08401 Travel Guide - Page 2
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.
In case you didn't know it today is National Tequila Day and what better way to celebrate than by pouring yourself a margarita or rather, learning about the new Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Casino coming to the 942-room Resorts Casino Hotel on the Atlantic City boardwalk.
The Margaritaville complex will feature a casino, restaurant, Five O'clock Somewhere Bar, retail stores, LandShark Bar and Grill, a year-round beach bar complex, and their first ever coffee shop. And should you find yourself on the boardwalk wondering where Margaritaville is, it won't be hard to find as the Resorts boardwalk facade will be re-branded by Margaritaville.
Way back when in 2008 there was talk of turning the Trump Marina hotel into a Margaritaville. That never happened and the property turned into the Golden Nugget instead.
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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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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?
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.)
The time has come...to book your hotel room for opening night at The Revel in Atlantic City.
We found rooms on April 2nd for $239 a night. That's for an Ocean Room with a king bed. Sure it might be pricey for AC during the week in off-season but these rooms look more cosmopolitan than boardwalk.
The style is a nice blend of masculine and feminine touches with plaid armchairs, towering headboards, neutral tones, frosted glass doors and floor to ceiling windows with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The technology in the rooms is pretty stellar too with 46" flatscreen TVs and bedside tablets that control the temperature, curtains and lighting. It even has an attached handset so you can make calls down to room service or the spa.
Billing itself as the "next generation" of after-hours hotel entertainment, Royal Jelly will be one of two nightclubs opening inside the upcoming Revel, Atlantic City's brand spanking new multi-billion-dollar resort. So, what can we expect? Oh, the usual: burlesque dancers, flying catwalks, choreographed rock concerts, tuxedoed sax players, and pleeenty of feather boas and sparkling bikinis.
Judging from the promo video now up on their site, Royal Jelly aims to combine the hipness and exclusivity of a nightclub with the rock 'n roll-tinged brand of burlesque that is now the trademark of Ivan Kane, who will be running the show at Royal Jelly. Though don't expect to make an early night of it here: typically, shows will begin at 10pm every night, but an after hours (read: more fun) rock 'n roll burlesque performance won't get going until around 2am.
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...actually, we take that back. We're pretty darn excited about the food here.
With just two months to go, the folks at Revel are working overtime to make sure everything is in place for a smooth soft opening next month. Construction briefly stalled in 2009 due to the economy, which in a way lends even more excitement now to the opening of Revel's 1,800 rooms, "theater-inspired" casino, two-acre outdoor SkyGarden, pool, spa, two nightclubs and over a dozen restaurants.
And though not all of the restaurant spaces have been finished yet, we were lucky enough to sample a few dishes from the resort's championing chefs—including Iron Chef winner Jose Garces, who will be opening not one but three restaurants inside the sprawling oceanfront resort. Oh, and his burgers? Awesome. After biting into one, we literally had to stand there motionless (with about seventy other diners swarming around us) until every last morsel had been devoured. And we don't even usually eat meat.
Gamblers and Jersey Shore lovers alike rejoice! Revel, the crazysexycool-looking casino-hotel complex on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, has just announced today that it will open up reservations for its 1,800 hotel rooms and suites starting March 5. The hotel will then soft-open on April 2 with the hotel fully functional and seven restaurants open.
But come May 25 and Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer for the Jersey Shore, all of Revel's restaurants, performance spaces, gaming, spa, nightlife and daylife will be open. And they sound freaking amazing, especially Revelry, located 61-feet above sea level and which will house restaurants, shops, nightclubs and a performance space for 700. Revel will also open a theater with a capacity for 5,500 people on The Mezz level (87 feet above sea level) and we're betting the InOut Pool which begins inside near the lobby and flows outside, will be a big hit.