The Water Club: An Oasis in Our Own Backyard in the “New”
Want a spectacular local escape? Why not a getaway to The
Water Club at Borgata for an oasis offering rest and relaxation? And it’s right
in our own backyard. Borgata continues to raise the bar with the finest accommodations,
bringing exquisite taste and upscale living that is par to Wynn Las Vegas and the
Bellagio, 2 of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas.
The Water Club recently had their Grand Opening in the beautiful
Marina District of Atlantic City, New Jersey. A midweek stay is your best bet
for affordable rooms, and it’s not as crowded. Since we are not gamblers, we
don’t get free rooms, but they do offer comps if you are a frequent gambler.
The view from our 24th floor non-smoking room was
breath-taking from Brigantine to the center of town and all the sites in
between. Our Club Room had a 40 inch flat-screen TV, IPod station, a comfortable
king-size bed and an upscale bathroom. (below) We enjoyed watching a beautiful sunrise
watching the boats go in and out the inlet.
The Water Club is connected to the Borgata by a shopping
corridor on your way to the casino floor and great restaurants at the Borgata.
We had a fabulous dinner at Bobby Flay Steak which is known for their Southwest
flavors. Our Philadelphia strip steaks with melted provolone cheese and caramelized
onions ($44) were amazing. The smashed baked potato and au gratin cauliflower
were delicious as well. They also have lobster (below) and seafood. Afterwards we took a tour of the more affordable Cafeteria
downstairs which offers on-the-go dining and we had a great brownie sundae at
Ben & Jerry’s. The Cafeteria offers Cheese Steaks, Pizza, Japanese, Salads,
Hamburgers and more.
We have had fabulous meals at Ombra & The Olde Homestead
Steak House in the past, and I highly recommend them as well. They also have a
wonderful Buffet with a wide variety of choices, seafood at Sea Blue, Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille and
a new Japanese restaurant Izakaya.
We got a quick breakfast of coffee, French toast and
pastries at the Bread & Butter Café, then we were off to a day at the pool.
There is a great snack bar & bar at the pool as well as poolside dining. My
peach daiquiri was ok and my strawberry yogurt smoothie was not sweet at all.
The Immersion Spa is on the 32nd floor and offers
massages, facials, a lap pool, hot tub and exercise equipment with spectacular
views of the inlet. Unfortunately this area costs an extra $30 per person. The
indoor pool on the ground level is open to children, but the outdoor pools are kid-free!
- A nice touch for those who want a quieter stay. With the cold ocean temps the
pool is the place to be. You can also rent a private cabana with its own private beach area.
The Borgata also offers excellent concerts including Van
Morrison this weekend and coming soon The Eagles, Bob Dylan, John Mayer, Aretha,
Maroon 5, Counting Crows and Rod Stewart. You can purchase tickets from the
Borgata website www.theborgata.com 1-866
Midweek at the Water Club starts at $359 and $459 and up on
Stays at Borgata midweek starts at $279.
We were able to check in a few hours earlier than the 4 pm
check in - which was great! Some guests we talked to were disappointed you
could not use the pools after you checked out. We needed to go, so it wasn’t a
problem for us. My only suggestion is that they would vary the music played at
the pools. I love all kinds of music being a former DJ, so the constant playing
of Continental European music got a little on my nerves. Some new age or adult contemporary
might have added some variation to the music; otherwise it was a much needed
break in our busy summer.
Side Note: This was my first time at Borgata since the
partial smoking ban which is better than nothing. But since all parts of the
casino are open to each other, you still have to walk past smoking areas and the
smoke travels. I will look forward to October when the full ban takes effect.
Smokers will go outside to smoke and will not put others at risk. The
way it should be. The New Jersey law as it stands now can not stand up to Equal
Protection. How can you prohibit public smoking in the entire state but allow
it at the casinos? It is absolutely unjust.