Aug. 29th, 2011

Revel "Lifestyle Resort" to Open Midyear 2012

Photo Courtesy of Edward Lea/Press of AC
The Atlantic City skyline is about to shine a little brighter with the addition of Revel, to be complete midyear 2012. You can stay, gamble, party, and dine in this $2.4 billion property...but whatever you do, donít call it a casino.

According to The Press of Atlantic City, ďWe are not promoting this as a casino," Revel spokeswoman Lisa Johnson said. "Itís a lifestyle resort with a casino."

The last property to open in AC was Borgata Water Tower in 2008, so the hope is that the excitement of a shiny, new hotel resort will bring a sea of anxious customers. Revel was having some early issues getting off the ground, but with new financial backing, Revel has been full steam ahead in its construction process. And while other Boardwalk hotels and casinos situate themselves toward the street and have their backs turned to the crashing waves and beautiful sand that the Atlantic Ocean provides, Revel is doing it differently.

Instead of arriving to a main entrance right off the street, the valet will be located through a tunnel-like road running beneath the casino. It will bring visitors to a porte cochere and take advantage of the location by also offering them ocean views as their first glimpse of the resort. "The vision was to be a little bit different than what Atlantic City has been in the past," said Robert Andersen, Revelís executive vice president of project development. "The vision was to embrace the ocean and Boardwalk."

Another feature that has everyone buzzing is a two-acre outdoor deck that will sit over the water and be complete with 30,000 trees and plants, as well as fire pits and cabanas to keep the party going all night long.

After guests check in at the 6th-floor lobby, they can take a dip in the indoor-outdoor pool, head to the spa for a massage, grab a bite at any of the 12 restaurants, or get ready to hit the glass enclosed night club to dance the night away. If the actual beach isn't enough to excite you, Revel will be building their own version called "Revel Beach" to give guests a place to soak up the rays and sip on a cocktail in style.

The 47-story hotel tower will hold 1,090 rooms, but the 150,000-square-foot (dare we say it) casino floor will be the real draw. Currently Harrah's and Bally's are the only other casinos to have a larger gaming facility. And just so you remember that you're on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Revel's architecture and design will utilize shapes and materials that reflect the iconic location of sand and surf.

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