What We Love
- Great location smack in the center of the boardwalk and two seconds from the beach
- Atlantic City’s most comfortable hotel beds
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- No casino on-site, but lots within walking distance
- The upscale restaurant and warren of lounges on the fifth floor are open only on weekends, even in the summer
- Nicks and scrapes in the public areas make the hotel look older than its five years
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
No casino, but lots of Casino: animal prints, Hollywood Regency furniture, lion statues and plaid. You half expect Ginger Rothstein to waltz through the front door. Instead, a crowd of weekenders from Philly, Jersey and New York inhabit spaces furnished with built-in bookcases, brick fireplaces, studded loungers and grape soda–colored sofas.
Bed and Bath
Luxe Rooms in the main hotel tower vary in size and views, but they share the same blend of metallic wallpaper, Louis XIII mirrors, leopard-upholstered wingback chairs, arabesque cabinetry and parrot lamps. It’s wacky but it works, especially in the Ocean View King Rooms, where the collection is spread over a comfortable 350 square feet. The bathrooms, by contrast, are cool white lockers, with subway-tile glass-front showers, twin sinks and glitzy terrazzo floors.
On weekends only, nightlife at the Chelsea revolves around the ritzy fifth floor, an indoor-outdoor hive of game rooms, balcony lounges, velvet-roped bottle service dens and the recently reimagined restaurant, Dining on the Fifth Floor, which has horseshoe banquettes that overlook the ocean. Families should skip the cabana-lined main pool and head downstairs to the quieter saltwater Oasis pool, which is flanked by gardens, patio tables and the low-rise Annex, or hop over the boardwalk to the Chelsea Beach Club. Order snacks from the hotel diner, Teplitzky’s, which, unlike Dining on the Fifth Floor, is open all day every day for upgraded grub like salmon BLTs and monkey bread with crème anglaise. After-sun skincare and salt scrubs are on order at the Chelsea’s 10-treatment-room Sea Spa, which offers a coed Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, as well as a small fitness center.
In the Area
If the beach is the prime activity in Atlantic City, strolling the boardwalk is second. Lined with restaurants, bars, amusement piers and shops specializing in everything from high-end jewelry to tarot card readings, the iconic expanse of planks is AC’s lifeline. A five-minute walk from the Chelsea, the Quarter at Tropicana has an IMAX theater, comedy club and an alluring Old Havana vibe. Further up, the Pier Shops at Caesars boast fashion outposts of Louis Vuitton and Gucci, and branches of Stephen Starr’s Buddakan and Continental restaurants.