The East Coast’s answer to Vegas
Atlantic City has come a long way since its humble beginnings as the summer destination for the Lenni-Lenape people. From its heyday in the 30s and 40s to today, Atlantic City has charmed visitors the world over with its unique blend of seaside kitsch and casino glitz.
The mammoth hotels along the 6.5 kilometre boardwalk cater to all budgets and are bursting at the seams with top-notch facilities, from huge gaming floors to day spas; restaurants to shopping strips. Budget-conscious visitors can settle into Harrahs Resort or the Tropicana Casino & Resort, while high-rollers may prefer the lavishness of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort or Caesars.
A theme or two
Any casino town is not complete without some wacky themes thrown into the mix. If you’re hankering for an extra serve of gaudiness and quirk, there are plenty of properties or suites in the area to suit flamboyant tastes.
Just outside of town is Egg Harbour’s Inn of The Dove. This luxury inn screams romance with its extravagantly appointed condominiums, many boasting a private spa bath and your very own indoor swimming pool. Alternatively, if you prefer to stay closer to the boardwalk, Bally’s Atlantic City is an iconic hotel with a distinct Western theme.
The boardwalk area is not just glittering gaming floors – dotted among the high-rises is a landscape of dining venues, lively bars and non-casino hotels. If you easily tire of the blackjack tables and roulette wheels, you can choose from a gamut of non-gaming properties, each with their own charm and appeal.
The Claridge Hotel is one of the few remaining gems from the Boardwalk Empire Era. This iconic Manhattan-style hotel has hosted the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, and remains one of the most revered properties in town. Alternatively, The Water Club will delight with its chic amenities including a lavish two-storey day spa, five heated pools and urban lofts.