Last weekend, the wife and I had a Saturday night out to see the band Blondie and X in concert. Since they were playing at GN and I was able to procure a room there for $200, we decided to book here.
Getting to the Golden Nugget is an adventure in itself. If you don't know your way around AC, make sure your GPS is up to date. Signs will direct you to the Marina District-where the GN is located-but they don't quite seem to get you there. In fact the signs disappear long before you get there. Maybe it's just me, but the road system here seems designed by mental patients. Once we did get there, finding the parking garage was bit tricky. Drive past the main entrance/valet to the back of the building and go left. Find your parking space and be prepared to pay the $5 parking fee on the way out.
Checking in was a breeze and uneventful, we got the keycard to our room and immediately made our way upstairs. The whole hotel and especially the rooms are newly decorated, clean and very modern looking with a slightly hipster aesthetic. This is a nice change of pace for AC when comparing some of the broke-a$$ old hotels on the boardwalk (I'm looking at you Trump Towers...er...I mean DUMP Towers).
On a map, the marina district looks like it hosts 2 other hotel/casinos (Borgata and Harrah's) within walking distance. They are NOT, so be prepared to drive (which I don’t recommend), take a taxi or use the Jitney which is AC's public bus transportation. The Jitney is $2.25 per person each way and travels to all of the casinos in AC. They come around on a fairly frequent schedule and are a great way to get around. The only caveat-which has yet to be confirmed-is that if you plan to take the Jitney to Harrah's or the Borgata, coming back may be by way of going all the way to boardwalk before the Jitney makes its way back to the GN.
After taking the Jitney downtown to try our luck at the boardwalk casinos we came back to GN around 4pm. With a little time to kill before our concert, we decided to check out the pool area on the 6th floor. Be sure to at least give it a visit if you can. The area is huge with a giant seating area next to the pool with occasional DJ and bar right next to it. My only regret is that we didn’t have more time to hang out here.
After the pool bar, we went to our room to change and relax for few, then made our way downstairs to get a quick dinner at one of the restaurants. After dinner, we went to The Grand where the show was being held. Let me just say this: I have been to hundreds of rock concerts in my lifetime, but this was the most surreal and unsatisfying concert experience I have ever had. The Grand is a giant ballroom (think wedding reception) which had very tight seating setup on risers to give a view of the stage. The sound was decent, but the entire crowd SAT for the entire opening band (X) and through most of the headlining band (Blondie). Just my own griping here, but I have NEVER been to a concert where I was forced to sit. This makes it hard to enjoy that type of show.
After leaving The Grand, we went to the GN’s casino which is just MEH. As others have said, the layout is bit odd and I’m guessing was done this way to make it seem bigger than it really is. After losing a bunch of money in the slots, we went to one of the bars which had a cover band playing a set of funk songs. I’m not usually one for cover bands, but these guys could really play their a$$es off. Unfortunately, the bar has a really weak beer selection and what they do have is HORRIBLY over-priced. I certainly expect to pay for my drinks at any bar, but $8 for a lousy Heineken draft? The whole place really seemed to wind down after 1am and we made our way back to the room at about 1:30 and called it a night.
Oh yeah, the walls really are paper-thin. You can hear everything in the neighboring rooms and the hallway. Be prepared for this. We got lucky this night though, but could really hear a lot of noise earlier in the night and the next morning.
I really wanted to give this hotel 3 1/2 stars, but I can't justify a 4 so I'm rounding down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Golden Nugget Atlantic City, winner of the AAA Four Diamond award, is a premier resort destination located on the Frank S. Farley Marina and offers guests 727 beautifully remodeled rooms and suites. The entire property has just completed a $150 million renovation, taking on a fresh, modern look to include a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, and poker room; nightly entertainment, new bars and lounges, stylish retail offerings, as well as Landry’s signature world-class restaurants such as Chart House and Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse; a luxury spa and salon; and H20 poolside lounge. New owners, Landry’s,Inc, have introduced first-class accommodations, exquisite dining options and fun-filled entertainment venues unlike anything else available in Atlantic City. The Golden Nugget has already established strong brand recognitionworldwide with locations in both Las Vegas and Laughlin, NV. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Nugget Hotel Atlantic City
- Trump Marina Hotel
- Atlantic City Trump Marina
- Trump Marina Casino Atlantic City