Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is a hotel, casino, and spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey owned by Marina District Development Corporation, LLC. The name means "little village" in Italian. The $1.1 billion luxury casino hotel features 2,000 rooms at Renaissance Pointe. The Borgata has been seen as a catalyst for recent expansions by nearby casinos and reinvigorating the Atlantic City casino industry.
After igniting Atlantic City’s revival with its 2003 opening as the first new hotel property in 13 years, Borgata – a joint venture between Boyd Gaming and MGM MIRAGE – has experienced overwhelming popularity and near-capacity occupancy since its debut. The Borgata has been the top-grossing casino for all but one month since its debut in Atlantic City.
The Borgata was part of a major project in Atlantic City nicknamed "The Tunnel Project" around 1999. When Steve Wynn had planned the new Mirage Resort in Atlantic City, he wanted to connect a $330 million tunnel from the Atlantic City Expressway to the new resort, named the Atlantic City-Brigantine Connector, which would funnel incoming traffic off the Atlantic City Expressway into the city's marina district.
This caused major controversy, as it would go through a middle-class African American neighborhood. Competitor Donald Trump sued Wynn for it saying that it was a "driveway" to his new casino.
The Tunnel Project did go on, finally opening in 2001 to foot traffic. Four days later it opened to vehicular traffic. The Borgata opened on July 2, 2003 at 11:45pm. The main tower is the tallest building in South Jersey and is visible from many miles away.
In late 2005 and early 2006, the Borgata underwent a $200 million casino and retail expansion. The new wing opened in June 2006. A $325 million hotel addition is planned for 2007.
In July 2006, the Borgata opened its new poker room -- the largest in Atlantic City.
Designed in classic Italian style, the hotel’s 2,000 guest rooms and suites include six tiers of luxury accommodations — 1,600 Classic Rooms (460 square feet); 313 Fiore Suites(700 square feet); 8 Studio Suites (900 square feet); 39 Opus Suites (1,000 square feet); 40 Piatto Suites (1,500 square feet); and two Residences (5,000 square feet). In-room amenities include floor-to-ceiling windows; 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and Egyptian cotton bath sheets; custom-made Sealy Plush mattresses; large bathrooms with granite countertops and marble walls and floors; oversized glass-enclosed showers with therapeutic showerheads and body sprays; high-speed internet access, and three phones, each with dual lines.
The casino floor incorporates 4,100 slot machines and 200 table games. Among the available table games are poker, blackjack, roulette, Baccarat, novelty games, Racebook, Pai Gow tiles and Sic Bo. Borgata’s poker program features daily tournaments in the 85-table Poker Room, the largest in Atlantic City and high-stake tournaments in conjunction with the World Poker Tour.
Borgata’s 13 destination restaurants include the Italian eateries, Specchio and Ombra; the New York–landmark Old Homestead Steakhouse. Also on-site: The Metropolitan Café, Oyster Bar and Gelato Bar; Gypsy Bar; Risi Bisi; B Bar; Borgata Buffet, Izakaya and Noodles of the World (N.O.W.). Acclaimed chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Mina, and Wolfgang Puck join Borgata's lineup of fine dining restaurants with Bobby Flay Steak, SeaBlue and Wolfgang Puck American Grille.
The 2,400 seat Borgata Event Center has been host to the likes of Avril Lavigne,Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam, Gwen Stefani, Sting, Carly Simon, Kelly Clarkson, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz and Bon Jovi. The Music Box, a 1,000-seat theater hosts more intimate events and is home to Borgata's nightly Comedy Club. Live bands and pulse-pounding beats can be found at Borgata's four nightlife hotspots: Gypsy Bar, B Bar, MIXX, and mur.mur.
The clubs at Borgata include the Gypsy Bar, a rock and tequila bar; B Bar an ultra-lounge; MIXX Nightclub; and mur.mur, an intimate nightclub with celebrity guest DJs.
Borgata’s European-style, Spa Toccare is complete with salon, fitness center, barbershop, an indoor pool and outdoor gardens.
"The Water Club" is a new upscale boutique hotel-within-a-hotel that opened in June 2008. The expansion includes 800 additional guest rooms, four unique pool environments, a two-story, spa, of meeting space, and additional retails shops.
On September 23, 2007, the south side of the partially-built Water Club caught on fire. The blaze burned from base to roof, but was extinguished within a half-hour. Damage was reported to be superficial in nature. Due to the incident, the planned early 2008 opening was delayed by several months though the resort opened in time for the 2008 peak tourism season.
The Water Club offers five tiers of accommodations, totaling 800 guest rooms and suites. In-room amenities include a Sony 40" LCD Flat Panel HD TV, Sony iPod docking station, 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, bathrobes and slippers, large bathrooms with granite countertops, glass-enclosed showers with Rain Dome showerheads and hand held European style shower heads, fully enclosed separate water closets, L'Occitane bath products, Signature Water Club Beds custom designed by Sealy, Mini-bars, Wireless high-speed internet access and IP Phone and Television.
The Water Club features The Sunroom Lounge which opens into 2 outdoor pools. Additionally, The Water Club has 2 indoor pools and a Infinity-edge lap pool located at Immersion, a , two story spa located on the 32nd floor. It includes 16 ‘experience’ rooms.
MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS
The Water Club boasts of meeting space. Facilities include 2 glass- enclosed boardrooms and 2 additional boardrooms, 9 meeting rooms, state-of-the-art technology, and advanced computer electronic systems.
On November 14, 2007, authorities charged twenty-three people in connection with an illegal sports gambling ring that was allegedly run out of the Borgata's poker room. Six of the twenty-three were Borgata employees, and four of the others were known mob associates.