Harrah's Super Suites: Luxury Redefined
Though Atlantic City’s brand of luxury was once reflected in gaudy colors and lots of glitter, newer development has changed all that. The most recent change can be seen in Harrah’s $550 million expansion, particularly the new Super Suites, which reflect a new city-by-the sea, one where luxury is defined by stylish contemporary elegance.
"The two Red Door Spa Suites, perfect for bridal parties or girlfriend getaways, start at $3,500 a night; they feature adjoining spa rooms with Lifecycle equipment, free weights, private cedar dry steam saunas, and private treatment rooms for spa services given by Red Door Spa aestheticians."
The Super Suites are housed in Harrah’s new 44-story Waterfront Tower, the city’s tallest structure. They have been designed to accommodate the lifestyle preferences of guests and feature wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling waterfront views; 24-hour butler service; multi-room accommodations; expansive living rooms; marbled entry foyer; wet bars and full kitchens; and the latest high-tech entertainment systems, including 42-inch flat-screen televisions with surround sound.
The starring element of the Sports Suite, an ideal venue for a bachelor party or a Super Bowl bash, is an Olhausensen Waterfall Billiard table, along with Wii game consoles and wet bar/drink consoles; the price starts at $1600 per night. The two Red Door Spa Suites, perfect for bridal parties or girlfriend getaways, start at $3,500 a night; they feature adjoining spa rooms with Lifecycle equipment, free weights, private cedar dry steam saunas, and private treatment rooms for spa services given by Red Door Spa aestheticians.
Also located in the Waterfront Tower are 80 new Junior Suites, 18 End Suites (with drop-dead views), and two Party Suites (also ideal for guys/gals getaways and bachelor/bachelorette parties). In addition to the panoramic views, the suites have living areas (with 42-inch televisions) and dining areas; spacious bedrooms with 42-inch televisions and what may be some of the most comfortable beds in A.C.; luxurious bathrooms with big soaking tubs and separate showers with rain-shower heads in addition to the usual spray; and functional kitchens, with breakfast bars featuring high-end Keurig coffee and tea makers. New Yorkers who visit have joked that these suites are more comfortable and inviting than many of their own small apartments.
Harrah’s expansion project has also included the glass dome-enclosed, tropical pool complex with jacuzzis and cabanas; the Waterfront Shops; an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa with 23 treatment rooms; and upgraded dining options, such as the Waterfront Buffet and more recently, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant and the Reflections Café. These are in addition to the Steakhouse, Polistina’s (created by Godfrey Polistina of Carmine’s in New York), The Deli, Club Cappuccino and "Taste of the Shore," a promenade offering a sampling of food identified with the Jersey Shore and its environs. Next spring, celebrity chocolatier Jacques Torres will open a new outlet at the resort; it will serve his famous hot and frozen chocolate drinks and the other melt-in-the-mouth confections long-enjoyed by New Yorkers.
The "new" Vegas-style Atlantic City was launched in 2003 with the opening of the $1.1 billion Borgata. Since then, Harrah’s and the Borgata, the marina’s two major properties, have been engaged in a can-you-top-this competition, creating new construction, new amenities, new dining and new entertainment options all of which make for more attractive choices for guests who like to do their gambling close to home.