AC’s Borgata Unveils $55 Million Upgrades, Rebrand Of Water Club Hotel

Written By David Danzis on March 14, 2023
Borgata Atlantic City Hotel

Atlantic City’s top-performing casino is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a $55 million makeover of an entire hotel tower.

The Water Club at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will be remodeled and rebranded as the MGM Tower, according to a press release. The hotel’s redesign includes more than 700 rooms, a collection of luxury suites and a 9,000-square-foot event space.

MGM Resorts International, Borgata’s parent company, said rooms in the MGM Tower would be available by April. The project is slated to be finished by Memorial Day weekend.

Corey Sanders, COO of MGM Resorts, said the company believes “this significant reinvestment will drive visitation to Atlantic City well into the future.”

“Introducing the MGM Tower connects Borgata with the unparalleled entertainment and resort experiences MGM Resorts is recognized for worldwide.”

Atlantic City’s market leader for nearly two decades

Borgata opened in July 2003 as the largest casino hotel in Atlantic City. Since 2005, the Marina District casino has been the highest-grossing property in town.

The Water Club opened in 2008. The 43-story boutique-style hotel currently has 757 rooms and suites. It also has two indoor and two outdoor heated pools, retail stores and roughly 27,000 square feet of event space.

“As we approach the resort’s 20th anniversary, we are more committed than ever to remaining a leader in hospitality and entertainment by continuing to evolve the Borgata experience,” said Travis Lunn, the casino’s president & COO.

Last year, Borgata reported over $724 million from slots and table games, $232 million more than the next closest operator, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. Borgata and its online partners also reported a market-high $496.3 million from internet gambling. Sports betting generated another $83 million in revenue in 2022.

Details on MGM Tower design

California-based RVD Associates partnered with the MGM Resorts International Design Group on the MGM Tower remodel.

According to the official announcement, the new rooms have “bright yet warm decor with a nautical palette of neutral and blue tones accented with deep wood finishes embodying a sophisticated coastal feel.” East-facing rooms will have white curtains over floor-to-ceiling windows. Deep-blue fabric covers windows on the tower’s West-facing side.

The MGM Tower will also feature Vista Suites with wraparound views of the city skyline. The corner suites include a living space, bedroom, two bathrooms and a dining area.

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David Danzis is the lead writer for PlayNJ. He is a New Jersey native and honors graduate of Rutgers University. As a newspaper reporter for the New Jersey Herald and Press of Atlantic City, David earned statewide awards for his coverage of politics, government, education, sports, and business. Today, he is PlayNJ’s Atlantic City “insider” and gaming industry expert on casinos, sports betting, and online gambling. David lives in Atlantic County, NJ with his wife and two children.

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