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Golden Nugget Atlantic City Will Make A Big Entrance On April 26

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April 16, 2012 at 10:33 AM | by | ()

We've got Revel making its grand opening over Memorial Weekend with none other than Beyonce as the headlining performer (and how can you really do any better than that?), but other Atlantic City hotels and casinos refuse to go quietly into the night. We're now nearing the end result of a $150 million renovation project that has taken over the old Trump Marina Hotel Casino and re-made the place as a Golden Nugget.

Yes, this place has a long, aberrant history: built as a Hilton in the 80s, sold to Donald Trump and turned into a Trump Castle, and then re-named "Trump's Marina," it was finally bought by Landry's, who, when turning it into a Golden Nugget, took on the task of renovating not just the hotel portion but also the casino, marina and restaurants. Now, the finished resort is set to open at the end of the month (April 26-29), so what can we expect?

Well, for starters, space. Seems like Golden Nugget may have taken a few cues from the wide open, glass-enclosed spaces found at Revel, and the new lobby is said to include "chandeliers, a sun-drenched atrium, marble desk" and iPads installed in the walls. Nice—we're hoping for less of a Trump vibe, and, with any luck, something more, um...modest.

As for the other public spaces, we're into the sound of Wine & WiFi, a comfy lounge with wine and (yes) free WiFi available on the fourth floor overlooking the atrium. Elsewhere, the Rush Lounge, off the casino, will host live entertainment, as well as offer bottle service and cocktail shakers to larger parties. Live Bar will offer live bands from Thursday through Saturday evenings.

For more VIP guests, a new system known as the 24 Karat Club will be implemented, similar to the old Trump One program.

The new look is supposedly "high energy," though we're a little skeptical about just how much "energy" might be required to detract Atlantic City visitors from the glow of Revel. Retail space, a poolside lounge, a $6 million spa and salon, an 80,000 square foot casino—yes. But whether there is simply enough demand in AC to sustain all that? We'll have to wait and see.

[Photo: Flickr / Around-Philly]

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