Tropicana Crossing Into New Territory With Chelsea Hotel Skywalk

Written By Steve Ruddock on August 14, 2017 - Last Updated on March 25, 2021

[toc]When Tropicana purchased the historic Chelsea Hotel last month, one of the stated long-term goals was to add a skywalk between the two Atlantic City properties that sit across from one another on Morris Avenue.

The Atlantic City Council just approved that plan.

Chelsea Tower offers a boutique hotel experience

When Tropicana first announced the purchase, President and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment Tony Rodio stressed the property’s boutique appeal. He also emphasized the addition of over 300 hotel rooms. Like many of the ongoing changes in the city, the purchase was less about expanding its gaming footprint and more about providing visitors alternative ways to spend their days in Atlantic City. Rodio added:

“The Chelsea Tower is a great addition to our four existing hotel towers at Tropicana Atlantic City. Guests will be able to enjoy a boutique hotel feel while having full access to all resort options at Tropicana Atlantic City.”

Now Chelsea Tower guests seeking entertainment options at Tropicana can access them without having to go outside and cross the street.

Enter the skywalk

The planned skywalk solves that problem.

“The bridge will provide convenience for our guests to easily access the south tower check-in and experience all of Tropicana’s amenities that are only just steps away,” Rodio, told the Press of Atlantic City after the Council approved the plan on Friday.

The skywalk is only expected to take a few months to complete. That means, pending regulatory approvals, it should be done in early 2018, well before summer begins.

Other changes at Tropicana

Tropicana AC has made a slew of improvements over the past few years.

In 2016 the hotel overhauled its lobby. The improvements included the addition of a new entrance on Pacific Avenue as well as a new spa directly off the lobby. Tropicana also renovated all 500 guest rooms in the Havana Tower.

This year Tropicana unveiled:

  • a new poker room
  • renovations and upgrades to the Boogie Nights nightclub
  • three new restaurants from celebrity Chef Jose GarcesOlón, Bar Olón, and Okatshe
  • a newly renovated Seaside Café and Fiesta Buffet.

Based on the improvements Tropicana has made in recent years, the skywalk and Chelsea Tower may not be the only new additions in 2018.

As Steve Callender, the General Manger of Tropicana Atlantic City put it earlier this year, “Every summer we look for more ways to enhance our property and the overall guest experience.”

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