Former Atlantic City Showboat casino is now the Showboat hotel

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On Friday, the Showboat in Atlantic City, which closed in August 2014, reopened as expected, not as a casino but as a hotel, with what The Philadelphia Inquirer described as “little fanfare.”

The Inquirer also reported that, “The hotel will also feature the return of the Worship Surf Bar on States Ave., open until midnight, and the Canal Street coffeehouse. [Owner Bart] Blatstein said he received a temporary liquor license for the weekend, though the restaurant’s bar was not yet serving alcohol during the afternoon, and was anticipating a full liquor license by next week.”

A hotel spokesperson told The Press of Atlantic City that the Showboat “is opening 852 out of a total of about 1,300 rooms at Showboat, mostly on higher floors.” By midday Friday, 100 of those 852 rooms had been booked.

New owner Blatstein, the CEO Tower Investments, said in a statement last week, “We know that this hotel with its completely refreshed look and new direction will attract new guests to this wonderful city. My confidence and belief in the future of Atlantic City has never been stronger.”

The Press of Atlantic City spoke to guests of the newly reopened Showboat, who enjoyed their stays. Aaron Kane of Sewell said, “It doesn’t look that different from the last time we stayed here.” The paper also gave an update on what you can expect if you do book a room. “The balcony suites will include 1.5 bathrooms, a living and dining area, a wet bar with fridge and Jacuzzi tubs. The hotel includes two 1,900-square-foot oceanfront Super Suites that offer the same plush amenities as the balcony suites, as well as a gas fireplace.”

Interested in staying at the Showboat? Visit their website for details and reservations.