In 2001, five years after Mohegan Sun opened, Connecticut’s second mega-resort/casino was just starting to bring in it’s world-class amenities like the first hotel, the retail shops and the entertainment venues. Following the process of construction, the rearranging the Winter Parking Garage and long entrance, and seeing the additions of two casinos, the one-of-a-kind arena, and retail options has been fascinating.
Last Friday, the official opening ceremony topped the celebration of 20 years in gaming.
The main reason for The Earth Tower? – COMPETITION. The tribe says it has turned away 1 million room requests in just the last year. The main concern has always been the threat of MGM in Springfield, but the numerous rooms available, newer affiliations with local hotels servicing Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI. and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA, and an additional Hotel/Casino in Tiverton in a few years also gives patrons options on all sides.
But the immediate need for all those rooms were 1) gamblers who occupy a lofty enough spot in the Momentum Rewards Club hierarchy these folks and other VIPs routinely occupy a large percentage of the Sky Tower’s rooms, and the great numbers of attendees at Mohegan Sun’s many large events, such as the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction, which turned away many because the Sky Tower was already maxed out for the weekend.
Mohegan Sun, which draws from the Boston, New York, Providence and Hartford markets. The Earth Tower fits in nicely with the tribe’s plans to continue to add non-gaming amenities. As seen all over the country, gambling revenue is decreasing, and casinos are responding with other things to entice or serve patrons. Even Steve Wynn considers his “Boston Harbor” Casino in the Boston area as a resort with a casino attached.
So, what IS the Earth Hotel?
- 400-rooms, 242,000 square-foot Earth Tower
- 39 suites, one of which can accommodate 10 people
- a lobby, home to various lounging areas
- the Bean and Vine Café & Wine Bar, which will serve as a grab-and-go breakfast option in the morning and a spot for a cocktail in the afternoon and evening with outdoor seating (The Earth Hotel is expected to help in providing rooms for convention attendees.)
- an outdoor Earth Tower Terrace has gas fire pits, a satellite bar and food service, and can also be used for private functions
- a spa, a fitness center and a pool area
- slightly smaller rooms than the Sky Tower, but include upholstered chair with ottoman, a large flat-screen TV on the wall with built-in Chromecast, along with the requisite coffeemaker and fridge. (Pricier suites are much larger.)
- new high tech additions include: push a button near the bed and it signals with a small colored light outside your door that you don’t want to be disturbed (plastic door tags requesting “privacy”), the ability to quickly set the TV to come on at a desired time as your wake-up call (yes, it does include the usual alarm clock as well), state-of-the-art touch wall switches and thermostat, various places to plug in your cellphone
The opening comes at Holiday time, which means it couldn’t come at a better time! From the Christmas show season, to New Year’s Eve, these rooms will be booked. Mohegan Sun still won’t have enough on site rooms for the month of December, but they will sure help out.
That’s all for now concerning Mohegan Sun’s Earth Hotel until 2017, when NETG will be staying in the Earth Hotel and reviewing the experience.