From its founding, Atlantic City has always been about tourism. It was founded in the late 19th century as a resort destination after railroad companies built track between Absecon Island (on which the city exists today) and Philadelphia. In its early days, Atlantic City catered to urban workers from Philadelphia. The heyday for Atlantic City as a beach resort lasted through the first half of the 20th century, when it fell out of favour. Atlantic City was revived after a state-wide referendum in 1976 legalized casino gambling in the city, and casinos began popping up along the boardwalk and in the Marina District starting in 1978. The most popular way to get around Atlantic City is on the 4-mile long Boardwalk (the oldest in the United States), as eight of the eleven casinos are on the Boardwalk. While one’s feet are the most popular way of navigating the boards, there are also old-fashioned rolling chairs that can be hired. These shaded surreys are rolled up and down the length of the Boardwalk by experienced guides, who are out soliciting passengers day and night.
Resorts was the first casino hotel in Atlantic City, becoming the first legal casino outside of Nevada in the United States, when it opened on May 26, 1978. The resort completed an expansion in 2004, adding the 27-story Rendezvous Tower, and underwent renovations in 2011, converting the resort to a Roaring Twenties theme. The Resorts site was originally occupied by two three-story wooden Quaker rooming houses, The Chalfonte House and The Haddon House.
In May 2011, Resorts became the first casino in Atlantic City to market itself to LGBT customers. The resort opened “Prohibition”, the city’s first gay casino nightclub, as well as hiring a director of LGBT marketing.
Ocean Tower built in 1927, is 260 ft (79 m) tall. The tower is the original Haddon Hall that reopened in 1978 and contains 480 guest rooms. The base of the tower is home to the main casino floor, spa, pool, and the main retail and dining level. It also contains a club reserved for qualified casino players called “Club 1133”, as well a 350-seat theater.
The 459-room Rendezvous Tower was built on the site of a smaller hotel tower for the casino. The Rendezvous Tower, whose rooms were designed by Bergman Walls Associates, opened in 2004. The tower contains 357 luxury rooms and 42 suites. Combined with the property’s existing 480 rooms, Resorts total room inventory was boosted to 879 rooms after it was completed. The exterior of the tower features an Art Deco design that was part of a “return to the classics” theme which the owners implemented for the property. The new tower also brought upon an expansion of the casino and several new restaurants.
It’s a 1920’s empire on the Boardwalk. The new Resorts is truly a playground for adults just waiting to be explored. From the stylish and sophisticated Grand Lobby to the luxurious and spacious guestrooms to the uninhibited fun of the lounges, dining, indoor/outdoor pool, and more, guests will get to experience a getaway that is unlike any other.
The sleek art deco design and 1920’s theme combine to sweep guests into an era that embraced indulgence and fun.
Resorts Spa & Health Club is your personal haven. Escape to invigorating massages and relaxing saunas, whirlpools, and steam rooms. Enjoy sweeping views of the Ocean from the indoor-outdoor pool or visit the fitness room for a cardiovascular workout. Those looking for an extensive weight training session will also find just what they’re looking for at the Resorts Spa.
No matter the era, great dining is always a prime focus. Gourmet favourites like Gallagher’s Steakhouse, the home of the “New York Strip,” the Zagat rated Capriccio to casual fare at The Buffet, Breadsticks Café & Grill, Eastwind Noodle Bar, and Boardwalk Perks. Savor the elegant atmosphere and impressive cuisines at the fine dining restaurants, or visit one of the five casual dining venues and enjoy the comfort of a great meal at an affordable price.
Gallagher’s Burger Bar’s menu includes a variety of appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches in addition to the favourites on its already popular, flavor-filled offerings. An “all you can eat” extravaganza, The Buffet at Resorts offers an extraordinary international menu, as well a full variety of all-American selections and fresh carved meats. Enjoy the people watching of the Boardwalk at Breadsticks Cafe & Grill as you indulge in an exciting selection of salads, half-pound burgers, hot and cold sandwiches, 24 hours a day. Boardwalk Perks features a variety of freshly brewed coffees, lattes, and cappuccinos as well as deli sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Eastwind Noodle Bar featured right off the boardwalk entrance dishing up plenty of Asian styled dishes, teas, and more.
Atlantic City is right on the beach at the Jersey Shore; you can go swimming, tanning, fishing, or surfing. The Atlantic City Boardwalk is the backbone of this seaside resort city, providing access to hotels, resorts, shops, casinos and the Resorts Casino Hotel is located conveniently in the centre of the action.