The Greenbrier is Back With a New Casino Club and Celebs
Just a few years ago, the sprawling Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia was on the brink of closing. While it looked like Marriott would come in and take over the resort, in the end, West Virginia's multi-millionaire Jim Justice swooped in and bought the property for just $20 million. And it looks like he found a way to make the property exciting again while at the same time, bring in some crazy revenue--he built a casino.
The Casino Club opened on Friday with loads of celebs in attendance. The Washington Post spied the following at the grand opening: Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Jessica Simpson, Brooke Shields, Lionel Richie, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Jane Seymour, Debbie Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. J-Simp even got a special 30th birthday cake presented to her by Justice.
The Casino Club will definitely bring some glamour back into the resort which used to rely on its underground congressional bunker to draw in guests. The casino, also located underground, spans 102,000-sq.ft. with table games from blackjack to Texas Hold 'Em, slots, baccarat, roulette with an Asian restaurant and a bar on site along with a retail "avenue" with high-end shops like Brioni, Badgley Mishka and jeweler Roberto Coin.
So right now, you're probably thinking you'll wanna pop in for a quick round of poker on your next trip to West Virginai. Hold up, not so fast.
The Casino Club is only open to overnight resorts guests, members of the Greenbrier Sporting Club and The Greenbrier Golf & Tennis Club and this special sect: "any attendees of an event or convention staying off-property when more than 400 rooms occupied." So you'll have to pony up for a room before the games begin. Rates start around $250 for a traditional room this summer.
The casino will also not be open all day and night. During the week, the hours are 11am to 3am and on Sunday from 2pm to 3am. After 7pm, a jacket is required for men and dress pants, skirts or dresses are required for the ladies.
Still, we have to say, the addition of a casino is a huge improvement for the resort. And the glitz doesn't end there. Later this month, the Greenbrier will host a PGA tournament and plans for a performing arts theater are in the works.
[Photo: Washington Post]