Tropicana Casino & Resort

The Tropicana must be the most controversial casino ever to have opened its doors in Atlantic City. From the very beginning, this huge hotel-casino has been dogged by misfortune, and all indications are that the troubles are far from over!

Casino Controversy

  • Construction, not conversion: Original owners, Ramada Inns Corporation, were severely reprimanded when they attempted to convert the old Ambassador Hotel into the Tropicana. The whole reason behind the legalisation of gaming in Atlantic City was to try and encourage economic growth and one of the major stipulations was that new hotels and casinos were to be constructed from scratch. After a protracted court battle the owners were allowed to use only the steel framework of the original hotel. The delay cost the owners dearly, and the estimated total cost of the Tropicana is said to be in the region of $400 million!
  • Death of Workers: In 2003 there were major additions to the hotel in an effort to emulate the megaresorts of Las Vegas, but tragedy struck when part of a parking garage undergoing construction collapsed, killing 4 people and injuring 23.
  • Employee Numbers Dwindle: In 2006 the Tropicana was acquired by the Columbia Sussex Corporation for a cool $2.75 billion and almost immediately the new owner slashed the number of employees by 15%. This move did nothing to endear the new owners to the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, who were furious. Offering employment to locals was one of the primary reasons for allowing legal gambling in New Jersey.
  • Casino Licence Revoked: In December 2007 the Casino Control Commission refused to renew the casino licence on the grounds that management showed an abysmal regulatory record as well as “lack of business ability…financial responsibility…and a lack of good character, honesty, and integrity.” The Tropicana was immediately placed under the trusteeship of New Jersey State Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein until such time that the property is sold.

The ‘Old Havana’ themed Tropicana may be embroiled in scandal, but it is still one of the finest hotel-casinos to visit in Atlantic City. It is one of the largest of its kind with over 2100 rooms and ‘The Quarter at Tropicana’ is the signature attraction, together with the enormous casino.

The Quarter Attractions

  • 21 world class restaurants
  • Over thirty shops
  • South Jersey’s only Imax theatre
  • A dazzling array of comedians and musicians