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
- 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
From a lackluster greeting to a mattress that had huge indents from the thousands of previous guests the stay was disappointing all around.
My room had many signs of the 10 years it’s been open with stained carpet, worn out furniture and just a feeling of way past its prime this stay at the Waterclub disappointed.
Even the breakfast downstairs both days was disappointing with one server who was overworked and barely had time to come by my table and was frustrating even trying to get his attention to get my check. The Metropolitan took 45 mins to get a burger.
It’s apparent that MGM hasn’t invested the time or the money to keep up the place but just milks it.
Will not be coming back
A few pics of the worn out items below ..
John at the rewards desk was super friendly. Iveliz at the front desk was so professional. Nicole at the Long Bar off the front lobby was charming. This was my first time here and I am very impressed with the gaming tables, polite and friendly staff and super duper rooms. I will be back.I can’t forget Kerry at the Bell desk too.
Had a very nice one night stay on 27th floor. My only complaint were the two queen sized mattresses. Both need to be changed. Both mattresses had strong indentations of where many people had slept. I had to sleep in the middle of the bed, between the two indentations, to get comfortable.
We have stayed here numerous times and the experience is about the same each time: Very nice rooms, but the lighting is terrible. My wife could not find one mirror that had enough light to put on makeup. Very few kids, which is a big positive. The pools are great (no kids), but the indoor pool has a very slippery floor by the hot tubs and exit to the outside pool. In one day we witnessed 4 people that fell down. And I was almost one of them. Also the air temp in the indoor pool is a little cool. Despite those issues the overall pool experience was nice.
We will continue to come back, but these issues need to be addressed.
Love this hotel. From the room, to the restaurants to the bar and night club. Had a great time. The room was super clean and the staff was very nice. Didn't do a lot of gambling but had a great time. Thanks