Kids and luxury. Yes, it can happen.

Ocean Resort Casino’s management group is intent on making the swanky property a place where both adults and kids can have a good time. They’re doing so through a quartet of amenities that appeal to both young an old.

Jordan Deifik, principal of Ocean Resort and son of Bruce Deifik, the chairman of AC Oceanwalk, told the Press of Atlantic City that he and his family want the property to be a destination for every age group.

“We want to create a culture of family here. We’re firm believers in family, and we view everyone, from our team members to our guests, as an extension of that.”

Candy shop, cereal bar among kid-friendly amenities

The renovated casino will feature three kid-specific areas as well as one family area for all to enjoy:

  • The Den: A kid-focused lounge with esports and video games perched atop the casino floor
  • Cereal Town: Cereal bar with offerings from all around the world
  • Rocket Fizz: Candy store chain featuring a variety of contemporary and old-timey candy and drinks
  • Topgolf Swing Suite: 11-bay virtual golf range with lounge areas

The casino’s emphasis on family is a differentiating factor amid the manifold comparisons of Ocean Resort Casino to Hard Rock Atlantic City, the property that is scheduled to open the same day.

Hard Rock has a long history of offering memorable experiences. Ocean Resort Casino is ready to provide an alternative experience that is no less fun but more family friendly.

Ocean Resort Casino also means luxury

Yet, while the property has deliberately chosen to provide spaces for families to have fun, the hotel-casino hasn’t sold its soul to sugar highs and bleary-eyed gaming marathons.

For one thing, the Exhale Spa at Ocean Resort gives visitors a true touch of luxury. Add this to the overall extravagance and style of the building itself, and you have the makings of a luxury establishment.

But perhaps the most significant proof of the property’s level of luxury — aside from the limited photos we’ve seen of the interior — is the fact that international hotel chain Hyatt added the property to its Unbound Collection this past April.

A press release from Hyatt about Ocean Resort Atlantic City’s Unbound noted they were “excited to be affiliating Ocean Resort Casino with The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand and to be introducing Hyatt to Atlantic City, one of the nation’s most visited resort and casino destinations.”

Unbound is a subset of Hyatt hotels that includes 12 properties.

A unique mix of entertainment and style

The Unbound program’s website notes that these specific hotels “give guests the freedom to be extraordinary at unique properties around the world.”

The site goes on to say that each property has “distinctive characteristics, rich history, one-of-a-kind dining experiences and so much more.”

Ocean Resort Casino certainly fits that description.

It has a short history, albeit a rich one. The casino cost $2.3 billion to build, closed its doors in 2014 during the Atlantic City casino contraction, found a new owner in the form of thorn-in-the-side Glenn Straub and eventually found its resurrection moment when Deifik bought the property earlier this year.

In addition to its brief-yet-animated history, its Top Golf Swing Suite certainly qualifies as a unique amenity. When Ocean Resort AC opens, the golfing facility will be the largest Swing Suite in the world.

J.R. Duren

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A three-time winner of the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism contest, J.R. Duren works as a freelance writer with a focus on the NJ online gambling and online casino industry. He writes for a number of publications, including Bespoke Post, Our Amazing Norway, Barcelona Metropolitan, Snooth, and the Villages Daily Sun.