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Tribal Tripping: Casino Morongo Opens Luxury Digs

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 11th November 2004 3:50pm
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It stands like a monolith to the San Gorgonio Pass, and holds promise to make the heads of Las Vegas aficionados roll.

Jutting into the azure sky, the $250 million Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa was dedicated Wednesday before a bevy of guests from Inland Empire communities to celebrate the planned Dec. 10 debut of the four-star monument to glitz and glam. And, to offer a preview of the newly completed property.

"ItÕs a day of celebration for the community,ÕÕ Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley told a crowd of 600 who filled the foyer of the 148,000-square-foot casino holding high-octane slots that are silent -- for now. "This is turning into the economic engine that we all thought it would be," he said.

After citing a study that projects the tribeÕs new casino resort will have an indirect economic impact by 2008 of $2.8 billion, Ashley said thereÕs yet another exciting offshoot. "You donÕt have to make that dangerous, expensive trip to Las Vegas,ÕÕ he said. "Once you come back here, youÕll want to keep coming back."

Bill Davis, general manager of the casino, resort and spa, said the project has created 1,000 new jobs and promises to provide a casino resort experience thatÕs been seen no place this side of Las Vegas.

If the proof is in the pudding, then Morongo Executive Chef Christophe Douhert and Director of Hotel Operations Tom Mueller would give the entire project four world-class stars.

Nestled in a valley between the San Gorgonio and San Jacinto mountain ranges, the resort was designed by the internationally known architect Jon Jerde, whose firm designed Las Vegas landmarks like the Bellagio, Treasure Island and the Palms Casino Resort.

The project, built by Perini Builders, one of the nationÕs largest construction companies specializing in hotels, features a 23-floor hotel tower with 272 rooms, 32 double-bay suites and a two-story glass penthouse restaurant and lounge.



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