This review is mostly based on my most recent trip to the Borgata, but since I've been to Borgata about ten times over the last few years, I'll toss in a few general comments in as well.
I traveled here (most recently) on a Monday night in late February with a friend so we could satiate his poker cravings on a night when the rooms aren't super expensive. He is only interested in playing at the Borgata, so we went here. We had hopes that we could get the room comped by playing for a while in the poker room, but apparently, they don't give that particular comp out at the poker room anymore. At least, that's what we were told by the staff.
Location: The Borgata (like Harrah's) is very isolated. If you plan to eat or see a show or shop at the outlet mall instead of kill all you time and money gambling, then you'll be taking a cab, paying for parking somewhere, or hitchhiking. In a sense, this makes good financial sense for Borgata. Every dime you spend will be spent with them. I find it limiting.
Rooms: The rooms are nice enough. My friend and I stayed in a smoking room because he smokes. There were no burns anywhere that I noticed. Everything was very clean and the room didn't reek, though there was still a smell of old smoke somewhere in the background. If you're not a smoker and you're stuck in a smoker room like this one, you may not be thrilled, but it's manageable. We were on the 40-somethingth floor and had a great view of the wetlands and the Harrah's parking lot. Still, you don't go for the view. The bathroom was super clean. There's no minibar, but the room did have a cube fridge, so you can bring your own vodka to chill. The bed was very comfortable and I slept very well.
Value/Service: My friend and I stayed on an off-peak monday night and it cost $80. Wait until the weekend and the price can be around $300. Whether that's a value is subjective, but it's about the norm in a decent AC hotel these days.
Entertainment: obviously, if you like to gamble, Borgata is good. It's clean and being off the boardwalk and a little on the pricey side means that the seedier elements of AC are thinned out. And I've certainly seen some homeless types wander into other gaming floors. For shopping, the Borgata is terrible. It's not near the boardwalk and its only has a few shops and none really worth browsing. For shows, again, it's off the beaten path. Unless your show is playing there, expect to be taking a taxi.
Dining: There are about ten restaurants at Borgata as well as a food court. The food court is mall food. Ben & Jerry's, Panda Express... the restaurants are almost all expensive. It says something when Wolfgang Puck's restaurant is the cheap option. There's a place on the opposite side of the casino floor that had a $40 hamburger. Keep that in mind when you budget your trip. That said, MOST of the restaurants are only open at the tail end of the week. Thursday through Saturday. There is a buffet, but it's also expensive and, frankly, not very good. I'd skip it. As for bars, there are a couple, as well as a club. I don't go clubbing, but even on this last trip, which was on a Monday night, the girls in microdresses were out in force.
Overall, Borgata is where I'd suggest if you plan to make it your destination and have no interest in being elsewhere or maybe if you get a great deal on a room. Because you're stuck. The rooms are nice but get pricey. The food, definitely expensive unless you hit the food court. The crowd skews younger. There are still plenty of old folks hogging the nickel slots, but nothing like I've seen at other places.
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