Mohegan Announces Renovations – Foxwoods Keeps Pace

Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun Hotel

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.

The Mohegan & Pequot Tribes in Connecticut have seemingly put aside their competition for CT Casino Supremacy with their joint MMCT venture.  Yet, if you listen carefully, you can still hear the song “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” in the background.  The competition is still there – not just for the best in Connecticut, but the best in New England, the best in the northeast, and a large competitor in the world industry.  And, as other large casinos around the country, there are new directions to explore.
Both are now looking at making their properties more in line with the latest interests in casino visitors.  Basically, they are working to attract visitors who may not be interested in gambling.  Statistics show gambling interest has decreased but the other amenities that casino / resorts offer have been an emphasis.  So, both continue to face intensifying gaming competition in the Northeast and are looking for ways to differentiate themselves.
Seats, at least two rows, on either side of two sets of dealers. Players can choose to play baccarat, roulette, or other games the live dealers are dealing. Games are shown live on the screens above the dealers.

Seats, at least two rows, on either side of two sets of dealers. Players can choose to play baccarat, roulette, or other games the live dealers are dealing. Games are shown live on the screens above the dealers.

Both casinos plan to expand its offerings of “hybrid fusion games” in gaming venues. A hybrid fusion game involves live blackjack, roulette and baccarat dealer hands that are broadcasted onto a monitor in front of player and on a 50-inch screen above the playing area. The approach allows visitors to play designated games of blackjack, roulette or baccarat at the same time.
The CT Casinos are also interested in snagging those millennials, which all other industry leaders are so concerned about for the prospects of gambling revenue.  A related post can be found here.
More renovations at Mohegan Sun are in the works as well:
  • 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.”

    Inside the "Art of Shaving" at Mohegan Sun

    Inside the “Art of Shaving” at Mohegan Sun

  • 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.


CAKE at Foxwoods

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.



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