jangling casino like a well-buffed beltway. Inside, there are luminous blown-glass masterpieces (octopus chandeliers in silk-tented coffers, columns that look like vertical coral reefs) by maestro Dale Chihuly, whom the Borgata regularly patronizes.
Bed and Bath
Notes of fuchsia add vibrance to the stingray-gray Classic Rooms, which provide a spacious (at least 460 square feet) haven from the madness below. There’s ample breathing room, between the Italian linen–bedecked beds and the chunky furniture, including a statement desk floating on lithe convex legs and a Mad Men–era chaise and ottoman upholstered in goosebump checks. All the Classic Rooms were completely redesigned and renovated in 2012; older suites are less modern but enormous, with living rooms furnished with a sofa, marble-topped coffee table and entertainment center. Bathrooms are sanctuaries that look carved from a Carrara quarry, with recessed glass shelves stocked with luxe towels and Lather toiletries, and a shower for two (plus a soaking tub in the suites). But the best feature in all the rooms is the floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer commanding views of the ocean.
There are 161,000 square feet of gaming, so courting Lady Luck might be Borgata’s largest diversion, but the resort offers plenty of other ways to spend your time (and money), from top-shelf acts (Sting, Aziz Ansari) at the Events Center and the intimate Music Box, to gem hunting at the stylish boutiques. The deep portfolio of restaurants and bars includes glitzy ventures by celebrities such as Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay and Michael Schulson, whose Izakaya specializes in pristine sushi and charcoal-grilled robata skewers. There’s also the subterranean trattoria Fornelletto — don’t miss the burrata bar — an outpost of New York’s Old Homestead steakhouse, new haute burger bar 28 West, the jewel-toned tequila library Gypsy Bar, Atlantic City’s best buffet, and plenty more at a food court tucked below the poker room. Nightlife revolves around the two dance halls, mur.mur and MIXX, where scantily clad and well-gelled club kids catch DJs like Samantha Ronson and Tiesto for a night best remedied by a morning at the impeccable Spa Toccare. Nimble therapists detox guests with a menu of services (almond body buff, Thai tablework) almost as sprawling as the spa itself. There’s also a full salon, a man-cave barbershop specializing in straight razor shaves, the Pump Room gym and an elegant solarium and indoor pool that looks like something from the Great Gatsby set.
In the Area
While most guests stay onsite exploring the myriad entertainment, nightlife, food and wine programs (Mondays at Izakaya and mur.mur, Wine Down Wednesdays, Burlesque on Thursday and more), Atlantic City has its own unique appeal. Soft, flat beaches are the main attraction (the quietest are at the north end of the island), but the town is also a shopper’s paradise. Be warned: Credit cards melt like popsicles in July at the Walk, the pedestrian-friendly campus of designer outlets (BCBG, Michael Kors) in the center of town. After a heavy dose of retail therapy, repair to the raw bar at Dock’s Oyster House, established in 1897, for a dozen briny, petite Cape May Salts. Or try Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern, a sprawling 78-year-old saloon where steaks are buried under crab meat and blue cheese, and the free family-style salads in zesty garlic parmesan dressing will keep vampires away for weeks.
How to Get There
I love the Casino but the policy on comp rooms is bad! "No guarantee on rooms if a comp." Even if you called a made the reservation! I reserved a King non-smoking and wound up with two queens. When I asked why, I was told "Comp rooms are not guaranteed".
Never disappoints. All around the best casino by far. My husband and I go any chance we get. Highly recommend water club if you’re going without kids. Old homestead is the best restaurant although there are many great alternatives including fine dining, casual, or quick bites. Bars and lounges also have great drinks and menus. Indoor and outdoor pools are awesome.
Although the Borgata is away from the other Casinos and the boardwalk I never felt I missed anything or wanted to travel away from this Casino. Restaurants are excellent. The Borgata has the best beds in AC!!
What a fantastic resort and spa the gym was nice lots of workout equipment the pool was the perfect temperature the hot tub was nice and clean as were my hotel room. I highly suggest that you bring your significant other for a romantic getaway or bring the family just to unwind and enjoy the beautiful Amenities!!!!!
From top of the line gourmet restaurants, spas, and shopping, to the friendliest casino staff in the business, the Borgata will not disappoint! I have stayed here for over 15 years, and I have never been dissatisfied.