Revel: The AtlanticCityTripping Review 2012

Test Driving The New Kid On The Boardwalk

Posted by Chuckmonster

The view. Oh that view.

Revel Ac Review Ocean View

If you press your face against the window, you'll see the Absecon Lighthouse right there. Sunrise was truly, truly, incredible. So incredible I was unable to capture a photo of it.

Meanwhile, back at the front door... immediately to the right is a barn door which slides open to reveal the bathroom. We'll get to the details of the bathroom in a jiffy.

Revel Ac Review Barndoor

To the left is a closet which features laptop sized safes, iron/board, luggage rack, laundry bags and an extra blanket.

Revel Ac Review Closet

Three steps forward and we enter the bedroom. The decor is primarily gray scale with gold and silver hues and some occasional purple accents. The wallpaper is eerily reminiscent of the early-2000's room renovations at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Revel Ac Review Bed2

By far, the bed at Revel was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept on. Even better than the uber poofy mattresses at ARIA and leagues above the much adored Wynn Dream bed. The linens were soft, delicate and breathable. A side note... all king beds should have four pillows. Three pillows isn't equally divisible by two people.

Revel Ac Review Linens

The bolster has a really nice handmade quality to it. I"m not exactly sure what the design is supposed to be.... a waterfall of flowers? I still like it's rough hewn Etsy quality.

Revel Ac Review Bolster


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)