concepts” from award-winning chefs and
restaurateurs who own their spaces, and
are thus literally invested in the resort’s
success. Revel has brought the works
Michelin chefs and James
Beard Award winners from New York,
Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., in
hopes that their cool city fan bases will fol-
low. American Cut is a modern spin on a
steak house by “Iron Chef” Marc Forgione;
Azure, brainchild of chef Alain Allegretti,
is all about seafood, specifically Mediter-
ranean coastal cuisine. And don’t miss
Amada, the Andalusian tapas restaurant
by “Iron Chef” Jose Garces, modeled on
his Philadelphia restaurant of the same
name. Not only is it out-of-this-world
delicious, it’s also an adventure in tastes
as you share a variety of inventive small
plates with your companions.
Even if you think you’re not an A.C.
person, Revel is worth the trip—and
fall is a prime time to go. The glitches
of the opening weeks have been largely
ironed out. It’s time for the cool-seekers
to come out and play—at whatever
level they like.
Lee Lusardi Connor
courtesy of revel
The Jersey Shore’s latest luxe
property puts its name to work in the tagline
Revel on a different level,” and you can’t
help counting the “levels” it brings to mind.
First, the physical. Dominating the
northern end of the boardwalk, Revel
makes use of the limitless Atlantic horizon
like no other Shore resort. Whether you’re
in the two-acre outdoor Skygarden, filled
with indigenous south Jersey flora; or in
the indoor/outdoor pool, an alluring oval
bisected by a glass wall; or in one of the
ocean-view rooms, what you see is
sea and sky. The honky-tonk of the board-
walk below seems far away.
Revel is also at a different level tech-
nologically. Instead of brochures, maps or
room-service menus, there are computer
tablets loaded with info and interactive
screens throughout the resort’s main areas.
Then there’s the customer service. The
employees, stationed at frequent intervals
in Revel’s 6.3 million square feet, are uni-
And the level of room and revelry
prices? It’s not low. But Revel manage-
ment would like you to know that this is
not just a casino with a hotel attached. It’s
a full-out resort, a destination, a curated
experience. Sure, there’s a spacious
casino area, but there’s also much more
to see and do: Ovation theater, inaugurated
by Beyoncé at the Memorial Day grand
opening. Bask by Exhale, a “well-being”
spa with a salt grotto and heated mineral
pool. Surfing lessons. Yoga on the beach.
Kinect for Xbox tournaments. High-end
shops. Two nightclubs. Multiple pools.
The interior design has an over-the-top
quality. The City Way lobby boasts tower-
ing walls covered with thousands of red
textile roses. There’s a massive sculptural
chrome tree at the Flirt bar and gigantic
abstract sculptures above the casino area
that evoke various species of sea life.
Amid all this awesomeness, Revel wants
you to feel comfy. Everywhere there are
places to sit—couches, cushy armchairs.
As there’s free Wi-Fi throughout, visitors
can check e-mail or surf the Web anywhere.
And, in another first for A.C. casinos, there’s
no smoking anywhere on the premises.
Of course, man does not live by ame-
nities alone. There are 14 restaurant
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A cabana, Amada restaurant,
the living room lobby
area, the indoor/outdoor
pool, a guest room
about 2 hours
Atlantic City’s newest
casino-resort is a splurge,
but it’s no gamble