By Rob Miola

At the heart of Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City’s Marina District sits The Water Club, a signature boutique resort by Borgata. This cosmopolitan celebration of nature redefines the standard of luxury, and it’s only hours away from New York City.

Towering 43 stories high with a gold exterior and fluorescent panels at each story, it accommodates guests in its 800 clubrooms and suites, and offers shopping boutiques just off of the Borgata casino. A number of notable designers and jewelers set up shop here, Cavalli and Hugo Boss to name a few, and it has a quaint wine boutique, Vintage, too.

I enjoyed the outstanding Vista Suite on the North corner of the building, which features floor to ceiling windows and a panoramic view of the marina and main strip along the Atlantic Ocean. Different shades of gold emerged from various elements of the room, right down to the 400-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets on the oversized bed.

As a frequent Atlantic City patron, I prefer the relative serenity of the Marina District to the disarray of the main boardwalk strip. I’m a self-proclaimed wannabe-foodie, and as such, don’t usually occupy the pool, though this trip would provide evidence to the contrary. Once I was unpacked and the sun went down, I hit the pool just outside the lobby for their last hour of the evening, where two hot tubs there were calling my name. Skylights stretched across the ceiling and walls, rendering the walls practically transparent. During the day this room is filled with sunlight, palm trees and exotic flowers, truly creating an environment distinct on the east coast. Night swimming is always a light show; peering upward in the hot tub, I marveled at the Borgata’s illuminated presence.

Following a quick dip, we headed back upstairs to change for dinner at Borgata’s Old Homestead restaurant, perfect for two meat-eating New Yorkers. The Homestead restaurant remains a relic in Manhattan’s old Meatpacking district, and its high roller atmosphere and overall quality make it ideal for the Borgata. I ordered the Herb Chicken, while my guest ordered salmon. My foodie mentality kicked in when they brought out our starter, fried calamari, which was superior in taste and softer than anticipated. I admit I may have been playing it safe with a chicken entrée, but I wasn’t certain I could commit to a steak after a day of travel. From the desert menu we selected the Drunken Banana: banana slices, vanilla ice cream, cinnabun, and a syrupy sauce heavy in cinnamon, to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Borgata’s casino is the perfect place to indulge in gambling, with more than 2,000 slot machines (video slots are my favorite). A lineup of “Wizard of Oz” machines are connected at the top to a large video screen that projects the bonus levels – including all players in the action, table gaming, the largest poker tournament in Atlantic City, and horse racing. The Borgata also has two nightclubs, numerous dining options, and a variety of bars. For the entirety of my stay I found everything I needed within the two hotels, Boragata and The Water Club, and never left until the morning of check out!

Originally published March 2013
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