Foxwoods Resort Casino
Perched majestically amidst the wooded grace of Connecticut, Foxwoods beckons players to its door with its combination of grandeur and excitement. With four hotels to choose from and an immense gaming floor packed with everything a gambler could possibly hope for it’s debatable what is more alluring about the property—the gaming or the accommodations. Each of their unique properties is well prepared to create an ultimate casino experience. These include the Grand Pequot Tower, Great Cedar Hotel, MGM Grand at Foxwoods, and the Two Trees Inn.
The AAA Four Diamond Grand Pequot Tower is, in short, a Foxwoods tradition. Guests are immersed in elegance from the moment they walk in. The soaring lobby is flanked by striking art and stunning architecture designed to both soothe and inspire. The deluxe rooms here are equally striking offering spacious, sedate comforts while the suites provide a plush retreat from the daily grind. The pinnacle of decadence is the Tower Villa, which goes to even greater lengths to define luxury. Highlights of staying at the Grand Pequot include fine dining at the elegant Paragon restaurant, easy access to the Norwich Spa at Foxwoods, and a casino floor that is mere steps away.
For those with a more adventurous streak, the recently renovated Great Cedar Hotel offers the perfect getaway option. Located at the heart of the casino, this AAA Three Diamond retreat offers an elegant modern design with just a touch of rustic flare. Rooms and suites are dressed in think, rich hues as if whispering “relax.” Highlights of this hotel include as variety of dining options just around the corner, convenient access to some of Foxwoods’ most exciting entertainment venues as well as retail boutiques, and one of the liveliest casinos on the property.
Meanwhile, over at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods (another AAA Four Diamond winner, if you’re keeping track) guests enjoy a more “modern” casino pulsing with music, excitement, and a Carpi Diem attitude. Here it’s all about the anticipation—what’s waiting for you just around the next corner. The circular lobby winds its way through the action, where guests are surrounded by fantastic dining, shopping and entertainment. Guest rooms and suites are exceptional—and in some cases unbelievable—offering the finest Monaco linens and boasting expansive views of over 2,000 acres of pristine forest. Top marks for this hotel are the world class G Spa & Salon and the grand outdoor pool—both perfect for shedding the cares of the world.
Last but not least, the Two Trees Inn is the perfect choice for that home-away-from-home feel. Set adrift from the main casino’s hustle and bustle, this country-style inn features warm, rustic décor and a level of serenity that makes it a destination unto itself. But just because you’re not in the heart of the casino doesn’t mean you’re in the boondocks, either. Two Trees offers a delicious restaurant, The Grill at Two Trees, a lively bar and a heated indoor pool all its own. Plus you’re only a short walk (or complimentary shuttle) away from the casino action.
Speaking of Dining
Foxwoods is known for many things, not the least of which being exceptional dining. For the finicky foodie, there are seven gourmet restaurants vying to please your palate. If you’re in the mood for something with international appeal, have a taste of French fusion cuisine at Paragon; for a more robust Italian fare the choice is Al Dente and Alta Strada. Shrine boasts some of the best in Asian culinary delights.
If your preference is steak, steak, and more steak, Foxwoods offers three highly acclaimed beef palaces: Craftsteak by Top Chef Tom Colicchio, David Burke Prime, and Cedars Steak House. You can’t go wrong, no matter which you choose.
For the more casual diner, there are nearly a dozen terrific, not-so-stuffy eateries including: Golden Dragon, Matches Tavern, Hard Rock Café, California Pizza Kitchen, Juniors, Veranda Café and The Scorpion Bar.
As the largest casino in the Northeast, no player ever goes wanting for action. Here’s a rundown of what you can look forward to playing.
Slots: 6,300 slot machines including pop-culture sensations like Sex in the City or Michael Jackson machines, as well as progressives and traditional favorites. Games range from pennies to $100.
Table Games: 350 table games feature 17 of the most popular including baccarat, blackjack, craps, pai gow, roulette, Caribbean stud, let it ride and sic bo.
Poker: 100 tables and at least five daily no limit hold’em tournaments plus sit & go events.
Bingo: 3,600 person bingo hall featuring high stakes bingo and regular games twice daily.
Keno: Live drawing every six minutes.
Race Book: 50-foot digital projection screens, racing information from touch screens in any one of 200 carrels.
Just For Fun
Whether you’re visiting for a few hours or a few days, one thing is certain: you will be entertained. If gambling isn’t your bliss–or if you just need a break from the constant ups and downs—there’s plenty to occupy your time. Catch a headliner at the Fox or MGM Grand Theaters. Get a chuckle from a rising star at Comix, or dance the night away at one of the area’s hottest nightclubs like Shrine or Scorpion Bar.
For something a little different, give High Rollers a shot. Hardly your local lanes, this retro-chic bowling alley features Las Vegas style décor and 21st century technology. The 35,000-square-foot venue offers 20 bowling lanes, four professional billiard tables; a two-level lounge with piano and 50-seat marble bar; two full-service bars; 60 big-screen HDTVs and, if you’re a bit peckish, an innovative menu of appetizers, sandwiches, various cheese-soaked delights. (I dare you not to try the white cheddar tater tots) plus fries, burgers, steaks and more.
Finally, for bit of good, clean fun that’s a blast from the past, get your game on at Tree House Arcade, which features over 100 of today’s top video games, classic arcade games (just try and beat my high score on Centipede) pinball machines and much more. Do well, and redeem your tickets for toys, gifts, apparel, and electronics.
Here are a few of the major events coming to Foxwoods:
Il Divo – May 3
Foreigner – May 5
Cedric the Entertainer – May 10
Night of Italian Stars – May 10
Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon – May 25
Ralphie May – May 31
Jammo Ja’ Tour – June 1
Jerry Seinfeld – August 3
Oh What a Night of Doo-Wop & Rock n Roll – August 3
For more information, or to buy tickets in advance visit www.foxwoods.com/shows