Even before its official opening, The Chelsea admitted guests. July 4, our family was enjoying Hilton Casino’s free Beach Boys concert on the beach. We met the first guest to obtain a room at The Chelsea. She was ecstatic!
She shared that many areas in the hotel were not finished. Despite it being unfinished, she was already thoroughly impressed with the quality of the rooms and staff. Her picture will be featured in the hotel.
Starting with a greeting from Sam, or any of the other bell boys, The Chelsea’s experience blows standard Atlantic City hotels and casino hotels out of the water. Industry insiders say that only The Water Club will be able to compare to The Chelsea, for those looking for the five-star hotel treatment.
Hospitality Net writes about The Chelsea:
This summer, the Chelsea ushers in a new era of Atlantic City chic, re-imagining the fabled heyday of “America’s Playground” for the savvy modern traveler. The first non-gaming hotel to grace the Boardwalk since the 1960s, the Chelsea captures imaginations by conjuring the long-lost glamour and sophistication of this seaside resort town as a magical retreat where leisure and luxury come together in a perfect blend of great service, true comfort, and alluring spaces.
Curtis Bashaw, lead developer of The Chelsea, told attendees of the Metropolitan Business and Civic Association’s annual luncheon – held earlier this year – that his hotel will feature long living room-esque areas, reminiscent of the glorious hotels from Atlantic City’s past. The bars and lounges will immediately make a play for Atlantic City’s nightlife crowd.
The Chelsea marks a new era in Atlantic City. Its success will determine how far the boutique hotel model will go in Atlantic City.