Atlantic City’s Hotels Focus On Luxury

Generally for people who think of luxury and wealth, Atlantic City never comes to mind; however, with recent additions in the past few years, Atlantic City has been able to get back on the luxury path. It appears as thought people now want to visit Atlantic City again, Despite the general economic slowdown at the city, the number of luxury and upscale outlets have increased. So who’s at the forefront of this awakening?

Borgata Hotel is one of the greatest additions to Atlantic City, or should it be called the Borgata Hotel, Casino, Spa, Shopping Center, Restaurant, Bar and Club! Whichever way you look at it, the Borgata Hotel has risen to the status of one of the biggest luxury attractions in Atlantic City. The Borgata Hotel was built in 2003. It is the most recent hotel addition to Atlantic City. Actually, the first in thirteen years. The hotel provides 2,000 rooms. It was specifically designed to become a rival of the popular hotels of cities such as Las Vegas and NYC. The hotel has a casino, thirteen restaurants, an event center, a club, a bar, a spa, and eleven stores to purchase clothing and accessories. They also have plans to add a water club. The Borgata has definitely brought luxury back to a city that seemed to be growing duller and duller with the passage of time.

Trump Taj Mahal is another hotel that has brought renown and popularity to Atlantic City among the luxury-travelers. It offers penthouse suites and lanai suites for those with deep pockets. These rival the best in the east coast. The Taj Mahal has restaurants, a casino, and a spa. The luxury spa at the Taj Mahal is one of the best. I would call it a close competitor to the Bally’s spa. It offers seaweed wraps, deep tissue massages, aromatherapy, and other types of health and fitness services.

Another luxury hotel at Atlantic City is the Bally’s hotel. Bally’s is a four-star hotel that towers over the Boardwalk. The hotel has a casino, a spa, 1240 rooms, an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, VIP indoor parking, VIP valet service, upscale places to shop, a large 18-hole golf course, an aerobic studio. It also has sixteen restaurants and that’s a lot even by the extravagant casino standards. Of the sixteen, four of them focus on the culture and cuisine of the American West and the other twelve are gourmet restaurants. Bally’s also offers live entertainment venues and upscale poker tournament venues.

The rise of comfort in Atlantic City, New Jersey casts off its shell of dullness that had started to form over the last decade. This new surge will hopefully help the city move past the recent nationwide economic slowdown. Traditionally, Atlantic City has always lagged behind Las Vegas and New York City. Hotels like the Borgata and the Taj Mahal are closing this gap and providing a rich look to the City. Check them out and enjoy on your next trip!

Why Vegas Prospers While Atlantic City Shrivels

Summer is drawing to an end, and with it, the height of tourist season. But some of the doors closing on Atlantic City’s boardwalk won’t reopen come next Memorial Day.

The Showboat Casino Hotel and Revel, one casino a 27-year-old institution and the other only two years old, have both shut down for good. Trump Plaza is slated to join them, and the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel closed last January. The Trump Taj Mahal is reportedly in precarious shape as well.

The conventional wisdom is that the Boardwalk Empire is struggling today because of competition from expanded gambling elsewhere in the Northeast. That is certainly a factor. The days of Atlantic City’s regional monopoly are over for good, and the effects are self-evident. The Washington Post has reported that the city’s overall casino revenues are at around half of where they were in 2006. (1)

But if increased competition were the entire explanation, the struggle would be more widespread. Casinos have spread from a few pioneering and out of the way locations to urban areas, such as Baltimore or Philadelphia, nationwide. The gambling industry as a whole is chugging along well enough.

Gambling, and the other diversions casinos provide, are components of the entertainment industry; that industry, by its nature, creates hours of amusement, but nothing tangible of lasting value. Although I would personally prefer to spend my time and money at an amusement park than in a room full of slot machines, other people feel differently.

But you cannot build an entire economy off gambling alone. Cities simply can’t live on entertainment, of any sort, without any other underlying economic activity. When you compare Atlantic City to Las Vegas, this principle becomes clear. You would expect expanded gambling venues nationwide to hit Las Vegas as hard, or maybe proportionally harder. But long-term visitor trends say otherwise. Over 39 million people visited Las Vegas in 2013, about 6 million more than visited in 1999. Atlantic City’s visitor total fell by about the same amount over that period.

What, then, is the difference? Las Vegas, although it makes a big part of its living from casinos, doesn’t rely on them exclusively for its success and continued existence. Nevada offers a favorable tax climate and, for those who can stand (or escape) the heat, a favorable living climate too, with only around 4 inches of rain a year. People hold business conferences there. People retire there. People set up their banking or trusts there. Businesses incorporate there.

New Jersey has both a miserable climate for business and a miserable climate for people. Despite a few mild ocean breezes in the summer, it’s mainly a damp, expensive place. And if you leave the casinos, you can’t help but notice the rest of the city is decrepit. It took until 2012 to get a supermarket. Nobody retires to Atlantic City.

Las Vegas isn’t a bigger Atlantic City. Las Vegas is Phoenix with casinos.

The need for Atlantic City to diversify its economy has not been lost on everyone. There is talk of trying to attract a four-year college and expanded retail investment, MarketWatch reported. (2) But a place where 8,000 workers have abruptly lost their jobs and 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line is one that will face an uphill battle, especially with the headwinds of New Jersey’s overall business climate working against it.

To fix Atlantic City – or, for that matter, other New Jersey cities like Camden or Paterson or Newark – New Jersey’s leaders need to fix what’s actually wrong in the city and, more broadly, in the state. They can’t do anything about the weather, true. But until New Jersey becomes an attractive place to settle, build wealth and enjoy retirement, Atlantic City will never be another Las Vegas.

Sources:

1) The Washington Post, “Atlantic City’s decline continues as Revel, Showboat close up shop”

2) MarketWatch, “Atlantic City: How to save the Boardwalk Empire”

Atlantic City Shows & Entertainment

Atlantic city is a wonderful place to visit, no matter what type of person you are. Whatever it is that you like to do on your vacations, Atlantic City Shows has something for everyone. Whether you like historical museums or amusement parks with the family, Atlantic City offers that and everything in between. You are sure to be impressed, when you find out how much there really is to do. They offer fun activities for the whole family, such as the Ocean Life Center. At the Ocean Life Center, you will find yourself fascinated with all the different types of ocean life, in their live aquariums.

If you love to shop, you can visit Atlantic City’s only shopping mall. It is open all year long, and features over 100 specialty stores, and an international food court. Checking out the ocean, and all of its aspects is one of the biggest attractions in Atlantic City. Visit Tuckerton Seaport, for a truly amazing experience to visit, and check out all the different areas of the ocean. Meet lighthouse keepers, fishermen, whalers, lifesavers, and ship captains. You are able to take a ferry ride year round between Cape May, New Jersey, and Lewes, Delaware. On the ferry ride, you are able to go on foot, or take your car along with you.

If you plan to bring your family to Atlantic City, there couldn’t be a better place to relax and see things you couldn’t see anywhere else. Atlantic City offers so many family attractions for you and your children, such as taking them to an amusement park that they are sure to love. Steel Pier offers 24 rides and games, a food court, and free admission. Another great place to take the kids, is Storybook Land. It is a 20 acre family fun park, with over 50 storybook adventures from classic children’s storybooks. Maybe you are someone who likes to sit and relax on the beach, will then you are in luck. Lenape Park offers a wonderful sandy beach, and clean calm waters from Lake Lenape for water sports. As you can see, there is so much to see and do in Atlantic City, you will find yourself coming back again to finish your first vacation.

Thing to Do in Atlantic City New Jersey

We I could start with the obvious… Gamble! There are plenty of casinos to choose from with different themes and crowds. You might want to choose a more high end Casino if you’re looking to win big and are a more experienced player or one of the more average casinos if you’re looking to play for fun and not lose a lot. But what people some times don’t realise that there are so many other fun things to do in Atlantic City.

Shopping at The Pier at Caesars Casino, The Quarter at Tropicana or The Walk Outlets in town. You can and will find anything you want between these shopping venues or just walk and window shop at all the glorious stores. You can also find some great dining mixed in between the shopping. Also located at The Quarter shopping center is an Imax Theater. You can totally veg out and watch a great flick in between your shopping or gambling.

If you just want to walk and take in the beautiful views and fresh air of the beach you can always stroll the boardwalk. The Boardwalk is full of cute little shops and also you could take a peek in each of the casinos that are located on the boards. Conveniently located on the boardwalk is a Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum which is always a fun and enlightening experience. You will also run into a great amusement park on the boardwalk called The Steel Pier. They have plenty of games, rides and fair food. You are never to old for a good funnel cake!

You can always visit the Atlantic City Aquarium which will definitely give you a couple of hours of visual entertainment. Atlantic city also has a historical museum for anyone looking for a little culture. If you’re not a history buff you may want to go the Atlantic city Arts Center instead. Another nice attraction to see and learn from would be The Korean War Memorial. Like most memorials this will really make you feel gratitude for our troops.

When visiting Atlantic City you can go crazy and party all day and night , sight see during the day and have some fun or you can always choose to learn something from the many attractions. Atlantic City NJ just has so many different things to offer you could never feel bored or uncultured. So Book your room fast and plan you trip out as soon as possible!