Atlantic City has been my backyard play ground for the past fifteen years now. Over that span of time there’s been a lot of really nice additions and changes to the casinos and even the city itself. Honestly, I wish I could show you pictures of how dramatically it has changed from when I first graduated high school to what it looks like now. For many of you that don’t get a chance to really get down there all that much I think you would be absolutely floored with what it looks like now. Lots of new shops to see, restaurants to eat, casinos to gamble and outside beach bars. They’ve really cleaned this place up nicely! (It’s sort of like that girl you see walking her dog in the park, you think to yourself…. she’s kind of cute. Then you run into her again later that night when shes out for a night on the town with all her girlfriends and your like WOW!) She just went from cute to smokin! That’s kind of how AC has changed over the past 15-20 years. lol
A bunch of us decided to check out Revel yesterday and I have to tell you, it did not disappoint. With that said, if you go down there to check it out, you have to realize and understand what the vision of this place is all about or you will be disappointed. If you want to spend the day gambling (playing roulette, blackjack and poker) your probably better off at the Borgatta down the street. Yes, Revel has a casino floor, but the Revel is more designed towards nightlife, entertainment and resort type stuff.
First off, I can’t imagine how awesome this place is going to be on a Friday or Saturday Night during the summer. The outside pools, bars, fire-pits, decks and views of the ocean all look like something that should be in Miami or Vegas. Yes, it is that nice! As for the entertainment, it’s everywhere! Here’s where the casino floor is really neat … even though it’s not as loaded as other casinos with a ton of gambling machines and tables, what makes it unique is that it is surrounded by bars, lounges, restaurants and cat walks. A lot of these places even have their own mini stages where girls will dance or bands will play. One of the coolest spots that I hung out at was a places called “The Social”. Fella’s trust me, you will like The Social! lol But it didn’t matter where I was, where I looked, where I turned …. there was entertainment everywhere in this place! The stage where Beyonce is going to play Memorial Day weekend is ridiculous! I forget how many people it sits but it’s really, REALLY nice! It has a huge sound system and nice, spacious cushioned seats. You ever watch a play or go to see a concert or something and your seat is just terribly uncomfortable and your cramed next to the person sitting next to you? It makes the concert uncomfortable right? Well you won’t have that problem in this place, it’s very, very comfortable and should make for an enjoyable show.
Revel also has it’s own personal beach that is still being constructed. They are in the process of adding more sand and designing it to resemble South Beach in Miami. If the ocean isn’t your cup of tea you can sit in the pool all day. It is both and indoor and outdoor pool that is heated during the winter and overlooks the ocean. The view is amazing! You can feel the breeze, smell the salt air and look at the ocean all while enjoying a coctail in the comfort of a pool. There are also several hot tubs on the side as well.
As for the restaurants we didn’t really get a chance to sit down anywhere and eat. There was just so much there that we needed a break. So we decided to take a stroll on the boardwalk and got something to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Taj Mahal. But again, that was only because there were so many people at the Revel for opening day so to speak that we just wanted to get away and feel the outside sun for a little bit. By the way, what a gorgeous day it was down there yesterday!
I didn’t get to see every little thing there and I didn’t spend the night (although I have seen the rooms and they’re INCREDIBLE!), but I can honestly say that this is going to be the game changer for Atlantic City. You could honestly spend the entire weekend in this place and never even leave the Revel the entire time unless you wanted to. It has everything you would need for the entire weekend, (casino, bars, lounges, pools, spas, restaurants, beaches). Im hoping that this place really takes off this summer, this way other big acts like the MGM Grand and the Pinnacle will follow the Revel and set up shop right here in our own backyard. With Revels huge line up of concerts this summer I can’t possibly imagine how this place doesn’t do well. I enjoyed it and will be spending quite a few days off there this summer. Go down and check it out!
– Chris Sowers –