Arrival/Check-In: We arrived at The Water Club Hotel at Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for our two-night stay and drove directly to valet parking. After the swift drop-off process, we took the escalator one flight up to the lobby to check in. The property is located steps away from the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. With no one ahead of us in line, we were checked in and on our way to our room in no time.
Guest Quarters: We made our way to our room on the 30th floor. Our king room featured all of the standard guestroom amenities as well as complimentary WiFi, robes, a large couch and desk. The bathroom boasted a walk-in shower with both standard and rainfall showerheads.
We were visiting Atlantic City to attend the annual food and wine festival, Savor Borgata. The event took place in the adjacent property, a brief walk from The Water Club, connected by an indoor walkway. This made for an incredibly convenient experience accessing the event while enjoying a stay at the quieter, luxury property. Plus, we didn’t need to step foot outside during the cold weekend.
Even though we were attending the food festival, we did take advantage of The Water Club’s in-room dining. The menus, crafted by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian, offer imaginative and refined cuisine delivered directly to your door. We enjoyed breakfast the first morning of our stay. We both ordered eggs accompanied by rosemary home fries, arugula and fennel salad and grilled country bread, plus juice and coffee. Our meal arrived much more quickly than the estimated 30 minutes. All parts of the meal were perfectly prepared. It was one of the best room service breakfasts I’ve experienced.
Services/Amenities: All guests of The Water Club have easy access to the amenities of the Borgata, including its dining options, event space, casino and nightlife. The Water Club itself features 18,000 square feet of meeting space, plus boutique retail shops.
There are seven pools on site, both indoor and outdoor. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to utilize the pools during our stay. However, we did take advantage of the fitness center on the 33rd floor. The numerous cardio machines included treadmills and ellipticals, with free weights and weight machines also available along with bottled water and towels. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city and the Atlantic Ocean, the view is perhaps the best feature. The property’s two-story spa, located on the 32nd and 33rd floors, sits conveniently nearby.
When our stay was over, the check-out process and car retrieval at the valet went smoothly. Within no time, we were on our way home, more relaxed and still full from the fantastic food of the festival.
◆ Take advantage of the stellar 24-hour room service menu, crafted by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian.
◆ Pack your bathing suit to take a dip in one of the property’s seven pools. With indoor, outdoor and heated options, you can enjoy the pools year-round.
◆ Spend time in the fitness center, located on the 33rd floor, for beautiful views of the city and ocean while you work out.
THE WATER CLUB AT BORGATA
1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
tel 609 317 1000
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