The Water Club in a Nutshell:
A 43-story tower clad in shimmery gold, The Water Club Atlantic City is a satellite of
casino hotel. Comprised of only guest rooms, swimming pools, a spa, and a few shops, The Water Club is akin to an upscale dormitory for gamblers. Patrons use an indoor walkway to get to the nearby Borgata to eat, play, be entertained, and club-hop.
Guest Rooms at The Water Club :
Modern and masculine in tone, rooms are done in a beige-and-brown palette and big-window views are a treat. Tech toys include a 40" flatscreen TV and Sony Dream Machine with iPod port. There is a work desk and chair, but no couch or chair for reading or TV viewing. Wi-fi is not free. A large console holds a tempting assortment of overpriced snacks (a sign informs the reader that anything removed for more than 30 seconds will be charged to one's bill) and an $18 "intimacy kit" (condoms, lube, wipes). There is also a separate minibar. The bathroom has a large shower with a bench and a privacy door to the toilet.
Dining at The Water Club:
The nearby Borgata is home to restaurants that patrons of The Water Club can access. Inside Borgata are everything from a Starbucks to the Old Homestead steakhouse. Other restaurants include Bobby Flay Steak, Michael Mina's SeaBlue, Wolfgang Puck's American Grille, and Italian and Japanese eateries. There is also a large buffet with many appealing selections.
Swimming Pools at The Water Club :
Approaching The Water Club from the highway, we assumed the two complementary, blue-clad buildings that appeared to form a wave were this hotel. But no; those belong to Harrah's Atlantic City
(which does have a fabulous swimming pool). The Water Club beats it in quantity; there are five indoor and outdoor swimming pools here. But they are small. Several commenters on TripAdvisor
liken them to bathtubs, but that is an exaggeration. However, they do get crowded so the hotel limits capacity, a sore point. Although we saw children at The Water Club, no one under 18 is allowed in the pool areas — a rule we applaud.
Immersion Spa at The Water Club:
If you're a regular reader of this site, you know how we feel about spas
. Nonetheless, visiting colleagues praised Immersion Spa highly and especially enjoyed its facials and multi-jet showers. There is a large indoor lap pool in the spa as well as an oversized hot tub.
Nearby The Water Club :
and its facilities are a short indoor walk away. Enroute are a few pricey stores, including a La Perla lingerie shop. To reach the Boardwalk or other Atlantic City hotels on the marina side, it's necessary to take a car or jitney.
What Could Be Improved at The Water Club?:
As pert and pretty as the front desk staff appear, they're amateurs. Upon arrival, it would have been useful to receive a quick orientation, including the location of the pools, the spa, and the Borgata. But anything aside from exchanging our credit card for their keycard is beyond their skill set. These bozettes assigned our room to another couple shortly after we settled in; it's a good thing we locked our door from the inside. Otherwise another couple would have taken up residence in our room. And what were those stains we saw on our sheets when we crawled into bed? Yecch.
Is The Water Club Right for You?:
The Water Club is basically high-priced lodging for gamblers who want to make use of the casino, restaurants, and clubs at the adjacent Borgata.
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