Revel: The AtlanticCityTripping Review 2012

Test Driving The New Kid On The Boardwalk

Posted by Chuckmonster

Entry into the lobby floor is serene. Wide, tall, quiet spaces with architectural wall flourishes and oval shaped floor to ceiling pillars wrapped in funhouse mirror. The music is subtle and brisk, slightly edgier than spa jams, but thoroughly unrecognizable. The hotel smells clean, as it should, since this is the first Atlantic City resort to go 100% smoke free.

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The registration desk features a dozen or so slim lined surfboard shaped tables which hint where the front desk lanes are. Despite their odd visual appeal perfect for a place to rest your coffee or purse while wrestling with luggage or fumbling for gizmos or cash. The check-in process appears to be driven by the people queued up in lines, sorta like a deli but without the numbering system. For those who wish to skip the process altogether, Revel has placed a dozen check in/out kiosks against some of the funhouse pillars.

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Directly adjacent to the check in desk is a small curving archipelago of sitting areas, a half dozen in total, which eventually open out into another Cosmopolitan similarity - a game room featuring billiards, air hockey and foosball. The archipelago surrounds an outside sitting area with bonfire that is served by a small 12 seat lobby bar.

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Game room flooded in natural light. Billiards, fooseball, air hockey. Mrs. Mo continued her domination over me in our life long struggle for Air Hockey Champeen. She won't play me at foosball.

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A lounge alcove. All the tables throughout the resort were plastered with multiple copies of the most recent issue of Travel & Leisure. Can you guess who is looking for some coverage.

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The firepit at night, taken from inside the lobby... hence the Dennis Rodman shaped red reflection hovering above the fire pit. The greenery to the left is a 30 foot tall piece of living wall art. The game room and alcoves ring the outside of this, as you can see by chandeliers.

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Terrific. Review Mr. Monster! Looking forward to part two. I loved Cosmopolitan, but the more sterile, softer, 'museum' look of Revel is beautiful. The 'quilted' backsplash in the bathroom and the chess board against the artwork is really beautiful. I love little design details that are so imbedded the average person doesn't realize the effect it has on their psyche. (Was that too over the top?)
PS - I must have the artwork in the bathroom! And yes, I cannot believe I said that statement about hotel artwork.

My one concern or thought is that lobby - lounge area doesn't have a bar. Ie Vesper.

That's one of the best hotels I've ever seen. If that was in Vegas, with a few minor additions and changes, it would pose some serious competition to everyone.

I have questions.... but, I have the extra benefit of being able to ask you live and in person... So they'll keep until Thursday. Viva Vegas Gang.

Well, AC has been on my list for a while. Looks like it's a little closer now.

can't speak to the hotel, but i had a nice run at the blackjack table while waiting for my reservation at Amada on 7/3. the line to get a player's card was a mile long, so i got it at the table, which was nice.

also, Amada was, hands down, one of the best meals i've ever had in my life. the wife and i did the chef's tasting menu with wine paring, and $200 and nearly 3 hours later, i was in a well-fed drunken bliss.

Thanks Chuck, I have been very curious as to Revel's appointments.
As one who is not a Cosmo fan, while appreciating some of its design features, It appears that I would encounter more of the same at Revel. Specifically the lack of a casino centered resort. As a 60 (40 years of blackjack) player I am certainly not in their demo. I can only wonder how such cost / sq. ft will pencil out with gaming being what, at least on your initial lobby-room review, a secondary consideration. Perhaps your next review will enlighten me.
Very well done. As usual.

Thanks for taking the time to put this together. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the casino. The smoke-free aspect alone has me thinking about making an AC trip.

Nice! Apart from the Vegas reviews.Great photography. It felt surreal like I was reviewing a luxury hotel in a dream.
That poached egg was real! Off to the kitchen. 3-4 shakes of pepper.

Looks great. Looks so good, in fact, that I priced it out for two midweek nights in Sept. that I've already reserved at Harrah's Resort. Sadly, the sticker shock brought me back to reality.

Nonetheless, I wish them well. Their work is cut out for them, but you would think that AC could support at least one ultra-lux resort.

BTW, is it REV-el or Re-VEL?

You will notice the lack of beer in the minibar, which was Chuck's planned last resort to grab a cold one that evening. Alas, he went to bed thirsty.

By the way, I believe it is 'Rev-el'.

I think you nailed it on the podcast. Lots of style, but no personality (yet)