The Madison Hotel, named after US President James Madison and his wife Dolley, was built in 1930 and is still standing today. The hotel, situated on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Pacific Avenue and the Boardwalk, is 14 stories tall and originally contained 250 rooms. The hotel’s architects were William Walton and Walter Price, the brother of William Price, who designed the Marlborough-Blenheim and Traymore hotels. Among other historic features, the Madison features a marble staircase modeled after one in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. A survivor while many hotels around it fell to the wrecking ball, the Madison thrived into the casino era, thanks to a deal with the adjacent Sands casino. The Sands invested $7 million into the Madison to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast style boutique hotel, transforming its 250 rooms into 126 mini suites. The Madison was connected to the Sands and offered a unique hotel experience to its guests. When the Sands was bought out by Pinnacle Entertainment and closed in 2006, the Madison was closed as well. While the Sands and several other neighboring buildings were demolished as part of plans for a new mega-casino, the Madison managed to remain standing. During its closure, it was used as corporate offices for Pinnacle, as well as housing for foreign exchange students working in Atlantic City. When the Pinnacle project faltered, the Madison was auctioned off with the hopes of becoming a hotel again. In early 2014, it reopened as the Baymont Inn & Suites, Atlantic City Madison Hotel.  H.LHSF.Hotels.Madison001
 madison  An illustration of the Madison Hotel taken from an undated brochure.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, H.LHSF.Hotels.Madison001.
 The Madison, as seen from Brighton Park in December 2014.  

For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections:

City Directories
Local History Subject Files – Hotels
Local History Subject Files – Sands Casino

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