The Water Club
What We Love
- A giant spa menu stocked with exotic specialties; the Javanese Lulur treatment involves a Balinese massage, turmeric scrub and bath for two
- Weekly wine tastings (Saturday from 4 - 7 p.m.) with the hotel’s top sommeliers at boutique Vintage
- The Sunroom serves sparkling rosés, smoked salmon pizzettas and house-made marshmallow platters by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian
- Five (yes five) pools — three indoor and two outdoor
What To Know
- A $10 resort fee charge per night will be collected at the property
- Guests arriving Sunday through Friday can’t use the pools until after 3 p.m. (5 p.m. on Saturdays). Guests under 18 can’t use them, period
- Early risers snap up the chairs around the outdoor pools; on a sunny weekend, expect to be put on a wait list (seriously) if you arrive after 10 a.m.
- During the summer, The Water Club offers a free shuttle to Borgata Beach in Brigantine
- There is no free Internet in the hotel. WiFi costs $9.95 per day for basic and $14.95 per day for “Turbo”
- The Water Club is closed most Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning September 24, 2013
- Check-in is 4 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sundays
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Soho rain forest. Fountains plink, glass fish form a stunning chandelier, and the indoor pool winks through a fence of faux bamboo. Rich eucalyptus paneling balances the marble shell of the bright, modern lobby, which is done in soft gold, ivory and brown. Beyond, jungles erupt in the sunroom and pools, a natural habitat for lotharios on the prowl.
Bed and Bath
Apart from the kitschy fish-tank sculptures, the cushy, denlike Club Rooms don’t abide by tired sun-and-fun stereotypes. Architectural lamps, zebra wood, chrome details and shots of mustard, caramel and basketball-orange leathers lend a tropically masculine vibe, with subtle flashes of turquoise echoing the water of the bay outside. Spacious bathrooms boast separate toilets, sunken granite sinks and glass-door showers with mosaic trim and slab benches. Expansive windows — Vista suites, positioned on the corners of each floor, have glass on two sides — back a plush chenille fainting couch. Which is fortunate, as the views will make you swoon.
The life aquatic is the main pursuit at the Water Club, with five pools (three indoors, two out) on the lobby level, plus a two-lane infinity-edge lap pool and a party-size Jacuzzi at Immersion, the wonderful gym and spa specializing in exotic therapies on the 32nd floor. The rest of the dining options are at the Borgata, which you reach through a boutique row lined with names such as Hugo Boss and Cavalli. The deep portfolio of restaurants and bars includes glitzy ventures by celebrities like Wolfgang Puck (Wolfgang Puck American Grille), Bobby Flay (Bobby Flay Steak) 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-tone tequila library Gypsy Bar, a global noodle joint, a casual pizzeria, Atlantic City’s best buffet, a European café, Starbucks, an upscale sandwich shop and 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 such as Samantha Ronson and Tiesto, while the Events Center and intimate Music Box host performances by everyone from Imagine Dragons to the Beach Boys. With so many diversions it’s easy to forget the posh 161,000-square-foot casino, which is patrolled by “Borgata Babes” in strappy black catsuits pouring free top-shelf cocktails.
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 best ones 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
The water club, a short hallway walk from the casino, smells so fresh and clean and like water, of course. The rooms are large, the staff is friendly, you are close to all there is to do, but far enough away to feel the quiet and comfort
Room reservation system was down. People were restless and the staff did nothing wrong. They got yelled at for something that clearly wasn’t their fault. I commend them for the way they handled a bad hand they were dealt.
Our trip to the Borgota Atlantic City, NJ for our 47th Wedding Anniversary was very nice. My husband and I stayed in the Water Club. The room was very clean, robes were provided for use of the adults only pool and spa. We hope to be back soon.