Celebrating its first anniversary this summer, this music-centric hot spot has more than 20 on-site restaurants and lounges, a casino, a full-service spa and an array of performances by headlining talent. The hotel offers a custom in-room soundtrack and spa treatments that utilize musical vibrations and beats to refresh and renew body and soul.
An indoor pool with walk-up bar offers a sand-less alternative for waterside lounging. Purchase a day to the spa for access to heated hydrotherapy and ambient temperature tubs, a steam room, a sauna, and showers with cool mist, Caribbean rain and Atlantic Ocean experiences. Restaurants range from the seafood-centric Council Oak Fish to the Japanese-themed Kuro.
The Hard Rock’s direct-access beach is the only one in Atlantic City, and chairs, umbrellas and towels are complimentary for guests. Jam on a Fender guitar delivered to your room free of charge. Brad Paisley, Howie Mandel and Keith Urban are among the big names booked for August.
Rates: Starting at $139 weekdays, $439 Saturdays and $149 Sundays.
Drive time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.
1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.
(609) 449-1000, www.hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com