Known for long wide beaches, casinos, glitzy accommodations, high-end shopping, world-class entertainment and an iconic Boardwalk the New Jersey gem is built for serious fun. Part of the fun is definitely its collection of awesome hotels. From quirky historic boutiques to grand and modern high-rises perfect for non-stop partying, here are my favourite cool and fun hotels in Atlantic City, New Jersey…
The Water Club Hotel
The Water Club in Atlantic City quickly became one of my favourite places for a getaway. Nestled on Renaissance Pointe, this exclusive retreat combines luxury with access to Borgata’s vibrant nightlife, dining, and entertainment.
During my stay, I marvelled at the hotel’s sophistication. Adult-only heated pools, a two-floor spa, and a chic fitness center provided a perfect escape from the city’s hustle. The location was unbeatable—within a 10-minute drive, I could explore Farley State Marina, the Convention Centre, retail outlets, the boardwalk, and the beach.
The 800 contemporary rooms impressed me with modern furnishings and top-notch amenities, including flat-screen TVs, cozy bathrobes, iPod docks, and convenient wet bars. What stood out were the exceptional services, particularly the indulgent massages and Ayurvedic treatments at the spa, leaving me relaxed and rejuvenated.
For dining, the Old Homestead Steakhouse within the hotel exceeded expectations, serving delectable American cuisine. The Water Club delivered an unforgettable experience, making it a must-visit for anyone seeking a luxurious Atlantic City escape.
One of my favorite places was the adult-only heated pools, offering a serene escape from the city’s bustle.
Luxurious Spa and Health Centre
Spacious and spotless rooms
Three large swimming pools
Unavailability of Jacuzzi
Children not allowed in outdoor pools
Reservation is needed for American Grill Restaurant
Ocean Casino Resort
Standing tall on the Atlantic City skyline, Ocean Casino Resort is one of my favourite places. The towering structure provides a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean sunrise, setting my soul ablaze. Recently awarded Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly® 2021 Best Casino, this luxurious resort spans 20 beachfront acres along the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk.
During my stay, I marvelled at the high-energy casino, home to nearly 2000 of the world’s most thrilling slot machines and 125 action-packed table games. The 1399 guestrooms, each with floor-to-ceiling windows, offered mesmerizing ocean views and the Atlantic City skyline.
Dining at the resort was a culinary adventure with various high-end restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. I indulged my taste buds and enjoyed the diverse culinary offerings.
For relaxation, the Pools and cabanas provided private poolside experiences, while the Exhale Spa + Bathhouse offered effortlessly elegant spa sessions. The spirit of kindness permeated the entire resort, evident in the ‘Ocean Cares’ initiative that supported philanthropic efforts at both the community and national levels.
Ocean Casino Resort is more than just a destination; it’s a mindset, a new paradigm that reshapes how I view the world. I love this place for its innovation, luxury, and commitment to making a positive impact.
The high-energy casino with nearly 2000 slot machines and 125 table games made it one of my favorite places.
Breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean
Breakfast from Makai and Harper’s
Lovely pool and spa facilitation
Some guests might not be a fan of dim-lighted interior
Some rooms need updating
No microwave in the rooms
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
While visiting this action-packed hotel, I fell in love with the electrifying atmosphere fueled by a staggering event calendar of world-class entertainment and an expansive nightlife circuit like no other.
After a night out, I extravagantly returned to one of my favourite places – the luxurious guestrooms and suites. They were decked out with first-rate amenities and offered breathtaking views of both the ocean and the city.
Spanning 17 acres, with the legendary Atlantic City Boardwalk as its backdrop, the hotel became my playground. The pool area on the 4th level of the South Tower was a highlight, featuring a quirky sundeck and exciting arcade games.
One of my favourite experiences was at the Hard Rock’s infamous spa, which boasts 31 newly designed treatment rooms. I indulged in a range of services, and the spa even had a barbershop – a unique touch that added to the overall charm of my stay.
The luxurious guestrooms with ocean and city views became my favorite retreat after a night out.
Council Oak Steaks and Seafood
Fun and funky vibe
Cool decor and music theme
Dining can be pricey
Parking is extra
The Claridge Hotel
While visiting The Claridge, one of my favourite places, I experienced the enchanting charm of this historic gem, once affectionately called the ‘Skyscraper by the Sea.’ Nestled steps away from the Atlantic City boardwalk, this hotel is a true relic of the Boardwalk Empire Era.
Staying at The Claridge felt like stepping into a bygone era, surrounded by the allure that once hosted legends like Mickey Mantle, Martin Luther King Jr., Frank Sinatra, and Princess Grace of Monaco. The 20th-century-style décor in the 480 renovated Oceanview guestrooms added a touch of nostalgia to my stay.
I loved the unique amenities, including a 500-seat Las Vegas-style cabaret showroom, an elegant ballroom, and a cardio health club. For those who enjoy a bit of excitement, the Bally’s casino, conveniently connected to the hotel’s second-floor entrance, provides ample entertainment.
The Claridge Hotel captures the spirit of its historic past, making it a delightful destination for anyone seeking a blend of glamour and nostalgia in the heart of Atlantic City.
I cherished the historic charm and 20th-century-inspired decor, feeling like part of Atlantic City’s golden era.
Quick access from the boardwalk
Beach-themed with a historical touch
Ideal location with views of the ocean
Rooftop bar and lounge
Bar facilities could be better
Check-in can be slow
Chelsea Pub and Inn
Just a block from the Atlantic City Boardwalk, I discovered this charming Victorian gem with a rich history dating back to its opening in 1880. During my stay, I marvelled at the extensive remodel that had breathed new life into the Inn, preserving its historic charm.
While visiting, I couldn’t resist indulging in the made-to-order cocktails offered at the Inn’s bar. The experience was truly one of my favourites. The rooms, uniquely designed and adorned with a personal touch, provided a blissful and unforgettable night’s sleep.
Staying at this small yet warm guesthouse felt like being part of a compassionate family vision. The care and attention to detail were evident, combining competitive rates with top-notch service. This made my stay not only comfortable but also incredibly memorable. I love this hidden gem and the authentic experience it offers.
Indulging in made-to-order cocktails at the bar became one of my favorite experiences at this charming Victorian gem.
Elegantly maintained common areas
Easy access to the beach
Continental and American breakfast
Cozy yet vintage surroundings
Limited and noisy electrical appliances in the rooms
The pub is not open 24/7
Tropicana Casino and Resort
The glamorous Tropicana hotel is one of my favourite places for a much-needed break. While visiting, I love shopping sprees, kicking back in Atlantic City’s finest lounges and nightclubs, and indulging in delicious dining at any of the 24 trendy restaurants—all within the hotel complex!
I experienced the hotel’s $90 million renovation in 2016, introducing the infamously spectacular Multimedia Light and Sound Show. It is a 24-hour gaming destination on the beach and boardwalk. Tropicana, consistently featured as a ‘Must-See Attraction’ in Atlantic City, is the epitome of grandeur, housing ‘The Quarter’ – a prominent 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex.
While staying at this incredible place, I enjoyed the bright and spacious 2,047 rooms, each complemented with first-rate amenities, ensuring an unforgettable stay. The hotel boasts the only IMAX theatre in Southern New Jersey, a weekly fireworks show, and four pools that offer the perfect respite for anyone—families, friends, or couples alike!
The renovation and the Multimedia Light and Sound Show made my stay unforgettable.
Multimedia Light and Sound Show
Near trendy restaurants
Weekly fireworks show
24-hour gaming destination and an IMAX theater
Valet parking only
Can be noisy
Atlantis Inn Hotel
Founded in 1879 by the Lake brothers, the Atlantis Inn quickly became one of my favourite places with its rich history and ongoing transformations. While visiting, I couldn’t help but appreciate its journey since the 1920s, when it was a haven for high-society Philadelphians, gaining fame in local newspapers.
The recent redesign has wholly transformed the inn, maintaining only the original four walls and staircases. My stay felt like stepping into a brand-new, state-of-the-art guesthouse, complete with all the modern amenities one could wish for.
The sophisticated European chic style, adorned with elegant Mediterranean-themed décor, greeted me as I entered the lobby designed in the charming French Provencale style. The Honduran mahogany-covered porch veranda was a personal favourite, perfectly complemented by a 1600-square-foot Philippine mahogany rooftop deck offering breathtaking panoramic ocean views.
I love this attention to detail, and the leafy street-level café-style patio provided a cozy, relaxing spot. The Atlantis Inn has become a gem, blending its storied past with contemporary comforts for an unforgettable experience.
The sophisticated European chic style and Mediterranean-themed decor were enchanting, especially the rooftop deck.
Chic-romantic rooms with Mediterranean themes
Sangria treats provided in the afternoon
A decent variety on the breakfast menu
Below-average internet connection
Parking is a little far away
Jolly Roger Motel
I love this beautiful, amenity-laden motel. The feeling of nostalgia and warmth hits me immediately, thanks to the vibrant staff and the swag mid-century retro aesthetic that defines this place.
While visiting the Jolly Roger Motel, I can’t help but appreciate the Jetsonian designs that make everything energetic, fun, and inspiring. Despite being up to an hour’s drive from Atlantic City, this motel, established in 1960, has become one of my favourite places on the East Coast. Fantastic shops and eateries surround it, adding to the overall charm.
While staying at the Jolly Roger, I discovered that all bathrooms are equipped with KOHLER elements, and the quirky bedrooms have modern amenities. The poolside restaurant is a gem, serving delicious meals and smoothies. After an energetic day exploring the many attractions that embellish this gorgeous coastline, it becomes my comfortable respite.
The vibrant retro vibe and KOHLER-equipped bathrooms made this motel a nostalgic and comfortable stay.
Children-friendly swimming pools
Walking distance from the beach and park
Fully renovated modern bathrooms
9 Bedroom, 14 Beds House Great for Big Groups. Near Boardwalk, Tropicana
One of my favourite places for a getaway is a stunning holiday home that easily accommodates my entire family or a large group of friends. The inviting, eloquently designed property exudes style and charm, reminiscent of a top-notch hotel.
While visiting, I couldn’t help but appreciate the meticulous efforts the designers put into replicating the plush features of a state-of-the-art hotel. The 9 bedrooms, with 14 beds, emanate a charming hip vibe. The communal areas are adorned with naturally bright and simplistic custom décor, enhanced by thoughtfully chosen colour patterns.
While staying at this air-conditioned haven, I cherished the private terrace. I enjoyed the flat-screen TV and all the amenities that ensured a comforting and refreshing retreat.
Situated a mere 500 meters from the Atlantic City beach and just a kilometre from the Atlantic City boardwalk, I could easily dive into the hustle and bustle of Tropicana and Caesar’s Palace, knowing that this elegant and tranquil utopia awaited my return. I love this perfect blend of convenience and serenity.
This elegant home’s spaciousness and charming hip vibe easily accommodated my large group.
Spacious enough for large groups
Easy approach to the nearby beach
Private terrace for relaxing
Charming hip vibe
Can get booked up
New Luxury Quiet Island Atlantic City Getaway
One of my favourite places was this grand stand-alone home, and as I entered, I was immediately embraced by its intimate and homely atmosphere. Every design detail seemed passionately chosen, creating a lavish getaway 2.3 km from Atlantic City Beach and 2.6 km from the Borgata Convention Centre.
My 4-bedroom haven was air-conditioned, boasting a fusion of aesthetic, hip furnishings, and original bespoke artworks with an eclectic, contemporary twist. The space had a flat-screen TV, a fully stocked kitchen, and modern bathroom amenities.
While staying at this deluxe vacation home, I couldn’t help but feel the perfect blend of luxury and simplicity. The presence of nature’s magic combined with an atmosphere of total relaxation transformed my typical Atlantic City vacation into a peaceful bliss.
The fusion of hip furnishings and bespoke artworks created a luxurious yet homely atmosphere.
Hip furnishings with a contemporary twist
Homely atmosphere with a cozy vibe
Bespoke and eclectic artworks
The location may be a little noisy
NEW 4BR in AC Quiet Island +Central Location
While visiting this guesthouse, I found it to be one of my favourite places, offering a chance to immerse myself in the serene splendour of the coastal city. Conveniently located just 2.3 kilometers from the beach and ‘The Walk,’ where you’ll find some of Atlantic City’s favoured premium outlet stores.
I love the simplistic tone embraced by the modern artwork, perfectly capturing the quirky, antique nature of the lounge area with its dark wooden furnishings. The air-conditioned holiday home boasts 4 bedrooms, a kitchen, a TV, and provided bathroom amenities.
I experienced the house’s charm during my stay, adorned with seating areas featuring a richly appointed colour scheme. It created a comforting atmosphere, allowing me to soak up the sense of welcome and the rhythms of this beautiful residential district.
The simplistic yet quirky tone of the modern artwork and dark wooden furnishings added to the charm.
Sleek and dark modern look
Cleanliness up to the mark
Convenient and quick check-ins
Beautifully decorated interiors
Low water pressure in the bathroom
Modern Atlantic City House Walk to Beach!
One of my favourite places, this smart vacation home, has a beautifully simplistic interior, yet the luxurious velvet furnishings make it stand out.
While visiting, I couldn’t help but appreciate the communal areas, meticulously arranged with comfortable seating. The bedrooms, adorned with high-grade amenities and luxurious towels and linens, indulged my stay.
While staying at this modern Atlantic City vacation house, I loved the convenience of a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a fully equipped kitchen. It provided me with all the tools to create a delightful banquet.
I experienced firsthand the broad appeal of this property, attracting visitors ranging from friends and families to couples. Even those seeking a remote work-life balance took advantage of the super-fast WiFi!
Situated only 800 meters from Brigantine Beach and a mere 1.1 kilometers from Atlantic City Beach, the house is surrounded by trendy dining and shopping locations.
Sleek modern architecture
Fabulously maintained interior in teal and grays
The beach is accessible easily
Can get booked up
All Hotels in Atlantic City Ranked
The following table categorizes the top 12 cool and fun hotels in Atlantic City across different aspects for your convenience.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|The Water Club Hotel||1 Renaissance Way||$600-$722||Yes||2.2||3|
|Ocean Casino Resort||500 Boardwalk||$730-$1071||Yes||1.5||2|
|Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City||1000 Boardwalk||$527-$710||Yes||1.2||3|
|The Claridge Hotel||123 South Indiana Avenue||$414-$958||Yes||1.4||2|
|Chelsea Pub and Inn||8 South Morris Avenue||$189-$408||No||1.9||3|
|Tropicana Casino and Resort||2831 Boardwalk||$259-$470||No||1.7||3|
|Atlantis Inn Hotel||601 Atlantic Ave||$349-$680||No||14.0||3|
|Jolly Roger Motel||6805 Atlantic Avenue||$241-$356||No||8.0||2|
|9 Bedroom, 14 Beds House Great for Big Groups. Near Boardwalk, Tropicana||17 North Texas Avenue||$806||No||1.5||3|
|NEW Luxury Quiet Island Atlantic City Getaway||1625 Columbia Avenue||$689-$827||No||2.4||2|
|NEW 4BR in AC Quiet Island +Central Location||1527 North Arkansas Avenue||$447||No||2.4||2|
|Modern Atlantic City House Walk to Beach!||Atlantic City||$1358||No||1.5||2|
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Michael Cowley – writer and photographer
Ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper Michael has always had an affinity for adventure. Growing up he was lucky enough to live in a handful of exotic far flung locations including Hong Kong, Pakistan, Kenya and Tanzania and since then he’s continued seeking out new places and cultures. In his spare time he explores everywhere from the sizzling street markets in Bangkok to random back alleys in Sri Lanka and everything in between! He also has a special fondness for Cohibas, trying all kinds of street food, playing carrom with random strangers, and fine wine – he knows his clarets from his chiantis. He counts Cuba, Amsterdam, Indonesia, Goa, Cambodia and Italy as his favourite destinations. Find Michael on Instagram or Twitter.