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If there's any question about just how bad things are going for the Revel in Atlantic City, look no further than the fact that the casino resort has moved up its closing date from September 10th to 5 a.m. on September 2nd, right after the Labor Day weekend.
According to reports, the owners of Revel wanted to shut down even sooner - this week - but its request was denied by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. All hotel operations will cease as guests check out on Monday, September 1st.
This contributor is anxious to see the city move on from this mess, so the sooner the Revel is out of the picture, the better. Still, there are a few things to keep in mind as things shut down next weekend:
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In case you hadn't already heard, The Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City announced that it will officially close its doors and shut down all operations on September 10, only two and a half years after it first opened in April 2012. Hailed as the project that would revive Atlantic City, Revel was never able to turn a profit and was continuously battling bankruptcy issues.
The resort had been a curious case leading up to this announcement. Despite rumors of the potential closing, rates were as high as ever and the hotel is even sold out this weekend. The brass at Revel attributed the resort's demise to a "considerable non-controllable expense structure that financially burdened the property." To us, it sounds like a fancy way to say they didn't do their homework.
Revel said it is going to continue to try to find a buyer during the bankruptcy process, but that even if it does, it will not be until after the resort closes. In total, 3,100 jobs will be lost, which is, of course, sad. And the city is going to have to figure out what to do with the abandoned building if no one wants to give it another go. It's easy to shrug our shoulders at that as tourists, but the locals are the ones who have to bear the aftermath of a botched tourism effort.
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We just assumed all the good hotels in North Jersey would be totally booked up but this year's Super Bowl hotel situation has been way different from other years in that, well, there are a ton of hotels in NJ and NYC still open and still affordable. We are sure the discovery of white powder in hotels in NJ isn't helping with demand either.
Looking again at Expedia, you can find a reasonable hotel (under $300) in pretty much any part of Manhattan without two or three-day minimums.
And there are even more Game Day parties than we can keep up with. Like at the W Hoboken, the hotel will also be offering "Skyboxes", converted meeting room spaces, for people to watch the game. The price starts at $200 per person and runs from 6pm to 11pm with tailgate bites and an open bar. Oh and of course, a flatscreen to watch the game.
Here are more ways that hotels are celebrating the Super Bowl this weekend:
So if you're set on
freezing your a** off cheering your team on at the Super Bowl XLVIIIthis weekend, there are still plenty of hotel options available in NYC. Like, the most amount of hotel rooms open that we've ever seen for a Super Bowl.
But considering the game is actually in New Jersey, we thought we'd check the hotel options there.
Crazily enough, the Hilton Meadowlands, formerly the Sheraton and practically overlooking the MetLife stadium, has rooms open from January 31-February 2 or February 3 for just $499 on Expedia. Plus free shuttle transportation to the stadium!
Ummm, BOOK IT. You can split the cost with a friend or a stranger. Who cares? That's a good deal right there. Especially since most of the other options in NJ are budget brands like a Red Roof Inn for $170 a night, although we did see a Hyatt Place Secaucus/Meadowlands for $399 a night. Not too terrible. You could also hit up one of New Jersey's B&Bs, most of which are located near NJ Transit stops. Even though getting to the game will still be a hassle of epic proportions.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the scoop on NJ Hotel Super Bowl Parties. In the meantime, check the NYC Hotel Super Bowl Parties here.
If you have tickets to the Super Bowl but haven’t booked yet, all we can say is, yikes.
But, you might be in luck afterall. Since hotel rates are, in some cases, absolutely outrageous, a group of B&Bs are making a last-minute push for business.
Sixteen New Jersey inns (all part of the Preferred Inns of New Jersey Bed & Breakfast Association) are offering promotions via HuddleNJ that include breakfast and Wifi with rates between $150 and $300.
Since you can’t drive to the game, a major selling point is that they are located near NJ Transit stops. That said, many are a good hour and a half train ride from the stadium (which is reflected in the prices). You can see a complete list of the inns here. Some are taking their offerings a bit further with football themed food and drink, but you’ll have to check with each property individually when booking.
[Photo: Majestic Hotel]
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Logic would suggest that, as a notable event approaches, the excitement one feels for attending said event would increase.
The 2014 Super Bowl, however, keeps trending in the opposite direction.
When it was announced that the NFL's championship game, traditionally played in warm weather or in the comfy confines of a dome, would take place outside in North Jersey during the month of February, we scratched our heads. Then when our sister site Jaunted reported that the NFL had put a ban on tailgating for the Super Bowl -- meaning we wouldn't be able to get properly hydrated for the game -- we really dug into our scalp. Potential sub-zero temperatures and no pre-game cocktails? Hmm...
You know Tiger Woods is getting up there in age when he's blaming bad play Wednesday at the back nine in The Barclays tournament at New Jersey' Liberty National Golf Course on account of a stiff neck and back.
How did he get these "injuries"? No, ex-wife Elin Nordegren didn't come at him with a nine iron again. Instead, Woods blames his problems on his "too soft" hotel bed .
"My neck and back are a little bit stiff. It was stiff this morning after a soft bed and just one of those things, sleeping in hotels." he said. "I didn't want to push it, so just took it easy and chipped and putted."
Hmm. If this isn't a Goldilocks moment, we don't know what is. Woods, who is looked to be a surefire winner in this pro-am tournament was asked if he was getting a new bed in time for the FedEx Cup Playoffs on Thursday. He answered with a smile, "What do you think? We'll have something." But will it be enough? The man has apparently been plagued by elbow and back injuries the whole summer.
Now we're not sure what hotel Woods is staying at, as there isn't a boatload of high-end hotels in Jersey City. Perhaps it's time to start traveling with a Tempurpedic, Tiger? After all, there's $10 million at stake here.
In the meantime, what do you think? Is Tiger being a big pussycat by blaming the hotel bed? Have you ever been unable to work thanks to a "too soft" sleeping situation? We'd like to know!
[Photo: John O'Boyle, The (Newark) Star-Ledger]
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A few weeks ago, we visited the southern-most beach town of the Jersey Shore, Cape May, located at Exit Zero of the Garden State Parkway. Unfortunately, the words “Jersey Shore” have been heavily tainted in recent years, so we must first ask that you get all that bad imagery out of your head.
Cape May is far from the obnoxious Jersey boardwalk scene you’ve seen on television. It boasts great seafood, raw bars, wineries, campgrounds, beach bars, and the second-highest concentration of Victorian buildings behind only San Francisco – most of which house bed and breakfasts.
During our visit, we spent the night at the Blue Rose Inn, one of the newest B & Bs in town. We chose them not only because they recently opened at the beginning of the summer season, but because they are putting a new spin on the B & B concept, one we think other future inn owners might want to consider.
Last time we checked in with Revel, they were in the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Last week, a court judge approved a $250 million financing plan that will allow the hotel and casino to continue its operations, including employee wages, sustaining loyalty programs, and paying its bills.
That’s good news for visitors this summer, who, in theory, shouldn’t see any operational changes if they look to help Revel make a comeback. That said, Revel laid off 83 workers last Wednesday from a variety of positions, so it remains to be seen whether those cuts will have any noticeable effect on the consumer (they still have 3,217 employees, so we’re guessing they’ll be all right).
According to the Associated Press, Revel is also rumored to be considering whether to drop its non-smoking policy, which is thought by many, including HC, to be one of the reasons for the casino’s poor performance. It is one of the few Atlantic City venues to have such a regulation.
[UPDATE: We received an email from Revel's public relations firm who has asked us to reword our story to indicate that the hotel "plans to file a consensual prepackaged chapter 11." ] Things just keep getting worse for the Revel in Atlantic City. On Tuesday, the most expensive casino ever built in New Jersey announced that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
While it is a shame to see, we suppose it doesn't really come as a surprise as Revel's performance has not only been under tight scrutiny since its opening last spring, it has also been pretty poor, consistently at the bottom of the rankings when it comes to gambling revenue in Atlantic City. A lot of that disappointment and inability to attract a wide variety of clientele has been blamed on the hotel's non-smoking policy and high-priced restaurants.
Apparently, the house doesn't always win.
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Over a week later, much of the Jersey Shore has been devastated, and the Atlantic City boardwalk has all but disappeared, but casinos and hotels are starting to open up once more.
For starters, Revel re-opened on Saturday at noon, with the following words:
"Revel sustained minimal damage and although our team is fully ready, we have elected to reopen tomorrow to allow for residents to return to their homes. We are grateful to our staff for their continued support"
The 740-room Golden Nugget, which recently completed a major $150 million renovation in April, was the first casino to re-open after the storm. In fact, owners were so anxious to get gamblers back in the building that the doors were flung open within hours of Governor Chris Christie's official go-ahead on Friday.
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As was the case in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, disaster victims in New York and New Jersey are now being promised temporary government-paid hotel stays, if their housing situation (or lack thereof) warrants it. Though, don't go thinking these folks are headed for The Plaza or anything. At this point, all they care about is a dry, warm bed and a toilet that flushes.
Here's how it works: FEMA agrees to foot the bill for pre-arranged hotel stays that have been assigned to victims by a third party contractor (whose name is Corporate Lodging Consultants, in case you were wondering). The cost of the rooms is set at a fixed rate--the same rate paid for all federal employees who stay in hotels while on business.
The trouble is, even with that cushy government discount, rooms in NYC are still kinda pricey. Like $295/night pricey.
Which is why FEMA is now stipulating that, while eligible victims will indeed receive hotel rooms, the government won't pick up any room service or telephone charges.