Aspire at Mohegan Sun Was a Fabulous Experience

I was alerted two weeks ago about a terrific deal at TravelZoo. Mohegan Sun’s new hotel within a hotel, Aspire, was having a sale. Prices can start for non-suite rooms around $600 depending on the day and events on property. For a little over $200, we had to take advantage of this deal. I can honestly say staying at Aspire at Mohegan Sun was a fabulous experience and NETG will be looking for a deal like this again in the future.

Hotel Within A Hotel 

The idea of having a hotel within a hotel began more than a decade ago at MGM Resorts International’s Mandalay Bay. In 1999, Four Seasons managed the top five floors as a 424-room luxury hotel at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Other examples include Nobu at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach, Miami, and NoMad Las Vegas’ with 293 rooms and suites on the top four floors of Park MGM, Las Vegas. But now the concept has traveled to the northeast, in Uncasville, CT. It’s a multi-million-dollar project that’s been years in the making. It allows Mohegan to compete globally for that special gaming client or high-end customer.

Aspire at Mohegan Sun

A luxurious experience for hotel guests,  Aspire at Mohegan Sun is located in the 1,200-room Sky Tower, on floors thirty-one through thirty-six. In total, Aspire accounts for 93 rooms on the top floors of Sky Tower. Guests are allowed to take advantage of exclusive access to a fully remodeled VIP luxury food & drink experience entitled, Thirty Three, on the 33rd floor, overlooking the Thames River.

Kevin Hogan from WFSB in Hartford quoted President & General Manager of Mohegan Sun, Ray Pineault, saying  “Aspire & Thirty Three will become two of the most opulent experiences Mohegan Sun offers our hotel guests. From the moment Aspire guests arrive to the moment they check-out, they receive VIP treatment, exclusive access and a truly personalized visit.  We absolutely enjoyed our stay immensely.

The Arrival

Our secure elevator.

Our first opportunity to experience Aspire was at the Valet Parking dedicated for Aspire guests only.  Upon arrival, from the valet to the checking to the concierge, everyone lets you know your experience will be a special one. The concierge stored our bags since our room wasn’t ready. Upon arrival, the hotel registration clerk offered us champagne and told us we would receive a text when our room was ready. We decided to access Thirty-Three, the Aspire & VIP lounge, for lunch. We walked around first and then headed up for lunch. An exclusive “Aspire” elevator brings you up to Aspire and floor Thirty-Three.  I felt so special – my own elevator.

Aspire at Mohegan Sun – Luxury at Thirty-Three

Thirty Three is a showcase of modern designs & interior with a sky-high view of the beautiful New England countryside. Aspire guests have access to the new space, where delicious food options, wide screen TVs, private table games and a complimentary bar are at your service. The private gaming area had two blackjack tables and one roulette table. Premium players can reserve these  games, which, I believe, can be changed to suit the player(s) needs.

The buffet setting in Thirty-Three.

Our lunch included lobster salad, with huge chunk of lobster, a panini station, the meatiest and most delicious peeled shrimp I’ve ever tasted. Small gourmet sandwiches, fruit, assorted salads  and desserts rounded out the lunch menu. The food was spectacular, with constant refreshing of the buffet offerings. After eating, we relaxed with a drink and enjoyed the scenery from high above in the Sky Tower. It wasn’t long before the staff sent us a text to tell us our room was ready, and it was only 12:30!

Aspire at Mohegan Sun – The Room

Welcome from the butler staff, our room key and our Dream Catcher.

The room is the same size as the deluxe rooms throughout the hotel, extremely clean and spacious. No noise in the hallways. But, in addition to the same size, Aspire includes other particular amenities. According to General Manager Jeff Hamilton, “We’ve made the rooms nicer, the toiletries are different, the bedding is different, and the mattresses are going to be the softest mattresses you ever slept on,” Our experience was exactly that.

The room – calming and comfortable.

We enjoyed the Verbena scented L’Occitane toiletries and the bed that you literally had to climb UP included a perfect mattress with soft, comforting bedding.

For your many devices, there are plugs and USB ports on the bed nightstands and at the large desk area. But I couldn’t find the remote for the TV.  That’s because it all run by the complimentary mini iPad by the bed.  Not only does it control your access to the TV, and it’s over 80 channels, it offers you over 20 magazines and newspapers from all over the country – including the Washington Post, Miami Herald, and the NY Times.

The mini iPad – so much at your fingertips.

But wait, there’s more!

In addition, each room includes:

  • The most comfortable and inviting twin sofa sleeper I ever sat on.
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • In-Room Coffee
  • 2 bottles of water
  • Refrigerator in all rooms
  • And – wait for it24-hour butler service. The staff delivered a cake to our room for my pending retirement from teaching.  Thank you, Mohegan Sun.

Dinner & Breakfast at Thirty-Three

The hallway to Thirty-Three VIP Lounge

All meals at Thirty Three are served buffet style at the following times: hot breakfast with omelet station (7-11:30 a.m.), lunch (11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.), dinner (4 p.m.-close).

Dinner was similar to lunch, complete with that scrumptious lobster salad. The chef offered grilled center-cut lamb chop on mashed potatoes, cold stone crab legs, a pasta dish made to order and a chicken dish as the main entrees. Same great hospitality and service throughout – they even remembered our drinks from lunch.

Breakfast entree was an omelette station, blueberry crusted french toast, salmon, bacon & homefries to accompany the beautiful array of breads, bagels, and fruit.

Aspire at Mohegan Sun – Service and Hospitality

Every associate we met and spoke to was gracious and helpful; going out their way to make sure we were enjoying our stay.  The staff greeted us with smiles and the kind of service you’d expect from a 5 Star Hotel.

As I said, we would stay there again with a deal like this.  Add to that the fact it was Status Mayhem Promotion Day just made it even better.  And we even took in the comedy show at Comix.

Related Posts – Mohegan Sun “Status Mayhem” – A Great Low Roller Promo &  Comix Roadhouse at Mohegan Sun Opens

What a great start to my retirement.  But don’t wait for YOUR retirement to stay at Aspire, because you’ll be missing out on a great staycation.

Thanks to Michael Trager of TravelZork and his new venture with Las Vegas Advisor called THE TRAVEL GAME. 

















The Mohegan Sun BBQ Fest is a New England Tradition

downloadTomorrow and Sunday, visit one of the highlights of the summer at Mohegan Sun with Mohegan Sun BBQ Fest, a New England Tradition. At the Sun BBQ Fest you can savor tasting some of the best barbecue around. As in previous years, the festivities will feature live music, a beer trailer, barbecue battles and so much more. Matter of fact, it has become a tradition in New England.

BBQ Vendors

Some of the many vendors.

I have attended every year and I’ve never disappointed. Visitors from all over New England and New York take part in a tradition of enjoying great BBQ. As BBQ Fest veteran, my favorites at the Mohegan BBQ Fest include: 1) sampling all the BBQ, eating candied bacon, choosing one of Dora’s Gourmet Cupcakes, enjoying homemade Birch Beer and listening to the great live music.  Oh, BTW, the fireworks “ain’t too shabby” either (actually, they’re spectacular.)

BBQ FestPlease Note:

  1. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.
  2. Picnic tables and other seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are welcome to bring in their own folding chairs if desired.
  3. You will be able to use all major credit cards or Momentum Dollars

Tickets on sale now Through the Mohegan Sun Box Office and at the door the day of the event.

One Day Ticket: $5
Two Day Ticket: $8

(does not include food & beverage)
Kids 6 & under: FREE

All food & drink items must be paid for with Mohegan Sun food & beverage tickets ($1 denominations) that can be purchased at any cashier. An ATM will be available inside the winter bus lobby.


Guests who purchase this ticket will receive entry into Sun BBQ Fest on Saturday, June 1st and will also be able to meet Myron Mixon and sample a few of his recipes published in his cookbook from 8:00pm-9:00pm at his tent inside Sun BBQ Fest. Space is limited

Tickets: $50 On sale at the Mohegan Sun Box Office

Two days of Fun, Music & BBQ Challenges

The two-day Mohegan Sun BBQ Fest includes over 40 vendors, with 13 of the best award-winning BBQ chefs.

Along with great music and vendors, there will be three BBQ Challenges.

Rib Challenges include the People’s Choice where guests will see signage and directions for choosing their favorite and will be able to text their vote accordingly. Also, the Rib Challenge to benefit Operation BBQ Relief will be available. For a $5 entry, guests can try any 5 ribs and vote for their favorite one via text to vote! Guests will need to purchase a $5 rib challenge coupon at any cashier/ticket booth. Similarly, the Wing Challenge, to benefit Operation BBQ Relief,  will conclude the Saturday challenges with the winners announced on Saturday evening prior to the fireworks show.

For the complete schedule of events, music and BBQ Challenges, click here on

The Mohegan Sun BBQ Fest.


Mohegan Sun “Status Mayhem” – A Great Low Roller Promo

Casinos love to entice you to visit through things such as dining specials giveaways and comps to shows and events.  Gambling promotions are intended to get you through the door to spend your money. Here is a great reason to visit Uncasville, CT for Mohegan Sun “Status Mayhem”

Of all promotions, I find status multiplier days the best bang for my low-to-mid-roller buck. Tomorrow, May 30th, don’t miss one of the best offered in New England – Mohegan Sun’s  “Status Point Mayhem” – a great way to increase those status points and approach higher levels. The title suggests it is a low-roller promo, but the fact is, it’s great for all players.  You’ve heard of “Diamond in a Day” on Caesars Property, well, how about “Ascend in a Day” on Mohegan Sun Status Day.

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

Mohegan Sun, CT

The basis of the promotion is that a multiplier randomly changes throughout the day – earning anywhere from 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X Status Points, with each multiplier guaranteed to occur at least twice. Unfortunately, it excludes Status Points earned at table games, stadium games and the Poker Room – its especially great for $.25 video poker players since there are good paytables throughout the property.

How Does It Work?

The Mohegan Sun Status Mayhem is like this. Every hour or half-hour an announcement is made to what the next multiplier will be.  From that point it is posted on numerous digital signs until it changes.

These signs show multiplier, duration, and when it changes.

I expected it to be 2X most of the time, which it was when I arrived. But, an hour later it jumped to 4X and lasted an hour.  Then it dropped to 3X for the third hour.  The next half-hour it was 5X – I thought I would never see it!  I don’t need to tell you how good it feels to play $1 Full-Pay Jacks-or-Better with a 5X multiplier! Then it dropped back to 2X, but what a rush that previous half hour was.

All in all, I loved this promotion the last time I participated. In 4 and 1/2 hours I had hit all four multipliers. For slots and video poker players, this is a must play.

Suggestions for Low-Roller Play

If you are a low-roller and attending  the Mohegan Sun Status Mayhem, tries three strategies:

  1. As the multipliers change, I suggest you choose different games to play and different denominations. The higher the multiplier, I play higher house edge games at higher denominations than usual.
  2. Vary your speed of play – slow for low multipliers to save my bankroll, and when it switches to the high ones, then play like a bat-out-of “H-E-Double Hockey Sticks!”
  3. Take a break – if you’re spending the day, take those 2X multipliers times to take a walk, get something to eat, or of you’re staying at the hotel, go relax or even take a nap.

NETG considers this promotion at Mohegan Sun one of the best offered in New England casinos.

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