Picture it…..July 2nd, 2003…..11:45 pm…..
Atlantic City’s latest skyline addition, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, opened its glamorous doors to the public……and history was instantly made.
A bright, bold and beaming structure, the MGM Resorts International owned Jersey Shore hot-spot features 2,002 luxurious rooms and suites (and so, so much more…keep reading), and certainly owns it place as the largest hotel in New Jersey and is currently the top-grossing casino in Atlantic City.
However, needless to say, Borgata’s opening came with quite a bit of negative chatter as many in the gaming industry were concerned about the resort’s staying power. This was much due to the fact that the grand opening was right around the same time that the AC we once knew as the place to be began to falter with many, many, many favorite casinos beginning to either shut their doors or be sold off.
But as we’ve all seen, the grand resort has certainly withstood the, um, sands of time and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. And we just can’t leave out Borgata’s stunning exclusive $400 million non-gaming boutique-lifestyle hotel, The Water Club, which features 800 grand guest rooms and suites that have no doubt added more flair to the name that will always be…..Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
While the fifteenth anniversary celebration is indeed a grand occasion, it’s also a rebirth of sorts thanks to the grand openings of Atlantic City’s latest endeavors–Ocean Resort (formerly Revel) and Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City (formerly Taj Mahal)–which have both already driven tourism way up this summer. Obviously this is a feat that could only help Borgata as well, especially for those who haven’t been to AC in a while…..now is certainly the time.
With all that being said, it’s officially time to let loose and party, and naturally, your Borgata journey should always, always kick off with horizons of delicious food and five-star culinary extravaganzas. So, if you’re heading down to celebrate life and everything that comes with it this weekend or the rest of your summer, (really, who isn’t?), you might want to get the party started with acclaimed chef Michael Schulson’s Izakaya sushi restaurant.
Not only does Chef whip up the best Spicy Tuna Cracker you’ve ever had, but their explosive menu will start your experience off in the most delectable way possible. To make you even more hungry, the hailed restaurant is celebrating its tenth anniversary next Friday, August 3rd, and from the looks of it all right here, it’s simply not to be missed.
But wait there’s more….
How about all of the incredible Italian dishes The Chew’s Michael Symon is serving up at Angeline? Or, how about all of those gigantic filets (seriously, though..) being carefully selected at Bobby Flay Steak and Old Homestead Steak House? Then you’ve also got Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille with its woodsy decor and out-of-this-world menu. You know what, now that all you can think about is food, you might as well go right here and make those reservations right now.
Of course, no Borgata top-tier dining experience is complete without a follow-up show or concert (and everything on the dessert menu, naturally), and luckily for everyone, they’ve got you covered thanks to their many lively venues, which includes their grand 2,400 seating Event Center. So, where do we begin with all of this top-notch entertainment that’s taking over the stages the rest of the summer? How about with the legendary Cher, who’ll be taking over the Event Center for not one, but two spectacular sold out shows to make your summer celebration that much more yaaaas worthy.
Oh, and you might want to mark your calendars and get those tickets because Huey Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Camila Cabello, Yanni, Brit Floyd, Kings of Leon, 3 Doors Down, Jerry Seinfeld and Collective Soul will be stopping by to show the Borgata some entertainment love from now until Labor Day.
As you might have already guessed, after the show comes the after party, and Borgata certainly has plenty of stylish offerings for the perfect nightcap. If you’re looking to get lost in some of those chill late-night vibes, then Gypsy Lounge and Mixx are waiting just for you. And of course, Borgata and AC’s #1 night club, Premier, will see the likes of Busta Rhymes, Cash Cash, Prostyle, Bazzi, Joe Maz, Crankdat and Showtek this weekend and beyond. Plus you’ve got Borgata Beer Garden, B Bar, better yet, just dance it out right here to experience all of it.
Now, did someone say….five-star spa treatment, shopping and swimming all day long? Yes. While we could certainly go on and on about all of those fancy and relaxing details, it would truly take up another full article. So, for all of the cucumber eye peel/boutique (Hugo Boss, Misura, it’s all here) and poolside goodness you could ever want kick up those heels right here to plan a most fabulous Borgata shopping/spa/swimming day right this very second.
As you can probably gather by now, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa not only has everything you could ever want in a truly fabulous and stunning resort, but that their fifteenth birthday bash is truly a landmark celebration…..and it’s one that’s certainly going to last the rest of the summer and beyond.
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