Mohegan Sun Introduces Hotel Luxury with ASPIRE

Coming Soon To Mohegan Sun: Aspire, An All-New VIP Hotel Experience On Floors 31-36 In Sky Tower

This was the title of Cody Chapman’s, Public Relations Manager for Mohegan Sun, reported the above news last week. He says, “The iconic Sky Tower will soon be rolling out an enhanced & luxurious experience for hotel guests when Aspire at Mohegan Sun opens up by the end of the year.” The hotel within a hotel has been a trend in recent years. Now, Mohegan Sun is raising the bar for all New England’s casino hotels.

Four Seasons Hotel is in the top of Mandalay Bay Resort Casino, Las Vegas

Kelly Villasuso from Opulence, a luxury travel & living website, reported, “More than a decade ago, MGM Resorts International introduced a novel concept, now mirrored by other luxury hotels throughout the world, at their Mandalay Bay property in Las Vegas. They dedicated the top five floors of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino as a separately branded, smaller hotel — a Four Seasons Hotel to be exact — complete with its own private entrance, dedicated express elevators, and uber-luxuriant surroundings and service.”

Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace and Hotel 32 at the Monte Carlo (changing into the NoMad at Park MGM) on the Las Vegas Strip are more examples of hotels adding magnificence above grandeur.
Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun Sky Hotel

Cody goes on to explain, “The new “hotel within a hotel” in the 1,200-room Sky Tower, will be on floors thirty-one through thirty-six, and allow its guests to take advantage of exclusive access to a fully remodeled luxury food & drink experience entitled, Thirty Three, in reference to its location on the 33rd floor, overlooking the Thames River. Various additional perks await Aspire hotel guests including private check-in, exclusive elevator access and butler service.

“Aspire & Thirty Three will become two of the most opulent experiences Mohegan Sun offers our hotel guests. We’re thrilled to launch this offering at the end of the year.” – President & General Manager of Mohegan Sun, Ray Pineault.

Floor 33 will provide a spectacular, sky-high New England view with exclusive access to Thirty Three, a luxury food & drink experience overlooking the Thames River. Aspire guests will have access to the new space, where delicious food options, wide screen TVs, private table games and a complimentary bar await. Additionally, Aspire guests will have a private hotel arrival experience at Aquai, access to a private elevator bay and upgraded furnishings in their room or suite, as well as their own butler service. In total, Aspire accounts for 93 rooms on the top floors of Sky Tower.

So, here’s to a new kind of hotel experience to try, opening at the end of the year.

Binbin

 

Hotel Review – The Hilltop Alternative to a Foxwoods Weekend Stay

Foxwoods Resort Casino has always been a wonderful place to stay.  When we can, my wife & I will go for a little staycation, and we live only 30 minutes away.

But, on the weekends, hotel rates increase – not just at Foxwoods, but everywhere.  While it’s great to sleep over at one of the four hotels on the weekend, the prices can be prohibitive to most.  There are other possibilities, so I looked and found the Hilltop Inn & Suites.

Disclaimer – remember prices will vary.  The following comparisons for one weekend will, however, be similar to most weekends.

CHECKING IN

Pleasant, quick, and friendly.  The check-in desk gives a good impression and the staff were helpful and efficient.  I had a meeting at 4:00 at Foxwoods.  I arrived at 3:30 and was checked-in, unpacked and on my way to Foxwoods in 20 minutes.

Please note, this is actually a motel, not a hotel, meaning no hallways and your door opens to the outside. It doesn’t really make a difference because the area is safe.

It takes 5 minutes to get to Foxwoods.  But if you’re interested in drinking, they provide a shuttle for the casino.

AMMENITIES

Free breakfast is offered.

Besides the shuttle, a Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room, free parking and a decent breakfast are included.  Free High Speed WiFi was more like medium speed than fast, but still worked.

 THE ROOM

In was a nice clean room. Two queen beds, with a small dinette table and two chairs. No frills but was well worth the price. Bed was comfortable. Water pressure in shower was great which had been renovated.  It has the typical motel arrangement of the sink outside the shower & toilet.  I found it spacious for two people.  the room also has a free safe for valuables.

Apologies for the dark pic. The lights weren’t on.

The only complaint would be the walls seem a little thin.  A few people were talking next door, not too loudly, and they could be heard in our room.  But nothing a little white noise sound on soft can’t take care of.

PRICE

This is what you’re really interested in, aren’t you. For a weekend night, rates vary between $99 to $129.  For this standard, modest, & clean alternative to the hotels at Foxwoods, I would recommend the Hilltop Inn & Suites.  Foxwoods rates the same night ranged from over $400 at Two Trees Inn to over $1000 at Fox Tower. Hilltop is a comparatively inexpensive choice when visiting Foxwoods for the weekend just up the road.

7 Recent & Popular Gambling Posts You Might Have Missed

It’s supposed to be cold here in the winter time – which is officially 6 weeks away. Some of my best memories is going to a casino in a snow storm, having the casino all to myself while the snow falls and cancels event after event. School snow days are the best.

So before winter settles in, let’s take you back a few weeks to the best received posts from the past two weeks. 

But first some gambling humor:

Wife:”My husband’s going to a casino in central Asia.”
Friend:”Tibet?”
Wife:”Of course, why else would he go!”

And now, the best of recent weeks. HERE’S WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED!

7 New England Casinos by the Numbers

a continuous fave on the hit parade – gambling stats include games, # of tables, # of slots, hotel accommodations, dining, entertainment……well complete coverage of all seven “by the numbers.”

 

 

Three posts to understand Maine’s third casino proposal in York County and it’s failure.

October 18th, 2017 – Referendum for Maine’s Third Casino Arriving Soon

November 7th, 2017 – Today’s the Day – The Vote for a Third Maine Casino

November 11th, 2017 – Maine’s Voters Respond – No Third Casino For You!

From the Archives, still popular this week:

Slot Machines – When to Play Max Bet  

……when should I hit that bet max button. Max Bet or Maximum Bet is the highest amount of coins or credits you can play in a single spin. The answer to the question depends on the machine being played…….

 

 

November 1st, 2017 – MGM Springfield Releases New Details with Local Flavor

It seems MGM has some very keen interest in our unique New England heritage.

October 29th – Cardless Casino Players Clubs

Will there ever be a time when the only players club card you need will be your smart phone?  Read on….

 

Have a great week!

Binbin