by Lisa Grimaldi | April 01, 2010

Tropicana Casino & ResortMeeting Hotels: Properties include the 2,590-room Harrah's Resort Atlantic City; 2,127-room Tropicana At­lantic City Casino & Resort; 2,032-room Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel; 2,000-room Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; 1,756-room Bally's Atlantic City; 1,331-room Showboat Casino Hotel; 1,140-room Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino; 942-room Resorts Casino Hotel; 904-room Trump Plaza; 804-room Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort; 800-room Water Club, a Signature Hotel by Borgata; 728-room Trump Marina Hotel Casino; 502-room Sheraton At­lantic City Convention Center Hotel; 331-room Chelsea, and 206-room Courtyard by Marriott.
In Galloway, just outside Atlantic City, is the 297-room Seaview (formerly the Marriott Seaview Golf Resort).

Convention Center: Atlantic City Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 486,600 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 45; (888) 222-3683; accenter.com

Airport Transit: Atlantic City International Airport, about 10 miles northwest of the Boardwalk. Transfer cost by airport shuttle, $13; by taxi, $25-$35

Taxes: Luxury tax, 9%; sales tax, 4%; occupancy fee, 1%; tourism promotion fee, $2 per room for casino hotels, $1 per room for others; total tax on hotel rooms, 14% plus tourism promotion fee

Small Group Venues: Iza­kaya, a Japanese gastro-pub and sake bar, offers an extensive array of the world's top premium sakes. The fare ranges from traditional sushi to signature dishes such as edamame dumpling and spicy tuna cracker. Private events are hosted in the Robata Room for groups of up to 60 and  the Sake Lounge for parties of up to 30. (609) 317-1000; theborgata.com

New Jersey's coastline is dotted with lighthouses; one close to Atlantic City, the 150-year-old Absecon Lighthouse, is available for private receptions for up to 50 or seated dinners for up to 40. (609) 449-1360;  abseconlighthouse.org

Large Group Venues: Atlan­tic City's beaches aren't the only places for water-themed fun. Several properties have trendy pool areas where receptions or hip, after-dark parties can be staged. Among them is The Pool at Harrah's, a tropical oasis enclosed in a 90-foot-high glass dome, ideal for year-round events. The Pool has a 23,000-square-foot, 86,000-gallon heated mineral pool, seven hot tubs, 12 cabanas, indoor and outdoor deck areas, and a bar. Groups of up to 1,300 can be accommodated. (609) 340-2150; harrahs.com/groups-meetings/atlantic-city

At the Chelsea, a nongaming boutique property, the saltwater pool and its surrounding decks and cabanas are part of the fifth-floor Cabana Club, which can accommodate private events for up to 400 people. For larger groups (of up to 800), other venues on the fifth floor include C5, designed by Shaun Hausman, whose projects include The Standard Hotel in LA, Sub-Mercer NY and Continental Midtown in Philadelphia. This colorful event space, which serves as the indoor section of the Cabana Club, features glam rock 'n' roll trappings circa 1970s London, as well as a state-of the-art sound system and a small stage. Nearby, The Living Room is a champagne and cocktail lounge with a 2,500-square-foot terrace. (800) 548-3030; thechelsea-ac.com

If your group is into great dance music from the '70s and '80s, Boogie Nights is the place. The club at Resorts Casino Hotel, resplendent with lava lamps and period furnishings, is available for private events for up to 375 people. (609) 340-7698; resortsac.com/entertainment/boogienights.shtml

The charming 47-room Renault Winery Resort & Golf in Egg Harbor City, about 20 minutes west from Atlan­tic City, can accommodate up to 280 people for private events. (609) 985-2111; renaultwinery.com