It is with much fanfare that Revel, the new $2.4 billion, 20-acre resort on the Atlantic City Boardwalk unveils itself as the destination's sleekest must-see attraction. With a pristine beachfront location, the Revel features 1,800 ocean-view rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, quiet gardens, swank lounges, and a 32,000-square-foot spa complete with hammam and salt rooms. In addition, a hotel in Atlantic City wouldn't feel complete without a casino, and ScÃ©no Plus, the Montreal firm responsible for Cirque de Soleil's sets, has designed the Revel's. Add to that, a much-anticipated collection of restaurants by top-name chefs, live entertainment, Vegas-style nightclubs, and a host of trendy boutiques.
Upping the culinary ante, Revel features more than a dozen restaurants by renowned chefs and restaurateurs from D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. Three signature restaurants, two helmed by Iron Chefs Jose Garces and Marc Forgione, one by Alain Allegretti, gaze out over the Atlantic Ocean, while a roster of equally enticing eateries, like the James Beard Award-winning Central, from Michel Richard round out the list.
Forgione's American Cut, a nod to his father Larry's famed An American Place, is an 11,000 square foot rock-and-roll-inspired steakhouse with a palate of leather and marble, and a charcuterie and raw bar where diners can watch chefs at work.
Not far from American Cut, Alain Allegretti's Azure is a world away, showcasing the subtle flavors of the Italian and French Rivieras with handmade pastas and whole fish preparations, in a bright, sunny room anchored by an open-kitchen. And the last of the signature restaurants is Jose Garces' Amada, a tapas concept featuring inspired takes on Spanish classics from tortillas to croquetas with the specialty of the house—paella ($42)—as the menu's main draw. Don't miss the glistening pitchers of sangria and stick around for one of the many flamenco shows on the nearby stage.
More casual offerings include the Belgian gastro-pub, Mussel Bar from Robert Wiedmaier, a Garces-owned burger and booze joint called Village Whiskey, and Distrito Cantina, a eye-catching (and lip-smacking) taco truck set up in the middle of the casino floor that feeds the hungry at all hours.
All of the standard rooms ($319 in June) glimpse the ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows. Ocean ($519 in June) and View ($709 in June) suites have extra little luxuries and more room. If you win big at the craps table, splurge on the Penthouse Suite, a 2-bedroom, multi-room confection that takes in the ocean and the entire Boardwalk from on high.
Outside of the gaming in Revel's colorful casino, nightlife options include two performance theaters. The larger of the two, Ovation Hall, will host Beyonce's first shows of her post-baby tour starting Memorial Day weekend. Prefer burlesque to Beyonce? Capitalizing on his renowned Forty Deuce clubs in Hollywood and Las Vegas, Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub brings more than a dozen dancers and modern burlesque to the Boardwalk for bottle service by reservation (or general admission for $25). Finally, HQ, Revel's 40,000 square foot day club/nightclub, rises above the ocean, and will open its doors later this season.
When it's finally time to chill out, hit Bask, Revel's spa and wellbeing concept exclusively developed by exhale. Bask is a 30,000+ square-foot oasis offering wellbeing programs, fitness classes, and signature therapies. Guests can breathe in the dry air of the Himalayan salt cave or soak in the hammam's healing waters, after a deep tissue massage or purifying facial. And the Bathhouse Bar will serve healthy snacks, juices, wines, tea, and coffee. When you're ready to mingle back into the rest of the hotel, snag a lounge chair at the indoor-outdoor pool or one of thirteen private cabanas.
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Photo Credits: Revel Exterior: Courtesy of Revel Entertainment Group; Revel Interior: Courtesy of Revel Entertainment Group