Golden Nugget Atlantic City
|Golden Nugget Atlantic City|
|Address||1 Castle Boulevard
Atlantic City, New Jersey
|Opening date||June 19, 1985|
|Theme||Gold Rush Era|
|No. of rooms||728|
|Total gaming space||74,252 sq ft (6,898.2 m2)|
|Signature attractions||Farley State Marina
|Notable restaurants||Chart House
The Red Room
|Previous names||Trump's Castle
|Years renovated||1997, 2006, 2011|
Golden Nugget Atlantic City is a hotel, casino, and marina located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Opened in 1985 as Trump's Castle, it was renamed Trump Marina in 1997. Landry’s purchased the casino from Trump Entertainment Resorts in February 2011, and the sale was approved in late May. Landry's took control of the property on May 23, 2011.
The casino was built by Hilton Hotels, but that company was denied a gambling license by the State of New Jersey due to alleged ties to organized crime when the building was nearly complete and they had to sell the complex to Donald Trump. It opened in 1985 as "Trump's Castle". In 1988, the casino became one of the settings for the game show version of Yahtzee. In 1990, the Trump Castle became the Setting for the game show, "Trump Card". The resort was renamed "Trump Marina" in 1997, and was sold after Trump Entertainment went through bankruptcy. Landry's purchased it, renaming it the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, and has pumped $150 million into the complex, opening new restaurants and clubs, repainting the exterior of the building, and other renovations to bring the resort up to current casino standards. After the purchase was approved, Tillman Fertita, CEO of Landry's, announced plans to renovate the marina too, after taking a tour of the docks and finding rotting wood and dilapidated shower houses among other things.
Renovations were completed by Fall 2012.
- Chart House
- The Buffet
- The Deck Bayfront Bar & Restaurant
- The Poolside Cafe
- Vic & Anthony's
- Michael Patrick's Brasserie
- Grotto Italian Ristorante
- Lillies Sushi
The resort sits on a 14.6 acres (5.9 ha) property and contains a 74,252 sq ft (6,898.2 m2) casino; 728 guest rooms; seven restaurants; a nightclub; a 462-seat theater; a 16,920 sq ft (1,572 m2) recreation deck with a health spa, outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, cabanas, tennis and basketball courts, and jogging track; 50,922 sq ft (4,730.8 m2) of meeting and function space; a nine-story parking garage with direct walk-through into the complex; and the 640-slip Frank Farley Marina (a public facility owned by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, managed by Landry's Restaurants).
The third level is the main area of the property. At its center is a 210 ft (64 m) long reception area from which point every amenity - the casino, ballrooms, restaurants, showroom, or meeting rooms - is within a short walk.
Sale and Redevelopment History
Manhattan-based Coastal Marina LLC, the new name of Coastal Development, issued a statement on June 1, 2009 saying Trump Entertainment faxed them a letter terminating the $316 million deal. Coastal was still interested in the casino, but only if the price came down, Coastal spokesman Charlie Leonard said. The $316 million price for the second-smallest of Atlantic City's 11 casinos significantly exceeded the $200 million paid by an investor group that bought the Tropicana Casino and Resort, one of Atlantic City's largest, in April 2009.
On February 14, 2011, Trump Entertainment Resorts announced that it had reached a sale agreement with Landry's for around $28 million, far less than the price of the Coastal Marina deal. Landry's plans included rebranding the casino as the Golden Nugget, and the improvements to the property are expected to be completed by the end of 2011. Landry's has also indicated it wants to purchase the 14 acres (5.7 ha) of land to the north of the casino from MGM Resorts International and expand the casino space while also constructing another hotel tower within the next 3-5 years.
The roof of the Golden Nugget currently houses the transmitter tower and broadcast facilities of WWFP 90.5 FM which is licensed to Brigantine, New Jersey and is owned by the Calvary Chapel of Marlton. The station broadcasts a Christian music format. Formerly WWFP was used as a relay of Liberty University's WVRL in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
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- , The Associated Press, May 23, 2011
- "COMPANY NEWS; Hilton Plans to Seek Atlantic City License", The New York Times, January 30, 1991
- "Trump Marina to become 'Margaritaville' casino in $316M. sale", The Press of Atlantic City, May 31, 2008
- "Nevada's Golden Nugget to buy Atlantic City's Trump Marina", The Press of Atlantic City, Feb 14, 2011
- Map of WWFP-FM Transmitter site (Courtesy of Yahoo Maps)