Revel opens with an eight-week preview culminating in the resort premiere on Memorial Day weekend.
Located at the extreme northern end of the Boardwalk, next to the Showboat Casino Hotel, Revel is Atlantic City‘s 12th casino, and the first to open since its main rival, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, debuted in 2003.
With its angular slanted roof and its giant white light-up ball atop the 47-story structure – the second-tallest in New Jersey at 710 feet – Revel is already an iconic presence in the nation’s second-largest gambling market.
Walking through the Boardwalk-level main entrance, visitors enter an airy atrium dominated by two massive escalators that carry them through the open space to the casino level. On the way, they pass an artwork called “Arrivals” that consists of 19,700 shiny gold circles suspended on 650 steel cables that catch the sunlight and dazzle the unsuspecting.
Revel is breaking all the rules! The smoke-free resort embraces the ocean rather than turning its back on it.
Gambling is only part of the $2.4 billion resort; it also has a luxurious spa, 14 restaurants, 10 pools, and a theater with 5,050 seats that will host Beyonce‘s three concerts Memorial Day weekend.
It makes more use of sunlight and sweeping views of the beach and ocean than the other eight Boardwalk casinos, which were designed to keep gamblers fixated on, well, gambling. Thoughts of wandering outside to smell the salt air were left to those whose money was gone.
But at Revel, you can see the ocean from a good part of the casino floor, a no-no in other places. And Revel lets guests go right to their rooms without crossing the casino floor.
“We’re looking for people to look at this as a resort first,” said Kevin DeSanctis, Revel’s CEO and a veteran casino executive in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, having worked for Donald Trump, Steve Wynn, as well as running Penn National Gaming. “If you’re thinking of a two or three-day getaway in the Northeast without getting on a plane, this is the place I want you to think of first.”
Revel will have 1,898 hotel rooms, each of which has a 46-inch flat screen LCD TV and a walk-in shower in which “several” people can fit comfortably and fully stocked mini-bars. These rooms will rent for just under $400 on weekend nights. A step up is an ocean Suite, which goes for about $550 on the weekend; there are 160 of them.
The next tier of suites includes separate living areas and bedrooms, renting for $600 to $800 on the weekend. The two presidential suites on the 44th floor are for the highest of high-rollers, but even then, DeSanctis says, the idea is to rent them rather than hand them out for free. If you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.
A year-round indoor-outdoor pool will be heated (in the 80s) and offer a swim-through door to the outside, even in the dead of winter. For less adventurous souls, there are outdoor fire pits and tons of couches, seats and other comfy places to just plop down, read a book, sip a drink or just vegetate for a while.
Revel‘s restaurants include three from Jose Garces, a former “Iron Chef” TV show winner, including Amada, a tapas bar; Village Whiskey, and Distrito Cantina, a margarita bar and Mexican street food eatery shaped like a taco truck. Marc Forgione offers the American Cut steakhouse, Robert Wiedmaier has Mussel Bar, a gastro-pub inspired by an old-world Belgian roadhouse (ceiling-suspended motorcycle included), and Alain Allegretti offers Azure, a fine-dining French and Italian-inspired restaurant.
Other eateries include Lugo, a brasserie, three restaurants by Michel Richard: Central Michael Richard, a modern bistro; O Bistro and Wine Bar; and the tentatively titled Breakfast Room, a seated a la carte and grab-and-go spot.
For pampering purposes, Revel offers a 31,000 square-foot, 32-room spa to be renamed later, but which currently goes by the name MindBodySpa by Exhale. It offers hydrating facials, therapeutic massages and body-slimming services. The spa has men’s and women’s’-only sides, with a co-ed common bath house area. There, guests will find a salt grotto, a room made entirely out of Himalayan salt bricks.
Revel is also home to Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly burlesque club, blending live rock’n’roll with a modern take on traditional burlesque. Even the casino floor gets a little naughty; the “DigiPit” has electronic gambling tables set around a cross-shaped illuminated runaway with stripper poles at each end; dancers can drop down from the ceiling to further distract you from splitting those aces or realizing it’s not a great idea to take a hit on 18.
Revel Hotel announced the resort’s finishing touch– a massive nightclub and day club from Las Vegas based Angel Management group. The 85,000 square foot club, called HQ Nightclub and HQ Beach Club, is actually a nightclub and a day club.
The nightclub portion takes up a little less than half of the space, with 40,000 square feet of craziness spanning four floors and a rooftop. Each of the four floors will offer club-goers a different experience. The first floor will be designed as a candle lit library, and the energy of the floors will escalate as you get higher and higher. According to this logic, the rooftop will be the most energetic floor, and will be outfitted in yacht inspired decor to complement the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The day club (but you can also hang out there at night), called HQ Beach Club, will be a 45,000 square foot indoor/outdoor party space, complete with giant pools, many bars, and constant beach parties. HQ Beach Club is inspired by the Greek island Mykonos and the South of France, and the main event will be a Vegas-style drunken pool party. The Beach Club is right on the boardwalk, and just steps from the beach.
About Angel Management Group
Angel Management Group has built an unrivalled reputation as a premier entertainment and nightlife company led by an executive team combining over 100 years of experience. AMG specializes in venue operations, food and beverage management, marketing, promotions, festival and arena event production as well as brand licensing, sponsorship development, public relations, talent booking and music programming. A pioneer in the industry, it currently handles over a dozen leading properties including WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace Las Vegas and Social House inside Crystals at CityCenter.
Revel Atlantic City
Atlantic City, NJ 08401