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    The Water Club at Borgata
    Atlantic City, NJ
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1279 reviewsTripAdvisor (1279)

    The Borgata's sister hotel, The Water Club, takes the extravagant theme of its sibling to a new level. Don't be confused: The Water Club is more than simply another tower of the Borgata. Previous visitors described the guest rooms here as more spacious and high-end, praising The Water Club's rich mocha decor and high-tech amenities (like flat-panel TVs and iPod docking stations). Add that to a massive spa, five pools and cuisine created by renowned chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and a night at this hotel is an experience all its own. Despite its innumerable attributes, The Water Club lacks two typical ingredients of an Atlantic City hotel a casino and ocean access. However, most visitors appreciate the lack of gambling in the hotel, and those that miss it can find card tables and slots a short walk away. And the lovely pool area makes up for the lack of surf and sand. You'll find this aquatic paradise in the Marina district, just north of the boardwalk and beaches.

    Atlantic City, NJ
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1279 reviewsTripAdvisor (1279)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    The Virginia Hotel
    Cape May, NJ
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 616 reviewsTripAdvisor (616)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Overlooking the New Jersey shoreline from the state's southernmost point, The Virginia Hotel in Cape May offers guests a classier alternative to the area's kitschier digs. Guests praise the hotel's efforts to make your trip stress-free, which includes providing complimentary beach chairs, towels and umbrellas for those looking to soak up the sun on the property's private stretch of sand. The hotel's 24 guest rooms win travelers over with their plush furnishings and beachy decor, and each accommodation comes stocked with deluxe amenities like a flat-screen TV, complimentary high-speed internet access and BVLGARI bath products. What's more, all guests are treated to a complimentary continental breakfast daily. Out on the property, you'll find a bevy of facilities, including the guest-lauded Ebbitt Room restaurant, which serves decadent American cuisine (and plenty of seafood).

    Cape May, NJ
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 616 reviewsTripAdvisor (616)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Reeds at Shelter Haven
    Stone Harbor, NJ
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 324 reviewsTripAdvisor (324)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    The Reeds at Shelter Haven provides a waterside respite along the shores of Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Newlyweds-to-be are captivated by the property's charm, often using the resort as the backdrop for their ceremonies. Some recent guests do mention that the high volume of receptions can detract from a quiet shore getaway. Otherwise, the property wows visitors with its contemporary design, sundeck and free motorcar service to the beach (which is less than three short blocks southeast of the hotel). That free ride comes complete with complimentary beach tags, umbrellas, chairs and towels. Back at the hotel, guests will find their accommodations adorned with white oak floors imported from Holland, Frette bathrobes, Keurig coffee makers and large windows with town or bay views, depending on the room. For an even more complete view of Shelter Haven Bay, guests can dine outdoors at the Water Star Grille, where a menu rich in seafood is served three times a day during the spring and summer months. Indoors, more upscale seashore-influenced dining is available year-round at SAX.

    Stone Harbor, NJ
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 324 reviewsTripAdvisor (324)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Southern Mansion
    Cape May, NJ
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 292 reviewsTripAdvisor (292)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Situated on nearly 2 acres of gardens in Cape May, New Jersey's historic district, The Southern Mansion is just a short walk from nearby beaches, shops and restaurants. Originally built in 1860, the Victorian-style mansion boasts a large front porch with rocking chairs and guest rooms with hand-painted tile showers, flat-screen TVs and antique furniture. In the morning, guests are served a complimentary gourmet breakfast. Wine lovers will appreciate access to the hotel's nearby Willow Creek Winery, which has more than 50 acres of vineyards and a 9,500-square-foot villa for wine tastings. Overall, recent guests said the breakfasts are worth a return visit alone, while others mentioned the attentive staff, comfortable rooms and landscaped grounds as reasons to book a stay. 

    Cape May, NJ
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 292 reviewsTripAdvisor (292)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Congress Hall
    Cape May, NJ
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1318 reviewsTripAdvisor (1318)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Along the shoreline of New Jersey's Cape May, you'll find Congress Hall, a historic hotel with boarding house origins dating back to 1816. Today, Congress Hall pays tribute to its past by maintaining much of its Victorian charm a particular draw for recent guests. The Brown Room, with its Prohibition-era lounge setting, offers nightly entertainment and friendly bartenders that reminds visitors of a bygone era. But not all of the hotel's features are throwbacks to yesteryear. Accommodations feature in-room amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi access, Aveda bath products and Belgian cotton sheets. Of all the perks, recent guests put a high value on the hotel's free parking, large outdoor pool and near-immediate beach access. (Many travelers recommend splurging on a room with an ocean view.) If the nearby shoreside eateries don't suit your fancy, dine on premises at the Blue Pig Tavern, which serves American comfort food all day long.

    Cape May, NJ
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1318 reviewsTripAdvisor (1318)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Golden Nugget Atlantic City
    Atlantic City, NJ
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1522 reviewsTripAdvisor (1522)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    After a multimillion dollar renovation in 2013, the Golden Nugget Atlantic City continues to earn praise for its new look and high-quality amenities. The renovated guest rooms feature beds with pillow-top mattresses, iPod docking stations, high-speed internet access and 42-inch plasma TVs. But who needs to spend time in their room anyway? A nearly 80,000-square-foot casino can be found on the premises, along with multiple eateries ranging from an all-you-can-eat buffet to the upscale steak and seafood restaurant, Chart House. The H2O Pool, on the hotel's sixth floor outdoor deck, receives praise from recent guests for its views and lively atmosphere. Despite the Golden Nugget Atlantic City's fancy new look, its location within Atlantic City is still not ideal for sightseers or casino hoppers; the property sits more than a mile north of the boardwalk (next to the Borgata).

    Atlantic City, NJ
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1522 reviewsTripAdvisor (1522)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino
    Atlantic City, NJ
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 14023 reviewsTripAdvisor (14023)
    Free WiFi

    An East Coast offshoot of the Las Vegas classic, Caesars Atlantic City has become a landmark in its Atlantic City, New Jersey home. With towering columns aspiring to the aesthetic heights of ancient Rome, this immense casino hotel offers tempting diversions. The hotel's theme carries through to the tranquil QUA Baths and Spa; however, some visitors felt that while the guest rooms were impeccably clean, they were also a bit on the plain side. On the other hand, Caesars' on-site facilities (including the popular Playground at Caesars, the pool and deck, and the numerous dining venues like the trendy Buddakan at the Playground and Morton's The Steakhouse) earn rave reviews. But let's be honest: The highlight of this property is the expansive casino, which boasts a wide array of table games and slot machines.

    Atlantic City, NJ
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 14023 reviewsTripAdvisor (14023)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Icona Diamond Beach
    Lower Township, NJ
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1581 reviewsTripAdvisor (1581)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    As its name suggests, this hotel is located along Diamond Beach, one of New Jersey's select private beaches located about 5 miles northeast of Cape May. The property's 108 studios and suites all boast full galley kitchens, Keurig coffee makers and floor-to-ceiling windows with Atlantic Ocean views, plus many feature balconies. Despite the impressive sea views, several recent guests were disappointed with their digs due to the small size of the bathrooms. Outside of the accommodations, lodgers will find two on-site eateries: Coastal Blue, which serves fresh-off-the-boat seafood, and Bungalow No. 7, an oceanfront eatery known for signature cocktails and live music. Recent visitors described both the cuisine and the staff here as "outstanding," pointing out that the "amazing" dinners at Coastal Blue are not to be missed. The property is also home to a fitness center and a seasonal outdoor pool, along with a splash pool for kids. The beach staffs lifeguards from May through September, and there are umbrellas and loungers available for an additional fee.

     

    Lower Township, NJ
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1581 reviewsTripAdvisor (1581)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Chelsea
    Atlantic City, NJ
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 2083 reviewsTripAdvisor (2083)
    Free WiFi

    When you are one of the only hotels on the block that doesn't offer gambling, you've got to have something different to bring to the market. And visitors find that at The Chelsea. This unique hotel ushers back the classic Atlantic City glamour of yesteryear. Guest rooms feature stylish blue and white decor, flat-screen TVs, fully stocked minibars and complimentary Wi-Fi access, though some previous guests note that the accommodations here can feel a little cramped. Though you won't find a sprawling casino attached to this boutique property, you will uncover a rooftop swimming pool (and an accompanying rooftop bar), not to mention a private portion of coastline decked out with cabanas. When you're ready to dry off, recent visitors recommend relaxing in the 10,000-square-foot Sea Spa or dining at one of two on-site restaurants.

    Atlantic City, NJ
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 2083 reviewsTripAdvisor (2083)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi