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. 

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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.

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