It was announced recently that Mohegan Sun will sink $50 million over the next two years into renovations of its 1,200-room hotel, right on the heels of the completion of a second hotel — the $130 million Earth Hotel — that is expected to open this fall. In addition to the hotel renovations, Mohegan Sun said it will make over its 22,000-square-foot existing spa in the Sky Hotel into a Mandara Spa, a resort spa started in Bali, Indonesia, rooted in the practice of “healing touches.” The renovated spa will open in 2017.
- Mohegan Sun also will add a Victoria’s Secret to The Shops at Mohegan Sun and the introduction of three new restaurants – one of which is Tom’s Urban – and the now open “Art of Shaving.”
- The Sky Hotel will include new carpeting, wall coverings furniture and other fabrics. The rooms will be outfitted with “e-trays” that replace traditional mini-bars and refrigerators
- iPads that allow guests to adjust room temperature, make television channel selections and order room service.
- A motion-detecting light will be installed under end tables and will turn on when guests step out of bed. (I hope there is the option to turn them off, in case one needs to get in the night for, let’s say, nature’s reasons!)
Last year’s opening of Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods was a big move forward for the giant resort. Not to rest on those laurels, the redesign of the casino and bar/club area in the Fox Tower has also boosted the entertainment scene in the Fox Tower & Casino. Also, Foxwoods will be adding 4 new restaurants – Guy Fieri’s Kitchen + Bar at Foxwoods, opening by the Grand Pequot Casino, Cat Cora’s Wine Bar, in the Grand Pequot Tower, Richard Rawlings’ GARAGE Bar & Grill and the Sugar Factory American Brasserie. In addition (and I think in response to Mohegan Sun’s “Cake Boss,”), Foxwoods opened “CAKE By Franck,” famous for exquisite baked goods, handmade pastries & decadent chocolates.
So while Massachusetts continues to push forward with MGM Springfield, Wynn Boston Harbor, and Wampanoag’s First Light resort/casinos, Connecticut’s casinos continue to let everyone know that they are in it for the long haul.
That’s all for now.