The Former Revel Atlantic City Casino and Hotel
Many Atlantic City residents and regulars will remember the Revel Atlantic City hotel, resort and casino, which enjoyed brief but dazzling success in the two short years between its grand opening and the day it closed its doors.
Now, two years since then, the new owners of the Revel 20-acre Atlantic City property are poised to reopen the establishment – now remodelled and under a different name.
In anticipation of this promised event, here’s a look back at what Revel Atlantic City was like and what went wrong…
The Opening of Revel Atlantic City
Revel Atlantic City first opened its doors to the public on 2 April, 2012.
At the time, it was the northernmost casino on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Avenue and its hotel tower remains the city’s tallest structure, the second tallest in New Jersey, and the US’s second-tallest casino tower.
Incidentally, the Atlantic City Boardwalk was also home to one of three other local hotel-casinos that eventually closed up shop in the same year – 2014.
Gaming at Revel Atlantic City
One of the primary features of Revel Atlantic City was its 130 000 square feet of gaming space. This included over 120 table games and 2 500 slot machines and was divided into various areas: The main casino floor, the poker room, and the table games area.
Among the table games featured at Revel Atlantic City Table Games – Featured over 120 table games, including four- and three-card poker, blackjack, craps, mini-baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow poker, Spanish 21, roulette, Big Six Wheel, and Let It Ride.
Revel Atlantic City Entertainment and Restaurants
There were 13 restaurants, two nightclubs, and a further two live entertainment venues housed within Revel Atlantic City. Some of the most famous acts to take to the Revel Atlantic City stage included Rihanna, Maroon 5, The Eagles, and Beyoncé. One of the Revel Atlantic City nightclubs occupied a total of three floors and overlooked the hotel lobby.
The three formal restaurants that operated at Revel Atlantic City were Spanish restaurant, Amada; steakhouse, American Cut; and French and Italian restaurant, Azure by Allegretti. Alternatively, Revel Atlantic City guests and visitors could choose from ten other, less formal eateries on the premises.
The Revel Atlantic City Hotel
There were a total of 1 399 rooms and suites in the Revel Atlantic City hotel, all with an ocean and seaside them befitting the venue’s setting.
Revel Atlantic City hotel guests had access to a landscaped rooftop deck – which spanned two acres and included private cabanas, a Sky Garden with over 3 000 living plants, and fire pits – as well as numerous swimming pools.
The Demise of Revel Atlantic City
The bright but brief existence of Revel Atlantic City came to an end on 2 September 2014, when the company declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. After several unsuccessful deals, Revel Atlantic City was eventually sold to Polo North Country Club in 2015 for US$ 82 million.
What the Future Holds
In early 2016, Polo North Country Club announced plans to reopen Revel Atlantic City under an as-yet-unrevealed new name and after significant remodelling.
Officials who were taken on a tour to inspect the premises reported that 500 guestrooms in the former Revel Atlantic City were ready to receive guests and that the restaurants on site were equally prepared to welcome patrons once more.
An interesting new feature to be added to this new incarnation of Revel Atlantic City will be a rope wall in the lobby.