Massive Defunct Casino Resort To Re-Open As Part Of The Hyatt Family

Revel Casino in Atlantic City was supposed to redefine the aging, (once) iconic Boardwalk.  To say the property has had a troubled past would be a vast understatement.  Like, Atlantic Ocean-sized understatement.  In case you haven’t been following along, here’s a brief history of the troubles.  The fortunes of the troubled property appear to be turning towards positive.

Thanks to my friend Scott for passing this one along.  Hyatt has announced an agreement with the new owners.  The property will be dubbed Ocean Resort and be a part of the Unbound Collection, Hyatt’s collection of unique hotels that continues to grow with interesting additions. Here’s a brief description of the property from Hyatt’s press release:

The expansive 6.4 million-square-foot luxury resort will feature a 138,000-square-foot luxury casino, 160,000 square feet of indoor meeting and convention space with another 90,000 square feet of flexible outdoor special event space, five swimming pools, including a salt-water pool, a sun deck with cabanas, and distinctive dining from premiere restaurant groups Garces Group and LDV Hospitality and entertainment experiences that will feature lively day and nightclubs and a best-in-class sports bar. The resort will include a 32,000-square-foot onsite location of exhale, Hyatt’s newly acquired fitness and spa brand, which will feature 32 treatment rooms, a mind body studio and retail boutique. The new spa will be the first exhale experience to open within a Hyatt-branded property.

The Final Two Pennies

Atlantic City used to be my old stomping grounds.  I grew up in NY and spent summers on the Jersey Shore.  Later, when I moved to DC we used to drive to Atlantic City to play in poker tournaments.  Decades before my time, Atlantic City was a beautiful ocean playground for folks from the NY/NJ area.  The city has taken some steps back over the past couple of decades.  Revel was supposed to be something of a renaissance, and was anything but.  The property has been shuttered for 4 years.  It shocks me it’s been that long.  I feel like it was last year when the goose was finally cooked there.  Someone was bound to step in and revive it.

This reboot has the potential to be something really good for Atlantic City.  And, it has the potential to be something pretty unique for Hyatt members.  I’ve got my fingers crossed.

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  1. Loved Revel because it was smoke free. But AC in and of itself isn’t worth it anymore in my book. Good luck to Hyatt here

  2. Revel had the best hotel rooms in AC and it’s a waste that they’ve been vacant for years. Hopefully the rooms aged well, and management makes the investments required to turn it into a resort-destination instead of just-another-casino.

    1. Pat, I suspect the rooms will be just fine. Sounds like there are some other deficiencies that need to be corrected based on reports from folks that stayed there in its previous life.

  3. Will management be greedy and charge Las Vegas rates for the fees. If I recall correctly, the Boardwalk had crime problems and Atlantic City unions were a PIA. What might put a damper on this project is whether New Jersey residents will go there to gamble or sit at home and bet on their computer.

    Illinois allowed parimutuel off track on the horses and IL race tracks are hurting. Then the video gambling machines were permitted in stores or other places, the casinos revenue has steadily shrunk.

    1. Kevin, a lot has changed in the casino world. There are certainly more choices in the region, which makes AC a bit of a challenge. Crime has calmed down a bit there. I think they need some reliable air service from surrounding states to boost the influx of people.

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