Atlantic City's beautiful beach and storied Boardwalk are among the attractions that have lured visitors here for more than a century. Combined with headline entertainment, fine dining courtesy of celebrity chefs, gaming, outlets and meeting space galore, this destination comes up aces for groups.
• Atlantic City's status as the only Garden State community that allows casino gambling is up for vote this month, when New Jersey residents decide on a plan to build two casinos in the northern part of state. At press time, polls showed a majority opposed the measure.
• With the closure last month of the 26-year-old, 2,010-room Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel, the number of gaming resorts here dropped to seven.
The Boardwalk will get a boost with the July 2017 debut of the 200-foot-tall Observation Wheel at Steel Pier. The year-round ride will have 42 climate-controlled gondolas with food-and-beverage service.
The 2,000-room Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is in the midst of a $50 million refurbishment. New features include the 18,000-square-foot Premier Nightclub; an outdoor pool with over 400 chaise lounges, daybeds and cabanas plus a canopied bar and an entertainment stage; and the Marketplace Eatery, a casual dining spot. Coming in early 2017 is 25,000 square feet of new conference space that includes a 7,000-square-foot ballroom, four meeting rooms and more. In spring 2017, celebrity chef Michael Symon will open a signature restaurant at the property.• Revel,
the 1,400-room gaming resort in Atlantic City that has been shuttered since 2014, will reopen next year with a new name, Ten. During its two years of operation, the $2.4 billion property had 13 restaurants, a 32,000-square-foot spa, a casino and 160,000 square feet of indoor event space. It was purchased in April 2015 for $82 million from a bankruptcy court by developer Glen Straub, who announced opening dates prior to 2017, despite the company lacking several key permits. Straub has blamed the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the state's Division of Gaming Enforcement for the delays.•
The 2,079-room Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City
has undergone an extensive upgrade this year, including a renovation of 500 Havana Tower guest rooms and a complete refresh of the South Tower casino. •
The Showboat Atlantic City, the casino resort that was closed in 2014, has reopened as the non-gaming Showboat Hotel,
with 872 guest rooms.• Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
has launched a $30 million renovation of all 450 guest rooms in the Bayview Tower, to be completed in summer 2017. The tower is near Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center, which debuted in 2015 and was recently awarded LEED Silver certification. The 2,590-room gaming resort has more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including two 50,000-square-foot pillarless ballrooms. •
The 1,140-room Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino
has completed a refresh of the guest rooms in its Forum Tower.•
The 942-room Resorts Casino Hotel
recently expanded its meeting facilities, which now include a new 15,000-square-foot conference space and 12 meeting rooms. The property has a total of 24 function rooms with more than 64,000 square feet for events; most meeting spaces feature natural light and ocean views.