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Hip hop star Azealia Banks—whose hit song "212" went viral in early 2012—took a moment on Twitter yesterday to proclaim the wonders of sitting in hotel rooms eating fried chicken and watching BBC documentaries. Which we can totally identify with.
So for her sake (and partly our own), we decided to put together a handy Top 5 list of US hotels that serve awesome fried chicken, to be enjoyed either in-room or at the restaurant. As for the BBC docs? Less of a concern.
#5. Revel in Atlantic City made a big splash at the start of the summer by opening with a Beyonce concert. Well, we got to take a look around the hotel last month, and particularly enjoyed the fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes ($23) we sampled at Central Michel Richard. Who needs taco trucks anyway?
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While hotels in Atlantic City usually tend to hover around a reasonable $110 or $130 a night, rates have shot through the roof for the upcoming holiday weekend. In the days leading up to Labor Day, AC properties are asking for up to $500-$600 a night, and many of them are already sold out.
Including Revel, which has two special guests headlining at the resort this weekend: Cee Lo Green and The Eagles. Each of them will be putting on concerts—Cee Lo at The Social on Friday and Saturday nights, and The Eagels at Ovation Hall on Saturday and Sunday nights—to amp up the Labor Day festivities, which include fireworks on the beach, casino giveaways, BBQ parties, a White Party, and burlesque at the Royal Jelly nightclub.
But for those who just want the concert tickets without having to worry about secretly crashing in Revel's lobby, here are a few other hotels that still have availability.
We've been chatting about Revel, Atlantic City's newest hotel/casino for a while. The project has been an exercise in patience that culminated in a grand-opening event this past Memorial Day with none other than Beyonce.
We thought it was time to actually go in and take a look now that most of the resort is completed, so you know what to expect in case you book a stay at this behemoth boardwalk property. Here is our experience, in living color:
Our stay coincided with the Atlantic City Airshow and needless to say, the Revel was packed. From our gallery, you'll see just how long the check-in line was. Now, there are kiosks that are supposed to help this kind of congestion, but they were broken.
We were appalled to see senior citizens with canes, wheelchairs and the like being made to wait in what seemed like an endless line, while we, the media, were whisked away to check-in within minutes. When we mentioned this to the Powers That Be, they assured us that this wasn't a normal occurrence to have special-needs customers ignored.
At any rate, the best way to show the Revel is through pics, because honestly, the place really is a sight to see and will give other hotels in A.C. a serious run for their money.
Keep reading to see photos of The Revel!
Lately we've been entranced with in-room iPads and fancy-dancy remote controls. Both seem to be getting super hi-tech and we're all for it so long as the boasted features actually work. We're not keen on lengthy how-to sheets that give us agita.
We'd like to see the end of multi-remote controls in hotel rooms and instead be able to power nearly everything with a touch of a button. Well, we saw just that recently at Atlantic City's Revel Resort. While our full gallery of A.C.'s newest hot spot is coming soon, today we're hyper-focused on this little gem--the room's souped up Prodigy PLX3 remote control.
The same size as your average TV remote, this little powerhouse actually controls just about everything the buttons on the front panel says it does. And we know because we pressed them all just like a little kid would!
Here's what worked--and the one thing that didn't.
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After missing out on all the fun over Memorial Day Weekend, Revel HQ, the four-level nightclub venue inside Revel, is finally ready to make its debut. Kind of.
The nightclub's official opening date isn't until September, but it is hosting another "preview" weekend on July 6 (yes, another—the first preview was held on June 14, and Revel even posted photos on its website for your browsing pleasure). The club will open to offer revel-ers a taste of the bottle service, the bass-thumping DJs, the suspended stage, and all the rest of it.
Oh, and incidentally, this preview happens to coincide with a two-night run at Ovation Hall by a little known rapper called Kanye West. Ever heard of him?
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It's coming up on Father's Day, and once again, we're here to make your gift-giving experience go as smoothly as possible. How, you ask? By providing a range of perfect hotel experiences to suit all dad types! From smoking lounges to motorcycles to "sports" manicures (if you want to make a spa treatment guy-friendly, then that prefix is compulsory), we've rounded up six hotels with the best man-centric activities.
So, what are you waiting for? Read on! You've only got six days to book!
Though it's home to three championship golf courses, a shooting school and one of the best father-and-son fishing getaway spots, The Cloister at Sea Island off the coast of southern Georgia has one other man-centric feature that helps it stand out from the rest of the resorts: a Smoking Lounge. The wood-paneled room helped win the hotel a coveted spot on T+L's "World's Best Resorts" in 2006, and provides the ultimate man-cation hangout spot, with cozy leather armchairs, a fireplace, and an on-site Cigar Sommelier to help dad pick out his smoke of choice.
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Beyonce did the folks at Revel Atlantic City a biiig favor last weekend by choosing the resort as the setting for her first post-baby performance. Thanks to her, Revel was able to capture a whole new audience that likely wouldn't have taken the time otherwise—like Michelle Obama and the girls, who were reportedly in attendance at the show.
A friend of ours who was lucky enough to score tickets said that while the singer indeed put on a stellar performance, another major highlight of the weekend actually took place outside Ovation Hall. Specifically, during a post-concert dinner at the Distrito Cantina food truck, which serves up freshly-prepared Mexican fast food. And according to our friend, the tacos alone were worth the trip.
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When the hotel soft-opened on April 2, only a handful of restaurants and public areas were open. But the rest of the resort was set to be revealed over Memorial Day Weekend. Except according to @NYNightlife, Revel's massive four-level nightclub HQ Nightclub along with the HQ Beach Club is not going to make the MemWeekend party. Instead a July opening is looking more likely.
We got in touch with a rep for Angel Management Group, who is operating HQ, and she confirmed the club's opening delay.
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We've got Revel making its grand opening over Memorial Weekend with none other than Beyonce as the headlining performer (and how can you really do any better than that?), but other Atlantic City hotels and casinos refuse to go quietly into the night. We're now nearing the end result of a $150 million renovation project that has taken over the old Trump Marina Hotel Casino and re-made the place as a Golden Nugget.
Yes, this place has a long, aberrant history: built as a Hilton in the 80s, sold to Donald Trump and turned into a Trump Castle, and then re-named "Trump's Marina," it was finally bought by Landry's, who, when turning it into a Golden Nugget, took on the task of renovating not just the hotel portion but also the casino, marina and restaurants. Now, the finished resort is set to open at the end of the month (April 26-29), so what can we expect?
We can already feel the tranquility washing over us, and it smells kind of like...salt water taffy? Oh wait, that's just Atlantic City. But inside the new Revel resort, far away from the boardwalk madness, a new Exhale spa is opening this spring and it's going to be absolutely giant. Not that we'd expect anything less from Revel, whose curvaceous glass megaplex is literally the biggest thing to hit Atlantic City in quite some years.
Inside Bask, as the spa will be called, guests can chill out (or heat up) in the co-ed bathhouse, Himalayan salt cave, hammam, steam rooms, and therapy room. Treatments inside the latter range from facials to body scrubs to massages to acupuncture; and of course, a whole range of fitness options (including classes from Core Fusion) will be offered too.
Of course, that's not all. And in between gambling, lazing on the SkyGarden, and catching Beyonce's first post-baby performance, you might just squeeze in some time to check out the rest of the spa too.
Back in February when we attended a chef's tasting event for Revel, we were told by a rep from the design team that the casino would have a "theatrical" feel to it. And now we know exactly what he meant.
NJ.com released new photos yesterday of the pristine property, peeking a healthy mix of rooms, suites, public spaces, and, of course, the casino. And while we see some of the usual elements going on (rich colors, comfy chairs, densely packed rows of slot machines), there does seem to be something slightly more, er...grand—is that the word?—about this place than other casinos we've visited.
For a look at some of our favorite photos, see below!
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UPDATE 5.7.12: Beyonce has just added a fourth date to her opening weekend shows. She will now be getting Bootylicious on May 28 as well. Tickets go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster.com on Monday, May 14 at 10am EST. But Beyonce's fans will get a presale exclusive on Friday, May 11 at 10am EST.
The opening of Atlantic City's newest casino hotel keeps getting more and more exciting. With only a few more weeks until the hotel soft-opens, plans are heating up for Revel's big grand opening party over Memorial Day Weekend. And none other than Queen B herself will be there to
Beyonce is set to give her first live performance since the birth of Blue Ivy at Revel's Ovation Hall. Actually, it will be a series of live concerts over three nights, Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m., Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the shows go on sale on Friday April 6 at 10am ET at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com (Ugh.)