Our trip to the Borgata Water Club was on 8/12/13. Nice clean non-smoking accommodations, friendly staff and adults only setup(pools). The 3 wading pools were very nice and heated. The Borgata main casino is only roughly 50 yards down the hall from the Water Club smoke free lobby.
We had a corner Vista room# 2296(two windows- L shaped room and clean) on 22nd floor of 29 floors(very quiet), it overlooked Harrahs and Golden Nugget Hotels, the Brigantine Bridge and a view of Atlantic City skyline-very nice. Housekeeping staff did a great job everyday(kudos). The bathroom had only one sink and no tub, just a decent sized glass shower stall. TV was at least 40-42 inch size. The king sized foam bed was worn out. The foam mattress worn on both sides with a hump in the middle(high point). We sunk into a well worn groove on both sides of bed(disappointing). We paid $250.00 a night for a Vista room versus a regular room for $199.00 with one window. The $250.00 Vista room is not worth the extra 50.00 if you are on a budget or penny-wise minded. Depends how much time you will be in the room. If we went back, I would do the (one window)199.00 per night plan.
PROS: Get 'even' numbered room if you want a view of Atlantic City, 'odd' numbered rooms face the marsh view side.
Water Club has a nice workout room(overlooks Atlantic City on 32nd floor). but again you will have to pay 15.00 per day to use it.
CONS: Make you pay 5.00 to park your car in a surface lot for the week? A very low blow move/insult in my opinion.
PROS: Take the JITE #2 bus to AC Boardwalk - comes by Borgata every 15 minutes- $2,25 per person one way.
Borgata Buffet: Didn't go there, but spoke with two NYC, 70 year old women, seasoned gamblers, who said the Borgata Buffet Breakfast was really good but not lunch or dinner. Get there early.
Izakaya - Japanese restaurant is suppose to be excellent too per the two NYC, 70 year old women! We missed the Monday only half price special menu.....it was packed, line out door. Got there at 645pm - earliest reservation was at 10pm. We took a pass and went to Wolf Gang Puck's only to be disappointed with a overpriced meal in the front dinning area.
"Wolf Gang Puck's(Putz)" - Had a lousy dinner for 4 people($220.00)- 3 of us had the almond crusted salmon, it was dry and flavorless. I would not go back there....your paying for the name only.
Bobby Flay's - Didn't go there but heard good and bad reports from folks
The Homestead steak house - We had a great meal ,10oz filet mignon with jumbo shrimp appie(good) and 6 east coast oysters(meh!) - you must make a reservation. Get the waiter named "Larry" and busman Vlad. Great guys that will treat you right and professional.
The Noodles of the World - A great place for all types of Asian foods and soups(authentic). I had the Chicken and Pad Thai, the wife had Kyoto-Udon, both were excellent and alot of Asians go there.
The Metropolitan - Good breakfast and lunch menu's(NYC style).....go to bar counter to avoid waiting for a table.
Bottom level of Borgata Water Club has fast food court- Salad Bar, Fat Burger, Japanese, Chinese and Italian take out. Ben and Jerry's too.
Offsite Dining on Boardwalk-
Go to "Il Mulino" for fine Italian dining restaurant in Trump Taj Mahal Hotel for top notch staff service and dinner - it is not cheap. Or you can do the "Il Mulino" Trattoria next door for a lower priced menu.
I also as told the Dock's Oyster House is excellent for oyster lovers.