Fine Dining and Nightlife amid Chic 1940s-Style Decor at Four-Star Atlantic City Hotel
Purple neon lights glow onto a slender 20-story tower topped by a violet-colored sign displaying “the Chelsea” in cursive lettering. This is the centerpiece Luxe tower of The Chelsea, a four-star hotel that looks like it was plucked from a film-noir classic and placed along the ocean, a short walk from Atlantic City’s iconic boardwalk. Inside, retro-chic decor—such as crystal chandeliers in the ballroom and abstract lamps elsewhere—fits right in with the city’s glamorous past. Fodor’s writes, “this boutique hotel has a convincingly swank vibe that could double as a set location for the TV hit Mad Men.”
Each chic Luxe king or queen room embodies the hotel's signature style and overlooks the bay. Choose the penthouse-suite option to stay on the hotel’s top floor, where you can enjoy the suite’s 42-inch flat-screen TV or relax in the sunroom. Another way to unwind is to visit Sea Spa, which has a co-ed jacuzzi, a sauna, and a steam room.
Named after the hotel’s first owners, the onsite restaurant Teplitzky’s serves classic American diner fare and cocktails to guests seated on vintage barstools. It’s also a casual spot to enjoy breakfast in the morning, with entrees ranging from huevos rancheros to apple-and-pecan whole-wheat waffles. This deal comes with two Teplitzky’s entrees, which range from handmade gnocchi to smoked short ribs.
Atlantic City, New Jersey: Casinos and Carnival Rides Lining Historical Beachside Boardwalk
No trip to Atlantic City is complete without a stroll along its signature boardwalk, which stretches for 6 miles along New Jersey's eastern coast. Originally built in 1870 to keep sand out of hotel lobbies, the boardwalk grew in popularity as a place where you could drink and gamble during Prohibition without much trouble from the police, as depicted in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The boardwalk is still popular for its casinos, but it's family-friendly, too; visitors are just as inclined to sit at the beach or stop at one of the many carnival rides.
On the boardwalk, it's worth it to check out the Absecon Lighthouse, which is more than 150 years old. It's possible to climb its 228 steps to the top, which features sweeping views of the city skyline and the sea. Down at the base, you'll find a replica of the original light keeper's lonely cloister and the collection of sock puppets he created to keep him company.
Proving further that Atlantic City isn't all nightclubs, boardwalk, and casinos is Gardner's Basin, a maritime village along the bay. Here, a community of artisans uses seashells and driftwood to hand-make items such as wind chimes and picture frames. However, the Basin's biggest claim to fame is the 25,000-gallon Atlantic City Aquarium swimming with turtles and rays.
Atlantic City was damaged minimally during Hurricane Sandy. The city and its casinos are ready for business and anticipating a successful 2013 season. Read more in this press release from the Atlantic City Alliance. The Alliance notes that the Boardwalk is “still intact and as beautiful as ever.”
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Must book by 6/7/13 or promotional value expires. Must complete travel by 6/30/13. Not valid 4/15-4/17, 4/22-4/24, 5/6-5/8, 5/13-5/15, 5/20-5/22, 5/24-5/26, or 6/26. Limit 3 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 3 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. 72hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies. Must be 21 or older to check in. Credit card required at booking and check-in. $1 city fee per day and 14% tax not included.