As the second-largest casino in the U.S., it’s also home to a 10,000-seat arena
Check out the smaller Wolf Den concert area for free nightly entertainment
Varied dining options: From Bobby Flay’s more refined Bar Americain to Jimmy Buffett’s über-kitschy Margaritaville
What To Know
The “earthy” décor feels over-the-top
The front wall of the pool area opens up come summer for DJed outdoor parties
A $14.95 resort fee per night will be collected at the property
Parking on site
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Mega casino-resort in rural Connecticut with a crystal mountain, indoor-outdoor pool, a spa and numerous restaurants
Drive an hour southeast of Hartford and you’d expect to find yourself in a quaint seaside town, not the country’s second largest casino. But this 240-acre compound doesn’t hold the same glitz and glamour of its Vegas cousins. Rather, its earth-toned theme garishly nods towards the casino’s Native American roots with areas inspired by the elements (“Casino of the Wind”) and the seasons (“Autumn Entrance”; “Indian Summer Garage”). The space between the twin casino areas is punctuated by feather-printed carpeting, tie-dyed furniture, howling mechanical wolves, and a glowing, three-story crystal mountain.
Bed & Bath
Save a glaring, iridescent purple shower curtain, the décor of the 1,200 guestrooms is far more subdued than the rest of the casino-resort. While some of the ample-sized guestrooms look onto the Thames River, many others look onto one of the hotel’s many expansive parking lots. Choose from one king or two queen beds in your Standard Room, which comes equipped with a 27-inch TV, high-speed WiFi (part of a $14.95 inclusive fee covering valet parking, Internet and fitness center/pool access) and a table with two chairs for working or dining.
The indoor heated pool provides a nice escape from gambling in the winter. Come summer, the front wall opens to morph into an outdoor lounge with a satellite bar and DJ booth. For year round partying options, choose between the more laid back Vista Lounge (set within the three-story crystal mountain), the gothic abbey-themed Ballo Social Club, and the hard-partying Ultra 88 Night Club. Dinner options range from the traditional upscale (at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain or Michael Jordan’s—yes, that Michael Jordan—Steakhouse) to the family-friendly (i.e. Johnny Rockets), to the downright kitschy (Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, which features a live band on weekends). The 24-hour room service is a solid option once you’ve meandered off the casino floor.