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Where to Stay in Atlantic City
Even though there’s so much to see and do in Atlantic City, the city itself is fairly small. Its land area of fewer than 12 square miles can be traversed fairly quickly, so you’re never far away from your favorite casino or the fun and games of the boardwalk. If it’s important that you find cheap hotel deals in Atlantic City, you may want to consider the accommodations in nearby Ventnor City or on the west side of Atlantic City. Even the Absecon, Pleasantville and Egg Harbor Township hotels near the airport are less than a half hour from any Atlantic City destination by car.
Fortunately, if you want to be close to the boardwalk, beaches and casino, there are many reasonably priced hotel options in prime locations. The majority of the city’s accommodations are situated within a few blocks of the oceanfront, so you’ll enjoy the broadest selection of hotels by booking there. And since the area is compact and easy to cover on foot, you can do without a rental car altogether.
Atlantic City Hotel Tips
Atlantic City’s wide-ranging hotel scene has rooms for every budget, need and preference. If you want to splurge on a luxury suite or villa, most of the major resort casinos near the boardwalk have some lavish and exclusive options. The more modest rooms at these same casinos, however, are often affordable, even in the best hotels. To get a great room rate deal, it’s a good idea to ask a hotel if they’re running any current promotions before booking. Also, check to see if there will be any major conventions in town before finalizing your travel plans, because accommodations are the most expensive and the hardest to find during convention weeks.
There are many non-casino properties that may be better suited for families with children or travelers who want to avoid noise and crowds. Comfortable beachfront resorts, sophisticated boutique hotels and mid-range national chain hotels are located all along the coast. There are also many independent, low priced, no-frills motels with cheap rates.
Atlantic City Hotel Recommendations
The finest rooms in town are arguably the Piatto Suites at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, where you can spread out over 1,500 square feet, enjoy perfect views of the boardwalk and shoreline, immerse yourself in the state-of-the-art entertainment system or enjoy the soaking bath and shower built for two. The suites and standard rooms throughout the rest of the hotel are less extravagant, but every bit as stylish and comfortable. For on-site fine dining and spa treatments, the Borgata has no rival in Atlantic City.
Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino is among the Borgata’s toughest competition for quality, amenities and price. It’s the second-oldest casino in town, but Caesars has worked hard to keep up with the changing times and newer resorts along the boardwalk. The Atlantic City Hilton is another standout for its location in front of one of the most pleasant stretches of beach and boardwalk on the shore. If you’re traveling in the summer and plan on catching some rays on the sand during your stay, the Hilton’s a smart choice.
If you’d rather not stay in a casino hotel, check out The Chelsea, a smaller boutique property located next to the boardwalk between the Atlantic City Hilton and the Tropicana Casino & Resort. Outfitted in retro décor that is simultaneously kitschy and tasteful, this hotel has some of the city’s best service and a terrific guests-only rooftop pool and bar scene.
Atlantic City Transportation
If you’re planning on spending your entire trip within the main tourist area of Atlantic City, there’s no need to rent a car. It’s easy to explore all four miles of boardwalk and points beyond on foot, and you can easily take a cheap taxi ride any hour of the day. The most reliable way to catch a cab is to line up at the taxi stand of any large casino or hotel, but it’s often easy to flag one down from the curb. You can also take a ride on the Atlantic City Jitney, a low priced, 24-hour bus that runs parallel to the boardwalk and connects the main strip of casinos with the casinos in the marina area.
If you’d rather explore the nearby coastal towns, you’re best off making arrangements to pick up a rental car after your flight to Atlantic City. Most national car rental agencies maintain locations at Atlantic City International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.