Revel: The AtlanticCityTripping Review 2012

Test Driving The New Kid On The Boardwalk

Posted by Chuckmonster

Heading back towards the bathroom, we wheel open the barn door to reveal a gorgeous sink set up. Hemlock streaked marble stone countertop, modern fixtures, a gorgeous lightless vanity mirror, under counter lights illuminating extra towels and gorgeous scalloped wall tiling.

Revel Ac Review Bathroom

Love the fixtures here... gently sculpted tissue box, soap and toiletry dishes, the angular sink hardware. Classy, modern and elegant. I wish my bathroom at home looked like this.

Revel Ac Review Sink Detail

Revel's "Balance" branded toiletries are provided by Aromatherapy Associates and included shampoo, body wash, conditioner, lotion, bath soap, facial soap and hand soap. Miss Monkay describes them as "lovely with a non-floral smell and consistency. The hint of patchouli oil was an interesting, subtle choice." I find this a little odd because she doesn't like smelly hippies or smelling like a hippy. She also notes that the "shampoo did not have a lot of lather, consistent with most higher end products." On a scale of 1-100, she scores it a 420.

Revel Ac Review Toiletries

The shower and toilet doors are located next to each other. The toilet door provides complete frosted privacy. Unfortunately, do the angles, the shower is unable to be properly photographed. It was quite simple... shower head, flow control, a small seat and a tower rack.

Revel Ac Review Candoor

The throne room. Notice no shat phone. And also notice the amazing artwork.

Revel Ac Review Can

Close up detail of the artwork. So clever.

Revel Ac Review Art

Amidst all this creative design work and exquisite innkeeping there were a few housekeeping bumbles thrown into the mix. The middle of the floor was a giant wet spot, which was probably a sopping up of the rest of whatever this was: (tomato soup? gazpacho? pastaroni?)

Revel Ac Review Stains

There was another unsightly stain near by on the bed frame.

Revel Ac Review Stains

Earth shattering, no, but these should have been caught by a freshly trained housekeeping crew, still in "new resort hustle mode."


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)