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The best Atlantic City hotels

Book your stay at one of these iconic Atlantic City hotels and you’ll be within steps of sun, surf and slot machines

By Marion Bernstein

Treat yourself to a long weekend at one of the best Atlantic City hotels. Although the Jersey Shore’s gone through some changes over the years, several newly remodeled hotels and inns have managed to uphold the city’s glitz and glam of yesteryear, offering guests top-notch Atlantic City restaurants, luxurious spas, spectacular ocean views and, of course, world-class Atlantic City casinos. And for those looking for things to do in Atlantic City that don’t involve gambling away this month’s rent, the seaside town offers great outdoor activities like outlet shopping, sunbathing and sightseeing.

Best Atlantic City hotels

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1. Borgata

This luxury hotel boasts a dozen dining options bearing the names of top chefs, including Bobby Flay Steak, Wolfgang Puck American Grille and Angeline by Michael Symon. It also has two spas—Spa Toccare and Immersion Spa in the connected Water Club—and 11 distinct drinkeries. 1 Borgata Way (609-317-1000,

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2. Bally’s

The Disney-esque frontier-town facade is one of the most eye-catching on the boardwalk, but accommodations in Bally’s are more mainstream than you might expect. Choose from an array of stylishly streamlined classic, deluxe, premium or garden tower rooms. 1900 Pacific Ave (609-340-2000,

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3. Caesars Atlantic City

Be sure to pack your designer toga for a stay at this opulent casino-hotel. Unwind in the luxurious Qua Baths and Spa, or treat yourself to VIP bottle service at Toga Bar. Guest quarters tout modern interiors, offering ocean or cityscape views and Roman-inspired artwork. 2100 Pacific Ave (609-348-4411,

Harrah’s Resort
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4. Harrah’s Resort

The real draw of staying at this hotel in the Marina District is the pool. By day, it’s just your average indoor aquatic wonderland, with a balmy temperature of 82 degrees, five hot tubs and Caribbean cuisine and cocktails served poolside. Thanks to multiple dining options including the casual AC Burger Co. and upscale Veracruz, plus an on-site Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon and Spa, you’ll never need to leave the complex. 777 Harrah’s Blvd (609-441-5000,

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5. Tropicana

This massive pleasure zone offers a lot more than gaming—newly renovated guest rooms, an IMAX theater, Havana-themed entertainment complex cum mall the Quarter, more than 20 restaurants and a variety of nightlife venues from a karaoke club to a retro disco. 2831 Boardwalk (800-843-8767,

Resorts Casino Hotel
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6. Resorts Casino Hotel

New Yorkers used to tiny apartments will enjoy spreading out in Resorts’ 27-story Rendezvous Tower, where standard rooms start at more than 500 square feet. Among more than a dozen eating and drinking spots is the Margaritaville complex on the beach opposite the hotel. 1133 Boardwalk (800-772-9000,

Golden Nugget
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7. Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget offers a more secluded experience away from the boardwalk. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of action inside. In addition to its 24-hour casino, the resort has a sleek spa and multiple bars and eateries, including an outpost of the popular Chart House steak-and-seafood chain overlooking the Frank S. Farley Marina. 600 Huron Ave (609-441-2000,

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8. Showboat

This 872-room boardwalk-based landmark offers something for everyone: There’s classic American comfort food for the hungry; welcoming, contemporary guest rooms for the weary; and easy access to world-class casinos, shopping and nightlife for the lively. There’s even a place for your pup—the Showboat is AC’s first-ever hotel to welcome pets. 801 Boardwalk (609-487-4600,

FantaSea Resorts at Atlantic Palace
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9. FantaSea Resorts at Atlantic Palace

Located in the heart of the Casino District, this 31-story luxury resort offers beach, boardwalk and nightlife. Choose from studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom suites, all of which offer an unforgettable boardwalk or skyline view. After a long day of exploring, you’ll adore coming home to your custom-designed furniture and en-suite whirlpool bath. 60 North Maine Ave (800-609-0009,

Atlantic Palace Suites
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10. Atlantic Palace Suites

Whether you’re planning a family vacation or a romantic getaway for two, the Atlantic Palace is sure to please. Rooms come equipped with plush, queen-size beds, flat-screen TVs, jetted tubs, spectacular shore views and, best of all, beach access. 1507 Boardwalk (609 344-1200,

Carisbrooke Inn
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11. Carisbrooke Inn

This eclectic inn is the antithesis to the typical AC tower. Adorned with Victorian, English and French accents, this cozy beachfront hotel is the perfect place to unwind. Guests can enjoy multi-course homemade breakfasts in the parlor, private sunning on the back patio and sunset wine on the ocean view deck. 105 S Little Rock Ave (609-822-6392,

Chelsea Pub & Inn
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12. Chelsea Pub & Inn

Thanks to the Chelsea Pub & Inn, you can bypass the chain hotels and stay in a piece of Atlantic City history. Dating back to 1880, this eclectic inn is filled with quirky historic lure, from its quintessential Victorian decor to its charmingly crooked stairs. The best part? You’re still just a stone’s throw from all the action: The famous boardwalk is just a block away and the Tropicana Casino is right across the street. 8 S Morris Ave (609-345-4700,

The Inn of the Irish Pub
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13. The Inn of the Irish Pub

At this iconic Victorian inn and pub, you can sleep where legendary New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio once slept. The friendly, relaxed atmosphere will make you feel right at home, and the comforting pub food—we’re talking corned beef sandwiches and fish and chips—is sure to soothe any weary traveler’s soul. 164 St. James Pl (609-344-9063,

Surrey Beach House
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14. Surrey Beach House

Trade in casino glitz and glam for soothing shades of blue at this quaint seaside house located less than a block from the ocean and just steps from the boardwalk. Each family-friendly unit is equipped with a kitchenette, making it the ideal locale for pre-beach snack packing. When a little solo time is in order, head to one of the house’s two ocean view porches. 109 South Surrey Ave (800-223-0088,

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