Revel: The AtlanticCityTripping Review 2012

Test Driving The New Kid On The Boardwalk

Posted by Chuckmonster

Service, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Revel's resort staff was some of the nicest, most thoughtful employees I've encountered in any hotel I've stayed in anywhere. It wasn't the most polished of service experiences, BUT these folks were super duper nice, incredibly patient and available to help you, answer questions or give suggestions. Check in was an absolute breeze, no technical issues, no delays and no excuses. Within minutes of arriving at reception, we were given the keys to our room and pointed towards the hotel tower lobby wherein the resort elevators are located.

As originally planned, Revel was to feature two hotel towers. The second hotel tower was capped at about 8 floors above the lobby podium level. A senior staff member told us that construction on the second tower will recommence when there is enough demand. It is also worth nothing that not all of the hotel floors have been fitted with rooms, there is a large stripe of uncompleted floors in top third of the hotel tower, some of which are lit by construction lights 24 hours a day, another Cosmopolitan commonality.

The hotel elevator and concierge lobbies, are striking.

Revel Ac Review Vestibule 2

Simple decor choices. Primarily a furniture jig saw puzzle.

Revel Ac Review Vestibule

Subtle design point... the relationship between the woodcut chessboard and the woodcut wall art.

Service crews were continually spotted cleaning and straightening the room as well as removing traffic stains on the plush carpeting in the lobby elevator landing.

For those of us who like to retire to our rooms with a flagon of the hard stuff (and refuse to pay mini-bar prices) take note: the sundries shop in the lobby does NOT sell beer or liquor, you'll need to make prior arrangements elsewhere. As an added kick to those of us with a taste for the sauce, the lobby bar closes early(ish) - before midnight - leaving your with the lovely option to schlepping back through the lobby to the main escalators that head down to the "Revel" level. It is also worth mentioning that Revel's resort elevators are not connected to the casino level. You need to walk the almost the length of the property to get to the multi-floored tangle of escalators that connect the four main levels of the property, from the top down Lobby, The Mezz (Poker Room, Meeting Rooms, Ovation Hall), Revelry (Casino & Dining) and Boardwalk.


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)