It’s been a longtime in the making, but Revel, a $2.4-billion beachfront destination on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, is finally set to arrive. Today, the resort announced it will begin welcoming guests April 2 for an eight-week preview featuring 1,800 guestrooms. A progressive schedule of select restaurant openings, gaming, performance spaces, spa, daylife and nightlife amenities will complement the preview. The complete resort experience will premiere on May 25, the kickoff of Memorial Day weekend.
The resort is taking reservations for its preview and premiere on March 5 at revelresorts.com.
During the preview, guests will get to experience seven of 14 restaurants created by acclaimed chefs Alain Allegretti, Marc Forgione, Jose Garces, and Robert Wiedmaier. Additional restaurants will be highlighted throughout the eight-week preview.
Revel spans 6.3 million square feet and stands 47 stories tall. At opening, Revel’s glass tower will have well over 1,100 rooms, 46 retail shops, 12 restaurants, three clubs, a 28,000-square-foot spa, and 5,500 and 600 seat theaters. Revel faces the ocean, with a glass façade that reflects the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Three pool areas, private and public beaches, and private cabanas are also featured.
Revel will also include a 150,000-square-foot casino woven within multiple layers of entertainment venues. According to its owners Revel Entertainment Group, Revel inherently is an entertainment destination, “inviting a new age of tourism to the U.S. East Coast.”
Among the features:
Revelry, 61 feet above sea level and named for its energetic and vibrant atmosphere, showcases restaurants, shops, nightclubs, dayclubs, an intimate performance space for 700, and casino
The Mezz, 87 feet above sea level, includes a theater with a capacity for 5,500 and 160,000 square feet of meeting space
Resort, starting at 114 feet above sea level, encompasses more than 1,800 guestrooms and suites
The Lobby, 114 feet above sea level, is nearly two acres of outdoor space anchored by SkyGarden and InOut Pool, a pool that begins indoors and continues outside
BLT Architects designed the structure. The development was notably challenged by funding issues, which delayed construction work for one year. Last summer, upon restarting the project, Michael Prifti, the executive architect on the project, told Lodging that the resort is intended to put life back into the Boardwalk. He said the design is very unique to what travelers have seen from Atlantic City resorts in the past.
“One of the unique design elements is an enduring connection to the Atlantic Ocean. The glass exterior allows windows throughout the property to connect guests to the ocean view. That’s a far cry from the often covered up casino designs of the city. “It’s always been an inside-outside connection, which we’ve worked very hard to achieve,” Prifti told Lodging.
On April 2, travelers to Atlantic City will finally get a long-awaited glimpse of the resort.