Preview: Atlantic City's Revel

When it welcomes its first guests in mid-2012, Atlantic City's newest gaming resort — known simply as Revel — will strive to prove itself as a destination not only for gambling, but also for fun, according to local newspaper The Press of Atlantic City, which recently toured the in-progress property.

"We are not promoting this as a casino," Revel spokesperson Lisa Johnson told The Press. "It's a lifestyle resort with a casino."

Expected to be the last new mega-resort in Atlantic City for some time, work on Revel ceased in spring 2009, due to the recession and the collapse of the credit market. Work on the project resumed earlier this year, however, when Revel Entertainment Group secured $1.15 billion in fresh financing, motivated by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plans to revitalize the ailing seaside destination.

Now back on track, with an opening planned for sometime next year, Revel is previewing its offerings and generating pre-opening buzz.

Perhaps the most exciting feature at the new property is its design: While other Atlantic City casinos face the city — turning their back on the coast — Revel will embrace the Boardwalk and the ocean. In fact, the resort will include a two-acre, landscaped outdoor deck offering views of the shoreline. Along with a "pine grove" of more than 30,000 live trees and plants, it will include cabanas and fire pits for outdoor entertaining.

Other highlights, according to The Press:

- Located on the same level as the outdoor deck, the hotel lobby will sit six stories above the ocean and offer panoramic views of the water.

- Overlooking the hotel lobby will be a three-story, glass-enclosed nightclub.

- Revel will include a manmade beach called "Revel Beach" that's described as "part beach, part party zone."

- Revel is building a section of Boardwalk directly in front of its casino.

Upon completion, Revel will total 6.3 million square feet of entertainment, dining, retail, relaxation and gaming. It will include 1,090 hotel rooms, a 150,000-square-foot casino, 75,000 square feet of retail space, a 22,000-square-foot spa, 12 restaurants, a 5,500-seat event center and 160,000 square feet of convention space. For more information, visit