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Atlantic City: Revel or Borgata

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by thecarve, Mar 14, 2014.

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  1. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    I might have cause to be in AC in the next few months (I met this guy and I'm gonna do a little favor for him:rolleyes2:). It's been a good five years since I've been up that way, so I'm pretty much out of the loop.

    I've stayed Borgata and really liked it. Though, as mentioned, that was ages ago. And I know next to nothing about Revel. Okay, I've followed the headlines...but I've never spoken with someone who's been there. So I really wouldn't have any idea what to expect.

    So if you cats from the Northeast could help me out, I'd really appreciate it.

    What's important to me:

    Nice room
    Good restaurants (I'd like to have one "fine dining" meal and a few "nice-casual" ones...maybe a quick late-night snack too)
    Decent Blackjack, Craps and/or Video Poker (DDB and Boner Deluxe - quarter, $1, $2 and $5) options
    Nice atmosphere and good service

    So, which direction would you lead me?

    Many thanks! :beer:
     
  2. nyr2

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    hi.
    IMO it would be Borgata. both have very nice rooms. borgata has the better
    restaurants. I don't play tables (only vp & slots)which are pretty decent, but the place is always hopping at night (borgata) and revel has been pretty dead the 2 times i stayed there (no more for me). I've been staying at borgata since they opened and hands down for us its the better place. VP in the B bar is good as are the machines just outside it. the metropolitan is open 24 hrs. and sometimes so is bread & butter. places to eat late at revel really dont exsit and drink service late night just sucks. but this is just my opinion. :)
     
  3. lithium78

    lithium78 High-Roller

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    Borgata is generally seen as the superior option, but Revel has been offering a lot of great deals to players to attract business. I would take a look at what they offer before making a decision.
     
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    Borgata would be my selection. In fairness, I have stayed at Borgata but have never stayed at Revel. When I go to AC it is mainly to gamble. Some family members have stayed at Revel and enjoyed the rooms very much. They also said the Revel is a very impressive property. I believe the rooms at Revel may win out over Borgata based solely on age. Borgata has a good selection of restaurants and has been very consistent over time. Also, I know what I am getting (in the casino), on weekends it will be crowed and always a fun time.

    Not matter what choice you make best of luck and hopefully you are able to make a withdrawal for your next Vegas trip.
     
  6. Bernie2

    Bernie2 High-Roller

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    Go to Atlantic City One message board for AC.
     
  7. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    Thanks for the good info, so far!

    Let me ask a few follow-ups is you don't mind:

    If Borgata...regular tower or Water Club? Last time I stayed there WC was being built.

    Back-end comps: is one "more generous" than the other?

    Thanks!
     
  8. jaybert

    jaybert Low-Roller

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    Water club for sure. It's more boutiquey/smaller lines at checkin/more private. They have their own pools that guests at borgata cannot use (but wc members can use the borgata pools, which are not as nice anyways).

    Can't speak much for back end comps, but I do know that it takes quite a bit to get comped at the borgata vs Vegas. If I lose out early on a trip, it's not surprising to see my offer calendar change from free rooms all the time to just weekdays/etc.
     
  9. Kickin

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    Stay at the Borgata, in the Water Club if you can. Also if you have a CET Diamond you can upgrade to Borgata Black which will give you access to the Amphora Lounge (quite nice) and some other perks. They have the best VP in AC and best vibe overall.

    I get room offers from Revel from virtually zero play and will probably take them up on it since they are supposed to be nice, but I thought the vibe of the entire place was dreadful. The tapas place in there is good though so if you're looking to eat there I'd recommend it. The only real benefit from staying at Revel is being on the boardwalk. Especially for an infrequent visitor, that can be meaningful. You will have easy access to all the boardwalk casinos and if you're there during the warmer weather the boardwalk can be nice to walk along. At Borgata you're not really within walking distance to anything, except a bit of a convoluted walk to Harrahs (which is the second best casino in terms of vibe and VP).

    I'd suggest staying at Borgata but visiting the boardwalk and dropping some ducats at Revel. You'll probably get offers and then just try it out next time at no cost.
     
  10. jaybert

    jaybert Low-Roller

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    What limit blackjack do you play? Weekend nights you're probably not going to find anything less than $25, and those tables will be PACKED. Pretty much impossible to find more than 1 open seat at a table. Even at the $50 min tables, it's pretty packed.
     
  11. thecarve

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    Thanks for the heads up. I do remember the tables being pretty busy now that you mention it. In Vegas I usually hit the $100 tables but might scale it back a little for this trip. Will two of us have any issues finding open spots at a $50-100 table?

    Kickin: this vibe at Revel...is it just a matter of the place being dead? Or is the customer service lacking? Is it the clientele - "locals"-type gamblers sweating every $5 they lose bringing everyone down?

    I'm just curious as I don't think the "dead vibe" would bother me much on this particular trip. I'll be with my dad so a relaxing evening of gambling and throwing back a few is probably what we're looking for.

    I'll probably end up at Borgata since the website is still showing comp nights for me. But Revel looks pretty sweet so I'm kind of looking for an excuse...
     
  12. jaybert

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    $50 might take some looking but guessing 2 seats won't be too hard if you aren't too picky on the exact table you sit at. $100 you'll be fine for sure, since $100 is usually the min the the high limit rooms. There are usually empty tables there all the time and I rarely ever see a full table in there . When it gets really busy (holiday weekends) you may see the min at $200 for the HL rooms. Better rules in the HL room anyways (s17 mainly)
     
  13. Kickin

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    The easiest way for me to describe it would be to say it lacks warmth. I get that warm feeling when I walk into places like Bellagio, Wynn, or Aria in Vegas and to some extent at Borgata and Harrahs in AC. Revel is just cold and dark, too much blue lighting or something, and the floor doesn't seem to flow well. The high limit tables room gave me the chills because the tables face these huge floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water. I'm sure that concept looks great on paper, and maybe some people love it, but I just don't want to see the outside world when I'm gambling. Its also more of a bar/lounge than a gaming room and not even a cool lounge, its all white furniture, wood floors, and sanitized feeling.

    I don't want to judge their service level too much because my contact with workers there has been very minimal. But the little contact I did have was weird. I felt like they were just very ghetto in their attitudes. I can explain the few instances but it will probably sound super nitpicky. They did add to my bad vibe from the place though.
     
  14. Brooklyn B

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    Borgata. The rooms have recently been renovated. If you haven't stayed at the WaterClub that would be my pick. Room s are nicer, that's where I stay when I can. Better restaurant selection too, including the food court, something Revel doesn't have.
     
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