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If these walls could talk

In its spirit, its style, its restaurants, and its lounges, The Chelsea celebrates its historic home—both the seaside resort town of Atlantic City, and the specific spaces the hotel occupies. Some of the many ways the hotel pays homage to its history include:

  • Teplitzky’s, our in-house restaurant. The two classic properties that house The Chelsea were formerly the Holiday Inn Atlantic City-Boardwalk and the adjacent Howard Johnson Hotel Atlantic City, which was originally a kosher hotel owned by the Teplitzky family.
  • The Crystal Ballroom, our premier special-event venue, is named for the Howard Johnson's ballroom that once occupied its space. The Crystal Ballroom's namesake feature—the chandeliers—are bejeweled with refurbished crystals from the ones that once hovered over revelers here, while the terrazzo floors were made by regrinding original flooring materials.
  • Saltwater Traditions. The Chelsea also takes a fresh look at the curative and nurturing properties of saltwater that first helped make Atlantic City a destination. Many of the original resorts actually piped saltwater directly into the guest rooms and filled their pools with saltwater straight from the Atlantic. The hotels that formerly occupied the Chelsea's home had four taps in every room delivering hot and cold fresh water and hot and cold salt water. That history is reflected in the saltwater-inspired Sea Spa with its outdoor saltwater pool.

The Chelsea Hotel on the Atlantic City Boardwalk