Atlantic City

Teresa Giudice, Credit: Kelly Jordan/startraksphoto.com; NeNe Leakes, Credit: Amanda Schwab/startraksphoto.com; Ramona Singer, Credit: Kelly Jordan/startraksphoto.com; Tamra Barney, Credit: Amanda Schwab/startraksphoto.com

If you’re anything like us, you’re glued to the tube almost every night of the week to catch the latest episode of the Real Housewives. From Beverly Hills to Atlanta, from Orange County to New Jersey, Bravo follows America’s favorite train wrecks that we love to hate love, capturing all of the madness that goes down. Who needs to watch WWE [Ed note: One of our staffers sure does!] when any given night of the Real Housewives yields a 50% chance of a wig pull or a black eye? And more importantly, where have some of the classic moments gone down? Lucky for us, at some choice hotels — read all about ‘em after the jump!

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You'd have to take a running jump to take a seat in this chair at the Clift in San Francisco.

Want to take a seat? You have to climb up it first at the Clift in SF.

There are plenty of hotels with over-the-top decor, but some take it to the next level with looks that are literally larger than life. This includes everything from chairs that Big Foot could comfortably recline in to massive chanderliers that we’re not sure how they got through the front door. But whatever their means of use or entry, these pieces are pretty cool. Check out some of out favorite hotel’s gigundo decor, and learn how you can get the look in your own home now.

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We’ve been a bit obsessed with the City of Sin as of late (Maybe it’s because we’re dying to go!), but with its inflated room rates and over-the-top glitz, we can’t afford to always go gamble in Vegas. Thankfully, there are some pretty sweet casinos far off the Strip (and we mean far) where you can still win — or lose — some big bucks. Check out our seven favorites and take a chance at one of these spots.

THE HOTEL: The Trump Taj Mahal; Atlantic City, NJ

The entrance to the casino of The Trump Taj Mahal; Atlantic City, NJ

WHY GAMBLE HERE: Although gaudy and dated in terms of its decor, the Taj offers up a huge casino over 3500 slot machines and 200 table games. There’s also a Baccarat pit, poker room and a Simulcast facility to place your racing bets.  Plus, the hotel has a prime spot on the beach boardwalk and has a wide range of dining options, including the upscale Italian restaurant (and editor favorite) Il Mulino.

Check out more non-Vegas casinos after the jump!

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Pool at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa

Still looking for a New Year’s Eve party for this weekend? This behemoth hotel and casino on the outskirts of Atlantic City is a hub of entertainment, and arguably the city’s premier destination. The 2000-room property (which opened in 2003) overlooks a marina at Renaissance Pointe. Floor-to-ceiling windows keep rooms bright, and suites are well-appointed with comfortable bedding, large iPod docks, large marble bathrooms with large soaking tubs, and fantastic views of the marina. Entertainment is outstanding, from celebrity chef restaurants — including Bobby Flay Steak and Wolfgang Puck American Grille — to an Italian-inspired indoor pool, plenty of shops, a performance hall that hosts musical guests and comedians, and spa treatments. While it’s not directly on the famous Atlantic City boardwalk, the on-site casino clocks in at a massive 161,000 square feet, giving guests plenty to do without needing to venture out. It easily stands out as one of the most refined properties in the area. Read the full review >>
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Who doesn’t love a spa day? We know how nice it is to put your feet up and be pampered for a day — or for an entire vacation! But we also know that not all spas are for everyone. Maybe you want a one-with-nature, rustic experience or perhaps glitz and glam is more your thing. Either way, there’s a spa that’ll make you say “ah” and we’ve found some great options for every type of spa-goer we know. Check them out!

High Design

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

If Phillipe Starck is the mastermind behind it, you know its going to be cutting-edge cool and that’s just what the spa at the Viceroy Miami delivers. The 28,000-square-foot spa features 10 treatment rooms, redwood saunas, eucalyptus steam rooms, a media screening room, and a water lounge with marble floors, three jacuzzis, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bay.
Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata

Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata

Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata

Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata

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