The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel

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The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel
Atlantic Club viewed from the beach, when it was Hilton
LocationAtlantic City, New Jersey
AddressBoston Avenue and the Boardwalk
Opening dateDecember 12, 1980
ThemeBeach Resort
No. of rooms800
Total gaming space75,374 sq ft (7,002.5 m2)
Signature attractionsThe Beach Bar
Notable restaurantsPatsy's Italian Restaurant
Simon AC
Casino typeLand
OwnerColony Capital, LLC
Operating license holderRIH Acquisitions
Previous namesGolden Nugget
Ballyʼs Grand
The Grand
Atlantic City Hilton
ACH
Years renovated1997, 2012
WebsiteAtlanticClubCasino.com
 
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The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel
Atlantic Club viewed from the beach, when it was Hilton
LocationAtlantic City, New Jersey
AddressBoston Avenue and the Boardwalk
Opening dateDecember 12, 1980
ThemeBeach Resort
No. of rooms800
Total gaming space75,374 sq ft (7,002.5 m2)
Signature attractionsThe Beach Bar
Notable restaurantsPatsy's Italian Restaurant
Simon AC
Casino typeLand
OwnerColony Capital, LLC
Operating license holderRIH Acquisitions
Previous namesGolden Nugget
Ballyʼs Grand
The Grand
Atlantic City Hilton
ACH
Years renovated1997, 2012
WebsiteAtlanticClubCasino.com

The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, formerly Atlantic City Hilton and ACH, is a casino and hotel located on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It currently operates as Atlantic City's first and only "locals casino".

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History

It was built in 1980 by a partnership of Golden Nugget Companies and Michael R. Milken for $140 million.

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 it (in 2009 he is working on renovations to it). 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.[1]

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's Entertainment Corporation, which changed the name to Bally's Grand Casino/Hotel.[2] Frustrated with state gaming regulators,[3] 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.[4]

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. The signage on the outside and inside of the casino was removed in the fall when the licensing agreement termination was approved.[5] 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."

Gaming

Atlantic Club features an Asian Gaming Room along with traditional table games and slot machines. It also exclusively features 5X Craps.

Dining

Fine Dining

Casual Dining

Bars & Lounges

Amenities

The casino has a health spa, an indoor pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and Salon Maria Katelyn.

Possible closure

In March 2011 the property went up for sale but as of August 2011 there were no potential buyers which could have resulted in ACH permanently closing due to the property losing its affiliation with Hilton Hotels, being isolated in the city, the smallest in the city, and an older building that has not been renovated.[6] But In November 2011, it was announced that the casino will stay open, be given a new name and theme in Spring 2012, and be transformed into a "locals casino". The casino could possibly close October 31, 2012 if it does not recoup a certain amount of its losses, but ownership has said that they will not be closing.

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