Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Review
Borgata both boasts the largest hotel in Atlantic City and the biggest grossing casino in the city as well, with over $15 million a month taken in by the operation these days. This includes their dominant position in the poker market, which also includes a stake in the online poker site Party Borgata, a partnership with Party Poker.
Borgata is owned by Marina District Development, a company half owned by Boyd Gaming, which operates several smaller casinos around the country, and a trust set up by MGM Resorts International.
Back in 2010, the New Jersey Gaming Commission wanted MGM resorts to sell its 50% stake in Borgata, due to the Commission being uncomfortable with the role that billionaire casino owner Stanley Ho and his daughter Pansy Ho played in the MGM Macau, given the accusations that the family is connected to organized crime in China.
In 2014, the Commission relented, and MGM is back on the white list, after these concerns were dealt with satisfactorily.
Borgata is located in the Marina district of Atlantic City, and there was originally 3 casino hotels to be built there, including a Mirage. Steve Wynn campaigned to get n exit ramp on the a 2.5 mile connector proposed from the Atlantic City Expressway to the Marina district, and went head to head with Donald Trump who sued him, claiming he expected the government to pay for his own private driveway.
Wynn‘s casino never did get built, as his Mirage company got bought out by MGM, who proposed building Borgata instead. The connector went ahead, and Borgata ended up getting the exit ramp. One of Trump’s casinos got a ramp as well so everyone ended up happy.
Borgata opened in 2001, and its signature gold tower was the third tallest building in Atlantic City at the time. The property saw a $200 million expansion in 2006, including adding the city’s largest poker room. 2008 saw the building of an 800 room boutique hotel called The Water Club, bringing the total number of rooms of the property to 2,802, the most in Atlantic City.
The Water Club is currently the fourth tallest building in Atlantic City, with the main Borgata tower sitting in fifth, and together they quite an impressive sight.
Borgata isn’t just a large hotel, it’s also a high quality one. Their AAA four diamond rooms are superbly decorated, from the most basic rooms on up. Guests can choose from the hotel at Borgata or the more trendy Water Club.
All of the rooms here offer floor to ceiling windows to provide great views, as well as a refrigerator, which is a nice touch that you don’t find in a lot of hotels, especially the basic ones.
Borgata offers standard and classic rooms as well as Grande rooms for those who desire a little more space.
Stepping up to one of their three suites ups the ante even further. While a stay in one of them costs more of course, these are truly beautiful suites and if you appreciate the finer things in life, Borgata will show you a level of elegance that few get to ever experience.
The Water Club offers a choice between a club room and a vista room, and both are among the most gorgeous hotel rooms you will ever see.
Borgata also pulls out all the stops when it comes to their dining selections, which they proclaim are the best in Atlantic City. Those who enjoy fine dining will delight at selections like Bobby Flay Steak, Forneletto’s modern Italian cuisine, Izakaya’s Japanese flair, Kobe beef at the Old Homestead Steak House, and classic American food at Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille.
The Borgata Buffet headlines their more casual dining selections, and is considered the best buffet in Atlantic City. The Metropolitan offers classic and contemporary American dishes in a European atmosphere. The Borgata Baking Company offers sandwiches and a wide selection of sweets. Bread and Butter offers guests a quick sandwich and coffee 24 hours a day. Now delivers Asian cuisine from several Asian countries and is open late.
There’s also several bars and lounges to check out here. Several of their fine dining restaurants offer separate bars, in addition to the Premier Nightclub, 28 West, Long Bar, B Bar, Gypsy Bar, and the Sunroom Lounge and Bar.
Borgata offers two full time venues which showcase live entertainment acts, the Event Center and the Music Box, as well as a seasonal park seating 4,500. Borgata brings in some pretty big names for a casino, featuring both musical and comedy performers.
There are two separate spas here, Spa Toccare at Borgata and Immersive Spa at The Water Club. These are huge spas with a full range of treatments available. Borgata also offers an extensive collection of boutiques and shops to tempt you.
The Casino at Borgata
The casino here is a large one with 161,000 square feet of gaming space. Borgata offers an exclusive casino rewards program, where guests are given either A Red Lbel of Black Label card depending on their VIP status, which are used around the casino to collect rewards.
Slot lovers are in for a real treat here. There are 4,000 machines on hand, but what’s particularly impressive here is the sheer variety of different slots and video poker machines to play. They have it all here and also regularly update their inventory to ensure players enjoy the maximum amount of variety.
The table game selection here is also very impressive, with 180 gaming tables and 16 different games to play. Enjoy Blackjack, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Four Card Poker, Flop Poker, Bonus Poker, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Craps, Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Texas Holdem, Caribbean Stud, and Big 6.
Borgata also has Atlantic City’s biggest poker room, featuring 50 tables, and this is easily the poker capital of Atlantic City and one of the best poker rooms in the country. They offer both cash games and daily tournaments. If you like to play poker, this is the place to be.
Borgata also has the state’s only racebook, with 100 comfortable seats, each with its own video monitor.
You can also enjoy Borgata’s casino games as well as their online poker room Party Borgata while staying with them, as well as from anywhere in the state of New Jersey.
There’s a lot to love about Borgata and many feel that this is the premier hotel casino in Atlantic City, and it very well may be.
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