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Showboat Hotel 3.0

Atlantic City, Jersey Shore, New Jersey

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Pros

  • Right on the boardwalk, close to dining and shops
  • Spacious rooms have seating areas, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers
  • Suites feauture large balconies, living areas, and whirlpool tubs
  • Some suites have wet bars and dining areas
  • Restaurant serves American classics and cafe with coffee and breakfast items
  • Seasonal surf bar delivers food/drinks right to the beach
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Valet and self-parking (for a fee)
  • Pets welcome (for a fee)

Cons

  • Resort fees unless you book directly with the hotel
  • No casino, pool, or fitness facilities
  • Some rooms have not been updated
  • Parking incurs a daily fee

Bottom Line

Once home to a casino and bowling center, the mid-range Showboat Hotel reopened in 2016 as just a hotel. The mid-range property is massive, with 872 spacious guest rooms that are equipped with conveniences like flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Suites add whirlpool tubs and balconies with ocean views. Some of the rooms have not been renovated yet and are dated, as are other parts of the hotel, plus it's large size and lack of a casino can make it feel deserted. There's not much here in terms of features besides some dining options: a restaurant serving comfort food, a cafe, and a seasonal surf bar. Expect to pay a resort fee unless you book directly with the hotel. For something with a casino, check out Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City or Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City.

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Scene

Former casino now operating as a mid-range hotel

Originally opened in 1987 as a casino, hotel, and bowling center, the Showboat reopened solely as a hotel in summer 2016. Occupying a large building along the boardwalk, the massive property is peppered with hints of yesteryear's grandeur, including impressive details like stained glass ceiling panels in the lobby, overhead chandeliers, and marble floors adorned with colorful Persian-style rugs. The hotel's restaurant is no less eye-catching, with vibrant painted ceilings and walls. It feels a bit dated here and there, and, due to its size, some guests complain of a deserted atmosphere, but leisure tourists who don't want to gamble or don't mind a short commute to nearby casinos should be satisfied here.

Location

Right on the boardwalk, surrounded by dining options and shops

The hotel is situated right on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, an iconic oceanside stretch lined with shops, restaurants, and activities. The Steel Pier, an amusement park, is just a five-minute walk away, while the Central Pier Arcade, with lots of games including a go-kart speedway, is 11 minutes away. Many casinos are within a 10-minute drive, such as the Borgata, Caesars, Tropicana, and Harrah's, or it's a 10-minute walk to the Resorts Casino Hotel. Other area attractions include the Absecon Lighthouse, which is a nine-minute walk away. Ripley's Believe It or Not is a 10-minute walk from here. Philadelphia is a bit over an hour's drive away, as is its international airport. Newark Liberty International Airport is about a two-hour drive. New York City is about a three-hour drive from Atlantic City. 

Rooms

Spacious rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers; suites add living areas, balconies, and whirlpool tubs

Decor among the guest rooms varies; most rooms are decked out in a pleasant contemporary style, but some have not yet been renovated and are dated, featuring chainlike furnishings, carpets, patterned couches, and striped wallpaper. The more contemporary rooms have a golden/creamy color scheme accented by jewel tones like rich purple headboards or chic seating. All units are spacious and offer seating in the form of sofas or armchairs, as well as desks. Other standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, safes, and irons/ironing boards. Suites have large balconies with ocean views, plus some have wet bars and dining areas. Bathrooms have large granite or marble sink vanities that offer plenty of storage space, plus they're equipped with shower/tub combos and wall-mounted hairdryers. Suites have both whirlpool tubs and separate walk-in rainfall showers. Toiletries are provided. Some rooms have uninterrupted ocean views. 

Features

Restaurant with American fare, a cafe, and seasonal surf bar -- but not much else

One of the biggest complaints here among guests is the hotel's lack of features, they particularly miss the casino that is now closed. There are no fitness facilities or other amenities like a spa or pool, but the hotel does offer a couple of dining options. The ACE serves American classics and comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There's also a casual surf bar that's open seasonally and offers food/drink service on the beach. There's a year-round cafe that serves coffee and breakfast pastries. Pets are welcome here for a fee. Wi-Fi is free throughout. Parking incurs a daily fee (both self and valet options). Note that guests must pay a daily resort fee if they don't book directly with the hotel. 

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Address

801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, Jersey Shore 08401, United States