Atlantic City called and it wants you to know, that not only is it open for business, it means business. How do we know they're serious? The proof is in the properties. Atlantic City's famous Boardwalk continues to witness a flurry of multi-million-dollar renovations, expansions, upgrades and face lifts. With an eye cast upon cornering the eastern US conference market, properties have been focusing on conference technology and growing their convention spaces. From hotel rooms to meeting rooms, here's what's fresh in nostalgia-painted Atlantic City.
Harrah’s Atlantic City
The skinny: Harrah’s Atlantic City just became the largest convention centre-hotel complex between Baltimore and Boston.
What's fresh? $250 million in renovations on a gorgeous waterfront Conference Center. Harrah's wants event planners to know it's a one-stop, technology-savvy conference solution.
- Two 50,000-square foot ballrooms that can be divided into 29 sections (pictured above)
- State-of-the-art, technologically advanced meeting spaces
- Capacity for 5,000 attendees
- 2,500 hotel rooms directly accessible from the meeting space; attendees can eat, sleep and meet all in one location.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
The skinny: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa wrapped $50 million in projects this year.
What's fresh? Step aside Vegas, Borgata is turning up at Premier, its new 18,000-square foot nightclub. It's all class with 35-foot carved-stone bars and all sass with elevated dance platforms. Completing the electronic trip, party-goers vibe to famous DJs like Steve Aoki and Benni Benassi beneath a 25-foot wide digital chandelier that pulses in a programmable light patterns.
Other updates which have opened:
- A 3,200-square foot outdoor pool and adjacent Borgata Beer Garden
- The Marketplace Eatery
More still to come this fall:
- New meeting and conferences space
- Celebrity chef Michael Symon restaurant
The Claridge Hotel
The historic Claridge Hotel - famous for hosting post-war UN meetings - is open for business. Formerly boasting a guest list that included Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Al Capone, and currently home to Miss America offices, the Atlantic City ballet and the Holtzman Art Gallery, a stay here truly is landmark.
The Claridge hotel re-opened in 2014 with 502 renovated guest rooms as a fully restored historic hotel.
What's fresh? The Claridge Hotel will soon open Atlantic City's first rooftop bar, complete with expansive coastal views. Sounds like a picture-perfect venue for a dazzling outdoor or indoor event.
- The addition of 15,000-square feet of conference space brings its total conference footprint to 100,000-square feet.
- An elegantly renovated ballroom
The skinny: From top to bottom, the Tropicana has big plans to shine.
What's fresh? The finalization of a $50 million renovation, including Boardwalk façade enhancements, hotel room upgrades and property-wide expansion. Hard bodies will have taken note of the recently opened AtlantiCare LifeCenter, the most advanced gym facility in Atlantic City. Night owls should know Ivan Kane’s cheeky Kiss Kiss a Go-Go nightclub debuted in spring.
More updates to come; another $25 million has been allocated to:
- Renovate 500 hotel rooms in the Havana Tower
- Remake the South Tower casino area and add a high-limit slot area just off the casino's Palm Walk.
- Face lift for Jade Palace, its Asian gambling room
- Entertainment: five new shows at the Tropicana's outdoor multimedia light and sound show.
- Dining: Cuba Libre restaurant is adding a new Latin Grill
Resorts Hotel Casino
The skinny: Resorts Hotel Casino upped its conference game, rolling out the carpet for event planners. You know Resorts Hotel Casino as "the first American casino outside of Nevada."
What's fresh? A $5 million ultra-chic conference center that measures 5,000-square feet spread over 12 rooms. The swanky pre-conference area is pictured above.
New ways to get high in Atlantic City:
A 200-foot high observation wheel is currently under construction, which will offer riders sweeping views of the ocean and Atlantic City skyline. Individual gondolas will boast climate-control, making it a year-round attraction.
Estimated completion: early 2017.
Plans for a polercoaster have been approved, which is also known as a vertical roller coaster. Riders can test their nerves as they slingshot around the 350-foot tower.
Estimated completion: set to debut in late 2017
Shop Til You Drop:
The skinny: In the heart of Atlantic City’s tourism district, deal seekers can find premium shopping in an open-air mall setting. Tanger Outlets The Walk, consists of over 100 tax-free retail stores.
What's fresh? Bass Pro Shops and the famous Outdoor World are the newest additions to the downtown shopping district.
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