Revel: The AtlanticCityTripping Review 2012

Test Driving The New Kid On The Boardwalk

Posted by Chuckmonster

The lobby bar, made even more sparse by high daylight. The doors to the left lead to the firepit garden.

Revel Ac Review Lobbybar

The opposite wall of the lobby is also lined with numerous multi leveled sitting areas that one would expect should have a bar, or barista or something liquid attached to them.

Revel Ac Review Lobbychimney

This is a trend at Revel. There is an overabundance of lounging space in the public areas throughout the property. Perhaps, this is the concept behind the building and the name... a place to just sort of enjoy yourself and your company. Until Revel reaches a certain level of critical mass, these ghost filled vestibules, empty bar-less lounges, barista free coffee nooks and other sitting spaces make the property seem like a viewing hall of a contemporary furniture convention. Smart casino and hoteliers see these voids as untapped revenue voids per square foot, Revel probably sees these as spaces they are glad to have furniture in. There is no reason to jackhammer the floors to build a Starbucks right now, just roll a coffee cart in here and staff it from 6am to 8pm... you give folks a reason to linger and provide a service.

Speaking of Cosmopolitan, one of the more interesting aspects of that resort, and one that is wholly missing at Revel, is the finishing touches that a collection of artwork provides to the atmosphere of a property - includes the gigantic shoes, the concrete dogs, the mannequin hands, the dice artwork, the lobby video columns, quirky vintage Vegas photographs and much much more. Cosmopolitan's amazing collection of resort art gave the property a living, breathing, discoverable quality - and heightened energy - during tours before the property opened. It made the resort explorable and instantly shareable on a macro and micro level. Revel still has that "just moved in" feel that only bare walls, lack of art and interior plantscaping can achieve.


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)