1 . Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

West Atlantic City, New Jersey

CALL DIRECT: +1 (609) 317 - 1000

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You may have heard about the revival of Atlantic City – the famous boardwalks are once again the scene of dazzling nightlife, dining and ocean recreation. Well, much of that has to do with the Borgata, which opened in 2003 as the first new Atlantic City hotel property in more than a decade.

Which helps it fit nicely into our No. 1 spot. The Borgata isn’t just an Atlantic City resort hotel. It’s a symbol of the entire vacation destination, with 2,000 guest rooms and suites, 12 destination restaurants, four nightlife concepts and the 54,000-sq.-ft. European-style Spa Tocarre. If you’re sensing an Italian theme here, you should see the entire hotel. It radiates classic Italian style, with vignettes of American and free-spirited vagabond. A highlight, of course, is the casino – all 161,000 whopping sq. ft. of it, with 4,100 slots and just about every table you game you can think of or pronounce. That’s in addition to the 85-table poker room, Atlantic City’s largest, and a variety of luxurious accommodations just steps away. If you’ve been thinking about an Atlantic City casino vacation, the Borgata is the kind of place that turns thought into fast action.

Related Onsite Offerings

Borgata features 11 specialty boutiques on “Via Borgata,” which offer men’s, women’s and children’s fashions, gifts, toys, housewares and other essentials.

Highlights

Private group dining is available at a range of restaurants at the Borgata, including Fornelletto, Izakaya, Seablue, Bobby Flay Steak and Wolfgang Puck American Grille.

Getting there

From New York City, follow NJ Turnpike and take Exit 11 to the Garden State Parkway. Take Exit 38 to the Atlantic City Expressway. At the end of the Expressway, take Exit 1 toward the Convention Center/Marina/Brigantine to the Atlantic City Connector. Proceed through the tunnel, pass Exit E and stay left. Exit at Renaissance Pointe/Borgata (Exit H).

2 . Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey

CALL DIRECT: +1 (609) 441 - 5000

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Whether you know it or not, Harrah’s is all over Atlantic City – but this is the flagship. Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City is part hotel, part resort with so many completely different experiences in one place it’s hard to imagine ever running out of places to explore on your Atlantic City vacation.

Take the swimming pool, for example – or rather, The Pool. This tropical oasis is very likely to relax you during daylight. But at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, darkness outside means electric energy inside as The Pool transforms into a vibrant club scene. The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at Harrah’s is another way to escape, to put it mildly, along with a variety of restaurants and eclectic, luxurious shops. Harrah’s is also known for its contribution to the skyline, with the tallest hotel tower in Atlantic City. More than 160,000 sq. ft. encompass the casino at Harrah’s, which offers 3,800 slots on its newly expanded casino floor. The Atlantic City gaming facility also features a 40-table poker room and more than a dozen types of table games. Combine this with a waterfront marina location, and there’s simply no way to experience it all in just one trip. Care to make Atlantic City a regular vacation stop?

Related Onsite Offerings

The fitness facility at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City combines state-of-the-art equipment with garden surroundings and plenty of natural sunlight.

Highlights

The world-class Red Door Spa at Harrah’s features a Jacuzzi room, salon services and a health food café.

Getting there

From New York City, follow NJ Turnpike and take Exit 11 to the Garden State Parkway. Take Exit 38 to the Atlantic City Expressway. At the end of the Expressway, take Exit 1 (the Marina Exit) to the Atlantic City Connector. Follow the signs to Harrah's Resort Atlantic City.

3 . Caesars Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 524 - 2867

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The Caesars empire, well-known in Las Vegas, has sprung up on the East Coast, and their empire is your empire at Caesars Atlantic City. If you come to see it, you’ll be left breathless by the hotel. And if you come to conquer it, the 145,000-sq.-ft. casino is not to be missed.

Even if you don’t emerge victorious among the 3,000 slot machines and 135 table games (et tu, Brute?) the natural light, stone and Roman Rituals at the Qua Baths and Spa are well worth the trip. Like other Atlantic City casino resorts, Caesars has a happening daytime bar scene; unlike other resorts, it’s on the roof of the hotel and features a pool, sun, liquid refreshments and even morning hours for families. And when you spend $3 million on a casino-floor lounge called Toga, our hats go off to you! Actually the empire extends through live entertainment, too, with a 1,500-seat theater – called Circus Maximus, of course - that’s got the space and the sound for acts known worldwide.

Highlights

Rapid Roulette at Caesars Atlantic City employs a slot-type touch screen for quick fingertip betting and a faster-paced roulette game that still offers the familiarity of the wheel and live dealer.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Pier Shops at Caesars is a 464,000-sq.-ft. retail and dining destination on the Atlantic City boardwalk, with 80-plus retail stores and restaurants including Burberry, Baccarat, Gucci, Tiffany & Co. and Hugo Boss.

Getting there

All roads lead to Caesars, but from New York City, follow Garden State Parkway South to Exit 38. Follow Atlantic City Expressway south. Caesars is located at the end of the AC Expressway - on the left side as you enter Atlantic City.

4 . Bally's Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey

CALL DIRECT: +1 (609) 340 - 2000

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This isn’t going to make any sense: Bally’s Atlantic City is the Western-most East Coast casino resort we’ve ever heard of. That becomes more clear when you consider that Bally’s is home to three casinos with names like Wild Wild West and The Claridge. All part of 200,000 sq. ft. of fun!

Bally’s Atlantic City has much more than gaming, of course, and involves much more than just a themed adventure on your Atlantic City vacation. There’s a full-service salon for both men and women, the sumptuous Spa at Bally’s, and an indoor pool area with seven whirlpools and extensive workout and fitness equipment, and seven luxury shops on site. You can extend your Western experience at the Mountain Bar – or you can dive into a varied world of styles at venues like Blue Martini and the summer Bikini Beach Bar. For something really big, you can also visit the Main Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City for live entertainment on a grand scale. Which might even include – you guessed it – country and western performers!

Related activities

The nearby Boardwalk Hall hosts some of Bally’s Atlantic City’s largest events such as championship-caliber fights and Top 40 concerts.

Related Onsite Offerings

Bellezza is a full-service salon for men and women, with services including hair styling, nail treatments, skin care and waxing.

Getting there

From New York City, follow Garden State Parkway South to Exit 38 Atlantic City Expressway. Follow directly south towards Atlantic City to its end. Proceed to the third traffic light and turn left on Pacific Avenue. Bally's Atlantic City is two blocks down on the right side.

5 . Tropicana Casino and Resort

Atlantic City, New Jersey

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We checked the map, and noticed that the tropics are pretty far from Atlantic City. But not when you consider what the Tropicana Casino and Resort is: a celebration of its original location in Havana, Cuba, with plenty of modern luxury that fits right into your Atlantic City casino vacation.

Case in point: The Quarter, which is a collection of restaurants, entertainment and shopping that recalls Old Havana and the days long ago when the original Tropicana was the Queen of all Havana Casinos. It’s a recreation of Havana’s old streets – and of its sounds, including live music at Tango’s Lounge, karaoke and more. There’s even a Havana Tower directly above all the action, featuring beautiful guest rooms with Internet and 25-inch TVs. About the modern stuff: that would include bluemercury® apothecary, which in today’s terms is a full-service spa, and a casino with several creative variations on slot playing - the high-stakes Crystal Room, the premium Palm Cove and Havana Rooftop Slots, with salsa music, Havana décor and artwork and even some enticing Havana aromas. Ole!

Highlights

The breathtaking New Yorker Suite gives you an unforgettable 50th-floor view of Atlantic City and features three elegant bedrooms, four baths, a grand piano and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Tropicana offers the VIP Diamond Club card, with EZ Promo Slot Dollars and dining comps, Quarter Comp Dollar awards for shopping, dining, and nightlife in the Quarter and Marketplace outlets, complimentary show tickets and invitations to exclusive parties and events to name a few of its exclusive benefits.

Address

2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6338

6 . Trump Taj Mahal Hotel Casino

Atlantic City, New Jersey

CALL DIRECT: +1 (609) 449 - 1000

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The Muslim visionary for the actual Taj Mahal in India described it like this: “Should a sinner make his way to this mansion, all his past sins are to be washed away.” We can’t promise that, but we can promise that the Trump Taj Mahal is No. 6 among our top 10 casino resorts in Atlantic City.

The emperor Shah Jahan also said “In this world this edifice has been made; To display thereby the creator's glory.” While we suspect that might also be true in this case, the Trump Taj Mahal certainly stands as a testament to a fantastic Atlantic City vacation. Its 1,250 guest rooms and suites vary from stylish comfort to sleek, modern luxury to the absolutely stunning, and five clubs, and two concert venues attract world-renowned entertainment. The warm tones and myriad architectural accents of the Trump Taj Mahal make gaming a true experience among 3,000 slots, a 70-table poker room and 120 table games. Unlike the actual Taj Majal, this Atlantic City casino resort is anything but a mausoleum!

Highlights

Trump Taj Mahal is the proud home of the High Limit Gaming Salon, inspired by the finest of Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, Paris, London and Macau – a truly premium player experience with state-of-the-art audio and video technology.

Getting there

From New York City, follow the NJ Turnpike and take Exit 11 to the Garden State Parkway. Take Exit 40 to White Horse Pike East (Route 30). Follow the signs for Virginia Avenue and follow it to 1000 Boardwalk.

Fun facts

Trump Taj Mahal was voted "Best Casino" by the readers of Casino Player magazine.

7 . Showboat – The Mardi Gras Casino

Atlantic City, New Jersey

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 621 - 0200

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The Showboat Atlantic City is “where Bourbon Street meets the Boardwalk,” which automatically means that this resort has some pretty big shoes to fill. As you can imagine, any resort bold enough to recreate the legendary experience of the Big Easy takes entertainment very seriously.

For starters, there’s the three-story Club Worship, with one of the coolest dance floors in Atlantic City. There’s the elegant aura of the Foundation Room, complete with a fireside lounge and fine dining. Just for perspective, these are within the famous House of Blues. Just for perspective, these establishments are both located within the House of Blues – known worldwide as a bastion of music, food, art and excitement. You can have an incredibly broad range of experiences on the actual Bourbon Street, but at Showboat Atlantic City they’re just as broad – and that’s just on the gaming floor. Table games including Rapid Roulette, mini-baccarat and Let it Ride combine with a dazzling 3,450 slot machines. A notable difference: in New Orleans, the festivities end after Fat Tuesday. Here, the fun goes on and on!

Related Onsite Offerings

The 3,500-sq.-ft. Vive Day Spa and Salon provides services for men and women and features steam, sauna and Chakra Relaxation rooms.

Related activities

Showboat – The Mardi Gras Casino offers tee times at the Atlantic City Country Club, named the No. 1 public/daily fee golf course in New Jersey.

Getting there

From North Jersey and New York, take the Garden State Parkway South to Exit 40. Turn left onto US-30. Turn left onto North Virginia Avenue. Turn left onto Atlantic Avenue and right onto South States Avenue.

8 . Atlantic City Hilton Resort Casino

Atlantic City, New Jersey

CALL DIRECT: +1 (609) 347 - 7111

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If your Atlantic City vacation takes you to the top of the famous boardwalk – actually, you’re likely to get there without even trying – the Atlantic City Hilton Resort Casino is there to greet you with all three of its AAA diamonds. Even if you come here spontaneously, that’s a nice bit of luxury.

Actually, the Atlantic City Hilton Resort Casino has 800 deluxe rooms of Atlantic City vacation experience, complete with blackout drapes, pay movies and video games and refrigerators. Which is just a warm-up for the real excitement: more than 75,000 sq. ft. of casino floor, recalling the authentic gambling that made Atlantic City the second Las Vegas. You’ll find a huge variety of slots and table games including Blackjack, craps, roulette and poker. If you’re having one of those days, the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort has you covered: a 13,000-sq.-ft. spa features a tropical garden setting, plus a sauna, steam room, hot tub and a sprawling 9,000-sq.-ft. indoor pool. This is the life on your Atlantic City vacation!

Highlights

Treasure Palace is a Macau-style Asian gaming room with 26 tables including mini baccarat, Pai Gow poker, Pai Gow tiles and more. Features include Hong Kong-inspired design and an upscale noodle bar.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Resorts Destination Casino Club offers unique rewards and benefits at Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort and four other Resorts International destinations across the U.S.

Fun facts

Opening as the Golden Nugget in December 1980, Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort was the first in Atlantic City to be built from the ground up as a luxury casino hotel.

9 . Trump Marina Casino Resort

Atlantic City, New Jersey

CALL DIRECT: +1 (609) 441 - 6000

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This is us: cruising into Atlantic City on a 300-ft. yacht, docking to a warm welcome at the Frank S. Marley State Marina. From there, we are ushered past two elegant dining establishments into the Trump Marina Casino Resort for an unforgettable Atlantic City weekend getaway.

Well, not really. But it is possible at Trump Marina Casino Resort, which among other things features a recreation deck of almost three full acres. That’s not to be confused with The Deck, offering weekly outdoor theme nights by the bay all summer. And if you thought the Grand Cayman was just a Caribbean island, you may be surprised to know that it’s also a 16,920-sq.-ft. ballroom that hosts world-class live acts. In case you need more, the Trump Marina Casino Resort also features an 80,000-sq.-ft. casino with 2,000 slots, poker and table games. Not to be missed: the newly-refurbished baccarat pit, which features dedicated cocktail service and an upscale environment designed just for people who might arrive on that 300-ft. yacht. Like us.

Related Onsite Offerings

Crimzen spa at Trump Marina Casino Resort features full spa services and includes a fully-equipped fitness center.

Highlights

Check out the 675-sq.-ft. Marina Suite for a suite experience bathed in natural light and featuring the ocean and the boardwalk through a wall of glass.

Getting there

From New York City, follow Garden State Parkway South to Exit 38. Follow the Atlantic Atlantic City Expressway East to "Marina" Exit 1 and take the tunnel (Atlantic City Expressway Connector). Exit right at Trump Marina/Farley Marina Exit G.

10 . Trump Plaza Hotel Casino

Ventnor City, New Jersey

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Atlantic City isn’t all about gambling and boardwalks, you know. Being that this is an East Coast city, it’s also about the beach. And when it’s warm outside, the Atlantic City beach experience gets downright hot at Trump Plaza Hotel Casino.

Witness the outdoor Beach Bar. You can’t find a description of it that doesn’t include the term “sexy,” and it features specialty drinks, live bands and plenty of sand day and night. You can also sit indoors directly along the boardwalk at the Liquid Bar, or catch a live show at the amazing Theatre at Trump Plaza. Spacious deluxe Atlantic City hotel rooms offer on-demand movies, digital music and Nintendo, and the luxury goes up from there across a range of suites. The slots and table games at Trump Plaza Hotel Casino are encompassed in a gorgeous space that’s the perfect counterpoint to the outdoor beach fun. And, for a little rejuvenation, there’s also a seventh-floor spa, salon, fitness center and swimming pool. Just try not having fun here!

Related Onsite Offerings

Fine dining fits right in at Trump Plaza Hotel Casino and features Max’s Steakhouse and the northern and southern Italian fare of Roberto’s Ristorante.

Highlights

The 940-sq.-ft. Penthouse Suite at Trump Plaza Hotel Casino is inspired by the look and feel of a Manhattan loft and features a two-sided fireplace, two plasma TVs and two spa-inspired baths.

Getting there

From New York City, take the NJ Turnpike south to Exit #11. Follow the Garden State Parkway south to exit #38. Follow the Atlantic City Expressway east for seven miles to its end. Continue straight on Missouri Avenue through four traffic lights. Trump Plaza is on the right.

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