Multiple restaurants ranging from casual to upscale
Casino with table games and slot machines
Well-equipped fitness center
Free garage parking
Meeting spaces and business center
Boat marina next to property
Not walking distance to the boardwalk and beach
Past guests complain of thin walls
Restaurants closed select days
Complaints of poor service from staff
The 727-room Golden Nugget is an upscale casino property in Atlantic City, about a 10-minute drive from the boardwalk. It has all the amenities you would expect for this category -- clean, comfortable guest rooms with flat-screen TVs, 10 restaurants, a sleek outdoor pool, and two venues for entertainment shows. The spa and casino will keep adults busy, while kids can enjoy the arcade room. If you want a casino property with everything under one roof, it's a solid pick, but note that many guests have complained of thin walls and poor service. For a similar stay near the beach, check out the Caesars Atlantic City.
A casino property with sleek, masculine public spaces and guest rooms
Previously the Trump Marina, the property was sold to Landry's Inc, a dining and hospitality group, in 2011. After a $150 million renovation, the property reopened as the Golden Nugget. Though the tan exterior is unassuming, the interior features a sleek lobby with a brown, red, and gold color scheme; it boasts geometric carpeting, hanging lights, and shiny brown walls. Surrounding the lobby are the several restaurants, bars, and gift shops. Most guests, who tend to be couples, are playing slots or table games in the casino, or lounging at the small sixth-floor outdoor pool.
In Atlantic City's Marina District, a two-mile drive from the boardwalk
Along with Harrah's Resort, the Golden Nugget is in Atlantic City's Marina District. The adjacent Farley State Marina is owned by the city but managed by the hotel, and has 630 floating slips. The popular Boardwalk is a 10-minute drive away, and the Atlantic City Aquarium is a six-minute drive. For those with cars, free garage parking is available. The Atlantic City International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.
Clean, modern guest rooms and suites with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
Spread 727 modern guest rooms and suites are spread across two towers, Spa and Gold. Rooms have a similar masculine design scheme, with striped carpeting, dark wooden furniture, and brown bedspreads. Pops of color in red, orange, or gold, are seen in the headboards, drapes, and an accent wall. They either have a small table and two chairs or a couch and ottoman. All rooms have 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, work desks, in-room safes, and coffeemakers. Bathrooms are small but attractive, featuring granite countertops with basin sinks, and shower/tub
combo combos; hairdryers and hotel brand toiletries are also provided. Suites have an additional living room area and come with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Room views are either overlooking the city or the bay.
Packed with amenities, the hotel has an outdoor pool, casino, spa and salon, meeting spaces, and two entertainment venues.
Typical of a large casino property, the Golden Nugget has plenty to keep you under one roof. For adults, the casino has both table games and slot machines, while kids can play at the arcade. The outdoor pool is small for a property this size, with padded loungers and a couple of cabanas surrounding it. Adjacent to the pool are four small hot tubs arranged a fire pit. The full-service spa and salon is sleek and couples treatment rooms are available. The fitness center is well-equipped, with cardio and strength-training machines and free weights.
For business travelers, there are several meeting and event spaces available, as well as a business center with two computers. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. The Golden Nugget also has two entertainment venues that host a variety of acts.
A variety of restaurants and bars, from casual to upscale
There are a total of 10 restaurants and one chocolate shop at Golden Nugget. They include upscale dining at the seafood restaurant Chart House and Vic & Anthony's steakhouse. Casual dining includes the Buffet restaurant, Lillie's Asian Cuisine, and Grotto, an Italian restaurant. There's also a Starbucks, quick bites at Bean and Bread, and H2O Pool + Bar Grill.
There are a few bars and lounges at the hotel as well. Rush Lounge has live music and Haven Nightclub is a bustling spot often with DJs performing. Wine & WiFi Internet Lounge has small plates and is open 24 hours a day.