This was my first stay at the Revel. We are regular Atlantic City goers but up until now, have only stayed at the Borgata. We walk in and start walking around the hotel and head to the poker room to find it shut down. The young man standing there said it was closed and that the night before was the last night. I can't imagine they are closing the poker room permanently so if you are a poker player, I would really check first.
Beyond that, the thing that stands out is that this is not a typical layout for a casino & hotel. You walk in to essentially an escalator bank. You do not walk into the casino. You take the escalator up to the casino. Then you take two more escalators up to the check in area. But to get there, you have to walk across the hotel. Then you take the next elevator bank up to your room. It is a lot of walking and the casino & restaurants are no where near the rooms. Also, finding the restaurants that surround the hotel was tricky. It took a while to locate Azure. We saw signs for it but didn't realize is was on the level below the casino and you had to take an elevator down to access it.
The hotel has 12 restaurants. I don't count the coffee bar. This was the fist time I have ever seen restaurants in a casino offer happy hour & brunch specials. Different restaurants have different specials at different times. Also, the InOut Pool is pretty large. You can sit inside, outside or take steps downstairs and lie on a deck and take the sun. Essentially, if you don't like to gamble, there is a lot to do here.
The rooms are brand new, large and clean. There is hotel staff everywhere even though they often don't seem to be doing anything specific but are they are there to answer questions and help you find things. Housekeeping was very nice and asked if there was anything we specifically needed in our room.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay. The crowd is younger and the restaurants are more casual and fun. Of the 3 we tried, I would recommend Village Whiskey & Mussel Bar & Grille. If I had to choose between this hotel and the Borgata, I think it would come down to more of what we were feeling. If we wanted more fun, casual and not really to gamble, we would stay here. But if my husband wants to play poker and we want a more upscale elegant feel, we will go back to the Borgata.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Revel offers casino players the newest and most expansive casino resort in the history of Atlantic City. Located along the city’s world-famous boardwalk, and designed to offer endless views of the Atlantic Ocean, the casino offers 130,000 square feet of gaming space, the largest contiguous smoking casino in Atlantic City, 2,400 slots, 130 table games, the high-limit Pearl Slot Lounge and high-limit table game Ultra Lounge. Revel features 1,399 ocean view rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, gardens, lounges, a 32,000-square-foot spa, 14 restaurants serving world-class cuisine and down-home favorites, a collection of boutiques, nightclubs, a dayclub and live entertainment on its stages at The Social and Ovation Hall. ... more less
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