The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel
|Atlantic Club Casino Hotel|
|Atlantic Club viewed from the beach, when it was Hilton|
|Location||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Address||Boston Avenue and the Boardwalk|
|Opening date||December 12, 1980|
|No. of rooms||801|
|Total gaming space||75,374 sq ft (7,002.5 m2)|
|Signature attractions||The Beach Bar|
|Notable restaurants||Patsy's Italian Restaurant
|Previous names||ACH Casino Resort, Atlantic City Hilton, The Grand, Bally's Grand, Golden Nugget|
|Years renovated||1997, 2012|
The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, formerly Atlantic City Hilton and ACH, is a casino and hotel located at the southern end of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, owned and operated by Colony Capital. It is the city's first and only "locals casino".
Steve Wynn bought the Strand Motel on Boston Avenue and the Boardwalk for $8.5 million and tore it down. Joel Bergman, who designed Wynn's other resorts, designed the Golden Nugget. It was Atlantic City's sixth casino after legalized gambling was passed in 1976. It had 506 rooms and at the time was the second smallest casino in the city. By 1983 it was the city's top earning casino. Its entertainment included Frank Sinatra. Advertisements featured Wynn, including one where he delivered towels to Sinatra.
It was Wynn's first major casino after establishing his reputation with resurrecting the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. He had high-profile squabbles with state officials, and in 1987 he sold the casino for $440 million to Bally Manufacturing, which changed the name to Bally's Grand Hotel and Casino. Frustrated with state gaming regulators, Wynn publicly vowed he would never return to Atlantic City, though he had hedged his rhetoric with the purchase of an area by the Atlantic City Marina. Wynn left Atlantic City to build the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas that heralded the modern transformation of the Las Vegas Strip.
After the Hilton Hotels Corporation acquired Bally Entertainment, the property was renamed Atlantic City Hilton. In 1998, Hilton Corporation spun off its casino properties into a new company initially called Park Place Entertainment.
In 2000 Nicholas L. Ribis, in partnership with Colony Capital, LLC bought the poorly-performing Resorts Atlantic City for $140 million and created Resorts International Holdings. Then, in 2005, they set out to buy four casino properties across the U.S., including the Atlantic City Hilton, for a combined total of $1.24 billion.
Through December 2009, Resorts Atlantic City and Atlantic City Hilton were managed as a single entity named "Atlantic City Hilton and Resorts Atlantic City", whose president was Anthony Rodio. On December 10, 2009, it was announced that Resorts International wasn't able to pay the mortgage for the Resorts Atlantic City property and made a deal to have the loan canceled and surrender the property to RAC Atlantic City Holdings L.L.C.
In June 2011, Hilton Hotels ended the licensing agreement with Colony Capital and the Hilton name was officially removed as the casino name, with the temporary name of the casino becoming ACH Casino Resort (ACH was an abbreviation of the previous name - Atlantic City Hilton). The signage on the outside and inside of the casino was removed in the fall when the licensing agreement termination was approved. Its sister property, Las Vegas Hilton also lost its agreement and changed its name to the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in January 2012.
On February 7, 2012, the casino became a locals casino and rebranded as The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel. Renovations to the gaming floor and rooms began immediately in an effort to refresh and update the property. The new slogan also went into effect: "A casino for the rest of us."
In December 2012, the Rational Group, parent company of online gaming site PokerStars, was reported to be in discussions to buy the Atlantic Club for less than $50 million, spurred on by a bill under debate in New Jersey to legalize online gaming operations by casino owners. A purchase agreement was announced in January 2013, but was terminated in April after Rational missed a deadline for securing a temporary gaming license.
Atlantic Club features an Asian Gaming Room along with traditional table games and slot machines. It also exclusively features 5X Craps.
- Patsy's Trattoria
- Simon AC
- Ono Chinese Bistro
- Cornucopia Buffet
- The Coffee Shop
Bars & Lounges
- The Dizzy Dolphin
The casino has a health spa, an indoor pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and Salon Maria Katelyn.
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