Darryl D. McEwen

Next time you stay at an Atlantic City casino hotel there’s a good chance it will be in a newly or recently renovated room.

The Temple Tower at Caesars Atlantic City has been renamed the Forum Tower. Entire floors have been closed for the past few months as extensive renovations took place that totally changed the look of Caesars oldest hotel tower. With such extensive renovations, one would never guess that it was originally a Howard Johnson’s Regency Motor Hotel when it opened in 1977. Stepping off the elevator, guests are greeted with a geometric patterned wallpaper in grey, white and yellow. The color scheme extends into the rooms.

Next door at Bally’s Atlantic City, several floors of the Bally’s Tower have been renovated and rebranded as “Jubilee” rooms after the now-closed “Jubilee” showgirl revue at Bally’s Las Vegas. The rooms feature colorful red accents against a white background, with touches of gray and cream in the carpeting.

Further down the Boardwalk, Tropicana Atlantic City is completing its second $40 million round of renovations in less than two years.

The Havana Tower’s 500 rooms have been updated with a contemporary redesign that includes new carpeting, textured wall coverings, spa-inspired bathrooms with large showers, and modern artwork. In addition, rooms in the South Tower have been updated to match the North Tower’s upgrades which were completed last year.

Meanwhile, several floors at Resorts Casino Hotel’s Ocean Tower are expected to reopen by Memorial Day weekend. These rooms are the initial stage of an estimated $25 million project. The rooms will have been completely renovated with new bathrooms, furniture, windows, window treatments, wallpaper, carpet, artwork and linens.

And, as fresh and new as the rooms seem at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, it’s hard to believe that these renovations were completed in 2012.

Last year Borgata spent an additional $6 million to restyle 39 Opus suites and two 5,000 square-foot Residence suites.

Poker returns to Taj

The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort Poker Room has reopened almost 15 months to the day it closed last year. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 20.

The poker room has a fresh look and new 50” HDTVs. On the weekends of May 20 and 27 players can win a 32” LED HDTV.

Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen, a former professional journalist, is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations. Have a comment on this or a question specifically related to an Atlantic City casino, players club or other promotion? Email Darryl at MrACCasino@gmail.com and he’ll try to respond to you personally. Your question — without your name — may appear in a future column.

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