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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.
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In the era of complimentary iPads and electronic check-ins, it is the job of certain people to ensure that kids—as well as adults—benefit from all the newfangled gadgetry adorning hotels. And over in the Pocono Mountains, PA, Great Wolf Lodge has unveiled a new interactive video game called Great Wolf Story Explorers, in which the kids themselves become the main characters of the story.
Here's how it works: the little tykes are first paired off with an RFID-tagged stuffed animal. Interestingly, this was the same technology used by hotels to track stolen linens. But instead of catching criminals, the RFID wristbands here "unlock" each successive part of the interactive story. As they travel from one video screen to the next, the young "explorers" are slowly written into the story they are being told. Neat-o!
Low-budget horror flick Paranormal Activity took first place at the box office this past weekend, raking in $22 million. Of course, that means Paramount execs are already talking about a sequel—and they’re not the only ones wanting to hitch a ride on the runaway ghost train. The Skytop Lodge in the Poconos is offering a Spoo-Tacular Paranormal Halloween package that includes tagging along on a ghost hunt.
A local ghost-hunting team, Pocono Paranormal Research, have been investigating the historic property’s Main Lodge and will host a Ghost Hunting 101 presentation and ghost hunt on-site tomorrow, October 30th. And on Saturday, the team will be hanging out to answer questions from ghost-loving and freaked-out guests. (If you’d rather scout out your paranormal properties before booking, the Pocono Paranormal Research folks are releasing their DVD, The Haunting at Skytop, this weekend. You can order a copy here.)