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The Mohegan Sun Hotel at Poconos Down May Have Trouble Getting Folks To Leave Their Room

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  Site Where: 1280 Highway 315 [map], Wilkes-Barre, PA, United States, 18702
November 15, 2013 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Mohegan Sun at Poconos Downs in Pennslyvania has been open for seven years now but tonight the casino is finally hitting the jackpot--with a 238-room, seven-story hotel and spa.

Room options at the new hotel range from standard king and double queen guest rooms to king suites and king and queen bay suites. But no matter the room category, all rooms come equipped with iPad minis which feature in-room dining menus and ordering systems as well as a function to control the TV and also to read newspaper downloads and browse the internet. Plus, the hotel is promising "lightning fast" WiFi. Best of all, it's free. Um, yeah, we're not so sure people are going to leave the room for a while. They might want to spend time fooling around...with the iPad.

While the hotel is opening tonight (the Spa Sapphire will debut next month), we couldn't find rooms available on their website until November 19th for $139 a night. Seems a little pricey for mid-week but unlike Vegas, there is no $25 resort fee. Fun fact: one of HotelChatter's very first reviews 10 YEARS AGO was of the Mohegan Sun Hotel in Connecticut.

[Photo: Mohegan Sun]

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A Room With an Anti-View: Caesars Atlantic City

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  Site Where: 2100 Pacific Avenue [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
October 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

We know we gave you 9 Killer Hotel Views to fantasize about experiencing in person one day so hopefully you'll forgive us for what we're about to post now--a serious anti-view from Caesars Atlantic City.

Yes, this room in the Temple Tower here has an atrium view of the casino and check-in desk below as well as into other rooms that also have atrium views. So it's best to keep those shades drawn when you're walking around naked (and we know you are.) The rest of the deluxe room was quite nice--super comfy bed, big flat-screen TV and a room service menu of epic entrees.

And fortunately, Atlantic City is not necessarily a place where you go to relax in your room. Usually, you're at the tables, at the bars or people-watching on the boardwalk. Still, if you want a room with a view when staying at Caesars, make sure to request it at check-in. Slipping a $20 probably won't hurt either. Rooms this weekend start at about $150 on Friday night and a whopping $450 on Saturday night.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Hard Rock Casino Opening in Vancouver—Could a Hotel Be Far Behind?

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  Site Where: 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam, B.C., Canada
August 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hard Rock’s coming to Canada! The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is opening Canada’s first Hard Rock Casino this winter (an opening date announcement is imminent) in Coquitlam, which is about 18 miles east of Vancouver.

Great Canadian Gaming is reno’ing an existing casino, the Boulevard Casino, and turning it into a rock ‘em, sock ‘em entertainment wonderland. In the plans are seven restaurants ranging from cool and casual to fancy-dancy; three bars specializing in custom cocktails, craft beers and Canadian wines; gaming options which have heretofore not been seen in Canada; an intimate live performance space to feature local acts; and a 1,000-seat theater geared to showcase top music—rock, reggae, mainstream, indie, country, EDM, you name it—as well as comedy and other performance acts. We’re hoping to see some of the biggies here that turn up at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas, but only time will tell.

Most important for us, the hotel-loving crowd, is will there be a luxe hotel opening to accompany all of these decadent entertainment choices? We’re told that the company is currently evaluating whether or not this will happen, but we hope that they reach the logical decision to open a Hard Rock Hotel. One needs a nice place to crash after staying up all night playing pai gow or baccarat and grooving to Tiësto.

[Renderings: The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation]

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Early Check-In Fees? Oh Yes, They're Real

August 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

We all know that early check-ins at hotels are elusive. It all depends on a few things--how full the hotel was the night before, how fast the other guests get their belongings together and out the door and how quickly housekeeping can get in there and turn over the room.

We typically have good luck with early check-ins during the week and at huge hotels that don't always sell out like the big casino hotels in Las Vegas (mid-week of course, definitely not on a Friday or a Sunday.) But if that doesn't work, then we have to find ways to kill time in the hotel lobby, or the nearby area, for a few hours until the 3pm check-in time. Unless we want to pay extra for it with an early check-in fee.

We first noticed early check-in fees back in 2011 when we compared hotels to airlines, thanks to all the extra fees they were tacking onto hotel stays. But we've never actually seen them in the wild.

But at Caesars Atlantic City we saw this sign at check-in.

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High-Rollers Get Lucky as Second Sydney Casino Complex is Approved

Where: Sydney, Australia
July 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

We chatted a little bit last month on the massive, $1.5 billion mega-casino complex coming to Sydney but now there's word that the Crown Sydney has just gotten the green light from the government. From the same owners of the Crown Metropol and Crown Towers in Melbourne and Perth, the Crown Sydney will offer some seriously luxe digs to go along with those baccarat tables.

Aussie businessman, James Packer, is the man behind the success of the other two Crowns and no doubt, he hopes to duplicate his success in Sydney. And he won't have much competition. Currently, the city has one casino complex, The Star, which is home to super flashy hotel, The Darling. The Crown's gaming destination will feature two new luxury hotels featuring 350 six-star rooms and 80 luxury apartments competitively positioned right next-door to the existing Star Casino in the popular Darling Harbour and Pyrmont neighborhoods.

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Historic Atlantic City Hotel Will Be Resurrected After 7 Year Closure

May 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The next hotel to open in Atlantic City could be a total departure from the usual mammoth, multi-million dollar casino resorts we've come to expect.

Philly.com reports that the historic Madison Hotel, a 14-story oceanfront property that originally opened in 1929, has been sold for $4 million, with explicit plans to re-make it as a boutique hotel modeled on its rich history. According to the report:

"The lone bidder for the Madison House was not identified. But a representative for the buyer told The Press of Atlantic City that the new owner intends to resurrect the hotel."

The article goes on to say the hotel is distinguished by its "grand stairway, marble floors and ornate chandeliers," and that it was one of the few old-style hotels in Atlantic City to continue operating even as the big new casinos started opening in the 1980s.

Though The Sands annexed it as an all-suite sister property in 2004, the Madison promptly closed down in 2006 when the Sands went kaput, and the place hasn't been touched since.

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Looking Up To And Down From Singapore's Mammoth Marina Bay Sands

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  Site Where: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, Singapore, 018956
May 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve looked at both the death-defying pool and the gym-with-a-view at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, but since those areas are resident-only, what are your options to experience some of this behemoth hotel if you’re not staying in one of its 2,561 rooms? During a recent trip to Singapore, we popped over to find out just that.

Given its size and slightly outlandish architecture – three towers, 57 stories, and the Sky Park at the top – the place is hard to miss from anywhere in the surrounding area. No matter how many times we saw it, whether up close or from a distance, there were still moments where we looked at it in a seriously, who came up with that? kind of way. The dial really gets turned up to eleven during Wonder Full, the nightly laser / music show, best viewed from across the water.

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What Is This At Trump Taj Mahal?

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  Site Where: 1000 Boardwalk [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
May 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

Most things in Atlantic City hotels you can pretty much take at face value. Casino floor. Slot machine. Starbucks. Jimmy Buffett-inspired beach bar.

But we had to stop and do a double take while wandering around the lobby at Trump Taj Mahal the other day. At the bottom of the escalators, right next to the Baccarat Pit, we spotted what appeared to be a giant children's playpen—then we remembered where we were, and dismissed that thought. Bright, shiny beach balls scattered around a life-size tic-tac-toe board.

But who was playing? Were we allowed to jump in? What the heck was this thing anyway?

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Margaritaville Atlantic City Is Happening In 3 Weeks

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  Site Where: 1133 Boardwalk [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
May 7, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Don't pretend you haven't been counting down the days to the opening of Jimmy Buffett's new Margaritaville Casino in Atlantic City. From your cubicle at work, you've fantasized about biting into a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" on the boardwalk, or playing blackjack on one of the brand new Margaritaville-themed casino tables.

Well, the wait is almost over.

Just over a month since Buffett announced plans to team up with Wyndham on a new St Thomas resort, things are gearing up in Atlantic City for a grand opening on Memorial Day weekend. The new venue will sit inside the 942-room Resorts Casino, and its entrance will be marked by a sculpture of a giant blender. (Yes, you read that right.)

Meanwhile, outside, its oceanfront Landshark Bar, will be Atlantic City's first-ever year-round full-service bar and restaurant on the sand side of the Boardwalk.

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Go Borgata, It's Your Birthday! They're Doling Out Deals Like It's Your Birthday

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  Site Where: 1 Borgata Way [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
May 2, 2013 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

As we all know, Atlantic City has never had trouble finding a reason to throw a party (last year, it was the opening of Revel, which was celebrated over multiple weekends).

Now, it's The Borgata's turn to crank up the volume, as the casino hotel's big 10th anniversary is fast approaching, and you can bet (heh) they're going out of their way to let you know about it.

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Viva Gansevoort: NYC Party Hotel to Bring Brand to Vegas

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  Site Where: 3595 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
March 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

After striking out in Miami and long after ditching plans for an LA location, Gansevoort Hotels has landed in a pretty spectacular place--Las Vegas. Specifically, the old Bill's Gambling Hall on the Las Vegas Strip.

On Friday, it was announced that Caesars Entertainment, the parent company of Caesars Palace, Paris Bally's, Bill's and a bunch of other casino hotels, would be turning Bill's into the Gansevoort Las Vegas. USA Today reported:

The Old West-style casino hotel, which closed last month, will reopen in January as the Gansevoort Las Vegas, with rates starting at $249 a night. The building's currently in the midst of a $185 million renovation that will transform the guest rooms, casino space, restaurants and public areas into stylish, upscale spaces.

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Is Borgata's New E-Casino Program Just For Couch Potatoes?

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  Site Where: One Borgata Way [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
February 12, 2013 at 5:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know those times when you're all cozy in your Atlantic City hotel room, reading magazines in the bathtub, and you kinda feel like heading downstairs to blow a few hundred on the slots but then again, you'd have to, like, get up and put clothes on? Yeah, such a drag.

Luckily, The Borgata is fixing all that with a new E-casino program, making it the first US hotel to allow guests to gamble over their TV sets, using just a remote control. Kind of like ordering room service, except instead of someone coming to serve you delicious food, you're just clicking a button until all your money's gone. Sounds fun, huh?

One recent guest told the NY Daily News:

"I like the ambience of being down here on the casino floor. I like the noise of the machines. In my room, I'd find it depressing, to be honest."

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