Openings: The Water Club

imageTragically, Atlantic City has enjoyed little reflective glow from the 21st-century re-glamming of its Western cousin, the chic and sparkly Vegas. (The only upside is, of course, that in AC, you can probably still find a cheap hooker.) But the Water Club, the new Borgata-branded palace of luxe-cess, should go a long way to mitigating the AC’s vice-city image when it opens in June. Arguably the NJ gambling mecca’s first serious visit from Dr. Design, the WC goes so far as to completely eschew unsightly in-house gambling facilities, in favor of fashiony retail (Just Cavalli, La Perla, etc); a zen lobby lounge, the Sunroom, complete with tranquil reflective pool; and a decidedly cosmopolitan spa. With 800 rooms and four pools, its claims of “intimacy” might be a stretch; but the interior aesthetic is, nonetheless, distinctly boutiquey. And in a particular epicurean coup, Geoffrey Zakarian will oversee the hotel’s culinary arts. Not for the surf and turf set, obviously.

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