After a truly eventful 33 years, The Atlantic Club Hotel Casino closed its doors for the final time last Monday. The closure of this location means that Atlantic City now only has 11 operational casinos left in town. While this may be good news for other spots, the closing of Atlantic Club is viewed as a great loss by those who have stayed at the hotel over the years.
The Atlantic Club first opened its doors in 1980, and was considered the only “local” casino in Atlantic City. The hotel started life as the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, and was the sixth largest casino in town at the time of opening. By 1983, the casino was the top earning gaming location in AC, and attracted the likes of Frank Sinatra who not only performed regularly at the hotel, but also featured in its advertising campaigns.
In 1987, the hotel was purchased by Bally Manufacturing and was reinvented as Bally’s Grand Casino and Hotel. The hotel remained under the Bally flag until it was purchased by the Hilton Hotel brand and became the Atlantic City Hilton.
In 2011, the Hilton name was removed from the casino and the resort became known in the short term as the ACH Casino Resort. By February 2012, the hotel acquired its final name, Atlantic Club Casino Hotel and underwent significant renovations to both the game floor and the rooms.
Visitors to Atlantic City flocked to the Atlantic Club in order to enjoy its ambiance and traditional gaming features. However, the Atlantic Club was hit by the recession and profit margins began to drop significantly. By November 2013, the hotel casino could no longer sustain itself and the company who owned the resort filed for bankruptcy.
The doors finally closed on this landmark hotel on January 13, 2014 at 12.01 am. Visitors and staff shared an emotional “goodbye” to the place than many considered a home away from home and one of the best hotels AC had to offer.
We will remember The Atlantic Club and its staff fondly. Our AltanticCity.com family and many of our visitors spend many a great day (and night) being entertained and relaxing at this gorgeous hotel. We are very sad to see it go.
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