We frequent the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and were interested to see how this one in Atlantic City compared. It is clear that, architecturally, they tried to copy the strengths of the one in Vegas, especially the restaurants. The Grotto bar, one of our favorites for Happy Hour and dinner, is nearly identical to the one in Vegas. If you haven't eaten at the Grotto, the food is excellent, especially the wood-fired pizzas and salads. The pizzas were not on Happy Hour, while they are at the Grotto in Vegas. The wine selection at Happy Hour is also much better in Vegas (this one had Sycamore Lane as their house wine). The pasta is great, but fairly expensive. Vic and Anthony's is the high-end steak house, and Lilly's has the Asian flair. Interestingly, the 24-Karat card from Vegas did not work in this casino. We had to get new cards. Thus, while the casinos have the same name, the cards, and therefore the earned "comps", are not "linked". This was a surprise to us. But, if you like the GN in Vegas, you'll like this one, too. We certainly did. We felt at home.
Overall, we were very impressed with the remodeled casino/hotel. While it was small, it is perfect for small-time gamblers like us. It was clean, modern, and not overly crowded. The casino had $1 and $5 blackjack tables (Harrah's had a $10 minimum table), and there were plenty of modern-type penny slot machines you could play for 25 cents. The slots were tight, but at least you could have fun playing for awhile before "donating" your daily allotment to the casino. It was much better here than Harrah's, where the slots are even tighter and the minimum more like 50 cents in their machines. There were non-smoking areas around the slot machines, again adding to the positive features of this hotel.
The GN is located away from the Boardwalk (a good thing if you want a casual, more subdued getaway like we did), but for $2.25, if you want something different, you could take a jitney to nearby larger casinos in the marina (Borgato or Harrah's) or to the Boardwalk casinos. These jitney buses came frequently.
There were plenty of little shops just off the casino floor. While we didn't stay at this hotel and can't comment on the rooms, although they seem to get rave reviews on Tripadvisor (we stayed at Harrah's because of a junket), there's no question that we would stay here if we came back to Atlantic City on our own.
- 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