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.
LET'S TWIST AGAIN
Sure, you'll savor the fresh sushi at Izakaya,
the hip Japanese restaurant at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, but cocktail aficionados come for rice vodka drinks like The Twist, made table-side with fresh grapefruit juice.
The Mid-Atlantic Ocean tank is just one of the many exhibits at the Atlantic City Aquarium in the historic Gardner's Basin section of town. Other aquatic fauna on display include Loggerhead sea turtles, coral, Moray eels, reef predators, tropical sharks and anemones. Private events are accommodated.
Meeting Hotels: Major properties include the 2,590-room Harrah's Resort Atlantic City; 2,079-room Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City; 2,000-room Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; 1,756-room Bally's Atlantic City; 1,140-room Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino; 942-room Resorts Casino Hotel; 800-room Water Club, a Signature Hotel by Borgata; 728-room Golden Nugget Atlantic City, and 502-room Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel.
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.
Convention Center:Atlantic City Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 486,600 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 45; (888) 222-3683
Airport Transit: Atlantic City International Airport, 10 miles northwest of the city. Transfer cost by airport shuttle, $15; by taxi, $30
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 the tourism promotion fee
Group Venue: The hot sounds, tropical drinks and delicioso cuisine of Cuba can be found right off the Boardwalk at the Tropicana Casino & Resorts' Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, which hosts groups of up to 900 people. (609) 348-6700
Contact: Meet AC, (609) 348-7100 or (888) 222-3683