Atlantic City Hotel Guide – The Borgata, Tropicana and Palace Reviewed

Where should you stay in Atlantic City depends a lot on how much you can afford. There are hotels of all shapes and sizes and costs. Below we give you an overview of some of the most popular destinations.
The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa

The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is a super popular Atlantic City Destination. Since it’s opening it has been Atlantic City’s top grossing casino for all but a month. The Hotel has over 2000 rooms so plenty of room if you are planning a group trip. It has different styles of suites for different tastes and costs. The casino itself has 4100 slot machines and over 200 game tables. It has all the basic casino games including poker, roulette and blackjack as well as many more.

And if your hungry after all that gambling you can visit one of the Borgata’s 13 restaurants with a wide variety of food choices.

After dinner perhaps you will want to head over to The Borgata Event Center where many of today’s headline acts perform in a 2400 seat capacity theatre. There is also the Music Box which has 1000 seats and is for more intimate.

The Borgata also features a 54,000 square foot european style spa call the Spa Toccare and a large retail center with 11 specially boutiques.
The Bottom Line:

This is by far the best Hotel Atlantic city has to offer, though be prepared to bring a fat wallet with you! Everything is nice and you will be well taken care of, though of course like all things it comes at a cost.
Tropicana Atlantic City Casino and Resort

The Tropicana features hotel rooms and suites with ocean views and a 24 hour casino. They also have live entertainment, gourmet dining and lots of shopping destinations to choose from in their newest edition The Quarter.

If you feel a need to be pampered just head over to the in house spa, the 20 different restaurants will keep you well fed and if you love live entertainment you will feel at home in the Showroom. If you prefer something a little more intimate when it comes to your live entertainment needs you can check out the cozy little lounge called Tango’s.
The Bottom Line

The Tropicana is a very economic choice, it is not as fancy as the other hotels and casinos but if you are looking for something affordable then this could be a good place to start.
Atlantic City Palace

The Atlantic City Palace was newly renovated in 2002 and each suite includes a Queen Size Bed, a Jacuzzi, a Fully Equipped Kitchen and a furnished living area. It is step away from the casinos and is known for it’s spectacular ocean views.

With a Suite Rental you also get complimentary indoor parking for one car. There is also an outdoor pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a Beach and Boardwalk right outside the suites.

From their website:

“Experience the fun and excitement of headliner entertainment, casino revue shows, fine dining and spectacular casino gambling…all just steps away from your Atlantic PalaceĀ® Suites Hotel room.”The Bottom Line

Atlantic Palace is perfect for anyone looking for a clean, safe and comfortable getaway either for a romantic weekend or a family getaway. It is definitely a step up from some of the doggier hotels you might find and good value for the money.

Las Vegas Strip Hotels and Casinos

There are many different stories of when Strip hotels came into existence or why these are named as Strip hotels. But Strip is a small segment of Highway 91 that runs from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. At old times, this place was called as Fifth Street, Highway 91 and now is known as Las Vegas Boulevard. It is situated in the outskirts of the city to attract high amount of people by the gigantic entertainment provided here. The first hotel where illegal gambling and illegal alcohol was done is Pair-O-Dice. This hotel came up in 1930. A year later Nevada made gambling official and the Red Rooster was the new place attracted for gambling for all those who wanted to earn money. This is the first casino having official legal gambling license. Since 1930, Strip is popular place for alcohol, food and gambling business.

There are many new hotels and casinos which have come up at Strip. 10 among the world’s best hotels are situated in here. From this one can get a clear idea of fabulous and lavish atmosphere in Las Vegas. The huge structures and architectures of hotels and casinos in Strip are the most attractive ones. Strip is the place where high amount of tourists are attracted. It has become one of the tourist places in Las Vegas. Ones the sun sets down, all the Strip hotels and casinos change into adult’s paradise. During night, casinos are at their high swinging actions; many people are winning money or losing some. But the overall atmosphere is a lot enthusiastic one. Apart from nightlife including hotels, nightclubs and casinos, Strip is also a popular shopper’s paradise. There are massive malls located here which have all the word class stuff for sale. Women’s go crazy for shopping in these shopping malls in Strip. Many hotels and casinos have shopping malls so there is no need of going to any other shopping mall.

Coming Soon – $30 Billion of New Las Vegas Hotels

Las Vegas has been referred to as one of the modern wonders of the world, and for good reason. Long gone are the days when Vegas was a cheesy sleazy place full of casinos and endless Elvis memorabilia. Today, Vegas is an ultra-modern party town that’s rapidly going upmarket, with more attractions per square mile than anywhere else on earth, and hotels and casinos that simply take your breath away.

Even more remarkable is the sheer scale of redevelopment that’s going on within the 3.5 miles of the Las Vegas strip. More than $30 billion is being pumped in to develop new mega hotels that make the existing ones look like sheds. If you’ve never been to Vegas before, go now to catch a glimpse of the 20th Century Vegas before the 21st Century comes rushing in.

The birth of Las Vegas

Las Vegas as we know it today can trace its roots back to 1941, when the El Rancho, the Strip’s first hotel-casino, opened its doors. The success of the El Rancho spurred the first building-boom on the Strip in the late 1940s and early 1950s, with the construction of legendary casinos such as the Flamingo, Desert Inn, The Sands, The Tropicana and The Stardust, all hastily constructed to capitalize on the massive profits that gambling was bringing into the city. Needless to say these early casinos were owned by the mob, and Vegas well and truly earned its reputation as Sin City.

The 1960s: Howard Hughes and the end of the Mob

The mob’s presence in Las Vegas declined with the arrival of Howard Hughes in 1966, who, over the following four years, bought out many of the mobsters. First the Desert Inn, then the Sands and the Frontier, plus several smaller casinos, all fell into the ownership of Hughes. His presence in the city encouraged other legitimate businessmen to follow his lead and also invest in the city. The most prominent was billionaire Kirk Kirkorian, who built the International (now the Las Vegas Hilton) in 1968, followed by the MGM Grand in 1973. Hughes competed furiously with Kirkorian and built the Landmark hotel, a 346 foot monstrosity that took ten years to build, never made any money, but was taller than Kirkorian’s International Hotel, which was all Hughes was after.

The 1990s: The rise of the Mega-Resorts

After the opening of the MGM Grand, though, building on the strip stalled. It wasn’t until 1986 that work began on the next major new hotel. The Mirage, a $630 million hotel and casino built by Steve Wynn, was a huge gamble as it had to make $1 million a day just to service the debt incurred in building it. However, its opening in 1989 brought huge success, and helped usher in the next great wave of construction to the city: the rise of the Mega-Resorts.

In 1990, Circus Circus Enterprises built the 3,991 room camelot-themed Excalibur hotel at the south of the Strip for $290 million. At the time, the Excalibur was the largest hotel in the world, but this record wouldn’t last for long. Just three years later, Kirk Kirkorian, who had sold his existing MGM Grand (which was subsequently renamed Bally’s), built another MGM Grand opposite Excalibur with over 5,000 rooms.

1993, the year of the new MGM Grand’s opening, was a watershed year for Las Vegas. The Dunes hotel was imploded, Steve Wynn’s new 2,885 room Treasure Island hotel was opened, and Circus Circus Enterprises (now called Mandalay Resort Group) opened the new 4,407 room Luxor hotel, designed as a gigantic black hollow pyramid. The era of the themed mega-resort had well and truly arrived in Las Vegas, as these hotels were followed by the Stratosphere, New York New York, Paris and The Venetian, which all opened their doors in the 1990s.

It wasn’t just themed resorts that were opening, though. Las Vegas was going upmarket, too, with more exclusive and non-themed hotels, such as Mandalay Bay and the Bellagio, also opening during this period. At $1.7 billion, Wynn’s The Bellagio was the most expensive hotel yet built in Las Vegas, and set the standard for the next construction boom that would begin in the early 2000s.

All this construction had come at a cost to old Las Vegas, though. The Sands was demolished to make way for The Venetian, the Dunes made way for The Bellagio, while the Landmark, Hughes’s ill-fated attempt to beat Kirkorian, was demolished to become a car park for the Las Vegas Convention Center. Las Vegas never did do sentimental!

Coming Soon: $30 billion of new Vegas hotels

The five years from 2000 to 2005 saw another brief hiatus in construction. This came to an end in 2005, though, with the opening of the new Wynn Las Vegas, a $2.7 billion 2,716 room luxury hotel. The Wynn was built on the site of the old Desert Inn, which Wynn had demolished in 2001, just four years after a $200 million renovation and expansion of the old hotel.

The Wynn follows in the footsteps of The Bellagio in being a luxurious high quality hotel. Its success has helped sparked the biggest boom in construction that Las Vegas has ever seen, with the last of the old hotels falling like dominoes, and new super-luxurious multi-billion dollar hotels taking their place. Las Vegas is being transformed like no other city on Earth.

In the two years since the Wynn first opened, five new mega-hotels have begun construction, each of which makes the Wynn look cheap in comparison. Between 2007 and 2010, the following mega-resorts will open:

  • The Encore at Wynn, a $1.74 billion 2,054 room sister-hotel to the Wynn that will rise to 653 feet
  • The Palazzo, a $1.8 billion 3,025 room hotel that will be a sister hotel to The Venetian. With over 7,000 rooms between them, the new Venetian/Palazzo complex will become the biggest hotel in the world
  • Echelon Place, a $4 billion complex of hotels, casinos and condominiums, that’s currently being built on the ashes of the old Stardust (which was imploded earlier in 2007)
  • Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a $3 billion hotel being built opposite Circus Circus that will soar 63 stories high
  • Project City Center, a $7.7 billion complex of hotels comprising over 7,000 hotel rooms, situated between New York New York and the Monte Carlo

These hotels are currently under construction, and will open between early 2008 and 2010. They’re by no means the end of the story, though. Hotels that are about to begin construction include The Plaza, a $5 billion hotel that will be built on the site of the New Frontier, which will be imploded later in 2007; and the Crown Las Vegas, a new hotel that will be built next to the Fontainebleau, and which will soar an incredible 1,888 feet. In addition, MGM Mirage, the company behind Project CityCenter, plan to build another mega-resort of similar scale north of Circus Circus, while Steve Wynn has plans to redevelop the golf course sitting behind The Wynn, and turn it into – yes – another multi-billion dollar hotel!

In total, more than $30 billion dollars is being pumped into Las Vegas, making this the biggest construction boom in the city’s already stellar history. If you’ve never been to Las Vegas before, go now to catch a glimpse of 20th Century Vegas before the 21st Century rushes in and transforms it forever.