The Borgata

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Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa
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Borgata and The Water Club
Address 1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
Opening date July 2, 2003
Theme Tuscany, Modernism
No. of rooms 2,802 (including 800 in The Water Club
Total gaming space 161,000 sq ft (15,000 m2)
Permanent shows Borgata Comedy Club
Signature attractions Borgata Poker Room
Notable restaurants Bobby Flay Steak
Izakaya
Mixx
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Casino type Land-based
Owner Marina District Development, LLC.
Previous names None
Years renovated 2005, 2007, 2011
Website www.theborgata.com

Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is a hotel, casino, and spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. It is owned by Marina District Development, a joint venture between Boyd Gaming and a divesture trust established by MGM Resorts International. The casino hotel features 2,002 rooms and is the largest hotel in New Jersey.

Borgata opened in July 2003 and is the top-grossing casino in Atlantic City.

History[edit]

Borgata was part of a major project in Atlantic City nicknamed "The Tunnel Project", started around 1999. When Steve Wynn had planned the new Mirage Resort in Atlantic City, he wanted to connect a $330 million 2.5-mile (4.0 km) tunnel from the Atlantic City Expressway to the new resort, later named the Atlantic City-Brigantine Connector, which would funnel incoming traffic off the Atlantic City Expressway into the city's marina district.

This caused major controversy, as it would cut through a middle-class neighborhood and competitor Donald Trump sued Wynn for it saying that it was a "driveway" to his casino.

The Tunnel Project did go on, even after Wynn's Mirage was cancelled, finally opening in 2001. Borgata opened on July 2, 2003 at 11:45pm. The main tower is the third tallest building in Atlantic City and is visible from many miles away due to its facade of reflective gold glass.

In late 2005 and early 2006, Borgata underwent a $200 million casino and retail expansion and the new wing opened in June 2006. As part of the expansion, Borgata installed a poker room, the largest in Atlantic City. In June 2008, Borgata opened its upscale hotel, The Water Club.[1]

In early 2010, it was reported that MGM Mirage may sell its ownership share in Borgata.[2] On March 12, 2010, MGM Mirage announced it would sell its stake in Borgata and stop doing business as a gaming licensee in New Jersey.[3] On March 17, 2010, MGM Mirage announced that the New Jersey Casino Control Commission (CCC) approved the settlement agreement between the Company and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under which the Company will sell its 50% ownership interest in Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and related leased land in Atlantic City.[4]

Gaming[edit]

The 161,000 square feet (15,000 m2) casino floor offers about 4,000 slot machines and 200 table games. Borgata’s poker program features daily tournaments and high-stake tournaments in conjunction with the World Poker Tour.

Dining[edit]

Fine Dining[edit]

The property offers five fine dining restaurants. There are four original properties and one expansion location, Old Homestead, having its original location in New York City. Two of the fine dining restaurants bear the names of their celebrity restaurateurs; Bobby Flay Steak and Wolfgang Puck American Grille. The property's Italian restaurant is chef Stephen Kalt's Fornelletto. Also part of the fine dining offerings, a Japanese cuisine restaurant, and Izakaya, billed as a "Modern Japanese Pub".

Casual Dining[edit]

Borgata offers six casual dining options on the casino level, a lower level food court with seven eateries, and one option in the Water Club lobby. Many of these locations offer extended hours to cater to patrons of the casino, which operates 24/7. These locations do not take reservations.

The Metropolitan is a contemporary, waitress service, American restaurant themed as a European Bistro which also offers an Oyster Bar and Gelato bar. Borgata Buffet, a typical casino buffet, offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a Sunday brunch. Bread+Butter is a counter service sandwich and beverage restaurant. N.O.W. or "Noodles of the World" is a waiter service Asian Fusion restaurant. Roma is an Italian cuisine cafe offering counter service. Gypsy Bar, mainly a tequila bar, offers limited food selection. In the lobby of the companion hotel, The Water Club, the Sunroom is a tapas and appetizer restaurant.

A lower level food court called The Cafeteria offers fast food style offerings with walk up counter service. The area includes Tony Luke's, Fatburger, Lettuce Head, Ben & Jerry's, Villa Pizza, Panda Express, and a Hibachi-San. Although the seating area is available 24/7, only Fatburger is open 24/7, the other restaurants have various hours.

Entertainment[edit]

The Borgata Event Center has 2,400 seats and hosts larger concerts and events.

The Music Box, a 1,000-seat theater, hosts smaller events and is home to the Borgata Comedy Club.

Nightclubs[edit]

The clubs at Borgata are:

  • The Gypsy Bar, a rock and tequila bar
  • Long Bar, a narrow bar with long bar top
  • B Bar, an ultra-lounge on the casino floor
  • MIXX, a New York City-style nightclub
  • mur.mur, an intimate nightclub with celebrity guest DJs

Spa[edit]

Borgata's European-style spa, named Spa Toccare, is a 54,000-square-foot (5,000 m2) spa with a salon, a barbershop, a fitness center, an indoor pool and outdoor gardens.

Retail[edit]

Borgata contains 11 specialty shops in a small shopping center named Borgata Shops.

Hotel Towers[edit]

Main Tower[edit]

The Main Tower is a 431 ft. tall glass structure containing 2,000 guest rooms. The rooms feature HDTVs, floor-to-ceiling windows, and large bathrooms with granite countertops.

The Water Club[edit]

Main article: The Water Club

"The Water Club" is a 457 ft. tall boutique hotel connected to the Borgata that opened in June 2008, adding 800 additional guest rooms to the complex.

Borgata from the back

Controversy[edit]

In 2005, Borgata issued a policy that it would fire any cocktail server who gained more than 7% of their body weight and did not lose it within 90 days.[5]

On November 14, 2007, authorities charged twenty-three people in connection with an illegal sports gambling ring that was allegedly run out of the Borgata's poker room. Six of the twenty-three were Borgata employees, and four of the others were known mob associates.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

Several scenes in the 2010 film The Bounty Hunter were filmed on the premises of the Borgata,[7] as were the casino scenes in the The Sopranos episode "Chasing It" (2007). The hotel and the club mur.mur. was also featured in the 21st season of the Real World where the roommates from Brooklyn took a roadtrip to Atlantic City. In 2010, The Real Housewives of New Jersey's season 2 reunion was held there and in 2012, the season 4 reunion as well.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sloan, Gene (2006-07-07). "Atlantic City is building a Las Vegas image". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  2. ^ "MGM may exit Atlantic City". 
  3. ^ "MGM Mirage to sell Atlantic City casino stake", The Associated Press, March 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Settlement Agreement Approved in New Jersey MGM MIRAGE to Sell Interest in Borgata Hotel & Casino"
  5. ^ Associated Press (2005-02-17). "N.J. casino to fire weightier waitstaff". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  6. ^ Chen, David (2007-11-14). "23 Are Charged With Illegal Sports Betting at Borgata Casino in Atlantic City". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Gerard Butler Inspires OMG Press Release of the Week". Zagat. March 11, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 39°22′39″N 74°26′06″W / 39.37749°N 74.43510°W / 39.37749; -74.43510

Preceded by
Trump Taj Mahal
Tallest Building in Atlantic City
2003—2008
431 ft
Succeeded by
The Water Club