Resorts Casino Hotel was the first casino in Atlantic City, opening on May 26, 1978. While the New Jersey state government specified that their new casinos were to be newly constructed buildings, they did grant an exception to Resorts, which gave them a head start over the other projects underway when casino gambling was finally made legal in Atlantic City.
The property that the Resorts Casino Hotel was built on has a very rich history, originally starting out as the Haddon House hotel back in 1869. The Haddon House was expanded over the years, later becoming known as Haddon Hall.
New Jersey had attempted to regulate casinos for a number of years by the time the mid 70’s came along, but this time they were more serious about it. Resorts International contributed significantly to the state referendum to allow Atlantic City casinos, and at the same time put together plans to build one.
They bought the Haddon Hall property as well as the linked hotel across the street, the Chalfonte House, which they closed, and renovated Haddon Hall into their new hotel casino. There was enough room there for the number of rooms they wanted and also for the casino.
Massive lines emerged during the opening phase as people were hungry for gaming in this part of the country at the time and the nearest legal casino was in Las Vegas. Once more casinos were completed in the city though, Resorts found itself struggling to keep up with the newer and flashier casinos that were springing up.
So the company decided to build a second casino down the road, the Taj Mahal. Donald Trump and Merv Griffin engaged in a battle for control of the company, and in a settlement, Trump was given the Taj while Griffin gained control of Resorts Atlantic City as well as the company’s casino in the Bahamas.
After getting into financial difficulty in 2009-2010, when it could no longer make the mortgage payments, the casino was rescued by DGMB Casinos just days before it was to be shut down, and was bought by the group for only $35 million.
The name then got changed from Resorts Atlantic City to simply Resorts Casino Hotel, and has also been rebranded with a Roaring 20’s theme, and has made a nice comeback.
Resorts Casino Hotel Features
There are 2 hotel towers here, the Ocean Tower, which was built in 1927 as part of Haddon Hall, and the newer Rendezvous Tower, completed in 2004. The Ocean Tower has 480 guest rooms, and the Rendezvous Tower brings the total up to 879.
The rooms here are classically furnished, with the ones in the newer tower being a little larger, more luxurious and up to date.
The Rendevous boasts the largest standard rooms in the city in fact. The tower also houses 42 luxury suites, fro, 1,090 to 1,150 square feet of living space, as well as an upgraded bathroom with a Jacuzzi.
All rooms at both towers feature a very good selection of amenities, including a refrigerator and iron/ironing board. Resorts also offers some good deals, with room rates starting at $69 per night, with further discounts on longer stays.
There are also several shops located on site in addition to all of the shopping and other features available on the boardwalk generally. Guests are in the heart of all the action in Atlantic City and this is in a prime location.
An additional $15 a day gets you access to their Atlantic City Spa, Health Club, and Fitness Center, which also offer an array of spa treatments at additional cost. Massages are also available right in your room if desired.
Guests here also get free access to their heated pool, with views of the ocean. There’s also the beach which is only steps away. There’s also a business center located off the lobby.
Fine dining options include Eastwind Chinese Restaurant and Noodle Bar, Gallagher’s Steak House, which is billed as the best steakhouse in Atlantic City, Cappriccio featuring Italian food, and artisan food and fine wine at the Cielo Wine Bar.
There are 7 different choices for more casual dining, including the Quick Bites Food Court with 5 different restaurants. Other choices include the Landshark Bar and Grill on the beach, a Margaritaville, East Wind Express, Breadsticks, a coffee shop, and the Burger Bar.
Resorts Casino and Hotel also features regular live entertainment, with a variety of shows, as well as live music ever Saturday and Sunday at Margaritaville, one of 5 bars on the property.
The Casino at Resorts
Resorts boasts a large casino on the property with over 100,000 square feet of gaming space. Players get rewarded for all their casino play by using Resorts’ Star Card, with 4 different levels, including their ultimate Red Carpet card.
The slots here have been consistently rated as one of Atlantic City’s best casinos to play slot at, by several different gaming publications in the area. The stakes range from a penny all the way up to $100 a spin. There are plenty of them to select from, with 2,500 slots and video gaming machines in total, including 400 new slots with the latest and greatest available.
There’s lots to choose among as far as table games go as well, with 11 different table game variations on hand. Players can play Mini Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette, Spanish 21, Texas Holdem Bonus, Pai Gow Tiles, Pai Gow Poker, and Four Card Poker.
Resorts also offers players anywhere in the state of New Jersey access to its online casino action, and also offer new players up to $1000 bonus cash with their first deposit at the site.
Resorts claims that their casino is the best in Atlantic City, and it’s at the very least one of the best. The hotel here isn’t the flashiest but it’s quite adequate and the rates are nice, making this a good destination overall for Atlantic City gamblers.